What once seemed inevitable—a renovated Rupp Arena—is now dead, at least temporarily. On Wednesday, Lexington mayor Jim Gray suspended efforts for a renovated Rupp Arena and Lexington Convention Center as support for the effort has evaporated. Beth Musgrave writes:
“Lexington Mayor Jim Gray announced Wednesday that he is scuttling a $351 million renovation of Rupp Arena and attached convention center after the University of Kentucky told city and state officials that it was only interested in a scaled-back Rupp Arena renovation.
Gray told the Herald-Leader on Wednesday that the plans for the renovation have been suspended indefinitely until all parties can come together.”
There are simply too many problems in the Commonwealth right now that need to be addressed before spending $350 million renovating Rupp Arena makes sense. John Clay writes:
“Truth be told, there just isn’t enough public support for a Rupp re-do. Blame that on UK’s cold shoulder. Blame that on the $351 million price tag. Blame that on regions of the state with bad roads and high unemployment that don’t want their tax dollars funding a so-called rebirth of a downtown miles and miles away.
Rupp will have to be addressed at some point, no doubt. Timing is everything, however, and now is not the time.”
You probably have never heard of the World University Games. A tip of the hat if you have. In 2015, Kansas will represent the United States at the games. Matt Norlander writes:
“Kansas basketball players are going to get some great experience and a once-in-a-lifetime trip next year.
The school has announced the men’s basketball team will represent the United States at 2015 World University Games in South Korea. The event runs from July 3-14 of next year. Many schools sought to be chosen, but Bill Self’s bunch gets the nod.”
Kentucky football recruiting has had some major successes since Stoops & Co have taken over. But this week, they ran into a bit of a roadblock. Ben Roberts writes:
“It’s been a rough week so far for the Kentucky football program’s recruiting efforts.
Four-star linebacker Nick Conner announced his commitment to Ohio State on Tuesday, the same day that Marquise Copeland pledged to Cincinnati.
On Wednesday, four-star defensive end Dre’Mont Jones joined Conner in Ohio State’s recruiting class. A few hours later, class of 2016 quarterback Messiah De-Weaver committed to Michigan.
All four players are from Ohio, and all four players were seen as major UK recruiting targets.”
Tim Cahill, of Australia (the “Socceroos”) scored what may end up being the best goal of the World Cup down in Brasil. Check out the video on Sports Illustrated.