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By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©September 20th, 2017 @ 3:29pm
For the first time in over ten years, UK Hoops will play THREE regular season games in Rupp Arena: Tennessee on December 31, South Carolina on January 21 and LSU on February 4. The Tennessee and LSU games will be televised on the SEC Network, while the South Carolina game will be shown on ESPNU.
The Tennessee game on New Year’s Eve is part of a doubleheader with the men’s team, who will play Georgia at 6 p.m. Both games will be ticketed separately.
“We are very excited to be playing three games inside Rupp Arena this season,” UK head coach Matthew Mitchell said. “The atmosphere we’ve had in past games we’ve played there has been incredible and I know the Big Blue Nation will give us a great advantage again this year. There are few venues in the world with more history and tradition than Rupp Arena and I know our team will be excited to hit the floor.”
This will mark only the sixth time in program history and the first time since the 2007-08 season that the Wildcats have played three or more regular-season games inside Rupp Arena. Check out there complete, updated schedule below:
The UK Volleyball girls just defeated the Louisville Cardinals in the Battle of the Bluegrass by a final score of 3-0.
Avery Skinner led the team in total points (15.5) and kills (15). Emily Franklin finished the day with 12.5 total points and nine kills.
— Kentucky Athletics (@UKAthletics) September 16, 2017
Kentucky sweeps Louisville! pic.twitter.com/Q7WU3rf9dr
— Kentucky Volleyball (@KentuckyVB) September 16, 2017
The outcome was just about set in stone when KY Wildcats TV crew released this crazy hype video before the match:
— Kentucky Volleyball (@KentuckyVB) September 15, 2017
With the victory, the Wildcats move on to 8-2 on the season.
UK will play Kennesaw State tomorrow night at 6 p.m. ET before kicking off SEC play against Missouri next Wednesday.
Well done, girls. Well done.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©September 03rd, 2017 @ 9:00pm
All NFL teams had to have their rosters cut down to 53 players by yesterday afternoon, and some familiar names are trickling out in the transaction wire.
As of now, six former Kentucky players have been waived by their respective teams.
Here are the list of former Wildcats involved:
Boom Williams was waived by Denver:
— Josh Edwards (@JEdwar247) September 3, 2017
Farrington Huguenin was released by the Steelers, but then signed back to the practice squad:
— ExCats (@ExCats) September 3, 2017
Receiver Chris Matthews was waived by the Ravens:
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 2, 2017
Marcus McWilson was released by Oakland:
— Josh Edwards (@JEdwar247) September 3, 2017
Josh Forrest has been waived by the Los Angeles Rams:
— ExCats (@ExCats) September 2, 2017
As we told you guys a few days back, JD Harmon was released by the Browns:
The Cleveland Browns have cut Paducah Tilghman alum JD Harmon. Harmon played in all 4 preseason games with 2 tackles.
— Adam Wells (@TheAdamBWells) September 1, 2017
Tough day for NFL Cats… Hopefully they all find new homes sooner rather than later.
We’ll keep you updated if any more names of interest have been released.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©August 28th, 2017 @ 8:48pm
If you read one thing today, make it this.
Pikeville’s Peking Buffet and China King Buffet are in the most epic feud imaginable, as China King is claiming Peking has planted cockroaches in their restaurant.
“They put a lot of cockroaches to our back door,” China King said. “We are complained by the customers.”
Take a look at the note on the front door following the sabotage:
“We have to close again because of the Peking restaurant make trouble to us.”
This brings back beautiful memories of the City Wok vs. City Sushi rivalry in South Park. (If you haven’t seen that and don’t mind NSFW language, follow this link. )
I’m definitely #TeamChinaKing in this battle.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©August 28th, 2017 @ 7:30pm
It was reported yesterday that five-star big man Mitchell Robinson was on his way back to Bowling Green to make up with Rick Stansbury and WKU about returning to campus.
This morning, Robinson enrolled back in classes and is officially a Hilltopper…. again.
Mitchell Robinson is on the WKU campus but hasn't formally met with staff yet, source says. Team meeting set for later.
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) August 28, 2017
A Mitchell Robinson update: Arrived in Bowling Green late Sunday night, now listed (again) in Western Kentucky’s online student directory
— Chad Bishop (@MrChadBishop) August 28, 2017
Just as a refresher, here are the timeline of events for Robinson’s ridiculous recruitment that has (hopefully) come to a close:
Mitchell Robinson has:
1. Enrolled at WKU
2. Withdrawn from WKU
3. Visited LSU, KU, UNO
4. And now returned to WKUhttps://t.co/UVYwqnR97D
— CBS Sports CBB (@CBSSportsCBB) August 28, 2017
He shocked the world by committing to WKU in the first place, and surprised no one when he packed up his bags and left.
