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Madisonville Mayor declares August 18th Drew Franklin Day on Hey Kentucky!

It’s official: Drew Franklin has hit it big-time.

This afternoon, the Mayor of Madisonville officially declared August 18th as “Drew Franklin Day” while KSR was in town for the radio show.

As you guys probably know, Drew was born and raised in Madisonville, and shows his city love and support as often as possible.

Read the Mayor’s entire Proclamation here:

Take a look at Drew’s big day on Hey Kentucky!

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Atlanta Falcons’ new stadium has a Chic-Fil-A… but they won’t open on Sundays

Similar to the Atlanta Falcons in the second half of Super Bowl LI, the newest Chic-Fil-A restaurant located in Mercedes-Benz Stadium will not operate on Sundays.

According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, Chic-Fil-A was happy to open a store in the new home of the Falcons, but will not make any exceptions to their six-days-a-week schedule implemented at all stores across the nation.

The company’s Christian beliefs are well known, with their policy posted all over the official Chic-Fil-A website.

‘‘Having worked seven days a week in restaurants open 24 hours, Truett saw the importance of closing on Sundays so that he and his employees could set aside one day to rest and worship if they choose – a practice we uphold today,” the site reads.

Seven of Atlanta’s eight regular season home games will be played on Sunday this season, with the exception being a Thursday night matchup against the Saints in December.

So why open a restaurant that doesn’t open on Sundays in a building that operates (for the most part) exclusively on Sundays?

Chic-Fil-A’s headquarters are located in Atlanta, and the owner reportedly wanted to make his mark on the new stadium.

There will also be various events such as concerts, college football games, and soccer games every once and a while, but nothing on a remotely consistent basis.

But what if you’re craving a chicken sandwich during a Sunday game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium? Former ‘‘Top Chef’’ contestant Kevin Gillespie has you covered.

Gillespie will be selling a sandwich called the COS (closed on Sunday) at a food stand in the concourse.

Regardless, the popular chicken sandwich restaurant chain has closed its doors on Sundays since 1946, and they sure aren’t changing the rules for a fancy-schmancy NFL stadium.

Grammy award-winning artist Chris Stapleton covers “Rhinestone Cowboy” in tribute to Glen Campbell

Last week, country music legend and Glen Campbell passed away after a hard-fought battle with Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 81.

Campbell, a Kentucky athletics fan and friend of former football coach Fran Curci, was famous for songs such as Galveston, Rhinestone Cowboy, Gentle on My Mind, and Southern Nights, among countless others.

In a concert last Thursday, Grammy award-winning artist and Kentuckian Chris Stapleton covered the famous Campbell song “Rhinestone Cowboy” in tribute to the late music star.

Watch the outstanding performance below:

In case you missed it, read Mrs. Tyler Thompson’s feature on Campbell’s unique connection to UK athletics and his passion for the state of Kentucky here:

Joker Phillips says he “didn’t have time” to implement program at Kentucky

It’s been five years since he’s been at Kentucky, but after four different coaching stops, Joker Phillips has finally found a home in Cincinnati.

In an interview with, Phillips discussed his time in Lexington, recent coaching moves, and the development he’s seeing as the wide receivers coach for the Bearcats.

Phillips said he has no regrets and appreciates the opportunity he had with the program, but mentioned he didn’t have enough time to implement the program in Kentucky.

“It was a great opportunity,” Phillips said. “A lot of things have to be lined up at a place like that, similar to this. You’ve got to have time to implement your program. We just didn’t have that, and I get that. The opportunity was a great opportunity for me, my family and the staff I put together. We’ve moved on from that and tried to help other places out.”

Phillips became the Bearcats’ WR coach back in January, and he believes it’s been nothing but positive in his first seven months on the job.

“It’s been a great experience,” Phillips said. “Coming back and seeing all the improvements that the program has made facility-wise and that the city has made, and also the university.”

Phillips was on the Cincinnati staff back in 1997 and 1998, but the former Kentucky coach says it’s a whole new ball game being there now.

“It’s a different job than it was 20 years ago,” Phillips said. “Being with coach Fickell, I’m not chasing any goals and I’m not chasing bigger money. I’m chasing good people, and I’m with a good person. I’m happy to be here with him.”

For Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell, Phillips brings the experience necessary to take the next big steps to building a program.

“You need those guys on your staff that have obviously been in this situation, been in this position, been a head coach,” Fickell said.

You can hear everything Fickell had to say about Phillips being on the Bearcat staff here:

Above all else, it’s great to see Phillips taking a break from the creepy recruiting tactics he created at Florida:

Mayor Jim Gray discusses Confederate Statue removal in Lexington on Hey Kentucky!

Mayor Jim Gray discusses Confederate Statue removal in Lexington on Hey Kentucky!

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray joined Matt Jones on Hey Kentucky! following the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia to discuss a big change coming to Lexington.

Gray expressed his desire to remove the Confederate statues of John Breckinridge and John Hunt Morgan in Lexington.

