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Clarke, Kentucky shift attention to showdown with Kansas after stunning loss to Richmond

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Terrence Clarke doesn’t think it will take much for Kentucky to get back on track going into Tuesday night’s showdown against No. 7 Kansas in the State Farm Champions Classic. “I think everybody is kind of motivated to come back and bounce back from the loss that we took,” Clarke said Monday. That loss — a surprising 76-64 setback to Richmond — dropped Kentucky...

Shorthanded Kentucky (3-5) faces tough task Saturday against No. 6 Florida (6-1) in Gainesville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky owns just one win over Florida in the past three decades. The task could be even more difficult for the Wildcats (3-5) after Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops announced earlier this week that 18 players and 10 staff members will likely miss Saturday’s contest in Gainesville because of injuries and COVID-19 contact tracing. “We can’t afford (to lose) anymore,”...

Stoops, UK hit reset button following blowout loss to No. 1 Alabama; Wildcats play at Florida on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops has been in reboot mode since a 63-3 loss to top-ranked Alabama last week. “We definitely need to hit the reset button,” he said. “There were things about of our control last week, again, absolutely no excuses. As far as our players’ mentalities, we have to reset and get back to playing the way we are capable of. And yes, we’re...

Stoops, Kentucky face enormous road challenge against top-ranked Alabama (6-0) in Tuscaloosa

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops knows what his team will be up against Saturday when the Wildcats visit top-ranked Alabama. “They are an extremely good football team (and) very well-coached,” Stoops said. “Offensively, (they) may be as good of an offensive team as I’ve seen since I’ve been a head coach and a coordinator. It’s been a long time since I’ve...

Kyra Elzy named interim head coach for UK women’s basketball after retirement of Matthew Mitchell

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kyra Elzy played for the best and coached alongside the all-time winningest coach in women’s basketball history at the University of Kentucky. Elzy, who won two national championships as a player at the University of Tennessee under the tutelage of late legendary coach Pat Summitt, was named interim head coach at Kentucky last week after Matthew Mitchell announced...

UK coach Mark Stoops says Josh Paschal’s leadership giving Wildcats a big lift on defense

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach Mark Stoops hasn’t been surprised by Josh Paschal’s leadership this season. “He is an amazing individual,” Stoops said Monday. “… Josh has been through some tough situations and to see him come out on the other side is also inspirational.” Nearly two years removed from a cancer scare, Paschal had an interception and just missed scoring a touchdown...

UK to allow 12,000 fans at Kroger Field for home games during 2020 season with multiple restrictions

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Fans will be allowed at Kroger Field this season as capacity is expected to be at 20 percent the school announced this week. The changes would result in a game attendance of 12,000 based on the current seating in the stadium. The fans also will be required to wear masks. Suite and Lexus Loge will be limited to a maximum of 10 persons or 20 percent, whichever is greater....

John Calipari completes Kentucky coaching staff with hiring of former Texas assistant Jai Lucas

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari’s revamped coaching staff is now complete. The University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach hired University of Texas assistant coach Jai Lucas, who will serve as a special assistant to the head coach and recruiting coordinator. Lucas will be in charge of the team’s recruiting and also assist Calipari in other capacities such as scouting, player development,...

Kentucky’s offense installed; Cats wasting no time preparing for season’s Sept. 26 opener at Auburn

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is wasting no time preparing for the upcoming season. “Since I’ve been here, this is the fastest we’ve installed (our offense),” Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran said. “We just finished five practices and we didn’t slow down. We’ve went through all five installs (of our offense). That’s never happened here.” Although the Wildcats got...

James ‘Bruiser’ Flint reunites with John Calipari, looks to ‘accomplish special things’ at UK

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It didn’t take John Calipari long to find a replacement for Kenny Payne. Calipari hired former assistant James “Bruiser” Flint to join the Kentucky coaching staff less than two weeks after Payne resigned to take a similar post with the New York Knicks. Flint spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Indiana University. Former Indiana Hoosiers Assistant...

