TrueBlueFan.com http://www.truebluefan.com/ TrueBlueFan.com Sports - True Blue Site Sports - True Blue Site en-us Copyright 2014, TrueBlueFan.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sat, 23 Aug 2014 03:08:41 GMT Synapse CMS 10 TrueBlueFan.com http://www.truebluefan.com/ 144 25 UK Unveils First Look Inside The New CWS via the Virtual Venue Platform http://www.truebluefan.com/news/uk-unveils-first-look-inside-the-new-cws-via-the-virtual-venue-platform/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/uk-unveils-first-look-inside-the-new-cws-via-the-virtual-venue-platform/ Sports - True Blue Site Fri, 22 Aug 2014 6:10:17 PM UK Unveils First Look Inside The New CWS via the Virtual Venue Platform

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky Athletics has partnered with IOMEDIA to introduce The New CWS Virtual VenueTM, which will provide fans their first look inside a newly renovated Commonwealth Stadium, opening in 2015. The Virtual VenueTM website is located at UKathletics.com, and it can also be accessed by clicking the link above.

When fans visit the Virtual VenueTM, they will have the ability to click on any seat and get a 360-degree view inside Commonwealth Stadium from that seat location. Fans can compare sight lines from two different views at once, as well as see the benefits and amenities associated with each seat. Clicking on a seat also displays the season ticket price and the annual K Fund donation associated with the seat, if applicable. Fans can also get their first look at the new premium seating areas on the south sideline, including new interior club and suite views. Later next week, UK will unveil nighttime views of The New CWS within this application.

"With the Virtual VenueTM, our fans can visualize themselves inside The New CWS for the first time," said Joe Sharpe, Associate Athletics Director for Ticketing. "This interactive platform really brings our vision for The New CWS to life. We are excited to offer our loyal season ticket holders the opportunity to select their own seats for 2015 using the Virtual VenueTM. Throughout our BBN First initiative, we have been seeking to enhance the fan experience. The opportunity to provide our fans with the state-of-the-art ability to select seats is a great way to begin a memorable occasion. Our goal has always been to provide a first-class experience for the Big Blue Nation, and our partnership with IOMEDIA takes this to a new level."

Fans are encouraged to visit the Virtual VenueTM as often as they'd like to become familiar with the views from different seat locations, as well as the new numbering system for Commonwealth Stadium and new seat types in many areas. Beginning in October, football season ticket holders will utilize the Virtual VenueTM tool to select their own seats for the 2015 season. As the seat selection process continues throughout October and November, seats will change colors so fans know which seats are still available to be selected, and which seats have already been reserved. Season ticket holders can find the latest information about the selection process online at Seat Selection Central (www.thenewcws.com/2015-reseating<http://www.thenewcws.com/2015-reseating>).

"We are very excited to provide the University of Kentucky and their fans with our Virtual VenueTM technology," said Peter Korian, President for IOMEDIA, Inc. "This partnership resonates with our core vision to transform how fans everywhere can engage with their school or team, and today the University of Kentucky is launching the very best online experience to achieve that."

"As an organization, UK Athletics has always been fan focused and its new Virtual VenueTM will provide their fans with the ultimate online experience for relocating season tickets and purchasing new season tickets," added Andrew Lafiosca, Director of Business Development, IOMEDIA, Inc.

The Virtual VenueTM digital platform is the most accurate and engaging in-venue experience for customer engagement and fan interaction. IOMEDIA exclusively integrates the Virtual VenueTM consumer friendly visual front-end with Ticketmaster's sophisticated ticketing management back-end. This provides an industry-first solution that provides Wildcat fans with a seamless ticketing experience. The Virtual VenueTM technology is always evolving with new features and is exclusively developed and provided by IOMEDIA, Inc. as a next generation online destination for consumers everywhere.

 


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New Prosthetic Leg Brings New Hopes http://www.truebluefan.com/news/new-prosthetic-leg-brings-new-hopes/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/new-prosthetic-leg-brings-new-hopes/ Sports - True Blue Site Fri, 22 Aug 2014 1:24:25 PM New Prosthetic Leg Brings New Hopes

He may have lost a leg on the football field, but that is not stopping Chris Vier from getting back to football. 

The 46-year-old had his right leg amputated below the knee in June 2013 after an injury while he officiated a senior all-star game. 

He now hopes his new prosthetic leg will allow him back on the field.

"There's no place on Friday night that I'd rather be than out on the football field," said the longtime official.

Read more here. 

 


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Womens Soccer Opens UK Athletics Calendar on Friday http://www.truebluefan.com/news/womens-soccer-opens-uk-athletics-calendar-on-friday/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/womens-soccer-opens-uk-athletics-calendar-on-friday/ Sports - True Blue Site Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:12:23 AM Womens Soccer Opens UK Athletics Calendar on Friday

SEATTLE, Wash. - The University of Kentucky women's soccer team will kick off the 2014-15 UK Athletics calendar year on Friday night with a match against the Washington Huskies at 10 p.m. ET at the Husky Soccer Stadium in Seattle, Wash.

The Wildcats are returning nine starters back to the pitch for the 2014 season from a team which advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight season under head coach Jon Lipsitz, who enters his sixth season at the helm of the Wildcats.

