Rumor has it that Kentucky is looking at two assistant coaches in the Southeastern Conference and Centenary's Mark Montgomery as possible replacements to Beth Pruitt as UK's head softball coach. Montgomery was a former assistant at UK and his first head coaching position was at Georgetown (KY) College. Montgomery was named the Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year in 2002 after his team won the conference regular season and tournament championships at Georgetown.
In his first season as head coach at Centenary, Montgomery resurrected a program that was non-existent. He led his group of girls to the Mid-Continental Conference Tournament Championship and a near upset win over #1 Arizona in the first round of the NCAA Tournament earlier this month.
It is unknown at this time whom the Southeastern conference assistant candidates are, but a strong possibility may be Louisiana State assistant coach James DeFeo. With Mitch Barnhart's pattern of hiring away the best assistant coach's in his minor sports hires, it would not be surprising if he went to that avenue again.
According to sources close to the family, Kentucky could more then likely have a package deal with Zach Bernard and Michael Schwindel, if UK eventually offers Bernard in the upcoming months. Bernard is a 6'4 200 pound quarterback prospect from Owensboro Catholic. He has one offer from Marshall University, but has received interest from Louisville, Nebraska, and Mississippi State.
Speaking of Marshall University; the Mid-American Conference powerhouse has managed to offer some of the state's best prospects. In addition to Bernard, Marshall has reportedly offered Curtis Pulley and Madisonville's Blake Boyd.
Rumors around Newport indicate that Indiana could be on the verge of offering Newport's David Schoo. The northern Kentucky star is receiving interest from Wake Forest and Cincinnati, in addition Kentucky and Louisville. It should be interesting to see how this develops in the next few months.
Kentucky's next in-state offer could go to William Lewis of Scott County. Lewis is the cousin of Brandon Logan at Lexington Catholic and also James McKinney of Central High School in Louisville. Lewis and Logan attended the spring game together as well as many practices this spring.
LaGrange coach Steve Pardue seems pretty confident that UK will offer cornerback prospect Demoreo Ford in the near future. The senior-to-be is still very raw and does not have the stature that the staff wants, but his speed and athleticism is an attractive feature for Kentucky. The cousin of former wide receiver Quentin McCord, Ford currently lists Kentucky as his number one choice.
A rumor that is picking up steam in Hopkinsville have many people thinking that the Curtis Pulley to Wake Forest rumor might have more substance then once believed. Pulley has family around that area.
Kasi Mullins-Galloway, a 2005 commitment to Kentucky and Mickie DeMoss, was ruled eligible to play at Knott County Central for the 2004-2005 season by the KHSAA last week. Galloway will be playing for her fourth high school this upcoming season.
Kentucky could be the next school to offer Lexington Catholic junior-to-be Justin Burke. The outstanding quarterback already claims an offer from in-state Louisville and is receiving interests from the elite college football programs in the country. He is a leading candidate to be an Elite 11 quarterback in 2005.
With all the talk of recruiting and the fabulous classes brought in by Mickie DeMoss, Tubby Smith, and Jon Cohen, perhaps lost in the shuffle was the class brought in by soccer coach, Ian Collins. Collins has been grinning ear to ear since the spring signing period ended and rightfully so. Among the host of athletes heading to Lexington in the Fall are two Gatorade Players of the Year in their respective states, and a former Canadian National Team member. Many inside the program feel this is perhaps the class to take Kentucky to the next level in men's soccer.
David Jones could be Kentucky's next commitment among the in-state stars. Jones is the state's fastest runner and would add tremendous athleticism to the class of 2005.
The athletic department's biggest fear should be the status of Kentucky golf coach Brian Craig after the 2005 season. Although he claims to love Lexington and the University itself, Craig will have a major rebuilding job in 2006 once 3 of his starting 5 leave school. Among those five that will be departing is John Holmes, whom has single handidly moved Kentucky amongst the nations elite.
Perhaps no team was more of a disappointment then the Men's Tennis team, this season. In a span of two weeks, they went from almost being crowned regular season champions in the SEC to a second round exit in the NCAA Tournament. For the second straight year, Dennis Emery's group fell victim to the upset bug at home and did not live up to it's Top 10 ranking. Time could be running out for Emery, whom will lose his best player, Jesse Witten next year.
The University of Kentucky baseball team will have plenty of incoming transfers and walk-ons heading to Lexington in the fall. Rumors out of Lebanon have current Cumberland College star Kerry Corley and former West Virginia Mountaineer Justin Willett transferring and walking on Jon Cohen's program.
Among the players to leave UK's program this past season include UK pitcher Jeff Archer, son of defensive coordinator Mike Archer. The younger Archer has decided to leave the baseball program because of his constant history of arm troubles. All is not lost for UK, as he intends on joining his father Mike, as a walk-on punter in the Fall.
That's it for now! Stay tuned to next week for more rumors! Remember these are just rumors and nothing further. Take them with a grain of salt