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.

Too much: Long-time fans say they are priced out of UK football tickets/games

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky officials recently announced that season ticket sales were running about 20 percent behind from last year’s sales. Personally, that surprised me because I thought the total would be lower based on what I had been hearing from fans.

Two veteran fans took time to post these comments here and I just wanted to make sure you saw them because — and I might be wrong — but I think a lot of fans are this way.

Governor’s Cup Classic Tuesday

Stoops 2FRANKFORT — The Governor’s Cup Classic golf tournament and media day is Tuesday at Frankfort Country Club. Kroger Division President, Calvin Kaufman, along with Governor Matt Bevin, Louisville Coach Bobby Petrino and Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops will make opening comments and answer questions at the Frankfort Country Club beginning at 12:45 p.m.

Although the club restaurant is closed for the day, the pool, canteen and pool bar will be open. This is a public event so please feel free to come out and enjoy the day.

Some of the greatest players and coaches from both schools attend this special event each year to share stories and pay tribute to the honorees. The 2016 event will honor former coaches Rich Brooks, from the University of Kentucky, and John L. Smith from the University of Louisville. Additional honorees will be former NFL players, Deion Branch, Jeremy Jarmon, Jim Kovach, and Mark Sander.

Brad Calipari now officially part of UK freshman class

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky men’s basketball team has added Brad Calipari to the 2016-17 roster. Calipari is enrolled in summer school, which starts this week, and will be eligible to play for the Wildcats in the fall.

Calipari, the son of head coach John Calipari, joins Kentucky after a productive final season at the MacDuffie School in Massachusetts. The 6-foot, 180-pound guard spent the last two seasons at MacDuffie after starting his high school career at Lexington Christian Academy.

UK 2017 target Jarred Vanderbilt will return to Bluegrass to play again

Jarred Vanderbilt (Caleb Lowndes/Commonwealth-Journal Correspondent

Jarred Vanderbilt (Caleb Lowndes/Commonwealth-Journal Correspondent

By LARRY VAUGHT

Jarred Vanderbilt has so many Division I scholarship offers that his father, Robert, says he is not even sure what the total is.

“There is a whole bunch of them from A to Z. They’ve all made offers. I would say the number is unlimited,” Robert Vanderbilt said.

The 6-9 forward from Houston is one of the top players in the 2017 recruiting class. He made an unofficial visit to UK in December and played four times in the Bluegrass last year.