Arin Gilliland headlines the 2014 season for the Wildcats, as the two-time All-American and three-time All-SEC player returns for her final season as a Wildcat. Gilliland will go down as one of - if not - the greatest - player in University of Kentucky women's soccer history. With a full season of eligibility remaining, Gilliland has already broken single-season records in shots, and in 2013 ranked in the top five in goals, assists, points. In her career, Gilliland is poised to come close to school records in shots, goals, points, assists, shots, games played and minutes played. Gilliland has been named First Team All-SEC all three years of her career thus far, an NSCAA All-American as well as being named to U23 UWSNT National Team Camps, training with the NWSL's Portland Thorns and the winner of the Collegiate Women in Sports Award's 2014 HONDA Inspiration Award. Gilliland has eight game-winning goals in her career in over 5,000 minutes on the pitch.

For the first time in program history, Kentucky is starting a season in the Pacific Time Zone, as a part of the Wildcats 10-day west coast swing for the preseason. The Wildcats arrived in Portland, Ore., on Thursday, Aug. 14 and spent five days training at Nike World Headquarters, while also collecting a 3-1 exhibition win over the No. 11 Portland Pilots on Saturday night. In addition, the team was able to attend the Portland Thorns FC vs. Seattle Reign FC match at Providence Park on Sunday afternoon.

In UK's 3-1 win, Kentucky outshot Portland 18-6, while only conceding one corner kick, while earning four. The Wildcats got goals from returning SEC All-Freshman team member Zoe Swift, and newcomer Kelly Novak. Junior Cara Ledman, and sophomore transfer Michaela Dooley tallied assists in the matches, joining Gilliland as the three assisters in Saturday's showdown attended by 1,084 fans.

Kentucky returns all of its back four from a season ago as sophomore center back Kaitlin Miller joins juniors Kelli Hubly (right back), Olivia Jester (center back) and Cara Ledman (left back) from a back line that allowed just 29 goals in 21 matches last season. The back four of Ledman, Jester, Hubly and Miller started 18 of UK's 21 matches a season ago, with all three playing over 1,000 minutes last season.

Junior Courtney Raetzman returns to the pitch at 100 percent health in 2014 and is joined by senior All-SEC performer Stuart Pope and Alex Carter in the midfield, which under Lipsitz, is known for producing offensive firepower. Raetzman, who was All-Freshman SEC in 2012 missed the second half of the 2013 season with a leg injury before returning to the lineup for the NCAA Tournament first round match with Ohio State, a 3-1 UK win.

Up top, UK is considered to have one of the best offensive front three in the Southeastern Conference, as Gilliland joins Swift and Dooley, a threesome that scored over 25 goals a season ago, and accounted for over 75 points. Dooley, a transfer from San Diego University in the offseason, will start up top as the right forward with Gilliland flanking the left side, and Swift manning the middle of the pitch for the Wildcats.

Washington is entering the 2014 season with six of 11 starters back from a team that went 7-9-4 last season and did not advance to the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies' Katie Bennet is their leading returning goal scorer from 2013, where she tallied four goals and one assist for a total of nine points.

Kentucky is 4-1 in season-opening matches under Lipsitz, with his lone defeat in a season opener coming at No.10 Wake Forest, 3-1, last season in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Live video will be available for Friday's match through the Washington Huskies athletics website.

Friday's match will be followed by a match against Seattle U on Sunday, Aug. 24 at 3 p.m. ET.

For continuing coverage of UK women's soccer, log on to UKathletics.com.

 


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Regie Meant's Mother Was Surprised When He Went Home http://www.truebluefan.com/news/regie-meant-s-mother-was-surprised-when-he-went-home/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/regie-meant-s-mother-was-surprised-when-he-went-home/ Sports - True Blue Site Thu, 21 Aug 2014 3:54:29 PM Alan Cutler Regie Meant's Mother Was Surprised When He Went Home

It's normal to a football player, especially on the offensive or defensive line, to say that he put on 30 plus pounds in a year.But then, when you go home and see your mother for the first time, the reaction can surprise you. 

Regie Meant from Cape Coral, Fla., grew up a Florida State and Miami fan. The 6-foot-4 inch 302 pounder can't remember if he was 258 or 264 when he showed up to UK.

The redshirt freshman is strong, intense and claims to still have the speed he had when he played defensive end in high school. Regie's mother was shocked when he went home during the off week last season.

"Like she was like 'Oh My God, I'm worried about you eating up there and stuff, and I see you come back home and you can't even fit in the house no more'," says Regie.

Regie's mom liked the change.

"Yeah, she was happy for me. Especially because she can see I'm looking good with it too," he said. 

To Matt Elam.

When Reggie first met him, the big defensive tackle was close to 400 pounds. Elam claims to have lost about 20 pounds. You don't forget the first time you see Elam.

"I was like holy s. I ain't saying the cuss word... That's a big guy," he said. 

Regie has that competitive edge. Florida recruited Reggie but they didn't offer him a scholarship. He can't wait to play Florida and show them, hey, you made a mistake.

 


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Cal Calls In To Sports Talk Radio Show In New York http://www.truebluefan.com/news/cal-calls-in-to-sports-talk-radio-show-in-new-york/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/cal-calls-in-to-sports-talk-radio-show-in-new-york/ Sports - True Blue Site Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:47:32 AM Alan Cutler Cal Calls In To Sports Talk Radio Show In New York

Cal has known Mike Francesa for a long time.  He's been on his powerful sports talk show on WFAN in New York many times.

After being a guest on Francesa's show in the studio, Cal called in as "John from Kentucky," because Cal didn't like what Francesa said about his ability to coach X's and O's. 

After Cal called in and said what was on his mind, Francesa hung up on him, explained his position again, and moved on.

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UK's Arin Gilliland Named Preseason All-American http://www.truebluefan.com/news/uk-s-arin-gilliland-named-preseason-all-american/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/uk-s-arin-gilliland-named-preseason-all-american/ Sports - True Blue Site Wed, 20 Aug 2014 8:32:06 PM UK's Arin Gilliland Named Preseason All-American

University of Kentucky women's soccer player Arin Gilliland was named a preseason All-American, it was announced by Soccer America. With this honor, Gilliland becomes the first-ever UK women's soccer player to be named a preseason All-American.

Gilliland was honored as an All-American for the 2013 season she complied, after having one of the best single seasons statistically in UK women's soccer history. Just a few weeks back, Gilliland was put on the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Award Watch List, joining a select few players as the elite of the elite in women's college soccer.

The senior a year ago collected 34 points, scored a career-high 12 goals, assisted on 10 goals, just one shy of the program record, set a new school record in shots with 100, scored three game-winning goals and was named first team All-Southeastern Conference.

Named a team captain, the Lexington, Ky., native took the season by storm, serving as one of Kentucky's three team leaders in the fall of 2013. Gilliland played over 1,800 minutes on the pitch for the Wildcats, rewriting the record books in a number of categories.

Kentucky will kick off the 2014 season in Seattle, Wash., against the Washington Huskies at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Friday, Aug. 22 followed by a match against Seattle U on Aug. 24 at 3 p.m. ET.

 

 


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Farmer, Scott, And Perino Take ALS Challenge http://www.truebluefan.com/news/farmer-scott-and-perino-take-als-challenge/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/farmer-scott-and-perino-take-als-challenge/ Sports - True Blue Site Wed, 20 Aug 2014 4:43:57 PM Farmer, Scott, And Perino Take ALS Challenge

LEX18 Sports Anchor Keith Farmer, LEX 18 weekend Sports Anchor Kyle Scott, and former LEX18 Sports Anchor Mary Jo Perino accepted the ALS Challenge from LEX18 Sports Director Alan Cutler.

A special thanks to former UK Quarterback Shane Boyd and LEX18 Sports Videographer Adam Dotson for helping out.

Happy Birthday Keith !

 


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Six Wildcat Greats To Be Inducted Into UK Athletics Hall Of Fame http://www.truebluefan.com/news/six-wildcat-greats-to-be-inducted-into-uk-athletics-hall-of-fame/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/six-wildcat-greats-to-be-inducted-into-uk-athletics-hall-of-fame/ Sports - True Blue Site Wed, 20 Aug 2014 3:59:04 PM Six Wildcat Greats To Be Inducted Into UK Athletics Hall Of Fame

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Six University of Kentucky greats will be inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in late September. The 2014 class includes former UK student-athletes Keith Bogans (men's basketball), Pat Etcheberry (track and field athlete/coach, also strength and conditioning coach), Marty Moore (football), Passion Richardson (track and field athlete/coach), Terry Shumpert (baseball) and Sarah Witten (women's tennis). The class will be formally inducted during Hall of Fame Weekend, Sept. 26-27, in conjunction with the football game against Vanderbilt.

Keith Bogans, Men's Basketball, 2000-03

Associated Press third-team All-America in 2003 in addition to National Association of Basketball Coaches second-team All-America honors ... First-team All-SEC member (AP and Coaches) in 2003 and second-team All-SEC (AP and Coaches) in 2001 ... Named 2003 SEC Tournament MVP and earned All-SEC Tournament team honors in 2001 ... Made 2000 All-SEC Freshman Team ... Ranks fourth on UK's all-time scoring list with 1,923 points ... Ranks second in UK history in three-point field goals made (254) and started the second-most games in UK history with 122 ... Led UK to two Elite Eight finishes in the 2000 and 2003 NCAA Tournaments ... 11 seasons in the NBA.

Pat Etcheberry, Track and Field, 1963-67 / Track and Field Assistant Coach 1967-79 / Track and Field Head Coach, 1979-84 / Strength and Conditioning Coach 1973-89

Former track athlete and coach who went on to become a world-renowned strength and conditioning trainer ... Won the SEC championship in the javelin in 1966 ... Throw of 220-11 ranks fourth in school history ... Represented his native country of Chile in the 1964 Olympics ... A participant in the 1967 and 1971 Pan American Games ... Was UK assistant track coach for 12 years and head coach five years ... UK's first strength and conditioning coach, a role he held from 1973-89 ... A legend in the field of sports fitness, Etcheberry has trained nearly two dozen tennis champions, 15 Olympic medalists and numerous world-class athletes, including Pete Sampras, Monica Seles, Nick Faldo, Dan Jansen and Charles Woodson, as well as former Wildcats Rex Chapman, Kenny Walker and Dermontti Dawson.

Marty Moore, Football, 1990-93

Linebacker who finished his playing days at UK ranking fourth in tackles with 470 ... Named first-team All-SEC by both the Associated Press and Coaches in 1993 ... UK's Most Valuable Senior while helping lead the Wildcats to the 1993 Peach Bowl ... AP second-team All-SEC as a junior ... Led SEC in tackles as a sophomore and junior ... Named to the Sophomore All-America team by Football News ... UK's Most Outstanding Linebacker for three consecutive years ... Two-year member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and received UK's Senior Scholastic Award ... Played in the East-West Shrine Game ... Was the last pick of the 1994 NFL Draft, but defied the odds by earning a spot on the New England Patriots and went on to an eight-year career in the NFL.

