Daily Archives: January 8, 2013
The tour was, how can I say it, oh yea it was “Epically Awesome.” I was in awe the entire time, it was hard to hold in all the excitement the whole time.
The entire time I was thinking that this is where history has been made and where history will continue to be made. It was also extremely sweet to know that I was able to walk around on the floor that was underneath the feet of the 2012 Championship team for 40 minutes, leading up to UK’s 8th National Title. Word’s can’t describe the feelings I hide.
In the media group we were able to see all of the locker room, from the lockers to the coaches office to the pre-game conference room to the showers; all of it.
Check out some of the photos below:
Check out video highlights:
According to Pete Roussel of the Coaching Search, Mark Stoops has hired Derrick Ansley, former corners coach at Tennessee.
Ansley comes by way of Tennessee, where he coached last year under Defensive Coordinator Sal Sunseri. Ansley also worked as a Secondary assistant coach at Alabama, and helped coach players like Dre Kirkpatrick and Mark Barron, both first round picks.
Before Tennessee, Ansley was at Central Florida for a few months before being brought to Tennessee.
For Tennessee, Ansley recruited heavily in Alabama and Georgia, and figures to do the same at Kentucky.
Derek Dooley had this to say about Ansley when he was hired at Tennessee: ”Derrick is a bright young coach with an incredibly high ceiling in this profession.”
Welcome Derrick to the #BBN!
Below is an official press release from UK regarding volunteer assistant coach Keith Vorhoff:
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky baseball volunteer assistant coach Keith Vorhoff – in his sixth year on the UK staff – was honored as a featured presenter at the American Baseball Coaches Association Convention, held over the weekend in Chicago.
Vorhoff was honored as a presenter at the ABCA Convention, giving a presentation entitled “The Catching Foundation: Receiving and Blocking”. A native of Baton Rouge, La., Vorhoff has been UK’s catching coordinator since arriving in Lexington before the 2008 season.
“I’ve been to many conventions in my 11 years of coaching and it was such an honor to be able to represent the Big Blue Nation on the national stage,” Vorhoff said. “It’s a testament to the reputation that Kentucky baseball has earned under Coach (Gary) Henderson’s leadership that created such an opportunity. I am very grateful to Kentucky baseball family and the American Baseball Coaches Association.”
Vorhoff is the third member of the UK staff to present at the ABCA Convention in the last five years, as Henderson presented in 2008 and UK offensive coordinator/infield defense coach Brian Green presented in 2011.
Vorhoff used an in-depth PowerPoint presentation, including several videos of game and practice action with the UK catching staff, in addition to pictures highlighting proper techniques, skills and drills.
During his time coaching UK’s backstops, individuals Luke Maile, Marcus Nidiffer and Michael Williams have excelled under Vorhoff’s tutelage, with Maile earning All-Southeastern Conference honors in 2012. Nidiffer had a breakout season in 2010 while working with Vorhoff, while Maile and Williams formed a shut-down UK catching tandem a year ago, as UK set every school fielding school record and led the league in pickoffs.
While working with the catchers, Vorhoff is directly involved in the pitching game plan with UK head coach Gary Henderson. During his five seasons at UK, Vorhoff has assisted Henderson with some of the most electric pitching staffs in school history, as UK set records in 2012 for saves, innings pitched, strikeouts and opponent batting average, ranking second in fewest homers allowed. UK’s 2012 ERA marked the second-best in program history, paced by a UK bullpen that went 40-0 when handed a lead after seven innings.
Also the first base coach for the Wildcats in his five seasons, Vorhoff has helped direct a dynamic UK offensive approach. In 2012, the Wildcats ranked among the SEC’s top three in every key offensive category.
Before joining the UK staff, Vorhoff spent the 2007 season as the pitching coach for Southeastern Louisiana University, helping mentor Arizona Diamondbacks rookie and All-Star hurler Wade Miley. Vorhoff completed his playing career as a closer for Missouri Valley College, with stops at Arkansas State and Pratt Community College.
“We are extremely proud of Keith,” Henderson said. “His presentation was absolutely outstanding. Keith did a tremendous job representing Kentucky and our baseball program.”
Article by: Marcus Owens
In celebration of opening night in the Southeastern Conference, Ky Cat Stats presents (drum roll please) our conference preview, Twitter style. Here’s a breakdown of each of the 14 conference teams in 140 characters or less.
