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UK’s Calipari looking for ‘fighters, battlers’ as SEC schedule intensifies for youthful Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari is looking for a few good players. “I’m looking for five fighters, battlers that will come in and play confident,” he said. “(You) can’t play confidently if you’re getting hit in the head. Now, if you’re hitting somebody in the head, you’ll be confident. If you’re taking all the shots...

Alabama rolls to 85-65 win over UK on Tuesday; Crimson Tide remain unbeaten (5-0) in SEC play

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Alabama’s football team won a national championship Monday. The men’s basketball team followed with an impressive, rare road win in Lexington on Tuesday night. The Crimson Tide (10-3 overall, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) notched just their seventh win in school history at Rupp Arena with an 85-65 victory over Kentucky to remain perfect in league play and served notice...

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...

No. 1 Alabama as good as advertised, rolls to 63-3 victory over depleted Kentucky on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops knew the odds were stacked against his team going into Saturday’s contest at top-ranked Alabama. The final outcome isn’t what Stoops expected, even with a depleted roster. The Wildcats (3-5) were without 10 players because of injuries and COVID-19 tracing, including offensive playmakers Chris Rodriguez (running back) and Justin Rigg...

Inconsistent play leaves Stoops searching for answers as UK prepares for top-ranked Alabama

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops is still looking for answers. Going into the final three weeks of the regular season, the University of Kentucky head coach admitted it’s been difficult to get a grip on the team’s inconsistencies on both sides of the ball this year. The Wildcats led by 17 points in the second half before giving up 14 unanswered late in a 38-35 win over the Commodores...

UK football team faces emotional week, ending with No. 1 Alabama on Saturday in SEC battle

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky On Monday, the University of Kentucky football team attended the funeral and a memorial service for offensive line coach John Schlarman, who died last week. The emotions that go with that have been well-documented. If that wasn’t enough to deal with, Kentucky also has a football game to play on Saturday. And the Wildcats happen to be visiting the No. 1 team...

UK honors Schlarman on first series, then takes care of business during 38-35 victory over Vanderbilt

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky honored John Schlarman and then took care of business with a 38-35 win over Vanderbilt at Kroger Field on Saturday afternoon. Schlarman, a former player and the Wildcats’ offensive line coach, died at the age of 45 Thursday following a two-year battle with cancer. The Wildcats paid tribute to Schlarman before kickoff, on the first series and at the buzzer,...

Keith Taylor: Football is back, and it looks like a break-even season for UK against tough SEC

Kentucky will step into unchartered water and right into Southeastern Conference play when the season kicks off this Saturday at Auburn. After weeks and months of debate, the Wildcats will join the rest of the league and provide a dose of normalcy as the nation recovers from a pandemic that has crippled sports and society as a whole since March. What remains to be seen is if the conference can complete...

Jamie Vaught: Let’s try this fearless forecast again — with a revised SEC schedule looming for UK football

More than two months ago, I predicted the University of Kentucky would have a nice football team. I wrote that head coach Mark Stoops’ UK team, with several preseason All-Americans, would be respectable, finishing with a 7-5 mark in a 12-game schedule — and the Wildcats would be making their fifth straight bowl trip. Not bad, but could be better. Well, as you know, COVID-19 pandemic has forced...

UK season opener at Auburn set for noon kickoff on Sept. 26; Wildcats meet Ole Miss at home on Oct. 3

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The game times for three of Kentucky’s first four football games have been set. The Wildcats will kick off the season at noon on Sept. 26 at Auburn and will be televised on the SEC Network. Kentucky’s home opener against Ole Miss on Oct. 3 is set for 4 p.m. and also will be televised on the SEC Network. Kentucky’s players are looking forward to the delayed season...

Alabama, Ole Miss fill out UK’s 10-game football schedule; SEC sends Wildcats to Tuscaloosa

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Southeastern Conference has announced the remainder of its football schedule, and Kentucky will visit Alabama and also play host to Ole Miss as part of a 10-game slate this season. The season will begin on Sept. 26 and teams will play 10 games in a 11-week period through Dec. 5. “The two SEC announcements today – the medical protocols and the addition of two...

