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Jamie Vaught: UK great ‘Wah Wah’ Jones played for legends Bear Bryant, Adolph Rupp — at same time

(Editor’s Note: During our national COVID-19 crisis, longtime sports columnist Jamie H. Vaught will be writing about the ex-Wildcats who were featured in one of his first four books on UK basketball, using excerpts that were published in his out-of-print volumes. His latest and fifth book, titled “Chasing the Cats: A Kentucky Basketball Journey,” was released in late February 2020.) It has been...

Louisville legend, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Wes Unseld dead at age 74

Former University of Louisville standout Wes Unseld, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, passed away on Tuesday. He was 74. Unseld’s No. 31 is one of just four retired jersey numbers in UofL history. In three seasons at UofL (1965-68), he scored 1,686 points (11th all-time at UofL) and grabbed 1,551 rebounds (second all-time at UofL). Seneca High School graduate Wes Unseld...

Stoops trusts Wildcats staying focused during pandemic; hoping for full roster on campus in July

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach Mark Stoops doesn’t have the capacity to keep an eye on each and every member of his team but trusts the Wildcats are doing what it takes to stay focused amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “(In) talking with our coaches, I know that some of our players are doing that and getting on the phone and challenging their teammates and checking in with their...

Morehead State volleyball alum Liz Schuler helping patients in California as occupational therapist

By Matt Schabert Morehead State University You might call Morehead State volleyball alum Liz Schuler adventurous. Since her days as an Eagle, Schuler has lived in her hometown of Louisville, then in Texas and now nearly 2,500 miles away in Monterey, Calif. Her new adventure is one Schuler says she has strived for her entire life, and it was similar life experiences that led her to the field of occupational...

Nursing careers part of WKU women’s soccer culture; eight former Lady Toppers helping in COVID-19 battle

As COVID-19 began to spread throughout the United States in March, the country hit pause. Those who were deemed as non-essential worked from home or didn’t work at all, but there was a group that kept going. Among that group were the doctors and nurses fighting the virus and helping those affected by it. Nurses have always been an important part of the country’s infrastructure, but the...

Louisville quarterback ready for return to campus next week; to begin voluntary workouts June 8

By Rocco Gasparro University of Louisville After two months of being away from campus, University of Louisville quarterback Micale Cunningham is excited about returning to campus. The junior quarterback is among as many as 30 football student-athletes, 15 each from men’s and women’s basketball, and 15 from swimming and diving that will be returning to the UofL campus on June 1 and begin...

KHSAA board votes to allow high school sports teams to resume meeting in limited groups June 1

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today High schools across the state can begin meeting with their athletic teams on Monday. The Kentucky High School Athletics Association Board of Control voted Thursday to allow team meetings of 10 or less June 1-14. Beginning on June 15, practices can resume for some sports on a limited basis. Based on current guidelines from Governor Andy Beshear, practices with 10 or fewer...

EKU women’s basketball adds Texas State transfer Jayla Johnson; averaged 7.2 points last season

The Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball team has added Texas State transfer Jayla Johnson. Johnson, a 6-foot-2 center from Dallas, Texas, has played for the Bobcats the past three seasons. As a junior, Johnson averaged 7.2 points per game on 45 percent shooting from the field. She netted a season-high 18 points on 9-for-11 shooting during Texas State’s 67-59 win over Alcorn State....

Kentucky, Notre Dame to resume basketball rivalry this season; Irish to visit Rupp Arena on Dec. 12

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has renewed its rivalry with Notre Dame on the basketball court. The two storied programs agreed to a three-year contract beginning on Dec. 12 when the Wildcats host the Irish at Rupp Arena. The two teams will play a neutral-site contest in 2021, with the Wildcats traveling to South Bend to conclude the series in 2022. The two teams played each other in 2015,...

KHRC Race Dates Committee approves Keeneland Summer Meet; event to be held July 8-12

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Race Dates Committee on Wednesday approved Keeneland’s request to conduct a spectator-free, five-day Summer Meet to be held July 8 through July 12. “Keeneland appreciates the quick response of the Commission to our request, and we applaud all their work on behalf of Kentucky racing during these unprecedented times,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason...

