After a hard-fought battle with liver cancer, Hayley Robic – daughter of Kentucky basketball assistant coach John Robic – tragically lost her life Friday.
On Monday, the Robic family felt it was time to come forward and announce the news publicly.
“Last Friday, our family surrounded our big sister, firstborn, and best friend as she took her last breath,” Hayley’s sister, Sophie, said in a statement on Facebook. “Hayley, like in all things, battled her cancer with grace and dignity; she was fearless and brave and never caved to her diagnosis.
“It is an understatement to say that Hayley left this world better than she found it.”
As we navigate through our lives and continue to get through the COVID-19 pandemic, keep the Robic family in your thoughts and prayers as they attempt to pick up the pieces from this heartbreaking tragedy.
As we celebrate Hayley Robic’s life and think of her loved ones during this time, let’s check in on the world of UK Athletics.
Kentucky Classics is back Friday
After several weeks of airing UK basketball replays in the Kentucky Classic series, the UK Sports Network is switching over to the gridiron.
Starting Friday at 7 p.m. ET, Kentucky football’s victory over Penn State in the Citrus Bowl from the 2018 season is set to be rebroadcast on the UK Sports Network radio affiliates.
Ready to hear Tom Leach and Jeff Piecoro take over the airwaves to break down arguably the biggest football win of the Mark Stoops era? We are too.
To get you excited, check out the #KentuckyBoothCam replay highlighting some of the best plays the team made synced up with the radio crew’s official call:
.@KashDaniel15, @LynnBowden_1 & @Lonnie30johnson had big plays in @UKFootball's Citrus Bowl win!!
Tune into your local UK Sports Network radio affiliate Friday at 7pm to hear the replay with @tomleachKY, @JeffPiecoro @bigblueinsider1 #KentuckyBoothCam
Presented by @LexBrewingCo pic.twitter.com/Z10fSDxWVM
— UK Sports Network (@UKSportsNetwork) April 8, 2020
Matt Jones is a New York Times Best-selling Author
Just a week after being released to the public, Matt Jones’ book, Mitch, Please! was officially announced as a New York Times Best Seller, debuting at No. 11 on Wednesday afternoon.
“With no national publicity and released during a pandemic, KSR fans made it to where I can now change my bio to include “New York Times Bestselling Author.” No better fanbase in the world,” Jones said on Twitter.
Mitch, Please! was included in the list that also includes books written by Alicia Keys, Kobe Bryant, Michelle Obama, and Jessica Simpson, among others.
Take a look at the list:
Who’s ready for some H-O-R-S-E?
As we wait for the sports world to resume, the NBA has come up with a plan to keep fans entertained as best as possible.
On Wednesday afternoon, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski announced the NBA and ESPN were finalizing plans to televise a H-O-R-S-E shooting competition in the very near future.
Some of the participants? NBA stars Chris Paul of Oklahoma City, Trae Young of Atlanta, and Zach LaVine of Chicago, among others. The competition will also reportedly include a few WNBA stars and fairly recent NBA alumni.
Due to the players being forced to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic, participants will be filmed competing at home locations — on indoor or outdoor courts — and compete shot for shot in the traditional playground game.
Are you interested in watching?
Where would you quarantine?
Speaking of quarantining, those of you on social media have almost certainly seen the “Where would you quarantine?” graphics posted covering various athletes, musicians, and other celebrities by now.
And yesterday, KSR published a version of our own, with each house consisting of several familiar names in the world of UK sports, along with a few TV show characters.
Who would you prefer to be stuck with during this time?
KSR (with Mark Stoops) in an hour
Matt Jones and the Kentucky Sports Radio crew are back this morning to break down all the latest around the state in the most ridiculous manner possible.
And they’ll be joined by a very special guest in Mark Stoops.
Starting at 10:30 a.m., the Kentucky head football coach will join the show to discuss the latest with his team, how they’re dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, and recruiting, among other topics.
KSR will also be joined by another special guest in the second hour, as national radio host Bobby Bones is set to join the show at 11:05 a.m.
What other wacky topics will the KSR crew come up with today? Find out this morning from 10 a.m. to noon.