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Hicks staying put?

Posted: 05/06/2009 - Scott Co. coach Billy Hicks was in Hindman on Tuesday, "looking around," as he put it. Sources tell 27 SportsFirst that Knott Co. Central has offered Hicks their vacant basketball coaching position. Hicks tells Kentucky.com that he has no intentions of leaving Scott Co.

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Hicks leaving Scott Co.?

Updated: 05/06/2009 - The news was shocking, to say the least. Billy Hicks, who led Scott Co. to Sweet 16 titles in 1998 and 2007, was in Hindman on Tuesday, meeting with Knott Co. Central officials about their vacant basketball coaching position. Why on earth would one of the state's premier coaches want to leave Georgetown?

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Calipari working with video game giant

Updated: 04/30/2009 - UK coach John Calipari will fly to Los Angeles on Thursday where he will meet with representatives of gaming giant EA Sports. Calipari is scheduled for a live Twitter session, alongside Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash.

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Calipari will hire Delk, Padgett

Posted: 04/16/2009 - New UK coach John Calipari is set to hire former Wildcats Tony Delk and Scott Padgett. Calipari, speaking to TV cameras on Thursday, said he wanted to help jump start their coaching careers. "What I'm basically doing is helping them get started with their careers. If you want to get started in this profession, I will help you," Calipari said.

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Perry's loss is golf's gain

Updated: 04/14/2009 - For those of us who watched the Masters this past weekend, we saw a wonderfully gifted athlete, Kenny Perry, melt right before our eyes. In the process, Perry lost a chance at golfing immortality, falling in a playoff to Angel Cabrera. At 48, the Franklin, Ky. native may never have another opportunity to win one of golf's major. Only this wasn't just a major. This was the Masters.

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Coach Cal on the recruiting trail

Updated: 04/12/2009 - Sources tell 27 SportsFirst that new UK coach John Calipari is burning up the recruiting trail. Coach Cal, who during his introductory news conference vowed to recruit the "best of the best," has more than a few of the nation's top players in his sights.

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Coach Cal invites media to practice; atmosphere "positive"

Updated: 04/09/2009 - New UK coach John Calipari said he wanted to change the culture within the Wildcat basketball program. Already, he's begun the process, installing his dribble drive motion offense, while evaluating the players he inherits from Billy Gillispie. On Wednesday, UK sent a signal that the climate involving news coverage may be changing, too, when the school gave local media members an opportunity to see, first hand, one of Calipari's practices.

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Coach Cal now a Wildcat football fan

Updated: 04/03/2009 - New UK coach John Calipari continues to impress in his brief stay in Lexington. On Thursday, Calipari walked into the Nutter indoor practice facility to meet Rich Brooks and his football Wildcats, as they wrapped up their second day of spring workouts. Brooks, standing at midfield, walked over to greet coach Cal, who marveled at the UK practice facility. "I'm looking forward to getting to know you and spending some time with you," the new coach told Brooks.

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Calipari quickly leaving his mark on recruiting front

Updated: 04/02/2009 - "To whom much is given, much is expected." Former UK coach Tubby Smith used to toss that phrase out often, explaining the expectations that Wildcat fans have of their basketball heroes and coach. It's one of the reasons UK's bench boss is among the highest paid in the country.

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End of the line for Billy G?

Updated: 03/26/2009 - With Kentucky's 77-67 loss at Notre Dame, it appears the Billy Gillispie era has come to an end, after just two short years. The coach was in the WKYT studios Thursday morning, taping the Billy Gillispie Show. Dave Baker, filling in for regular host Rob Bromley, who was in transit from South Bend, asked Gillispie about his future in Lexington. Gillispie said he still was unsure of what might happen. The coach, however, appeared at ease, somehow at peace, knowing the decision is out of his hands.

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Smaller schools lose ally, friend

Posted: 03/25/2009 - Earlier this week, the Lexington Herald-Leader announced more budget cuts, code for layoffs. Sometimes called "small colleges," or, "mid-majors," these schools lost a dear friend, when veteran H-L reporter Rick Bailey was dismissed in the newspaper's fifth round of layoffs.

