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Louisville athletics officials announce $55 million expansion for Papa John’s Stadium

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  By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   LOUISVILLE — Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino believes the Cardinals already have a significant “homecourt advantage” playing in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, and it’s about to get even better.   Call it a …

Petrino’s deliberation over quarterback slot causing headaches for Auburn defenders

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  By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   LOUISVILLE — While University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino continues to take his time naming a starting quarterback for the Sept. 5 opener against Auburn, he’s causing an extra workload for Auburn …

Cats represented on 2015 preseason All-SEC team by kicker MacGinnis, Swindle, Stamps

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  The Southeastern Conference announced its 2015 Preseason Coaches All-SEC Team on Tuesday with sophomore kicker Austin MacGinnis, senior offensive lineman Jordan Swindle and senior safety A.J. Stamps earning honors from the league coaches.   MacGinnis was named to the …

Sports Notes: UofL athletics may be betting that some recruits will want to see the money

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  Most schools from the so-called “Power Five” conferences downplayed the impact that new cost of attendance scholarships would have on recruiting, particularly in football.   The prevailing argument seemed to be that a player who wanted to play for …

FWAA 75th anniversary team includes former Wildcat All-American kick returner Abney

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Kentucky Hall of Fame wide receiver/kick returner Derek Abney – who finished his career breaking or tying seven NCAA records – has been named to the Football Writers Association of America 75th Anniversary Team, it was announced on Thursday.   …

Cardinals looking for consistency on offense; no quick decision expected on starting QB

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  Fall practices continued as the University of Louisville football team inched one day closer to the Sept. 5 opener versus Auburn in Atlanta, Ga.   The Cardinals held a single practice on Tuesday in full pads, before the squad’s …

Pikeville senior lineman Ball named to USA College Football Preseason All-American team

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  University of Pikeville senior offensive lineman Brandon Ball was named a 2015 USA College Football Preseason NAIA All-American, officials from the national media outlet announced.   Ball, an East Burnstadt, Ky., native with 20 career starts up front for …

Stoops likes team’s effort, attitude following first week of practice; Towles to start at QB

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  Kentucky head football coach Mark Stoops announced Monday that junior Patrick Towles would enter the season as the Wildcats’ No. 1 quarterback and that backup Drew Barker would also see some action.   Towles started every game last season, …

EKU Football: Colonels ranked No. 12 by STATS FSC; backfield features experience

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  Eastern Kentucky University’s football team is ranked No. 17 in the nation in the STATS FCS Top 25 preseason poll.   Eastern begins the 2015 campaign at home against Valparaiso on Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. Season tickets are …

Lindsey Wilson checks in at No. 7 spot in NAIA Football Coaches’ preseason ranking

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  The Lindsey Wilson football team is ranked No. 7 in the 2015 NAIA Football Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll, released on Monday by the national office.   The No. 7 position is the highest preseason ranking in program history, …

Sports Notes: Barnhart says not every Cat fan thrilled about big Thursday night home game

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  Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart took a turn at the podium at the beginning of last week’s Football Media Day and although his remarks were overshadowed somewhat by those of head coach Mark Stoops and the players, he made …

Jamie Vaught: Louisville native, former Cat McGrath making his name as NFL official

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  If you are a pro football fan watching an NFL game nearly every Sunday on television, you certainly will recognize a familiar face — a well-respected official who is from Kentucky.   That guy is John McGrath, a Louisville …

Grand opening game at The New CWS features performance by Sundy Best

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  Kentucky football will play the grand opening game in The New CWS against UL Lafayette on Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. and leading up to kickoff, UK Athletics will host a series of events to commemorate the big day, …

EKU opens preseason practice this week; public scrimmages set for Aug. 15, Aug. 22

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  The Eastern Kentucky Colonels will report to campus on Tuesday and have their first preseason football practice on Wednesday at Roy Kidd Stadium.   Coach Dean Hood’s Colonels will hold 15 practices and two scrimmages over an 18-day period. …

EKU’s Mobley named one of just eight running backs on Performer of Year List

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Eastern Kentucky University’s Dy’Shawn Mobley was named to the 2015 FCS National Performer of the Year Watch List by College Football Performance Awards (CFPA).   Mobley is one of 32 FCS players named to the list, and one of only …