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Wildcats bounce back after lethargic practice session; Stoops sees improvement on defense


  At this stage in preseason camp, it is typical for young players to begin to hit the wall with physical and mental fatigue.   So after Kentucky had a practice that left room for improvement on Tuesday evening, the …

Petrino says Cardinals could alternate Gardner, Bonnafon at quarterback spot


  With less than two weeks to go before the 2014 opener, the University of Louisville football team received a cruel joke with one of its most hot and humid practices of fall camp.   After a mild summer, Mother …

Towles says he’s both relieved and excited
to earn UK starting quarterback assignment


After Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops tabbed sophomore Patrick Towles his new starting quarterback after a four-way competition throughout the spring and preseason camp, Towles had one person he needed to tell first – his dad.   UK video with …

Sports Notes: Calipari says challenging Bahamas schedule just what Cats needed


  A few final thoughts about what we learned during Kentucky’s Big Blue Bahamas eight-game exhibition tour last week:   Why was it called a tour when all the games were played in the same gym in Nassau? And kudos …

Christmas came early for Petrino, Cardinals with arrival of new defensive tackle Vatuvei


  Christmas came early for the University of Louisville when Pio Vatuvei came to campus on August 4.   He had a few issues he had to work out academically before he could report to the Cardinals, but the Patterson, …

Stoops brings a halt to all the speculation: Towles is Kentucky’s starting quarterback


  By Glenn Osborne KyForward sports editor   The Kentucky football staff has ended the speculation about the team’s quarterback situation, naming redshirt sophomore Patrick Towles the starter two weeks before the opening game of the season.   “After thorough …

Cardinals’ Petrino ‘starting to see some
things we really like’ in public scrimmage


  The University of Louisville football team conducted 157-play scrimmage on Saturday in front of about 1,500 fans at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.   Head coach Bobby Petrino pit the first units against each other during the first portion of …

Brown says freshmen wideouts could be critical difference makers for UK offense


When Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown came off the field to meet with the media following Friday’s practice, there was little hiding his frustration with his unit’s performance when faced with adversity.   “Broke my sunglasses; you can tell it …

Colonels wrap up preseason camp with scrimmage Saturday at Roy Kidd Stadium


  The Eastern Kentucky University football team wraps up its preseason camp this weekend will an open scrimmage Saturday at Roy Kidd Stadium.   With the start of classes on Monday, all practices will return to the stadium.   Here …

WKU has lots of new faces on defense, but coach’s expectation of success remains high


  With the graduation of two starters and the loss of another to the NFL Draft, Western Kentucky secondary coach Mike Cassity might have cause to be alarmed at his group heading into the 2014 season.   Following Thursday’s second …

Offense picks up the pace against defense during Kentucky’s first full scrimmage


  Through more than a week of fall camp, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has talked consistently about how his team has improved in facets.   He’s praised the offense for playing at a pace closer to what Neal Brown’s offense …

Physical Cardinals expect to lean heavily
on running game to make season successful


Most teams are lucky to have one of two good running backs in their backfield. The University of Louisville football team must be very fortunate because they have five capable backs to lead the team in 2014.   After the …

UK offensive coordinator Brown to freshmen: ‘It’s just a totally different world for them’


Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown knows incoming freshmen face a challenge they don’t fully understand in adjusting to college football.   That’s why he has a saying he repeats often as they make the transition from high school.   “This …

Sports Notes: Barnhart asked for fans’ opinions on experience and he got some


  Four months ago, University of Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart asked Wildcat fans across the Commonwealth for their input on ways to improve their experience when attending games.   Boy, did they ever respond. Suggestions about music, parking, bench …

Pikeville elevates offensive coordinator Holland to interim head football coach


  Allan Holland Jr., offensive coordinator at the University of Pikeville for the last four seasons, has been named interim head football coach at the school, Athletic Director Robert Staggs announced.   “I have full confidence in Allan to step …