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Wesley Eversole: Historical trends suggest five keys for winning Governor's Cup rivalry

Teddy Bridgewater tries to allude pressure in his previous career trip to Commonwealth Stadium. (KyForward file photo by Mark Boxley)   On Saturday, the UK football team will host the seventh-ranked UofL football team in the 20th edition of the modern Governor’s Cup rivalry game. Louisville leads the modern day series 11-8 and is at least a 13 point favorite to make it 12-8. These teams have...

Wesley Eversole: Stoops' coaching abilty could lead Cats to surprising 2013 season

On Aug. 31, the UK football program will kick off its 123rd season and its first under head coach Mark Stoops. Stoops has been charged with the task of rebuilding the football program from the ground up, and if the 2014 recruiting class, which is ranked in the Top 10 by at least one recruiting service, is any indication, he is well on his way to doing just that.   Unfortunately, those recruits...

Wesley Eversole: Allowing student athletes to sell jerseys, autographs would solve problems

If you have been following college football this summer, you are probably aware of the controversy surrounding reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, who was allegedly paid for signing autographs at several events earlier this year.   According to NCAA rules, a student athlete cannot make any money as a result of their athletic ability. This seems like a good rule on the surface, given...

Wesley Eversole: Schedule makes winning season for Cats in Stoops' first season unlikely

In the 19 seasons since Paul “Bear” Bryant left UK for Texas A&M, the football program has had 10 different head coaches. Of those coaches, only one –Blanton Collier in 1954 — was able to post a winning record in his first season, going 7-3.   Of the remaining nine coaches, only three came within one game of posting a winning record. Fran Curci and Hal Mumme each finished...

Wesley Eversole: Conference scheduling could affect future of Governor's Cup rivalry

UofL quarterback Teddy Bridgewater eludes a UK defender during the last Governor’s Cup game at Commonwealth Stadium. (KyForward file photo by Mark Boxley)   Since 1994, the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville football teams have competed against each other in the annual Governor’s Cup game. The 20th edition of the Governor’s Cup rivalry is slated to kickoff at Commonwealth...

Wesley Eversole: Unforgetables lead list of Rupp Arena's most memorable moments

Rupp Arena. (Photo from UK Athletics)   Since first opening in 1976, Rupp Arena has been home to some of the most memorable moments in college basketball history. With the news that Rupp Arena will be undergoing some major renovations beginning in fall 2014, I thought I would use this week’s column to count down what I consider to be the 10 greatest moments in Rupp Arena’s history.   With...

Wesley Eversole: Recruiting, schedule key to success for UK in football and basketball

Earlier this week, the University of Kentucky football team ascended to the No. 1 spot in Rivals.com’s 2014 recruiting rankings. It is the first time since Rivals.com began ranking recruiting classes in 2002 that Kentucky has occupied the top spot.   When you combine the newfound football recruiting success with the fact that UK has signed five consecutive No. 1 classes in men’s basketball,...

Wesley Eversole: Mark Stoops experiencing unprecedented recruiting success for UK

On Thursday, the UK football program received possibly its biggest commitment for the 2014 recruiting class to date, when Stanley Williams, the top ranked all-purpose back in the nation according to Rivals.com, committed to play for the Cats and head coach Mark Stoops.   Williams’ commitment moved Kentucky’s 2014 recruiting class up to No. 3 in the nation. Since Rivals.com first began ranking...

Wesley Eversole: Latest chapter in MLB's Steroid Era means work left to be done

On June 4, ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” reported around 20 Major League Baseball players could be suspended for their affiliation with Biogenesis of America, a clinic in Miami that has allegedly supplied the players with performance enhancing drugs.   The players listed include Ryan Braun, Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon, Nelson Cruz and Alex Rodriguez. Of these players, one (Braun) was...

Wesley Eversole: Plenty of summer events upcoming to keep sports fans occupied

This is usually the time of year local sports fans dread the most, the time of year when the state’s athletic teams are finishing their spring sports seasons, leaving fans with nothing to do but wait until football practice starts in August. But just because the spring sports season is almost over does not mean there is nothing fans have to look forward to between now and August. Listed below are...

Wesley Eversole: Can Louisville support a NBA team? Numbers suggest it might

Recently, Greater Louisville Inc. released a study regarding the city’s feasibility of hosting an NBA team. According to the study, the city of Louisville does not have enough local corporate sponsors to financially support an NBA team. The study also cited the city’s close proximity to Indianapolis, Ind., (home of the NBA’s Indiana Pacers) and stated that no two NBA teams in an area of less...

Wesley Eversole: Jason Collins should be judged by playing career, not personal life

I am going to be honest with you. I had not heard of Jason Collins until I heard the news this past Monday that he was gay. In doing so, Collins became the first active athlete from one of the four major professional sports leagues — MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL — to come out as gay. While he is not the first openly gay athlete, he is the most recent and thus is the one everybody is talking about...

Wesley Eversole: Fun facts about Kentucky Derby – the ‘Greatest Two Minutes in Sports’

  With the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4, I thought I would take the time to share some fun and interesting facts about the race that has come to be known as “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports.”   • The first Kentucky Derby was held on May 17, 1875, and was won by Aristides.   • The Kentucky Derby is the longest continuous sporting event in...

Wesley Eversole: Boston bombings offer perspective about actual sports tragedies

In the wake of Monday’s bombings during the Boston Marathon that left three people dead and more than a hundred others injured, I thought I would take the time to discuss what is and is not a tragedy in sports. To me, a true sports tragedy is any event that results in a player or coach’s death. This applies both to the game itself and anything off the field as well.   Lou Gehrig contracting...

Wesley Eversole: UofL athletic department has chance at rare double championship

Since NCAA Division I women’s basketball began sponsoring a national postseason tournament in 1982, there has only been one year in which the same school has won both the men’s and women’s title.   That year was 2004, when Connecticut’s men’s team defeated Georgia Tech for their second title and the women’s team defeated Tennessee for their fifth title. That number of dual champions...

Wesley Eversole: Wildcat fans could face worst-case scenario with Duke/UofL game

On Friday, Louisville will take on Oregon and Duke will face Michigan State in the NCAA Midwest Regional Semifinals in Indianapolis. If both Louisville and Duke win, setting up a regional final match on Sunday, UK fans could face a difficult decision as to which team to root for.   It is well known that neither school is liked by UK fans for various reasons (Louisville because they’re the in-state...

Wesley Eversole: Cats must answer several questions before rebounding from NIT loss

Now that the University of Kentucky men’s basketball season has ended following a 59-57 loss to Robert Morris in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament, there are several questions that need to be answered before the Cats can move forward to the next season.   Ryan Harrow and Jon Hood look on from the bench as UK loses to Robert Morris in the NIT. (Photo by Jon Hale) The first...

Wesley Eversole: Reasons for optimism aplenty as Stoops prepares for spring practice

On Monday March 18, the UK football team will begin its first spring practice under new head coach Mark Stoops.   Stoops, who had spent the last three season as defensive coordinator at Florida State, was hired on Nov. 27 to replace Joker Phillips, who was fired after going 13-24 in three seasons, including 2-10 last year. Like most new coaching hires, Stoops’ hiring seems to have renewed optimism...

Wesley Eversole: UK women poised to make deep tourney run but face stiff competition

While the UK men’s basketball team is getting ready to finish its regular season, another UK basketball team has already wrapped up its regular season and has its eyes on a potential SEC Tournament championship and automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.   Of course, I am talking about the UK women’s basketball team. The women’s team finished second in the final conference standings after...

Wesley Eversole: Weak SEC leaves Wildcats with work to do to improve tourney resume

At this time last year, the Kentucky men’s basketball team was sitting comfortably at the top of the AP and coaches polls with a record of 28-1 overall and 14-0 in Southeastern Conference play.   Kentucky would ultimately finish the regular season at 30-1, completing just the third unbeaten SEC regular season since the conference first went to a sixteen game schedule in 1992. Even with a loss...