May 2019 archive

SEC will allow member schools to set own alcohol policy starting Aug. 1

Getting more fans to attend games in Kroger Field could be a reason UK could consider allowing alcohol sales. (Jeff Houchin Photo)

SANDESTIN, Florida (May 31, 2019) – The Southeastern Conference today announced a revision to its existing limitations on the availability of alcoholic beverages at athletics events. Under this revised policy, each institution in the Conference now has the autonomy to determine the permissibility of selling alcoholic beverages in its athletics venues, subject to certain Conference-wide alcohol management expectations.

Lexington Christian Academy hosting free “Character Matters” football camp

Lexington Christian Academy (LCA) announced today it will host a “Character Matters” football camp, free of charge, to all local youth in grades 1-8. The camp will be held at LCA’s Rose Campus located at 450 West Reynolds Road on Tuesday and Wednesday from 6-8:30 pm.

“We’re really excited to once again provide this opportunity to all of the young players in our community,” said LCA head football coach Doug Charles. “This is one of the highlights of our year, providing a safe, character-building, interactive, and really fun experience for the kids.”

If Brad Calipari wants chance to play, he should transfer

Brad Calipari
(Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Considering that what Brad Calipari wore during games while he was sitting on the Kentucky bench last year became a controversy at times last season, surely coach John Calipari really was not surprised when his son putting his name into the NCAA transfer portal became a national story thursday.

“We talked about the transfer portal and putting his name out there. He didn’t think – nor did I – that putting his name out there would go crazy. We honestly didn’t think anyone would notice. But at the end of the day, I want my son to be happy,” John Calipari posted on Twitter.

Giants had “inside” advice before drafting George Asafo-Adjei

George Asafo-Adjei at UK’s Pro Day. (UK Athletics Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Connections of all kind can make a difference when it comes to the NFL draft just like it did for UK offensive lineman George Asafo-Adjei when the New York Giants picked him in the seventh round earlier this month.
Turns out that Giants offensive line coach Hal Hunter’s son works in the Kentucky football office and told his father about Asafo-Adjei’s work ethic and character.

TV, starting times set for UK’s first three football games

Kentucky fans enjoyed UK’s win at Florida in 2018. The Cats will host Florida Sept. 20 and the game will be on ESPN starting at 7 p.m. (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – With football season just a few short months away, ESPN has announced the first three weeks of its 2019 college football slate.

The Wildcats open the 2019 season with three straight home games and look to use the momentum created last year from their win over Penn State in the VRBO Citrus Bowl. The 10-3 record was Kentucky’s best season in 41 years and only the third 10-win season in school history.  UK finished No. 11 in the final USA Today coaches’ poll and No. 12 in the final Associated Press tabulation, the school’s first appearance in the final rankings since 1984. 

Freshman quarterback Nik Scalzo will have familiar roommate with lot of potential

Nik Ognenovic

By LARRY VAUGHT

Quarterback Nik Scalzo will get to Kentucky June 13 to start his collegiate career after taking an overdue family vacation.

“We were going to take a family skiing vacation at Christmas before he tore his knee and needed surgery (during a Florida high school playoff game in mid-November),” Jerry Scalzo, the player’s father said.

But once he gets to UK, he’ll have a familiar roommate — high school teammate Nik Ognenovic, a 6-6, 250-pound tight end out of Cardinal Gibbons in Fort Lauderdale like Scalzo. Both are three-star signees who won a state championship as seniors and played together to win the Adidas 7-on-7 National Championship with South Florida Express in the spring of 2018.

Football Season Ticket Sales Surpass Last Year’s Total

Kentucky fans have already bought more season tickets for 2019 than UK sold for 2018. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By GUY RAMSEY, UK Athletics

LEXINGTON, Ky. – As ticket sales nationwide decline, Kentucky football is bucking the trend. With three months before kickoff, UK’s season ticket sales have already surpassed 2018 totals.

As of Thursday, Kentucky has sold 30,612 season tickets, up from the 30,212 season tickets sold in 2018. Included in that total are 3,470 new season tickets and Pocket Passes sold.

With Nick Richards, EJ Montgomery back UK has a team John Calipari should really like

Nick Richards (UK Athletics Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Amazing how a few months can make such a difference in a player’s importance to a team — or players’ importance to the team.

When Kentucky was trying to make a Final Four run in March, Nick Richards barely played the final two games and EJ Montgomery really didn’t not make a significant contribution despite playing more than Richards.

Auburn, Georgia will face UK twice in 2019-20 season

Bruce Pearl and Auburn will play UK twice during the 2019-20 regular season

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Kentucky’s path to a potential 49th Southeastern Conference regular-season crown is a little clearer with the announcement of the 2019-20 home-and-away designations for the entire league’s schedule. On Wednesday, the SEC announced designations for all 14-member institutions, including revealing the home-and-away opponents for each team.

As announced prior to the 2015-16 season, Kentucky’s permanent home-and-away opponents include Florida, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. This upcoming season, the Wildcats will also play Auburn and Georgia twice in the regular season.

Abbey Cheek Becomes Fourth Kentucky Softball NFCA All-American

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Behind the most prolific offensive season in Kentucky Softball history, senior third baseman Abbey Cheek became the fourth player in UK history to be named a National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association All-American on Wednesday afternoon. Cheek was a unanimous selection to the first team, the first person to achieve that feat in program history.

Cheek now slides her name into the category of Molly Johnson-Belcher (2009), Kelsey Nunley (2016) and Katie Reed (2017) as the four NFCA All-American’s in program history.