Then he was a lock to attend Kansas, then he was going to head home and play at New Orleans or LSU, and then rumors spread that he was just going to wait it out a year and work toward entering the NBA Draft in 2018.
Now here we are, back to square one.
Here was the official release from WKU this afternoon including quotes from Stansbury and Robinson:
Teammate Jordan Brangers will not be there with him this year, as he has decided to transfer from the program.
Western Kentucky's Jordan Brangers told ESPN he has left WKU. Had previous committed to Texas Tech before heading to Bowling Green.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) August 28, 2017
Rick Stansbury gave him an indefinite suspension after he left the first time, but who knows what the new punishment will be now that he has returned.
I think the Battletown, KY native is just happy he got his five-star back on the team.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©August 23rd, 2017 @ 8:45pm
The famous Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky has been open for just over a year now, and the Hey Kentucky! crew wanted to see what all the fuss was about.
This afternoon, Matt interviewed one of the founders of the Ark about why they set up shop in Williamstown, the daily crowds, and the controversy surrounding all of it.
Watch the interview below:
You can watch the entire episode after the jump:
By Jack Pilgrim on ©August 21st, 2017 @ 8:45pm
Today was the famous solar eclipse, and the state of Kentucky was one of the few states in the path of totality.
Thousands of people gathered the streets of Hopkinsville for the rare phenomenon, and Hey Kentucky’s own Matt Jones, Chris Tomlin, and Drew Franklin joined in on the fun.
Tomlin put his boots on the ground and talked to those in attendance about their time in beautiful Hop-town.
See for yourself:
Here’s the Hey Kentucky! crew during the actual time of darkness:
You can watch the entire episode after the jump:
By Jack Pilgrim on ©August 20th, 2017 @ 10:00pm
The entire solar eclipse is expected to last just 20 minutes, but the lack of productivity in that time is expected to cost businesses a fortune.
According to Forbes, the rare phenomenon will cost American businesses nearly $700 million in productivity.
And because this ultra-rare celestial moment is happening on a work and school day we can count on thousands of people to take the day off, call in sick, or skip their regularly scheduled duties to watch the moon’s shadow block out the sun’s rays for a few minutes. And those minutes, when added up, will likely cost American businesses nearly $700 million in productivity, according to an estimate by outplacement company Challenger, Gray & Christmas.
In total, the company estimates that the U.S. economy will lose $694 million during the approximately 20-minute eclipse process. And that number, Andy Challenger, vice president at Challenger, Gray & Christmas, told Forbes via email, could be conservative.
Additionally, states and cities in the path of totality could see an even greater financial setback.
According to a report by Challenger, because the state of Kentucky, and more specifically, Hopkinsville, is in the path of totality, we could be seeing almost $200 million in lost productivity alone.
These few minutes of darkness are going to cost a pretty penny.
And Kentuckians are going to love every second of it.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©August 20th, 2017 @ 9:00pm
It looks like Justin Thomas, Kenny Perry, and J.B. Holmes aren’t the only Kentuckians making names for themselves on the links.
This afternoon, former UK golfer Mark Blakefield won the National Capital Open on the PGA’s Mackenzie Tour in Canada.
The PGA Tour Canada is considered one of the last stops before making it onto the official PGA Tour scene.
Here he is celebrating his victory with his fiancée:
— Mackenzie Tour (@PGATOURCanada) August 20, 2017
Congratulations to the former Wildcat, and Go Big Blue!
According to several reports, former Kentucky star running back Boom Williams has been released from the Cincinnati Bengals.
NEWS: #Bengals release DT Brandon Thompson and waive WR Karel Hamilton, RB Stanley Williams
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) August 20, 2017
With an impressive stable of backs already in Cincinnati, we all knew it was going to be difficult for Williams to make the 53-man roster.
After the former Wildcat managed just one carry for four yards last night in the Bengals’ loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, his release seemed all but certain.
Hopefully Boom can find a new home and keep his professional career afloat.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©August 20th, 2017 @ 3:00pm
The Little League World Series is an awesome time of year where we find some of the most talented youngsters in the world fighting for a title.
Today, we saw one of these competitors make the most ridiculous catch of the week, and quite possibly, the entire year.
See for yourself:
Maybe the greatest catch ever made in the LLWS just now pic.twitter.com/2zZQQIrbTH
— Eric Hubbs (@BarstoolHubbs) August 20, 2017
To add to the drama, the catch was initially ruled an out, then a home run, and then eventually (and correctly) overturned.
That kid just reached celebrity status, and he hasn’t even hit puberty yet.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©August 18th, 2017 @ 8:45pm
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!
For more Hey Kentucky!, head on over to HeyKentucky.com
By Jack Pilgrim on ©August 17th, 2017 @ 5:30pm
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.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©August 14th, 2017 @ 10:15pm
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:
By Jack Pilgrim on ©August 14th, 2017 @ 9:30pm
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 Cincinnati.com, 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: