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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...

Abbey Cheek becomes fourth UK softball player in history to be named national fastpitch all-American

Behind the most prolific offensive season in Kentucky Softball history, senior third baseman Abbey Cheek was named the fourth player in UK history to be named a National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association All-American last week. Cheek was a unanimous selection to the first team, the first person to achieve that in program history. UK Senior Abbey Cheek in only the fourth UK softball player named...

Anthony Davis, Jacob Tamme newest members of UK Athletics HOF class

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Anthony Davis made a lasting impact during his short career at the University of Kentucky. Davis helped lead the Wildcats to their eighth national title in 2012 and will also be among six newest inductees into the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame this fall. Davis, a six-year NBA veteran and currently plays for the New Orleans Pelicans, owns the school record...

Calipari, Barnhart saddened by passing of former SEC commissioner Mike Slive

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today When Kentucky coach John Calipari counted former Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive as one of his closest friends and said he was largely responsible for his hiring at Kentucky in 2009. “Obviously, Dr. Lee Todd and Mitch Barnhart made the decision to hire me, but my friend, guardian, and mentor Mike Slive was instrumental in me becoming the coach at Kentucky...

UK coach John Calipari focused on his own squad during rare six-day layoff

Kentucky coach John Calipari and the Wildcats return from a six-day layoff and will take on Harvard Saturday at Rupp Arena. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari hasn’t had much time to prepare for Harvard. Although Kentucky got a rare break after playing seven games in a 17-day span, Calipari took the time to get to know his team better. “We’re probably experimenting...

Wildcats’ volleyball team takes down top-ranked Florida on the road for historic victory

For just the third time in Southeastern Conference history two top-10 ranked teams squared off. The No. 8 Kentucky volleyball team exited Gainesville, Florida, with more than just a 3-1 (25-20, 25-22, 23-25, 25-16) win over No. 1 Florida as a number of program records fell in the process. For the first time in Kentucky volleyball history, the Wildcats topped the top-ranked team in the country. It...

With new basketball season on the horizon, UK deputy AD Peevy prepares for calm before storm

By Amy Jones-Timoney and Kody Kiser Special to KyForward As the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team prepares to kick off its regular season with Big Blue Madness, UK Deputy Director of Athletics DeWayne Peevy prepares for the calm before the storm. Since he oversees the men’s basketball program as part of his role with UK Athletics, the next few months will keep the Birmingham,...

UK’s Northington overcame injury, loss of friend to break color barrier in the SEC

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Nate Northington didn’t make an immediate impact at the University of Kentucky. Instead, he made a historic contribution that changed the landscape of college football, especially in the Southeastern Conference, forever. It will be 50 years ago Saturday when Northington broke the color barrier in the league when the Wildcats played Ole Miss at Stoll Field in Lexington....

UK women’s basketball schedule features three games in Rupp Arena, doubleheader with men

For the first time in over a decade, the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team will play three regular-season games in Rupp Arena, facing Tennessee on Dec. 31, South Carolina on Jan. 21 and LSU on Feb. 4 in the historic building. All three games will tip at noon ET with the Tennessee and LSU games to be televised on SEC Network, while the South Carolina game will be on ESPNU. The Dec....

Country duo Aly’An to perform during pregame concert Saturday prior to UK-Florida kickoff

Country duo Aly’An will play the second Kentucky Football Pregame Concert of the season on Saturday before the Wildcats host Florida. The concert will take place on the stage in the plaza outside Gate 12 of Kroger Field. Aly’An will play immediately following the Cat Walk presented by Chevy, which is set to begin at 5:15 p.m. Bradford BBQ and Mad Mike’s food trucks will be open next to the concert...

Jamie Vaught: Overcoming adversity, UK’s West feeling good about being a difference-maker

It is sure nice to see injury-plagued Darius West back in action. After sitting out three of the past four seasons, including most of his senior year at Lima Central Catholic High School in Ohio, due to several injuries as well as a redshirt year as a freshman at Kentucky, West is finally seeing lots of playing time for the Wildcats. And the UK junior defensive back is off to a good start after...

Wildcats collide with West Virginia on ESPN as part of Big 12/SEC Men’s Basketball Challenge

ESPN has announced the television network designations and start times for the fifth annual Big 12/SEC Challenge Presented by Sonic. Four of the 10 games will be televised on ESPN, four on ESPN2 and two games will air on ESPNU. All 10 games will also be available on the ESPN app. ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm – the Saturday roadshow that discusses the top storylines of the college...

SEC Clear Bag Policy will be in place for Saturday’s UK home-opener against Colonels

The Southeastern Conference’s new league-wide clear bag policy will be in place for Kentucky football’s home opener on Saturday. The Wildcats will take on Eastern Kentucky at noon. The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network. Each fan will be permitted to carry one large clear bag – either a one-gallon Ziploc-style bag or a 12” x 6” x 12” clear bag – plus a small clutch that does not...

Annual Heroes Day honoring members of armed forces, first responders set for UK home opener

Kentucky football’s annual Heroes’ Day game is set for the Wildcats’ home opener versus Eastern Kentucky at noon on Sept. 9 at Kroger Field. The annual Heroes’ Day event honors all active and reserve members of the armed forces along with police, firefighters and first responders. Any members of the aforementioned groups are eligible to receive two complimentary tickets to the game by presenting...

Former UK stars return to Rupp to help raise money for charity, aid victims of Hurricane Harvey

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It was a reunion to remember Friday night. Former University standouts, featuring legends and a crop of current NBA players, took part in the annual UK Alumni Charity Game, which raised approximately $1 million for various charities, including the American Red Cross to benefit victims of Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall late Friday night in Texas. Kentucky coach...

Wildcats will face Monmouth in inaugural Citi Hoops Classic at Madison Square Garden

The Citi Hoops Classic, featuring the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team coached by John Calipari, will face Monmouth, coached by King Rice, in the inaugural Citi Hoops Classic on Dec. 9, 2017 at the famous Madison Square Garden in New York City. “We’re excited to launch the series at iconic Madison Square Garden,” said Tad Ehrbar, Citi SVP of Entertainment & Sports Marketing....

Jamie Vaught: Stoops’ Cats appear to be better on paper, but will results on the field show it?

Well, after several miserable years of losing, Kentucky finally bounced back last season in a respectable fashion and came up with a nice TaxSlayer Bowl campaign, finishing off the year with a 7-6 mark. ​​ And will the football Wildcats improve this fall? Or perhaps regress like USA Today’s recent prediction, forecasting Kentucky at 5-7 with a 2-6 SEC mark, finishing in a tie for sixth place...

UK offensive tackle Mosier suffers torn knee ligament; Walton native will miss season

Kentucky offensive tackle Cole Mosier suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Saturday’s scrimmage and will miss the 2017 season. The senior from Walton, Ky., is not eligible for a sixth season, thus ending his Wildcat career. Mosier, a 6-foot-6, 335-pounder who was slated to start at left tackle for the Wildcats again this season, is scheduled to have surgery on Thursday,...

Heralded recruit Bowden in camp as Wildcats conclude first week of camp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today One day after being cleared to play, Kentucky freshman receiver Lynn Bowden was on the practice field Saturday, a welcomed sight for the Kentucky coaching staff. Bowden, a heralded four-star recruit from Ohio, took part in an autograph signing segment during the team’s annual fan day Saturday and then practiced with the squad, mainly with the punt and kick return units...