Cats Fan in the Ville
He could use the Bama Drone and steal plays from the other team
There's already a ton of bulletin board material on both sides at this point. This is pedestrian PG material- but a great view! The coaches and players don't miss an opportunity to get in a jab... Louisville had a leg up on the Cats for a decent amount of time and used every negative aspect they could while recruiting in the state. It's payback time and it feels good. In 99% of cases, I say stay away from negativity and play the game, but with Loserville, it's too good to pass up.
Chiming in with no dog in the fight... The SEC is full of what I would consider to be historical blue bloods. While you have other programs with great history: Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan, USC, Texas, Oklahoma, etc., the SEC has multiple Blue Bloods depending on the timeline you're considering- Bama, LSU, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Auburn. And while I wouldn't necessarily say TAMU is in that list, they have a solid program with a long history of winning. Honestly, as bad as Kentucky has been in football, it's always been a thrill to be part of this conference- the players I've seen play college ball over the years has been something a "fan" in California has missed out on...
Best of luck to our Southern neighbors! Keep the title in the SEC…
I’m totally fine with Kentucky pulling the offer, but not how they handled it. Baker should not have had to find out through media…. By all accounts he’s got a lot of talent and I wish him the best wherever he lands…
Thank you for the vote of confidence! I'd love the Georgia game to be a CBS Saturday type matchup. No doubt Georgia will do their part, just hope the Cats can get some wins leading into that game to make it meaningful. Always love when the Georgia fans come to town- great people!
If Kentucky loses to Florida in week two, it will be because Florida is a talented team that played a good game. The history is not going to be a factor- I don't think the current roster, or anything before 2018 has clinched up playing SEC opponents. But agreed this is a pretty pivotal game for the season. The offense line is a question mark, but there's a lot of talent there that I think will be fine protecting Levis. Maybe not as well as the past couple years, but I expect this unit to be in the top half of the SEC. The front seven on defense is going to be better than last year. The secondary should be better as well. Based on the Miss State and TN games, surely there's been some learning on how to game plan for that. Lot's riding on Brad White to get that figured out. My biggest issue is your take on the UofL game. They have brought some talent in through the portal, but they are not at a level to beat Kentucky. They're too small up front on both sides of the ball. Kentucky will pound the ball like they have the past few seasons and throw some deep balls to keep them honest. Despite how the Georgia game goes, and I know it's going to take a toll on the Cats, they will be 100% ready to finish out the season against the Cards. Having said all of this, while Florida is a big game early that will set up a good/great possible season, no SEC game is going to be easy. The early lines are just a guess, but we already knew Miss State, Ole Miss and TN were going to be tough games. Two of which are on the road. South Carolina is going to be a tough game and Kentucky seems to struggle playing in Columbia. So there's a whole lot of work to be done to win 8,9 or 10 games this year. One thing's for sure and that it's going to be a lot of fun! Go Cats! As far as the receiving core, and the offense in general, I think they will be 100% fine. Wan'Dale is a big loss, but the ability to target more than one receiver is surely going to offset that. In addition to the most talented (overall) receiving room Kentucky has ever had, their Tight Ends will help the load. Throw in CRod and it's another balanced offense.
Spurrier is one of my favorites- not only with Fulmer but also Bowden. That entire era was a lot of fun in college football.
I would agree with you... A school like Kentucky has boosters that would dig deep to grab a basketball player and probably already are doing that. But our boosters are not likely to follow a school like Tennessee that is all in on pooling big football dollars. And I'm not knocking Tennessee at all- I wish we were all in on being creative to find ways to land 4 and 5 *'s. Lord knows we could use it...
Kentucky's offense will be pretty good this year... I think the biggest improvement comes from an expanded receiving core with quality experience and good young blue chip athletes. Wan'Dale was really, really good, but it was frustrating that Levis really only had a single target to throw to last season. The Tight Ends are also really good to compliment the receivers, so that doesn't hurt in showing some creative formations. Lastly, the RB's are solid. CRod is going to be a beast. Cats will need every bit of this to contend with an improved level of play across the SEC East this season.
The disparity in how this is applied blows my mind... Like we live in the same country, but if you get arrested in California or New York for something far more serious, you're out of jail in a couple of hours. In this case, there's no bond? And the additional details I read, she took his phone, and in turn he locked up her wallet and car seat in his car. No physical violence. There's a bond hearing this morning.
Barkley is one of my all time favorites as a basketball player and an analyst. The only commentator I've ever seen embrace his alma mater in a field of neutrality. And not care what anyone thinks or says. A guy who has common sense. I don't always agree with his takes, but that's the fun in liking this guy. I was lucky enough to see him out at a bar in Lexington when he was in town for a pro/am golf tournament and the guy had no posse. Just having fun with students and loving life. And as far as Pearl goes, he's a good coach and Auburn is lucky to have him. His NCAA transgressions have been minor and he seems to love where he coaches, so hats off to him. I hope he stays at Auburn.
I don't mean to imply that Saban or Bama couldn't/wouldn't cheat... I mean they wouldn't waste those efforts on a UofL receiver. Honestly, it's tongue in cheek. I don't think this kid is great, but I'm biased. If he's landed at Bama, or any SEC school, he's probably got potential somebody smarter than me could identify.
There is 0% chance Saban or anyone on his staff spent 1 second scouting the University of Louisville's roster. Satterfield flatters himself obviously. I'm sure the Bama staff pays attention to the transfer portal and that is the first time they've ever heard the kid's name, did a little research, and saw a possible fit. They reached out and the kid grabbed an offer to escape Louisville. Just an added benefit that it happened to be for a storied program. Truth be told, if Troy would have reached out on day one, this kid would have latched on to an opportunity to flee.
