Jacob Hyde again takes time to reach out to young fan

Courtney Love, Jacob Hyde, Drew Barker and De'Niro Laster visited Brendan Murphy this week.

Courtney Love, Jacob Hyde, Drew Barker and De’Niro Laster visited Brendan Murphy in the UK Children’s Hospital.


Before Kentucky played South Carolina on Saturday, 9-year-old Brendan Murphy of Corbin kept trying to use FaceTime. His mother, Jennifer, thought he was trying to reach family members of friends.

Finally she found out he was reaching out to UK football player Jacob Hyde, one of four football players who came to visit him when he was in the UK Children’s Hospital because of a complex case of MRSA (a contagious and antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria that leads to potentially dangerous infection) in his bloodstream.

Stoops to fans: “We have to get people on the same page.”

Mark Stoops wants Kentucky fans on the same page. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Mark Stoops wants Kentucky fans on the same page. (Vicky Graff Photo)


Just think what might have happened on Mark Stoops’ weekly radio show if Kentucky had lost to South Carolina.

Early in his show, he had a caller tell him he was a “good coach” but that he would rather have Tommy Tuberville of Cincinnati come  to Kentucky because he had “coached in the SEC” at Auburn.

“What am I going to do after I lose, Tom?” Stoops said to show host Tom Leach after the call.

Blue-White tickets go on sale Tuesday

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Tickets for the Kentucky men’s basketball Blue-White Game go on sale Tuesday at 9 a.m. The annual Blue-White scrimmage is scheduled for Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. in Rupp Arena. The game will be televised by the SEC Network.

Tickets will be available online through Ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000. Fans can also obtain tickets via the Rupp Arena Box Office (859.233.3535) between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The cost of the tickets will be $10 (lower level) and $5 (200 level). All

public seating is reserved.

Big Blue Madness Campout Begins Wednesday

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Fans looking to secure tickets to Big Blue Madness in person at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Avenue of Champions may begin camping out at 5 a.m. on Wednesday.

No tents are permitted to be set up prior to 5 a.m. on Wednesday at either designated camping locations or the areas surrounding Memorial Coliseum. Any fans who set up tents prior to the designated move-in time will be instructed to take them down immediately and tents left unattended are subject to removal.

Additionally, sidewalks must be kept clear for pedestrians, and all chairs should be moved to the side of the sidewalk farthest from the road.

Recruit Mark Stoops said no to coach Nick Saban

Mark Stoops (Vicky Graff Photo)

Mark Stoops (Vicky Graff Photo)


Count Mark Stoops as a Nick Saban fan even if he did snub the current Alabama coach once several years ago.

Kentucky plays at No. 1 Alabama Saturday night and Saban will be trying to keep his team undefeated and on track for another national title.

Kentucky, despite what Stoops says, likely will be simply trying to survive.

“I admire an awful lot about Coach Saban. It’s hard to define all those things, but anybody that’s in this business – this coaching profession is built on respect, and it starts there. I have great respect for what he’s done and how disciplined he is and the work ethic that he has,” Stoops said Monday.

Ware Named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week

Denzil Ware with game-saving sack. (Wade Upchurch Photo)

Denzil Ware with game-saving sack. (Wade Upchurch Photo)

Lexington, Ky. – Kentucky sophomore defensive end Denzil Ware was named Southeastern Conference Defensive Lineman of the Week it was announced by the league on Monday.

Ware finished with five tackles, including a pair of sacks, in the Wildcats’ 17-10 victory over South Carolina in Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday night. The 6-foot-2, 255-pounder registered a crucial sack of Gamecocks’ quarterback Brandon McIlwain on 4th-and-17 from the Kentucky 35-yard line with 2:23 remaining in the game to thwart Carolina’s final comeback attempt.  It was Ware’s first two-sack game of his career.

Guest post: Please Don’t Stop the Music

Most fans didn't seem to know that J.D. Shelburne was performing a pregame concert Saturday. (Laura Williams Photo)

Most fans didn’t seem to know that J.D. Shelburne was performing a pregame concert Saturday. (Laura Williams Photo)


Crowds, music and football all run together. When the stadium is rocking, the music keeps the crowd into the game and up on their feet. The mood of the game really starts outside. Tailgating. Friends, food, beverages and, of course, entertainment.

Over the last few years, UK has gotten better and better about seeing this connection. It really struck me Saturday when I went to the stadium to see the fabulous J.D. Shelburne. There’s a family connection so I was very excited to be there.

Iron Horse Half-Marathon pre-race info

The Iron Horse Half-Marathon is always one of  my favorite events.

The Iron Horse Half-Marathon is always one of my favorite events.

One of my favorite running events every year is the Iron Horse Half-Marathon in Midway. It’s a scenic course — with more than enough hills — but the community and race officials do such a great job that even when I am questioning my sanity, I never leave disappointed.

Watching horses run along fence rows as runners go by is inspiring. This year’s even is Oct. 16 and since I always see many, many UK fans during the 13.1-miles, here is some pre-race info for this event two days after Big Blue Madness.

Guest post: How Have The Cats Fared Through Four 2016 Games?

Mark Stoops (Wade Upchurch Photo)

Mark Stoops (Wade Upchurch Photo)


Earlier this year, prior to the August football camp for the UK team, it seemed clear that the Cats would reveal their 2016 fortunes very quickly, in Game 1, because Southern Mississippi is no patsy, and the Cats would have to elevate their game above the 2015 levels of efficiency to get a win in Game 1. Furthermore, it seemed equally clear that should the Cats lose to Southern Mississippi, it would be difficult for this team to find the six wins necessary for a bowl in 2016 over the remaining 11 games.

LSU fires head coach Les Miles, offensive coordinator Cam Cameron fired

BATON ROUGE – Les Miles has been relieved of his duties as LSU’s head football coach and will be replaced by Ed Orgeron as interim head coach for the remainder of the 2016 season, Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva announced on Sunday afternoon along with consultation from the Officers on the LSU Board of Supervisors and LSU President Dr. F. King Alexander.

“Decisions like this are never easy ones to make,” Alleva said. “Coach Miles has done a tremendous job here and he’s been a great ambassador for our University, which makes this even more difficult.