Kemp, Young will play; Toth iron horse of line

JoJo Kemp. (Vicky Graff Photo)

JoJo Kemp. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

I had two things I wanted to ask Kentucky coach Mark Stoops on today’s Southeastern Conference coaches’ teleconference.

First, running back JoJo Kemp had his left hand in a cast when last week’s game ended against Mississippi State and offensive tackle Landon Young had his ankle taped after spraining it during the game.

Would one or both play Saturday at Missouri?

“Yes,” said Stoops.

That was it.  Not sure if they will be 100 percent, but they will play and that’s good news.

SEC Network spotlights UK win over State

Tonight at 7, the SEC Network spotlights Kentucky’s dramatic comeback against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at home.

Kentucky lost its lead with only a minute left in the fourth quarter, but was able to pull off the 40-38 win thanks to Austin MacGinnis’s 51-yard field goal in the final second of the game.

The show features new vantage points and sound from the sidelines of the game, as well as footage from Kentucky’s weeklong preparatiion.

Guest post: Have the Cats really turned that proverbial corner?

By RICHARD CHEEKS

Prior to this season, I reviewed the history of UK’s football program’s efficiency from the 2011 season through the 2015 season with an eye toward placing goals for the 2016 season into context. As a matter of review:

 

Year

Adjusted Net Efficiency (ANE)

2011

-0.098

2012

-0.260

2013

0.224

2014

0.982

2015

0.768

UK has personnel Gran can use to run football

Kentucky has more yards rushing than passing this year. (Wade Upchuch Photo)

Kentucky has more yards rushing than passing this year. (Wade Upchuch Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

When  Neal Brown was offensive coordinator at Kentucky, he wanted to have a solid running game but it was hard to do with the personnel he had.

Brown is now head coach at Troy and his team is 6-1. The only loss came at Clemson.

So how has Brown, regarded as an “Air Raid guy” by many, handled the offense this year. Troy has rushed for 1,392 yards and 14 touchdowns while passing for 1,979 yards and 16 scores. Not exactly 50-50, but a nice balance.

Timmons bigger part of UK offense again

Ryan Timmons, center. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Ryan Timmons, center. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Senior Ryan Timmons was one of the big-name recruits in Mark Stoops’ first recruiting class at Kentucky. He was a dynamic playmaker at Franklin County and was forced into duty immediately at UK because of the team’s lack of depth at receiver.

The last two years injuries have limited him and UK has also upgraded talent at receiver. But he has 10 catches for 156 yards this season and had two  key catches late in the first half against Mississippi State last week.

Lincoln sophomore Emma King will join us on WPBK-FM Thursday morning

Emma King and her father, Jeff, with  UK coach Matthew Mitchell at a UK football game this season.

Emma King and her father, Jeff, with UK coach Matthew Mitchell at a UK football game this season.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Lincoln County sophomore Emma King will  join Tim Estes and myself on WPBK (102.9 FM) Thursday from 7:30-8 a.m. to talk basketball.

She is rated as one of the state’s top sophomores. She added a scholarship offer from Florida earlier this month to go along with one from Kentucky and Louisville has been extremely involved in her recruitment even though the Cardinals have yet to offer a scholarship.

Chapman Joins UK Radio Network’s Pregame Show as Co-Host

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Rex Chapman, the former Apollo High School star and University of Kentucky basketball legend, has been named the new co-host of the UK Radio Network’s “Texas Roadhouse Countdown to Tipoff” men’s basketball pregame show, JMI Sports announced Tuesday.

Chapman will make his UK Radio Network debut on Sunday for the Clarion exhibition game. Along with returning host Dave Baker, Chapman will join Tom Leach and Mike Pratt throughout the season in the live pregame coverage 90 minutes prior to tipoff to preview the upcoming matchup, discuss UK basketball news and take questions from the Big Blue Nation.

From Bourbon Chase to Iron Horse to Brickhouse

My Bourbon Chase van mates. Smiles were at the start, not middle of night.

My Bourbon Chase van mates. Smiles were at the start, not middle of night.

By LARRY VAUGHT

For several years I had heard about how much fun the Bourbon Chase, a 200-mile relay for teams of either 12 or 6, was and how I should try it.

Well, somehow Kimberly Hamilton talked me into it this year — and I survived.

Was it fun? You tell me how Oct. 14-15 went.

— Twice I found myself standing at the back of a line of 50 or more people waiting to use a port-a-john.

Epps on Nancy Lieberman Award Preseason Watch List

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky senior guard Makayla Epps is one of 20 players in the nation on to the 2017 Nancy Lieberman Award preseason watch list, it was announced Monday. The award, which is hosted by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fall, annually recognizes the top point guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball.

Epps is the only Southeastern Conference player on the preseason list, which will be narrowed down to 10 in mid-February before five finalists are selected in March. The winner of the 2017 Nancy Lieberman Award will be announced at the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Dallas. The Selection Committee for the Nancy Lieberman Award is composed of top women’s college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers.

Guest post: Women’s Clinic continues to be thrill for veteran fan

Sarah White, left, of Nashville and her daughters got their picture with coach John Calipari Sunday right after she fell in Rupp Arena. She had her injured knee checked Monday and apparently no bones are broken.

Sarah White, left, of Nashville and her daughters got their picture with coach John Calipari Sunday right after she fell in Rupp Arena. She had her injured knee checked Monday and apparently no bones are broken.

By SARAH WHITE

I was not sure how the transition would be from Memorial to Rupp for today’s Women’s Clinic, but my mind is made up – Rupp offered the better experience. I just hope we continue there. All of us old-timers (had been to everyone of his clinics) were a little skeptical of the venue change. But, my Women’s Clinic family and my daughters from Maryland and Florida loved the change.