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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...

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...

The Belk Bowl: Fun and games are over, as Kentucky gets down to business against Virginia Tech

Gametracker: Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech Noon, Saturday. TV/Radio: UK Radio Network. By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today CHARLOTTE, N.C. (KT) — The fun is over and Kentucky is ready to get down to business.   “At this point, you start getting a little anxious (and) you’re ready to go play the game,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Monday.   Kentucky has circled the Charlotte Motor Speedway,...

Billy Reed: I’m no Charlie Brown, UK football, I want some proof, not more promises

University of Kentucky football fans, bless their Big Blue bleeding hearts, remind me of the classic Peanuts cartoon where Charlie Brown winds up on his back after an attempted place kick because holder Lucy Van Pelt snatches away the ball at the last moment. Poor Charlie never learns. Every time Lucy convinces him that this time she’s not going to snatch away the ball and every time she does. Like...

Immediate impact freshmen Daniel, Hoak, Holtzclaw, Jackson join Wildcats’ football roster

The University of Kentucky welcomed four new Wildcats who have joined the Wildcat football program, Coach Mark Stoops announced Thursday. The mid-year enrollees are all high school standouts who graduated in December – inside linebacker Kash Daniel, quarterback Gunnar Hoak, wide receiver Dakota Holtzclaw and center Drake Jackson. All four players will count toward the 2016 signing class. They will...

Keith Taylor: Boom Williams returns to field following ‘one of the longest weeks of my life’

Kentucky running back Stanley “Boom” Williams is back practicing with Wildcats after dealing with personal issues last week (Photo by Bill Thiry)   Stanley “Boom” Williams is back.   The Kentucky running back who spent some time away from the Wildcats last week while dealing with a “personal issue” is expected to be ready to go when the Wildcats take on Auburn in a Thursday...

Keith Taylor: Boom Williams returns to field following 'one of the longest weeks of my life'

Kentucky running back Stanley “Boom” Williams is back practicing with Wildcats after dealing with personal issues last week (Photo by Bill Thiry)   Stanley “Boom” Williams is back.   The Kentucky running back who spent some time away from the Wildcats last week while dealing with a “personal issue” is expected to be ready to go when the Wildcats take on Auburn in a Thursday...

Building from the bottom up, Stoops learned valuable lessons in his first two seasons at UK

UK head coach Mark Stoops thinks his team will turn the corner in his third season at the helm (UK Athletics Photo)   It’s a good thing Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops hasn’t had much time to ponder his first two seasons.   “I’m really glad the first two years trying to build this program didn’t kill me, but the first two years really went extremely fast,” Stoops said.   [widgets_on_pages...

Kentucky running back Heard enters name for NFL draft, will give up senior season

Braylon Heard played one year for Kentucky after transferring from Nebraska (UK Athletics Photo)   Kentucky junior running back Braylon Heard, who will complete his bachelor’s degree this spring, has decided to forego his final season of college football and has declared for the 2015 National Football League draft.   After transferring from Nebraska, Heard played one season at Kentucky,...

UK releases artist's renditions of lavish new $45 million football training facility

A view of the UK practice facility from a practice field due to open in 2016 (UK Athletics Photo)   The University of Kentucky Athletics Department released an artist’s rendering of its planned $45 million football training facility.   Photo Gallery for UK Practice Facility   The 90,000-square foot facility will face Gate 12 of Commonwealth Stadium and be attached to the current...

Valiant effort falls short as Florida keeps streak alive with OT win over Kentucky

Solid week of practice leaves Stoops, Wildcats excited to face challenge presented by Gators

UK head coach Mark Stoops will lead the Wildcats to Florida to face the Gators in the SEC opener for both teams (UK Athletics Photo)   Two days before Kentucky’s first road test of the season at Florida, the Wildcats had a light Thursday with a walkthrough and positional meetings.   In his final meeting with the media prior to Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. kick off at The Swamp, Kentucky...

UK's progress pleases Stoops so much, he decides to surprise the media with the news

Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops says he’s pleased with the pace of his offense, led by quarterback Patrick Towles (Photo from UK Athletics)   The schedule calls for Mark Stoops to talk to the media on Mondays and Thursdays during game week, with Kentucky’s offensive and defensive coaches available on Tuesday and Wednesday. After his weekly media luncheon on Monday, Stoops was supposed...

Despite weather and constructions issues, fans turn out to support UK football team

Due to renovations at Commonwealth Stadium, UK football held its annual Fan Day — normally an evening event complete with fireworks — in the morning on Saturday.   Combine that with rain in the forecast and Wildcats’ head coach Mark Stoops wasn’t sure what to expect.   For far from the first time since his arrival in Lexington, Stoops was pleasantly surprised by Kentucky...

Stoops, Eliot bemoan dull day of practice for Wildcats; frosh safety West to miss season

UK head coach Mark Stoops wasn’t impressed by his team’s effort during practice on Wednesday (Photo from UK Athletics)   Before Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops ever stepped up to the podium to recap Wednesday’s practice, one could conclude the early-morning session wasn’t up to his standards.   “Average practice today,” he said. “Not good enough....

Stoops, Wildcats see improvement as fall football camp gets off to very early start

Kentucky’s first practice of the fall season Monday got off to an early start. Fan Day activities on Saturday will also be in the morning, starting at 9 a.m. (Photo from UK Athletics)   Alarms sounded early for the Kentucky football team – 5 a.m. in Bud Dupree’s case – as UK opened fall camp with a 6 a.m. practice Monday.   While most other teams were still sleeping,...

With fall practice on the horizon, UK coach Stoops says he's excited to get season rolling

Head coach Mark Stoops and radio voice Tom Leach address the crowd at Friday’s annual UK Kickoff Luncheon (Photo from UK Athletics/Brent Ingram)   Mark Stoops knew this offseason was an important one.   Through his debut season at Kentucky, he coached a group that was almost always competitive, but clearly had a long road ahead to become the team he was brought to Lexington to build.   “That...

Jamie Vaught: Ready for some football? How about five wins for Stoops' Wildcats?

Mark Stoops’ Wildcats figure to be much improved in 2014, but will that translate into more wins? (Photo from UK Athletics)   Are you ready for some college football? Well, I am and I have my annual fearless forecast for the 2014 Wildcats ready.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jamie”] Will coach Mark Stoops’ Kentucky club improve over last season’s dismal mark of 2-10...

UK Coach Mark Stoops walks for his fatherat Central Kentucky Heart Walk on Saturday

UK Coach Mark Stoops leads the Catwalk in April. He will lead the Central Kentucky Heart Walk in May. (Photo from UK)   University of Kentucky head football coach, Mark Stoops, will lead more than 5,000 American Heart Association supporters at for the Central Kentucky Heart Walk at Keeneland Race Course on Saturday, May 10. The annual event aims to raise a record $440,000 to fight heart disease...

Recruiting success, greater fan enthusiasm result in contract extension for Stoops

The contract of University of Kentucky football head coach Mark Stoops has been amended to extend through the 2018 season, UK Director of Athletics Mitch Barnhart announced Tuesday.   Mark Stoops receives contract extension through 2019 (Photo from UK Athletics) The new agreement extends the term from Dec. 31, 2017 to June 30, 2019, giving the coach five years remaining on his contract.   “We...