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ESPN College GameDay: Here’s everything you need to know if you’re planning to be on the scene

ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot visits the University of Louisville for this weekend’s game featuring the Cardinals and No. 2 Florida State at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The location for the ESPN College GameDay set will be on the lawn in front of the Howard Schnellenberger Football Complex, outside the northeast corner of the stadium. Lines are expected to form for fans...

Cards hope to seize their big moment, beat ‘Noles and get on path to ACC championship

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE–It’s a game that has it all, a stadium full of appealing storylines: Two top-10 teams, explosive offenses, fast, efficient defenses, Atlantic Coast Conference and national championship implications, two of the best, if not THE best, young quarterbacks in the nation, a national TV audience (ABC). And in case you hadn’t heard, ESPN’s...

Petrino excited for ‘Noles, GameDay, but doesn’t want his Cards paying attention to hype

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — As a child, University of linebacker Keith Kelsey can remember sitting on his father’s lap and watching a video from his dad’s days as a linebacker for the University of Florida in the mid-to-late 1990s, and one replay particularly stands out. It was in 1997 when Tennessee met Florida in Gainesville. The Gators were ranked No. 1,...

UofL’s Jackson earns second straight Player of Week Award; ESPN’s GameDay coming Saturday

For the second-straight week, University of Louisville sophomore quarterback Lamar Jackson was named the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Cardinals ‘ Louisville’s 62-28 win over Syracuse on Friday night. Jackson followed up on his week one heroics by accounting for an ACC-record 610 yards from scrimmage — rushing for 199 yards and a school...

Jamie Vaught: Big Blue has featured role in ESPN sportscaster Spake’s personal highlights reel

With her job as one of the more respected sideline reporters, Shannon Spake has been covering lots of UK basketball games on national TV lately. If you watch sports, especially on ESPN, you’d certainly know who she is. Spake does an admirable job and has worked with the sports network since 2006. You may remember I did a column about the reporter early last year — January 2015 —...

Will He Stay or Will He Go? Pitino says anything is possible when it comes to his future at Louisville

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — As his University of Louisville basketball team heads into its final two games this week, speculation continues to swirl about whether Rick Pitino’s 15th season as the Cardinals’ head coach will be his last. That, of course, is because of the ongoing investigations into the sex-for-pay scandal that has already resulted in UofL initiating...

Former Louisville basketball recruit tells ESPN 'It was like I was in a strip club'

ESPN reported that five former UofL players and recruits told its reporters that they attended parties at a campus dorm from 2010-14 that included strippers paid for by Andre McGee, a former graduate assistant and director of basketball operations for head coach Rick Pitino (UofL Athletics Photo)   By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   LOUISVILLE–Former escort Katina Powell finally...

Former Louisville basketball recruit tells ESPN ‘It was like I was in a strip club’

ESPN reported that five former UofL players and recruits told its reporters that they attended parties at a campus dorm from 2010-14 that included strippers paid for by Andre McGee, a former graduate assistant and director of basketball operations for head coach Rick Pitino (UofL Athletics Photo)   By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   LOUISVILLE–Former escort Katina Powell finally...

Stoops: Nationally televised night game with Auburn presents 'another great opportunity'

Mark Stoops and his Kentucky Wildcats will have a national stage Thursday night when they host Auburn at Commonwealth Stadium (UK Athletics Photo)   Winners of four of its first five games to open 2015, Kentucky will seek to secure its third Southeastern Conference win with a showdown with the Auburn Tigers on Thursday, with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. and the game televised live on ESPN and broadcast...

Stoops: Nationally televised night game with Auburn presents ‘another great opportunity’

Mark Stoops and his Kentucky Wildcats will have a national stage Thursday night when they host Auburn at Commonwealth Stadium (UK Athletics Photo)   Winners of four of its first five games to open 2015, Kentucky will seek to secure its third Southeastern Conference win with a showdown with the Auburn Tigers on Thursday, with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. and the game televised live on ESPN and broadcast...