EKU standouts Lewis, Harris selected to Collegiate Baseball’s NCAA Division I All-America team

Senior catcher A.J. Lewis and junior second baseman Daniel Harris IV have been chosen to the Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division I All-America team. Lewis was a first team selection while Harris earned a spot on the third team. A.J. Lewis EKU has featured an All-America selection in each of the last four years – Ben Fisher (2017), Alex Holderbach (2018), Aaron Ochsenbein (2019), Lewis (2020) and Harris...

Calipari: UK basketball players to be in ‘pretty good bubble’ upon return to campus in June

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky head coach John Calipari expects things to be different, much different, when players return to campus for voluntary workouts in less than two weeks. The Southeastern Conference paved the way for players to return to campus on June 8. It will mark the first time students have been allowed on campus since the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the SEC...

Richmond course set to host mini-PGA Tour event this week; three-day tournament begins Tuesday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Professional golf is returning to the Bluegrass this week in Richmond. The Bull at Boone’s Trace will play host to an “Unbridled Tour” event presented by Republic Bank Tuesday to Thursday. The three-day tournament will be the first state sporting event since COVID-19 shutdown sporting events regionally and nationally in March. “A mini-tour event offers the perfect...

Billy Reed: College athletics directors need to think outside box in this brave new world of coronavirus

So here we are at Memorial Day weekend, and there’s no baseball being played in the major leagues because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Not only that, but the sleek racing cars won’t be vroom-vrooming around the Indiana Motor Speedway in the classic Indy 500, a Memorial Day staple since Ray Harroun dove something called a Marmon Wasp into victory lane. As actor William Bendix would have put in “The...

WKU to induct 16 great Hilltopper squads in inaugural class of Athletic Hall of Fame Teams

The Western Kentucky University Alumni W-Club announced last week the 16 great athletic squads that will make up the multi-year inaugural class of the WKU Athletic Hall of Fame Teams. The W-Club expanded the Athletic Hall of Fame last year to induct great teams, not just individuals. Recognition of the 16 teams considered as the “Inaugural Class” began in November when the 2002 and 1952...

Former UK head coach Eddie Sutton dead at age 84; led Wildcats to 32-4 record in 1985-86

KyForward staff Former University of Kentucky basketball coach Eddie Sutton died at the age of 84 on Saturday. Sutton’s family said the Hall of Fame coach died of natural causes at his home near Tulsa, Oklahoma. “Dad and Mom treated their players like family and always shared the belief that his teachings went beyond the basketball court,” the family wrote. “He cherished the time...

Keeneland requests five-day Summer Meet in July; event would be held without spectators

Keeneland has submitted a request to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s Race Dates Committee for a five-day Summer Meet, to be held July 8 through July 12. Under the current safety protocols, the Summer Meet would be held without spectators. The summer dates accommodate a portion of the 16-day Spring Meet that Keeneland was forced to cancel due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Keeneland also will share...

UK’s Barnhart says ‘safety’ major priority as SEC gives green light to campus workouts starting June 8

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Southeastern Conference has given member institutions the green light to allow student-athletes back on campus beginning June 8. University of Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart said the school will work with local and state officials to make a final determination when student-athletes can return to the school and resume voluntary workouts under “strict...

John Calipari disappointed London matchup with Michigan postponed, but pleased that series saved

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari will have to wait two more years to see the Queen. The Kentucky coach was disappointed after a three-game series against Michigan was postponed Wednesday. The Wildcats were scheduled to take on the Wolverines in the Basketball Hall of Fame London Showcase in December but the series was put on hiatus because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “I’m disappointed...

EKU’s Quantasia Perry enjoying challenges, rewards of being a student-athlete and mom

(On July 27, 2018, Quantasia Perry gave birth to her daughter, Kali… less than 10 months later, she lined up to race for an Ohio Valley Conference gold medal) Eastern Kentucky University’s Quantasia Perry stood in lane four and stared down the track. The redshirt freshman was 100 meters away from a gold medal at her first Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. But...