The marquee speakers will be Kentucky assistant football coach Chuck Smith, former basketball standout Thad Jaracz and associate athletics director Rob Mullens. The comic relief — and hopefully some other interesting insights — will be provided by WLEX-TV sports anchor Ryan Lemond and myself.
Ohio's No. 1 UK fan, Jim Porter, and his committee do a fabulous job with this convention. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and the event ends at 4 p.m. Cost is $20 to help defray the day's expenses.
This event is for true blue fans as the talk is about Kentucky all day. One of my favorite parts of the day is lunch when everyone attending has a chance to relax, ask questions and share stories about the Wildcats. I've been to two past conventions and have learned something new about UK sports both times — and I have no doubt I will again this time.
Smith should be able to provide some valuable insights into the upcoming football season and Jaracz will be able to share more stories about that memorable 1965-66 season. Mullens handles basketball scheduling — along with a lot of other duties — and is Mitch Barnhart's top aide.
This would be a great opportunity for Kentucky Sports Report members to get together as well. Middletown is located between Cincinnati and Dayton and both times I've attended there have been well over 100 UK fans present. Charlie Combs is part of the convention organizing committee and a KSR member. Last time I was there I also met several other KSR folks and I'm looking forward to meeting even more this time.
Porter always has various door prizes and other surprises for those who attend. So if you love UK sports and live close to Middletown, take advantage of this opportunity.
For information, call Porter (937-746-8758) or e-mail combs at email@example.com.