Passion Richardson, Women's Track and Field, 1994-97 / Track and Field Assistant Coach 2001-05

A bronze medalist at the 2000 Sydney Olympics as she ran the anchor leg on the United States' 4x100-meter relay team in the opening round and semifinals ... Also the silver medalist in the 60-meter dash at the 1997 USA Indoor Championships ... While at UK, was a four-time All-American in the 55 meters, 100 meters and 4x100-meter relay... Continues to hold the UK record at 60 meters, 100 meters and was part of the school-record 4x100-meter relay team ... Was SEC bronze medalist at 100 meters in 1997 ... She was on the World University Games Gold Medal 4x100-meter relay team in 1997 and took the silver medal in the same event at the Pan-American Games that same year ... Later served as an assistant coach for UK track and field and is currently an academic counselor for UK Athletics.

Terry Shumpert, Baseball, 1985-87

Named an All-American in 1987 as a junior for the 40-15 Wildcats ...First-team All-SEC as a sophomore and junior ... All-SEC Tournament in 1987 ... Prolific hitter finished his career with a .333 average after batting .364 as a sophomore and .376 as a junior ... Belted 19 doubles in two different seasons ... Is one of just five players in school history to hit 10 home runs and steal 20 bases (10-28) in a season (1986) ... Ranks third in school history in stolen bases with 66 ... Played for Team USA in the 1986 Amateur World Series .. Drafted in the second round of the 1987 MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals ... Played 14 years in the major leagues for six teams.

Sarah Witten, Women's Tennis, 2000-03

Ranks as the only player in UK women's tennis history to earn three consecutive All-America selections (doubles in 2001-03) ... Remains one of only two players with four career All-America accolades (singles in 2003 and doubles in 2001-03) ... Finished as the NCAA doubles runner-up in 2003 ... Led UK to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2002 and 2003 ... Ranked among the nation's top doubles tandems in 2003 with two different players (No. 4 with Amy Trefethen and No. 14 with Nathalie Roels) ... Coupled with teammate Carolina Mayorga to rank seventh in 2002 and 23rd in 2001 ... Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll three years.

The UK Athletics Hall of Fame was started in 2005 to recognize and honor persons whose participation and contributions enriched and strengthened the university's athletic program. The charter class included 88 individuals who had previously had their jersey retired by UK.

There is a five-year waiting period - after leaving UK - to be eligible for inclusion into the Hall of Fame. A committee consisting of Hall of Famers, media members, campus representatives, and current coaches and administrators elects new inductees each year.

 


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Towns Explains Why He Isn't Going To Spain http://www.truebluefan.com/news/towns-explains-why-he-isn-t-going-to-spain/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/towns-explains-why-he-isn-t-going-to-spain/ Sports - True Blue Site Wed, 20 Aug 2014 2:53:08 PM Alan Cutler Towns Explains Why He Isn't Going To Spain

Karl Towns is going to play for the Dominican team tonight against Team USA, but the great freshman for UK isn't going to Spain with the team.

Towns with a tweet he isn't gong to Spain.

"As much as it hurts to not be playing in Spain, I am a STUDENT-athlete first and committed to my studies at the University of Kentucky #BBN," says Towns on twitter.

 


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SEC Schools Step Up Fan Engagement For 2014 Football Season http://www.truebluefan.com/news/sec-schools-step-up-fan-engagement-for-2014-football-season/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/sec-schools-step-up-fan-engagement-for-2014-football-season/ Sports - True Blue Site Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:38:30 AM SEC Schools Step Up Fan Engagement For 2014 Football Season

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Each of the 14 institutions in the Southeastern Conference have taken steps to enhance the fan experience going into the 2014 football season in the next stage of a league-wide initiative to address fan engagement, the SEC office announced Wednesday.

"SEC fans are the most passionate and loyal fans in the country," said SEC commissioner Mike Slive. "Our institutions have made it a priority to engage their fans in a way that will enhance their in-game enjoyment and satisfaction. I salute our schools for being bold in addressing the fan experience and recognizing that increased attention to fans is critical to the continued success of our league."

In June of 2012, the Athletic Directors of the SEC approved the formation of a working group to conduct a thorough review of attendance trends and develop recommendations to enhance the fan experience in the SEC.

The SEC continues to address the fan experience even as attendance thrives in the SEC. Last football season, the SEC averaged 75,674 fans, which was an increase from 74,636 in 2012. Also, the average percentage capacity in 2013 for SEC games was 99.02 percent, compared to 97.40 percent in 2012. Out of 100 games played at SEC venues in 2013, including the SEC Championship Game, 57 were filled to 100 percent capacity or more.

"Even as attendance at SEC events is as robust as ever, we would be remiss not to reward our fans with a great experience at each and every event," said Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin, chair of the SEC Fan Experience Working Group. "The fan experience goes beyond winning and losing games. It starts from the time they approach the stadium to the moment they leave campus."

The SEC has initiated rule changes that allow fans to see in-stadium replays of officials' reviews and increase in-game opportunities for musical entertainment, and in 2014 ESPN is partnering with the SEC to provide video highlights to schools to utilize on stadium video boards for in-game highlights and updates for fans.

Throughout the 2013-14 athletic year, the SEC conducted league-wide fan research studies in football, men's and women's basketball, baseball and softball. The studies included quantitative research conducted by "Now What Research" and qualitative analysis to provide an in-depth profile of SEC fans across all 14 institutions.

"We will continue to conduct fan research for the next several years in order to communicate better with our fans and to provide our institutions with the data they need to monitor fan expectations and satisfaction," said Slive. "Our schools have already begun to react to our studies by investing in areas that research shows are most important to our fans."

