Eddie Gran declines Georgia job and will stay at UK

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For all of you who wanted Eddie Gran gone, you almost got your way today. According to Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio, Gran was offered the OC job at Georgia and a salary of at least $1.1 million.

In a Tweet, Gran told BBN that he is all in and announced that he would be staying at Kentucky:

This is huge for Kentucky to keep Eddie Gran after being offered by one of the best schools in the nation.

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What Kentucky fans are saying on message boards

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After Kentucky lost in Tuscaloosa to the Alabama Crimson Tide today, 77-75, I thought I’d visit the message boards to see what some fans are saying.

I’m sure everyone will be rational, friendly human beings who don’t think Cal can’t coach, Cal needs to be fired, and this is an NIT team.

“We suck a**. With the most all around talent in the country. Go figure.”

Doesn’t Duke have like three of the best players in the country?

“What’s there to be negative about? These days, we play for ending generational poverty and Draft Green Room anyway! While suckers at Villanova and Duke lose sleep deep into March, I’m up all night in June refreshing the mock drafts and trying to find out which G-league team our player ( that would be a 4-year project anywhere else ) will be on next year”

Six Elite Eights, Four Final Fours, and a title… I know I went to bed late during March those years.

March baby March. That’s all that matters

Reply: “Lol, terrible that a program like Kentucky can’t expect to be great throughout the season. We have to settle for a mediocre regular season and sweet 16 finish and be talked into accepting it as a “good” season.

Define “mediocre” and then get back to me. By the way, we’ve only not made it past the Sweet 16 twice in the Cal era.

“It’s been a long season.”

We’ve only played 13 games?

“Cant win with low tier five stars. Simple as that.”

Are we really going to start saying there are levels of five-star athletes?

“Look how good we looked in the Bahamas against Mega Bemax with minimal coaching and playing more on natural ability. Look how bad Michigan looked against Mega Bemax with minimal coaching. Look at both teams now. Call me names, I’m just saying.

Maybe Cal should just roll the ball out.”

So we accuse Cal of rolling the ball out and being a bad coach, now we want him to roll the ball out? Makes sense.

“Hey Cal, what bandwagon were you talking about. The team has to be good in order for there to be a bandwagon to jump on and off. I hate that he bitches about the fans, then uses two wins to say that the fans complaints were unwarranted. He then goes on to lose the next game to a bottom feeder in the SEC. Worry about your coaching and not the fans.”

Isn’t this team top 15? And I don’t think Alabama is a bottom feeder anymore…. or at least no after beating Kentucky.

“When we win – well we have better recruits, so…
When we lose – Cal got exposed

Always write the narrtive so Cal can never win and you always have a reason to bitch. I guess Cal made Reid play terribly.”

Oh look, a rational fan.

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Kentucky makes Paul Finebaum’s post-bowl top 10 list….. but they’re still behind Florida

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If you haven’t seen it yet, Paul Finebaum released his post-bowl top 10 rankings and the Kentucky Wildcats slid in the door at #10, but they’re still behind Florida, who is #9.

Paul knew obviously knew there would be some debate because he said “I’m sure everyone will agree on all of them and there will be no debate about any of the choices.”

People seem to forget that an unranked Kentucky team went to the Swamp and kicked the Gators teeth in. A lot of people say that if Kentucky were to play them again, then Florida would beat them. I think the game would be close and I think Kentucky could maybe even come out with another victory.

Here’s the complete rankings:

Notre Dame is a fraud, so drop them to the 10th spot, move everyone up a spot, flip flop Kentucky and Florida, and I’m happy.

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Miami needs a new head coach and it sounds like Mark Stoops could be a candidate

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After losing the Pinstripe Bowl 35-3, Miami football now has a vacancy at the head coach position. Mark Richt announced today that he is retiring from coaching and stepping down as head coach of the Hurricanes.

According to Justin Rowland of Cats Illustrated, Mark Stoops is likely to be a candidate for the Miami heach-coach job.

It’s not surprising since Stoops has connections with Florida and Miami. Stoops was the DB’s coach at Miami from 2001-2004, and was the defensive coordinator at Florida State from 2009-2012.

As seen above, Rowland says that Stoops is “likely on Miami’s short list.”

I would be shocked if Stoops left for Miami. The program down there is a dumpster fire and isn’t close to what it was when Stoops was down there before. We will likely be hearing more news on this throughout the day so stay tuned.

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The Kentucky vs. North Carolina series has given us some pretty memorable games in the Cal era

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Tomorrow, Kentucky and North Carolina face-off in one of the better matchups so far in college basketball. The game is scheduled to tip-off around 5:15 PM on CBS.