Kentucky has always had trouble with mobile quarterbacks. AR is dynamic and also has a great arm. I for one am in no way overlooking a Florida team we've beat one time in the last 30+ years on the road. And I'm certain all but the most unrealistic fans are not either. Same with the Tennessee game. Kentucky is miserably hot that time of year, but no match for the sweaty SWAMP....
Yeah I know... I just feel like a normal kid that age mighty have their parents in their ear. I personally made a lot of bad choices at that age despite having pretty good family around me- so I get the youth/bad decisions. I just think when you have a potential NFL career in front of you (not to mention all of the NIL $), there should be some pretty frequent conversations happening with these kids from coaches and staff. To all of those that made the point that thankfully nobody was hurt, I concur. This is now a lesson that he can recover from- whereas it could have been much worse and life altering for multiple people.
Thanks fuzzy- I think the Vols are going to be a really fun team to watch this season...
If you're referring to Marrow's comments, that's taking it out of context- at least that's my opinion. Georgia is the team that Kentucky has not been able to beat under Stoops. And by no means is Kentucky suddenly some awesome team that can overlook any team from the SEC on the schedule. They'll be doing well if they can figure out how to win another 5 conference games this year. Every team in the east will be better than they were last season. Not sure how much Georgia can improve over a crazy good team that they were, but they certainly won't lose much- if any at all. Kentucky will also be better I believe. Should be a fun year.
With all of the resources Power Five schools have, you wonder how student athletes still make these decisions... Maybe because they're 19 or 20 years old? I guess that's part of it. But still- now this kid will have to prove he has learned how to hang on to the football as well as have his character analyzed. For all the things I think Stoops does right, he really truly needs somebody on their staff who does a better job of managing the players' off field activities/decisions. He is a great back and hope he figures this out and comes back with the right attitude. With Florida in week two, this could be a selfish decision that impacts the team and not just individual achievement. Come on Cats, do better.
The Cats may circle the game against Georgia as the team that they haven’t yet been able to beat under Stoops, but by no means is that a slight on the rest of their schedule. Playing at Florida will be an extremely tough game. They may win that, but they very well could lose. TN is always a team that finds a way to beat Kentucky- even in the years where we should win. State is going to present problems. SC finished last year well and is going to be better this year. Mizzou has added some pieces and will be better. Ole Miss on the road will be a fun game with lots of offense. I love Marrow and his confidence, but he knows how hard an SEC schedule is. He’s playing to the fans and recruits.
Satterfield is a clown. I have a very difficult time picturing Saban pouring over game film of the University of Louisville to find next season's game changer. This kid will likely never see the field. Hey Scott, put together a decent football program and maybe you keep players. Who would blame a kid playing for a mid-tier ACC program from jumping at the chance to play for Bama? A team who's HC is trying to land the job at South Carolina after one year in Louisville... Hell, I'd have a hard time blaming a Kentucky kid from doing that, but whatever. L's down.
Would love to see Levis improve his demeanor a little bit. I mean you want passion in your quarterback, but watching his body language sometimes after a dropped pass or interception was not great. You need your QB to be a calming presence. Ironically, I thought he looked most poised against Georgia last season. Despite the fact that they gave him little to work with, he didn't try to force his passes and made overall good decisions against an NFL caliber defense. And seemed to keep the offense positive in an obviously really tough game.
Why wouldn't winning a national championship be the most important thing for this kid? Sure he wants to end up in the NFL, but the family has plenty of money. When I think of the Manning family, I think of them as an SEC family with successful college careers. Winning a title would be a pretty cool thing for an already highly accomplished family of quarterbacks. Winning a super bowl would only put him as equals to his uncles, but neither of them won a collegiate championship. And I'd be surprised if he didn't end up at Bama or Georgia. Texas has been pre-season hyped for years and it hasn't worked out since Mack Brown left.
There were definitely times I think he tries to do too much. Over penetration and finds himself in a place to make a bad decision. Having said that, Kentucky does not have a viable pg on the roster, so I'll take him back and hope they can work on his decision making...
Georgia did not look great in SECCG, but they crushed a good Michigan team and looked poised in the NCG. They handled business in the regular season- Clemson wasn't up to their previous standards, but they pulled out a tough game in week one. The GA defense was generational. TN had one of the best offenses not only in the SEC but the country and they held them in check...
I believe just the one in 1996. But to be fair, I believe he also won the SEC 5 or 6 times while he was in Gainesville, and should there have been a playoff format vs the BCS, he likely would have had more opportunity to play their way to a championship. Right or wrong, that was just my perception of Spurrier when he was at Florida. And he took Carolina to a pretty high level while he was there. Hard to compare to Bama who has titles all the way back to the 1920's or 30's. I think Smart is on this same path- just takes time to build a legacy. And he can do it with Georgia's history and tradition.
What Saban does, and has done is truly remarkable. It's utterly unrealistic to think he can win the national championship every year- but every year, he's somehow in it or in the conversation. There has never been a coach that is able to reload and develop a fundamentally sound football team like he has. The closest I've seen to him is the Old Ball Coach. But until Saban retires, the Bama brand is synonymous with championship football. The Georgia team last year was one of the best I've ever seen, and Smart may well in fact build that program into the new Bama once HCNS retires, but until that day, it's not going to happen.
This provides some much needed experience in the secondary. Would like to see the Cats get one more DB before it’s all said and done. Looks like he was a pretty solid contributor during his time in Oxford.
I truly appreciate this kid- His faith in God, love of family, love of this country, respect for the game and his opponents. He'll eventually make some money in the NBA, but he's a college player to be honest. Glad to have him back for another season.