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Former Highlands football star, UK assistant John Schlarman dead at age 45 after battle with cancer

By Susan Lax University of Kentucky John Schlarman, a native of Fort Thomas and an assistant coach for the University of Kentucky football team, died Thursday following a two-year battle with cancer. He was 45. “I’m heartbroken to learn about the passing of my friend, John Schlarman,” said UK head coach Mark Stoops. “My prayers go out to LeeAnne and the kids, Joseph, Benjamin,...

John Calipari completes Kentucky coaching staff with hiring of former Texas assistant Jai Lucas

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari’s revamped coaching staff is now complete. The University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach hired University of Texas assistant coach Jai Lucas, who will serve as a special assistant to the head coach and recruiting coordinator. Lucas will be in charge of the team’s recruiting and also assist Calipari in other capacities such as scouting, player development,...

Indiana assistant Bruiser Flint emerges as possible replacement for departing Kenny Payne at Kentucky

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It may not take long for John Calipari to find a new assistant coach. Less than 24 hours after longtime associate head coach Kenny Payne announced his departure, Bruiser Flint’s name surfaced as a possible replacement. Flint replaced Calipari at Massachusetts and has been a long-time friend of the Kentucky coach. He served on Calipari’s staff with the Minutemen from...

Former Coastal Carolina assistant Patrick Blake joins EKU men’s basketball coaching staff

Patrick Blake has joined the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball staff as an assistant coach, head coach A.W. Hamilton announced on Wednesday. Blake comes to EKU following four successful seasons as an assistant coach at Coastal Carolina University. He helped the Chanticleers transition into the Sun Belt Conference with back-to-back 20-win seasons in 2015-16 and 2016-17. “It’s...