Watch the conversation below:

You can watch the rest of the episode after the jump:


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“Fan experience improvements” are coming to some UK sports

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Some changes are in the works for several Kentucky sports. Beginning this season, tickets will be barcoded and scanned at all volleyball, soccer, softball, gymnastics and women’s basketball home games.

Additionally, Kroger’s “Simple Truth” brand will be available for healthier snack options inside Memorial Coliseum, a student entrance will be added at the Avenue of Champions entrance and there will be a complimentary shuttle from the South Limestone parking garage to Memorial on game days.

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WATCH: UK Women’s Soccer coach pulls off amazing trick shot

WATCH: UK Women’s Soccer coach pulls off amazing trick shot

We’ve seen some crazy trick shots over the years, but this one from UK Women’s Soccer coach Ian Carry may take the cake. To help kick off the UK Sports Network’s #MatchThatBBN promotion with McDonald’s, Carry rang The Bell at the UK soccer complex…with a soccer ball:

Not bad. Can you match that? Send your best trick shot video to @UKSportsNetwork on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using the hashtag #MatchThatBBN. First place gets a $500 McDonald’s Arch Card and a $100 Fan Outfitters gift card. You can see more details here.

More trick shots from UK Athletics are on the way, including a masterpiece from Freddie Maggard. I got a sneak peek at the footage today, and you won’t be disappointed.

UK releases schedule for Monday’s SEC Network Takeover

Make some space on the DVR because Kentucky’s taking over the SEC Network on Monday with some of your favorite games from the past year.

This morning, UK released the schedule for the takeover, which will begin with Malik Monk’s 47-point performance vs. North Carolina and end with the football team’s epic upset of Louisville. Other highlights: UK’s Sweet 16 win over UCLA, the baseball team’s run to the Super Regionals, and John Calipari’s 30 for 30, One and Not Done.

Here’s the complete schedule:

Midnight-1:30 a.m.: Men’s basketball vs. North Carolina, Dec. 17, 2016

Malik Monk pours in a UK freshman record 47 points to lead the Wildcats to a 103-100 victory over UNC in one of the best college basketball games this season.

1:30 a.m.-3:30 a.m.: Football vs. Mississippi State, Oct. 22, 2016

UK climbs out of an early 11-point deficit for a 40-38 heart-stopping win over Mississippi State, capped by a 51-yard Austin MacGinnis field goal as time expires.

3:30 a.m.-5:30 a.m.: Men’s soccer vs. Louisville, Sept. 6, 2016

Noah Hutchins heads in the game-winning goal just before halftime and UK shuts out Louisville in an annual rivalry battle.

5:30 a.m.-7 a.m.: Men’s basketball vs. UCLA, March 24, 2017

De’Aaron Fox dazzles with 39 points as UK downs UCLA in the Sweet 16 in one of the most anticipated matchups of this NCAA Tournament.

7-8:30 a.m. – Volleyball at Florida, Sept. 28, 2016

UK sweeps No. 5 Florida for the first time since 1990 behind a tremendous defensive performance and an efficient offense guided by Olivia Dailey.

8:30-10 a.m. – Gymnastics vs. Alabama, Feb. 10, 2017

The Wildcats post a school-record score en route to the first win in program history over perennial gymnastics power Alabama.

10-10:30 a.m. – Big Blue Review

This original piece looks back at the highlights from a 2016-17 season in which UK set a school record by finishing 10th in the Directors’ Cup.

10:30-11 a.m. – The Kentucky Experience: Wildcat Roundtable

Mitch Barnhart sits down with some of the most prominent Wildcats to discuss life as a student and an athlete at the University of Kentucky.

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Women’s basketball vs. Mississippi State, Feb. 23, 2017

UK takes down second-ranked Mississippi State on Senior Night behind Makayla Epps’ game-winning put-back in her final regular-season game at Memorial Coliseum.

12:30-2:30 p.m. – Softball vs. Florida, April 15, 2017

Meagan Prince stars in the circle and Katie Reed has three hits, two runs and two RBI as Kentucky downs third-ranked Florida, 5-1.

2:30-4:30 p.m. – Softball vs. Texas A&M, April 29, 2017

En route to a series win over the No. 4 Aggies, UK celebrates Senior Day with a 7-2 victory over Texas A&M.

4:30-5 p.m. – Big Blue Review

This original piece looks back at the highlights from a 2016-17 season in which UK set a school record by finishing 10th in the Directors’ Cup.

5-5:30 p.m. – The Kentucky Experience: Wildcat Roundtable

Mitch Barnhart sits down with some of the most prominent Wildcats to discuss life as a student and an athlete at the University of Kentucky.

5:30-7:30 p.m. – Baseball vs. North Carolina State, June 5, 2017

UK advances to the first super regional in school history by taking down North Carolina State in front of a Cliff Hagan Stadium record crowd of 5,005.

7:30-8 p.m. – Never Been Done Before: Kentucky Baseball 2017

This piece takes a behind-the-scenes look at UK baseball’s first trip to super regionals in Nick Mingione’s first season as head coach.

