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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...

John Calipari listening and learning, speaks out about racial inequality during NABC webinar

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari is listening and learning. The Kentucky coach took part in a discussion on race relations during a webinar sponsored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. He joined former Oregon coach Ernie Kent, Houston coach Kelvin Sampson and Ron Hunter of Tulane. Frank Martin of South Carolina and Pat Chambers of Penn State also were part of the discussion. Like...

Mitch Barnhart says safety will be top priority as UK’s student-athletes return to campus Monday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s first priority will be safety when student-athletes return to campus Monday, says Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart. Kentucky will follow the recommendations outlined by the Southeastern Conference’s Return to Activity Medical Guidance Task Force. The university will ensure that proper protocols are in place when players start arriving on campus, the AD...

KHSAA board votes to allow high school sports teams to resume meeting in limited groups June 1

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today High schools across the state can begin meeting with their athletic teams on Monday. The Kentucky High School Athletics Association Board of Control voted Thursday to allow team meetings of 10 or less June 1-14. Beginning on June 15, practices can resume for some sports on a limited basis. Based on current guidelines from Governor Andy Beshear, practices with 10 or fewer...

John Calipari disappointed London matchup with Michigan postponed, but pleased that series saved

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari will have to wait two more years to see the Queen. The Kentucky coach was disappointed after a three-game series against Michigan was postponed Wednesday. The Wildcats were scheduled to take on the Wolverines in the Basketball Hall of Fame London Showcase in December but the series was put on hiatus because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “I’m disappointed...

KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett says fall sports could be vastly different for Kentucky’s schools

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Julian Tackett is hopeful a form of normalcy can be achieved in high school sports this fall. Tackett, the commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, is beginning to see a glimpse of hope that prep sports will be played when school resumes, although he thinks it won’t be the same as last fall. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has forced the KHSAA to...

Mark Stoops says former Kentucky standout Lynn Bowden is ‘right fit’ for Las Vegas Raiders

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops expects Lynn Bowden to provide the same excitement for the Las Vegas Raiders that he gave Kentucky during the past three seasons. “I think he’ll be a great fit,” Stoops said. “The fan base will be energized by him and he’ll feed off that. I think coach (Jon) Gruden is a good fit for Lynn because I know (Jon) and I think the way he can relate...