Big-time Kentucky target Skyy Clark cutting list to seven on Friday

Skyy Clark

By LARRY VAUGHT

If Kentucky is not in Nashville junior Skyy Clark’s top seven Friday when he makes his announcement it will shock me.

He tweeted Wednesday that “decision on my recruitment coming soon” and the talented combo guard is seen as a likely Kentucky commit by most national recruiting analysts.

The 6-2, 195-pound Clark is a five-star guard who recently moved from California to Nashville where he’ll play this season for Brentwood Academy. He’s a consensus top 15 players in the 2022 recruiting class but obviously Kentucky coach John Calipari rates him a lot higher on his list.
Clark is one of just two players in the 2022 class with a scholarship offer — he got his July 2 — and the only player UK has offered since December.

Cautious John Schlarman plans to keep on working

John Schlarman (UK Photo by Britney Howard)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Based on what Kentucky offensive line coach John Schlarman told ESPN staff writer David Hale he’s planning to be at practice and games for the Wildcats this year despite the COVID-19 worries.

It was about two years ago that we learned Schlarman, a former UK offensive lineman, had cancer and he’s been battling it, including chemotherapy treatments, non-stop since then. Yet he’s not missed a game and seldom misses a practice.

What makes Vince Marrow such a good recruiter?

C.J. Conrad, Vince Marrow (Vicky Graff Photo)
The University of Kentucky Football team defeats South Carolina 17-10 on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky.
Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

By LARRY VAUGHT

By now no one can argue that Vince Marrow is an exceptional recruiter. But what makes the Kentucky recruiting coordinator so good?

“I would just say that he’s very good at interacting with people from different backgrounds. Everywhere and anyhow. He can get you in Ohio, can get you in Florida, get you in California or Kentucky. It doesn’t matter,” said former UK tight end C.J.Conrad, an Ohio native.

Rory McElroy misses fans but knows he’s “lucky” to just be playing golf

The 2020 PGA Championship starts Thursday and thought you might enjoy a few comments that Rory McElroy made today about playing with basically no fans around this year. Could be the same thing we have if there is college football.

Q. I was just wondering from a perspective of playing a major championship without fans, what’s going to be the biggest change for you? We know that you can ignore leaderboards, but you can’t ignore the roars of the crowds. How is that going to play? Do you find yourself looking more at leaderboards or just trying to stay in your own little bubble, per se?

UK walk-on lineman Ryan Bryant honors mother’s friend, coach John Schlarman with hair donation to Wigs for Kids

Ryan Bryant says it was happy times Monday when he cut his hair to donate it to Wigs for Kids.

By LARRY VAUGHT

After not having a haircut in about 18 months, Kentucky sophomore walk-on offensive lineman Ryan Bryant of Ashland said he felt nothing but “happiness” Monday when he got his hair cut.

That’s because he was donating his curly locks to Wigs for Kids in memory of his mother’s best friend since sixth grade who passed away from cancer.

Coach Brian Craig on death of Cullan Brown: “Our hearts are simply devastated”

By DEB MOORE, UK Media Relations

LEXINGTON – Kentucky men’s golfer Cullan Brown, who battled osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer in his left thigh, died on Tuesday. He was 20.

“Our hearts are simply devastated over the loss of our brother Cullan,” Kentucky head coach Brian Craig said. “I have personally never known a more special or amazing young man. He was simply the most gifted person I have ever coached. He could literally do anything with excellence, but his greatest gift was the way he loved the Lord and loved people. That is a tremendous legacy to leave behind and one that will last forever within our UK golf family.

SEC football teams can start practice Aug. 17; basketball still aims to start season on time

Linebacker Boogie Watson and his UK teammates can start practice Aug. 17. (Wade Upchurch Photo)

By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky Today

LEXINGTON — Now that the Southeastern Conference has a path forward for a 10-game league-only schedule, the conference announced the starting date for fall practice on Tuesday.

Kentucky and the rest of the member schools can begin fall workouts on Aug. 17 before the start of the season. Teams will be allowed to conduct 25 practices, limited to 20 hours per week. A five-day acclimation period will be required. Two days will be allowed for helmet-only contact two days in shells and a fifth day with full pads.

Goodbye Cullan Brown, your talent, love and personality will be missed by us all

Two years ago I met Cullan Brown and his mom, Emily at the Barbasol Championship watching Emma Talley play in the Pro-Am. Tuesday night he passed away after battling cancer for the last year. (Joe Hafley Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Some stories you never want to write — and this is one.

Golfer Cullan Brown died Wednesday at age 20 after battling osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, in his left thigh for less than a year.

Guest post: Who is Advocating for the elderly and disabled during the pandemic?

Andrea James worried about the care her mother received during COVID-19 restrictions and also about the care other elderly, disabled people might be receiving.

Vaught’s note: Andrea James is a former long-term care ombudsman who worries that our elderly and disabled are not getting the proper medical care they need during his pandemic. She asked for the opportunity to share her feelings and remember this is based on her experience with her mother. No, this is not a sports story but in 2020 we need to all listen to each other.

By ANDREA JAMES

No one-size-fits-all answer to satisfy school administrators, teachers, coaches, players, students

Julian Tackett (Photo by Mark Mahan)

By JULIAN TACKETT, KHSAA Commissioner

As the start of the school year approaches, there has been a lot of focus on whether students should go back to school and if interscholastic athletics should return. Some think we should just stay inside our homes for months at a time. Others seemingly refuse to acknowledge that the virus exists.