According to the research, among the areas of most concern to fans is availability of concessions and satisfactory restroom conditions. In response, at least 12 SEC institutions have indicated they are taking steps to improve concessions for fans, with various schools increasing the number of points of sale in stadiums, offering the opportunity to order with smart phones, increasing the number of in-stands concessions sellers and/or improving the variety of offerings.

At least eight SEC programs are taking added steps to improve restroom conditions in 2014, including adding restroom attendants, increasing the number of restroom facilities and adding audio to restroom facilities so fans can follow the game while away from their seats.

At least eight SEC schools have taken recent steps to improve cell service for its customers, and some have added wi-fi for fans in premium seating areas.

Research shows that fans expect a high quality video experience in the stadium. At least six SEC schools are putting added emphasis to that area in 2014, including improvements to video elements and production as well as the addition of new HD video boards in some stadium renovations.

Several schools are taking steps to address specific groups of fans, including expansions to Kids Zone areas, the implementation of young alumni programs and special ticket opportunities for students.

At least four schools have made administrative changes to address the fan experience including the addition of full-time staff members to focus on the fan experience or the establishment of fan councils and committees.

Facility improvements are widespread throughout the SEC, including major renovations at several stadiums that will improve seating, concourse space and sound systems. Other improved fan services at various schools include a mobile ticket delivery system, the addition of open captioning on video boards, smart phone interaction with fans and a specialized app.


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Towles 'Excited' To Be Kentucky's Starting QB http://www.truebluefan.com/news/towles-excited-to-be-kentucky-s-starting-qb/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/towles-excited-to-be-kentucky-s-starting-qb/ Sports - True Blue Site Tue, 19 Aug 2014 7:38:33 PM Towles 'Excited' To Be Kentucky's Starting QB

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Patrick Towles says he felt relieved after winning the competition to be Kentucky's starting quarterback. He says is "super excited" to get the opportunity that he has worked so hard to get.

The 6-foot-5, 238-pound redshirt sophomore was considered the favorite heading into camp, and he eventually beat out redshirt freshman Reese Phillips, freshman Drew Barker and junior Maxwell Smith. Towles will be under center for the Wildcats' Aug. 30 season opener against Tennessee-Martin.

Coach Mark Stoops' long-awaited announcement Monday culminated a frustrating journey for Towles, who arrived at Kentucky with high expectations in 2012 before falling off the radar last season and being redshirted. And, it came with a little joke from Coach Stoops. "He sits me down and he's like hey, you know last year at this time I brought you down here and told you you need to get better," said Towles. "He said unfortunately I'm gonna have to ask you to do the same thing, and all the color just falls out of my face. I was like oh my gosh, you're kidding. I'm glad I was sitting down."

Instead of giving up, Towles came back strong this spring after tweaking his mechanics and attitude. "Relief. I'm super excited, it's a great opportunity. It's something I wanted for my entire life, and to have this opportunity is awesome. I'm super excited!"

Coach Stoops was not ready to name a back-up quarterback. Towles beat out Reese Phillips, Drew Barker and Maxwell Smith.

 


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UK Baseball Notebook: Recapping Summer Leagues http://www.truebluefan.com/news/uk-baseball-notebook-recapping-summer-leagues/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/uk-baseball-notebook-recapping-summer-leagues/ Sports - True Blue Site Tue, 19 Aug 2014 4:51:45 PM UK Baseball Notebook: Recapping Summer Leagues

21 Kentucky Baseball Standouts Played Summer Collegiate Baseball

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A total of 21 Kentucky baseball standouts concluded their 2014 seasons by playing in collegiate summer leagues, with Zach Arnold, Kyle Barrett, Marcus Carson, Kyle Cody and JaVon Shelby each earning all-star accolades during the year.

Zach Arnold
Played for the Wisconsin Woodchucks in the Northwoods League, earning postseason Northwoods League All-Star accolades ... Played in 44 games, hitting .304 (42-for-138) with 27 runs, eight doubles, two homers and 21 RBI, sporting a 11-23 walk-strikeout ratio ... Arnold went 2-for-8 in his two playoff games ... Also came on to pitch an inning, allowing no hits and two walks in one inning on July 30 ... Ran up a 19-game hitting streak from June 30 to Aug. 1 ... After his hitting streak was snapped, finished the summer on a five-game streak.

Kyle Barrett
Earned the starting centerfield spot in the Cape Cod League All-Star Game ... Played in 37 games in the Cape, hitting .313 (40-for-128) with 22 runs, three doubles, one triple, six RBI and 10 steals ... Had a 7-24 walk-strikeout ratio ... Was one of eight players in the Cape Cod League to hit over .300 and steal at least 10 bases ... Ranked 17th in the CCBL in average.

Bryce Bastien
Played for the Caldwell Warriors in the All-America League ... Hit .299 (20-for-67) in 24 games ... Had three doubles, one triple, one homer and 15 RBI, owning a 10-12 walk-strikeout ratio ... Was also hit by six pitches.

Zack Brown
Played for the Amsterdam Mohawks in the Perfect Game Collegiate League, teaming with UK teammates Marcus Carson, Connor Heady and JaVon Shelby ... Made eight appearances and seven starts for Amsterdam, owning a 3-2 record and a 3.75 ERA ... Worked 36 innings, allowing 28 hits and 17 walks, striking out 34.

Marcus Carson
Starred for the Amsterdam Mohawks in the Perfect Game Collegiate League, joining UK teammates Connor Heady, Zack Brown and JaVon Shelby on the squad ... Named to the All-PGCBL post-season team ... Also named a PGCBL All-Star starter in centerfield ... Hit .346 (45-for-130) with 38 runs, eight doubles, two triples and 12 RBI ... Stole 14-of-18 bases and owned a 24-20 walk-strikeout ratio ... Was also plunked by eight pitches.

