Extra practice time allows Wildcats to prepare for Music City Bowl, brace for the future

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is not only busy preparing for the Music City Bowl, the Wildcats also have been bracing for the future during the past two weeks. The extra practice allotted for bowl preparation has given the Kentucky coaching staff an opportunity to build toward future, giving underclassmen a chance to shine behind the scenes. “These extra weeks of practice, instead of having...

Music City Bowl: Stoops seeks better postseason experience for Wildcats in Nashville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops plans to pay more attention to detail when Kentucky makes its second consecutive postseason appearance in the Music City Bowl later this month in Nashville. The Kentucky football coach said last year’s performance in the TaxSlayer Bowl — a 33- 18 setback to Georgia Tech — proved to be a learning experience, from preparation to the the final buzzer. Stoops...

Kentucky football team is eager for a shot at redemption in Music City Bowl

Kentucky running back Benny Snell and the Wildcats will take on Northwestern in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 29 in Nashville. (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is eager to get back on the field and redeem themselves following back-to-back blowout losses to end the regular season. “I just think we’re hungry as a team,” Kentucky senior wide receiver Charles Walker...

UK freshman forward PJ Washington starting to feel more comfortable on the court

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today PJ Washington admitted his first seven games at Kentucky didn’t start off with a bang, but the freshman forward is optimistic he can build on recent performances against University own Illinois-Chicago and Troy going into Saturday’s contest against Harvard. “I started off pretty slow, but I feel like I’m picking it up,” Washington said Thursday. “I’m just...

Tough day at the office for Stoops, Wildcats in Governor’s Cup loss to rival Louisville

Kentucky running back Benny Snell rushed for 211 yards and two touchdowns in a 44-17 loss to Louisville Saturday at Kroger Field (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It was a bad day at the office for Mark Stoops. Although sitting through Kentucky’s 44-17 loss to rival Louisville made his day one to forget, his troubles began late Friday night when senior Nick Hayes sent a...

Wildcats not satisfied, yearning for more going into home finale against rival Louisville

Kentucky quarterback Stephen Johnson will be among 25 seniors who will be honored prior to Saturday’s home finale against rival Louisville in the Governor’s Cup. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Despite posting its best back-to-back finish in the Southeastern Conference in nearly two decades, Kentucky isn’t satisfied and is yearning for more going into Saturday’s...

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops still wary of Louisville despite Cardinals’ struggles this season

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and the Wildcats will conclude the regular-season against instate rival Louisville Saturday at Kroger Field. Kickoff is set for noon. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today If you ask Mark Stoops, Louisville remains one of the top teams in the country. Although the Cardinals bring a 7-4 mark into Saturday’s Governor’s Cup showdown against the Wildcats, Stoops...

Wildcats can’t contain Georgia backfield in 42-13 loss to seventh-ranked Bulldogs

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and the Wildcats take on Louisville Saturday in Lexington (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Nick Chubb and Sony Michel rushed for 238 yards and five touchdowns to lead No. 7 Georgia to a 42-13 win over Kentucky Saturday in Athens. The Bulldogs (10-1, 7-1) clinched the Southeastern Conference Eastern division title and will take on the winner of next week’s...

Smart, No. 7 Georgia expecting a tough, physical encounter against Wildcats

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and the Wildcats are looking to snap a seven-game losing streak to Georgia Saturday when the two SEC East rivals meet in Athens. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kirby Smart has taken note of how the atmosphere has changed at Kentucky. Although Georgia yanked out 27-24 victory over the Wildcats on a last-second field goal at Kroger Field last year, Smart...

Kentucky learns another lesson ahead of showdown against Kansas

Kentucky coach John Calipari yells instructions to his team during a win over Vermont Sunday at Rupp Arena. The Wildcats take on Kansas Tuesday in Chicago. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari has more of an idea what to expect from Kentucky after the Wildcats defeated their first two opponents in a pair of closer-than-expected contests over the weekend. Kentucky held off...