Kentucky one of six states selected for national dual-credit workshop in Virginia in March

After a competitive application process, Kentucky was one of six states selected by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the College in High School Alliance (CHSA) to attend the College in High School Alliance’s dual and concurrent enrollment workshop March 25-26 in Arlington, Virginia. The workshop’s purpose is to expand equitable access to high-quality dual enrollment, concurrent...

Kentucky marks milestone as Immanuel Quickley’s late heroics help Wildcats sink Crimson Tide

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky reached a milestone and remained unbeaten in the Southeastern Conference Saturday. The No. 14 Wildcats scored six unanswered points in the final 1:12 and held on for a 76-67 triumph over Alabama. The hosts led by 15 in the second half and overcame the Tide’s late surge down the stretch to get the win, which was the team’s 1.000th regular-season victory...

Veteran forward Nick Richards performing at a ‘very high level’ for surging Wildcats as ‘Tide’ rolls in

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Nick Richards has been making a difference for Kentucky during the past three weeks and made an impact in the Wildcats’ win at Georgia earlier this week. It was the play of Richards in the second half that helped No. 14 Kentucky overcome a 31-27 halftime deficit as the Wildcats went on to defeat the Bulldogs 78-69 in the first true road game of the season. Bulldogs...

UK picked to finish sixth in SEC East by league media; four Wildcats voted on All-SEC preseason list

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky was picked to finish sixth in the Eastern division of the Southeastern Conference Friday by the league’s media on Friday. The Wildcats were selected to finish ahead of Vanderbilt despite a breakthrough season a year ago. Kentucky finished 10-3 last season and defeated Penn State in the Citrus Bowl. Georgia was tabbed first in media voting, followed by Florida,...

Jamie Vaught: Despite key personnel losses from 10-3 team, UK football should remain competitive in SEC

After enjoying a remarkable 10-3 campaign in 2018, including a victory over Penn State in a New Year’s Day bowl, will the University of Kentucky football team continue its winning ways this fall? Yes, but the Wildcats likely will regress some after losing megastars Josh Allen and Benny Snell Jr. to the NFL. UK won’t win 10 games this time, but it should remain respectable with a forgiving schedule...

SEC Tournament: Wildcats roll Tide to advance to semifinals, 73-75, avenging an earlier two-point loss

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today NASHVILLE — Kentucky got even with Alabama.   The Wildcats (27-5) avenged a 77-75 loss to the Crimson Tide earlier this season and welcomed the return of senior Reid Travis to the lineup with a 73-55 win in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament Friday night at Bridgestone Arena. “It was a good win,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said....

Late Kentucky rally doesn’t pull it out — Cats lose to Alabama in SEC opener in Tuscaloosa, 77-75

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It took Alabama six years to beat Kentucky. The Crimson Tide did just that Saturday in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.   The 13-ranked Wildcats (10-3) had a 10-game winning streak to Alabama snapped following a 77-75 setback as the Crimson Tide extended their winning streak to five games. Kentucky had a modest three-game winning streak come to an end.   “We...

Calipari’s Wildcats looking forward to opening Southeastern Conference play at Alabama Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Keldon Johnson likes the way Kentucky is starting to come together going into the team’s Southeastern Conference opener set for Saturday at Alabama. “We’re just trusting each other, playing as a team,” he said Thursday. “We’re just enjoying the process, enjoying getting better every day and just enjoying each other. That’s just the main thing. You can see...

Jamie Vaught: UK football climbs near Top 10 in national poll, has favorable remaining schedule

After Kentucky’s ugly 14-7 win over Vanderbilt in an important SEC matchup last Saturday night, the football Wildcats, as you know, are riding high with a 6-1 overall mark with five games remaining. And they are tied for first place in the SEC Eastern Division race, sharing the same spot with Florida and Georgia. The Big Blue Nation is pretty excited about the rising Wildcats even though the team...