No Conrad for Louisville for Cats

C.J. Conrad (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky’s offense will be missing at least one key player against Louisville Saturday.

Tight end C.J. Conrad — who leads UK with four touchdown catches — is out for Saturday as well as a bowl game because of an injury suffered in last week’s loss at Georgia.

“Unfortunately C.J. will be out for the remainder of the year. He has a mid-foot injury, a Lisfranc. Will require surgery tomorrow morning,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Monday.

What makes it even tougher news is that backup tight ends Greg Hart and Justin Rigg are not healthy, either.

Courtney Love Named Wuerffel Trophy Finalist

Courtney Love, left, is on the SEC Community Works Team.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky senior linebacker Courtney Love is one of three finalists for the 2017 Wuerffel Trophy, an award that honors college football’s top community servant, it was announced today. The other two candidates are Blaise Taylor, a senior, defensive back from Arkansas State and Drue Tranquill, a senior, linebacker from Notre Dame.

UK Volleyball Senior Day included recognition of Ole Miss seniors

Senior Darian Mack with her family. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Considering the success the Kentucky volleyball team has had the last four years, I expected UK’s five seniors — Kaz Brown, Ashley Dusek, Emily Franklin, Harper Hempel and Darian Mack — to be a bit emotional before Sunday’s match with Mississippi on Senior Day.

It was when the players came out with family members. However, there was also a major surprise — at least for me.

Before the Kentucky players and their families were recognized, Kentucky did something I have not seen before on Senior Day. Mississippi seniors Lexi Thompson and Kate Gibson were both recognized and honored.

UK has no margin for error against elite SEC teams

Stephen Johnson, Benny Snell (Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH PEEL, Contributing Writer

The margin of error for Kentucky football is very small. Against the elite teams in the SEC it is non-existent. UK found that out Saturday afternoon against the University of Georgia Bulldogs. In what has been an all too common occurrence against the blue blood programs of the SEC Kentucky fell to the Bulldogs by more than four scores. Touchdowns that is.

13 will enter KHSAA Hall of Fame

Brian Brohm

LEXINGTON – The Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame Class of 2018 was announced Sunday in a press conference at the KHSAA Offices. The 13 members in this year’s class will be the 31st inducted into the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame, and consists of former high school coaches, athletes, officials, administrators, and contributors. The Class of 2018 will be inducted in ceremonies scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the Hilton. The Class of 2018 will also be recognized during the semifinals of the 2018 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16®. The induction of the 13-member Class of 2018 will bring the total number of honorees in the Hall of Fame to 469.

20-3 run, late free throws let No. 25 UK win at Washington State

PULLMAN, Wash. – The 25th-ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team used a 20-3 run to turn a 10-point deficit into a seven-point lead, as the Wildcats won 73-68 at Washington State on Sunday.

Junior Maci Morris led Kentucky (4-0) with a season-high 20 points, marking her fourth straight double-figure scoring effort to begin the season. Senior Makenzie Cann had 15 points and a career-high 10 rebounds in the game, while junior Taylor Murray had 13 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for the Cats.

Records Fall as Wildcats Roll to 3-0 Sweep on Senior Day

Harper Hempel was one of five UK seniors honored Sunday. (Larry Vaught Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Every special season needs a special performance along the way and during the home regular-season finale, the No. 6 Kentucky volleyball team did just that. A number of records fell as UK cruised to a 3-0 (25-16, 25-10, 26-24) sweep of visiting Ole Miss on Senior Day inside Memorial Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.

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Cats face tough realities against Troy, numbers project 17-point win

Sacha Killeya-Jones, Hamidou Diallo (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By RICHARD CHEEKS, Contributing Writer

Regardless of the reason, i.e. the Cats gave an usually strong effort or Kansas’ game was lacking, it is clear that the closeness of the Cats’ loss to the Jayhawks is an anomalous outcome for the Cats when compared to how these same Cats competed in the other three games of this young season. On Friday night, the Cats’ effort against a much weaker ETSU Buccaneer squad was more akin to the lackluster wins over Utah Valley and Vermont than the close loss to #4 Kansas. This roller coaster team took another sharp drop in game 4 after the thrilling rise the team gave the Big Blue Nation in game 3.

Quade Green on having the hot hand, which shoes to wear

By LARRY VAUGHT

Quade Green has not been quite as consistent as what coach John Calipari wants.

He’s still learning what to do and when to do it while directing Kentucky’s offense. He’ll get another chance to show what he can do — and what he has learned — when Kentucky hosts Troy on Monday night.

But he’s been consistent about one thing — he comes out with a different pair of tennis shoes every game. You just never know what color his sneakers might be until you see him on the court.