August 2020 archive

UK walk-on lineman Ryan Bryant honors mother’s friend, coach John Schlarman with hair donation to Wigs for Kids

Ryan Bryant says it was happy times Monday when he cut his hair to donate it to Wigs for Kids.

By LARRY VAUGHT

After not having a haircut in about 18 months, Kentucky sophomore walk-on offensive lineman Ryan Bryant of Ashland said he felt nothing but “happiness” Monday when he got his hair cut.

That’s because he was donating his curly locks to Wigs for Kids in memory of his mother’s best friend since sixth grade who passed away from cancer.

Coach Brian Craig on death of Cullan Brown: “Our hearts are simply devastated”

By DEB MOORE, UK Media Relations

LEXINGTON – Kentucky men’s golfer Cullan Brown, who battled osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer in his left thigh, died on Tuesday. He was 20.

“Our hearts are simply devastated over the loss of our brother Cullan,” Kentucky head coach Brian Craig said. “I have personally never known a more special or amazing young man. He was simply the most gifted person I have ever coached. He could literally do anything with excellence, but his greatest gift was the way he loved the Lord and loved people. That is a tremendous legacy to leave behind and one that will last forever within our UK golf family.

SEC football teams can start practice Aug. 17; basketball still aims to start season on time

Linebacker Boogie Watson and his UK teammates can start practice Aug. 17. (Wade Upchurch Photo)

By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky Today

LEXINGTON — Now that the Southeastern Conference has a path forward for a 10-game league-only schedule, the conference announced the starting date for fall practice on Tuesday.

Kentucky and the rest of the member schools can begin fall workouts on Aug. 17 before the start of the season. Teams will be allowed to conduct 25 practices, limited to 20 hours per week. A five-day acclimation period will be required. Two days will be allowed for helmet-only contact two days in shells and a fifth day with full pads.

Goodbye Cullan Brown, your talent, love and personality will be missed by us all

Two years ago I met Cullan Brown and his mom, Emily at the Barbasol Championship watching Emma Talley play in the Pro-Am. Tuesday night he passed away after battling cancer for the last year. (Joe Hafley Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Some stories you never want to write — and this is one.

Golfer Cullan Brown died Wednesday at age 20 after battling osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, in his left thigh for less than a year.

Guest post: Who is Advocating for the elderly and disabled during the pandemic?

Andrea James worried about the care her mother received during COVID-19 restrictions and also about the care other elderly, disabled people might be receiving.

Vaught’s note: Andrea James is a former long-term care ombudsman who worries that our elderly and disabled are not getting the proper medical care they need during his pandemic. She asked for the opportunity to share her feelings and remember this is based on her experience with her mother. No, this is not a sports story but in 2020 we need to all listen to each other.

By ANDREA JAMES

No one-size-fits-all answer to satisfy school administrators, teachers, coaches, players, students

Julian Tackett (Photo by Mark Mahan)

By JULIAN TACKETT, KHSAA Commissioner

As the start of the school year approaches, there has been a lot of focus on whether students should go back to school and if interscholastic athletics should return. Some think we should just stay inside our homes for months at a time. Others seemingly refuse to acknowledge that the virus exists.

SEC teams have key players say no to NBA, return to school to give Cats bigger tests

Tyrese Maxey, Nick Richards and Immanuel Quickley pressured Alabama’s John Petty during a game last season. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky will still go into the 2020-21 basketball season (if there is one) as the team to beat in the Southeastern Conference.

However, three teams who would like to have a chance to knock off the Wildcats all got recent boosts when key players opted to stay in school and take their names out of the NBA draft.

No COVID-19 regrets for Macey Blevins because Western Kentucky is “where my heart said I should be”

Wayne County standout Macey Blevins has verbally committed to Western Kentucky University.

By LARRY VAUGHT

After Wayne County was eliminated in the 12th Region Tournament semifinals, junior Macey Blevins was looking forward to having a chance this summer to prove to even more Division I coaches how she could play.

She already had several scholarship offers but believed a big summer with Kentucky Premier could open eyes of even more coaches about her basketball skills. Instead, COVID-19 wiped out all but about two weeks of summer play.

Rodeo was part of Rachel Lawson’s family life

Kentucky softball coach Rachel Lawson got her first competitive lessons in the rodeo ring.

By LARRY VAUGHT

There’s a lot to like about Kentucky softball coach Rachel Lawson and the way she’s built her program into a highly ranked national team annually. She has 452 wins in 13 years – the most of any UK softball coach – and 11 NCAA Tournament appearances.

However, Lawson knows there is one thing about her that likely would surprise most UK fans — and probably even coaches she competes against in the Southeastern Conference and nationally.

Boyle County-Danville football rivalry rescheduled for Nov. 6

Danville coach Clay Clevenger says the community “needs” a Boyle County-Danville football game.

By LARRY VAUGHT

If there is still high school football in November, then the Boyle County-Danville football game will still be played this year.

The annual rivalry game was originally scheduled for Sept. 4, the third week of the season like it is every year. However, high school football does not start until Sept. 11 this year due to COVID-19.