July 2020 archive

SEC decision to play football welcome news

Kentucky will hopefully get to start playing football in late September. (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky Today

The Southeastern Conference made the right call earlier this week with its decision to play football this fall.
Although the country and most of the world remain in a COVID-19 pandemic, sports will help return the nation to a form of normalcy and provide some relief from the daily dealings of the coronavirus.

Terry Wilson says everything about team workouts feels “natural” despite COVID-19 woes

Terry Wilson (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Terry Wilson knows nothing is normal about preparation for the 2020 season that we now know hopefully will start for Kentucky and other Southeastern Conference teams on Sept. 26.

Yet during an appearance on the Paul Finnebaum Show this week, Wilson told the radio/TV show host that it did feel normal.

“I feel like you would be surprised how it feels that everything is normal,” Wilson told Finnebaum.

Okay, I was surprised. How is it normal? Wilson said the workouts, lifting weights, running and pass drills all are like other years.

Two most underrated Cats in last 20 years — Keith Bogans and Julius Randle

By LARRY VAUGHT

In the last 20 years I’ve thought the two most underrated basketball players at Kentucky have been Keith Bogans and Julius Randle.

In four years at UK, Bogans played in 135 games and had 1,923 points, 553 rebounds and 314 assists. He played in 671 NBA games from 2003-2014.

Randle can’t match those numbers because he was just at UK one year but he averaged 15 points and 10.4 rebounds per game during the 2013-14 season when the Cats made an improbable run to the national title game. He was SEC Freshman of the Year and his 417 rebounds are the most ever by a Kentucky freshman and the most by any player in one season that Calipari has had at UK. He also had a remarkable 24 double-doubles that season.

Mitch Barnhart knows UK will have to “figure” out attendance limits — but it won’t be near 100 percent

Mark Stoops and Mitch Barnhart. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Sometimes we just need to hear the obvious — and that’s exactly what University of Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart told us Thursday during a Zoom meeting with the Lexington Rotary Club.

The assumption has been even if there is Southeastern Conference football, seating capacity for fans will be dramatically limited this season.

“In terms of capacity, I think a lot of that’s going to come out of Frankfort,” Barnhart said. “We’re watching the Kentucky Derby very closely to see how the Derby is managed. That comes up on Sept. 5.

SEC anounces10-game, conference-only schedule starting Sept. 26

Football season will start for UK receiver Josh Ali and his teammates on Sept. 26. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By GUY RAMSEY, UK Athletics

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Southeastern Conference announced Thursday an adjusted schedule for the 2020 football season. As a result, the start of the season has been delayed and Kentucky football will now play a 10-game schedule, all against SEC opponents, beginning on Sept. 26.

A revised schedule for the 2020 SEC football season will be announced at a later date. UK’s 10-game schedule will include one mid-season open date and an open date on Dec. 12. The SEC Football Championship Game will be played Dec. 19 at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, rescheduled from the original date of Dec. 5.

No fall football at Centre College but coach Andy Frye hoping for “non-traditional” spring season

Andy Frye (Advocate-Messenger Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

While we await news on what the Southeastern Conference plans to do about football this year, we know that high school football in Kentucky still has a plan for playing this season.

However, there’s one coach who already knows his football team won’t be playing. Andy Frye is the long-time head coach of Division III Centre College in Danville and the Southern Athletic Association has already announced it won’t have fall sports. A number of other Division III conferences have done the same thing even as big-time conferences continue with plans to have fall sports.

Corbin junior Treyveon Longmire has terrific ball skills but UK and others like him as defensive back

Treyveon Longmire with Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow.

By LARRY VAUGHT

He’s no longer coaching junior Treyveon Longmire but new Boyle County High School football coach Justin Haddix knows just how special the Corbin junior has been and is going to be in the years ahead.

“I love that kid,” said Haddix, Longmire’s coach at Corbin the previous two years. “He is a long, lean athlete. He has really good ball skills. He is 6-2, 175 and is going to run a 4.5 (second 40-yard dash) every time you time him. And the best thing about him might be how competitive he is.”

ACC wants UK-Louisville game but SEC may not

Quarterback Lynn Bowden (1) with UK offensive line coach John Schlarman and his linemen after UK’s record-setting rushing performance against Louisville in 2019’s win by the Cats. (UK Athletics Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Knowing that Kentucky returns almost all of its started off last year’s Belk Bowl team that won eight games, Louisville obviously still wants to play the Wildcats to end the season — or what was supposed to be the end of the season.

Student-athlete participation increased for third straight year in Kentucky with football (boys) and volleyball (girls) topping the list

Football again had more athletes participating than any sport in Kentucky during the 2019-20 high school sports year.  (Advocate-Messenger Photo)

By JOE ANGOLIA, KHSAA

Student-athlete participation increased for the third-straight year in Kentucky High School Athletic Association sports and sport-activities to reach record levels in 2019-20.

A total of 107,166 rostered participants competed across the KHSAA’s 13 sports and six sport-activities according to information submitted by the membership, surpassing last year’s then-record total of 106,931. Football was one of 12 offerings to show an increase from the previous year, breaking a trend of declining participation for the last three years by adding 202 new student-athletes [freshmen, JV, varsity] during the 2019-20 season to remain the state’s most popular sport with 13,277 rostered participants.

ESPN analyst Dick Vitale donates items for Nathan Floyd Benefit

ESPN analyst Dick Vitale donated an autographed basketball, hat and three books to help Nathan Floyd.

By LARRY VAUGHT

The Nathan Floyd Benefit Golf Scramble Friday at Old Bridge Golf Club in Danville is going to be an even better financial success than organizers Kelly and Monte Cress ever hoped.

“I really think we have a chance to raise $25,000 to help Nathan and his family,” said Monte Cress.