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Sweetest of Sweet 16s

Updated: 03/22/2009 - Last week's Boys Sweet 16 lived up to the KHSAA's billing as "the greatest show in hoops." There were so many good story lines and believe it or not, the best team won.

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Morehead's Madness worth millions

Updated: 03/18/2009 - When Morehead State won the OVC Tournament and its way into the NCAA Tournament, coach Donnie Tyndall wished aloud his Eagles could be chosen for the "play in" game. Tyndall got his wish and MSU knocked out Alabama State on Tuesday. Soon, the school and its basketball program could reap the benefits from the national exposure.

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CBS planning to "look in" on Morehead State Eagles

Updated: 03/16/2009 - While the Wildcats will miss the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1991, Morehead State will play sometime next week in the big dance, it's first trip to the tournament in 25 years. That's when Wayne Martin and the Eagles were making back-to-back trips in '83 and '84. As part of the celebration at Morehead on Sunday, CBS' coverage of Selection Sunday may well include the Eagles and their fans. The school is inviting people to the Adron Doran University Center on campus to watch as the brackets are unveiled. Since MSU won the OVC Tournament, and are automatic qualifiers, the suspense isn't whether Morehead is in, but who they play and where.

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Wildcats work out for NFL scouts

Updated: 03/11/2009 - The University of Kentucky football program held its annual Pro Day on Wednesday morning at the Nutter indoor football facility. 18 NFL teams were in attendance, putting Wildcat players through a series of agility tests.

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UK making plans for NIT

Updated: 03/16/2009 - UK's chances of earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament seemingly died on Saturday, when the Cats fell at Florida, 60-53. Billy Gillispie's squad now must run the table at the SEC Tournament to secure the automatic bid to the big dance, or perhaps, make it to the championship game and hope the selection comittee gives the Cats another look. In the meantime, UK is quietly making plans to host an NIT game.

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Peterson punches Morehead's ticket to Big Dance

Updated: 03/09/2009 - Freshman Steve Peterson was on the floor in the waning minutes of Morehead's double-overtime thriller with Austin Peay, only because starting guard Demonte Harper had fouled out. But with two seconds left in the second OT of the OVC Tournament championship game, Peterson suddenly found the ball in his hands and his Eagles tied with Peay, 65-65.

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Pitino's best coaching to date?

Posted: 03/08/2009 - Don't look now, but Louisville is the beast of the East. As in, Big East champion. The Cards, 25-5 (16-2), won at West Virginia, giving Rick Pitino his first conference championship. Does this represent the best coaching of his career?

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Georgetown's Cronin on the mend

Posted: 03/08/2009 - Georgetown football coach Bill Cronin was spotted at the Mid-South Conference basketball tournament in Frankfort, cheering on the school's basketball teams. With a crutch under one arm, Cronin, ever the trooper, explained that he needed the extra support following hip replacement surgery several weeks ago.

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Tumultuous season ends with loss at Florida

Updated: 03/08/2009 - Losers of four in-a-row. Five of their last six. Eight of their last 11. Big Blue fans will tell you, by Kentucky's standards, those numbers are staggering.

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Carter lone Cat for Senior Night

Posted: 03/05/2009 - One is the loneliest number. I can only imagine that has to be going through Jared Carter's mind when he steps through the paper hoop during Wednesday night's Senior Ceremonies at Rupp Arena, prior to the Wildcats' game against Georgia.

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Lafayette's Linton back in the game

Posted: 02/23/2009 - Lafayette forward Deron Linton couldn't wait to begin his senior season. The 6-foot-4 Linton averaged 15 points and nine rebounds per game last year and was expected to be "the man" for the Generals, if not one of the better players in the city and 11th Region. What he didn't anticipate was being sidelined all season with a dangerous heart disease.

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Coming off best game of the year, Cats brace for Carolina

Updated: 02/24/2009 - UK's 77-58 win over Tennessee represented the Cats' most-complete game of the season, if not the one of the best in the Billy Gillispie era. What made the performance so good was Gillisipe didn't need a 54-point outburst from Jodie Meeks to pound the Vols.

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