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Billy Reed: Happy to debate facts vs facts with anyone, but to be clear — Adolph Rupp was not racist

Naively, I now realize, I thought I would never again have to write the column about whether Adolph Rupp was a racist. The facts simply do not support the notion that he was. Period. Yet once again, 43 years after his death, the legendary University of Kentucky basketball coach is being attacked by some opportunists who refuse to let the facts get in the way of their prejudices and perceptions. Inspired...

University of Kentucky faculty group asks president to change the name of historic Rupp Arena

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today A group at the University of Kentucky sent a letter to Kentucky President Eli Capilouto on Thursday, asking the University of Kentucky to change the name of historic Rupp Arena. 
The faculty of African American and Africana Studies want the name to be changed as part of improving race relations on campus. The group also suggested several more recommendations on improving...

Kentucky, Notre Dame to resume basketball rivalry this season; Irish to visit Rupp Arena on Dec. 12

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has renewed its rivalry with Notre Dame on the basketball court. The two storied programs agreed to a three-year contract beginning on Dec. 12 when the Wildcats host the Irish at Rupp Arena. The two teams will play a neutral-site contest in 2021, with the Wildcats traveling to South Bend to conclude the series in 2022. The two teams played each other in 2015,...

Brad Calipari returns to Rupp Arena, but this time to play against Kentucky in Detroit Mercy uniform

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Brad Calipari will play against his dad for the first time next season. Calipari, a graduate senior at Detroit Mercy, will make a return trip to Rupp Arena, this time as a player when the Titans meet Kentucky on Nov. 13 in Lexington. The contest is part of the Bluegrass Showcase, featuring the University of Richmond and Hartford. Brad Calipari (left) will play against...

Six Kentucky high school student-athletes involved in agriculture earn scholarships from KHSAA, KDA

Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles has announced the six Kentucky high school student-athletes involved in agriculture that have been named the 2020 Ag Athletes of the Year by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. “Typically, I join these outstanding, agriculturally-minded student-athletes on the floor of Rupp Arena to award these scholarships,...

Lexington Center Corporation unveils new corporate logos for Central Bank Center, Rupp Arena

With a landmark naming rights agreement finalized and the first phase of a $300 million expansion project well underway, Lexington Center Corporation unveiled new corporate logos for Central Bank Center and Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center on Thursday. The new designs are a stylized interpretation of the angular peak, which is the primary focal point of the dramatic exterior contour of the new complex....

EJ Montgomery, Nick Richards lead Kentucky in 80-72 win over Mississippi State in Lexington

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It didn’t take Kentucky long to get over its loss to Auburn. The 15th-ranked Wildcats rebounded from a setback three days ago and led from start to finish in an 80-72 victory over Mississippi State on Tuesday at Rupp Arena. Kentucky (17-5, 7-2 Southeastern Conference) displayed the toughness it lacked in a 75-66 setback at Auburn last weekend and most of it came from...

Jamie Vaught: Calipari asks media, ‘What did you learn about my team?’ after scare from Vanderbilt

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari loves teaching his players how to play and respect the game. He really enjoys his role. Instead of Coach Cal, we perhaps should start calling him Professor Cal. And he probably couldn’t resist an opportunity to teach the media folks a thing or two like he did after 13th-ranked Kentucky’s 71-62 comeback win over Vanderbilt at Rupp Arena Wednesday...

With family looking on, Ashton Hagans puts on a show as Wildcats complete sweep of Georgia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Ashton Hagans always seems to turn it up a notch against Georgia. With several of his family members in attendance, including his mother, Hagans scored 23 points and just missed a double-double with nine assists to lead No. 15 Kentucky to an 89-79 win over the Bulldogs on Tuesday night to complete a regular-season sweep. “It’s always good to go against my home state...

Kentucky guard Ashton Hagans expecting another tough contest against struggling Georgia Bulldogs

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Ashton Hagans doesn’t think much will change when Kentucky takes on Georgia for the second time this season Tuesday night at Rupp Arena. “It was good to be back at home, but now we’re back in Lexington playing them,” said Hagans, a former Georgia Mr. Basketball and Gatorade Player of the Year winner. “It’s the same game plan. We just go out there and play...

