Fans will be able to relive memorable contests and see their favorite Wildcat stars in all-day programming
SEC Network Takeover (#SECNTakeover) continues on Saturday, July 4 with the Kentucky Wildcats taking over the national television network for 24 hours. With the help of men’s basketball head coach John Calipari and football head coach Mark Stoops, Kentucky will showcase 13 memorable events from the vault* to relive with fans. The day’s programming will also include a feature spotlighting UK volleyball’s two-week trip to China and the Big Blue (P)Review Show.
In addition to taking over the programming portion of the SEC Network, fans will also have the chance to hear from Calipari and Stoops on social media. The two head coaches will add their take to the @SECNetwork Twitter handle throughout the day.
“As the Big Blue Nation celebrates Independence Day, Wildcat fans will enjoy reliving some of our greatest triumphs of recent years,” said Mitch Barnhart, UK Director of Athletics. “From dominant victories to last-second thrillers, along with some special event programming, UK Takeover Day on the Fourth of July will be a blast!”
Kentucky #SECNTakeover Schedule Includes:
- Kentucky vs. Kansas (Nov. 11, 2011): In this early-season men’s basketball contest, freshman stars Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had a coming-out party on the national stage at Madison Square Garden in a preview of the eventual 2012 National Championship game.
- Kentucky vs. Tennessee (Sept. 26, 2012): Behind unbelievable defense and brilliant offensive execution, the UK volleyball team achieved a feat it had not completed since 1995. Juniors Whitney Billings and Alexandra Morgan combined for 19 kills without committing a single error in one of the more dominating performances in program history.
- Kentucky vs. Arkansas (Feb. 20, 2015): Sparked by a season-high vault score, the Kentucky gymnastics team rallied from behind on the final rotation to topple No. 14 Arkansas.
- Kentucky vs. Florida (Oct. 19, 2014): Fourth-ranked Florida with a high-powered offense met a determined UK soccer team ready to deliver head coach Jon Lipsitz a signature victory. Behind goals scored within 17 minutes of each other, Lipsitz and the Wildcats secured their first victory over a top-five opponent in program history.
- Kentucky vs. Mississippi State (March 14, 2010): First there was the ‘Call Me’ game, and then there was ‘The Put-back.’ In one of the more exhilarating SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship games in league history, DeMarcus Cousins forced overtime against the Bulldogs with a put-back shot as time expired in regulation to steal all of the momentum and set the stage for a Wildcat victory in overtime.
- Kentucky vs. South Carolina (March 16, 2012): Trailing by a run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, junior catcher Luke Maile crushed a two-run, walk-off home run to centerfield to lift the No. 16 Kentucky baseball team to a series-opening 4-3 win over No. 2 South Carolina. It was the start to a series-sweep over the second-ranked Gamecocks and one of the most exciting series victories in program history.
- Big Blue InterNATIONal: Kentucky Volleyball to China: A documentary-style video showcases a two-week trip to China, where the team combined competition and culture into an once-in-a-lifetime experience. The Wildcats visited five cities, played seven matches against some of the elite Chinese professional teams and went on an educational journey along the way.
- Big Blue (P)Review: Eleven two-minute hits with Kentucky’s head coaches will allow fans to relive the 2014-15 season and look ahead to 2015-16.
- Kentucky vs. LSU (May 9, 2014): The 2014 softball season was a season of firsts which included a memorable run to its first-ever Women’s College World Series. But, the magic began with an improbable run to the SEC Softball Championship game highlighted by an exciting victory over LSU in the semifinals. Tied 2-2, in the top of the ninth the Wildcats executed a two-run, two-out rally to fuel the magic.
- Kentucky vs. South Carolina (March 1, 2015): Second-ranked and SEC Women’s Basketball Champion South Carolina arrived in Memorial Coliseum on March 1, 2015 ready to spoil Senior Day festivities for the Wildcats. But, 20 forced turnovers and 22 second-half points from Jen O’Neill and Makayla Epps helped the Wildcats celebrate in a BIG way.
