Happy Thursday morning, folks. Let’s get right into the news and notes you need to know for the day.
Kofi Cockburn won’t be heading to Kentucky
The college basketball world sure is a wild ride.
KSR’s Drew Franklin reported on Wednesday morning that Illinois transfer Kofi Cockburn will not be heading to the Kentucky Wildcats as a return to Illinois appears to be his next move. The 7-foot, 285-pound Cockburn is arguably the most talented player to ever put his name in the transfer portal and many thought he would eventually end up in a Kentucky uniform with his connections to Coach Antigua and Coach Coleman. However, that no longer appears to be the case.
Cockburn is set to announce his decision on Friday and is down to three finalists: Illinois, Kentucky, and Florida State. All signs are pointing toward the pick being Illinois, though.
Let the Jalen Duren Watch continue…
Booker and Suns drop Game 4, series tied 2-2
Devin Booker had an all-time performance during Game 4 of the NBA Finals, but foul trouble in the fourth quarter (side note: check out this non-call that should have fouled him out) cost him and the Phoenix Suns from taking a commanding 3-1 series lead. Instead, Giannis Antetokounmpo executed one of the greatest playoff blocks you’ll ever see and Khris Middleton wouldn’t stop hitting shots as the Milwaukee Bucks won an epic battle to knot the series up at 2-2.
Booker finished with 42 points on 17-28 shooting while Middleton went for 40 points of his own. Chris Paul was dreadful all night long for Phoenix, ending up with just 10 points and five turnovers on a 5-13 shooting clip.
Had the referees not gotten overly involved, the ending might have been a classic. But unnecessary whistles and straight-up terrible no-calls slowed the game to a snail’s pace down the stretch. Either way, the series is tied and heads back to Phoenix for a pivotal Game 5.
Kinnard and Paschal heading to SEC Media Day
Kentucky’s representatives for the 2021 SEC Media Days are not a surprise. The league just released the list of attendees, and Mark Stoops will take offensive tackle Darian Kinnard and defensive end Josh Paschal with him to Hoover, Alabama next week. Stoops and his seniors will take their turns in front of the mics on Tuesday.
Here’s the complete schedule, with attendees:
MONDAY, July 19
Florida – Dan Mullen, Zach Carter (DL, Senior), Ventrell Miller (LB, Senior)
LSU – Ed Orgeron, Austin Deculus (OT, Senior), Derek Stingley Jr. (DB, Junior)
South Carolina – Shane Beamer, Kingsley Enagbare (DE, Senior), Nick Muse (TE, Senior)
TUESDAY, July 20
Georgia – Kirby Smart, JT Daniels (QB, Junior), Jordan Davis (DL, Senior)
Kentucky – Mark Stoops, Darian Kinnard (OT, Senior), Josh Paschal (DE, Senior)
Ole Miss – Lane Kiffin, Matt Corral (QB, Junior), Jaylon Jones (DB, Senior)
Tennessee – Josh Heupel, Velus Jones Jr. (WR, Senior), Alontae Taylor (DB, Senior)
WEDNESDAY, July 21
Alabama – Nick Saban, Phidarian Mathis (DL, Senior), John Metchie III (WR, Junior)
Mississippi State – Mike Leach, Aaron Brule (LB, Junior), Austin Williams (WR, Senior)
Texas A&M – Jimbo Fisher, Kenyon Green (OL, Junior), DeMarvin Leal (DL, Junior)
Vanderbilt – Clark Lea, Bradley Ashmore (OL, Sophomore), Daevion Davis (DL, Junior)
THURSDAY, July 22
Arkansas – Sam Pittman, Myron Cunningham (OL, Senior), Grant Morgan (LB, Senior)
Auburn – Bryan Harsin, Bo Nix (QB, Junior), Owen Pappoe (LB, Junior)
Missouri – Eli Drinkwitz, Akial Byers (DL, Senior), Case Cook (OL, Senior)
Recapping Matthew Mitchell’s hosting of KSR
The now-retired Kentucky Women’s Basketball coach was back again during KSR’s Guest Week to take over as host. It was filled with plenty of Mitchell’s natural charm, entertaining stories, and jokes at Ryan Lemond’s expense. Coach Mitchell also spent some time discussing his health after a scary head injury forced him to unexpectedly retire, along with the status of this coming season’s women’s basketball squad.
Check all that out and more at the link right here. Below is a tiny snippet from Wednesday’s two-hour show.
Kroger Hometown Pickup Tour visits Kiyaunta Goodwin
The Kroger Hometown Pickup Tour continues along with episode No. 3–and it sure is a good one.
Kentucky Football’s top-ranked recruit from the class of 2022, offensive tackle Kiyaunta Goodwin from Louisville, KY, is the featured star this time around. Playing his high school ball up at Charlestown High School in Indiana, the 6-foot-7 Goodwin is a four-star recruit and top 60 overall player in the country.
KSR’s own Nick Roush and Adam Luckett made the quick trip to Aspirations Gym in Louisville to talk with Goodwin about his high school career, his secret love for the clarinet, his workout routine, and plenty more.
Pardon My Take hosting KSR
The Barstool boys are back to take over the KSR airwaves for Thursday’s show. Like with Coach Mitchell, Pardon My Take is now a regular host of the annual Guest Week rotation and always makes for a memorable show. Make sure to tune in at 10 a.m.