By Jack Pilgrim on ©August 21st, 2019 @ 12:00pm
Both of Kentucky basketball’s commitments for the class of 2020 were included in ESPN’s updated player rankings.
Five-star wing and future Wildcat B.J. Boston was listed as a top-ten prospect, coming in at No. 9 overall.
Meanwhile, UK’s most recent commitment, Cam’Ron Fletcher, was a bit further down the list, coming in at No. 44 overall.
In terms of Kentucky’s other big targets, Cade Cunningham came in at No. 2, followed by Jalen Green at No. 3, Isaiah Todd at No. 7, Greg Brown at No. 8, and Makur Maker at No. 10 to round out the top ten.
From there, Scottie Barnes came in at No. 11, followed by Josh Christopher at No. 12, Sharife Cooper at No. 16, J.T. Thor at No. 37, Lance Ware at No. 42, Dawson Garcia at No. 43, and Cliff Omoruyi at No. 46.
You can see the entire top 50 below:
- 1. Evan Mobley
- 2. Cade Cunningham
- 3. Jalen Green
- 4. Jalen Johnson
- 5. Ziare Williams
- 6. Jalen Suggs
- 7. Isaiah Todd
- 8. Greg Brown
- 9. B.J. Boston
- 10. Makur Maker
- 11. Scottie Barnes
- 12. Josh Christopher
- 13. Walker Kessler
- 14. Jeremy Roach
- 15. Jaden Springer
- 16. Sharife Cooper
- 17. Cameron Thomas
- 18. Nimari Burnett
- 19. Day’Ron Sharpe
- 20. Daishen Nix
- 21. Isaiah Jackson
- 22. Jaemyn Brakefield
- 23. Caleb Love
- 24. Bryce Thompson
- 25. D.J. Steward
- 26. Adam Miller
- 27. MarJon Beauchamp
- 28. Moses Moody
- 29. Mark Williams
- 30. Jabri Abdur-Rahim
- 31. Micah Peavy
- 32. Keon Johnson
- 33. Kyree Walker
- 34. Earl Timberlake
- 35. Hunter Dickinson
- 36. Mady Sissoko
- 37. J.T. Thor
- 38. Corey Walker
- 39. R.J. Davis
- 40. Reece Beekman
- 41. Henry Coleman III
- 42. Lance Ware
- 43. Dawson Garcia
- 44. Cam’Ron Fletcher
- 45. Rondel Walker
- 46. Cliff Omoruyi
- 47. Matt Murrell
- 48. Dalen Terry
- 49. Andre Jackson
- 50. Xavier Foster
Looking at the list and where Kentucky stands with their targets – they’re in great position with Green, Todd, Christopher, Ware, and Omoruyi, among others – on top of Boston’s status as a strong top-ten prospect, it certainly looks like John Calipari and his staff are in position yet again for another elite recruiting class.
By Nick Roush on ©August 21st, 2019 @ 11:30am
Just hours after Nick Roush walked off the Kentucky football practice field, he hopped on the mic alongside Adam Luckett to record another episode of 11 Personnel. The gang has a much better idea of where the Cats stand before Week Zero of the college football season kicks off Saturday night in Orlando. Highlights:
— Feeling better at corner, but still iffy on nickel.
— Four players that really stood out at open practice.
— Coach Clink is tearing up the recruiting trail in Michigan.
— “That beer is going to be gone by the second quarter.”
— The best college football season win total over/unders.
By Nick Roush on ©August 21st, 2019 @ 10:30am
A week before the start of the 2019 season, Kentucky picked up talented commitments in the trenches on consecutive days. Offensive tackle Deondre Buford and defensive lineman Tre’vonn Rybka are ranked as four-star prospects by at least one recruiting service.
The two additions put UK’s 2020 class back in the Top 25. Rivals ranks UK’s class No. 24 overall, while 247 Sports gives the Cats a slightly higher bump at No. 22. The Cats’ class ranks tenth in the SEC, but is sixth in the league in average star rating. Of the 16 commitments, half are considered four-star prospects by at least one of the recruiting sites.