Kyle Cody
Was the starting pitcher for the Western Division in the 2014 Cape Cod League All-Star Game ... Was on the Wareham Gateman ... Made nine starts during the summer, with a 2-3 record and a 2.72 ERA in 36.1 innings, allowing just 34 hits and 11 walks, striking out 34 ... Finished the summer ranked eighth in strikeouts and 10th in ERA.

Ryne Combs
Played for the Orleans Firebirds in the Cape Cod League ... Worked in 12 games in relief for Orleans, with a 1-0 record and a save in 13.2 innings, owning a 9.22 ERA ... Worked 13.2 innings, allowing 21 hits and 14 walks, striking out nine.

Greg Fettes
Hit .343 (34-for-99) in 34 games with the Fulton Railroaders in the Ohio Valley League, joining Tyler Marshall and Troy Squires on the club ... Belted five doubles and three homers, driving in 18 runs and drawing 24 walks.

Dorian Hairston
Played in 32 games with 23 starts for the Newark Pilots in the Perfect Game League ... Hit .188 (15-for-80) with 19 runs, three doubles and 13 RBI ... Drew eight walks and struck out just 13 times, stealing four bases.

Connor Heady
Played in four games for the Amsterdam Mohawks in the Perfect Game Collegiate League ... Hit .214 (3-for-14) with two RBI, two walks and one steal.

Taylor Martin
Started eight games for the Stasburg Express in the Valley League ... Had a 1-2 record and a 5.36 ERA, working 40.1 innings, allowing 19 walks and 45 hits, striking out 42 ... Had quality starts vs. Cannons and the Royals.

Tyler Marshall
Played for the Fulton Railroaders in the Ohio Valley League, joining UK teammates Greg Fettes and Troy Squires ... Hit .270 (30-for-111) with two doubles, and 13 RBI.

Andrew Nelson
Played in 11 games with nine starts for the Victoria HarbourCats in the West Coast League ... Had a 0-4 record and a 7.15 ERA in 44 innings, allowing 52 hits, 29 walks and striking out 24.

Blake Oyler
Pitched in 15 games with one starts for Elimira in the Perfect Game League ... Had a 1-2 record and a 4.15 ERA with three saves ... Worked 21.2 innings, allowing 24 hits and four walks, striking out 19.

Austin Perry
Started seven games for the Mooresville All-Americans in the All-American League ... Had a 4-1 record and a 4.00 ERA in 36 innings, allowing 27 hits and 13 walks, striking out 34.

JaVon Shelby
Starred for the Amsterdam Mohwaks in the Perfect Game Collegiate League, joining UK teammates Zack Brown, Connor Heady and Marcus Carson ... The starting shortstop for the Eastern Division in the PGCBL All-Star Game ... Hit .239 (32-for-134) with 23 runs, 12 doubles, three homers and 21 RBI ... Had a 21-23 walk-strikeout ratio and stole nine bases.

Matt Snyder
Started 11 games for the Willmar Stingers in the Northwoods League ... Had a 3-3 record and a 5.70 ERA in 53.2 innings ... Issued 25 walks, allowed 57 hits and struck out 44 ... Entered his last start with a 4.01 ERA before allowing 11 runs in two innings.

Zach Strecker
Started eight games for the Valley Blue Sox in the New England Collegiate Baseball League ... Had a 2-5 record and a 3.19 ERA in 50.2 innings, allowing just eight walks, 54 hits and striking out 30 ... Worked at least six innings in all but one start, including at least seven innings in five starts.

Ka'ai Tom
Played in four games with the Wisconsin Woodchucks in the Northwoods League ... Hit .417 (5-for-12) with five runs, one double, one RBI and one steal.

Storm Wilson
Played in 36 games for the Valley Blue Sox in the New England Collegiate Baseball League, teaming with Zach Strecker ... Hit .254 (30-for-118) with three doubles, one triple and four RBI, stealing eight bases ... Had a 7-25 walk-strikeout ratio.

Robert Zeigler
Played in eight games with five starts for the Lima Locos in the Great Lakes Collegiate League ... Had a 1-1 record and a 4.12 ERA in 24 innings ... Allowed 18 hits and 20 walks, striking out 30.

 


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Alan Cutler Accepts Shane Boyd And Jared Lorenzen's Challenge http://www.truebluefan.com/news/alan-cutler-accepts-shane-boyd-and-jared-lorenzen-s-challenge/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/alan-cutler-accepts-shane-boyd-and-jared-lorenzen-s-challenge/ Sports - True Blue Site Tue, 19 Aug 2014 2:17:35 PM Alan Cutler Accepts Shane Boyd And Jared Lorenzen's Challenge

Former UK Quarterbacks Jared Lorenzen and Shane Boyd had a great deal of fun challenging, and dumping water on Alan Cutler as part of the ALS Challenge.

LEX18 Sports Anchor Keith Farmer, LEX18 Weekend Anchor Kyle Scott, and former LEX18 Sports Anchor Mary Jo Perino have been challenged not only for the cold ice bath, but to write checks.

 

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Former Cat Terrence Jones Donates Money To Family Of Murder Victim http://www.truebluefan.com/news/former-cat-terrence-jones-donates-money-to-family-of-murder-victim-386125/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/former-cat-terrence-jones-donates-money-to-family-of-murder-victim-386125/ Sports - True Blue Site Tue, 19 Aug 2014 5:49:13 AM Former Cat Terrence Jones Donates Money To Family Of Murder Victim

Former UK and current NBA basketball player Terrence Jones donated money to the family of a Portland woman shot to death over the weekend.

