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Former UK Men’s Basketball All-American Billy Ray Lickert Dies

Billy Ray Lickert with Adolph Rupp.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Billy Ray Lickert, a Helms Foundation All-American in 1961 and three-time All-Southeastern Conference player for the Kentucky men’s basketball team, died Wednesday. He was 78.

Lickert became the 12th player in program history to amass 1,000 career points and was a three-year letterwinner (1959-61) under legendary coach Adolph Rupp. He was inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010 and was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the fifth round of the 1961 NBA Draft.

UK MBB Schedule Continues to Take Shape with TV Announcements

John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky men’s basketball team will once again be one of the most televised teams in the country with the release of the majority of its TV designations and tip times for the 2017-18 season.

The complete Southeastern Conference TV schedule was unveiled Wednesday by the league office. In addition, several of the Wildcats’ nonconference games are now set by the major television networks.

Thus far, every regular-season game UK will play in this season will be on national television. Kentucky’s exhibition games, Big Blue Madness, Blue-White Scrimmage and the SEC Tournament will also air on national television.

John Calipari Women’s Clinic Set for Oct. 29 in Rupp Arena

April Peal and Brooklyn got to pose with John Calipari .

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The ninth annual and always popular John Calipari Women’s Clinic is set for Oct. 29 from 1-4 p.m. The clinic will take place in historical Rupp Arena for the second consecutive year.

The clinic is designed for women with all levels of basketball knowledge and experience and offers an exclusive inside look at the University of Kentucky men’s basketball program. The cost will remain unchanged at $100.

Eddie Gran: “We’re going to have to be tough.”

UK’s offense will face a better South Carolina defense Saturday. (Keyli Chisesi)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky seemed to find its niche last year during a win over South Carolina where its running game took control of the outcome.

But what about this year? Kentucky has struggled offensively and South Carolina is 2-0 going into its home opener Saturday night in Columbia, S.C.

“They’re definitely better than they were last year. A lot of those guys were young and Will’s done a great job of getting those guys doing the right things ant the right time. He mixes things up; he’s never going to make you feel comfortable. So it’s a huge challenge for us,” Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran said Tuesday.

Dan Dakich: What Are You Thinking?

Derek Willis, Keely Potts (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By KEITH PEEL, Contributing Writer

When you were a kid did anyone ever say something to you that was mean and hurtful? Maybe a teacher, coach, neighbor or even a relative. Something that was mean-spirited and uncalled for? It hurt. It really hurt. No matter what others said to try to make it go away it still stuck with you. Maybe even to this day you still think about it. We all have been there. That’s why it is amazing to me that grown men – adults – feel the need to bash kids about their personal lives and performance in sports.

Kentucky Softball Announces Fall Home Schedule

Katie Reed, left, and Alex Martens (Photo by Addison Coffey)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The UK Softball team will play four home games as part of its 2017 fall schedule, head coach Rachel Lawson announced on Tuesday afternoon.

All games that will be played at John Cropp Stadium will be free of charge to all fans. The stadium will open one hour prior to the scheduled first pitch of the game.

Parking will also be free of charge to all fans and will be first come, first served.

2017 Kentucky Softball Home Schedule

Aspire Academy in Louisville has lot more talent than just Charles Bassey

Aspire Academy players

By LARRY VAUGHT

Aspire Academy has a team full of talented players led by Charles Bassey, the top-ranked player in the 2019 recruiting class by some recruiting analysts.

Aspire moved from Arizona to Louisville this year and coach Jeremy Kipness says the team is still “building a relationship with the community” starting with DeSale High School where the players attend classes.

Kentucky has to contain South Carolina electric playmaker Deebo Samuel on kickoff returns

Kicker Austin MacGinnis had to make tackles twice on kickoff returns against Eastern Kentucky. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Twice this season South Carolina has given up more yards than it allowed — but the Gamecocks still beat North Carolina State 35-28 and then won 31-13 at Missouri.

That’s why South Carolina has emerged as at least a 7-point favorite over Kentucky going into Saturday night’s game in Columbia.

Stoops warns that Cats will be “coached up” this week

Mark Stoops says UK has a lot to clean up this week. (Keyli Chisesi Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Mark Stoops couldn’t help but laugh — and issue a warning — when he was described as “jolly” during his weekly press conference Monday.

“Let’s just see if you say that next Monday (after UK plays at South Carolina Saturday). I don’t know jolly. I’ve never heard that word with me,” said Stoops.

UK fans don’t let up on Dan Dakich

By LARRY VAUGHT

ESPN analyst Dan Dakich didn’t back down from the cheap shot he took at former Kentucky basketball player Derek Willis on Sunday, but was not quite as quick to engage UK fans today.

Dakich questioned why Willis — and other “broke” college athletes — could afford tattoos. That prompted a quick reply from Willis that he saved his financial aid money and his fiancee, Keely Potts, blasting Dakich for his arrogance.

Kentucky fans continued to blast Dakich on Twitter today — which is what he probably wanted.