Seven Wildcats Earn Athlon Sports Preseason All-SEC Honors

Jordan Jones. (Wade Upchurch Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – – Seven University of Kentucky football players earned a spot on Athlon Sports’ preseason All-Southeastern Conference teams it was announced today.

Junior linebacker Jordan Jones (Youngstown, Ohio) was named to the first-team defense after leading the SEC in solo tackles per game (5.7) last season. Overall, he led UK and ranked third in the league in total tackles per game with 8.4. He finished the season with 109 tackles and led the Wildcats with 15.5 tackles for loss. 

Former UK Coach Guy Morris: One of the Good Guys

Guy Morriss

By KEITH PEEL, Contributing Writer

You just never know who might be watching you. What you do matters. How you do it matters. You never know how the smallest action on your part might create tremendous changes in someone else’s life.

It has happened to me. Reading the story and watching the interview of former UK Football Coach Guy Morris brought it all back. Years ago (more than I care to remember) I received some great advice from Coach Morris. He doesn’t know it – because we have never met – but something he said in an interview changed the way I approached coaching.

C.M. Newton Named to Athletic Directors Hall of Fame

LEXINGTON, Ky. – C.M. Newton, former director of athletics at the University of Kentucky, has been named to the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Hall of Fame, the organization has announced.

Newton will be honored June 14 during a luncheon at the annual NACDA Convention in Orlando, Fla.

Newton served as athletics director at UK from 1989-2000.  His term as AD was marked by the addition of three sports – men’s and women’s soccer and softball – expansion of facilities and growth in revenues in response to the increasing financial pressures of college athletics. 

Kentucky Opens SEC Tournament Against South Carolina

Riley Mahan (Photo by Britney Howard)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky baseball team begins action in the 2017 SEC Tournament on Wednesday, when the Wildcats face the South Carolina Gamecocks at 10:30 a.m. ET at the Hoover Met. South Carolina advanced to Wednesday’s game by outlasting Vanderbilt 7-4 in innings on Tuesday in opening-round action.

No. 8 Kentucky (38-18, 19-11 SEC) finished in third place in the SEC regular season standings. With the finish inside the top four, the Wildcats automatically advanced to the double-elimination portion of the SEC Tournament, where they will meet the Gamecocks.

Offers have not swayed Florida receiver Shocky Jacques-Louis on his commitment to UK

Shocky Jacques-Louis

By LARRY VAUGHT

Florida junior receiver Shocky Jacques-Louis has seen his recruiting really take off in recent weeks after he made an earlier verbal commitment to Kentucky.

Rival Louisville offered him a scholarship. So did Oregon State and Michigan State. He just got an offer from Tennessee.

He also has offers from Georgia, Virginia, South Carolina, Syracuse, North Carolina, Missouri, Maryland, Indiana and South Florida.

With the recent trend of players making early verbal commitments only to later change their minds, many have been wondering what the standout from Dunbar High School in Fort Myers might do.

Three-Game Flex Packs on Sale June 7

Stephen Johnson (Keith Taylor Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Flex Packs allowing fans to buy tickets to three Kentucky football games for the 2017 season will go on sale June 7 at 9 a.m. at UKFootballTix.com.

Fans are able to choose one game from the following groupings to customize their Flex Pack:

  • Tennessee or Louisville
  • Florida, Missouri or Ole Miss
  • Eastern Kentucky or Eastern Michigan

Flex Packs range in price from $119 to $174, depending on games and seating locations selected. Prices and combinations have been set in such a way to protect the investment made by purchasers of season tickets, which are on sale now.

Why UK Baseball should give hope to every UK Football fan

By KEITH PEEL, Contributing Writer

What an amazing season for UK Baseball this year. Thirty-eight wins. Seventeen of those against ranked opponents. Nineteen SEC wins. Third place overall finish in the SEC. They have also erased so many streaks in 2017. Losing streaks like 0-9 at South Carolina’s Founders Park, ending an 8 game losing streak to Ole Miss and first sweep of an SEC ranked foe in five years. That’s pretty good for a program whose history is not so colorful. Let me explain.

Mingione, Hjelle, Logue earn top SEC baseball honors

Sean Hjelle (Photos by Thomas Campbell/Aggie Athletics)

HOOVER, Ala. (May, 22, 2017)—–The Southeastern Conference on Monday announced its 2017 Baseball Awards and All-SEC Teams, recognizing standout performances from this season. The 2017 SEC Baseball Tournament will be played Tuesday through Sunday at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.

Mississippi State’s Brent Rooker was named the SEC Player of the Year, Kentucky’s Sean Hjelle is the SEC Pitcher of the Year, Texas A&M’s Braden Shewmake is the SEC Freshman of the Year, Kentucky’s Nick Mingione is the SEC Coach of the Year and Kentucky’s Zach Logue is the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Dick Vitale signs contract extension with ESPN through 2020

Dick Vitale (ESPN Photo)

Longtime ESPN basketball analyst Dick Vitale – one of the most influential and vibrant personalities in the history of sports television – has signed a contract extension with ESPN through the 2019-20 season.

Vitale will be the main analyst on many of the network’s top games, including regular-season action primarily on ESPN and ESPN2 and the network’s Champ Week coverage. The Basketball Hall of Famer contributes to numerous ESPN platforms throughout the year, including ESPN.com, ESPN Radio and more.

The agreement adds an additional year to his previous extension, announced last June, and extends Vitale into his 41st season with the network. He began with ESPN in its first year (1979-80).

First-pitch strikes key to Rethlake’s success

Erin Rethlake (Vicky Graff Photo)

Here is what Kentucky winning pitcher Erin Rethlake had to say after Sunday’s 4-2 win over Illinois that put UK into a Super Regional at Oregon.

On importance of first pitch strike …
“Considering that it’s something that I sometimes struggle with, I usually get in trouble when I don’t do that, so that’s a big deal for me personally. Not trying to throw from behind constantly is a really good thing for me.”