According to KATU, police found Ervaeua Ronchelle Herring, 21, shot to death in an apartment around 5 a.m. Sunday. Herring had a 1-year-old son who was not home at the time of the shooting, and was in the early stages of pregnancy, according to the TV station.

Police say the shooting was likely gang related.

Jones grew up in Portland, and KATU reports he donated an undisclosed amount of money to the family Monday afternoon. It remains unclear what, if any, connection Jones shares with the family.

Jones currently plays for the Houston Rockets.

 


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Three Former UK QB's Believe in Towles http://www.truebluefan.com/news/three-former-uk-qb-s-believe-in-towles/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/three-former-uk-qb-s-believe-in-towles/ Sports - True Blue Site Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:05:54 PM Three Former UK QB's Believe in Towles

The bond between Kentucky Quarterbacks is special.

Tim Couch, Jared Lorenzen and Shane Boyd all love the University of Kentucky. They all want Patrick Towles to be special. As far as who knows him best? Obviously, it's Jared.

Lorenzen coached Towles in high school at Fort Thomas. But, when Jared first saw Patrick, this was not predictable. "No, God no. Nobody did. Anybody who said they saw this when he was a freshman (in high school) is completely lying to you," said Lorenzen. "I think he was the third string freshman quarterback. And the backup goes and plays defense and now he's the backup. It just kind of worked. And credit to him that he put in the work. Now, when I saw him as a junior when I worked with him all the time then I was starting to say 'Oh my God this kid can really play.' And then as a senior, seeing that extra step. He can go play where ever he wants."

Couch was not surprised by the announcement from Coach Stoops. "I think Towles, the improvement he made in the off-season was obvious. The hard work he put in during his redshirt year, it was clear to see the improvement just watching him in practice," said Couch. He added, "his mechanics are better. His arm strength is better. His decision making is better. He just feels more comfortable in the offense.

The former Henry Clay and UK quarterback, Boyd also mentioned the difficulties that come with playing that position. "He (Towles) has been in the mix of what, I would say, is some ridicule here and there. I would say uncertainty with him." Boyd went on to say, "For a guy like Stoops and Brown to put their trust in him to lead this team in the direction we are going with a football program, he's doing something right. So, I'm excited for him. I'm proud of him."

This decision can change Patrick Towles life. If he's special, Jared believes he'll be in the NFL.

 


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Former UK Quarterbacks Take ALS Challenge http://www.truebluefan.com/news/former-uk-quarterbacks-take-als-challenge/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/former-uk-quarterbacks-take-als-challenge/ Sports - True Blue Site Mon, 18 Aug 2014 2:15:03 PM Alan Cutler Former UK Quarterbacks Take ALS Challenge

Former UK Quarterbacks from 1996 through 2004 took the ALC challenge.

Tim Couch, Jared Lorenzen, and Shane Boyd all said that the ice was worse than getting hit by a big defensive tackle.  Former UK wide out Harold Dennis also took the challenge.

They challenged a number of people including new starting quarterback Patrick Towles, backup quarterback Drew Barker, former LEX18 Sports Anchor Ryan Lemond, KSR's Matt Jones, and yours truly.

 


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Volleyball's Annual Blue-White Scrimmage Set http://www.truebluefan.com/news/volleyball-s-annual-blue-white-scrimmage-set/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/volleyball-s-annual-blue-white-scrimmage-set/ Sports - True Blue Site Mon, 18 Aug 2014 1:13:00 PM Volleyball's Annual Blue-White Scrimmage Set

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Fans will get their first chance to watch the No. 19 Kentucky volleyball team Sunday, Aug. 25 at 5 p.m. ET when the team hosts its annual Blue-White scrimmage in Memorial Coliseum. Admission to the event is free, and doors open at 4 p.m.

The annual intrasquad scrimmage comes five days before the Wildcats open the 2014 season. UK hosts Wichita State Aug. 29 at 6:30 p.m. as part of the four-team Bluegrass Battle.

Additionally, single match tickets for the 2014 season went on sale today. Reserved tickets are $5 each, while general admission single match tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for seniors (65+) and youth (6-18). Children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge in general admission seating.

2014 season tickets are also on sale now and begin at $35. More information on how to buy season tickets can be found here, while fans can purchase season or single match tickets by calling the UK Ticket Office at 800-928-CATS.

The 2014 campaign marks Craig Skinner's 10th season as head coach of Kentucky. Skinner enters the season as the program's second all-time winningest coach. With 202 victories, he is just seven wins shy of tying UK's all-time wins mark of 209, set by Kathy DeBoar from 1984-92.

The Wildcats are coming off a school-record ninth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament and finished third in the SEC in 2013.

News, notes and features on the Wildcats throughout their preseason practices can be found on Countdown to 2014 UK Volleyball on UKathletics.com

 


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Towles Named UK Quarterback http://www.truebluefan.com/news/towles-named-uk-quarterback/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/towles-named-uk-quarterback/ Sports - True Blue Site Mon, 18 Aug 2014 9:44:07 AM Towles Named UK Quarterback

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has named redshirt sophomore Patrick Towles as the Wildcats' starting quarterback, addressing the team's biggest question since last spring.

Stoops first tweeted out his decision before Monday morning's practice, then said afterward, "Truth is, he won the job. It was close. He just won out over the other quarterbacks."

