Benny Snell knows Cats have to keep doing what they have been doing

Benny Snell (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Running back Benny Snell says Kentucky has to embrace “being the hunted” and not get derailed by the loss at Texas A&M.

“You have to want it. You have to stay focused as a team and not switch off what we have been doing. We play good opponents and you can’t lose your head,” Snell said. “We have to keep doing what we have been doing. You can’t be okay where you are at. You have to always be uncomfortable, especially in this league, and get after it to keep going forward.”

Unique runners made WKYB-FM Bourbon Chase coverage a lot of fun Friday

Unicorns magically appeared in the WKYB-FM studio Friday night. (Jayme Phillips Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when WKYB-FM decided to do a five-hour Bourbon Chase live show Friday night.

I had participated in the 200-mile Bourbon Chase across Kentucky two years ago. It was fun, but demanding not only physically but also mentally and emotionally. Running three times — unless you are on an elite team of just six runners and then you run six times — in a 35-hour period takes a toll on anyone.

Analyst says EJ Montgomery “could be as talented” as any player John Calipari has had

E.J. Montgomery at Big Blue Madness Friday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Every time ESPN national recruiting director Paul Biancardi saw EJ Montgomery last year, he just seemed to get better.

“EJ has ridiculous length, wingspan and athleticism,” said Biancardi. “If he applies all that and gets the right defensive mindset to where he can play on and off the ball, he could be great this year. Some things can be hard for a freshman to learn and defense is hard.”

The Kentucky freshman was a late addition to UK’s 2018 recruiting haul but Biancardi thinks he could be special this season.

Big Blue Madness Photos by Vicky Graff

John Calipari: “The culture has just changed in football.”

John Calipari says the UK football culture has changed for the good. (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Several weeks ago Mark Stoops talked about his relationship with UK basketball coach John Calipari and how he was Calipari’s “biggest fan” when he had the time to enjoy basketball season.

With that thought in mind, I asked Calipari at Thursday’s Media Day how much he had enjoyed this football season and was not the least bit surprised by his answer — even if some others apparently were.

Could Ahmad Wagner be big-play option that Kentucky offense needs?

By LARRY VAUGHT

Could 6-5 receiver Ahmad Wagner be a possible catalyst for the Kentucky offense?

You remember Wagner. He’s the former Ohio high school football standout had 58 passes for 1,028 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior and returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown in the Ohio Division I state championship game the only year he played football.

He opted to play college basketball at Iowa but after three seasons, he decided to make a dramatic switch and transferred to UK to play football. He has two years of eligibility and hoped to literally be a “big” target for UK’s passing game.

Calipari: Yes to Pitino podcast, no to Pitino speaking to Cats

By LARRY VAUGHT

Former Louisville coach Rick Pitino has shown up to speak to several college basketball teams across the country after his offseason firing at Louisville because of off-court problems the Carinals had with the NCAA.

Pitino, of course, is also the former head coach at Kentucky who won the 1996 national title and was NCAA runner-up in 1997.

Pitino is also doing a podcast. At media day, Kentucky coach John Calipari was asked if would be a guest on one of Pitino’s podcasts if asked.

Matthew Mitchell ready for his “worst day of the year” again

By LARRY VAUGHT

If you believe Matthew Mitchell, then today is his worst day of the year.

The Kentucky women’s basketball coach — as he always does — will be dancing at Big Blue Madness tonight. In previous years he’s danced by himself, with his players and with UK dance team members.

Yet he insists he doesn’t enjoy it even though he keeps performing every year and seeming to love every minute of his performance.

“The moment it is over I start dreading 364 more days until it is time for my worst day of the year again,” Mitchell said during an interview on WPBK-FM Thursday. “Very few people embarrass themselves annually in front of 24,000 people.”

Join us on WKYB (107.5 FM, wkybfm.com) for Bourbon Chase coverage tonight

Our team enjoyed a celebration drink to end Bourbon Chase in 2016. Join us on WKYB-FM for Bourbon Chase coverage Friday night.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Two years ago I spent this weekend on a Bourbon Chase team which was quite a 36-hour experience covering over 200 miles with 11 teammates along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. The trail goes through distilleries, small towns and horse country before ending in Lexington.

Friday night I’ll also be participating in the Bourbon Chase — but in a much different way.

Ballard linebacker Jared Casey continues trend of top in-state players committing to out of state schools

Jared Casey with Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow on his visit to UK. He committed to Oregon on Thursday. (Twitter Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Louisville Ballard linebacker Jared Casey continued an alarming trend for University of Kentucky football recruiting Thursday when he made his verbal commitment to Oregon.

Five of the state’s six top-rated players have now verbally committed to out of state schools and none have committed to UK.