THE REST OF MAY[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="401"] Photo by David Wegiel | UK Athletics[/caption]
May 23-24: NCAA Softball Super RegionalThe UK softball team will make its fourth appearance in the NCAA Super Regional this upcoming weekend in Gainesville. As someone who cares very little about the little round balls, even I was captivated by their run last year. Here's their schedule this weekend:
Saturday, May 23 Kentucky vs. Florida - 1 p.m. ET - ESPNU
Sunday, May 24 Florida vs. Kentucky - noon ET - ESPN Kentucky vs. Florida - 3 p.m. ET - ESPN
June 6: Saturday Night Prime Time CampUK's football camps have taken a huge step up in the Mark Stoops era, and the staff is kicking things off on June 6 with the Saturday Night Prime Time Camp, which is open to rising high school junior and seniors only. The Sunday Showcase camp is on Sunday and both are great chances for Kentucky to host and court elite talent from around the country. According to the staff, the Saturday Night Prime Time Camp is HUGE.
June 6: The Belmont StakesWill American Pharoah become the first Triple Crown champion since Affirmed in 1978? For horse racing's sake, I sure hope so. Many are calling Pharoah the best Triple Crown contender since Smarty Jones in 2004, and America will be watching to see if he can pull off something only eleven other horses have in the history of the sport.
June 9: Basketball players report to campusIn recent years, summer workouts have become the norm for the basketball team, and if players aren't able to come early, they're noticeably behind the rest when the season starts. While some of us are still stuck on the end of last season, it's comforting to know that the Tyler Ulis era at Kentucky begins in two and a half weeks.
June 22: The KSR Summer Tour of Affiliates kicks offFor the fourth year in a row, Matt, Ryan, and Drew will tour the state to visit all of the radio show's affiliates. There's over 30 affiliates now, which means the tour will take almost two months. The schedule is still being finalized, but we'll post it as soon as it's ready. Get your hole in the wall, down home cookin' restaurant recs ready. [caption id="attachment_177208" align="alignnone" width="500"] Photo by UK Athletics[/caption]
June 25: The NBA Draft (New York City)Kentucky set the record for the most players drafted from one school back in 2012 when six Cats' names were called: Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones, Marquis Teague, Doron Lamb, and Darius Miller. There's a good chance Kentucky will break its own record this go around as seven players wait to hear their futures. Karl Towns will go either first or second, Willie Cauley-Stein most likely in the top ten, and Devin Booker and Trey Lyles possibly in the lottery. Dakari Johnson and Andrew Harrison could potentially sneak into the first round, while Aaron Harrison needs to impress in workouts over the next month to ensure his name is called. If all seven players are drafted, it will be a landmark moment for the program and the telecast will be even more of a UK informercial than in years past.
July 4: Happy Birthday AmericaIndependence Day falls on a Saturday this year, but that won't stop me and Richmond Bramblet from holding our annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest LIVE BLOG. (Richmond, if you're reading this, you're doing it.)
July 4-20: NBA Summer Leagues kick offWith potentially 25 former Kentucky players in the league after the Draft, there's a good chance we'll see several of them play in the Summer Leagues in Orlando, Utah, and Las Vegas. Here's a list of teams participating:
Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors, L.A. Lakers, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA D-League Select, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards
- July 4-10: Orlando Summer League
- July 6-9: Utah Jazz Summer League
- July 10-20: Las Vegas Summer League
July 13-16: SEC Football Media Days (Birmingham, Alabama)For the third year in a row, I'm headed to lovely Birmingham to cover the SEC Media Days. Mark Stoops and the Kentucky representatives aren't up until Wednesday, but I'll head down Tuesday morning to take in the sights, sounds, and crazy Alabama fans in the Wyndham Hotel lobby. Here's the full schedule:
- Monday, July 13: SEC Commissioner, Auburn (Gus Malzahn), Florida (Jim McElwain), Vanderbilt (Derek Mason)
- Tuesday, July 14: SEC Coordinator of Football Officials Steve Shaw; South Carolina (Steve Spurrier), Texas A&M (Kevin Sumlin), Mississippi State (Dan Mullen), Tennessee (Butch Jones)
- Wednesday, July 15: Alabama (Nick Saban), Kentucky (Mark Stoops), Arkansas (Bret Bielema), Missouri (Gary Pinkel)
- Thursday, July 16: LSU (Les Miles), Georgia (Mark Richt), Ole Miss (Hugh Freeze)