December 2018 archive

Vince Marrow keeps promise, young UK fan gets to attend practice and meet players, coaches

Brody Schaffer with UK recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow and running back Benny Snell after Monday’s practice in Orlando. (Jimbo Schaffer Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Vince Marrow is a relentless recruiter in part because of the way he builds relationships and keeps his words both with recruits and their families.

He did that again with 10-year-old Kentucky fan Brody Schaffer.

You might remember that Schaffer is the youngster who broke down in tears on Christmas when he found out his father was taking him to Orlando for the Citrus Bowl. The video of his reaction got over 250,000 social media views in the first 24 hours after it was posted.

No Twitter mercy from UK fans for Penn State coach James Franklin

Josh Allen (UK Athletics Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

It was kind of nice to see Penn State coach James Franklin explaining today about his social media behavior.

He seemed to upset Kentucky fans a bit earlier this week with a tweet that just had “Kentucky” over and over. At Monday’s press conference leading up to Tuesday’s Citrus Bowl matchup with Kentucky in Orlando, he explained what the tweet meant.

“I put a tweet out that says, ‘Kentucky, Kentucky, Kentucky, Kentucky, Kentucky, Kentucky,’ and I do that every week. I think sometimes when you play a new opponent, they don’t really understand that,” Franklin, the former head coach at Vanderbilt, said.

Rival coach says Maci Morris, Rhyne Howard, Taylor Murray could start for any SEC team

Rhyne Howard (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

After failing to make the NCAA Tournament last year, Kentucky women’s basketball has had a terrific non-conference run this season. The only loss was at No. 4 Louisville where the Cats made a dramatic fourth-quarter rally before losing.

Middle Tennessee coach Rick Insell thinks Kentucky has three players that would start for any team in the Southeastern Conference.

“Rhyne Howard is one of them, Maci Morris is a gifted shooter, and then point guard Taylor Murray doesn’t make a lot of mistakes. She is tough,” Insell said after Kentucky beat his team.

Penn State’s defensive front “the real deal”

Eddie Gran (UK Athletics Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Benny Snell needs 107 yards rushing against Penn State Tuesday to become Kentucky’s all-time leading rusher.  Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran says the Citrus Bowl matchup with Penn State’s defense will not be easy for the Wildcats.

“First of all, their front is how they operate. They’re the real deal. You know, they’re No. 2 in the country in sacks. They’re No. 4 in the country in tackles for loss. And their front makes them go,” Gran said. “Those front forward guys are really good and they’ve got some backups that come in and are really productive.

Fan’s message to John Calipari: “Embrace us, the average fans.”

John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky coach John Calipari was feeling a bit swaggy Saturday after his team’s win at Louisville just one week after the Cats had knocked off North Carolina.

During his postgame press conference, he joked about bandwagon fans and poked a little fun at the angst so many UK fans had felt after the season-opening 34-point loss to Duke. That even prompted UK freshman Ashton Hagans to comment on how fans got upset too easily.

Tyler Herro SEC Freshman of Week

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – For the third straight week, a Kentucky men’s basketball freshman guard has been named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week. Tyler Herro hauled in this week’s honor after pouring in a career-high 24 points and winning Bluegrass Sports Commission MVP honors of the Kentucky-Louisville game on Saturday.

Herro was sensational and equally efficient for the Cats. The Milwaukee native scored 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting while also connecting on a career-high four 3-pointers. The win was the second in a row for UK away from home and its second against an opponent either ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 or receiving votes.

Why not another look back at UK-Louisville with photos by Mont Dawson

Josh Allen knows he “can’t just rush by myself” to contain Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley

Josh Allen (UK Athletics Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley has had a record-setting career with the Nittany Lions and will be a major test for Kentucky’s defense Tuesday in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

“When he starts to scramble, he can throw the ball effectively down the field. I feel like he’s a great mobile quarterback. He knows how to get out the pocket when he feels pressure,” UK All-American linebacker Josh Allen said.

The senior said UK’s defense has to rush as a group to keep pressure on McSorley.

Tyler Herro only third UK freshman to score 24 or more against Louisville

By LARRY VAUGHT

Tyler Herro (Vicky Graff Photo)

Going 10-for-13 from the field and scoring 24 points for Kentucky in its win over Louisville Saturday was a special performance by freshman Tyler Herro.

How special? He was the first freshman to score 24 or more points against Louisville since Brandon Knight in 2010. The only freshman to do it before then was Rex Chapman in 1986.

Kentucky-Louisville Photo Gallery by Vicky Graff