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.

If they play football, will Cats win? Numbers say yes

Quinton Bohanna (95) could be a rising star for UK’s defense. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH PEEL, Contributing Writer

In a move that has rarely been seen at UK, national media members are taking notice of what Mark Stoops has done with the Kentucky defense. Last year’s squad posted numbers that placed Kentucky in the elite of the elite for pass defense. The Wildcats finished second in the country in pass defense in 2019. That’s right, second. And they finished 14th in overall scoring defense.

Tom Payne never really dealt with race before he played SEC road games

Tom Payne

By LARRY VAUGHT

Since Tom Payne did sign with Kentucky, I assumed that meant he did not think  coach Adolph Rupp was a racist. What I didn’t realize is that Payne had only been playing basketball for three years then and he also admits he had been “shielded” from racism his whole life before becoming the first African-American player at Kentucky about 50 years ago.

“I just didn’t really know him. When I signed was not thinking this guy was racist or not racist. Never entered my mind,” Payne said. “I was so shielded from so much being an Army brat and the school at Shawnee was integrated and there were no problems with students.

Boyle County coach Justin Haddix’s wife admits she’s “loud and obnoxious” at games

Dr. Melissa Haddix admits she can be “rowdy” at football games watching her husband coach.

By LARRY VAUGHT

There’s still a lot of unknowns about the upcoming high school football season. However, there is one given — it will be easy to spot new Boyle County coach Justin Haddix’s wife at Boyle games.

“She went to Lee County High School and they didn’t have a football team. But she knows plenty about football now,” said the Boyle coach. “That doctor mode is over when she goes to a game. That is her release.”

C.J. Conrad’s inspiration comes from Courtney Love, Vince Marrow

C.J. Conrad played for Vince Marrow at UK and now says the assistant coach is one of his inspirations.  (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Former Kentucky tight end C.J. Conrad says he’s always wanted to be a college coach but thought his starting time would be a few years down the road. However, after being on the New York Giants practice squad as a rookie in 2019, he found himself without a team this year and is now back at UK as a graduate assistant coach.

Former Cat will be “disappointed” if there is no football season

David Hopewell, left, with  former Cats Pause publisher Oscar Combs.

By LARRY VAUGHT

For as long as I have known Dave Hopewell he’s preached that there is no reason that Kentucky cannot win the Southeastern Conference football championship.

No matter who is coaching or what UK’s record is, Hopewell has stuck to his belief.

But remember he is an Alabama native who came to UK to play football for Fran Curci and was the starting center on Kentucky’s 1977 team that finished 10-1 and did win the SEC by going unbeaten in league play.

Tom Payne doesn’t believe changing name of Rupp Arena is best way to help make changes

Tom Payne

By LARRY VAUGHT

Despite his troubles after leaving UK and the current movement to remove Adolph Rupp’s name from the arena where Kentucky plays basketball, tom Payne said he’s proud he went to UK and was the first African-American player to play at Kentucky.

“I don’t have a lot of bad things to say. Did I go through a lot? Yeah I did but life is about overcoming,” Payne said. “I can’t make excuses about who I am as a person and not be accountable for what I have done and then not be forgiving. For me it is hard to get involved in something just because everybody else is saying. I am not just going to jump on the bandwagon for anything.

SEC official told players it’s a “given” every SEC team will have COVID-19 cases

Josh Paschal (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Did you see the Washington Post story on a private meeting between Southeastern Conference leaders, medical personnel and several SEC football players?

The meeting reportedly took place one day before the SEC announced a 10-game, conference only schedule starting Sept. 25.

Post reporters Robert Klemko and Emily Giambalvo have a recording of the meeting where one league official said, “There are going to be outbreaks. We’re going to have positive cases on every single team in the SEC. That’s a given. And we can’t prevent it.”

Dontaie Allen should know “how fast and serious” it is at UK this year

Dontaie Allen (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

With all the anticipation about Kentucky’s upcoming basketball season and the overall giddiness that coach John Calipari has shown about the season, very little is being said about former Kentucky Mr. Basketball Dontaie Allen.

You remember him? He was having a sensational senior season at Pendleton County leading the state in scoring and rebounding before a knee injury ended his season. Then he broke his collarbone in an automobile accident on his way to rehab while he was still in high school.

Terry Wilson’s mother not sure if she can watch him take first hit this season or not

Terry Wilson with his mom, Loise.

By LARRY VAUGHT

The last time Terry Wilson got tackled in a game he went down with a season-ending knee injury in UK’s second game last season.

Now if everything stays on schedule, he should be back starting at quarterback whenever UK does open the season.

His mother, Loise Wilson, isn’t sure she will be able to watch the first few plays knowing he’s going to get tackled again.