Fresh off #back2back elite8 trips UF is fav 2 win SEC & dthrone UK as conf champs. Loses @ AZ&KanSt continue trend of Rd struggles 4 BillyD
Hosts Bama n 1st SEC game n school history 2nite. Led by preseason #SECPOY fav Phil Pressey & talented transfers Mizzou is a FF contender.
NCAA leader n all-time wins, highest all-time winning %, leads all schools n total NCAA tourney appearances, gr8est fan base n all of sports. #BBN
Vols r averaging 64.5ppg & r shooting 42.4 % this yr, down from 68.8 ppg & 43.8 % last yr. SO forward Jarnell Stokes leads UT avg 11&7 rebs
1st yr coach Johnny Jones has Beaux Bengals off to 9-2 start after soft nonconf slate. 4 players avg double figs led by JR Shavon Coleman. #Balance
6. Texas A&M
Hosts Ark n 1st SEC game n school history on Wed SR Elston Turner leads A&M n scoring w/ 15ppg & has reached double figs n each game this yr.
7. Ole Miss
Conf dark horse (11-2) led by SR Forward Murphy Holloway’s (15&10rebs). 5th nationally in scoring @ 83ppg open season n Knox vs UT on Wed. #Banger
2nd year under coach Mike Anderson & the Hogs are running&gunning (9-4) avgn 83ppg. SO G BJ Young is 3rd in the SEC in scoring avg 17.7ppg
Georgia (6-7) stinks.
10. South Carolina
Tough guy head coach Frank Martin has USC (10-3) fans thinkn NIT. Da Cocks open SEC play on Wed @ lowly MissSt. UCS is 8-13 n SEC openers
Have won 3 of 4 NCs, sorry wrong sport. Tide (8-5) are off 2 rough start w/ loses 2 Mercer & Tulane, at home. Jr Trevor Releford avg 15ppg
Vandy (6-6) opens conf play vs Defending National Champions University of Kentucky Wildcats on Thursday n Nashville. They r going 2 lose
The Tigers (6-7) aren’t very good. #TheyBad
14. Mississippi State
Mississippi St (5-7) defeated New Orleans 97-46 to pick up its 5th win of the season January 3rd.
Bye, bye, Nutter recruiting room.
The K-Fund created this nifty little page that shows what kind of Commonwealth Stadium renovations are in the cards and what they consist of. Here’s a few highlights:
The biggest portion of the Stadium Renovations starts with the proposed Multi-Purpose recruiting room in the East End Zone. This was something that Rich Brooks pined for many times, and looks like it is being included in the new renovation plans. Below is an example of the recruiting room at South Carolina. (Note: UK has no current recruiting room, but uses the basketball recruiting room in Rupp Arena during basketball season)
The next biggest piece comes with the spectator driven improvements. Hopefully, this includes some new restaurants coming in to Commonwealth instead of just your basic concession stand. There is a plan to add new video boards also. Wouldn’t hurt to put a few in the concourses if you ask me.
There is also a proposal to decrease some of the seating capacity. The goal of this would be to provide more comfortable seats, and probably would come about with the addition of 2,000 to 2,500 club seats.
The plan also calls for 10-15 additional suites, including a Presidential Suite that could seat 100-150 patrons. That sounds like a heck of a place to be on game days.
Anyway, so there you go. Now there aren’t any renditions of what the renovations would look like yet, but I’d like to see UK go as state of the art as possible, to help with attendance and Game Day experience. Maybe some air raid sirens too?
Go Big Blue!
Conveniently, my Pre-Season Pre-SEC awards were accidentally deleted by a rogue developer (conveniently, along with my horrible Jarnell Stokes and Cuonzo Martin predictions), so now we get to make new Pre-SEC Awards, and act like the ones before never happened. Unlike the coaches and media though, we’ll stick to five for each team, and we get to base it off some actual performances. Sweet.
First Team All-SEC
Phil Pressey – Missouri
BJ Young – Arkansas
Elston Turner – Texas A&M
Murphy Holloway – Ole Miss
Nerlens Noel – UK
Second Team All-SEC
Ryan Harrow – UK
Kenny Boynton – Florida
Archie Goodwin – UK
Patrick Young – Florida
Jarnell Stokes – UT
Archie Goodwin – UK
Jordan Price – Auburn
Alex Poythress – UK
Nerlens Noel – UK
SEC Player of the Year
Phil Pressey – Missouri
Newcomer of the Year
Nerlens Noel – UK
Coach of the Year
Billy Donovan – UF
So there you go. Go ahead and rip me for being a homer while TJ waits until our podcast to say I’m not a big enough homer. I’ll wait.
Go Big Blue!