SEC adds Alabama, Mississippi to Kentucky football schedule

Mark Stoops might by wondering, “Why a game at Alabama?” after seeing UK’s new SEC opponents. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky Today

LEXINGTON — The Southeastern Conference announced the remainder of the conference football schedule Friday and Kentucky will make a visit to Alabama and play host to Ole Miss as part of a 10-game schedule this season.

The season will begin on Sept. 26 and teams will play 10 games in a 11-week period through Dec. 5.

SEC lays out COVID-19 testing plans, protocols for fall sports

By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky Today

LEXINGTON — The Southeastern Conference laid out plans for the upcoming football season Friday and players will be required to undergo COVID-19 testing at last twice per week under the protocols released by the league.

Coaches will be required to wear masks on the sideline under the new guidelines recommended by the SEC’s Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force.

Would playing Western Kentucky have assured a big crowd in Rupp Arena for preseason game?

Western Kentucky coach Rick Stansbury, left, believes UK and Western Kentucky fans would have sold out Rupp Arena if UK had played Western this season. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

During his time with us on WPBK-FM Thursday morning I obviously had to ask Western Kentucky coach Rick Stansbury — a long-time friend — about his attempt to schedule a game with Kentucky this year.

Obviously the game did not get scheduled even though UK is playing two Conference USA opponents this year. That’s the same conference Western is in. Also the Hilltoppers open the season at Louisville.

Top-ranked 2022 power forward Brandon Huntley-Hatfield insists he’s not tied to Kentucky

Brandon Hutley-Hatfield (Rivals.com Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

During his appearance on WPBK-FM radio this morning, Western Kentucky basketball coach Rick Stansbury told us there was “no science to recruiting” and how it turns out.

That certainly could apply to Brandon Huntley-Hatfield, the top-ranked power forward in the 2022 recruiting class.

He’s got a strong tie to Kentucky since his cousin, Alex Poythress, played for Kentucky and John Calipari from 2012-16. Like Poythress, he’s also a native of Clarksville, Tenn., and often has said Kentucky is his dream school — of course how often have you heard that the last three years or so only to see that same player pick another school.

Quarterback Terry Wilson “all in” for upcoming season

Terry Wilson plans to be at full speed when UK opens the season.  (Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky Today

LEXINGTON — Terry Wilson isn’t looking back.

Although some college players are skipping the season because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Kentucky quarterback plans to return after missing most of last year because of a knee injury two games into the season. Wilson made his plans known on Twitter this week.

“Man .. y’all know I’m all in,” he said in the tweet after admitting he “had a lot to think about” before making a final decision on whether or not to return for his senior season.

No surprise Emma Talley opted to play to honor memory of her friend Cullan Brown

By LARRY VAUGHT

Emma Talley and Cullan Brown at a 2019 LGA Tour event.  (Emily Brown Photo)

I was not surprised to see Kentuckian Emma Talley playing in the Marathon LPGA Classic in Ohio today.

Sure, it was less than 48 hours after her friend, Cullan Brown, lost his battle with cancer at age 20. He was a former Kentucky state high school golf champion from Lyon County and she was a three-time state champ from Caldwell County. But they were much more than golfing buddies. They were friends and Talley was Brown’s role model in life and on the golf course.

Kentucky native Michael Eaves big part of ESPN coverage of PGA Championship

SportsCenter anchor Michael Eaves and ESPN golf analyst Andy North report on the set at the PGA Championship in San Francisco. (Matthew Leshner/ESPN)

Kentucky native Michael Eaves is in San Francisco covering the PGA Championship for ESPN. This is the second PGA Championship he has covered. The first was at Valhalla in Louisville in 1996 when he was working WKYT-Channel 27 in Lexington.

By ESPN

Michael Eaves has been hosting the 11 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter regularly over the past few months. Still, because most sports were shut down due to the pandemic, he hadn’t traveled to cover an event since the Super Bowl in early February.

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.