John Clay

UK’s odd logic for student ticket price increase, plus more notes

University of Kentucky students will not only have to pay more in tuition next year, but basketball student ticket prices are going up, as well.
University of Kentucky students will not only have to pay more in tuition next year, but basketball student ticket prices are going up, as well.

Random notes:

▪ A reminder that the same UK athletics program that just raised student basketball ticket prices $5 ranked 13th in revenue for 2015-16, the latest numbers available, according to USA Today.

What it said: UK hopes asking students to pay more for tickets will encourage more to actually attend the game.

What it didn’t say: UK hopes asking students to pay more for tickets will mean fewer tickets will be purchased, leaving more to be purchased by the general public at a higher price.

Seems like there might be other ways to encourage more students to come to games. Better seats perhaps?

▪ The NCAA has finally set a date for North Carolina’s hearing with the infractions committee over the school’s academic scandal. Mark Aug. 16 on your calendar. The meeting will be held in Nashville.

▪ Brandon Knight’s NBA career has been the bumpiest of rides. After leading Kentucky to the Final Four in 2011, Knight has been traded from Detroit to Milwaukee to Phoenix, where he started just five games last season. Monday brought the bad news Knight will miss the 2017-18 season because of a torn ACL.

▪ During the All-Star break, some idiot wrote that there were five reasons to be optimistic about the Cincinnati Reds in the second half. Those same Dreads were 2-11 post-break after being spiked by the Yankees on Wednesday. Wonder who that idiot could have been?

▪ As we learned last Saturday in the San Diego Handicap at Del Mar, even Arrogate can have a bad day.

▪ I usually give it the eye-roll when it says someone has that “it factor” but Jordan Spieth has that “it factor.”

▪ Surprising name showing up in the “under consideration” lists among major college basketball prospects: Vanderbilt.

▪ Now that 6-foot-9 William & Mary grad transfer Jack Whitman has decided he doesn’t want to attend Kansas, after all, the Jayhawks are left with just three eligible big men for next season.

▪ Tough news for Auburn’s sophomore center Austin Wiley, who played well for John Calipari’s USA U19 team at the FIBA World Cup. Wiley will miss four to six weeks with a stress fracture in his leg. He should be ready for the start of practice, however.

▪ At the Bengals’ pre-training camp luncheon on Tuesday, offensive coordinator Ken Zampese fielded at least a dozen questions before someone asked about quarterback Andy Dalton.

▪ Stat in need of improvement: The Bengals were 13th in average yards per game (356.9) last season, but just 24th in average points per game (20.3).

▪ Interesting name on the Bengals’ training camp roster: Louisville kicker Jonathan Brown, who never attempted a field goal in college. An ex-soccer player, Brown handled some kickoff duties for the Cards and signed with the Bengals as a free agent last year but was placed on injured reserve after injuring his foot. The team brought him back this year to compete with Jake Elliott and Randy Bullock for the specialist job.

▪ Louisville Coach Bobby Petrino on Wednesday about whether he might play second-string quarterback Jawon Pass: “I might get booed!”

▪ Rooting for Todd Frazier to do well with the Yankees. As a New Jersey kid, the former Reds third baseman and all-around good guy is living the dream. (Frazier homered against the Reds on Wednesday.)

▪  Jalen Hurts led Alabama to the national title game as a freshman, so he will be the Tide’s starting quarterback, won’t he? That was last season. Nick Saban is all about this season. And he says impressive freshman Tua Tagovailoa will play, too.

▪ Did you see where Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones hired a dive team to recover a $100,000 earring he lost while jet skiing on Lake Lanier, north of Atlanta? Meanwhile, the rest of us have to search for our misplaced television remote all by ourselves. Such is life.

Top 21 NCAA athletics programs in total revenue for 2015-16

  • 1. Texas A&M $194,338,450
  • 2. Texas $187,981,158
  • 3. Ohio State $170,789,765
  • 4. Alabama $164,009,745
  • 5. Michigan $163,850,616
  • 6. Oklahoma $150,373,216
  • 7. LSU $141,651,460
  • 8. Florida $141,441,109
  • 9. Tennessee $140,448,955
  • 10. Auburn $140,070,593
  • 11. Wisconsin $132,788,726
  • 12. Penn State $132,248,076
  • 13. Kentucky $132,180,246
  • 14. Arkansas $124,981,042
  • 15. Georgia $123,841,268
  • 16. Michigan State $123,034,495
  • 17. South Carolina $122,331,092
  • 18. Florida State $113,754,314
  • 19. Minnesota $113,506,279
  • 20. Iowa $113,249,020
  • 21. Louisville $112,146,504

Source: USA Today