Could Kash Daniel and Chris Oats play together?

Kash Daniel (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

By LARRY VAUGHT

With Kash Daniel suspended for the first half of Kentucky’s game at Texas A&M after being ejected for a targeting call the previous game, it gave true freshman linebacker Chris Oates a chance to start.

Oates took advantage of the opportunity and played well before Daniel returned in the second half.

Now what does coach Mark Stoops do? Does he play them both? Does Oates continue just as a backup and play sparingly? Could they play together?

Kentucky has league-high 31 players on NBA rosters

By UK ATHLETICS

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Every year the numbers gets bigger and wilder, but the bottom line remains the same: No school can match the Kentucky men’s basketball team’s ability to develop players and put them in the NBA.

As the 2018-19 NBA season begins Tuesday, a whopping 31 players on NBA opening-day rosters (including two-way, inactive and suspension lists) played and finished their college basketball careers at the University of Kentucky, the nation’s most prolific NBA player-producing program in the country. UK’s 31 players are once again the most of any college basketball program, beating the next-closest school (Duke with 25) by six players.

Meet celebrity judges, enjoy chili and help make Christmas special for kids and seniors at Wilderness Trail Distillery Saturday

Winners of the 2017 Chili Cook-Off at Wilderness Trail Distilley (Denise Henderson Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Not only can you enjoy some terrific chili Saturday at Wilderness Trail Distillery while helping provide some Christmas cheer for both youth and senior citizens, but you will also have a chance to mingle with some special celebrity judges.

The second annual Charity Chili Cook-Off tobenefit the Danville Kiwanis Christmas for Kids and Seniors will have chili available for the public from 10 cooks — one cook is preparing two entries — by about 11:30 a.m.

Reid Travis won’t put pressure on himself

Reid Travis was the center of attention at UK’s Media Day. (Denise Henderson Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Reid Travis averaged almost a double-double last year at Stanford and was a two-time all-conference player. He was third in the Pac-12 in scoring (19.5 points per game) and rebounding (8.7 points per game) last season and had 16 double-doubles.

He put his name into the NBA draft, went through the NBA combine and then decided to pull out of the draft. He knew he wanted to play his fifth year at another school but also had to finish his course work to complete his undergraduate degree.

Is Leah Edmond more excited about UK volleyball or UK football? (Larry Vaught/Verizon Video)

Kentucky volleyball and Kentucky football are both have superb seasons. Which one makes Leah Edmond, an all-American volleyball player, the happiest — and remember her father, Corey Edmond, is UK football’s head strength and conditioning coach?

Vanderbilt will have “explosive” Ke’Shawn Vaughn back for Kentucky game

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Monday that he knew about running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn when he ran for 2,646 yards and 45 touchdowns as a senior Pearl-Cohn High School in Nashville and was named 2014 Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year.

Stoops will likely get to see plenty of Vaughn Saturday night when the No. 14 Cats host Vanderbilt. He had a 43-yard run and a 75-yard touchdown catch last week against Florida before an injury forced him out of the game after Vandy built a 21-3 lead before losing 37-27.

Mark Stoops may have “good update” on sophomore Josh Paschal in next few weeks

Josh Paschal, left (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Remember before the season started and many expected sophomore Josh Paschal to be Kentucky’s best defensive lineman and a needed stopper for the Cats.

He made the move from linebacker to the defensive line in the spring to enable UK to get its best players on the field at the same time.

Then a few weeks before the season started, it was discovered he had skin cancer and needed surgery and rehab. He has not practiced or played this season.

Madison Lilley SEC Player of the Week

LEXINGTON, Ky. – For the third time this season, a Kentucky volleyball player has been named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week after sophomore setter Madison Lilley picked up the weekly award – along with setter of the week honors – for her elite-level play during week seven in home victories over Tennessee and Ole Miss. It’s her fourth player of the week honor of her career and 13th setter of the week award.

The Overland Park, Kansas, native notched her fourth week of awards this season after she led both matches in assists and averaged 13.50 assists per set. The sophomore directed the UK offense to 16.86 kills per set and a .352 hitting clip over its two matches.

Immanuel Quickley has been “playing with talent my whole life”

Immanuel Quickley (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Freshman guard Immanuel Quickley is hoping to help John Calipari build a national championship contender at Kentucky where the Cats seem to be loaded with talent at every position.

For Quickley, it’s like some other teams he’s been on as he noted his USA under 17 team had six lottery picks in the 2018 NBA draft.

Gabby Curry credits coaches for putting her in position to make record 23 digs in sweep of Ole Miss (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)