Kentucky has room to add between seven and nine players. Here’s what the class currently looks like:
Kentucky Football Class of 2020
|Justin Rogers||DT||Oak Park, MI||6-4||315||5-star, #14 Overall|
|Samuel Anaele||DE/OLB||Miami, FL||6-4||250||4-star, #112 Overall|
|John Young||OT||Louisville, KY||6-6||295||4-star, #5 KY|
|Beau Allen||QB||Lexington, KY||6-2||200||4-star, #20 QB|
|Tre'vonn Rybka||DL||Dickson, TN||6-4`||281||4-star, #18 SDE|
|Andru Phillips||CB||Mauldin, SC||6-0||180||3-star, #5 SC|
|Torrance Davis||RB||Cleveland, OH||6-1||215||3-star, #26 RB|
|JuTahn McClain||APB||Fairfield, OH||5-9||176||3-star, #12 APB|
|Kalil Branham||WR||Columbus, OH||6-1||205||3-star, #84 WR|
|Deondre Buford||OT||Detroit, MI||6-5||270||3-star, #70 OT|
|Jordan Watkins||WR||Louisville, KY||6-0||180||3-star, #13 ATH|
|Izayah Cummings||WR||Louisville, KY||6-3||210||3-star, #11 KY|
|Earnest Sanders||WR||Flint, MI||6-2||190||3-star, #100 WR|
|D'Eryk Jackson||LB||Dexter, GA||6-2||235||3-star, #106 GA|
|Joshua Jones||OT||Phenix City, AL||6-6||300||3-star, #58 OT|
|Carrington Valentine||CB||Cincinnati, OH||6-0||2180||3-star, #28 OH|
By Bryan the Intern on ©August 21st, 2019 @ 10:00am
The excitement of another football season is upon us and like many seasons, the possibilities are many for this UK football team. You could reason another 9-3 season very easily. And you could just as equally reason a 6-6 season. And what causes each of those things to occur is what makes this season so interesting. For instance, going 7-5 but losing to Louisville or Toledo is one thing against going 7-5 and beating Tennessee and Florida. They all are not created equal.
So today I float out 3 trade possibilities. Three things that would be good for the program but you also have to get something bad in return. Are the good things good enough to ake the bad? You decide:
Trade 1: Georgia Win for Louisville Loss
-Let’s start with the win. Beating a Top 5 Georgia squad in Athens likely trashes their National Title hopes. It earns the Cats a little payback from last year and would be THE story in college football that week. It would be the biggest win of the Stoops era, period. But losing to Louisville, and keep in mind that would be in Lexington, would likely be the worst loss of the Stoops era. It would be the last game of the season and would certainly trash any momentum heading into a bowl. And the blow back from UL fans when their team is expected to be awful and we are riding high right now would be terrible heading into 2020.
MY VOTE: No
Trade 2: Terry Wilson Throws 25 TD’s for Terry Wilson Throws 12 INT’s
-25 touchdowns would be a monumental leap for Wilson, who only threw 11 in 2018. It’s over 2 per game, not counting a bowl. And it likely means either Lynn Bowden had a monster season or some new WR’s stepped up in a big way. The INT’s average out to one a game though. Only 1/3 of teams in all of college football threw for more than 12 INT’s in 2018. Wilson would have finished in the Top 20 of quarterbacks if he throws this many picks. Turnovers are a keep part of all levels of football so while the touchdown passes are nice the INT’s are risky.
MY VOTE: Yes (but just barely)
Trade 3: Kentucky Wins SEC East for Mark Stoops Leaving After Season
-This one is maybe as realistic as the other two. If Stoops was to get a program like Kentucky to the SEC title game, something he almost did last year, he would likely be the hottest name on the coaching carousel after the season. But the reality is Kentucky is not the type of program that can work with any coach. Stoops has been a great fit it seems and you are just as likely to get a Joker Phillips than a Stoops with the next hire. One alternative is 8-9 wins a season but never winning the division. Would our fanbase become bored with that or would we gladly take that season every year if it meant Stoops stayed?
MY VOTE: Yes (without hesitation)
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By Drew Franklin on ©August 21st, 2019 @ 9:00am
Can you believe it has already been 10 years?
Last week marked my 10-year anniversary with Kentucky Sports Radio — yes, I am an old man now. It was in August of 2009, a couple months shy of the John Wall Dance and the resurgence of the Kentucky basketball program, when Matt Jones called me up and asked me to move my talents from The Horace Grant Halftime Report to KSR. I had a hard time leaving behind my own project because it was on the come up, but looking back it was the best decision I ever made.