The 6-foot-5, 238-pound Towles was redshirted last season after playing five games as a freshman but came back this spring to become the favorite to lead Kentucky's pass-oriented "Air Raid" offense. The Fort Thomas native still had to beat out freshman Drew Barker, redshirt freshman Reese Phillips and junior Maxwell Smith in fall camp and just last week coaches were expressing hope that one would distinguish himself.

Stoops ultimately chose Towles, who arrived to much fanfare as the state's Mr. Football and high expectations of even starting quickly because of his ability to throw deep. While injuries to Smith pressed him into action, issues with Towles' mechanics eventually left him out of the mix.

Towles worked hard to correct them and his improvement showed in Kentucky's spring game as he completed 9 of 10 passes for 110 yards. His improvement has continued throughout camp including Monday's workout, when he unleashed several long passes and put zip on his short attempts.

There were also mistakes as expected, but Towles appeared to play more confidently. Being told before practice that he would be the starter probably had a lot to do with his demeanor, though Stoops joked that he briefly led Towles to believe he wasn't the choice before quickly saying the job was his.

Towles wasn't available to the media after practice but Stoops said in considering all his quarterbacks' qualities that Towles continually stood above his competitors.

"We looked at everything through the spring and fall and I can't say it's one thing" that helped Towles, said Stoops, who wouldn't name a backup. "They each do some good things and I have confidence in all of them. Patrick's done a very good job."

Stoops and offensive coordinator Neal Brown praised Towles' determination to bounce back after being the odd man out last season. Rather than complain or lose confidence, he worked hard to get back into the quarterback discussion and eventually established himself as the front-runner.

"He just looked himself in the mirror," Brown said.

Stoops' announcement means the Wildcats will enter the Aug. 30 season opener against Tennessee-Martin with their third different starting QB in as many years. Jalen Whitlow and Smith alternated last year's opener against Western Kentucky and several more times during the season before Smith sustained a shoulder injury that required offseason surgery and kept him out of spring drills.

Smith started the 2012 opener before sustaining an ankle injury against South Carolina that ultimately ended his season and opened the door for Whitlow, who has transferred to Eastern Illinois.

Towles' mission now is using size and big arm to inject life into the Wildcats' passing game as they try to rebound from back-to-back 2-10 seasons and end a 16-game SEC losing streak.

Kentucky averaged just 193 yards per game through the air last season to rank 10th of 14 Southeastern Conference teams. The Wildcats were next to last in total offense (341.3 yards).

While Towles' impact remains to be seen, Stoops said naming the starter now demonstrates how far he has come and will help the offensive preparation before the opener. The coach said he's not relieved about finally deciding on a starter but added that he's glad to be able to move on from the subject that hung over him and the team.

 


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Coach Cal Postgame Press Conference After Loss To Dominican National Team http://www.truebluefan.com/news/coach-cal-postgame-press-conference-after-loss-to-dominican-national-team/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/coach-cal-postgame-press-conference-after-loss-to-dominican-national-team/ Sports - True Blue Site Mon, 18 Aug 2014 6:27:10 AM Coach Cal Postgame Press Conference After Loss To Dominican National Team

The University of Kentucky basketball team wrapped up its Bahamas trip with a one-point loss to the Dominican Republic National Team.

The Cats fell 63-62 Sunday.

Kentucky finishes the Bahamas tour with a 5-1 record.

Here is coach John Calipari's postgame press conference.


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UK Men's Soccer Shuts-Out NKU in Exhibition http://www.truebluefan.com/news/uk-men-s-soccer-shuts-out-nku-in-exhibition/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/uk-men-s-soccer-shuts-out-nku-in-exhibition/ Sports - True Blue Site Sun, 17 Aug 2014 10:16:54 PM UK Men's Soccer Shuts-Out NKU in Exhibition

Freshman goalkeeper Stuart Ford - seeing his first collegiate action - worked a clean sheet in a scoreless draw at Northern Kentucky in the first exhibition of the Kentucky men's soccer season, in front of a NKU record 1,934 on Sunday night at the NKU Soccer Complex.

 

Kentucky and Northern Kentucky battled to a scoreless draw in the first exhibition tune-up for both teams in 2014. UK and NKU have played three consecutive years to open its preseason schedule, with NKU setting program records for attendance in all three meetings.

The Wildcats got a save from Ford, who helped anchor a UK defensive unit that surrendered just one shot on goal in the game. UK was led offensively by freshman Stefan Stojkovic, who fired a game-best four shots. UK also got shots from Kristoffer Tollefsen, Matt Quick, Jordan Wilson, Sam Miller and Hampus Agerstrom.

 

Kentucky finished with a 9-3 advantage in shots and a 4-1 advantage in shots on goal. The Norse had four corners in the game with the Wildcats getting two, with NKU owning a 18-11 mark in fouls.

 

Several Kentucky players made their first career actions, including Ford, starting in place of Irving, a first-team All-Conference USA goalkeeper, who was nursing a minor injury. UK also had Dimitri DeChurch-Silva and Jason Pitts make their first career starts. Stojkovic, Agerstrom, Kevin Barajas, Nick Bigilin and Jamie Terpak all saw their first career action.

 

UK had two shots on goal in the first half, forcing saves on shots from Agerstrom and Wilson.

 

NKU used two keepers in the game, as Toby Frohlich made two saves in the first half and A.J. Fleak made two saves in the second half as UK ratcheted up the pressure in the final frame.

 

Kentucky will return to exhibition action on Saturday vs. Georgia State in its first game action at the sparkling new Wendell & Vicki Bell Soccer Complex. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. ET on Saturday.

 


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