Game Promotions for 2016 Football Season

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Continuing a series on game day at Commonwealth Stadium leading up to next week’s season opener, a preliminary schedule of activities and events at each of Kentucky football’s seven home games has been set.

More activities and events will be announced throughout the season.

Southern Miss – Sept. 3, 7:30 p.m.

UK’s season opener will also mark the debut of the new Cat Walk. The Cat Walk will still begin two hours and 15 minutes outside Gate 1, but the team will proceed down Talbott Todd Way between Commonwealth Stadium and Nutter Field House.

Calipari “not worried” about North Carolina series

Tyler Ulis, Derek Willis, John CalipariBy LARRY VAUGHT

If the Atlantic Coast Conference goes to a 20-game league schedule to help the ACC Network, North Carolina coach Roy Williams says the Tar Heels would not consider an annual game with Kentucky.

What does John Calipari think about that?

“It would be disappointing if North Carolina and Louisville and those teams in that league say, ‘We’ve got too many games, we can’t play you.’ But obviously we’re Kentucky, we’ll get our games. I’m not worried about it,” Calipari said.

Then he took a little shot at the Tar Heels and Williams.

Weekly UK football show on WKYB-FM with Dave Hopewell starts Thursday at Mallard’s

We are back on WKYB (107.5 FM) starting Thursday night at Mallard's.

We are back on WKYB (107.5 FM) starting Thursday night at Mallard’s.

By LARRY VAUGHT

With Kentucky almost set to start the season, it means it is time for former Kentucky center Dave Hopewell and myself to again start our weekly radio show.

“Cat Calls with Larry Vaught and Dave Hopewell” starts Thursday at Mallard’s on the Danville Bypass on WKYB (107.5 FM). The show will be from 6-7 p.m. each Thursday during the UK football season.

Courtney Miggins making his mark

By LARRY VAUGHT

Defensive lineman Courtney Miggins continues to draw praise from the Kentucky coaches — and that’s important since he plays a spot where UK needs help this season.

Defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot said linebacker Courtney Love has played well all month in practice along with UK’s secondary, which is considered the strength of the defense.

“And then Courtney Miggins has played well for us as well,” Eliot said. “He’s always been a good athlete. He just wasn’t as skilled a technician last year, getting here so late (from junior college). And now he’s been able to take his athleticism and apply the technique to it. He’s a good defensive line now.”

Calipari to Cousins: Chase that Olympic feeling

DeMarcus Cousins (Vicky Graff Photo)

DeMarcus Cousins (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Winning an Olympic gold medal should do wonders for Demarcus Cousins if Kentucky coach John Calipari is right about his former All-American center.

“The best thing for him is that even if you have to step back and you win, what that feeling is. Now chase that feeling. Chase that feeling in Sacramento,” said Calipari Thursday. “It means you may have to add a couple more pieces and those pieces may at certain games, they be the dominant player and you have to be able to accept that.

Florida defensive back Michael Nesbitt picks UK

By LARRY VAUGHT

Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran’s recruiting connections in Florida continue to pay off for Kentucky as three-star defensive back Michael Nesbitt of Fort Lauderdale verbally committed to the Wildcats today.

He posted this on Twitter:  “As everyone know, it’s not an easy decision, but with that being said, I’ll be committing to Kentucky.”

The 6-0, 185-pound Nesbitt had at least 23 scholarship offers including LSU, South Carolina, Louisville, Auburn, Arkansas,  Maryland, Pittsburgh and West Virginia.

 

He is ranked as the nation’s No. 72 cornerback and the No. 104 prospect in Florida by 247SportsComposite.

Nesbitt is also UK’s fourth commitment from Florida out of the 13 verbal commits UK has in the 2017 recruiting class. The others are defensive back Cedrick Dort and receivers Clevan Thomas and Joshua Ali. 

Tayshaun Prince to Headline Farm to Table Dinner to Benefit Special Olympics Kentucky

Lexington, Ky. – Former UK and current NBA star Tayshaun Prince will be in Lexington on Thursday, Sept. 22, to headline a Kentucky Proud farm to table dinner to help raise funds for Kentucky Special Olympics.

The dinner will be held at Fasig-Tipton dining hall with the VIP cocktail reception beginning at 6:00 PM. The three-course dinner will be prepared by local celebrity chef Cole Arimes of Coles on Main (Lexington) and will feature farm product from across the Commonwealth. Only 100 tickets are available at $75 per ticket. Tickets include VIP meet and greet and photo with Prince and chances to win autographed Prince memorabilia and Kentucky Proud gift baskets. WKYT sports personality Dave Baker will emcee the dinner. Lexington event management company LexEffect is organizing the dinner, which is sponsored by Kentucky Proud, Kentucky One Health and Big Ass Fans. 

Coach Cal Softball Classic raising money for Baton Rouge Relief Fund

Kentucky coach John Calipari spent time at his press conference and on Kentucky Sports Radio today touting the Coach Cal Celebrity Softball Classic Sunday at Whitaker Bank Ballpark that will raise money for the Baton Rouge Relief Fund.

Here’s what he had to say:

“We’ve made a decision that all the proceeds from this softball game will go to the Baton Rouge Relief Fund. The more you’re watching, this thing is looking like the Sandy disaster, almost worse than that. We’re going to go through Red Cross. So, The (Calipari) Foundation will give any money that’s raised directly to the Red Cross,” Calipari said.

Toth, Williams Make Coaches’ Preseason All-SEC Team

Jon Toth/  Photo by Britney McIntosh | UK Athletics

Jon Toth/
Photo by Britney McIntosh | UK Athletics

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Senior center Jon Toth and junior running back Stanley “Boom” Williams were named to the Coaches’ Preseason All-Southeastern Conference Third Team by the 14 league coaches, it was announced Thursday.

This marked the 14th consecutive year of the SEC Coaches’ Preseason All-SEC Team. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players. 

Toth, who hails from Indianapolis, is one of four returning starters on the offensive line and is considered one of the top centers in college football for the second straight season. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound senior, will enter his final campaign having played in 36 games with 35 consecutive starts. Last season, he helped UK’s four-man running back rotation collect 1,855 yards.

ESPN’s Herbstreit “can’t imagine” Cards not winning 10 games

Louisville players celebrated after beating UK last year. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Louisville players celebrated after beating UK last year. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Louisville is one of five ranked teams on the Kentucky football schedule. Even though the Wildcats don’t face Louisville until the final game of the season, ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit had some interesting insights on the Cards and quarterback Lamar Jackson during a media teleconference Wednesday.

“They’re the sleeper this year in the ACC with all the talk about Florida State and Clemson. There are a lot of people talking about Florida State and Clemson both getting into the (national championship) playoff,” Herbstreit said.

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