John Clay’s Sidelines

John Clay is a sports columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader.

A native of Central Kentucky and a 1981 graduate of the University of Kentucky, he covered UK football for 13 seasons before being promoted to columnist in 2000. Born in Paris, he graduated from George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester in 1977.

He lives in Lexington with his wife and two sons.

In 2010, his Sidelines blog was one of four Editor and Publisher’s EPpy Award finalists for best sports blog.

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  1. JOSH COMBS says:


    Hi this is Josh Combs,I love your sports articles that you post. I was wondering if you might be able to help me, do you know what time the nba draft is on thursday. You help would be greatly appreciated.

    Josh Combs

  2. John Clay says:

    It starts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday on ESPN.

  3. Doug Pendleton says:

    Can you tell us what you think about Klif Kingsbury from A&M. He’s young got a exciting offense. I read he also was good at recruting. I think he would be a great fit at UK.

  4. John Clay says:

    I like Kingsbury, but I heard that Barnhart is not big on coaches from the Mumme-Leake tree. In the past, he has told me that he prefers a more balanced approach to offense.

  5. henry says:

    John, Ky football commits are down by 3 lately. Who hasvdecommitted and why?