Memorial service for former UK great/announcer Pratt – Reuters

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A a memorial service will be held for Mike Pratt on August 5 at the Memorial Coliseum.

A memorial service will be held August 5 at the UK’s Memorial Coliseum for the great and Wildcat radio host Mike Pratt, who died in June at 73 after battling cancer. Photo by UK Athletics

The service is set for 1 p.m. at the Memorial Coliseum and guest speakers will be former Pratt teammates Dan Issel and Jimmy Dan Conner and Kentucky coach John Calipari. Additionally, Pratt’s brother, Patrick, and daughter-in-law, Christina Stone, will also speak at the memorial service. Tom Leach, the voice of the Wildcats, will be the emcee for the memorial service.

Pratt, a former player and color analyst for the UK Basketball Network, died on June 23 at the age of 73. Pratt (1967-70) was inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009, the Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame in 2010 and at Ohio. Basketball Hall of Fame in 2019. He was a second-team All-America selection in 1970 with the Wildcats and finished his career with 1,359 points and 718 rebounds.

The family is asking that donations be sent to Kentuckiana Friends of V in Pratt’s honor.

Calendar update

Calipari gave a hint as to what the team’s preseason schedule will look like on Friday and the Kentucky coach said he’s “still working on it.”

“You know, out of conference we have Michigan, Michigan State, UCLA, Louisville and Kansas,” he tweeted. “I also see what other opportunities are available to us. We also know that in conference games we will have back and forth with Tennessee, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia and Vandy.

We are on the road to Alabama, Missouri, Mississippi State and Mississippi. We will have home games with Auburn, Texas A&M, LSU and South Carolina. At the end of the day it will be a top 5 and I can’t wait to compete with these guys.

Kentucky will face UCLA in the CBS Sports Classic at New York’s Madison Square Garden for the first time on December 17. The Classic, which also includes North Carolina and Ohio State, was extended for three years this week and will continue through 2026. The annual event began in 2014.

Kentucky compiled a 4-4 record in the annual event.

Bahamas Tour Update

Kentucky’s four games in the Bahamas will be televised on the SEC Network. The Wildcats will face the Dominican Republic National Team at 7 p.m. on August 10.

The Wildcats meet Tec De Monterrey at 7 p.m. Aug. 11, followed by Carleton University at 7 p.m. and wrap up the tour game at noon Aug. 14 against the Bahamas National Team.

“(I had) individual meetings with our players (and) which group,” Calipari said earlier this week. “They are all bought from us. Now I can train with them. Talk about being blessed.

The signing tour is a success

Calipari’s tour across the state to select Kroger locations was a success, and the Kentucky coach lifted up for victims of the Western Kentucky tornado.

“What state do we live in,” he said. “Incredible support. Kroger decided to donate earlier this week and Coca-Cola just donated $7,500 to help Western Kentucky tornado victims with immediate needs like gas, food, household supplies, etc.

If you would like to make a personal donation, you must donate to the Tornado Relief Fund by texting GIVE to (859) 955-8173. If your company would like to help, email @tjbeisner at [email protected]

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