Mark Stoops not a fan of satellite camps

Mark Stoops is not a fan of satellite camps. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Mark Stoops is not a fan of satellite camps. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

FRANKFORT — During Tuesday’s Governor’s Cup press conference, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops made it clear he was not a fan of satellite camps, college football’s newest fad.

Evan White third-team All-American

-2LEXINGTON, Ky.  Kentucky first baseman Evan White has been named All-America by CollegeSportsMadness.com, which made him a third-team selection on the national squad.

A sophomore from Gahanna, Ohio, White batted .376 this season with 15 doubles, three triples, five home runs, 40 RBI, 44 runs scored and 10 stolen bases.  He led the Wildcats in each of those categories with the exception of home runs.  He finished the season with a 16-game hitting streak in addition to a 21-game hitting streak earlier in the season. He was named second-team All-Southeastern Conference by league coaches. 

Kentucky basketball leads in home attendance again

LEXINGTON, Ky. – As has been the case for nearly every year of the last two decades, the Kentucky men’s basketball team led the country in average home attendance, according to national attendance figures released by the NCAA on Wednesday.

UK led all schools in the NCAA with an average of 23,361 fans per home game. It’s the 18th time in the last 21 seasons Kentucky has led the country in average home attendance. Since Rupp Arena opened for the 1976-77 season, UK has ranked either first or second in average home attendance every season.

QB Mac Jones decides Alabama now best for him

Mac Jones (Rivals.com Twitter Photo)

Mac Jones (Rivals.com Twitter Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

After saying for months that he would stay firmly committed to Kentucky, Florida quarterback Mac Jones flipped his commitment to Alabama Tuesday.

He was UK’s first commitment in the 2017 recruiting class and the highest ranked commitment.

“I would like to thank the University of Kentucky for recruiting me,” Jones posted on Twitter Tuesday night. “However, an opportunity of a lifetime has presented itself to my family and me. I am happy to say I will continue my football and academic career at The University of Alabama. I am 100% committed, Roll Tide!”

Stoops likes seeing Barker become better leader with no BS

Drew Barker (Vicky Graff Photo)

Drew Barker (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

FRANKFORT — Quarterback Drew Barker continues to impress Kentucky coach Drew Barker.

“I saw a great growth out of Drew. It’s hard to put an exact figure or definition on that. He had the best spring he had ever academically,” Stoops said Wednesday at the Governor’s Cup here. “It was more – the leadership that I saw was really leading by example.

UK begins Outdoor Championships Wednesday

-2EUGENE, Ore. – The Kentucky track and field teams begin the NCAA Outdoor Championships on Wednesday at Oregon’s Hayward Field. The meet will run through Saturday.

The Kentucky women’s team enters the NCAA Championships ranked No. 2 in the United States Track & Field and cross Country Coaches Association rankings. UK qualified 17 entries to the meet, the second most of any team.

The UK men’s team qualified six entries to the meet, doubling the total from last season.

Wednesday’s competition will feature men’s teams only. For the second consecutive season the NCAA is utilizing a championships schedule featuring men’s teams on Wednesday and Friday and women’s teams on Thursday and Saturday.

Stoops on Brooks: “We love having him in Kentucky”

Mark Stoops, Rich Brooks, Jim Kovach and Jeremy Jarmon. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Mark Stoops, Rich Brooks, Jim Kovach and Jeremy Jarmon. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

FRANKFORT — It’s always good to see former Kentucky football coach Rich Brooks and he was a popular man at today’s Governor’s Cup in Frankfort.

So I decided to ask current UK coach Mark Stoops, who could be on the hot seat in his fourth season at UK just like Brooks was, what was the best advice he had received from the former coach.

“There’s a lot of good advice I’ve gotten from coach Brooks. We’ve been known to have a few bourbons together, and it gets real deep at that point,” Stoops said.

Booker, Cauley-Stein, Randle named to USA Men’s Select Team

LEXINGTON, Ky. – After tremendous NBA rookie seasons, former Kentucky men’s basketball stars Devin Booker, Willie Cauley-Stein and Julius Randle have been chosen for the USA Men’s Select Team that will train July 18-21 with the 2016 USA Basketball Men’s National Team during its training camp in Las Vegas.

The USA Men’s Select Team annually features some of the game’s brightest and most promising young players. It is often a stepping stone to making the USA Basketball Men’s National Team. DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall, who are among the 31 finalists for the 2016 U.S. Olympics Men’s Basketball Team, previously played on the Select Team. Anthony Davis is also a finalist for the Olympic Team, thought he has already opted out of the Olympics because of injury.

UK opens season with night game on ESPNU

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky’s season-opening game against Southern Mississippi on Sept. 3 will kick off at 7:30 p.m. and be shown on ESPNU.

CBS had already announced UK’s game at Florida on Sept. 10 would be at 3:30 p.m. and be the SEC Game of the Week.

The third game on Sept. 17 against New Mexico State will be a 4 p.m. start in Commonwealth Stadium and shown on one of the SEC Network channels.

 

Freshman Camacho-Quinn Southeast Region Track Athlete of Year

-scq_HAXgUQL91f7Iuw3wm2EgfKRnGMJvnA3pWk5P5Ltmo7LoVyoTjsXU6giR-idfxUO86pqGWpnE38f3yOi1O9DnoSK-2H5fmpc6faflOS-8vvXHUblPGf3ah9v2u4MkTKJ_PEI5OE_SgyhDig5re1AEzp5CgyeKWew=s0-d-e1-ftEUGENE, Ore. – Kentucky track and field freshman Jasmine Camacho-Quinn was named Southeast Region Track Athlete of the Year and head coach Edrick Floréal repeated as Southeast Women’s Coach of the Year, the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced on Monday.

Camacho-Quinn, a redshirt freshman from North Charleston, South Carolina, won the Southeastern Conference title in the 100-meter hurdles and took third as part of the Wildcat 4×100m relay.