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Another day away from the blog, so apologies again for the lack of content. Things should return to normal Wednesday, with a couple of big stories planned sometime in the next couple of days in addition to UK's annual football media day Friday. Stay tuned.

- The big story of the day came from the UK Athletics board meeting, where the UK Athletics Association Board of Directors approved a rise in men's basketball ticket prices. For the 2010-11 season, lower level tickets will cost $680 and upper-level tickets will be $595. The 8,140 ticketholders required to donate to the K Fund for their premium seats will be required to donate money. The complete details can be found in Brett Dawson's story at the Courier-Journal. Single-game tickets will increase by $7 per ticket. One thing UK Athletics wanted fans to know is the rise in ticket prices didn't come without great consideration and research. Here are a couple of notes that UK released to the media that they would like fans to know:

•        UK Athletics is 100% self-supporting.
•        UK Athletics donates $1.7M annually to the University.
•        UK Athletics has the broadest program in the Southeastern Conference (22 sports) with a budget that is seventh in the SEC.
•        UK Athletics continues to rank in the bottom-third of the SEC in annual seat fundraising.
•        Last year the K Fund annual fund generated approximately $13.1M while Florida, Georgia and Tennessee generated more than $25M annually from their seat fees.
•        K Fund donations for men's basketball have not changed since 2008.
•        The increase will result in revenue growth of approximately $2.8M
•        Only 8,140 seats require a K Fund donation and will incur an increase, which makes up only a one-third of Rupp Arena's seating capacity.
•        Only 6 percent (200 people, 512 seats) of the donor seats will have an increase of more than $100-400.
•        Season and single-game ticket prices for men's basketball have not changed since 2007.
•        For 2010, UK Athletics will increase single-game ticket price by $7 per ticket
•        This adjustment would generate approximately $850K in new ticket revenue.
•        The new ticket prices would only increase the total season ticket cost by only $20-35 based on the 2010-11, 17-game home schedule.

- DeWayne Peevy, spokesman for UK men's basketball (and my boss), confirmed Tuesday that freshman forward Enes Kanter has not been cleared to play for Cats' three-day trip to Canada later this month. Kanter has qualified academically but is still waiting for the NCAA to clear him as an amateur. When reading that, remember that, despite the Canada trip, the regular season is still a few months away. Oh, and this just in, head coach John Calipari tweeted that injured freshman forward Terrence Jones (ankle) practiced in the live 5-on-5 drills in Tuesday's practices for Canada.

- Good story worth reading on the Washington Redskins' official website on former UK defensive end Jeremy Jarmon. After a pretty productive rookie season, one that was cut short by a knee injury, there was thought inside the Redskins organization that Jarmon might switch to linebacker in Washington's new 3-4 scheme. Now I certainly don't see that at all, but there was serious consideration, apparently, as Jarmon dropped all the way down to 260 pounds. Anyways, it now looks like that plan has been nixed according to the Washington website. Either way, Jarmon says he's willing to do whatever to contribute.

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