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John Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience again will generate more than $1 million for charity

Lexington — The John Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience has generated approximately $4 million for various charities over its first four years. The fifth annual edition of the Experience, which was capped off with the inaugural Coach Cal Celebrity Softball Classic, didn’t miss a beat.

The Calipari Foundation announced Sunday that with matching donations it will generate more than $1 million that will be presented to 14 different organizations. That $1 million does not include ticket sales for Sunday’s Coach Cal Celebrity Softball Classic, text donations, or the upcoming Papa John’s promotion. The $1 million was raised exclusively from the John Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience.

Cole Mosier ignores hype, does his job

Cole Mosier (74)

Cole Mosier (74)


Tate Leavitt was considered one of the nation’s best junior college offensive tackles last season. Landon Young was considered one of the nation’s best high school offensive tackles.

Yet when UK opens the season Saturday against Southern Mississippi the expected starting left tackle will be Cole Mosier, a former walk-on from Walton-Verona.

“I try to ignore it for the most part,” Mosier said when asked about the hype over  UK’s newcomers. “I heard it a lot. I just try to do my job.

Nick Haynes: “With those running backs, why wouldn’t you (run the ball).”

JoJo Kemp talks to media members, including Samantha Stallings. (Vicky Graff Photo)

JoJo Kemp talks to media members, including Samantha Stallings. (Vicky Graff Photo)


If junior guard Nick Haynes is right, Kentucky’s veteran offensive line has learned a lot of lessons.

“I think you can see from the Missouri and EKU games (last year) that we had a lot of continuity with the redshirts. Just the experience. We all knew this should be the year we play together. We are redshirt juniors and have been playing since our freshmen year,” said Haynes

Kentucky WBB to Host Coaches’ Clinic Oct. 22

Matthew Mitchell (Vicky Graff Photo)

Matthew Mitchell (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky women’s basketball coaching staff will host a coaches’ clinic on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to Noon ET at the Joe Craft Center, featuring the entire women’s basketball coaching staff and special guest head coach John Calipari.

The clinic costs $50 per coach and includes a t-shirt. Registration is available online at, while the deadline to apply is Friday, Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. ET.

Hinshaw says receivers are “working their butt off”

Darin Hinshaw

Darin Hinshaw

Quarterbacks coach Darrin Hinshaw offered some quarterback and receiver insights after practice Friday that I thought  you would enjoy.

On what the most important thing the quarterbacks got out of camp was: “Again, decision making and targets are our No. 1 thing, and putting us in an environment – you got to understand, all summer they don’t have shoulder pads on. So to put shoulder pads on, and obviously that’s what camp’s for. They throw in the summertime, they throw three to four times a week, and then they take the weekend off, I tell ‘em, so they can rest their arms. They go 18, 19 straight days in a row where we throw, so it’s always tough. It’s tough on our arms, it’s tough on the mental capacity, and that’s what you get from camp, that you come out and it makes the game the game easier.”

Darrin Hinshaw proud of what QB Gunnar Hoak has done

Gunnar Hoak

Gunnar Hoak


Based on what quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw has seen, Kentucky starting quarterback Drew Barker and backup Stephen Johnson are “both ready to play and ready to go win” when UK opens the season Sept. 3 against Southern Mississippi.

So where does that leave freshman Gunnar Hoak?

“We’re going to rotate him with the scout team and also prepare him in case he has to play and stuff like that. We’re also going to do the same thing with the other quarterbacks so that anybody else is ready to play,” Hinshaw said.

Game Promotions for 2016 Football Season

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Continuing a series on game day at Commonwealth Stadium leading up to next week’s season opener, a preliminary schedule of activities and events at each of Kentucky football’s seven home games has been set.

More activities and events will be announced throughout the season.

Southern Miss – Sept. 3, 7:30 p.m.

UK’s season opener will also mark the debut of the new Cat Walk. The Cat Walk will still begin two hours and 15 minutes outside Gate 1, but the team will proceed down Talbott Todd Way between Commonwealth Stadium and Nutter Field House.

Calipari “not worried” about North Carolina series

Tyler Ulis, Derek Willis, John CalipariBy LARRY VAUGHT

If the Atlantic Coast Conference goes to a 20-game league schedule to help the ACC Network, North Carolina coach Roy Williams says the Tar Heels would not consider an annual game with Kentucky.

What does John Calipari think about that?

“It would be disappointing if North Carolina and Louisville and those teams in that league say, ‘We’ve got too many games, we can’t play you.’ But obviously we’re Kentucky, we’ll get our games. I’m not worried about it,” Calipari said.

Then he took a little shot at the Tar Heels and Williams.

Weekly UK football show on WKYB-FM with Dave Hopewell starts Thursday at Mallard’s

We are back on WKYB (107.5 FM) starting Thursday night at Mallard's.

We are back on WKYB (107.5 FM) starting Thursday night at Mallard’s.


With Kentucky almost set to start the season, it means it is time for former Kentucky center Dave Hopewell and myself to again start our weekly radio show.

“Cat Calls with Larry Vaught and Dave Hopewell” starts Thursday at Mallard’s on the Danville Bypass on WKYB (107.5 FM). The show will be from 6-7 p.m. each Thursday during the UK football season.

Courtney Miggins making his mark


Defensive lineman Courtney Miggins continues to draw praise from the Kentucky coaches — and that’s important since he plays a spot where UK needs help this season.

Defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot said linebacker Courtney Love has played well all month in practice along with UK’s secondary, which is considered the strength of the defense.

“And then Courtney Miggins has played well for us as well,” Eliot said. “He’s always been a good athlete. He just wasn’t as skilled a technician last year, getting here so late (from junior college). And now he’s been able to take his athleticism and apply the technique to it. He’s a good defensive line now.”