- Kentucky vs. Kansas (Nov. 18, 2014): Some will say the party began the day the Harrisons announced their return for their sophomore seasons. Some will say the party began in the Bahamas. But, everyone joined the party when the Kentucky men’s basketball team met Kansas in the Champions Classic in the third game of the season in 2014-15. That’s when everyone realized what ‘Let’s Ball’ really meant.
- Kentucky vs. Louisville (Sept. 15, 2007): Where were you the night ‘Stevie Got Loose?’ In an epic showdown between instate rivals which was capped by a finish for the ages, the Kentucky-Louisville basketball game was the start of something special that made the entire Big Blue Nation believers in 2007.
- Kentucky vs. South Carolina (Oct. 4, 2014): A blackout. Chrome helmets. Nifty dance moves. And one unforgettable victory. Jojo Kemp scored three touchdowns, while Bud Dupree picked off a pass and ran it back for a touchdown to help lead the Wildcats football team to the biggest fourth-quarter comeback in Kentucky history and the biggest win thus far in the Mark Stoops era.
- Kentucky vs. Louisville (Dec. 27, 2014): In the final non-conference game of the men’s basketball season for the historic 2014-15 Wildcats, UK traveled to Louisville in a top-five matchup just days after Christmas. Both teams entered the game undefeated. Only one emerged unscathed.
|midnight||2011 Kansas vs. Kentucky (Men’s Basketball)|
|2 a.m.||2012 Tennessee vs. Kentucky (Volleyball)|
|3:30 a.m.||2015 Arkansas vs. Kentucky (Gymnastics)|
|5 a.m.||2014 Kentucky vs. Florida (Women’s Soccer)|
|7 a.m.||2010 SEC Basketball Tournament Championship Game: Kentucky vs. Mississippi State|
|9 a.m.||2012 South Carolina vs. Kentucky (Baseball)|
|11 a.m.||Big Blue InterNATIONal: Kentucky Volleyball to China|
|11:30 a.m.||Big Blue (P)Review|
|noon||2014 LSU vs. Kentucky (Softball)|
|2 p.m.||2015 South Carolina vs. Kentucky (women’s Basketball)|
|4 p.m.||2014 Kansas vs. Kentucky (Men’s Basketball)|
|6 p.m.||2007 Louisville vs. Kentucky (Football)|
|8 p.m.||2014 South Carolina vs. Kentucky (Football)|
|10 p.m.||2014 Louisville vs. Kentucky (Men’s Basketball)|
(schedule subject to change)
*Takeover schedules were created from available television inventory; NCAA Championships were not available for re-air.
About the SEC Network Takeover
The SEC Network Takeover is a two-week programming initiative dedicated to airing programming selected by Southeastern Conference schools. All 14 schools will craft their own 24-hour schedule which may include classic games, films, ESPN original content and some school-produced content. In addition to delivering the ultimate the day of television for their fan-base, the takeover includes SEC Network’s twitter handle.
The SEC Network
The Southeastern Conference and ESPN have a 20-year agreement through 2034 to create and operate a multiplatform network which launched August 14, 2014. The new network and its accompanying digital platform carry SEC content 24/7 and featured more than 1,000 live events the first year. The network televises over 45 SEC football games, more than 100 men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games, 75 baseball games, and events from across the SEC’s 21 sports annually. Programming includes in-depth commentary and analysis in studio shows, daily news and information, original content such as SEC Storied, spring football games, and more. AT&T U-verse® TV, Bright House Networks, Charter, Comcast Xfinity TV, Cox Communications, DIRECTV, DISH, Google Fiber, LUS Fiber, Mediacom, PTC Communications, Suddenlink, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS, Wilkes Telephone, and members of the NCTC, NRTC and NTTC carried the television network nationwide. Hundreds of additional live events from various sports are offered exclusively as SEC Network+ events on WatchESPN and SECNetwork.com through authenticated access from AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DIRECTV, DISH, Google Fiber, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS and members of the NCTC, NRTC and NTTC.