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Other Sports

Tyler Swafford came to EKU to play quarterback; he’s leaving as a student of the world

Tyler Swafford came to Eastern Kentucky University determined to carve out a memorable career as a quarterback. Instead, the Franklin, Tenn., product used resources available to him as an EKU student to engage the world. While at Eastern, Swafford has visited Casablanca, NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, the Dachau concentration camp and played in an all-star football game in China. Now, he is giving up his final two seasons of football eligibility at Eastern to study in Ireland as one of 12 winners of the prestigious George J. Mitchell Scholarship.

UK Football

Competition for football recruits in Kentucky about to turn red-hot

With Kentuckians Jeff Brohm coaching at Purdue and Joker Phillips at Cincinnati, this may well be the best time ever to be an aspiring FBS football player from the state of Kentucky. Yet this could become a challenging time to be an in-state recruiter at the commonwealth’s three Football Bowl Subdivision schools — Kentucky, Louisville and Western Kentucky.

UK Football

UK’s Drake Jackson eager to join buddies Young, Daniel on the field

Drake Jackson, Landon Young and Kash Daniel were the Three Musketeers of the Kentucky Wildcats’ 2016 recruiting class, three in-state stars who said no to a Who’s Who of traditional college football titans. However, where Young and Daniel both contributed to UK’s 7-5 record as true freshmen, Jackson got caught in a depth crunch and was redshirted.

High School Sports

Are smallish Sweet Sixteen crowds in Rupp Arena here to stay?

The good news from the 100th Boys’ Sweet Sixteen in Rupp Arena was that the total attendance was up by 4,267 from the 2016 state tourney. Bad news was that this year’s total attendance was the second-lowest ever for a state tourney held in Rupp. Can moving the state tournament where it would not have to compete directly with the NCAA tourney bring fans back?

Men's Basketball

The one Kentucky coach who finished the job in 2017 March Madness

Kevin Burton, a former Jessamine County High School player, was out of college basketball coaching after Lambuth University closed because of financial problems in 2011. After getting a chance to revive his career at Union College, Burton led the Bulldogs to the 2017 NAIA Division II national title, the Barbourville school’s first team national championship in any sport