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Sports Notes: With new season on horizon, Stoops, Cats starting back with clean slate

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  The wait is nearly over for Mark Stoops and his Kentucky Wildcats’ football squad.   The UK players report for fall practice on Aug. 6. The annual Media Day spectacle is set for Aug. 7 and Fan Day will …

Standout Louisville defenders Rankins, Burgess voted to preseason All-ACC team

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  University of Louisville senior defensive end Sheldon Rankins and senior linebacker James Burgess were voted to the preseason All-ACC Team by the media in attendance at the 2015 ACC Kickoff, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced Thursday.   Rankins, a …

Sixteen-year veteran Lax will take over as primary UK football media relations contact

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Susan Lax, who has been the media relations contact for University of Kentucky women’s basketball while assisting with UK football, will take on a new full-time role managing day-to-day football media operations.   Tony Neely will continue to oversee the …

Lots of work done, much more left to do as New Commonwealth Stadium transforms

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  The media got an early look at the renovations in progress at the new Commonwealth Stadium Wednesday just 44 days before the first game of the 2015 college football season.   Senior associate athletics director for capital projects Russ …

Autograph session, open practice highlight Kentucky Football Fan Day, set for Aug. 8

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Kentucky football Fan Day will be held Saturday, Aug. 8 at 9 a.m. inside Nutter Field House, followed by an open practice at approximately 10:45 a.m. at the Tim Couch Practice Fields at the Nutter Training Center.   Admission and …

Petrino’s Cardinals picked behind Clemson, Florida State in ACC Atlantic Division race

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  The University of Louisville football team was picked to finish third in the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Atlantic Division, according to a poll of 158 media members in attendance at the 2015 ACC Football Kickoff at Pinehurst Resort in Greensboro, …

OVC coaches, sports information directors pick Mobley as preseason Player of the Year

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Eastern Kentucky University’s Dy’Shawn Mobley was chosen as the Ohio Valley Conference Preseason Offensive Player of the Year by the league’s head coaches and media relations contacts Monday. Four Colonels were chosen Preseason All-OVC and EKU was picked to place …

Honors piling up for WKU’s Doughty, earns spot on Walter Camp Player of Year Watch

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  Western Kentucky quarterback Brandon Doughty was selected as one of 50 players on the 2015 Walter Camp Player of the Year Preseason Watch List by the Walter Camp Football Foundation on Friday.   The Walter Camp Award is presented …

EKU second choice in OVC in media poll; Mobley named preseason Player of the Year

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  Media members from across the Ohio Valley Conference picked Eastern Kentucky to finish second in the league this season and recognized senior running back Dy’Shawn Mobley as the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year.   Season tickets for the …

UK football notes: Cats picked sixth in East Division; single-game tickets to go on sale

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  The competitiveness of the Southeastern Conference was showcased in the annual media voting at SEC Media Days, as for the first time in the 23-year history in the poll, media were divided on divisional champion and overall SEC Champion. …

Kentucky punter Foster named to Wuerffel Trophy Watch List for community service

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  University of Kentucky football senior punter Landon Foster has been impressively consistent the past three years for the Wildcats and his work off the field has been just as remarkable totaling numerous hours of community service, leading Foster to …

Another WKU first: Hilltoppers picked to capture Conference USA East Division title

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Western Kentucky has been picked to win the 2015 Conference USA East Division title in a preseason vote conducted by a panel of media members who cover Conference USA schools, the league announced.   It is the first time since …

Stoops says SEC relevance and a bowl game remain prime goals for Wildcats in 2015

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  Facing reporters for the third time as Kentucky’s head football coach at the SEC Media Days Wednesday, Mark Stoops said he knows Wildcat fans expect his team to be better.   And, Stoops said, he expects his team will …

Forrest among Butkus candidates; EKU’s Mobley on FCS Player of Year Watch List

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  For the second time this offseason, University of Kentucky senior linebacker Josh Forrest has been named to a national watch list as the 2015 Dick Butkus Award listed Forrest as one of 51 candidates for its annual award, it …

Cards’ standouts Rankins, Burgess named to 2015 Bronko Nagurski Award Watch List

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  Two University of Louisville football players were named to the 2015 Bronko Nagurski Award preseason watch list, announced by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). The award is presented annually to the national defensive player of the year …