Here we go again: Alexis Jennings leaves Kentucky

Alexis Jennings (Vicky Graff Photo)

Alexis Jennings (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky women’s basketball head coach Matthew Mitchell announced Wednesday that sophomore post player Alexis Jennings has requested a transfer and been granted a release from the program.

“I talked last week about needing to give our players a clear path forward in our program and it saddens us that Alexis did not see a path for her at Kentucky,” Mitchell said. “She alerted me today that she felt it was in her best interest to finish her career elsewhere and we owe her that opportunity. I appreciate her hard work the past two years and hope she finds success.

UK softball will hold Senior Day Saturday

UK Athletics Photo

UK Athletics Photo

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 12 Kentucky softball team will hold its annual Senior Day at 11:45 a.m. ET on Saturday, May 7 inside John Cropp Stadium as the Wildcats play host to the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the Southeastern Conference regular season series finale at Noon ET.

Fans planning on attending the game should note that the start time has been changed from 3 p.m. ET to Noon ET to accommodate the SEC Network+ broadcast. Senior Day festivities will begin on the field at 11:45 a.m. ET with an individual recondition of all six seniors followed by a ceremonial first pitch and a special senior tribute video before the start of the game.

Kentucky coaches will do satellite camps in Ohio, Florida, Georgia

Stoops walks offBy LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops says he won’t do much different this summer in terms of promoting the UK football program to fans.

“I still have certain speaking engagements and obligations. I certainly do my fair share of getting around town and promoting the program. We need that support. I understand fans wanting to see a quality product out there as we do, so our players and our staff are working extremely hard and we’re excited and optimistic about this upcoming season,” Stoops said Wednesday on the Southeastern Conference coaches teleconference.

What’s going on with UK women’s basketball? Go to any practice next season and see

Everything seemed happy at UK's preseason photo day. However, turmoil has dominated the offseason. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Everything seemed happy at UK’s preseason photo day. However, turmoil has dominated the offseason. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

We’ve had a week to digest what has been going on with the University of Kentucky women’s basketball program and no one has yet to come up with any real answers about what caused so many players and the entire assistant coaching staff to bail out on the winning program.

I was looking over a few of the things coach Matthew Mitchell had to say at his press conference last week and thought you might take a look at what he said when asked about if he had changed the way he coaches in recent years.

UK’s defensive line top offseason concern for media members

Matt Elam's play could be just what the UK defense needs next season. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Matt Elam’s play could be just what the UK defense needs next season. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Media members revealed in the first part of this series on Kentucky football that they were a bit more  optimistic about Mark Stoops’ program than many fans are after three straight losing seasons.

Today the same four media  members weigh in on their biggest offseason concern for the football Wildcats.

Question: What remains your biggest concern about the team going into the offseason?

Cats blow 4-0 lead, lose 5-4 to Eastern Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Junior third baseman JaVon Shelby hit his 10th home run of the season, tying him for the SEC lead, but the 28th-ranked Kentucky baseball team lost to Eastern Kentucky 5-4 on Tuesday night at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

The Wildcats got on the board first, scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning. After Shelby reached on a single, Dorian Hairston was hit by a pitch, the first of three times he would be hit by a pitch in the game. Tristan Pompey came through with a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners to second and third with just one out.

Bill Clinton: “Go Big Blue”

Twitter Photo

Twitter Photo

By LARRY VAUGHT

Former President Bill Clinton was the first in-office president to attend the Final Four when he went in 1994 to support home-state Arkansas.

However, during his visit to Kentucky Tuesday to rally support for his wife’s presidential bid, the former president paid a visit to Kentucky coach John Calipari and got to meet Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker as well.

“Great to see you, Coach! Go Big Blue!” Clinton posted on Twitter after the visit.

Calipari posted photos on Twitter of him with Clinton as well as Ulis and Booker with the former president.

Golfer Ale Walker named to SEC Community Service Team

-1BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Kentucky women’s golfer Ale Walker has been named to the Southeastern Conference Community Service Team, the league office announced Tuesday.

Walker has documented more than 100 hours of community service since July 1. She traveled to Ethiopia in the summer of 2015 as part of a UK Athletics service trip. In Ethiopia, she helped construct housing for widows, delivered beds and mattresses to lepers, served food to orphans, and delivered hygiene supplies to the imprisoned.

Jasmine Camacho-Quinn SEC Freshman of Week

B9p0sCbXBKMYFlVGTc36asPe6YRkT3vustCb2zbsSdAauH34zVYBq54AqEU8XWvvOAMifHPgFRlECUFg3RY7xibH5r8p9ZE_xFzTEOv-zJNIpbps7T5Tsp5c9zGruIPC2CL46PxSrs9I1R6oW7nKyPJnODtjQmk=s0-d-e1-ftLEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn was named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week on Tuesday.

Camacho-Quinn ran 12.73w aided by a +2.1 m/s wind, to win the 100m hurdles and score 10 points for UK, leading the Wildcats to the win at one of the nation’s top scored meets, the LSU Invitational.

Camacho-Quinn’s time is the second fastest qualifying time recorded by a collegian this season, leads the SEC and is tops in the nation among freshmen.

The time is one of the fastest hurdles times recorded by a freshman in recent seasons.

Evan Daniels thinks Young-Porter package deal unlikely

By LARRY VAUGHT

One recruiting scenario that would pay huge dividends for Kentucky in the 2017 recruiting class would be if the Trae Young-Michael Porter rumored package deal came together and both signed with the Wildcats.

But could that really happen? I asked my buddy Evan Daniels, Scout.com national recruiting director, what he thought. He travels the country watching recruits and his insights are always based on information he gathers first-hand.


“I think it’s unlikely they end up a package deal anywhere. Is it possible? Certainly. But more often than not these things don’t work out,” Daniels said.
But what if it happened? What they fit well together in John Calipari’s system?
“In terms of their abilities, both of them can really shoot the ball from long distance. Young is crafty and creative, while Porter has terrific size for the position and impressive athleticism,” Daniels said.

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