Jamie Vaught: ESPN sideline reporter Spake covers UK basketball with 23,000 'friends'

Shannon Spake has been to Rupp Arena several times, including Tuesday night’s Kentucky-Missouri basketball game.   And the personable ESPN sideline reporter really likes her courtside media seat at UK’s home games for one special reason. She gets to sit very close to the passionate and youthful Big Blue supporters.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jamie”] “I love the...

Jamie Vaught: ESPN sideline reporter Spake covers UK basketball with 23,000 ‘friends’

Shannon Spake has been to Rupp Arena several times, including Tuesday night’s Kentucky-Missouri basketball game.   And the personable ESPN sideline reporter really likes her courtside media seat at UK’s home games for one special reason. She gets to sit very close to the passionate and youthful Big Blue supporters.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jamie”] “I love the...

Jamie Vaught: Vitale says Cal's Cats may be the best defensive team he's seen in 30 years

ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale says Kentucky coach John Calipari deserves credit for getting his roster of stars to play as a team (Jamie Vaught Photo)   Dick Vitale has seen the unbeaten Kentucky Wildcats play basketball in person and on TV this season.   Like most folks, if not all, the charismatic ESPN sportscaster is awfully impressed with the top-ranked Cats, who are 11-0 going into Saturday’s...

Jamie Vaught: Vitale says Cal’s Cats may be the best defensive team he’s seen in 30 years

ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale says Kentucky coach John Calipari deserves credit for getting his roster of stars to play as a team (Jamie Vaught Photo)   Dick Vitale has seen the unbeaten Kentucky Wildcats play basketball in person and on TV this season.   Like most folks, if not all, the charismatic ESPN sportscaster is awfully impressed with the top-ranked Cats, who are 11-0 going into Saturday’s...

DIRECTV, ESPN finalize agreement to provide full coverage of SEC Network

ESPN and DIRECT have reached an agreement for the nation’s largest satellite provider to carry the SEC Network. Some of UK’s exhibition basketball games in the Bahamas this month will be among the first live broadcasts (Photo from UK Athletics)   DIRECTV and ESPN have entered into an agreement for DIRECTV to provide the new SEC Network to fans and followers of the Southeastern Conference...

ESPN, Time Warner Cable, Bright House reach agreement to carry SEC Network

  ESPN, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks have reached an agreement for carriage of the SEC Network when the channel launches on Aug. 14, 2014.   The network will be available to fans and followers of the Southeastern Conference in all Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks markets ahead of the first SEC 2014-15 college football season game, Texas A&M vs. South Carolina,...

Jamie Vaught: ESPN personality Vitale passionate in leading fight against cancer

In a recent interview with TV broadcaster Dick Vitale at his cool Florida home on a hot sunny day, he was wearing his blue plaid short pants and looking very fit.   And the 75-year-old New Jersey native is staying very busy this summer even though there are no college basketball games for him to cover.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jamie”] “I’m very active,” said Vitale,...

Twitter campaign aimed at getting North Oldham super fan on ESPN's SportsCenter

Tee Salinas, who plays his first varsity game with North Oldham County on Friday, is shown here with former University of Louisville basketball coach Denny Crum. (Photo from the Salinas Family) By Elizabeth Adams KyForward correspondent North Oldham High School’s mega sports fan Tee Salinas has managed the basketball team since he was in the sixth grade. On Friday, Tee, a senior who has down syndrome,...

Twitter campaign aimed at getting North Oldham super fan on ESPN’s SportsCenter

Tee Salinas, who plays his first varsity game with North Oldham County on Friday, is shown here with former University of Louisville basketball coach Denny Crum. (Photo from the Salinas Family)   By Elizabeth Adams KyForward correspondent   North Oldham High School’s mega sports fan Tee Salinas has managed the basketball team since he was in the sixth grade. On Friday, Tee, a senior...

Want to sing the national anthem at Legends
game? Tryouts this weekend so sign up now

  Who will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before each Lexington Legends home game in 2014? That will be decided Feb. 15 and 16, when the Legends hold their annual national anthem tryouts at Fayette Mall.   The Legends, in partnership with ESPN Sports Radio 1300 and WLEX-TV, will hold the tryouts in the wing of the mall near Dick’s Sporting Goods. Each participant will...