May 2018 archive

West Jessamine lineman Eli Cox gets UK offer

Eli Cox with UK assistant coach John Schlarman.

By LARRY VAUGHT

West Jessamine junior offensive lineman Eli Cox announced on Twitter Tuesday that he had landed a scholarship offer from Kentucky.

“Extremely blessed to receive an offer from the University of Kentucky,” the 6-3, 290-pound Cox posted on Twitter.

He already had at least nine scholarship offers including Cincinnati, Marshall, Liberty, Ball State, Toledo, Austin Peay, Cornell and Western Michigan.

Cox started emerging on the national radar about a year ago when he got an invitation to the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp after an impressive showing at the Rivals New Speed Combine in Ohio.

Can Iowa basketball transfer help UK football? Who knows, but creative thinking cannot hurt

By LARRY VAUGHT

When I heard that Iowa junior basketball player Ahmad Wagner was transferring to Kentucky, I was stunned.

The 6-7 Wagner averaged just 1.7 points and 1.7 rebounds per game last season while starting seven games. In 96 career games, he had 297 points and 252 rebounds. Those are not exactly the numbers that a John Calipari transfer would be expected to have.

Then I found out he was transferring to Kentucky to play FOOTBALL. He only played one year of football at Wayne County High School in Ohio but had 1,028 yards receiving and 17 touchdowns. He had a scholarship offer from UK football then that he turned down.

Former UK punter Tim Masthay starting coaching career with Centre College soccer team

Tim Masthay with his wife, Amanda, and three children.

By LARRY VAUGHT

After being out of the National Football League for two seasons, Tim Masthay is ready to start a new potential career as a volunteer assistant coach for the Centre College men’s soccer team.

The former all-Southeastern Conference punter at the University of Kentucky had a six-year career with the Green Bay Packers that included a Super Bowl championship. He had a career average of 44.2 yards per punt.

22 UK student-athletes named Arthur Ashe Sports Scholars

Kaz Brown (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky placed 22 student-athletes on the 2018 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Teams, honoring their athletic and academic achievements, the Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine announced recently.

Inspired by Ashe Jr.’s commitment to education and excellence on the tennis court, the magazine invites every higher education institution in the country annually to nominate outstanding sports scholars. In addition to athletic ability, nominees must exhibit academic excellence and community activism. To be eligible, students have to compete in an intercollegiate sport, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher, be at least a sophomore academically and be active on their campuses or in their communities.