UK Men's Basketball

Georgia hires ex-Cat Pope as assistant

Mark Pope, one of the captains on the University of Kentucky's 1995-96 national championship team, is back in the Southeastern Conference as an assistant at Georgia.

New Georgia Coach Mark Fox completed his coaching staff Tuesday with the announcement he had hired Pope and two others.

Pope's relationship with Fox dates to their days at the University of Washington, where Pope played two seasons before transferring to Kentucky and Fox got his start in coaching.

"Mark is the first kid I coached as a graduate assistant at Washington," Fox said. "He was a terrific player in college and in the NBA. He's a very bright, articulate guy that has made a commitment to get into coaching, where I think he has a great future."

A native of Bellevue, Wash., Pope was a key reserve as a senior on the Wildcats' 1996 NCAA championship team, averaging 7.6 points and 5.2 rebounds.

As a professional, the 6-foot-10 Pope played two seasons in Turkey and six in the NBA, two each in Indiana, Milwaukee and Denver. Most recently, he enrolled in medical school at Columbia University in 2006.

Pope's title at Georgia will be operations coordinator.

Ex-Cat Ramsey candidate for AD at South Alabama

Former UK quarterback Derrick Ramsey is interviewing for the athletics director job at South Alabama, according to the Press-Register of Mobile, Ala.

Ramsey, 52, just completed his first year as athletics director at Coppin State. He was athletics director at Kentucky State from 1999-2003.

Ramsey, one of three known finalists for the job, was expected to interview Thursday and Friday, the Press-Register reported.

Ramsey, 52, led UK to a 10-1 record and No. 6 national ranking in 1977. He went on to play in the NFL as a tight end for the Oakland Raiders.

Jarmon in supplemental draft Thursday

Jeremy Jarmon, the UK defensive end who lost his final season of eligibility after testing positive for a substance banned by the NCAA, is expected to be selected in Thursday's NFL Supplemental Draft.

Representatives from 18 NFL teams watched Jarmon work out at UK last week. The 6-foot-3, 277-pound lineman impressed scouts by running 40-yard dashes clocked between 4.79 and 4.83 seconds.

The supplemental draft, conducted for "special case" players such as Jarmon, is done via e-mail. Each team submits to the league the names of the players they are interested in, as well as the round they would like to choose them in. The team that submits the highest bid is awarded rights to the player. If more than one team bids a pick from the same round, the team with the highest pick in the round wins out. If a team uses a pick in the supplemental draft, it must forfeit its choice in the corresponding round of the next year's regular draft.

Jarmon played in 38 games with 31 starts over three seasons at Kentucky. As a junior, he made 38 tackles with 10 tackles for loss, 41/2 sacks and six pass breakups. He was a second-team All-Southeastern Conference pick by the league's coaches as a sophomore when he had 62 tackles, 131/2 tackles for loss and nine sacks. His 171/2 career sacks rank third in school history.

■ Western Kentucky linebacker Blake Boyd, who learned he was academically ineligible last month and would be forced to miss his senior season, is also eligible for the NFL Supplemental Draft, according to the Bowling Green Daily News.

Report: Pryor, Patriots agree on contract

Former UK defensive tackle Myron Pryor, chosen in the sixth round of this year's NFL Draft, has reached a contract agreement with the Patriots, the Boston Globe reported.

Pryor signed a four-year contract with a $79,000 signing bonus, a league source told the Globe.

The 6-foot-1, 310-pound Pryor was a four-year starter for the Cats. He had 29 tackles, 41/2 sacks and 10 tackles for loss as a senior. Pryor also forced the fumble that was returned for a game-winning touchdown in UK's 25-19 victory over East Carolina in the Liberty Bowl in January.

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