SEC makes Nashville site of Men’s Basketball Tournament through 2035

Kentucky fans probably want to cheer the news that Nashville will host the SEC Tournament through 2035.. (Jeff Houchin Photo)

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (November 13, 2018) – The Southeastern Conference has extended its agreement with the Nashville Sports Council that could make Music City the home of the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament through 2035, it was announced on Tuesday.

Under the terms of the new agreement, the tournament will be played in Nashville through 2030, with the exception of 2022, with an option to extend the agreement through 2035.

UK volleyball goes for 18th straight win at Arkansas Wednesday

Gabby Curry (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Fresh off a record-setting performance and its 17th consecutive win, the No. 11 Kentucky volleyball team will be back in action on Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET at Arkansas in its first of three matches in the upcoming road swing.

The match will be broadcast live on ESPNU from inside Barnhill Arena.

C.J. Conrad finalist for Pop Warner Little Scholars

UK tight end CJ Conrad celebrated UK’s Homecoming with the patients at Kentucky Children’s Hospital. (Photo by Noah J. Richter | UK Athletics)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky senior tight end C.J. Conrad has been named a finalist for the 2018 Pop Warner Little Scholars, the nation’s oldest youth football organization, celebrating its 90th season.

The Pop Warner National College Football Award recognizes a college graduating senior who has made a difference on the field, in the classroom and in his community, and serves as a role model to Pop Warner’s young student-athletes. 

Is Middle Tennessee a breather for Kentucky?

Former UK offensive coordinator Tony Franklin is the offensive coordinator at Middle Tennessee. (Middle Tennessee Athletics Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Middle Tennessee is not a Southeastern Conference team and lost 35-7 to Vanderbilt to start the season. But it also has a 21-13 win over Charlotte, the same team Tennessee beat only 14-3.

“There’s no team that we can say that’s a breather. You see it, again, you see it in college football, you see it all the time. You saw Tennessee score seven points on Charlotte the week before and come out and play lights out against us,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said.

Immanuel Quickley: Chemistry can take time

Benny Snell says Cats have to become more physical, Stoops wants better execution

Terry Wilson shows the frustration of losing at Tennessee. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky’s offense is not having problems because defenses have changed their approach to stopping the Cats.

“They’ve been loading the box from now to the beginning of the year. That really shouldn’t matter to me. Me, and how I think of my O-Line, I don’t care if the best defense in the nation lines up and loads the box. If the linemen can do what they do with their guys, then get to the second level, it’s unstoppable,” Kentucky running back Benny Snell said after Saturday’s 24-7 loss at Tennessee.

Mark Stoops: “The complete game changers, we don’t have a lot of them on offense.”

Lynn Bowden (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

I really don’t think Mark Stoops was meaning to criticize his players — or his own recruiting. Yet it’s easy to interpret what he said Monday when asked if quarterback Terry Wilson is making good decisions running the offense as meaning exactly that.

Stoops started by admitting there were times Wilson made the wrong decision about whether to hand the ball off or keep it himself in Saturday’s 24-7 loss at Tennessee.

Mark Stoops doesn’t think it would be “wise” to hit “panic-mode” over UK’s offensive woes

Lynn Bowden is Kentucky’s top receiver and playmaker. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and UK fans agree on one thing — the Cats’ play in a 24-7 loss at Tennessee Saturday was “inexcusable” from start to finish.

Kentucky’s problem continues to be a lack of consistent offense, something Stoops hinted that might result in some changes this week. However, he didn’t sound that way Monday when asked if it was time to re-think UK’s offensive philosophy.

Madison Lilley, Gabby Curry honored by SEC

LEXINGTON, Ky. – For the second consecutive week, a Kentucky volleyball player has been named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week after sophomore setter Madison Lilley received the conference’s top weekly award in addition to her setter of the week honor. Classmate Gabby Curry was also named defensive player of the week after being the league’s player of the week last week.

Kentucky-Southern Photo Gallery by Vicky Graff