Wildcats use big second-half comeback to fend off Utah Valley in season opener

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Pope was an integral part of Kentucky’s 1996 national championship team and nearly orchestrated an upset of No. 5 Kentucky Friday night. The Wolverines (0-1) led by 12 points before the Wildcats rallied in the second half and escaped with a 73-63 victory in the season-opener for both teams. Hamido Diallo throws down a slam dunk during the second half of Kentucky’s...

Calipari expects a few ‘dings’ as fifth-ranked Wildcats embark on new season against Utah Valley

P.J. Washington and the Wildcats open the season with three games in five days, starting with Utah Valley Friday night at Rupp Arena. Kentucky hosts Vermont Sunday, followed by a game against Kansas Tuesday in Chicago. (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari knows the road won’t be easy when fifth-ranked Kentucky embarks on a new season against Utah Valley Friday...

No. 5 Kentucky closes out exhibition slate with 106-63 rout of Centre College

Nick Richards grabs a rebound in Kentucky’s 106-63 win over Centre College Friday night. Richards finished with 17 points and made all six field goals and five of his free-throw attempts. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The next one counts. Kentucky wrapped up its three-game exhibition schedule with a 106-63 victory over Centre College Friday night. The fifth-ranked Wildcats...

Jamie Vaught: Kentucky Miss Basketball frontrunner Blair Green to follow in mother’s footsteps at UK

Blair Green is following her mother’s footsteps to Lexington. That’s where the Harlan County High School basketball star will be playing next season as she’ll be taking the hardwood floor as a freshman for coach Matthew Mitchell’s Kentucky Wildcats. Just like her current Harlan County girls’ head coach and mother, Debbie Hoskins Green, who played for UK women’s team – then called the...

UK QB Stephen Johnson banged up but expected to play against Ole Miss Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Stephen Johnson is banged up but Mark Stoops expects his starting quarterback to be back in the pocket when the Wildcats take on Ole Miss Saturday. “He definitely is very sore,” Stoops said. “I saw him Sunday. He was beat up. He was beat up pretty good. Johnson injured his shoulder in the third quarter but later returned and scored the decisive touchdown on on...

Wildcats pull away from gritty Morehead State late in charity encounter

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky didn’t reach the century mark, but the Wildcats claimed their second exhibition victory of the young season with a tougher-than-expected 92-67 win over Morehead State Monday night in the Kentucky Cares Classic. Net proceeds from the contest benefitted those affected by hurricanes in Florida and Puerto Rico, and recent wildfires in California. The proceeds will...

Knox pours in 27 as Cats reach century mark in exhibition win over Thomas More

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kevin Knox has been one of the shining stars for Kentucky during preseason workouts. When the lights came on, he didn’t disappoint. The freshman forward scored 27 points to lead the Wildcats to a 103-61 win over Thomas More in the first of three exhibition games Friday night at Rupp Arena. Knox made 8 of 12 attempts from the floor and drained all 10 of his attempts...

UK’s Stoops not worried about Tennessee’s state of mind, focused on own team

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops isn’t too concerned about Tennessee’s state of mind going into Saturday’s showdown against the Volunteers at Kroger Field. The Volunteers (3-4, 0-4 Southeastern Conference) have yet to win a game in the league and haven’t scored an offensive touchdown in the last 14 quarters. The Volunteers’ defense scored the lone touchdown in a 45-7 loss at Alabama...

Kentucky freshman Vanderbilt could return soon; Wildcats set for 3-game exhibition schedule

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky freshman forward Jarred Vanderbilt is coming back sooner than expected. Much sooner. Kentucky coach John Calipari said Thursday Vanderbilt returned to practice earlier this week without a walking boot on his foot, a welcomed sight for Calipari and his staff. Vanderbilt suffered a foot injury during the first week of practice earlier this month and wasn’t expected...

Kentucky newcomers Knox, Washington shine in Blue-White scrimmage

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari is counting on his latest freshman class to carry the load for Kentucky this season. Four of those newcomers shined for the Wildcats in the team’s annual Blue-White scrimmage Friday night at Rupp Arena. Kevin Knox and P.J, Washington combined for 43 points to lead the Blue squad to an 88-67 victory over the White team as 15,530 attended the first of four...