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Closing the laptop

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Just wanted to let everyone know that the blog could be a little slow this week since I'm on vacation through June 6.

If all goes according to plan, I won't be opening up my laptop very much during that time as I try to recharge my batteries from a busy but successful 2010-11 athletics year for the University of Kentucky.

Fortunately for you all, Guy Ramsey will be filling in periodically this week with some notes and a story or two, including the kickoff of a a six-part series we're going to do over the summer. Guy will have the details on that in a few days.

 

Cat Scratches to host live Signing Day blog

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Live blog at bottom of the post

For the third straight year, Cat Scratches will be hosting a live Signing Day blog to bring fans the latest football Signing Day news.

With the help of the CoveritLive blog application, UKathletics.com will bring fans the latest and most accurate football Signing Day news on Wednesday. Cat Scratches will host a live blog from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Nutter Training Facility, the football headquarters for Kentucky.

As soon as UK receives the National Letter of Intent, Cat Scratches will be the first to report the official news.

In addition to the news of the signees, the live blog will also include interviews with some of the UK assistant coaches, live from the Nutter Training Facility. In between their busy day of recruiting, several of the coaches will sit down with Cat Scratches to discuss the latest signees, how the Cats' recruiting class is shaking up, and answer fans' questions and comments in a real-time format.

Fans can submit their questions and comments during the live chat from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. Questions will be posted pending approval of the moderator.

UKathletics.com will also have coverage from the Signing Day news conference at 3 p.m. as well as video and bios of the signees. Cat Scratches will have additional posts on the blog throughout the day.

Happy holidays from UK Athletics

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Wanted to let everyone know that the blog will be pretty slow over the next week as I take a holiday vacation. If there is any breaking news, I will still address it, but barring anything major, things could be pretty light on here.

Guy Ramsey will be covering the men's basketball game for me on Dec. 28 and the women's game on Dec. 29. He will have all the usual content (live blog, video, postgame story) on here that you've come to expect. After that, we'll get back to our normal routine.

In the meantime, everyone have a happy holidays and enjoy time with family and friends.

Shameless plug

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Shamelessly plugging myself a bit here, but I appeared on Tom Leach's "The Leach Report" Friday morning to talk about the inaugural "Scratchies" I came up with earlier in the week and to talk about the website.

If you care to listen, Leach has a podcast that you can listen to here. I come on the show around the 25-minute mark.

Live chat with Liggins, Dunlap on Friday

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Wanted to get the word out that we will have a live chat Friday at 12:15 p.m. with men's basketball's DeAndre Liggins and women's basketball's Victoria Dunlap.

In gearing up for the 2010-11 basketball season, it will be a great chance for fans to ask the players some questions before Friday night's Big Blue Madness and the upcoming year. We'll have Liggins and Dunlap on for 30-45 minutes.

Fans can send in questions and comments, pending approval of the moderator, by clicking on the live blog application Friday starting at 12:15 p.m. We are expecting a large audience for the live chat, so please be patient if your question does not make it through the first time. We will do our best to get to as many people as possible.

Off for the weekend

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Headed to Gatlinburg, Tenn., this weekend for a small weekend trip. Don't know if I will have Internet access or not while I'm down there.

In the case that I don't have access to the World Wide Web and am able to update from Tennessee, make sure you stay in tune with the NBA Summer League games in Las Vegas, which starts Friday at the COX Pavilion. Former UK forward Patrick Patterson, now with the Houston Rockets, is the only former Wildcat in action Friday.

You can watch all the NBA Summer League games online by ordering here for $14.95, or you can simply keep up-to-date with all the statistics here.

Happy Independence Day

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Two things quickly ...

One, our website is back up and running. Thanks for everybody's patience while CBS update the site. There are no visible changes to the site, but if you come across any problems or issues that CBS might have overlooked, please alert us by sending an e-mail to catscratches@email.uky.edu

Secondly, and much more importantly, Happy Fourth of July from everyone at UK Athletics. As addicting and as entertaining as the Internet can be, get off today and go spend some time with your family and friends.

Happy Independence Day, folks.

News release from the home page regarding UKathletics.com and the blog. We hope to have access to the site no later than Sunday.

The University of Kentucky Athletics Department official website, UKathletics.com, including UK Athletics' official blog Cat Scratches, will be undergoing maintenance and be unable to be updated for a brief amount of time starting Friday, July 2 at 3:01 a.m. ET and running through Sunday, July 4. Although the website will not be able to be updated, certain components will still be visible to all users.

UK Athletics encourages fans and frequent viewers of the website to go to Kentucky's official Facebook pages or to follow UK Athletics' official Twitter accounts for the most up-to-date information about UK Athletics during the maintenance days. Fans can also go to official Facebook and Twitter accounts for several sports and coaches for updated information. A full list of official Facebook and Twitter accounts are listed below.

Over the coming holiday weekend, UK Athletics' host site will be moving its core infrastructure to a data center that ranks as one of the most prominent technology facilities in the United States. As a result of this move, UKAthletics.com will see a significant expansion of its core infrastructure environment and network connectivity.

The move is expected to be completed within 24 to 36 hours, however, it may carry into Sunday. Throughout the move, UKathletics.com will remain visible to the world, but UK Athletics will be unable to post new content to the website during this move.

UK Athletics thanks you in advance for your understanding and patience and wishes everyone a fun and safe holiday weekend. Go Cats!

Official Twitter and Facebook accounts:

Main news Twitter account - @UKAthleticsNews
Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart - @UKMitchBarnhart
Facebook Fan Page - http://www.facebook.com/UKKentuckyWildcats

Link to a full list of Twitter and Facebook accounts:
http://www.ukathletics.com/athletic-dept/social-networking.html

Vacation time

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With the baseball season officially over and all but one sport wrapped up for the 2009-10 athletics season (track and field still has nationals), I'm finally taking a break and heading on vacation.

I'll be at Lake Cumberland with the family for the next few days and am shutting off the laptop for the rest of the week. I'm hoping crossing my fingers that nothing breaks or happens while I'm gone. 

Hope everyone has an enjoyable week while I'm gone. I'll be back starting Monday. 

NCAA Tournament coverage

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Thumbnail image for NCAAenhancedlogo.jpgI'm on the road again -- actually the air this time -- for the men's NCAA Tournament.

I have just boarded the private plane set for New Orleans along with Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart (turns out Barnhart didn't board the plan after all and is flying down on another jet), radio broadcaster Tom Leach, compliance director Sandy Bell and several other noteable figures in the athletics department. As soon as the men's team arrives, we'll hit the runaway and take off for the Big Easy and the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

Before we get this bird in the air, I wanted to use this opportunity to give a short programming note for the upcoming postseason.

Given that I will be traveling with men's team throughout their stay in the Big Dance, I'll be bringing you the latest updates, features, commentary, video, live blogs and more. With the exception of the Associated Press recaps, photos and notes we will have on the homepage, this will be your one-stop click for all the latest postseason news.

Although I won't be able to tag along with the women's team throughout their run, Cam, UK's Web site coordinator, will be making the trip with the team. He'll have videos and live blogs with the Cats, and I'm hoping to add a few blog posts, time permitting, from the road as well.

If all goes according to plan, I should be able to make it Louisville on Monday for the women's second-round game, but that's very tentative at this point.

I'll check back in later tonight once we get settled in at the hotel in New Orleans. Until then, make sure you stay tuned to Cat Scratches and UKathletics.com for all your latest postseason news.   

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