ESPN Remembers Legendary Coach Pat Summitt

ESPN joins the world in mourning the loss of legendary head coach Pat Summitt, who passed away early Tuesday morning. Paying tribute to Summitt’s 38-year coaching career, ESPNU will air the film Nine for IX: Pat XO, Tennessee’s SEC Tournament Championship wins from 2005-2011 and the 1998 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship title game. ESPN Classic will be the home of Tennessee’s National Championship title games, where Summitt led the Lady Vols to national titles in 1996, 1997, 1998, 2007 and 2008. SportsCenter will continue to pay tribute to Summitt throughout the day, speaking with loved ones and those she inspired.

Calipari Announces Rookie of the Year Camp Featuring Karl-Anthony Towns

Karl Antony-Towns talks to ESPN's Shannon Spake. (Clay Jackson/cjackson@amnews.com)

Karl Antony-Towns talks to ESPN’s Shannon Spake. (Clay Jackson/cjackson@amnews.com)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Head coach John Calipari and Karl-Anthony Towns are excited to announce their Rookie of the Year Camp slated for Aug. 3 in Lexington.

The duo will team up for a camp broken up into two sessions. The first session begins at 8:30 a.m. and will last for 3.5 hours. The second session is slated to start at 1:30 p.m. for the same 3.5 hour duration. Boys and girls ages 7-17 are eligible for the camp.

Robic stays mum on recent incident

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky assistant coach John Robic was not going to say anything Monday to bring more attention to Derek Willis’ recent arrest for public intoxication. Willis spent a few hours in jail and has since been ordered to perform community service to wipe out the complain.

During the SEC coaches teleconference where Robic filled in for John Calipari since he was on a flight home from Spain where he watched UK recruiting targets play for Team USA, Robic was asked about Willis’ status.

“I really can’t comment on that at this time,” Robic said.

Mitchell, Barnhart Offer Condolences After Pat Summitt’s Passing

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Pat Summitt, who for 38 seasons led the Tennessee women’s basketball program and changed the face of college athletics in the process, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 64.

Kentucky women’s basketball coach Matthew Mitchell started his coaching career as a graduate assistant under Summitt at Tennessee.

Briscoe, seniors already providing leadership

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky has one of the nation’s best basketball recruiting classes again. Of course, that  means UK needs a team leader.

Clearly that was Tyler Ulis last season, but he’s gone to the NBA. So who is going to be the leader next season?

“I think right now Isaiah Briscoe has done a really, really good job of leading this group,” Kentucky assistant coach John Robic said Monday on the SEC coaches teleconference (John Calipari was flying back from Spain after watching recruiting targets play for Team USA).

Florida WR Josh Ali picks Kentucky

Josh Ali (Twitter Photo)

Josh Ali (Twitter Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky football’s recruiting momentum seems to have picked up again with the decision Monday night by Hollywood, Fla., receiver Josh Ali to verbally commit to the Wildcats. He had over 20 other scholarship offers.

The 6-0, 185-pound Ali, ranked as a three-star prospect, is ranked as the No. 80 overall receiver in the 2017 recruiting class by ESPN.

Ali announced his decision on Twitter: “Prayers goes up to the most High I'm excited say that I have committed to the University of Kentucky⚪️ #Go Wildcats.”

Following Shannon Spake no easy task, but introducing Maggard is

Shannon Spake (Vicky Graff Photo)

Shannon Spake (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Almost daily I get reminded of how many people listen to the Leach Report daily — and why wouldn’t  you with the job Tom Leach does on the air daily.

Tuesday is my day to join Tom and I will again at 9:40 a.m. But he may have set me up this week. I have to follow ESPN’s Shannon Spake, one of BBN’s favorite media members. Certainly she will be talking about the draft and UK basketball, but she can talk football or go into her recent Ironman performance.

Belanger Named Kentucky Pitching Coach

Jim Belanger (University of Maryland Photo)

Jim Belanger (University of Maryland Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Jim Belanger, who has developed record-setting pitchers and 10 major-league draft picks over the last four years at Maryland, will guide the Kentucky pitching staff, head coach Nick Mingione announced Monday.

“I wanted Coach Belanger at Kentucky for numerous reasons,” Mingione said. “What stood out to me was how much family means to him, the fact he’s won everywhere he’s been and his track record of player development.

DeMarcus Cousins Named to Team USA Olympic Roster

DeMarcus Cousins (Vicky Graff Photo)

DeMarcus Cousins (Vicky Graff Photo)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Collegiate All-American. NBA All-Star. Olympian.

Former Kentucky great DeMarcus Cousins was selected to the 12-man roster that will represent the United States at the 2016 Rio Olympics, as announced by Team USA Basketball on Monday.

This is the first such appointment for Cousins, who participated with Team USA at the 2014 FIBA World Cup. Cousins participated in all nine games en route to a perfect record and the gold medal. He averaged 9.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.3 steals and shot a team-high 70.2 percent from the field in 13.8 minutes a game.

Jacob Hyde, Courtney Love impress fan with enthusiasm

Jacob Hyde talking to UK fans Saturday. (Michael Paul Clark Photo)

Jacob Hyde talking to UK fans Saturday. (Michael Paul Clark Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

When it comes to Kentucky, no one loves the Wildcats more than UK defensive lineman Jacob Hyde.

That’s why it was no real surprise Michael Paul Clark let me  know on Twitter Saturday what an “awesome” job that Hyde did showing season ticket holders around Commonwealth Stadium.

But wait. It got better at the end.

“He honored my request for him to lead us in ‘On, On UofK’ in the locker room,” Clark said. “He and Courtney (Love) didn’t hesitate when I asked him to close us out with the fight song. Neat moment.”

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