Benny Snell “learned” a lot from Denzil Ware

Benny Snell (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

As speculation continues on why senior linebacker Denzil Ware left Kentucky to transfer to Jacksonville State, I thought you might find it interesting to see what UK star running back Benny Snell had to say back in December.

Snell shared this before the Music City Bowl when Ware was suspended for the game for a violation of team rule.s

“Negativity is coming and all that. I would like to say there’s no Benny Snell mentality without Denzil Ware. That man has done a lot of great things for me,” Snell said. “I’ve learned too many things from him.

Guest post: Dolly Parton’s Celebration had amazing thrills, action that all ages can enjoy

Dolly Parton’s Celebration at Smoky Mountain Adventures gets the full attention of everyone. (Jessica Hudson Photo)

By JESSICA VAUGHT HUDSON

My Dad recently invited my family and I to Pigeon Forge to see the Dolly Parton’s Celebration Dinner Show at Smoky Mountain Adventures. I have to be honest, at first I wasn’t super excited about the idea of listening to country music, watching line dancing and hearing banjo music for two hours, because that was totally what I was expecting for a show about Dolly Parton. I’m happy to say, possibly for the first time ever, I was dead wrong!

Rachel Lawson says UK needs “great turnout” by BBN for NCAA Region games this weekend

Rachel Lawson

By LARRY VAUGHT

Rachel Lawson is hoping for a “great turnout” of Kentucky fans for this weekend’s NCAA Tournament Regional when UK will host Michigan, Notre Dame and Illinois-Chicago.

Kentucky is the top seed and will face No. 4 seed Illinois-Chicago, the Horizon League champion, on Friday. Michigan, the Big Ten champion, is the No. 2 seed and will play Notre Dame.

Lawson says UK has had terrific fan response to Southeastern Conference regular-season games as well as Super Regionals.

Fort Lauderdale quarterback Nik Scalzo commits to UK

Nik Scalzo

By LARRY VAUGHT

Two days ago Fort Lauderdale quarterback Nik Scalzo got a scholarship offer from Louisville. He already had offers from UNLV, Tulane, Akron, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Florida Atlantic, Georgia State, Dartmouth, Samford, Yale and others.

However, the 5-11, 185-pound decided Monday to “100 percent commit” to being part of Kentucky’s 2019 recruiting class.

Scalzo made an unofficial visit to Kentucky in April. 247Sports ranks him as the 102nd best player in Florida and 16th best dual-threat passer in the country in its 2019 rankings. However, many have questioned his size — something Kentucky did not seem to ever worry about.

ESPN2 Presents 2018 NBA Draft Combine Coverage Beginning May 17

–        Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo to join the set, as well as other NBA players

–        Interviews with NBA General Managers, Coaches and Top Prospects

–        NBA: Year One Follows Top Picks From Last Year’s Draft Class, available on ESPN+

ESPN2 will televise the 2018 NBA Draft Combine powered by Under Armour from 3-7 p.m. ET, on Thursday, May 17, and Friday, May 18. The event will take place at the Quest Multisport Complex in Chicago, Ill. A total of 69 NBA prospects are expected to participate, as their skills, strength and agility are tested through drills and on-court competition.

Kentucky officially adds E.J. Montgomery

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Highly coveted forward EJ Montgomery has officially joined the Kentucky men’s basketball team after signing a national letter of intent with the university.

Montgomery, who committed to the Wildcats last month, will join top-rated prospects Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson and Immanuel Quickley in the class of 2018 and suit up for UK for the 2018-19 season. The class, which was already highly regarded, is once again shaping up to be one of the best in the country.

Mike Pratt: Players do care about being at UK

Mike Pratt, right, with former Cats Louie Dampier, left, and Bill Busey. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

How much do basketball players truly care about playing at the University of Kentucky?

That was a question Tim Estes of WPBK-FM asked UK Basketball Radio Network analyst Mike Pratt when he joined us recently to talk all things UK basketball.

“There is no question they care. You can tell by way they respond to questions and interact with people around them,” said Pratt, a former UK All-American. “Do they care about getting to the league (NBA)? Sure.

Vince Marrow has strong message for UK fans after commit flips to Miami

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky’s 2019 football recruiting class took a bit of a hit Sunday when four-star defensive back Keontra Smith of Florida flipped his commitment from UK to Miami. He was considered one of the top 15 players in Florida in the 2019 recruiting class.

The top 15 safety in the 2019 recruiting rankings announced on Twitter he was now committed to Miami as many had been speculating for several weeks that he would be.

“This journey has not been easy for me at all,” Smith posted on Twitter.
Smith was UK’s first commitment in the 2019 class back in June of 2017. Since then UK has added Ohio four-star safety Moses Douglas to its recruiting class.

Sydney McLaughlin smashes 400-meter hurdle record

Sydney McLaughlin

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Records galore went down as the Kentucky track and field teams concluded the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championships on Sunday.

Sydney McLaughlin smashed the collegiate record in the 400-meter hurdles running 52.75 to win by more than three seconds. Teammate Jasmine Camacho-Quinn also won by a huge margin, and came within .01-seconds of the 100m hurdles collegiate record.

 

So after another championship meet, tales of Kentucky hurdling prowess have only grown in lore, but the Wildcats showed elite status across the track and field event spectrum over the past three days of competition in the nation’s best conference.

Mississippi State beats Cats 18-8 in final regular season at Cliff Hagan Stadium

Former UK athletics director Cliff Hagan turning the final card at Sunday’s game in the stadium named for him. (Noah Richter/UK Athletics Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – After 50 years, 733 victories and countless memories, Cliff Hagan Stadium hosted the final regular season game in its storied history on Sunday on a pristine late spring day befitting the best of what baseball has to offer.

Although the outcome wasn’t what No. 17 Kentucky and the capacity crowd had hoped – the Cats lost 18-8 to Mississippi State – the weekend was a success with a series win over the Bulldogs that kept alive hopes of The Cliff hosting an NCAA Regional in three weeks.