The option of reinventing Rupp Arena rather than constructing a new arena in downtown Lexington gained a convert Tuesday. Builder Ray Ball, a member of a task force charged with recommending a future home for University of Kentucky basketball, came away from a Tuesday morning tour of Madison Square Garden convinced that renovation is a good option for Lexington and UK to pursue. "I personally believe that is the direction that makes the most sense," Ball said.
Part pickup basketball game. Part trade show. Light-hearted fun. An old psychic wound re-opened. That's what Monday's charity game at Rupp Arena — won by the Villains over the Big Blue All-Stars 152-149 in overtime — felt like.
Oversight of athletics at the University of Kentucky would move from the UK Athletics Association to a committee of the UK Board of Trustees under a proposal approved Thursday by a special committee of trustees. That proposal was unanimously approved by the committee, which was created by board Chairman Britt Brockman to study how the university oversees athletics. He formed the committee shortly after former President Lee T. Todd Jr. gave Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart a contract extension and a raise without consulting the Board of Trustees or the UKAA Board.
If boos rain down on him in Rupp Arena later this month, former Duke All-American Christian Laettner will not ask for an umbrella. He's more likely to look upward, stretch out his arms and welcome the drenching. "I miss that," Laettner said Thursday of his role as villain in an upcoming charity game. "I'm 42. I'm getting that less and less. When you retire from the NBA, you don't get the yelling and booing as much."