John Calipari wants fans to be “positive and upbeat” with departed Quade Green

Quade Green. (Denise Henderson Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Sophomore PJ Washington said players were “obviously sad” that sophomore Quade Green decided to leave the team and transfer this week.

“We’re happy for him and he made the best decision for him and we can’t be mad at that. We’re just going to support him the rest of the way,” Washington said Friday. “Guys have to step up and just play better, play better on both ends of the floor. We got Jemarl (Baker) back, so we’re just hoping he brings where Quade left off. Happy for him and happy for Jemarl as well.”

Benny Snell turning pro, but will he play in Citrus Bowl? “Snell Yeah” answered Snell

Benny Snell (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

In a move that should have surprised no one, Kentucky junior running back Benny Snell announced in a video he posted on Twitter today he will declare for the 2019 NFL draft and bypass his senior season at UK.

“There comes a time where you have to leave home to build a life of your own. That’s what I’m about to do. I have decided to enter the NFL draft and pursue a dream I’ve had as long as I can remember,” Snell said in the video

UK commit JJ Weaver’s mom says “stop the madness” because son is going to UK

J.J. Weaver has committed to Kentucky.

By LARRY VAUGHT

To borrow a phrase that NASCAR uses to describe potential driver/crew movement, it’s now “crazy season” for college football.

Coaches are hustling to fill recruiting classes before the national signing period starts Wednesday. Players are flipping commitments. Louisville is pulling scholarship offers to players who had been verbally committed for over six months.

Louisville Moore defensive end J.J. Weaver gave UK a big commitment about two weeks ago. Then he took an unofficial visit to Louisville and also said he was delaying his signing.

Commitments in sports — are they made to be broken?

Western Hills’ Wandale Robinson originally committed to Kentucy but now will go to Nebraska.

By KEITH PEEL, Contributing Writer

There’s been a lot of discussion recently about commitment. There appears to be a lot of confusion about what a commitment really is. Some people have said that a commitment doesn’t really mean anything. Others say that a commitment is your word and it should be final. Your word is your bond.

The Cambridge Dictionary says the definition of commitment is, “a promise or firm decision to do something.”  A promise is generally accepted as a pledge that shouldn’t be broken. And yet we see people break commitments every day – especially in the world of athletics.

National defensive player of year Josh Allen is UK’s first consensus All-American since 2002

Josh Allen (Jeff Houchin Photo)

University of Kentucky senior linebacker Josh Allen has been named a consensus All-American, it was announced by the NCAA Thursday.

To be selected a player must be named first team on at least two of the five selected All-America teams. Second teams were used to break ties. Allen was one of eight players who were unanimous choices at specific positions by the five organizations used in the consensus chart — American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News and Walter Camp Foundation.

John Calipari says EJ Montgomery “runs from the contact”

EJ Montgomery (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

It wasn’t long ago that Kentucky coach John Calipari said it would be hard to play PJ Washington and Reid Travis together because neither is a shot blocker like EJ Montgomery or Nick Richards.

Recently Calipari has been playing them together, though.

“Reid’s not even the same player that he was back in the Bahamas. I mean, he’s so different and so much better. The one thing that I’ve told our bigs, you’re trying to draw fouls versus score the basketball,” Calipari said.

First Bracken County Hall of Fame inductees

The Bracken County Polar Bears — how can you not love that school nickname — will induct its first Hall of Fame class on Saturday night.

Since this is historic, here is information on the first inductees into the Bracken County Hall of Fame.

JACK BROOKS
Jack Brooks was born on January 11th, 1936. He played basketball for four seasons from 1951-1954, and is the 4th leading scorer in Polar Bear history with 1,599 points. He scored 634 points his senior year putting him at 10th all-time for Most Points a Season, and led his team in scoring in 1952 and 1954. Jack went on to win three District Championships in 1952, 1953, and 1954, and Regional Runner-Up in 1952 and 1953. Jack played in the 1954 Kentucky East-West All-Star Game. (Add Individual Honors). Brooks went on to play basketball for one season at Eastern Kentucky University.

Will Kentucky miss Quade Green more than some want to believe?

Quade Green (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

It’s kind of amazing to hear and see comments about Quade Green not being a willing leader or good enough shooter and that the sophomore guard’s decision to leave Kentucky won’t be that big a deal to the Wildcats.

Flash back two years ago when Green picked Kentucky and everyone was excited about landing the Philadelphia point guard who then helped recruit other players to join him at UK.

Kentucky sophomore Nick Richards had already committed to Kentucky before Green, his friend.

Five Wildcats earn SEC honors from Athlon Sports, ESPN

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky senior linebacker Josh Allen, sophomore wide receiver/kick returner Lynn Bowden Jr., senior safety Mike Edwards, junior running back Benny Snell Jr., senior offensive guard Jervontius “Bunchy” Stallings  and head coach Mark Stoops have received Southeastern Conference recognition on one or both of the All-SEC teams authored by Athlon Sports and ESPN.

Allen, Snell and Stallings are first-team All-SEC by both selectors.  Athlon tabbed Bowden second team as an all-purpose player and Edwards as a third-teamer.  Athlon chose Stoops as its SEC Coach of the Year and Allen as its SEC Defensive Player of the Year. ESPN announced only a first team (no second or third teams) and did not choose a defensive player of the year.

Penn State writer warns not to overlook Kash Daniel who “backs up his talk”

Kash Daniel (56) backs up his talk with his play. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Writer John McGonigal of the Centre Daily in State College, Pa., covers Penn State football and has been breaking down the Kentucky-Penn State matchup in the Citrus Bowl Jan. 1 in Orlando.

McGonigal noted that national defensive player of the year Josh Allen led the SEC with 14 quarterback sacks and is UK’s best known defensive player. However, he noted that another linebacker, junior Kash Daniel, should not be overlooked.

Here’s what he wrote: