Unlike fellow Kentucky football signees Drake Jackson and Kash Daniel, Lafayette star Landon Young did not enroll early at UK for the spring semester. Instead, the three-sport standout chose to pursue wrestling and track and field state championships while finishing high school with the rest of his classmates.
Two former Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball assistants, Dwane Casey (a UK aide from 1985-89) and Billy Donovan (at UK 1989-94) are enhancing their coaching reputations as the NBA teams they now coach, Toronto (Casey) and Oklahoma City (Donovan), make deep runs in the playoffs.
These are trying times for UK women’s basketball coach Matthew Mitchell after a school year in which seven players left the program and five recruits decommitted. Amidst the upheaval, there is a path he can take to get the program back on track
The Bristol Motor Speedway has sold 150,000 tickets for Tennessee vs. Virginia Tech in college football to be played on a field installed inside the racetrack. Is there any way the Kentucky Speedway could play host to a college football game such as Kentucky-Louisville — or a game featuring even bigger-name football schools?
As a girl growing up in Soddy-Daisy, Tenn., Kelsey Nunley’s dream was to play softball for the home-state University of Tennessee — but the Volunteers did not offer her a scholarship. Instead, the pitcher is about to wrap up her college career as the cornerstone player of the most successful era in University of Kentucky softball history.
Brandon Lawson, 30, is in charge of organizing the football recruiting for new Eastern Kentucky University football coach Mark Elder. In his prior life, however, Lawson was a U.S. Marine who was an ‘on-board expert mechanic’ on Marine One - the helicopters that fly the President of the United States
Signed by the Kansas City Royals three years ago for $1.3 million out of Ruda, Italy, Lexington Legends shortstop Marten Gasparini was ranked the No. 7 prospect in the Kansas City Royals organization by Baseball America in 2016
When faced with adversity two years into his Kentucky women’s basketball head coaching tenure, Matthew Mitchell showed resourcefulness and found success. But after the mass defection of players from Mitchell’s program this school year, the coach finds himself facing an even more daunting challenge.
No middle ground in Kentucky-Louisville sports rivalry. In every sport in which the Wildcats and Cardinals compete head to head, one school or the other currently boasts a moderate to longish winning streak
The installation of the new racing surface at Kentucky Speedway is in its latter stages. For the venue whose marketing identity had been built around the bumpiness of the old racetrack, it is the dawn of a new era
Both North Carolina and Louisville were under NCAA investigation during the 2015-16 men’s basketball season. Both cases, from the outside, appear severe. In reaction, U of L self-imposed an NCAA Tournament ban and its players, including its seniors, stayed home for the postseason. UNC, conversely, took no action, and its seniors played in the national title game. That scenario is unfair, and makes NCAA ‘justice’ seem inconsistent at best.
Tyler Ulis swept SEC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors and won the Bob Cousy Award as the nation’s top point guard. Jamal Murray (20 points per game) became the second UK player of the 21st Century to average that much in a season (Jodie Meeks scored 23.7 per game in 2008-09). In the future, will all of that be enough for either player to see their jerseys retired and hanging in Rupp Arena’s rafters?
The conventional wisdom on the 2016 Kentucky Wildcats football season is that Mark Stoops’ fourth team faces a much more difficult schedule than it did in 2015. Yet there is a realistic window for Stoops and UK to pass through and earn Kentucky’s first bowl bid since the 2010 season. How the Cats fare against four SEC foes is likely to determine their fate.
In the latest edition of three and out, Herald-Leader Sports Columnist Mark Story, ex-Kentucky Wildcats basketball sharp-shooter Cameron Mills and former Herald-Leader Sports Editor Gene Abell weigh in on the coaching carousel - especially Tubby Smith to Memphis and Rick Stansbury to Western Kentucky.
Allen Edwards was a part of a golden era of Kentucky Wildcats basketball, playing in three straight NCAA championship games (1996-98) and winning two titles (1996, ’98). As the newly named head coach at Wyoming, Edwards plans a playing style “somewhere in the middle” of what his former UK coaches, Rick Pitino and Tubby Smith, used in Lexington.
When Sarah Chrisman Gipe was about six years old, a picture of her lemonade stand made it into the pages of the Herald-Leader. Thirty years later her daughters teamed up with their neighbors to run a stand of their own at Gipe's childhood home.
Chinoe Road lemonade stand repeats history
High school seniors speak on significance of graduation