Linebacker Xavier Peters transferring to Kentucky

Xavier Peters posted this on Twitter to announce his transfer to Kentucky.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Recently when Kentucky recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow explained how personally he took it when a player he had recruited to play at UK decided to transfer he also noted how he never cuts off a relationship with a player he recruited who didn’t pick UK just in case that player may later transfer and need a new school.

Cades Cove Loop Lope a rare chance to run a race in national park

This was the unique finisher’s medal for the 2017 Cades Cove Loop Lope.

By LARRY VAUGHT

There are not many races of any length in national parks and that makes the Cades Cove Loop Lope Nov. 3 in the Great Smokies Mountain National Park even more unique.

The event offers both a 5K (3.1 mile) and 10 mile course through historic Cades Cove, which will be closed to vehicular traffic like it is every Sunday morning when bikers, hikers and runners have a chance to travel part of all of the 10-mile loop through the park.

Penny Hardaway on quite the recruiting roll at Memphis

Penny Hardaway impressed me at the Marshall County Hoopfest and is impressing everyone now with his recruiting at Memphis. (Connie Allen Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Obviously I knew plenty about Penny Hardaway from his days as a star for Memphis and then in the NBA. But I had never met him until he brought his Memphis East High School team to play in the Marshall county Hoopfest two years ago.

I found him personable and easy to talk with. I found him engaging. I could also sense that he had a real connection with young players who obviously both admired him and trusted him.

Landon Young, Calvin Taylor, Boogie Watson doing special work in Ethiopia

Landon Young with a new friend in Ethiopia. (UK Athletics Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

One of the inspirational things for me that University of Kentucky athletes do is take mission trips through UK Athletics.

I can remember talking to UK softball seniors Katie Reed and Jenny Schaper after their mission trip and what an impact it made on them.

Currently three UK football players — offensive lineman Landon Young, defensive lineman Calvin Taylor and linebacker Boogie Watson — are in Ethiopia reaching out to help others and sharing information and photos on social media about their efforts.

What did Tiger Woods say Wednesday about starting play in PGA Championship after winning Masters

Farmingdale, New York

JON DEVER: \Welcome back to the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black. We are pleased to be joined by four-time PGA champion Tiger Woods. Tiger, welcome to what is your 20th PGA Championship. Maybe we start right there. Let me ask you about your first PGA back in 1997, not far from here at Winged Foot. What are your recollections of playing in this championship for the first time?

Gorgeous day at Anakeesta again quite a treat (Larry Vaught Photos)

By LARRY VAUGHT

GATLINBURG — No way do we come here without making sure we visit Anakeesta, the 70-acre outdoor theme park that opened in the fall of 2017 and has something for everyone. Anakeesta was named the 2018 Tennessee Attraction of the Year but has continue to expand and grow.

Tuesday was a gorgeous day — about 70 degree, bright sunshine and just a bit of wind. We took the chair lift from downtown Gatlinburg to the top of the moutain and had a delicious lunch — my hamburger was huge and cooked just right.

Does early offer, defensive interest give UK an edge with 5-star Justin Rogers? Let Justin Rowland explain

Justin Rogers with UK lineman Marquan McCall.

By LARRY VAUGHT

The recruitment of five-star Michigan star Justin Rogers is an important one for Kentucky and maybe even a historic one for coach Mark Stoops if he can land Rogers

Kentucky was the first school to offer Rogers a scholarship, and is one of his final six schools going into his scheduled announcement on May 20 of his college choice.

I wondered what, if any, impact that first scholarship offer had on an elite prospect. That’s why I reached out to CatsIllustrated.com publisher Justin Rowland, who follows recruiting full-time for Rivals.com, about his opinion.

“Mature” Sawyer Smith understands quarterback situation at Kentucky

Sawyer Smith (Troy Athletics Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Why would Sawyer Smith reach out to Kentucky about transferring to play for the Wildcats knowing that quarterback Terry Wilson had two  years of  eligibility left after leading UK to a rare 10-win season and New Year’s Day bowl win last season?

The 6-3, 220-pound Smith passed for 1,699 yards and 14 touchdowns while leading Troy to victory in the Dollar General Bowl last year after being promoted to starter after an injury to the No. 1 quarterback. He completed 63 percent of his passes with six interceptions and also ran for 191 yards and one score while starting six games.

Pigeon Forge Snow has tubing, fun for all ages (www.alpinephotostn.com)

By LARRY VAUGHT

PIGEON FORGE — I always like to find new spots to visit when I come to here and Pigeon Forge Snow certainly did not disappoint my family.

It’s a great indoors attraction with a set temperature between 65 and 70 degrees  — there’s no other place like it in the United States — where folks of all ages can snow tube or just play in the snow. We saw an 80-year-old woman try tubing and so do this 67-year-old man. There was one 3-year-old girl and my four grandchildren range in age from 6-10 and they all loved it.

UK basketball will take John Calipari Satellite Camp to nine stops across state

Tyler Herro at one of the John Calipari Satellite Camps last year. (UK Athletics Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Brought back last season by popular demand, the Kentucky men’s basketball team will take the John Calipari Satellite Camp Tour back on the road in June.

This season’s tour includes nine stops throughout the Bluegrass State. The Wildcats will branch out away from Lexington (within a 100-mile radius of campus, per NCAA rules) to bring hands-on skill instruction to the state’s youth.

Registration is now open for all nine camps with online registration (or visit UKathletics.com/camps) recommended as the fastest and most efficient form of registering campers.