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Eddie Sutton lived ‘full life’ amid triumphs, troubles; short tenure at UK rocked by 1989 recruiting scandal

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Eddie Sutton’s short tenure at the University of Kentucky was rocked by a recruiting scandal that brought the state’s flagship school to its knees. The Wildcats eventually recovered from the disaster and Sutton also found success after resigning as coach of the Wildcats following the 1988-89 season. Those ups and downs followed Sutton at Oklahoma State and his ability...

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...

Former UK star, Rex Chapman, teams up for National Recovery Month event in Paintsville on Sept. 21

Kentucky Health News Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration sponsors National Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of substance-use and mental disorders and to celebrate the people who recover. “This observance celebrates the millions of Americans who are in recovery from mental and substance-use disorders, reminding us that treatment...

University of Kentucky Sports Network, UK Athletics launch BBN TV, BBN Radio for 2019-2020 season

As the University of Kentucky’s 2019-20 athletics schedule gets underway, the UK Sports Network is revamping its programming with the debut of Big Blue Nation TV (BBN TV) and Big Blue Nation Radio (BBN Radio). BBN TV is a weekly 30-minute television program built around exclusive access and analysis by UK Sports Network talent, co-hosted by Emmy-nominated sportscaster Lee K. Howard and veteran...

Raptors’ Casey, Celtics’ McCarty will coach former Wildcat greats in annual UK Alumni Charity series

Some of the greatest players to put on a Kentucky uniform will be back in action for the UK Alumni Charity Game on Friday in Rupp Arena. Former Wildcat stars Derek Anderson, Keith Bogans, Ramel Bradley, Rex Chapman, Erik Daniels, Tony Delk, Jamaal Magloire, Mychal Mulder and Antoine Walker are all confirmed for the main event of the UK Alumni Charity Series. Current NBA players will also play in...

Host of fan favorites fill rosters for annual UK men’s basketball charity game Aug. 25

Some of Big Blue Nation’s favorites will don “Kentucky” across their chest once again for the annual UK Alumni Charity Game. On Aug. 25 in Rupp Arena, fans will have an opportunity to enjoy some of the top talent to come through the UK men’s basketball program when Kentucky hosts the 2017 UK Alumni Charity Game. This year’s event will feature two games, with a Legends Game starting at 7 p.m....

Former UK All-American Witten among qualifiers for main draw of Kentucky Bank Championships

Former University of Kentucky All-American Jesse Witten (USA) booked his spot into the main draw of the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships on Sunday with a thrilling three-set win over Mark Verryth (AUS) dominating the third set to book his ticket into Monday. The top seed, Christopher Rungknat (INA) also began his run towards the title on Sunday with a convincing 6-0, 6-4 win over wild card entry...

Jamie Vaught: Colorful ABA's Kentucky Colonels once rivaled Wildcats' popularity

(Jamie Vaught Photo)   When I wrote a recent column about ex-American Basketball Association (and NBA) superstar Dan Issel and a possible NBA franchise in Louisville, it brought back a lot of good childhood memories.   As mentioned in that column two weeks ago, Issel played for the popular Kentucky Colonels for several years and led them to the league championship in 1975. Established in...

Jamie Vaught: Colorful ABA’s Kentucky Colonels once rivaled Wildcats’ popularity

(Jamie Vaught Photo)   When I wrote a recent column about ex-American Basketball Association (and NBA) superstar Dan Issel and a possible NBA franchise in Louisville, it brought back a lot of good childhood memories.   As mentioned in that column two weeks ago, Issel played for the popular Kentucky Colonels for several years and led them to the league championship in 1975. Established in...

Billy Reed: Once-proud all-star classic dying from lack of interest, especially in Kentucky

A year after the first NCAA tournament in 1939, a group of basketball junkies in Kentucky and Indiana thought it would be a grand idea to have the best high school seniors from the two states meet every summer in the biggest arena in the two states, which was 15,000-seat Butler Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Hoosiers won, 31-29, over a Kentucky team that included Joe Fulks of Kuttawa, who was later...

Tubby Smith, Rex Chapman among 2013 inductees into UK Athletics Hall of Fame

Former UK men’s basketball head coach Tubby Smith is among the six members of class of 2013 UK Athletics Hall of Fame class.   Smith, who led UK to the 1998 national championship, joins Oliver Barnett (football), Rex Chapman (men’s basketball), Leslie Nichols (women’s basketball), Press Whelan (track/cross country) and Jesse Witten (men’s tennis) as 2013 inductees.   The class...

Public enemy No. 1 Christian Laettner and team of villains score win at Rupp

Almost two decades after Christian Laettner stomped on University of Kentucky basketball player Aminu Timberlake, Wildcat fans finally saw him ejected from a game Monday.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Laettner, serving as the coach of a team of “UK Villains,” gave the crowd what it wanted by orchestrating his own ejection in the final minutes of regulation of his team’s...