Drew joining KSR was probably the most important moment in our history outside of the creation of the site.
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) August 19, 2019
Since joining Matt and the KSR website a decade ago, I have stirred up legal troubles with a porn star; broken a story about Matt Roark starting at quarterback against Tennessee, which nobody believed; flown across the country to Taco Bell headquarters to be the first to try the Doritos Locos Taco; made a split-second cameo in Kentucky’s “One Shining Moment” in 2012; done unspeakable things with UK basketball players in the Bahamas before the 2014-15 season; made fun of Louisville, a lot; made fun of Starkville, a lot; hit a buzzer-beater to knock Kentucky out of the 2016 NCAA Tournament; unintentionally started a feud with Gregg Marshall and his wife, which got so big, the story went international; made fun of Louisville some more; traveled approximately a gazillion miles with Matt, by car, and one time he let me play a song I like; plus much, much, much, much more fun while covering the Kentucky Wildcats for this here website. I could thank a million people, including you for reading this, but we will save that for another time. I don’t want to start crying on a Wednesday. Just know I am greatly appreciative for this sweet job I have that allows me to blab about whatever pops into my head, without any restrictions (or an editor to correct all of the typos). It has been a fun and exhausting decade and I’m ready for all of the exciting things ahead!
Now that we got that out of the way, here is what you need to know this morning:
Mark Stoops crossed the border into Tennessee and stole a four-star defensive lineman from the Volunteers.
Tennessee fans are up in arms over little ol’ Kentucky stealing one of the Volunteer state’s top football prospects from their own dirt.
Tre’vonn Rybka, a four-star defensive end out of the suburbs of Nashville, picked the Cats over the Vols on Tuesday. He did so by dropping a UT t-shirt to reveal a UK t-shirt in his commitment video.
Suck it, Tennessee.
For those of you keeping score at home, Rybka was UK’s second four-star commitment in two days.
Stoops & Co. added two elite talents to the Class of 2020 in a span of less than 24 hours from Monday to Tuesday. Rybka joined Deondre Buford, a four-star offensive lineman out of Michigan, who picked Kentucky over several schools, including LSU, Auburn, Penn State and Michigan State.
The UK program used to rarely get top-ranked players from other states; now it is getting two at a time.
Kentucky missed out on the No. 1 point guard yesterday. (Or maybe not.)
Daishen Nix, the top point guard in the Class of 2020 basketball rankings, announced he will attend UCLA for his basketball career. Nix named Kentucky a finalist in his recruitment Monday evening, only to turn around and pick the Bruins on Tuesday. The Alaska native, who now plays his high school ball in Las Vegas, likes Mick Cronin and the new staff in Westwood, he said after the commitment. Alabama, Kansas and Maryland were also in contention.
There is one pretty big detail to the story that shouldn’t be overlooked: Kentucky did not extend a scholarship offer to Nix. Nix named Kentucky throughout the process, even in the final hours before his commitment, but was never actually presented with the opportunity to attend UK. The belief is that Kentucky would’ve been the front runner had it shown a little more interest, but John Calipari and his staff will proceed with other options for its next backcourt, including the two that are already on board.
Our “Sources Say” podcast debuted yesterday.
KSR’s new basketball recruiting podcast with Jack Pilgrim and co-hosts Travis Graf and Jake Weingarten. To get caught up on all the latest UK basketball recruiting news, give it a listen here.
President Trump will be in Louisville today.
If you are into that sort of thing, you can try to catch a glimpse of him at The Galt House before or after he speaks to AMVETS at its national convention; however, be ready for a traffic nightmare in downtown Louisville, whether you’re downtown for Trump or not.
Trump’s Wednesday speaking engagement is not a rally that is open to the public, but rather an official White House event that is invite-only. Attendees can get a photo with Trump for only $21,000.
From there, Trump will head to a private fundraiser for Governor Bevin to assist Bevin in his pursuit of a second term.
The KSR Food Bracket is back!
Gather around your radios or your KSR streaming devices at 10 a.m. today because it is time to once again reveal our chain restaurant champion of the summer. This year’s bracket is out and ready to be dissected on the show today with a full house of KSR radio personalities, plus special guests Lee Cruse and Hayley Harmon. You can print out your copy now so you’re ready, but don’t waste your breath complaining about the seeding because we don’t have time for it.
