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The tour has begun!

Matt’s on board with Cal and the trophy and they’re on their way to Ashland for the first stop on the tour. We’ll have pictures throughout the day so stick around here if you can’t make it to any of the stops.

Here is the tour’s schedule:

Thursday, April 12th
Ashland, KY: Kroger (12:00-1:00 pm ET)
711 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Ashland, KY 41101
606.325.8231

Thursday, April 12th
Pikeville, KY: Expo Center Main Street Plaza (2:30-3:30 pm ET)
Billy Johnson Stage
126 Main Street
Pikeville, KY 41501-1144
606.444.5500

Thursday, April 12th
Hazard, KY: Perry County Park (5:00-6:00 pm ET)
354 Perry Park Road
Hazard, KY 41701-9522
888.857.5263

On Friday, the staff will board a train in Nicholasville, Ky. that will take them through Midway, Ky. at 11:05 a.m. and arrive in Frankfort, Ky. at 11:45 a.m.

Friday, April 13th
Frankfort, KY: Old Capitol Annex (11:45 am-12:45 pm ET)
300 West Broadway
Frankfort, KY 40601

Friday, April 13th
Elizabethtown, KY:
 Kroger (2:30-3:30 pm ET)
111 Towne Drive
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
270.737.1710

Friday, April 13th
Owensboro, KY:
 Kroger (4:00-5:00 pm CT)
2630 Frederica Street
Owensboro, KY 42301
270.684.9411

Friday, April 13th
Paducah, KY:
 Kroger (7:30-8:30 pm CT)
3141 Park Avenue
Paducah, KY 42001
270.444.0596

(TROPHY ONLY)
Saturday, April 14th
at Verizon Wireless
Lexington:
 Hamburg (10:00 am — 2:00 pm ET)
1895 Vendor Way
Lexington, KY 40509
859.264.9582

(TROPHY ONLY)
Saturday, April 14th
at Verizon Wireless
Louisville:
 Old Brownsboro Crossing (4:00 pm — 7:00 pm ET)
4830 Norton Healthcare Blvd.
Lexington, KY 40222
502.339.4949

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

27 Comments for The tour has begun!



  1. UnderPar
    10:19 am April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Not your everyday bus….



  2. Bradinmississippi
    10:19 am April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Where can I get a bus like that



  3. '96-'98-2012!-2013?
    10:23 am April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Matt! Ask them why no loop through Northern KY?? Ashland isn’t exactly there. Maysville, they would have got close (a little love for Darius’ people??) But Florence, or Covington? Would have been nice!!



  4. Sean
    10:30 am April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Drew or Matt, will there be any stops in the Northern Kentucky area? Perhaps around Florence? BBN is huge up here too!!!



  5. WeWant9
    10:35 am April 12, 2012 Permalink

    No stops in Southern KY either, Cal didnt have do this.



  6. Poage's Eczema
    10:45 am April 12, 2012 Permalink

    They are even leaving the state to visit Ashland.



  7. Computer Blue
    10:46 am April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Cal is the perfect coach for Kentucky. What other coach would do this bus tour like this (and I have no doubt it was his idea)? And what other fan base would think this is the best thing ever?



  8. Hazard Kidd-Katt
    10:50 am April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Coming my way at 5:00!



  9. me
    10:57 am April 12, 2012 Permalink

    The tour should come to Fourth St Live – just to yet again prove that we can get more folks to our Championship party than uofl can get to their Final Four party.

    National Championship > Final Four
    8 > 2
    Cal > pitino
    Blue > red
    UK > uofl



  10. uhmmmm
    10:57 am April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Why do you need a cooler when you have a fridge on the bus??



  11. Matt
    11:06 am April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Where’s the NKY stop?



  12. Todd
    11:10 am April 12, 2012 Permalink

    cal is smart going to his donors in pike county, matt is the only media person, ha ha



  13. UK Homer
    11:11 am April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe there will be another tour at some point over the long summer/early fall that will go to NKY, London/Somerset, and BG. This one is very heavy on the eastern KY visits…Ashland, Pikeville, AND Hazard. Then again, maybe I should just get my lazy ass down to Lexington. Just seems like the goal wasn’t to hit all the population centers this time around.



  14. Pcefrog5
    11:14 am April 12, 2012 Permalink

    @6 What are you smoking…. Ashland is in Kentucky and the hometown
    of our famous super fan Ashley



  15. KB
    11:46 am April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Waiting anxiously in Ashland with hundreds of others!



  16. Gary
    11:50 am April 12, 2012 Permalink

    No stop in Bell County, Big Blue Nation live here.



  17. Vol Hater
    11:52 am April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Is that cooler full of Orange Leaf?



  18. Get Over It
    12:08 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Reds why dont you guys play a game at legends stadium? Theres lots of Reds fans in central kentucky too. Northern ky cats fans quit complaining u sound like a bunch of spoiled babies



  19. randymarsh
    12:15 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    That’s the nicest bus I’ve ever seen.



  20. You, Get Over It
    12:33 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    As usual, the university completely ignores the 400,000+ folks in NKY.



  21. uoflfan
    12:52 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    i see you all copied off louisville by strapping down the trophy. calipari wishes he was pitino



  22. Brian in Burlington
    12:58 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    What about NKY…we love our Cats up here, too.



  23. Matt
    1:27 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    #18 you’re a turd – Cal’s tour is different from the reds playing at legends field you moron



  24. GrumpyOldDude
    1:29 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    18 – How the f**k can NKY fans be spoiled when UK tours never come here, moron? We’re just sick and tired of being skipped on every barnstorming tour annually.



  25. Rae
    1:31 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    21. Considering which trophy this is, I think Cal is fine being himself. After all, seatbelts keep you safe, and that includes NC trophies.



  26. '96-'98-2012!-2013?
    1:35 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    HEY #18 GetOverItSays… This is a BBN UK Wildcats Basketball thread….You think the Reds powers-that-be are reading this? And why would the Reds play in an Astros Class A minor league venue when their own Triple A team is in Louisville? We maybe spoiled here in NKY, but we’re educated enough to keep things in their context. Try to keep on task junior.



  27. Rose
    2:22 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    My husband Chubb just called and he’s working in Pikeville today on a job downtown and he’s going to walk on over and enjoy the festivities, he can’t believe that things have worked out this way. I’m jealous. How ’bout that flat topped feller? GO CATS!!!