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Coaches and players agree Kentucky’s defense failed to meet standard after first fall camp scrimmage

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops and defensive coordinator Brad White were on the same page following Kentucky’s first scrimmage of fall camp and both agree significant improvement must be made before the season opener in less than three weeks. “It was not a good performance by the defense,” White said Thursday. “No one is going to make any excuses about that....

Calipari, Wildcats welcome junior ‘gym rat’ Riley Welch to roster; third walk-on to join team this year

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s basketball roster expanded on Thursday. Riley Welch, a 6-foot guard, has joined the team, giving the Wildcats three walk-ons this year. Welch, who played at UC Irvine and College of the Desert, has enrolled as a junior and will have two years of eligibility remaining. Brennan Canada and Zan Payne also are walk-ons. Riley Welch (Photo from Kentucky Today) “I...

Kash Daniel’s passion, drive an inspiration for his Kentucky Wildcats teammates, including offense

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kash Daniel’s desire to succeed is well-documented and his passion for football has rubbed off on the rest of his teammates and his enthusiasm is comparable to Benny Snell. “He’s a lot like Benny, but on the defensive side,” Kentucky running back Chris Rodriguez said. “He’s a cool dude.” Like most players, Daniel listens to music as part of his pre-game...

Kentucky running back A.J. Rose confident Wildcats can pick up in backfield where Benny Snell left off

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops knows you can’t replace Benny Snell but hopes Kentucky can achieve the same goals in the backfield this season and beyond. Snell was the showcase running back in Kentucky’s offense during the past three years but both parties have moved on as Snell ushers in his professional career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Wildcats have three candidates — A.J....

Kentucky’s Brad White brings business-like approach to first year as Wildcats’ defensive coordinator

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It has been all business for Kentucky’s defense during the first week of fall workouts. Brad White, Kentucky’s third defensive coordinator under Mark Stoops, has brought a business-like approach to the field. White’s background has been mostly at the professional level and is instilling the same principles to the Wildcats’ defense. “What he brings to the table...

University of Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran says philosophy more about team than scheme

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Eddie Gran’s first season as offensive coordinator at Kentucky proved to a learning experience for the longtime coach. “I learned more that year about humility,” Gran recalled last week. “It’s about team. It’s about wins. Is it not still about winning the game?” Although he had coached in the Southeastern Conference, including a stints at Ole Miss,...

Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson, a seasoned veteran, is the centerpiece of Wildcats’ offense

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Who is the best quarterback in the Southeastern Conference? If you ask Kentucky receiver Lynn Bowden, Terry Wilson is atop the list of signal-callers in the league. “He’s looking like the best quarterback, hands down,” Bowden said. That’s mainly because Wilson has found a comfort zone and knows what to expect going into his senior campaign with the Wildcats. He’s...

Entering seventh year at UK, Stoops looking forward to new season and new team with new opportunities

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops has moved past the learning curve when it comes to running his own program. The Kentucky coach is entering his seventh season as coach of the Wildcats and remains committed to keep the momentum going this year. That same passion and drive he experienced in his first year is the same as it was seven years ago with a few exceptions. He has raised the bar with...

Kentucky junior wide receiver Lynn Bowden all business heading into Wildcats 2019 campaign

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Lynn Bowden is ready to take the next step on and off the field. The Kentucky junior wide receiver and return specialist is poised for a breakout season and that’s why he was one of three players who attended Southeastern Conference Media Days with Wildcats coach Mark Stoops earlier this month. “I’m looking for him to take another step,” Stoops said. “That’s...

UK offensive lineman Logan Stanberg wants doubters to take a second look at Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Logan Stenberg wants the naysayers to take a second look at Kentucky’s football team, especially when it comes to the Wildcats’ offense. Like his coach Mark Stoops, Stenberg has shrugged off early predictions by most analysts and preseasons publications as the Wildcats begin preparations for the upcoming season. He considers the team’s offensive line, which is stocked...