By KSR on ©August 21st, 2019 @ 8:45am
As we countdown the days until Kentucky football kicks off the 2019 season, we have another fun event happening around town and we need your help! UK Federal Credit Union would like to introduce: Drew’s Restaurant Madness!
Drew Franklin has picked out some of his favorite restaurants around Lexington. Over the next few weeks, you will have the chance to vote for your favorite spots. When making your picks, think of the restaurant that combines the best food choices but is also a fun place to hangout with your friends or to watch a game.
Each week the choices will be narrowed down. At the end of the voting period, we will pick out the restaurant with the two highest vote totals. Those two restaurants as well as KSBar and Grille will host a social where you can come meet Drew, grab some food, and learn about all the great options UK Federal Credit Union has to offer. What are you waiting for? Vote now in Drew’s Restaurant Madness!
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By Nick Roush on ©August 20th, 2019 @ 10:45pm
The low-down, dirty Volunteers will watch one of their best players move across the northern border to play for the Kentucky Wildcats.
Tre’vonn Rybka is the 16th player in the Cats’ 2020 recruiting class and one of the most talented. A four-star prospect, Rivals ranks the Dickson, Tn. native as the No. 18 strong-side defensive end in America.
Recruited by defensive line coach Derrick LeBlanc, Rybka’s announcement is just a day after Michigan’s Deondre Buford joined the Big Blue Nation. The two additions have put UK back into the top 25 of the national recruiting team rankings.
Rybka packs plenty of power behind his 6-4, 280-pound frame, yet he’s also versatile enough to play in a few different alignments in UK’s 3-4 defense. See some of his best work from 2018:
By Jack Pilgrim on ©August 20th, 2019 @ 10:40pm
Tough news out of Kentucky football practice today.
Following today’s practice, UK head coach Mark Stoops announced freshman quarterback Nik Scalzo’s injury on Saturday was, in fact, a torn ACL.
According to Stoops, Scalzo’s injury came on a non-contact play and was the same knee he injured back in high school.
The Kentucky freshman will have surgery and miss the entire 2019 football season.
KSBar and Grille is the place in Lexington to catch University of Kentucky games (pre and postgame too) as well as other events such as the NBA Playoffs, UFC fights, the World Cup, MLB games, PGA tour events, and more.
KSBar might be known for their smoked wings but don’t miss out on the brisket platter, fried katfish, chicken and waffles, and the great assortment of burgers. Start off with the house chips loaded to the ceiling smothered with pulled pork or chicken straight off the smoker topped with the house BBQ sauce.
Head to the KSBar and Grille website ksbarandgrille.com to see a full menu and drink list.
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#10 Roy Combs
— Roy Combs™ (@broncofan4life) August 20, 2019
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#9 Loyal BBN Fan
— Loyal BBN Fan (@bigmike201423) August 20, 2019
Oh yeah, we got a commitment today. #yahtzee
#8 Dwayne Davidson
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#4 Not Jerry Tipton
When you’re left out of every single preseason top 25 poll in America and you respond by getting commitments from two guys in a 24 hour period with offers from Alabama, LSU, Tennessee, Auburn, Oklahoma, Nebraska, etc. pic.twitter.com/uYXPyczbNq
— Not Jerry Tipton (@NotJerryTipton) August 20, 2019
This gif alone deserves a top 10…and it’s very fitting.
#3 Jordan Hardy
We’re going undefeated
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All signs point in that direction.
#2 John Robic’s Hair
Yeah but does he also have an “Earned Not Given” chest tattoo?
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By Zack Geoghegan on ©August 20th, 2019 @ 10:00pm
The most popular sport in the state of Kentucky has seen a steady decline in participation over the previous four years.
In an article posted by Lee Howard of WKYT, football is losing high school players in the Bluegrass state, and there are many possible factors that can be attributed to the drop in numbers.
The Kentucky High School Athletics Association reported a loss of more than 1,000 players (from 14,305 in 2015 – an all-time high – to 13,0745 in 2019), which isn’t a massive decrease, but enough to raise concerns.
“For us that’s not that big of a decline, but where we are losing them is the non-varsity level,” Tackett told WKYT. “The problem is if you sit and think about it, that doesn’t bode well for the future.”
The overall number of high school student-athletes competing in the state of Kentucky last season was actually at an all-time high despite the drop in football.
