Four-star Southern Cal offensive tackle E.J. Price says he’ll transfer to Kentucky

E.J. Price at UK Monday with coach Mark Stoops and assistant Darin Hinshaw. (Twitter Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky’s offensive line depth got an unexpected boost Monday when Southern Cal tackle E.J. Price announced he was transferring to Kentucky.

He was ranked among the nation’s top 10 offensive tackles in the 2016 recruiting class. He was recruited by UK but turned down the Cats as well as home-state Georgia, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Oklahoma, LSU and more to sign with USC.

Danielle Galyer Named SEC’s NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Former Kentucky swimmer Danielle Galyer has been named one of the Southeastern Conference nominees for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year, the league office announced Monday.

From the initial 543 nominees, Galyer was chosen along with former Georgia swimmer Chantal Van Landeghem to represent the SEC.

The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.

Randall Cobb, John Wall headline 2017 UK Athletics Hall of Fame Class

John Calipari with John Wall at Big Blue Madness. (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017 has been announced, with Randall Cobb (football), Collin Cowgill (baseball), Ralph Hacker (broadcaster), Sherry Hoover Bordner (cross country/indoor track/outdoor track), Sarah Rumely (volleyball) and John Wall (men’s basketball) set to be inducted during Hall of Fame Weekend, Sept. 22-23, in conjunction with the football home game vs. Florida.

Sherry Hoover Bordner, Cross Country/Indoor Track/Outdoor Track, 1986-89

Former UK Men’s Basketball Player Jerry Bird Dead at 83

CORBIN, Ky. – Jerry Bird, a former Kentucky men’s basketball player and member of the UK Athletics Hall of Fame, died Sunday morning of natural causes in his hometown of Corbin, Kentucky. He was 83.

Bird, a Kentucky men’s basketball player from 1954-56, helped Kentucky to two Southeastern Conference titles in 1954 and 1955 and was a member of the 1954 team that went 25-0 and was crowned national champions by the Helms Athletic Foundation.

Tai Wynyard Has Much To Build Upon For the 2017-18 Season

Tai Wynyard cheers during UK’s game with North Carolina. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By RICHARD CHEEKS, Contributing Writer

Last season at UK, Tai Wynyard played a total of 54 minutes in 15 basketball games for Kentucky. While on the court, he attempted 6 shots and 3 free throws, scoring 11 points. In addition, he blocked 3 shots, had 1 assist, obtained 1 steal, and grabbed 5 offensive rebounds which is weighed against his 2 turnovers.

Matthew Mitchell not shy about praising talented freshman Tatyana Wyatt

By LARRY VAUGHT

One of coach Matthew Mitchell’s newcomers this year will be 6-3 Tatyana Wyatt of Columbus, Ga. She was ranked 63rd in the recruiting class and was also a volleyball standout who played on a state championship team.

She averaged 22.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.6 blocks per game as a senior. She finished her prep career with 1,992 points and 762 rebounds. She also hit a 124 3-pointers.

“She has got tremendous talent and skills at 6-3. She was a fantastic outside hitter on their volleyball team which gives you a little idea of her explosive jumping and leaping,” Mitchell said.

College Hall of Famer, UK great Vito ‘Babe’ Parilli passes away

Babe Parilli (10) with coach Bear Bryant and Bob Gain. (UK Athletics Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Vito “Babe” Parilli, the quarterback who led the University of Kentucky football team to the Orange, Sugar and Cotton Bowls in the 1949-51 seasons and was eventually enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame, has passed away at the age of 87.

“Babe is among the greatest legends of Kentucky athletics history,” said Mitch Barnhart, UK Director of Athletics. “He was the quarterback for a golden era of Wildcat football and loved returning to Lexington for the team reunions. We are saddened by his passing and send our sympathies to his family and friends.”

Austin MacGinnis Named to Lou Groza Award Candidate List

Austin MacGinnis (Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky senior kicker Austin MacGinnis has been named to the 2017 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award preseason watch list, it was announced Wednesday.

MacGinnis is one of the nation’s top returning kickers and connected on a pair of game-winning field goals in 2016. His 47-yard field goal with 12 seconds left at No. 11 Louisville marked his second game-winning kick of the season after he also made a 51-yard field goal as time expired for a 40-38 win over Mississippi State.

Denzil Ware impressive sophomore season earns him preseason all-SEC honor

Denzil Ware with game-saving sack against South Carolina. (Wade Upchurch Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Three University of Kentucky football players earned a spot on the Preseason Media Days All-Southeastern Conference teams, it was announced Friday by the league office. Junior defensive end/linebacker Denzil Ware was named second-team defense, while junior safety Mike Edwards and junior linebacker Jordan Jones were named to the third team.

Ware, a native of Opp, Alabama, returns as one of Kentucky’s leading pass rushers as he ranked second on the team in total sacks (5.5) and tackles for loss (12.0) last year. He has started in 24 of 25 career games for the Wildcats, including 19 consecutive.

Will Muschamp: “They (recruits) want to see shiny”

Q. You talk a lot about facilities. It seems everybody’s upgrading their facilities in the SEC. When you.ere at Florida, were you aware that your facilities had lagged behind? And how much of a detriment was that to you building that program?

SOUTH CAORLINA COACH MUSCHAMP: Well, I don’t think there’s any question. You know, there’s a plan to move forward. I mean, the indoor that they finished was done. Jeremy and I, we had done that about a year and a half before. We agreed to get the indoor done. I think we had a plan moving forward to continue to enhance our situation there. But that’s part of it.