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‘Untouchable’ Tony Delk has two very personal reasons for giving back to Kentucky’s children

Hilary Brown University of Kentucky Ask Tony Delk why children’s hospitals are close to his heart and he’ll answer without hesitation. “I have two reasons: I have two daughters that have sickle cell disease.” For the former basketball star, the biggest challenge of his life wasn’t one he faced on the court. His daughters, Taylor and Trinity, are both living with sickle cell disease — an...

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....

Looking back on UK’s return to glory: ‘The Untouchables’ were unstoppable in 1996

By Keith Taylor KyForward sports reporter Walter McCarty still shakes his head in disbelief when he thinks about how much time has passed since Kentucky won the school’s sixth national championship nearly two decades ago. “I can believe it and I can’t believe it — if that makes any sense,” said McCarty, now an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics. “Sometimes after (my playing...

Sports Notes: Impressive numbers just keep accumulating for record-setting Wildcats

Tony Delk has his jersey retired in a ceremony hosted by UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart Saturday. Delk played on Kentucky’s 1996 national title team (UK Athletics Photo / Barry Westerman)   A few leftover tidbits from Kentucky’s win over Auburn Saturday, the Wildcats’ 27th victory to open the season and John Calipari’s 100th in Rupp Arena (against just four losses).   Coincidentally,...

Sports Notes: Impressive numbers just keep accumulating for record-setting Wildcats

Tony Delk has his jersey retired in a ceremony hosted by UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart Saturday. Delk played on Kentucky’s 1996 national title team (UK Athletics Photo / Barry Westerman)   A few leftover tidbits from Kentucky’s win over Auburn Saturday, the Wildcats’ 27th victory to open the season and John Calipari’s 100th in Rupp Arena (against just four losses).   Coincidentally,...

Ashley Scoby: While current Wildcats are making history, former gunner Delk lived it

Freshman Karl-Anthony Towns and junior Willie Cauley-Stein could learn from veteran Tony Delk, who played on a national championship Wildcat team in 1996 (UK Athletics Photo)   In the midst of the best start to a Kentucky basketball season in history, let’s pause, and appreciate the past.   That will be the goal, at least for a few minutes, on Saturday when former Kentucky star Tony Delk...

Time of Kentucky-Auburn men's basketball game changed; Delk's jersey to be retired

(Photo from UK Athletics)   Tipoff for Kentucky men’s basketball’s lone regular-season game versus Auburn on Feb. 21 has been moved to a 7 p.m. start to accommodate a national television broadcast.   The game will be televised by ESPN.   Prior to the game, UK’s Athletics Department will retire Tony Delk’s jersey to the rafters in Rupp Arena. Delk, who was elected to the UK...

Former UK basketball great Delk, gymnastics star Hansen will have their jerseys retired

UK stars Tony Delk and Jenny Hansen (below) are the latest to have their jerseys retired by the UK Athletics Department (Wikimedia Commons Photo)   University of Kentucky men’s basketball great Tony Delk and gymnastics star Jenny Hansen will have their jerseys retired by UK Athletics at events to be held in February.   Jersey retirement is considered the highest honor bestowed by the athletics...

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...

UK basketball sensation and 1996 national champion Tony Delk honored as SEC legend

He’s already a legend in the minds of Big Blue fans, but former University of Kentucky Men’s basketball guard Tony Delk was was recently named a 2014 Allstate® SEC Basketball Legend. Delk, who led UK’s 1996 team to an NCAA National Championship, will be honored at the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament March 12-16 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga.   Wearing double zero,...

More than $300,000 presented to charities
as former Wildcats return for alumni game

DeMarcus Cousins feigns annoyance at a call during alumni game. (Photo by Jon Hale)   On a day in which UK basketball fans had a chance to see some of their favorite former Wildcats play at Rupp Arena again, the most memorable moment likely came at halftime.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] That was when UK head coach John Calipari, the former Wildcats playing and coaching in the...

More than $300,000 presented to charities as former Wildcats return for alumni game

DeMarcus Cousins feigns annoyance at a call during alumni game. (Photo by Jon Hale)   On a day in which UK basketball fans had a chance to see some of their favorite former Wildcats play at Rupp Arena again, the most memorable moment likely came at halftime.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] That was when UK head coach John Calipari, the former Wildcats playing and coaching in the...

Where Are They Now: UK’s Tony Delk still ‘part of a family;’ aims for top coaching job

By Alex Forkner KyForward Reporter   With 11 minutes left in the last game of his collegiate career, Tony Delk spotted up for a three-pointer in the corner right in front of UK’s bench. A Syracuse defender closed out hard, colliding with Delk and sending him sliding into the legs of his teammates as the ball soared through the air. The shot was good, a foul was called and the four-point play...

Where are they now? Former Wildcat Walter McCarty pursuing a career in music, enabled by basketball career

By Kelli Elam Kentucky Alumni Magazine   Basketball and music have always been a part of Walter McCarty’s life. So it’s only natural that now that his basketball career is over, he is embarking on a second career — in music.   McCarty, ’96 CIS, had a standout career at the University of Kentucky, helping to lead the Wildcats to the 1996 NCAA National Championship, the sixth in the...

Former UK star Tony Delk named assistant coach at New Mexico State

Former University of Kentucky men’s basketball All-American and assistant director of basketball operations Tony Delk has been named an assistant coach at New Mexico State University. Delk, who played at UK from 1992-1996, spent the last two seasons as the team’s assistant director of basketball operation under head coach John Calipari. During UK’s 1996 national championship season,...