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Sunday Morning Links brought to you by the future of Kentucky athletics

It was an eventful Saturday in the Bluegrass, which saw the football program take another monumental step forward, half-a-dozen future Wildcats duke it out on the hardwood, and the softball team dedicate its brand spankin’ new stadium in honor of an old-time UK legend.

Most notable in today’s proceedings was the massive turnout and general hype surrounding the Kentucky football program. We’ve all seen the damage Mark Stoops has done on the recruiting trail, and the buzz on Twitter for the last month has been palpable. But the Spring Game finally gave fans an opportunity to physically showcase how excited they are for the new-look Wildcats. And Big Blue Nation did not disappoint.

It was a fun Saturday, so let’s make it an even better Sunday!


Attendance in Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday was estimated to be nearly 51,000. Totally mind-blowing. If you made the trip over, give yourself a pat on the back. Judging by attendance figures from last season that will likely rank among the best crowds in the SEC when it is all said and done.

— The huge crowd was treated to some sharp quarterback play. The most talked about player under center was Jalen Whitlow who completed 17-of-28 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns.

— Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Julius Randle, James Young, Marcus Lee, Dakari Johnson (and Andrew Wiggins, just for good measure) all highlighted the Jordan Brand Classic Saturday night. Randle finished with 19 points and 6 boards and was named Co-Player of the Game for his efforts. Insert obligatory “Next season is going to be fun” comment here.

Kentucky softball dedicated its shiny new $9.5 million stadium Saturday in honor of John Cropp Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart announced at the ceremony preceding the game against No. 3 Florida. Cropp served for 22 years as an administrator with UK Athletics and has had a hand in the Wildcats softball program since its inception in 1997.

— The softball team rang in the newly named stadium with a huge victory over the Florida Gators. Freshman pitcher Kelsey Nunley hurled a complete game, allowing two runs and three hits with eight strikeouts. Her efforts helped to improve the No. 18 Wildcats record to 31-11 overall and 9-5 in the Southeastern Conference. Kentucky will go for a series win over Florida Sunday at noon.

— Across campus the boys weren’t so lucky. Kentucky baseball lost a heartbreaker to rival Tennessee after a ninth-inning rally fell short by a run. Trailing by five and down to its final out, sophomore A.J. Reed belted a grand slam to pull UK within a run. After loading the bases for the second time in the inning and having the winning run just 180 feet from home, the Volunteers got a fly out to kill what would have been a monumental comeback.

That’s all for now. Enjoy your Sunday morning and hope for a big day for Tiger Woods on this final day of the Masters. It is always entertaining television when he plays well.

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

18 Comments for Sunday Morning Links brought to you by the future of Kentucky athletics

  1. W.W.B.B.N.D?
    10:12 am April 14, 2013 Permalink

    ESPNU is replaying the Jordan game from 9am-11am est today. The 2nd half just started.

  2. Joe
    10:13 am April 14, 2013 Permalink

    Dominique Hawkins?

  3. barn
    10:22 am April 14, 2013 Permalink

    screw tiger. go snedeker

  4. W.W.B.B.N.D?
    10:23 am April 14, 2013 Permalink

    Fox South will replay the UK Blue-White football game at 9pm-11:30pm est today.

  5. BBN
    10:36 am April 14, 2013 Permalink

    A few thoughts:

    (1) Jalen Whitlow’s performance did not surprise me. He looked a lot like a young Teddy Bridgewater during the Tenneessee game last season. He may develop into a special player.

    (2) Julius Randle is going to be a star next season. He’s a more athletic version of Terrence Jones and he is a much better ball handler with a more polished offensive game. He’s also a lot more mature than Jones was as an I coming freshman.

    (3) We will not win the national championship without Wiggins. We will be very good and contend for the title, but likely will not win the title. There will be too many other good, experienced teams next season. Andrew Harrison is the key to next season. He needs to have a Mike Bibby like season to have any shot at winning a title. A serious injury to Andrew would derail all hope.

  6. MustangCat
    10:43 am April 14, 2013 Permalink

    51,000 attendance is amazing! But, if Commonwealth seats 78,000 (?), then I don’t think I could see where you could fit 27,000 people from where I sat up top?!? Just saying.

  7. Uknation
    10:54 am April 14, 2013 Permalink

    The recruit nobody is really talking about is Young…..he is going to be GREAT…..and will be on he court 28+ minutes…..he’ll be the best shooter on the floor and probably our leading scorer. The kid reminds me of a taller/ more athletic version of D Lamb.

  8. Fostdiggity
    11:05 am April 14, 2013 Permalink

    You couldn’t fit 27,000 more because it only holds 67,606. I still can’t believe 51,000 came out. Shows the difference in everyone’s mindset. Fans, Coaches, Players

  9. Eat they feet
    11:26 am April 14, 2013 Permalink

    Does anybody know if Morgan Newton ate his crow rare or med well? There was easily 50k there. Hell there was prob 25k at the cat walk alone. #BBN

  10. ???
    11:40 am April 14, 2013 Permalink

    9.. I don’t understand?? Did Newton predict no one would show or something?? Hate on the fanbase? Maybe I’m out of the loop on this one. He underperformed to the fullest and no doubt probably felt the wrath of the fanbase so it wouldn’t surprise me to hear him say some stupid ish like that.

  11. hahahaha
    11:55 am April 14, 2013 Permalink

    9 mil for a softball stadium no one will go to

  12. Footwash Sunday
    12:11 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink

    After one of the most miserable years in UK athletics ever, we’re back on track. The 2013-14 season will see a revival in the football program which I think will make a bowl game in it’s first season under coach Stoops, and basketball will stand a good chance of winning another national title. As bad as this year was, next year will be that good, or better!

  13. ???
    12:13 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink

    9… Feet Eater, answer 10’s comment… I am 10

  14. Eat they feet
    12:17 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink

    10. Yea (like anyother “star” athlete) he took twitter and tweeted that he’d be at the game (never saw him though) but that he’d believe the 50k prediction when he saw it.

  15. ???
    3:48 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink

    14- ahhh.. thanks, what a douche (Newton, that is… well Pitino too)

  16. Double
    5:39 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink

    #11 – apparently you weren’t at Softball this weekend, because it was packed and a great atmosphere. They are playing Louisville on the 24th and the place is gonna rock.

  17. TheColoradoWildcat
    5:58 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink

    I agree with #2….what an INSULT

  18. Bunny
    6:15 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink

    Hey Stuart,
    Where’s Dominique Hawkins on your list??