The most attributable factor in the decline would be the controversies surrounding piling evidence of CTE found in NFL players along with high numbers of concussions. Which is a valid criticism regarding what is an obviously more dangerous sport than others, such as basketball, baseball, or soccer. Parents don’t want their child to potentially receive repeated blows to the head at an early age. These numbers shouldn’t be shocking. But some coaches still take the old school route in their explanation.
“I don’t think we live in a society now where maybe toughness is as respected as it was maybe 15 to 20 years ago, and so the badge of courage or the badge of honor you might say, that I had when I grew up playing is kind of gone or washed away,” said East Jessamine coach Mike Bowlin to WKYT.
OR, maybe. Justtttt maybe. Parents actually want to see their children not landing back first on the field after a crushing blindside blow to the cranium. This isn’t a matter of being weak or tough. It’s a matter of seeking out what parents believe is best for their child. Personally, football is not a sport I would want my son to participate in. And I have zero issues with anyone who does, either. It comes down to safety and how safe or unsafe the environment is deemed.
And until there can be concrete evidence which supports the positive health impacts of playing football longterm, these numbers will only likely continue to slide.
By Brent Wainscott on ©August 20th, 2019 @ 9:00pm
The countdown to Kentucky’s first game against Toledo will hit 10 days tomorrow and if you’re like all of us here at KSR, those ten days will feel like an eternity.
So over the next ten days, I will help you all pass the time by reliving the best 10 games from the Mark Stoops era at Kentucky.
Now, just so we’re clear, ‘best’ is kind of a loose term in this sense. If we were going off the quality of the game itself we would see games like the EKU overtime victory make the list (oof). That obviously will not be the case.
Some of the factors that will play into the ranking of the 10 games will be the importance of these games, the events following each game the quality of the game, and which games were the biggest in progressing Kentucky’s football program into what it is today.
Starting tomorrow, be on the lookout for the tenth-best game of the Mark Stoops era.
Does anybody have any guesses on what number 10 will be?
Football season is right around the corner, but the summer isn’t over until the Kentucky Sports Radio radio show decides its favorite chain restaurant of the year. The popular KSR Food Bracket is back with 64 contenders chasing the coveted title and we will narrow down the field on Wednesday’s show.
In the meantime, print out your bracket so you can play along.
Tune in tomorrow at 10 a.m.!
If you woke up this morning to read the daily paper (what I call my Twitter timeline), you might have noticed a trend directed at Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker. But not a positive one.
Video surfaced of the former Kentucky Wildcat being double-teamed in the corner during a pickup basketball game amongst other NBA players. Booker was not a fan of the defense being sent his way during a summer run, saying “Hey bro we not doubling in open gym, bro.”
— House of Highlights (@HoHighlights) August 20, 2019
Current NBA free agent Joakim Noah (and former Florida Gator) responded to Booker by saying “yeah we are” and that it was “part of the game”. Twitter then went into full-on Twitter mode, throwing dagger after dagger at Booker for something as simple as an open gym. And I quickly learned that NBA Twitter has something against the former one-and-done (something that I’ve noticed has been a trend since he dropped 70 points against the Boston Celtics in 2017). Go ahead and search his name on social media, most of the posts are NSFL.
But what you didn’t see was Booker giving that entire court the business right before that, lighting up NBA players such as Ben Simmons and Tony Snell.
— Swish Cultures (@swishcultures_) August 16, 2019
My only response is this: wow, we really need something to occupy the time of NBA fans during the offseason.
Whether or not you agree or disagree with Booker being double-teamed, it ultimately doesn’t matter. Like, at all. Do they really need to double Booker during an open gym? The dude is literally wearing a zip-up hoodie and still driving past everyone. But they brought help defense for a reason – he was destroying them.
Booker is going to see a ton of doubles this season as he has consistently in the past. And that’s what practice is for. I can understand his frustration of being doubled while he earnestly wants to work on his game. If he wants to work on breaking double teams, I’m sure he has several drills that help him do that. But then again, he could just play the damn game. It can’t hurt to get in some extra practice against that kind of defense.
Let me just say it one more time, though: it was a PICK. UP. GAME.
All this situation truly taught me is that there are still droves of people out there actively rooting against Booker. This only added fuel to the fire. The Suns aren’t going to be *terrible* this year, although they certainly won’t be expected to make the playoffs. And with Ricky Rubio running point guard and another year of experience for Deandre Ayton, Booker might actually not see as many double-teams as he has in the past.
Even Booker knows it’s not a big deal.
Birthday work with pops. 30 minutes of passing out of doubles today ?? Naw for real thou, Appreciate your grind and realness??. pic.twitter.com/4yXP1cu6ZZ
— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) August 20, 2019
Can the NBA season just start already? I need Booker to average 29 per game so these clowns can finally sit down. But as we all know, the Internet cares not about facts. They’ll just drag him down for not averaging 30.
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By Zack Geoghegan on ©August 20th, 2019 @ 7:00pm
This past Monday, the Kentucky Wildcats gained some serious momentum for a four-star all-purpose running back out of Vince Marrow’s favorite territory.
According to 247 Sports Crystal Ball predictions, Michael Drennen II – the seventh-ranked player out of Ohio – is now trending towards choosing the Wildcats over The (trademark?) Ohio State University.
The updated predictions now swing 55 percent in favor of the Cats with only 27 percent choosing the Buckeyes followed by nine percent for the Stanford Cardinals. This comes shortly after OSU was deemed the overwhelming favorite.
247 Sports also stated that Drennen is hoping to schedule an official visit to Lexington this fall.
“(Kentucky has) two backs committed right now (Torrance Davis and Jutahn McClain) and they’re still pushing for me,” Drennen said. “I love Kentucky and I’ve been there the most of any of the out of state schools. Those coaches are my guys and we talk all the time, especially (tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow).”
“I will take an official visit there for sure.”
Marrow and Kentucky have been hot on Drennen for some time now, offering the Dublin, Ohio native a scholarship as early as his freshman season.
Kentucky currently sits at No. 22 in the 2020 recruiting standings with 16 total players after recently picking up two commitments, Deondre Buford and Tre’Vonn Rybka, and they continue to shoot up the standings with what is turning out to be an excellent class for the Cats.
If Drennen does decide to come to Kentucky, he would be the fourth four-star player in this class.
Will these Yathzees ever get boring? Let’s just test that theory with another commitment, shall we?
Check out his highlight package below.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©August 20th, 2019 @ 6:00pm
Leading the way with a game-high 14 points, former Kentucky Wildcat star Evelyn Akhator helped lead Nigeria to a first-place victory over Senegal in the FIBA Women’s AfroBasket title this past Sunday. It was Nigeria’s second consecutive AfroBasket title.
You might remember Akhator as the highest-drafted WNBA player to ever come out of Lexington after she was drafted third overall in the 2017 WNBA Draft by the Dallas Wings. She currently plays overseas in Spain as a member of CB Avenida.
Playing center and standing at 6-foot-3, Akhator averaged 11 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 2.4 steals in five games during the tournament while shooting over 52 percent from the field. She was arguably the most efficient player on her team, as well.
While her WNBA career hasn’t quite panned out the way she might have anticipated, she dominated the competition in international play. She made a return to the WNBA earlier in 2019, however, she was not brought on board full-time after training camp ended.
An interesting side note that I noticed while watching the post-game press conference was the discovery of the coach of the Nigerian team. Otis Hughley Jr., a former NBA assistant, has been the Nigerian national team’s head coach since 2018. He was also the head coach on Loyalty Is Love, DeMarcus Cousins’ squad that won the Lexington Regional at The Basketball Tournament over the summer. Small world?
Congratulations are in order for Akhator, who we all hope to see back in the states and the WNBA sometime soon.
If you were waiting to take advantage of the Pocket Pass, UK’s flexible football season ticket option; sorry, you waited too late.
The ticket office announced it sold completely out of its Pocket Pass options for the upcoming 2019 football season. The passes went on sale back in March and now all 900 have been purchased.
The Pocket Pass allows fans to take in all eight home games with the convenience of mobile ticket delivery. According to the news release, the first 500 Pocket Passes were sold at $225 apiece and the remaining passes sold for $250 apiece.
Last week we learned the Four-Game Flex Packs sold out, so it is clear the 10-win, Citrus Bowl season ignited a lot of excitement across the fan base. There are also five thousand new season ticket holders ready to storm Kroger Field this season.
Season tickets are still available at UKFootballTix.com starting at $280 apiece.
It’s almost here!