North Carolina leads the series 24-15 and the most recent game in the series was in the 2017 Elite 8 where Kentucky lost 75-73. I’m not going to go into that game because I will become depressed again and I’m sure you will too.

North Carolina owned Kentucky in the early years, but since John Calipari got to Kentucky, the Wildcats have gone 5-3 against the Tar Heels.

This series has also brought us some pretty awesome games.

Kentucky 73 – North Carolina 75: 2017 Elite 8

This game is pretty depressing for UK fans. Kentucky was down late in the game and Malik Monk hit two crazy 3’s to tie the game. We all know what happened after that.

Watch this video at your own risk and there’s no need to watch the end.

Kentucky 103 – North Carolina 100: 2016 CBS Sports Classic

One of the better games, in my opinion, in a decade. Malik Monk dropped 47, including a last second three to give Kentucky the win.

Kentucky 73 – North Carolina 72: Anthony Davis’ block

This is the kind of game you don’t get a lot at Rupp Arena. Two top-five teams going down to the last second. Anthony Davis, I think became Anthony Davis in this game after blocking a jump-shot from John Henson in the final seconds to give Kentucky the win.

Kentucky 76 – North Carolina 69: 2011 Elite 8

After upsetting the best team in the tournament, Ohio State, Kentucky played North Carolina in the Elite 8. DeAndre Liggins hit a three with 35 seconds left in the game, which gave Kentucky the win and sent them to the Final Four for the first time since 1998.

Highlights:

Full game:

Kentucky 68 – North Carolina 66: Kentucky basketball was back

John Calipari’s first game against North Carolina since taking the Kentucky job. The Cats were coming off five straight losses to the Tar Heels, including a 20 point blowout the previous year. This game put Kentucky basketball back on the map and the world was introduced to John Wall.

Kentucky and North Carolina have had one hell of a series since Cal arrived in Lexington. Hopefully the Cats can pull out a huge win against the Tar Heels tomorrow in Chicago.

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Who is the second potential transfer?

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Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio has been hinting at two potential transfers for Kentucky for a few weeks now. Yesterday it was announced that Miami freshman QB, Jarren Williams, was going to transfer. The destination was never said and now will never be as his father told 247Sports that Mark Richt and Jon Richt convinced Williams to stay.

They were talking to him yesterday and today about staying and competing through the spring. He felt as though he should had an opportunity to probably play more. He was frustrated by play time.” Williams’ father said.

With Williams now off the board, who is this mysterious transfer that Jones has been hinting at?

*I KNOW NOTHING WHEN IT COMES TO THIS*

Xavier Peters

Xavier Peters committed to Kentucky in July of 2017, then on signing day, he didn’t sign. Then in late January of this year, Peters flipped his commitment from Kentucky to Florida State during an official visit. He was ranked 173rd in the 2018 class by 247Sports and was UK’s highest-rated commitment in 2018.

Shocky Jacques-Louis

Shocky Jacques Louis committed to Kentucky in late April of 2017, then in early June, Louis announced his de-commitment from Kentucky. He then committed to Tennessee in early August. After being committed to UT for several months, Louis de-committed from Tennessee after Butch Jones was fired. He then, in late December, committed to Pittsburgh.

Russ Yeast

Russ Yeast committed to Kentucky, then flipped his commitment to Louisville. With Louisville being in a mess, Yeast announced that he would transfer after their 77-16 loss to Clemson. His dad, Craig Yeast, played with Tim Couch at Kentucky, so would Yeast come back to his dads old stomping grounds?

Those are the three that I think are most likely. Remember, I know nothing when it comes to this, so I will find out when everyone else finds out. Other potential names would be Mac Jones and Alex Reigelsperger.

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Jarren Williams to transfer to Kentucky?

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Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio has been hinting at two potential transfers to Kentucky for a few weeks now. Today’s news makes one of those potential transfers maybe a bit clearer.

On Wednesday it was reported by Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports that Jarren Williams, who committed to Kentucky twice but ended up de-committing both times, will be transferring from Miami.

Williams played in just one game this year for Miami, completing one pass for 17 yards against FCS Savannah State. This was done to preserve his redshirt.

Although he will be required to sit out the 2019 season, Williams would still be a great pick up for the Cats, especially after getting juked twice.

Wiltfong says it’s expected that Williams’ name will be in the NCAA Transfer Portal by Friday, December 21st.

“I will tell you, some of the dudes we lost in the 2018 class and even 2017 class, you’ll see them talking to some of our other players like, ‘Man I knew we should have went there.’ They saw it, but they didn’t believe it.” -Vince Marrow

While it adds suspense, we now know who one of the potential transfers could be. I wouldn’t mind having Terry Wilson AND Jarren Williams as QB options. Stay tuned.

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