Hank Rippetoe

  • joined Dec 19, 2012
  • last login Jul 05, 2014
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Aka: Mr. Hanky

I grew up in Lexington at a time that would remind anyone of the movie, "American Graffiti."

Henry Clay HS class of 1963
USN - 1963-1967 - Viet Nam combat veteran (1965-67)
UK - 1967-1971 BBA

Three children and four grandchildern.

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  • NCAAF Kentucky Wildcats
  • NCAAB Kentucky Wildcats
User Blog

2014 NSD Profile: Mike Edwards


Kentucky lands a terrific athlete in Mike Edwards from Cincinnati.

How did the first year football coaches fare?

Okay, so the 2013-2014 season is over and it is time to look again at the first year coaches and how they fared.

KY HS players: Learning how to promote themselves?

Many Kentucky football fans have complained for years that Kentucky high schools produce more talent than is recognized by the four recruiting services.

The End of the Dead Period


January 15th ended the last dead period for the 2014 recruiting cycle. Between now and Signing Day on February 5th, there is going to be plenty of action (as if there hasn’t already been since Texas began the annual coaching changing of the guards).

Louisville just keeps on giving fodder for humor


More fun with Louisville over Bobby Petrino.

Did Calipari take it easy on Kevin Stallings?


Vanderbilt is down to seven scholarship players as most know by now. There are two walk-ons on the Commodore team. That should remind everyone of last year’s Kentucky squad. No one gave Kentucky a...

Coaching changes cause turmoil and chaos


What hath the coaching carousel wrought?

A supposedly good weekend turns sour for UK


Big things were supposed to happen and they didn’t. We lost the Glenville Trio, although most insiders believed we would only get Marcelys Jones. Didn’t happen.

Is Kentucky a steppingstone or a headstone?


Cutting through the hyperbole of Louisville AD Tom Jurich.

Hey Texas - the eyes of Louisville are upon you

I actually hate to see Charlie Strong leaving Louisville because he showed how a good defensive coordinator could change a culture of losing and Kentucky took note and hired Mark Stoops. The...

Louisville Football may be losing Strong.

While it hasn’t been confirmed, reports out of Texas and the Louisville Courier Journal are claiming that Charlie Strong will be the new head coach at the University of Texas.

High School All American Bowl Updates

The Army All-American Bowl game will be played on Saturday, the 4th at noon CST in the San Antonio Alamo Dome and will be televised by NBC at 1:00 pm EST. For Kentucky fans there is much drama, intrigue and angst related to this event as I pointed ou

UK Fans! Army All-American Bowl is must see TV

While there are three national level high school All-American bowl games to be played, the Army game is must see TV for Kentucky fans because the recruiting implications are high.

Is Midnight approaching in Louisville?


If you’ve read Midnight in the garden of Good and Evil, you know the book details a murder in Savannah, Georgia. It also documents Savannah’s culture and society. Our Commonwealth may have its own version minus the murder.

So you want to buy season tickets at Rupp Arena?


What you are about to read is not unique to Kentucky. You can bet that North Carolina, Kansas, Louisville, Syracuse and other high end basketball programs have similar processes with seating.

Louisville: Bless Their Hearts


If you’ve ever lived in Georgia, you quickly learn that Georgia women always pretend to be gracious even with their insults. They are apt to say, "Well, bless your heart" quite often. If you don’t get their meaning, they will switch to, "Well, bless

'Tis the season for Early Enrollments-fa la la la!


College football recruiting is very quirky and is played like a game of chess. The most important day, in the view of many, is Signing Day in the first week of February. I think even the least knowledgeable who follow recruiting know that.

A UK Football Christmas List for Santa Claus

Let's take a few moments to dream about sugar plums and (especially) cookies in the spirit of the holiday season. I've sent Santa my list what I want in our blue and white stocking.

Apopka comes up short, Norcross wins


This issue is a report about the Georgia and Florida state championship games with emphasis on Florida since I live down in the city of the mouse, Mickey, that is. Central Florida didn't do all that great this year as you will see.

Did the AAC do a hatchet job on Teddy?


UCF quarterback Blake Bortles won the AAC Player of the Year award and George O’leary won the AAC Coach of the Year award over Teddy Bridgewater and Charlie Strong. What’s done is done, but was it...

Kentucky Football Recruiting - Mason Wolfe Edition


Recruiting is never done at Kentucky, and Mark Stoops & Co. are hitting the trail, and entertaining a lot of potential Wildcats.

HS football playoffs for KY, OH, FL, TN, GA & AL


In our recruiting grounds, Florida and Georgia are the only states who have not completed their state playoffs. They finish up Friday and Saturday this weekend.

Take a look into the Wildcat O-Line Future

After grading the UK Football staff rather harshly for the season just ended, I believe they made a conscious decision to plan for the future by red-shirting all of the linemen from the 2013 class.

UK football: Better or worse than expected?


A final look at what went right and what went wrong for Kentucky football this season, as well as what is to come.

Will a 2013 Elite take his team to the Final Four?


You can't have it both ways, Wildcats fans.

Semi-Final & Quartefinal High Scool Results

High school football has one more week or so and then we wait for Signing Day in February.

Does the Courier Journal investigate anything?


Having some fun at the expense of the Cardinals.

Kentucky or Tennessee? One has to win

In the last 30 years, Kentucky has won twice: 1984 and 2012.

Ruminations on Kentucky and other sports things

For Thanksgiving, below are some random thoughts that popped into my mind before consuming vast amounts of food and trying to stay awake afterward.

Heels or Cards? Which is ready for Kentucky?

One thing is for sure, Louisville will not be the third ranked team when they visit Rupp after losing to a team who lost to Belmont…at home.

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