Kentucky’s DeWayne Peevy to depart UK to become athletics director at DePaul University

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today DeWayne Peevy has spent more than a decade as one of the top athletic administrators at the University of Kentucky. Now he gets a shot at running his own administration. Peevy was named athletics director at DePaul and will be formally introduced at a press conference Tuesday in Chicago. Peevy has been deputy director of athletics since 2013 and has assisted Kentucky...

UK coach Mark Stoops, Wildcats begin unprecedented fall practice in ‘relentless pursuit’

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach Mark Stoops wants to do whatever it takes to make sure his team is prepared when the season begins late next month. “We’re guaranteed 10 opportunities at this point and we’re gonna work around the clock (to make that happen),” Stoops said Tuesday. “(We’re going to have) a relentless pursuit to have our team prepared each and every week.” Kentucky...

Indiana assistant Bruiser Flint emerges as possible replacement for departing Kenny Payne at Kentucky

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It may not take long for John Calipari to find a new assistant coach. Less than 24 hours after longtime associate head coach Kenny Payne announced his departure, Bruiser Flint’s name surfaced as a possible replacement. Flint replaced Calipari at Massachusetts and has been a long-time friend of the Kentucky coach. He served on Calipari’s staff with the Minutemen from...

University of Kentucky assistant coach Kenny Payne leaving Cats for job with New York Knicks

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kenny Payne is stepping up to the next level. A fixture on John Calipari’s coaching staff at the University of Kentucky, Payne accepted an offer from the New York Knicks to become an assistant coach under recently hired Tom Thibodeau. Payne, a former standout at the University of Louisville, spent the past 10 seasons with the Wildcats, including the past six years as...

Calipari joins team, enjoys ‘great first week’ as they return to the court; adds a ‘little bounce’ to his step

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari was impressed with his team following the first week of individual workouts. “Great first week,” the Kentucky coach tweeted Friday. Calipari joined his team for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began to focus primarily on the little things on the court. Coach Calipari watches his team during workouts this week. “(We) went a little old school...

C.J. Conrad, who made mark as player at UK, is now helping Cats prepare for season amid uncertainty

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today C.J. Conrad is fully focused on football and helping Kentucky prepare for the upcoming season as the Wildcats navigate through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “What we’re doing as coaches, we have to act as if we are 1,000 percent having a season,” he said. “If you don’t and we have (a season), then you are going to come unprepared. Our guys are doing...

University of Kentucky football team COVID-19 free; three UK athletes test positive in other sports

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Kentucky football team is COVID-19 free after more than a month of voluntary workouts. The school announced Monday that 108 team members and 58 staffers tested negative for the coronavirus, while three out of 42 student-athletes in men’s basketball, volleyball, and women’s soccer tested positive for the virus through antibody tests. Kentucky football coach Mark...

Kentucky adds University of Alabama-Birmingham and Marshall to non-conference basketball schedule

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s non-conference basketball schedule is almost complete. The Wildcats added the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) and Marshall to the slate it was announced Tuesday by the school. Kentucky will host the Blazers on Dec. 6 and Marshall on Dec. 29. Coach John Calipari shouts instruction in Kentucky’s win over UAB last year. The Wildcats will play the...

Six Kentucky football players test positive for coronavirus antibodies after return to practice

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Kentucky men’s basketball team will begin a COVID-19 screening process on Sunday before returning to activities prior to the July 4 holiday. The only staff personnel who will be present at the workouts will be the school’s athletic development and performance coaches “for the safety of student-athletes, including strength and conditioning staff, athletic trainers...

Southeastern Conference to move forward with football media days using virtual format

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Southeastern Conference is moving forward with its annual Football Media Days but will feature a different format this year. Because of COVID-19 concerns, the league announced Wednesday it will go the virtual route instead of a three-day event originally scheduled for July 13-16 at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. The dates and times will be announced...