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Saturday Headlines: Remembering Mike Pratt Edition

A legend on the court, at the broadcast table, in the studio, and in life.

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Big Blue Nation was rocked on Thursday night as the news hit that Mike Pratt had passed at the age of 73. He was an All American basketball player at the University of Kentucky, an ABA player for the Kentucky Colonels, a basketball coach in college and the NBA, a broadcaster for Kentucky basketball, a radio host, and so much more.

I got to know Mike during my still young radio career. I didn’t get to know him on the level that most of my coworkers did, but the times I was able to speak and meet with him made an impression. Like so many others have said, he made you feel like you were his best friend. That’s not hyperbole.

One of the highlights of my radio career was when I did live radio in front of him and Dan Issel. They both laughed and were engaged at what Andy Sweeney and I were saying. I couldn’t believe that I was entertaining two UK legends.

So far the best thing I’ve read was penned by Rick Bozich of WDRB. Take the time and read it. You won’t regret it.

Also, if there’s one thing you do today, listen to the first 15 or so minutes of Dan and Mike’s Sports Talk Show. Dan remembers his friend, tells a hilarious story from their playing days, and says goodbye to one of his closest friends. Keep the tissues close.

A Wildcat forever.

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Headlines

Antonio Reeves adds veteran scoring | Cats Illustrated- The Cats are going to need his scoring and his, hopefully, dangerous threat from the three point range.

EA Sports College Football game set to drop next year | KSR- This one brings back memories...

Memories with Mike Pratt | Cats Pause- Darrell Bird remembers the time he spent with the Hall of Famer. Retire the jersey. It needs to happen.

Texas A&M drops series opener in CWS | SDS- It was 12-3 to start but the Aggies cut into the lead. It was 13-8 when it was over.

KT Turner knows that recruiting is a youthful endeavor | Vaught’s Views- The more I read/hear from Turner the more I think he is going to be a fine replacement for Jai Lucas.

Phil Mickelson misses the cut | CBS- It definitely seems like the pressure of being the face/villain of the LIV Tour caught up with him this weekend.

Paolo Banchero says he is the best player in the draft | USA Today- He may be correct.