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Jamie Vaught: Former Kentucky Mr. Basketball Pelphrey appeared Vanderbilt-bound until UK called

(Editor’s Note: For the next few months during our national coronavirus crisis, 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...

Exhibition opener a teaching tool for No. 2 Kentucky, Transy

Transylvania guard Michael Jefferson (10) drives to the basket against Kentucky’s PJ Washington in an exhibition game Friday night at Rupp Arena. (Kentucky Today/Tammie Brown) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is still growing and learning and far from reaching its peak. The Wildcats had little trouble defeating Transylvania in its exhibition opener Friday night, but the team’s 94-66...

UK Notebook: In-state star Allen commits to Cats; Transy part of UK exhibition schedule

Dontaie AllenBy Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari picked up an instate commitment Thursday when Pendleton County standout Dontaie Allen verbally committed to play for the Wildcats. Allen confirmed his decision via Twitter on Thursday and said he will “rock Kentucky Blue.” Allen, a 6-foot-7 perimeter player, also received offers from Florida, Illinois, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma, Iowa State, Saint...

C.M. Newton left a lasting impact on former Vanderbilt star and Mr. Basketball Phil Cox

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Phil Cox has never forgotten the impact C.M. Newton made on his life during his collegiate playing career at Vanderbilt. “Coach Newton was a true gentleman and a very caring individual,” said Cox, who currently serves as middle school principal in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. “Coach Newton took a chance on me and gave me the opportunity of a lifetime to participate as...

Former Kentucky Athletics Director C.M. Newton dies at age 88

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The University of Kentucky athletics department lost an icon Monday night when former Athletics Director C.M. Newton died at age 88 following a long illness. Newton coached at Transylvania, then went to Alabama and closed out his collegiate coaching career at Vanderbilt. Following his stint with the Commodores, took over the helm of the athletics department at Kentucky,...

UK Notebook: Brad Calipari productive in his second foreign tour of career

Kentucky junior Brad Calipari, left, enjoyed a five-game stint during an overseas trip recently. Calipari poured in double figures in four of five games. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Brad Calipari enjoyed another summer tour with the Global Sports Academy. The Kentucky guard and son of Wildcats coach John Calipari averaged 13.2 points and seven assists per game for Global Sports,...

ESPN documentary series SEC Storied shines spotlight on inspirational career of C.M. Newton

Featuring one of the towering figures in Southeastern Conference history, the latest chapter in ESPN Films’ SEC Storied series is “Courage Matters – The C. M. Newton Story.” Premiering Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 9 p.m. ET on SEC Network, the film explores the story of Newton’s influence on the basketball world, a career spanning seven decades as an innovator and an advocate for the advancement...

C.M. Newton selected to National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Hall of Fame

C.M. Newton, former director of athletics at the University of Kentucky, has been named to the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Hall of Fame, the organization has announced. Newton will be honored June 14 during a luncheon at the annual NACDA Convention in Orlando, Fla. Newton served as athletics director at UK from 1989-2000. His term as AD was marked by the addition of three...

Billy Reed: Lost amidst the hype of a new basketball season — the devaluation of a college degree

The basketball season began in normal fashion at the University of Kentucky. An estimated 90 NBA scouts attended Pro Day Practice to see Coach John Calipari’s latest collection of future millionaires. Another practice was televised nationally by ESPNU for two solid hours. And then there’s the 35th edition of Big Blue Madness, which packs Rupp Arena and cost at least $300,000 to produce. To...

Jamie Vaught: C.M. Newton to be honored at SEC Tourney as Alabama's Basketball Legend

C.M. Newton recruited Wendell Hudson to Alabama in 1969 and he was the school’s first African American scholarship athlete (UA Athletics Photo)   C.M. Newton has seen a lot of SEC basketball tournaments during his long career.   He participated in the conference tourney as a UK player (in 1951 before it was discontinued after the 1952 season and later revived in 1979) and as the head...

Jamie Vaught: C.M. Newton to be honored at SEC Tourney as Alabama’s Basketball Legend

C.M. Newton recruited Wendell Hudson to Alabama in 1969 and he was the school’s first African American scholarship athlete (UA Athletics Photo)   C.M. Newton has seen a lot of SEC basketball tournaments during his long career.   He participated in the conference tourney as a UK player (in 1951 before it was discontinued after the 1952 season and later revived in 1979) and as the head...

Overcoming racial segregation in collegiate sports is focus of upcoming panel discussion

Breaking down the barriers of racial segregation in collegiate sports will be the focus of the next installment of Transylvania University’s yearlong celebration of Still Overcoming: Striving for Inclusiveness, 50 years since the college first integrated.   Integrating Athletics at Transylvania and Beyond will take place Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Haggin Auditorium of Mitchell Fine Arts Center...

First African-American to enroll in Transy kicks off yearlong discussion about race

The year 1963 was a watershed for race relations — both nationally and at Transylvania University.   Around the same time of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous speech at the Lincoln Memorial, Lula Morton Drewes (class of 1967) became the first African-American student to enroll in the regular B.A. degree program at Transylvania, an act that heralded the beginning of desegregation at the...