China experience will help Kaz Brown deal with adversity this season

-1“In Their Words” is an exclusive, two-part series from the University of Kentucky covering Kentucky volleyball players Kaz Brown and Ashley Dusek’s experiences with Team USA’s volleyball training programs this summer. Brown was a member of the Collegiate National Team’s China tour, while Dusek participated in the Collegiate National Team training program in Indianapolis.

By KAZ BROWN

The Tryouts:

This year was similar for Ashley and I because we both tried out last year. Our coaches sort of left it up to us whether we wanted to try out again or not. We made the decision to go for it and flew out to Colorado in February.

Really? PGA golfer Keegan Bradley snuck up to put name on leaderboard

Sometimes you wonder what makes college athletes do foolish things. Well, professional golfer Keegan Bradley, who is in contention to win the British Open, admitted to a bit of mischief after Friday’s round.

I thought you might enjoy his “confession” during his press conferece”

Q. Isn’t being nervous part and parcel in playing golf? Hasn’t there always been a certain level of that?
KEEGAN BRADLEY: Yeah, totally. I love it. When you feel those nerves, it’s a good thing. It means you’re doing something right. Especially in a major, when you can — there’s a different feel. It’s so cool seeing your name up on the leaderboard. I actually snuck up on the leaderboard on Monday this week with a couple of guys and we put our names up. I’m probably going to get in trouble for that?

Cameron Mills hosting radio show at Ohio UK Convention Saturday

Cameron Mills and Johnny Pittman, right, had Kyle Wiltjer on their show during a stop at Klosterman Eye Associates in Harrodsburg. Saturday they broadcast live from the Ohio UK Convention.

Cameron Mills and Johnny Pittman, right, had Kyle Wiltjer on their show during a stop at Klosterman Eye Associates in Harrodsburg. Saturday they broadcast live from the Ohio UK Convention.

FRANKLIN, Ohio — Other than driving through Cincinnati, there’s no place I would rather be than the annual Ohio UK Convention.

In just a bit I will be going out to dinner with convention director Jim Porter and some of his key workers and hoping that some of Saturday’s other speakers also make it in time to join us.

Team USA training program memorable for Ashley Dusek

-1Vaught’s note: “In Their Words” is an exclusive, two-part series covering Kentucky volleyball players Kaz Brown and Ashley Dusek’s experiences with Team USA’s volleyball training programs this summer. Brown was a member of the Collegiate National Team’s China tour, while Dusek participated in the Collegiate National Team training program in Indianapolis.

By ASHLEY DUSEK

The Tryouts:
Around January, Kaz, Darian and I decided to go through with trying out for the college national team out in Colorado Springs at the US Olympic Training Center.

Boom Williams Tabbed Preseason Media Days All-SEC

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky junior running back Stanley Boom Williams has been named to the Preseason Media Days All-Southeastern Conference Third Team by league media at the annual event, it was announced Friday by the league office.

Hinshaw in no hurry to be a head coach

Darin Hinshaw (Vicky Graff Photo)

Darin Hinshaw (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

He’s in no hurry for it to happen, but Kentucky co-offensive coordinator Darin Hinshaw does want to eventually be a head coach.

“Without a doubt. I will let the Good Lord handle that. I am the quarterback coach at Kentucky and want to make it the best in America,” said Hinshaw.

Hinshaw came to Kentucky after spending three years at Cincinnati with Eddie Gran. Before that, he coached three seasons at Tennessee, including 2012 when he was the recruiting coordinator. He was receivers coach at Memphis from 2007-09. Before that he worked at Georgia Southern and Middle Tennessee.

Hugh Freeze: “We will learn from our mistakes”

Here are a few comments from Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze at Thursday’s SEC Media Days that I thought you might find interesting.

Q. Coach, going back to draft night, I think you can make an argument that social media had a case and potentially costing Laremy Tunsil millions of dollars, quite literally. For a college athlete with so much to lose, what is the upside to even being on social media? Because it seems like it’s just an accident waiting to happen for most of them.
COACH FREEZE: I don’t know any school that puts as much into trying to educate your kids about branding on social media and dangers and pitfalls of it. I’m confident we worked as hard as we can on that. Kids still make mistakes, and he did. But the evilness in this world, the fact that someone would do that at that moment to young men, is very saddening.

Boom Williams preseason Doak Walker Award candidate

Boom Williams (18)

Boom Williams (18)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky junior running back Stanley Boom Williams has been named a preseason candidate for the 2016 Doak Walker Award, which is annually presented to the nation’s top college running back, it was announced Thursday afternoon.

Juniors Leonard Fournette of LSU and Christian McCaffrey of Stanford headline the 2016 candidate list after both were Doak Walker Award finalists a year ago. Fournette led the NCAA at 162.8 yards per game last year, while McCaffrey was the nation’s leader in all-purpose yardage (276.0 YPG). Six of the 11 semifinalists for the 2015 Doak Walker Award appear on the 2016 watch list. Nominations for the award will be accepted through October.

Media picks UK to finish FOURTH in SEC East

Darin Hinshaw and quarterback Stephen Johnson (Vicky Graff Photo)

Darin Hinshaw and quarterback Stephen Johnson (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky football fans should have got an added boost of optimism from the Southeastern Conference Media Days preseason predictions.

The media picked UK to finish FOURTH in the SEC Eastern Division. Tennessee was No. 1 followed by Florida and Georgia.

But Vanderbilt, Missouri and finally South Carolina were all picked behind UK.

All of our guys have really matured, taking it upon themselves to do the little things that coaches normally have to ask us to do,” senior running back JoJo Kemp said. “Doing the extra work, getting in the weight room, watching the extra film, deleting those mistakes you have seen from us before, winning those close games.

Les Miles’ summer: Shangaied in Austin, broken toes catching daughter’s pitches

LSU coach Les Miles can be a lot funnier than what most people might realize from watching him on the football sidelines. Enjoy this rambling story he told about his summer today at the SEC Media Days.

“I was shanghaied in Austin, Texas, and taken to Cleveland, Ohio, to watch a Game 6 in the NBA Finals and root for LeBron James. I’m so happy for him. I could not tell you. But it happened very unusually. I was meeting my eldest daughter in Austin, where she attends. And my son, North Carolina quarterback backup, decided to come. And I said, Okay, this is going to be my vacation. I’m going to Austin. We’re going to get sun. We’re going to work out. We’re going to eat big. I’m going to be with the two eldest.