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Like always, Stoops, Wildcats enter season with a chip on their shoulder

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today When Mark Stoops accepted his first head coaching job more than six years ago at Kentucky, he had a chip on his shoulder. He still does. “I hope we have a chip on our shoulder no matter what we are rated,” Stoops said during the Southeastern Conference Media Days Monday. “That’s what I’m looking for. We do have a group that I like. I like their mentality and...

Keith Taylor: SEC Media Days ushers in talking season ahead of fall camp

Benny Snell will be among Kentucky’s three players who will attend Southeastern Conference Media Days in Atlanta on Monday. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) Former University of Florida and South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier always had something to say during Southeastern Conference Media Days. For Spurrier, it was always talking season and one step closer to the season opener. Spurrier...

Former UK star, assistant coach Dwane Casey tabbed NBA Coach of the Year

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Former Kentucky standout and assistant coach Dwane Casey received one of the highest honors in the NBA Monday night. Casey was named the NBA Coach of the Year after guiding the Raptors to a 59-23 record and a berth in the playoffs. The record was the best in the Eastern Conference but the Raptors fired Casey after dropping a series to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern...

C.M. Newton left a lasting impact on former Vanderbilt star and Mr. Basketball Phil Cox

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Phil Cox has never forgotten the impact C.M. Newton made on his life during his collegiate playing career at Vanderbilt. “Coach Newton was a true gentleman and a very caring individual,” said Cox, who currently serves as middle school principal in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. “Coach Newton took a chance on me and gave me the opportunity of a lifetime to participate as...

Former Kentucky Athletics Director C.M. Newton dies at age 88

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The University of Kentucky athletics department lost an icon Monday night when former Athletics Director C.M. Newton died at age 88 following a long illness. Newton coached at Transylvania, then went to Alabama and closed out his collegiate coaching career at Vanderbilt. Following his stint with the Commodores, took over the helm of the athletics department at Kentucky,...

Pulled in two different directions, UK’s Jarred Vanderbilt remains in NBA Draft

Jarred Vanderbilt opted to remain in the NBA Draft. Vanderbilt was hindered by injuries and played in just 14 games for the Wildcats last season. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Jarred Vanderbilt is staying in the NBA Draft. The freshman forward waited until the last minute to make his decision known after enduring a roller-coaster ride in his first and only season with...

Washington plans to return to UK next season; Gabriel opts to remain in NBA Draft

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today PJ Washington opted against remaining in the NBA Draft and will return for his sophomore campaign, while Wenyen Gabriel has decided to leave the school. Washington unveiled his future plans on Twitter Wednesday afternoon with a video and the inscription, “I’m back.” Washington participated in the NBA Combine last week and hinted that he would return if he wasn’t...

Mingione, Wildcats look ahead after failing to make NCAA tournament

Kentucky will move into a new $49 million baseball stadium next season after playing at Cliff Hagan Stadium for the past 50 years. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky baseball coach Nick Mingione thought his team did enough to earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats weren’t part of a field of 64 teams that were invited to the Big Dance when bids were handed out Monday. Kentucky...

Kentucky dismisses defensive back Marcus Walker after arrest on drug charges

Marcus WalkerBy Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky defensive back Marcus Walker was dismissed from the team Tuesday, a week after he was arrested on drug charges. Walker faces charges of buying or possessing drug paraphernalia, trafficking less than five pounds of marijuana, and trafficking a controlled substance (less than equal to four grams of cocaine). Walker is scheduled to have a hearing at...

Oregon’s run-rule victory in decisive Eugene finale ends Kentucky’s season

Kentucky pitcher Erin Rethlake reacts after watching Oregon erupt for seven runs in the second inning Saturday night in Eugene, Oregon. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It took just five innings for Oregon to end Kentucky’s season. DJ Sanders hit a grand slam in a seven-run second inning to propel the Oregon softball team to the women’s College World Series following an 11-1...

Kentucky softball team falls to No. 1 Oregon in Game 2 of Super Regionals

University of Kentucky softball coach Rachel Lawson goes over the batting order prior to the Wildcats’ 6-1 loss to Oregon Friday night in Eugene. (UK Athletics Photo) Top-seeded and No. 1 Oregon used a four-run fourth inning to spark its offense and even the Eugene Super Regional softball series at one game apiece with a 6-1 win over No. 16 Kentucky on Friday night at Jane Sanders Stadium in...

Kentucky to host Kansas at Rupp Arena in SEC/Big 12 Challenge

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky and Kansas are getting used to playing each other and the two foes will meet for a fifth straight season in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Jan. 26 at Rupp Arena. Dating back to the 2014-15 campaign, the Wildcats and Jayhawks have played in either the State Farm Champions Classic or the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. Next year’s meeting will mark the second time in the...

No mercy: UK softball team sweeps 3 games to reach Super Regionals

Members of Kentucky’s softball team celebrate after the Wildcats defeated Notre Dame 8-0 in six innings to advance ti the NCAA Super Regionals next week at No. 1 seed Oregon. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky went undefeated in the first three games of the NCAA Tournament and will compete in the NCAA Super Regionals next week against top-seeded Oregon in Eugene. Kentucky,...

UK linebacker Denzel Ware plans to transfer following early graduation

Denzil Ware announced on social media that he will be transferring following early graduation this weekend. Ware will complete his eligibility as a grad transfer. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will be without one of its top defensive players next season. Senior linebacker Denzel Ware announced on social media he plans to leave following graduation and transfer to another...

Stoops adds former UK quarterback Maggard, Franks to support staff

Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops announced five changes to his support team in Friday, including the addition of former Wildcats quarterback Freddie Maggard. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops enhanced his support staff with five staff changes, including two new hires on Friday. Stoops promoted Dan Berezowitz to chief of staff. Berezowitz...

Rose, running backs shine in UK’s annual Blue-White scrimmage

A.J. Rose rushed for 134 yards and three touchdowns in Kentucky’s annual Blue-White scrimmage Friday night at Kroger Field. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The quarterback race was the supposed to be the center of attention in Kentucky’s annual Blue-White game Friday night. The running backs stole the show, at least during the first two quarters. Benny Snell and...

Stoops, Cats to use unique scoring format in annual Blue-White game

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and the Wildcats will conclude spring practice with the annual Blue-White game set for Friday night at Kroger Field. (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will conclude spring workouts with the annual Blue-White game set for 6:30 p.m. Friday at Kroger Field. The blue team (offense) will take on the white squad, comprised of Kentucky’s defensive...

Snell, Kentucky offense ‘destroy’ defense in second scrimmage of spring workouts

Kentucky running back Benny Snell and the Wildcats will compete in the Blue-White scrimmage set for 6:30 p.m. Friday at Kroger Field. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Benny Snell didn’t mince words when he described Kentucky’s defense following the team’s second scrimmage of spring workouts Friday. “They did horrible,” Snell said. “We destroyed them. I hope they never...

Stoops likes the way UK defense is progressing during spring workouts

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops likes the way his team’s defense performed during Kentucky’s first full spring scrimmage Saturday at Kroger Field. Defensively, we have some guys that have played for a long time. I’d say the defense is ahead right now and really had a pretty solid day, as we should be. We have a lot of guys who have played a lot of football for a few years. Defensively...

Kentucky’s receivers ‘showing up’ and beaming with confidence

Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran has been pleased with the progress of the team’s young receivers during spring workouts. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Although Kentucky hasn’t settled on a starting quarterback, offensive coordinator Eddie Gran doesn’t think catching the ball will be a problem for the Wildcats next fall. The sophomore receiving corps,...