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Kentucky’s annual NBA Pro Day to be televised on SEC Network; Sestina, Roper in Leadership Council

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The sixth-annual University of Kentucky men’s basketball Pro Day is set for Oct. 6 at the Joe Craft Center and will be televised on the SEC Network. The event will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. and will feature scouts from all 30 NBA teams in attendance for the yearly event. Seth Greenberg and Jimmy Dykes will call the practice session which will feature a combine-style workout...

University of Kentucky football to open 2019 season with noon contest against Toledo on Aug. 31

With football season just a few short months away, ESPN has announced the first three weeks of its 2019 college football slate. The Wildcats open the 2019 season with three straight home games and look to use the momentum created last year from their win over Penn State in the VRBO Citrus Bowl. The 10-3 record was Kentucky’s best season in 41 years and only the third 10-win season in school...

Dogfight: Kentucky, Georgia meet to determine the best team in the SEC East

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky hasn’t beaten Georgia in nine years and owns just three victories in the last 27 tries against the Bulldogs. Although wins over Georgia in 1996, 2006 and 2009 were monumental, none would compare if the Wildcats break an eight-game losing streak to Bulldogs Saturday at Kroger Field. A win would give the 11th-ranked Wildcats (7-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference)...

Stoops says Cats will have to ‘kick it up a notch’ against Mississippi State

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky took care of business against Murray State last week and to keep the pace going, Mark Stoops knows his team faces a tougher challenge Saturday against Mississippi State. “We’ve got to kick it up a notch,” Stoops said Monday. “(It’s a) big game with Mississippi State, so we’re excited and guys are ready to get to work on that.” The Bulldogs have...

Jamie Vaught: SEC Nation’s Laura Rutledge follows diverse background to become ‘rising star’ at ESPN

When ESPN sent a press release back in May to announce that Laura Rutledge has been selected as the new host for the popular SEC Nation program, it called her the rising star of the SEC Network. Rutledge has the background along with her previous experience to do her television job really well. The ESPN/SEC reporter graduated with a degree in broadcasting journalism at the University of Florida where...

Kickoff times, broadcast information released for Wildcats’ first three football matchups

The SEC Office on Tuesday announced the start times for games on the SEC Network during the first three weeks of the 2017 season. The SEC Network Saturday schedule opens with three games on Sept. 2. The Network will air six games on the second week of the season and five games in Week 3. The first Conference matchup of the year on the SEC Network will feature Kentucky at South Carolina on Sept....

SEC Network turning Big Blue Monday as UK athletics featured with 24 hours of programming

The third annual SEC Network Takeover begins next week and to lead off the two-week event, UK Athletics will take over the network with 24 hours of Wildcat-focused programming on Monday, July 17. Tipping off at midnight on July 17, the SEC Network will air some of UK’s most memorable wins from a record-setting 2016-17 season. Classic men’s basketball, football, men’s soccer, volleyball, gymnastics,...

UK Roundup: Ex-Cat Walker joins SEC Network; Lipsitz let go as women’s soccer coach

The SEC Network, the ESPN network devoted to coverage of Southeastern Conference sports, has hired former Kentucky Wildcat and NCAA National Champion Antoine Walker as a studio analyst for the 2016-17 season. His on-air debut is set for college basketball’s opening night, November 11. He will be in-studio for the network’s news and information show, SEC Now, alongside analyst Dane Bradshaw. “Antoine...

Big Blue Madness gets nationwide exposure through live telecast on the SEC Network

Tickets for the annual Big Blue Madness sold out in under half an hour last week (UK Athletics Photo)   For fans unable to make it to Rupp Arena for Big Blue Madness on Oct. 16, the annual tipoff to the Kentucky men’s and women’s basketball seasons can be seen live on the SEC Network, marking the first time the yearly spectacle will air live and in its entirety on a national network.   The...

LSU replaces Florida as Kentucky’s primary basketball rival with Senior Day appearance

The first meeting of the year with Tennessee is set for Knoxville on Feb. 2. It’s the first time UK will play the Vols twice in a season since 2012-13 (Jamie Vaught Photo)   Seeking their second straight regular-season Southeastern Conference championship, the Kentucky Wildcats received their 2016 league schedule with the unveiling of the league slate on the SEC Network.   Kentucky will...

LSU replaces Florida as Kentucky's primary basketball rival with Senior Day appearance

The first meeting of the year with Tennessee is set for Knoxville on Feb. 2. It’s the first time UK will play the Vols twice in a season since 2012-13 (Jamie Vaught Photo)   Seeking their second straight regular-season Southeastern Conference championship, the Kentucky Wildcats received their 2016 league schedule with the unveiling of the league slate on the SEC Network.   Kentucky will...

UK Notes: Swift named SEC Offensive Player of Week; SEC Network adds Delk to lineup

Kentucky women’s soccer forward Zoe Swift was named the Southeastern Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after after she scored two game-winning goals over the weekend to propel Kentucky to a 2-0-0 record.   Swift collected six crucial points in the SEC standings, including a 2-0 win over No. 5 Florida, the first top-five win in program history.   Both of Swift’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,...

Comcast Cable reaches agreement with ESPN to carry new SEC Network

Comcast Cable has reached an agreement with ESPN to carry the SEC Network, which will begin rolling out to fans and followers of the Southeastern Conference across Comcast markets in mid August.   Comcast subscribers will also have authenticated access to additional live events scheduled for the SEC Network’s and Comcast’s digital platforms – including the Xfinity TV Go app and website,...

UK volleyball, women's soccer matches on schedule for new SEC Network broadcasts

The Southeastern Conference announced three University of Kentucky volleyball matches and two women’s soccer matches in August will be featured as part of the new SEC Network +, the digital steaming component of the new SEC Network.   The five contests in August will air on SEC Network + via SECNetwork.com and WatchESPN and are in addition to eight UK volleyball matches and three soccer matches...

Brent Musberger and Jesse Palmer named lead commentary team on SEC Network

Sports broadcasting legend Brent Musburger will be joined by college football analyst Jesse Palmer in the booth every Saturday on the SEC Network when it launches next fall. The Hall of Fame sportscaster and the former Florida quarterback have each reached an agreement with ESPN to be the lead college football game commentators on the new network. The pair will kick off the season with Texas A&M...

SEC, ESPN announce multiplatform network to air programming beginning in August 2014

The Southeastern Conference and ESPN have signed a 20-year agreement through 2034 to create and operate a multiplatform network, which will launch in August 2014. The new network and its accompanying digital platform will air SEC content 24/7 including more than 1,000 events in its first year.   The network will televise approximately 45 SEC football games, more than 100 men’s basketball games,...