Is light growing dimmer for high school, college football?

Will UK assistant coaches Eddie Gran and John Schlarman have games to coach this year? (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

On Friday Kentucky High School Athletics Association commissioner Julian Tackett said “we’re playing this fall” without indicating exactly what that might mean for sports such as football, soccer, cross county and volleyball.

“We don’t know what it’s going to look like, but we’re going to,” Tackett said during a KHSAA meeting.

Later the KKSAA Board of Control decided not to let teams start practice in mid-July as normal and keep current guidelines due to COVID-19 in place until at least Aug. 2.

Top kicking prospect Jackson Smith plans to also be full-time position player at Boyle County

Jackson Smith, right, with Kentucky All-American punter Max Duffy Friday in Richmond.

By LARRY VAUGHT

It’s not often any more that a Division I kicker or punter was a also a position player in high school but that’s exactly what Boyle County junior Jackson Smith plans to be.

He was offered a scholarship by Kentucky last week and is ranked as the No. 1 kicker/punter in the 2022 recruiting class by some.

“Jackson is a different kind of kid. He has a different mentality and is not afraid to stick his nose in there. He’s a tough kid and he’s got a lot stronger,” his father, Andy Smith, a former all-SEC punter at UK, said.

Recruiting writer says if UK target Skyy Clark grows to 6-4 “it won’t be fair” to competition

Skyy Clark

By LARRY VAUGHT

One of the nation’s best young players, 2022 point guard Skyy Clark, called it a blessing when he got a scholarship offer from Kentucky.

The 6-2, 200-pound guard is “one of the best playmakers in all of high school basketball” according to Rivals.com national basketball analyst Corey Evans.

John Calipari was the first coach coach to reach out to Clark, who made an unofficial visit to UK last season when the Cats beat Auburn, when coaches were allowed to contact recruits this summer and Calipari along with assistant coaches Kenny Payne, Joel Justus and Tony Barbee were all on the Zoom call when Calipari made the scholarship offer.

Bike rental leads to meeting friend of UK football player’s father

David Rulon and his wife not only had a bike for my grandson at Tybee Island Bike Rental, but they delivered it — and told me they know the father of a UK football player. (Larry Vaught Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

My grandson wanted to rent a bike to ride Friday at Tybee Island, which seemed simple enough. However, the bike rental shops closest to where he was staying didn’t have one the right size for an 8-year-old boy.

Head coach Ryan O’Connor has 45 on her first UK cheer squad

LEXINGTON – Kentucky cheerleading head coach Ryan Martin O’Connor has announced UK’s 2020-21 cheerleading squad, which was revealed on Friday.

Tryouts were held virtually over the last week, with O’Connor and a select group of judges selecting the team from video submissions from cheerleading candidates.

Those coaches were: Corey Brown, a former UK cheerleader who won three national championships from 2004-08; Brooke Davis Cooper, a four-time national champion and national partner stunt champion who cheered at UK from 1997-2000; Jason Keough, a three-time national champion and 2004 NCA partner stunt champion who cheered at UK from 2001-04; Dawn Duncan Walters, who cheered at UK from 1984-87 and was a member of UK’s first two national championship teams; and O’Connor, who cheered at UK from 2008-09.

Jager Burton has ties to UK but knows he has to look at what is best for him

Jager Burton (Rivals.com Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Frederick Douglass offensive lineman Jager Burton, the state’s top-rated player in the 2021 recruiting class, decided to delay his scheduled Aug 24th commitment announcement in hopes that he could still make official visits to Kentucky, Ohio State, Oregon, Alabama and Clemson before making his college decision.

However, his ties to Kentucky still remain strong.

He’s trained with UK senior center Drake Jackson. He talked with UK senior offensive tackle Landon Young and knows freshman quarterback Beau Allen. His current teammate, Dekel Crowdus, has verbally committed to UK.

Leadership role at UK should be something Olivier Sarr can do

Olivier Sarr (Wake Forest Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

How will Wake Forest transfer Olivier Sarr adapt to a leadership role at Kentucky — if the NCAA grants him a waiver to play next season?

I have a friend, Dave Goren, who is executive director of the National Sports Media Association, a sideline analyst for Wake Forest football and a professor at Wake Forest.

He had Sarr in a sportscasting class at Wake Forest last year and even though he described him as “quiet” he doesn’t think he will be overwhelmed at UK if he’s ruled eligible.

Tybee Island beach ecology outing with Dr. Joe a really fun experience for all ages

My grandson Colby couldn’t stop smiling when he got to hold the needlefish Thursday. (Larry Vaught Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

If I get a chance to do something different on a vacation trip, that’s what I usually try to do just like my family did tonight at Tybee Island, Ga.

We went on a beach ecology trip with Dr. Joe Richardson. He limits his one daily outing to no more than 20 participants and our group had families from four states and I would say adults enjoyed the 2 1/2 hours as much as the kids.

Will fans return when college sports do start back?

By KEITH PEEL, Contributing Writer

It looks like college fall sports may be In jeopardy if other leagues follow the recent actions taken by the administrators of the Ivy League who suspended all sporting activities until January 1, 2021. That, along with the recent suspension of basketball player voluntary workouts at such schools as North Carolina, Kansas and Louisville due to Covid-19 positive tests, would lead one to believe that it may be impossible to hold fall sporting activities even without fans in the stands.

UK recruiting target Skyy Clark “loves” former UK player Ryan Harrow

Skyy Clark

By LARRY VAUGHT

If talented junior Skyy Clark eventually decides to play his college basketball at Kentucky, he’ll wear No. 55.

Actually, no matter where he plays he’ll wear No. 55. He says former NBA standout Jason Williams wore No. 55 but so do Ryan Harrow, a former UK player under John Calipari who eventually transferred to Georgia State.

Not sure many Kentucky fans would have expected one of the nation’s top recruits to note that he looks up to Harrow enough to want to wear his number.