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops unconcerned with Cats early-season ranking as first polls set for release

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops isn’t concerned where his Wildcats will be ranked when the preseason rankings are released this week. During his seven seasons at Southeastern Conference Media Days, the Kentucky coach is used to the yearly predictions and won’t be surprised where his team will land when the SEC preseason predictions by the league’s media are released Friday. “We’ve...

Former UK guard Tyler Herro makes impressive start, scores 18 in first NBA Summer League Game

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Tyler Herro was impressive in his professional debut. The former University of Kentucky guard scored 18 points and knocked down five 3-pointers on 10 attempts to lead the Miami Heat to a 106-79 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in an NBA Summer League game. Herro wasn’t afraid to take shots, a trait that impressed Miami’s summer league coaching staff. Tyler Herro scored...

The Basketball Tournament Lexington Regional set to begin July 19 at Frederick Douglass High School

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Basketball Tournament schedule is all set. The $2 million tournament will tipoff with 64 teams in the mix, including eight squads in the Lexington Regional. The regional events will be July 19-21 and July 25-28 at various sites across the country. The 5-on-5 event will feature 60 players with NBA experience, 23 college alumni teams and more than 20 former Division...

Brad Calipari announces transfer plans, will finish two remaining years of eligibility at Detroit Mercy

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Brad Calipari will finish his collegiate career away from home. Calipari, son of Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari, has decided to transfer to Detroit Mercy as a graduate transfer and will have two years of eligibility remaining. Brad admitted the decision wasn’t an easy one. “It’s always been a dream of mine to make a major impact on the court on...

UK Coach John Calipari doesn’t think the Wildcats series with Indiana will be revived any time soon

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t interested in reviving the Kentucky-Indiana series any time soon. The Kentucky coach said the series remains on hold because his team’s schedule is “so locked in,” with little room for a home-and-home series possibilities on the Wildcats’ non-conference schedule. Kentucky is committed to the State Farm Champions Classic, the CBS Sports Classic...

John Calipari surprised by Keldon Johnson’s slide in NBA Draft, has high hopes for Reid Travis

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari was surprised Keldon Johnson slid down the charts during the NBA Draft last week. Johnson was the last of three former Kentucky players selected in the yearly draft last week and was chosen late in the first round as the No. 29 pick by the San Antonio Spurs. “They said he was a Top 10 pick when he left here and then a month and a half later he’s picked...

Former Murray State star Ja Morant makes history as overall No. 2 pick by Memphis Grizzlies in NBA Draft

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Ja Morant made history Thursday night. The Murray State University guard became the highest player drafted in Racers history when he was selected as the second overall pick by the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA Draft Thursday night in Brooklyn, New York. For Morant, the experience of being drafted among the top elite players in the country was a “crazy” experience. “Obviously...

Nick Richards up to the challenge of becoming top post player in nation after opting to return to UK

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Nick Richards wants to get better and that’s the main reason he opted to return to Kentucky for a third season. “That’s one of the reasons I came to this school is to improve on my basketball skills and get ready for the next level,” Richards said. “I thought that coming back for an extra year would just benefit that.” Kentucky sophomore Nick Richards declared...

Former University of Kentucky basketball stars Hawkins, Willis part of TBT Bluegrass Boys Squad

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will be well-represented in The Basketball Tournament next month. Former Kentucky players Derek Willis, Dominique Hawkins, Josh Harrellson, Marcus Lee, Ramon Harris, Kevin Galloway and AJ Stewart will form the Bluegrass Boys organized by former Kentucky player Mark Krebs and will be coached by Wayne Turner. The Bluegrass Boys will compete with seven more teams...

Wildcat’s exhibition schedule to feature instate schools Georgetown College and Kentucky State

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will play a pair of instate schools before officially opening the season against Michigan State in the State Farm Champions Classic. The Wildcats will take on Georgetown College at 5 p.m. on Oct. 27 and Kentucky State in a 7 p.m. contest on Nov. 1. Both games will be played at Rupp Arena and televised on the SEC Network. Kentucky guard Ashton Hagans offers a...