Justus Moves to Assistant Coach Role; Robic Special Assistant

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Joel Justus, who joined Kentucky two seasons ago as the director of analytics and then special assistant to the head coach, will move to one of the three assistant coaching positions for the 2016-17 season, head coach John Calipari announced Friday. John Robic, who has served as an assistant to Calipari at three different schools since the late 1980s, will move into the special assistant to the head coach role.

Both moves are effective immediately.

One step at time took Holmes from brain surgery to second Ryder Cup

J.B. Holmes had a lot of fans watching him Thursday at the Ryder Cup. (Aaron Rowland Photo)

J.B. Holmes had a lot of fans watching him Thursday at the Ryder Cup. (Aaron Rowland Photo)

Q. I was just wondering if you could talk a little bit about where you’re at in your career now, having won again on Tour, Presidents Cup, a Ryder Cup, all of that after the health ailments that you had. Did you ever see yourself in this position after having to deal with all that?

J.B. HOLMES: I mean, I hoped I would get back there. I had some injuries there for years that held me back. I felt like — making these teams and winning tournaments, I felt like that’s something I definitely had the talent to do and I should be doing.

Capacity Reached at Big Blue Madness Campout

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Camping space has reached capacity at the annual campout for tickets to Big Blue Madness. As a result, no new campers will be able to set up and no control cards for free tickets to the annual event will be issued to those not already camped out. Fans are encouraged to use Ticketmaster.com to acquire tickets to the first open practice opportunity for UK’s 2016-17 men’s and women’s basketball teams.

Guest post: Which player will be focal point for fans and media on this year’s basketball team?


With the start of tent city at Memorial Coliseum I have been thinking about UK basketball and the upcoming season. With the influx of new talent on this year’s team, it will be interesting to see which players become the focal point for fans and media members.

It might be Malik Monk due to his ability to fly high above the rim or De’Aaron Fox with his speed and quickness up and down the floor. It might even be Bam Adebayo due to his size and strength around the basket but one player that I think is being overlooked is Brad Calipari. Not because of his dominating basketball skill but because the coach’s son always seems to be a lightning rod for discussion at the University of Kentucky.

J.B. Holmes: “There’s nothing like getting to play for your country”

Ryder Cup fans waited Friday for J.B. Holmes to sign autographs. (Aaron Rowland Photo)

Ryder Cup fans waited Friday for J.B. Holmes to sign autographs. (Aaron Rowland Photo)

Kentuckian J.B. Holmes likely will play in the Ryder Cup matches this afternoon in Minnesota. It will be his second Ryder Cup appearance.

JOHN DEVER: Welcome back to the 41st Ryder Cup. I’m joined by J.B. Holmes. J.B., thank you for stopping by. This is your second Ryder Cup, so I want to ask you, do you see any similarities in the team room perhaps that are comparable between 2008 and what you’re dealing with now?

Fast start would help QB Johnson, Cats

Stephen Johnson (Vicky Graff Photo)

Stephen Johnson (Vicky Graff Photo)


Getting quarterback Stephen Johnson off to a quick start at Alabama Saturday night would be “real important” for Kentucky but coach Mark Stoops knows what won’t be easy to.

“We need to understand, with the mindset going into it, how difficult yards are going to be to come by and how you need to compete to get those yards,” Stoops said Thursday. “This is not a team where – some games you play where things come easy or you get big plays. You have to work for every yard you get against them and you have to compete at a high level to get those yards.

Epps, Akhator Named Preseason All-Americans by Sporting News

Evelyn Akhator (Vicky Graff Photo)

Evelyn Akhator (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – More preseason previews mean more preseason honors for the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team as Sporting News has named senior guard Makayla Epps and senior forward Evelyn Akhator to its preseason All-America Team. The publication also ranked Kentucky No. 10 in its preseason poll.

Epps was named to the publication’s first team, while Akhator was on the third team. In all, six Southeastern Conference players were named to either the first, second or third teams with Kentucky and South Carolina the only two schools with two selections. This is the second preseason All-America honor for Epps, who was named to Athlon Sports’ Preseason All-America Second Team earlier this month.

Jon Toth named semifinalist for 2016 Campbell Award

Jon Toth/  Photo by Britney McIntosh | UK Athletics

Jon Toth/
Photo by Britney McIntosh | UK Athletics

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky center Jon Toth has been named a semifinalist for the prestigious 2016 Campbell Award, it was announced by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame. The award recognizes the nation’s best football scholar-athlete.

Toth, who hails from Indianapolis, is one of four returning starters on the Wildcats’ offensive line and is considered one of the top centers in college football for the second straight season. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound senior, has played in 40 career games with 39 consecutive starts. Last season, he helped UK’s four-man running back rotation collect 1,855 yards. This season the Cats’ running game is averaging nearly 200 yards per game, including 597 total rushing yards in its past two contests, victories over New Mexico State and South Carolina.

Kash Daniel “getting better every week”


Freshman linebacker Kash Daniel is making progress that could get him on the field more.

“Kash is a player that takes the game very seriously. Kash has worked extremely hard. Kash is athletically ready to play this year. He’s big, he’s fast, he’s physical. He’s still picking up the scheme, but I see him getting better every week,” UK defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot said.

Daniel did get more playing time in  last week’s win over South Carolina in relief of starting middle linebacker Courtney Love.

Expect Matt Elam to play more at Alabama


Matt Elam (69) may have earned more playing time against Alabama. (Vicky Graff Photo)


Kentucky  nose guard Matt Elam has taken a lot of criticism from fans over his play this season. Yet defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot said Wednesday that he thought Elam “played hard” in last week’s win over South Carolina.

“I thought he came off the ball harder and struck blockers. I thought he even rushed the passer decent. We got some good push.”

Kentucky plays at Alabama Saturday night. Alabama is the school that Elam turned down to play at UK. Alabama is also a power team that could result in Elam playing more.