It’s now Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center, milestone naming rights for legendary facility

Lexington Center Corporation announced a landmark naming rights agreement with Central Bank, rebranding Lexington-Central Kentucky’s premier convention, meeting, sports and entertainment complex as Central Bank Center. The iconic Rupp Arena will be Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center. The agreement is between Central Bank and JMI Sports, and UK / LCC’s multimedia rights partner.  This agreement...

Kentucky marks milestone as Immanuel Quickley’s late heroics help Wildcats sink Crimson Tide

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky reached a milestone and remained unbeaten in the Southeastern Conference Saturday. The No. 14 Wildcats scored six unanswered points in the final 1:12 and held on for a 76-67 triumph over Alabama. The hosts led by 15 in the second half and overcame the Tide’s late surge down the stretch to get the win, which was the team’s 1.000th regular-season victory...

Veteran forward Nick Richards performing at a ‘very high level’ for surging Wildcats as ‘Tide’ rolls in

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Nick Richards has been making a difference for Kentucky during the past three weeks and made an impact in the Wildcats’ win at Georgia earlier this week. It was the play of Richards in the second half that helped No. 14 Kentucky overcome a 31-27 halftime deficit as the Wildcats went on to defeat the Bulldogs 78-69 in the first true road game of the season. Bulldogs...

Rupp Arena has big year in 2019, despite four-month closure; preliminary schedule for 2020 announced

2019 was a massive year for Rupp Arena. Highlights include numerous major concert touring artists like P!NK and Paul McCartney, the installation of new chairback seats in the upper arena and two new records set:  the fastest concert sell out in Rupp history (Luke Combs) and the highest number of concerts on sale in a single month (seven in November). 
Despite a four-month closure (June 15 – October...

Tyrese Maxey scores career-high 27 points to lead UK’s Cats to 78-70 overtime win over Louisville Cards

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Tyrese Maxey is making it a habit of stepping up in big games. He did just that against Kentucky’s in-state rival Saturday. The freshman guard scored a career-high 27 points to lead the Wildcats to a 78-70 overtime victory over No. 3 Louisville. Maxey broke a previous high of 26 he scored in the Wildcats’ 69-62 upset of then top-ranked Michigan State in the team’s...

Jamie Vaught: Saturday’s matchup with Georgia Tech gives Cats first big-name opponent in seven games

For the first time in over a month, Kentucky will finally face a big-name opponent in Georgia Tech on Saturday afternoon at Rupp Arena. Both schools are beginning a two-game series with next season’s matchup taking place at State Farm Arena (formerly Phillips Arena) in downtown Atlanta. After going through a series of seven straight home games against the so-called cupcakes, the Rupp Arena crowd...

EJ Montgomery has coming out party in Kentucky’s milestone win at Rupp Arena

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today EJ Montgomery had a coming-out party against Fairleigh Dickinson Saturday and helped the Wildcats reach a milestone on their home court. 
The sophomore forward poured in a career-high 25 points and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds and helped lead the eighth-ranked Wildcats to an 83-52 win over the Knights, giving Kentucky (7-1) its fifth consecutive victory...

Tyrese Maxey’s hot hand leads Wildcats to an easy 81-56 victory over Lamar Sunday night at Rupp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Tyrese Maxey has shown signs of brilliance in Kentucky’s first six games. Lamar coach Tic Price thinks there are better days ahead for the freshman guard. “I think he is going to bring some exciting moments to Kentucky basketball this year,” Price said after watching Maxey score 21 points to lead the No. 9 Wildcats to an 81-56 win over the Cardinals on Sunday in...

Break helps John Calipari’s Wildcats get over loss to Evansville, focus of preparation for Utah Valley

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky needed a break to get over a shocking 67-74 loss to Evansville. “Everybody was down, but the next day everybody got back in here,” junior Nick Richards said Sunday. “We just talked and we took it as a learning experience. We didn’t take it as a loss even though we did lose, but we just took it as a learning experience.” Along with Richards, Kentucky...

JoJo Siwa coming to Lexington in April; buy tickets early — $1 goes to Dancers Against Cancer

Nickelodeon star, YouTube sensation and 2019’s hottest breakthrough pop artist JoJo Siwa is adding 50 new dates across North America to her wildly popular concert: Nickelodeon’s JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. Siwa to be in Lexington April 26 (Photo provided) The Tour, bringing the total number of shows to 148, including a performance in Lexington at Rupp Arena on April 26, 2020. Siwa kicks off her new 2020...