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EKU celebrates 2019 Homecoming Oct. 3-5; football game set for 3 p.m. Saturday against UT Martin

Eastern Kentucky University’s 2019 Homecoming weekend will take place earlier in the month than usual, welcoming graduates and their families and friends to the Richmond campus Oct. 3-5. This year’s Homecoming celebration coincides with the launch of the public phase of EKU’s second-ever comprehensive campaign, dubbed the “Make No Little Plans” campaign. The campaign is raising $50...

Keven Moore: The risks of high school football heat exhaustion — and what to do about it

As an old retired peewee football coach and 20-year fantasy football vet, it’s that time of year where many of us are just barely surviving on NASCAR races and MLB games, as we crave the start of the football season. I believe that men are physically and biologically drawn to this war-like sport because of our tribal embedded territorial, hunter and warrior-like instincts. Rivalries are all...

EKU football standout Aaron Patrick named preseason All-American by national publication

Eastern Kentucky University defensive lineman Aaron Patrick has earned a spot on the Phil Steele preseason All-America team, the publication announced Wednesday. Patrick, a redshirt senior, is listed by Steele as a first-team All-America selection. EKU’s Aaron Patrick ranked second in the OVC with 0.68 sacks per game last season. He finished with 53 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks and...

WKU junior center Seth Joest named to 2019 Rimington Trophy Award Watch List

Western Kentucky University junior center Seth Joest has been named to the 2019 Rimington Trophy Award Watch List, it was announced on Friday. The Versailles native and Woodford County High School graduate started all 12 games for WKU in 2018 and played all 898 offensive snaps. Joest ranked second among Conference USA centers with a 16.9 overall cumulative rating by PFF College’s Signature...

Participation numbers increasing in most Kentucky high school sports, except football, KHSAA says

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The leader of the Kentucky High School Athletics Association says student participation is increasing in most boys and girls sports with football being the exception. KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett testified before the General Assembly’s Interim Joint Education Committee last week. “Last year 57,000 boys were on rosters, along with 48,000 girls,” he told lawmakers....

Visitation, funeral set for Jared Lorenzen, 38, at Northern Kentucky’s St. Pius Church on Wednesday

Jared Raymond Lorenzen, 38, of Ft. Thomas, KY, passed away on July 3, 2019 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Ft. Thomas, KY. He was a graduate of Highlands High School and the University of Kentucky where he played football and was a star quarterback. Jared Lorenzen Jared was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ray and Mary “Biz” Barth, Charyn Lonneman, and John and Emily Hermes; and his...

Kentucky rips Louisville, 56-10, as sophomore quarterback Terry Wilson shines to deliver ninth win

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – Rarely in the history of the Governor’s Cup has Kentucky had the luxury of being so comfortably ahead of Louisville late in the game that the coaches could play their second- and third-stringers. 
But that was the case Saturday night in Cardinal Stadium after Terry Wilson, Benny Snell Jr., Lynn Bowden Jr., A.J. Rose Jr. and the UK defense...

Seniors set tone for Wildcats in 34-23 win over Middle Tennessee; Kentucky faces Louisville Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky honored its 16 seniors prior to its home finale and one of them — Mike Edwards — made sure the Wildcats took care of business against Middle Tennessee State on Saturday. 
Edwards, a defensive back, set the tone early for No. 20 Kentucky with a 66-yard interception return for a touchdown and caused a fumble that led to another score in the Wildcats’ 34-23...

Volunteers roll over UK 24-7 in stunning win in Knoxville; Cats were in ‘all systems failure’ mode

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (KT) — Tennessee is in a rebuilding mode. It didn’t matter. The Volunteers were in past form in a stunning 24-7 win over No. 12 Kentucky.   The Wildcats haven’t won in Knoxville since 1984 and the losing streak was extended to 17 games following Saturday’s disastrous setback in their Southeastern Conference finale. It was an all systems failure...

EKU student Stephen Jones overcomes gun violence, football injuries to succeed in classroom

By Madison Harris Eastern Kentucky University Seven years ago, Stephen Jones stepped outside his west Louisville home and was grazed by a bullet from a drive-by shooter. Today, he steps outside his comfort zone to seize opportunities at Eastern Kentucky University. The story of Jones’ life reads like a movie script. When Jones was 9, his parents separated, leaving him without a father figure. When...

Jamie Vaught: Kentucky’s weak non-conference football schedule highlights need for solid rivalry

Except for its annual rivalry showdown with U of L, UK’s non-conference football schedule hasn’t been very attractive in years. But, to be fair, Kentucky isn’t the only school guilty of having a weak non-league, four-game schedule overall. As you know, SEC and ACC schools, looking for near-guarantee victories, will usually feature three cupcakes and one attractive non-conference showdown like...

Football meets fashion at Fall into Fabulous Fashion Show at Papa John's Stadium Oct. 10

Heels replace cleats when Louisville’s fashionistas gather Oct. 10 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Fashion is the goal of the game as the Younger Woman’s Club of Louisville’s Fall into Fabulous Fashion Show transforms the stadium’s Brown and Williamson Club into this season’s runway.   “Fall fashion meets football at this year’s Fashion Show to benefit valuable community organizations...

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,...

Team to sign autographs, host an open practice at Football Fan Day on Aug. 9

  Kentucky Football Fan Day has been set for Saturday, Aug. 9, at Nutter Fieldhouse at 9 a.m., with a practice open to the fans following at 10:45 a.m. at Commonwealth Stadium. Admission and parking is free of charge.   Coach Mark Stoops will host the Big Blue Nation at Commonwealth Stadium for fan day on Aug. 9 at 9 a.m. (Photo provided) Kentucky’s student-athletes and coaches will sign...

Louisville Cardinals rank third in preseason media poll for 2014 Atlantic Division football

  The University of Louisville football team was picked to finish third in the Atlantic Division in a poll of media members in attendance at the 2014 ACC Football Kickoff at Grandover Resort in Greensboro, North Carolina, on Monday.   Defending national champion Florida State is the consensus choice to repeat as Atlantic Division champion and defeat Miami in the 10th annual Dr. Pepper Atlantic...

EKU is chosen fourth in 2014 preseason OVC football ranking, Murray State ranked sixth

Jacksonville State was voted the preseason favorite in the Ohio Valley Conference for football. (Photo provided)   While Jacksonville State was the favorite, Eastern Kentucky University and Murray State University both show potental in the preseason – at least according to the voters.   Jacksonville State has been picked the preseason favorite in the 2014 Ohio Valley Conference football...

WKU picks offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm as 19th head coach of Hilltopper football

WKU 2013 offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm has ascended to the head coach position. (Photo from WKU)   A native Kentuckian and one of the state’s most notable football products is now the head football coach at one of the three FBS programs in Kentucky as Hilltopper assistant head coach and offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm has been elevated to the head coach’s chair, WKU Athletic Director...

KHSAA to stream championship games at KHSAA.tv, starting Friday with football

Through a new venture launched prior to the start of the 2013-14 season, the KHSAA has transitioned its online video broadcast network (KHSAA.tv) to an internal operation through a new partnership with First String Media and PrepSpin.com. After outsourcing its championship webcasts in previous seasons, this year’s championship events will feature live video streaming and highlight packages produced...

Keven Moore on Insurance: Are you ready
for some football … and the right safeguards?

It’s that time of year where many of us are barely surviving on NASCAR races and Major League Baseball games while we await the start of the football season.   Yes, football! The beloved game that gives us blitzes and bombs and aerial assaults and quick-strike offenses – and all the dangers that are inherent within them.   Football is, indeed, a dangerous sport, thanks to the...