8-10 p.m. – Football at Louisville, Nov. 26, 2016

Kentucky picks up its signature win of a 2016 season in which the Wildcats became bowl eligible for the first time since 2010, with Stephen Johnson leading UK to an upset of rival Louisville and Austin MacGinnis kicking another game-winning field goal.

10 p.m.-midnight – One and Not Done

John Calipari is profiled in this 30 for 30 documentary that traces his humble roots to his time leading the Kentucky men’s basketball program.

Incoming UK Track & Field star on the cover of Sports Illustrated

Incoming UK Track & Field star on the cover of Sports Illustrated

John Calipari has a new crop of highly-touted freshmen on campus, but no new Wildcat is as popular and as accomplished as the new face of UK Track & Field, Sydney McLaughlin.

A 2016 Olympian, McLaughlin signed with Kentucky in November of last year. Now she is on the cover of Sports Illustrated after being named a “Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year.” caught up with McLaughlin at the Gatorade Player of the Year awards ceremony to talk about her young career, moving to Kentucky and her recruiting video with John Calipari.

Check it out:

Elizabethtown native Kenny Perry wins US Senior Open

Elizabethtown native Kenny Perry wins US Senior Open

Another day, another victory for Elizabethtown’s own Kenny Perry.

With a four-day total of 264, a record score for the event, Perry brought home his second US Senior Open title.

Check out the final putt to seal the victory:

Perry’s victory adds another trophy to his collection, his fourth senior major title of his career.

Kenny Perry’s Senior Open trophy

He discussed his victory with NESN following the event:

Congratulations to Kenny from all of the BBN!

Former UK baseball stars Connor Heady and Zach Reks begin professional careers

Photo by Chet White, UK Athletics

On June 21, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced the signings of former UK BatCats P Zach Popp, OF Zach Reks, and SS Connor Heady to minor league deals.

Just four days later, Heady and Reks were both in the starting lineup for the Ogden Raptors, the LA Dodgers minor league affiliate in the Pioneer League.

The Raptors took on the first-place Orem Owls tonight, where they lost 9-11.

Heady finished the game 0-2 at the plate with a walk, while Reks managed to go 1-1 with two runs and a walk in the loss.

Though the two Wildcats started their professional careers with a loss, it’s great to see them already back on the field.

Here’s to long and successful careers for the former Wildcats!

Kentucky’s Evan White earns his second Gold Glove award

Evan White has another Gold Glove award to go with his other Gold Glove award.

Now a two-time winner, White was named the Rawlings Sports Collegiate Gold Glove First Basemen for the 2017 season. He took in the prize for the first time around this time last year following the 2016 season.

White is considered one of the most accomplished players in Kentucky baseball history and he recently became the fifth Wildcat to be selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft when the Seattle Mariners picked him at No. 17. He’s also a three-time member of the All-SEC Defensive Team in only three seasons at UK, as well as Second Team All-American and two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member.

Go Cats.

UK Hoops unveils 2017-18 non-conference schedule

UK Hoops unveils 2017-18 non-conference schedule

Last year, UK Hoops played the second toughest schedule in the country, and this season, Matthew Mitchell isn’t taking his foot off the gas. UK Hoops just unveiled its 2017-18 non-conference schedule, which features seven opponents that finished last season inside the top 100 of the NCAA RPI, four in the top 50. The schedule includes marquee home games against Louisville and California and road trips to Washington State, Baylor, Florida Gulf Coast, Miami (Fla.) and Middle Tennessee.

It all starts with an exhibition game vs. Southern Indiana at Memorial Coliseum on November 5, followed by the season opener vs. Sacramento State on November 10:

For a complete breakdown of UK’s non-conference opponents, head on over to

Future Kentucky track star sets high school record

Future Kentucky track star sets high school record

Future University of Kentucky track runner, and US Olympian, Sydney McLaughlin just made a bunch of girls look like children. Fun fact though, they’re all her age and she dominated them. So much so, that she just set the record for fastest 400m relay split in high school track history with a time of 49.85 seconds. No, not just her high school, a record for any high school track runner ever.

McLaughlin is the one wearing the bright pink shorts that is in second to dead last at the hand off. As the video progresses, watch as she makes up ground in an incredible fashion.

What makes this video even better is the fan commentary in the background as the guy realizes just how fast Sydney McLaughlin can be. This girl is going to make Kentucky Track and Field a spectator sport in the next few years.


UK Track & Field commit records fastest 400-meter split by a high schooler

Kentucky Track & Field commit Sydney McLaughlin ran a 49.85 400-meter split on the anchor of the Swedish Relay at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals on Friday.

That time is believed to be the fastest one-split by a schoolgirl in track and field history. The previous best split was a 50.78 that was set only byMcLaughlin herself at the Penn Relays in April.

McLaughlin’s relay team finished with a time of 2:05.93, which broke the national record in the Swedish Relay at the event with a time of 2:05.93. The previous record was 2:07.99, which was set by McLaughlin and Union Catholic.

McLaughlin was not done yet. She broke her own national record and world junior record in the 400m hurdles with a time of 54.03. Her previous best was 54.15.

I don’t know about you all, but I’m excited to see her compete at Kentucky.