|SPORTS UPDATE 9/17/12|
Multiple reports from Lexington say three University of Kentucky football players have been charged with marijuana possession. UK police chief Joe Monroe says running back Raymond Sanders, cornerback Marcus Caffey and wide receiver Bookie Cobbins were all charged Thursday night. Coach Joker Phillips says the three will remain on the team. Sanders and Cobbins are eligible to play at Florida this Saturday, with Caffey ruled academically ineligible before the start of the season.
Coach Phillips will talk more about this story on his weekly call in show at 5 this evening, followed by Big Blue Weekly at 6 on Lite 98.7.
The Southeastern Conference announced today Kentucky's September 29th home game with South Carolina will be played at 6 pm Hopkinsville time. It will be a nationally televised game on one of the ESPN networks.
Two regional college basketball programs have picked up commitments for the 2013 class. The Lexington Herald Leader reports Louisville has picked up a commitment from 5-11 junior college point guard Chris Jones who had originally signed with Tennessee. Jones currently plays at Northwest Florida Junior College.
Various reports out of Knoxville indicate Tennessee has gotten a 2013 commitment from 6-5 shooting guard Robert Hubbs of Newburn, Tennessee. Hubbs is ranked 12th nationally by Rivals.com.
The soap opera involving Texas Tech and former Kentucky basketball coach Billy Gillispie continues. The Lubbock Avalanche Journal reports they received a text message from an unknown source Sunday night saying Gillispie must live in a stress free environment for 30 days.
Gillispie is being treated at the Mayo Clinic for abnormal headaches and kidney problems. Gillispie is being investigated by university officials after players claimed he mistreated them.
It appears no formal talks are planned to end the National Hockey League strike. The players were locked out late Saturday night after not being able to reach a new collective bargaining agreement.
Some media reports indicate the league could announce cancellation of pre season games sometime this week and opening night October 11th is also in peril. It’s the NHL’s fourth shutdown since 1992 including a year long dispute which forced the cancellation of the entire 2004-05 season.