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TaxSlayer Bowl selection announcement coming early today, expected soon after 3:30 p.m. ET

UK will get to find out they’re going to Jacksonville a little earlier than expected on Sunday when the selections start rolling in. TaxSlayer Bowl president Rick Catlett fully expects the Cats to be the choice when the Jacksonville bowl game gets to make their selection this afternoon around 3:30 p.m. ET today.

After bowls like the Russell Athletic Bowl and Citrus Bowl get to make their choices known, Catlett said he is confident the Cats would still be around to be selected and the bowl will put them as their #1 choice.

Catlett said he’s spoken with athletic director Mitch Barnhart, but the conversations have only been speculatory.

“I’ve talked to Mitch, but there’s no commitment on their part,” Catlett said. “There won’t be until 3:30 p.m. today. So anything we talk about now is speculative based on what other bowl directors have told me.” 

Kentucky’s potential opponent would either be Georgia Tech or Miami, Catlett said. He’s still in discussions with the ACC office. Both teams finished 8-4.

Once the TaxSlayer Bowl makes its official announcement, Stoops and Barnhart will be joined by the opposing coach and athletic director at 6 p.m. Sunday. And then the countdown to the bowl game begins. will have a live stream of the bowl selection after the choice has been announced and the Cats know their bowl destination. The TaxSlayer Bowl kicks off at 11 a.m. on Dec. 31 in Jacksonville.


Article written by Kaan Solagan

Senior at the University of Kentucky. Atherton High School Alumnus. "Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth." - The Greatest

1 Comment for TaxSlayer Bowl selection announcement coming early today, expected soon after 3:30 p.m. ET

    3:15 pm December 4, 2016 Permalink

    Dear Big Blue Nation,

    Welcome to Jacksonville and the First Coast! We often refer to this area as the hidden jewel of Florida. The First Coast runs from Fernandina Beach down through St. Augustine. The VisitJacksonville website has information about this beautiful piece of the state. We thought you might find it helpful to know what the local residents do for fun and where we dine.

    Things to Do on the First Coast
    There are plenty of areas of interest between Fernandina Beach through Jacksonville and its beaches down to St. Augustine. We recommend reviewing the site but here are some of our favorites. Also refer to the Taxslayer Bowl website for specific activities, such as pep rallies, concerts, parking, shuttles, etc.

    Take a ride down A1A and enjoy the beautiful coast and state parks along the way, such as Big Talbot, Little Talbot, and Guana River. We have lots of water with the St. Johns River, Intracoastal Waterway, and Atlantic Ocean. There are opportunities for kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, horseback riding, or just relaxing on the beach. Do pay attention to any and all warning flags regarding currents.

    If you like golf, there are plenty of courses in the area with the most famous being the TPC Stadium course in Ponte Vedra Beach where they play the “Fifth Major.” You can also dine in their beautiful clubhouse. For fishermen, charters are available at several locations. River cruises are also available at various points.

    For the family, the Jacksonville Zoo is outstanding. St. Augustine has the Castillo de San Marco and Alligator Farm among other historical sites and their Night of Lights makes the oldest city a beautiful treat. Jacksonville Boat Light Parade will be held the night before the ball game and is always fun. Other thoughts include Adventure Landing, Dave and Busters, Autobahn, Top Golf, and Fort Clinch State Park.

    Our shopping mecca is the St. Johns Town Center with several high end shops, including Nordstrom. The Avenues Mall is also very good and is the home of our game watch site at Buffalo Wild Wings. Plan to join us for the Ole Miss game if you’re in town. There are wonderful local shops and restaurants in enclaves known as San Marco, Riverside, and the Beaches.

    Our dining options are phenomenal. Be sure to try something local. The area is known for its local seafood, especially Mayport shrimp. The team will be staying near Sawgrass Village which is full of delightful local restaurants. The corner at the end of Atlantic Boulevard in Atlantic and Neptune Beach also has a great collection of local dining one block from the beach. Reservations may be an option at several of the locations listed below.

    Breakfast – Beach Hut Cafe, Beach Diner, Metro Diner, Maple Street Biscuit Company
    Burgers – M Shack, Cruiser Grill
    Seafood – Anything with Fish Camp (Whitey’s North Beach, Palm Valley, Julington Creek), LuLu’s Barbara Jean’s, Campeche Bay, Ragtime, Singleton’s, Safe Harbor, Pussers, Marker 32
    Other – Angie’s subs, TacoLu (VERY popular), Two Dudes, Jaxon Social, Culhanes Irish, Bistro Aix, bb’s, Taverna, Black Sheep, Bearded Pig BBQ, Schintzel Haus, Restaurant Medure, Ruth’s Chris

    Local Libations – Pete’s Bar, Lynch’s Irish Pub, Engine 15 Brewery, Wicked Barley Brewery, Intuition Ale Works, plenty of options across the city.

    We will post information on our Facebook page at UKAA JAX. Let’s paint the town Blue and turn this into Catsonville!

    Go Big Blue!!

    UK Alumni Club of Jacksonville