LSU ousts Kentucky from SEC tourney on 3-run homer

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 11 Kentucky softball team was eliminated from the 2016 Southeastern Conference Softball Tournament on Thursday afternoon, suffering a 3-1 loss to the No. 13 LSU Tigers at Nusz Park in Starkville, Miss.

Kentucky will now await its NCAA Tournament fate on Sunday night at 10 p.m. ET, when the NCAA Softball Selection Show will be presented live on ESPNU with Beth Mowins, Michele Smith and Amanda Scarbrough.

UK Athletics surpasses 3.0 GPA for 8th straight semester

Mitch Barnhart (Wade Upchurch Photo)

Mitch Barnhart (Wade Upchurch Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – What was once an ambition has now become an expectation.

For the eighth consecutive semester, UK Athletics has posted a cumulative department-wide grade-point average of 3.0 or better.

UK Athletics’ scholarship students combined for a GPA of 3.157 this spring, nearly identical to the 3.149 GPA posted in the fall.

“We have a group of graduating seniors who have contributed to a 3.0 GPA in every semester they’ve spent at Kentucky,” Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “That’s an achievement by our students that should not be overlooked. I want to congratulate those students and everyone who supports them for making that possible.”

Kentucky to face Hofstra in Brooklyn Dec. 11

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Kentucky men’s basketball will make the second of two trips to New York for the 2016-17 season when it plays Hofstra on Dec. 11 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The matchup will be the first game of the 2016 Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival doubleheader. LIU Brooklyn vs. St. John’s will follow the UK-Hofstra game.

The Wildcats will also appear in New York at Madison Square Garden for its Champions Classic matchup vs. Michigan State on Nov. 15.

Matt House new inside linebackers coach at UK

Matt House

Matt House

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Matt House, a former defensive coordinator at Florida International and Pittsburgh who has spent the better part of two decades coaching in Division I football or the National Football League, has joined Mark Stoops’ staff at Kentucky as inside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator, it was announced Thursday.

“I’m very excited to bring Matt into the program,” Stoops said. “He brings a wealth of experiences from the NFL and college football.  I’ve spoken before about how I like having coaches with defensive coordinator experience in the staff room and Matt has that as well.”

Calipari: Cousins has MVP talent if team can win more


Sometimes former Wildcat DeMarcus Cousins will call John Calipari and ask him if he wants to coach in the NBA — Cousins will be on his sixth head coach next year.

Calipari says he always tells him no.

But what else does he tell Cousins?

He’s in a great frame of mind. They’ve just gotta get their stuff together so he can be what he is. Don’t worry about coaching. Don’t worry about anything. Just play and be an All-Star. If that team can win, if it can advance by the first round in the playoffs, I would say that he will be in the equation for MVP in the NBA,” Calipari said.

Cats face key series at No. 8 Mississippi

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky Wildcats baseball team will look to extend its Southeastern Conference win streak with three upcoming games at Oxford-University Stadium this week against the No. 8-ranked Ole Miss Rebels in Oxford, Miss. UK will play at 7:30 p.m. ET Thursday and Friday and will conclude the series on Saturday at 5 p.m.

The series will be broadcast on the UK Sports Radio Network. Fans in Central Kentucky can hear the games live on WLAP 630-AM, in Louisville on WKJK 1080-AM and online at Neil Price will be on the call.

Calipari says media was wrong about his comments being aimed at Duke only

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo


John Calipari claims he’s innocent and was not taking any potshots at Duke with his recent manifesto on his blog about recruiting. Almost everyone else was sure Calipari’s remarks were aimed at Duke — including the Duke coaching staff and media members in North Carolina — but Calipari said Wednesday that media members again misinterpreted his words and he didn’t care.

Dollywood’s Splash Country opens Saturday

Vaught’s note: Always enjoy sharing information that might be useful for travel ideas, and as you know there is nowhere I enjoy more than Pigeon Force and Dollywood’s Splash Country is always a good time.

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (May 11, 2016)—Guests know summer fun is right around the corner when the award-winning Dollywood’s Splash Country opens the gate on Saturday, May 14. The water adventure park—home to RiverRush®, Tennessee’s first and only water coaster—continues to improve the guest experience as it begins its 16th season.
“We always want to treat our guests to a few surprises each season, “said Dollywood’s Splash Country General Manager, Mike Brown. “This year, we hope they notice more efficiency, more amenities and great new food options. Our team is ready for the 2016 season!”

Calipari expects Lee to stay in draft


Kentucky coach John Calipari said today that  he’s still not sure what Isaiah Briscoe will do about keeping his name in the NBA draft, but he said he does expect center Marcus Lee to keep his name in the draft.

“Marcus really wants to do this and my guess is he’ll keep his name in the draft,” Calipari said.

Lee will participate in the NBA Combine in Chicago  Wednesday and Thursday even though he was ranked as only the 107th best prospect by ESPN and is not projected as a draft pick in any of the top mock drafts.

Big Blue Madness, exhibition dates announced

-1LEXINGTON, Ky. – It’s never too early to get excited about next season.

“Next season” officially begins Oct. 14 with the annual spectacle of Big Blue Madness, introducing the 2016-17 men’s and women’s basketball teams. Madness will begin at 7 p.m. in Rupp Arena and will air on the SEC Network.

That’s just the beginning of the exhibition slate, which will encompass Madness, the Blue-White Scrimmage and UK’s first two exhibition games vs. Clarion and Asbury. All events and games are scheduled for 7 p.m. starts. All four events will also be televised live by the SEC Network.