South Florida apparently under NCAA investigation

By LARRY VAUGHT

Former Kentucky assistant basketball coach Orlando Antigua’s brother has had to resign from his staff at South Florida amid reports of a NCAA investigation according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.

Orlando Antigua has been head coach at South Florida for two years after spending six years at Kentucky. His teams have gone 16-47 in those two years.

In a statement released, USF indicated it is working with the NCAA enforcement staff to investigate an inquiry into “potential violations of NCAA bylaws and university standards” by one of its programs.

Rich Brooks, Chuck Hayes, Wesley Woodyard among UK Athletics Hall of Fame inductees

-1LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2016 has been announced, with Rich Brooks (football), Chuck Hayes (men’s basketball), James Johnson (wrestling), Molly Johnson-Belcher (softball), Bernadette Madigan-Dugan (cross country/track and field) and Wesley Woodyard (football) set to be inducted during Hall of Fame Weekend, Sept. 23-24, in conjunction with the football home game vs. South Carolina.

Rich Brooks, Football, 2003-09

Dortch: Holdovers always bode well for UK’s next season

Derek Willis (Vicky Graff Photo)

Derek Willis (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook editor Chris Dortch understands why some fans seem to almost have a hatred of Kentucky basketball.

“Fan is just short for fanatic and can mean Looney-Tunes,” said Dortch. “If you are like me and appreciate basketball and understand why people of Kentucky appreciate basketball, you can appreciate Kentucky fans’ appreciation of their program.”

Dortch expects John Calipari to have another team UK fans will appreciate this season, especially with the return of sophomore Isaiah Briscoe.

Jeremy Jarmon joins us on WPBK-FM Thursday morning

Jeremy Jarmon talked with Ricky Lumpkin at Monday's Swing For Soldiers Classic. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Jeremy Jarmon talked with Ricky Lumpkin at Monday’s Swing For Soldiers Classic. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

One moment I’ll never forget is the day that Kentucky football player Jeremy Jarmon had to sit with then UK coach Rich Brooks and UK athletics director Mitch Barnhart and announced he could not play his senior year because of a failed drug test.

It was a shock because the popular, personable Jarmon, a defensive end, was one of the last players you would ever consider failing a drug test. Then we found out he had inadvertently taken a banned substance on the recommendation of a worker at nutrition store while recovering from a shoulder injury that turned up positive during a random NCAA test.

Athletes, coaches, golfers all enjoy Swings For Soldiers Classic

Allison Tamme, left, checks on Swings for Soldiers Classic honorees Monday. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Allison Tamme, left, checks on Swings for Soldiers Classic honorees Monday. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

LEXINGTON — I’ve only missed one of the seven Swings For Soldiers Classic events hosted by Allison and Jacob Tamme to raise money for Homes For Our Troops and it’s a terrific event that has raised over $500,000 to build specially adapted homes.

Monday’s event at the University Club outside Lexington was no different.

It starts with the Tammes greeting everyone as they pull into the entrance to the club and giving participants their special Swings for Soldiers Classic goody bag.

NCAA making changes to tournament seeding, selection process

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

INDIANAPOLIS —The NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Committee was briefed on topics discussed by the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ ad hoc group, which was formed last month to offer perspective to the committee on matters related to the selection, seeding and bracketing process. The ad hoc group made a series of recommendations on the process to the Men’s Basketball Committee. The committee openly considered each recommendation and either adopted the proposal, reaffirmed an existing principle, or agreed to study further in collaboration with the ad hoc group those concepts that had merit and common interest.

Schedule has plenty of travel chances for UK fans

Neutral site games can be a real kick for UK coach John Calipari  like the one last year against Duke in Chicago. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Neutral site games can be a real kick for UK coach John Calipari like the one last year against Duke in Chicago. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By JESSICA JONES, Contributing Writer

The non-conference schedule was released and, as always, Kentucky has put together quite a non-conference schedule.

If you’re like me, the non-conference schedule release is like Christmas! I look forward to planning trips to the games for the fall and winter. Since Cal’s arrival, he has done a nice job putting his teams in some big college basketball events. He has done a particularly good job at getting his teams to play big games on neutral sites, much like the NCAA Tournament.

Single-game football tickets on sale Tuesday

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

LEXINGTON, Ky. – With the kickoff of the 2016 season a mere month-and-a-half away, tickets to all 12 Kentucky football games will be available to the general public on Tuesday at 9 a.m. Tickets will be available through UKFootballTix.com, or by calling the UK Ticket Office at 800-928-2287. Fans will be able to select from a variety of seating areas online for home games, and seating locations for away games will be assigned at a later date.

UK’s 2016 home schedule will begin on Sept. 3 with a 7:30 p.m. matchup with Southern Miss. Single-game tickets for all seven home games are priced as follows.

Swings for Soldiers “incredible” event for honoree Kevin Blanchard

Kevin Blanchard and Myra Kahn (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Kevin Blanchard and Myra Kahn (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

LEXINGTON — Former Marine Corporal Kevin Blanchard admits he didn’t know much about Jacob Tamme a few months ago other than he was a National Football League player.

That has dramatically changed.

“We know plenty about him now,” said Blanchard Monday during the Swings for Soldiers Classic at the University Club, a golf scramble to raise funds for Homes For Our Troops.

Blanchard and his fiancee, Myra Kahn, will be getting a new home in Crozet, Va., in part due to proceeds from this event. He said it would all be on one floor and have wider hallways that he needs.

Florida receiver Clevan Thomas commits to UK

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky’s weekend recruiting efforts paid off when receiver Clevan Thomas of Hollywood, Fla., committed to UK today. The first to report his commitment was 247Sports.com.

The 5-11, 190-pound Thomas could also potentially play defensive back in college and several who saw him as Sunday’s camp talk about both his physical play and competitive nature.

He helped Flanagan High School win a state title last season when he led the team in touchdown catches. He’s the fourth wide receiver commitment in UK’s 2017 recruiting class.

He picked Kentucky over Syracuse and Vanderbilt, but still plans an official visit to Vandy.

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