Kentucky had a successful Primary Election at the polls, even if your favorite actor or actress or even LeBron James tweeted otherwise. The Bluegrass was criticized for voter suppression in the days leading up to the primary, mostly by people outside of the Bluegrass, but Kentuckians showed up (or mailed in) in record numbers to have their voices heard.
Official results are all over the place (thanks a lot, COVID) so I won’t attempt to give the latest update. We’ll have to wait on that. But the early turnout numbers show one of the highest participation rates for a primary in decades, a testament to the work of many people navigating around a pandemic to provide the voting opportunities, and to the voters who found a way to exercise their right to vote during difficult times for all.
You did good, Kentucky. You did good.
Now enough about politics — we have Facebook for that — let’s get to what’s happening in the
wide narrow world of sports.
UK hired a new cheer coach.
The University of Kentucky hired its replacement for Jomo Thompson, the school’s former head cheer coach of almost two decades, who was let go earlier this year after a three-month investigation into the storied program revealed a “lack of oversight” on the job. That job now belongs to Ryan Martin O’Connor, a Lexington native and former UK cheerleader herself. O’Connor cheered for one year at Kentucky in 2008-09 (under Thompson) before transferring to Alabama. She returns home to Lexington after coaching the cheerleaders at Western Kentucky, and UK AD Mitch Barnhart loves his department’s hire.
“Ryan is exactly the kind of person we wanted to hire as we sought the next leader of Kentucky cheerleading,” Barnhart said. “She has a proven track record of success, brings incredible energy to her work, and shares our commitment to both integrity and competitive excellence. Not only that, she also has an intimate understanding of the proud tradition of this program and what it means to cheerleaders, this university and the Big Blue Nation. We are excited to help her write the program’s next chapter.”
Matt Jones released a new podcast.
The Matt Jones Podcast released a new episode Tuesday night, this time with Tom Hart as Matt’s special guest. Tom joined the program to talk about his stardom throughout Big Blue Nation and how it came to be, as well as his thoughts on the upcoming college football season and what he thinks of Mark Stoops.
You can listen to the new episode here.
Major League Baseball has a start date.
The sport that can’t seem to figure it out, may have figured it out. Word is the MLB and the MLBPA agreed to terms on a 2020 season, one that will include only 60 games per team in the regular season and will begin on July 24. Details are still getting ironed out, but players are expected to report to camp on July 1.
Zack Geoghegan has the latest on the NBA’s return.
Corona wants to derail the Orlando plan:
LISTEN: Drake Jackson’s interview with Tom Leach on the Leach Report.
The center of the Big Blue Wall called in to Tom Leach’s radio show Tuesday morning and had a lot to say about the Kentucky football team’s return to campus and the importance of a veteran locker room during a COVID offseason. He also raved about his coach, John Schlarman, and touched on dealing with social issues in a very diverse locker room.
KSR is taking you to Fleming County on today’s show.
Get your Dairy Queen ready.