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Jamie Vaught: UK home game against Mississippi State — and head coach Mike Leach — should be fun

Unlike last season, when Kentucky featured three glamour football schools – Florida, Tennessee and Louisville – at Kroger Field, the 2020 Wildcats will see their seven-game home schedule somewhat lacking in the allure department. Since Kentucky will face the Gators, the Volunteers and the Cardinals on the road this time, UK’s most attractive opponents at home are South Carolina (Sept. 26),...

National media exposure for Western Kentucky football in 2019 valued at nearly $35 million

The Western Kentucky University football program’s turnaround season in 2019 brought tremendous exposure to the athletic department and university. A new analysis has valued that media/marketing exposure at nearly $35 million. The study completed by Joyce Julius and Associates, Inc. – which takes into account national television, television news coverage, print media, internet news and social...

Billy Reed: As COVID-19 invades college football, can’t we just say health is more important than playing?

The latest information from the sports coronavirus front was a stunner: National runner-up Clemson announced that 23 football players had tested positive of the for the cunning disease. As fate would have it, the Louisville Cardinals are scheduled to play at Clemson on Saturday, Sept. 12. That would be the Cards’ second game of the season, following their season opener on Thursday, Sept. 3, against...

Mid-South Conference revises football schedules for 2020; Georgetown (Ky.) to play Pikeville twice

Mid-South Conference Commissioner Eric Ward has announced that the league will revise its football schedule for the upcoming season, following return to play guidelines established by the NAIA. NAIA President Jim Carr’s announcement on June 4 regarding return to play guidelines for all fall sports has necessitated a schedule adjustment for all Mid-South Conference football teams. As recommended...

Louisville quarterback ready for return to campus next week; to begin voluntary workouts June 8

By Rocco Gasparro University of Louisville After two months of being away from campus, University of Louisville quarterback Micale Cunningham is excited about returning to campus. The junior quarterback is among as many as 30 football student-athletes, 15 each from men’s and women’s basketball, and 15 from swimming and diving that will be returning to the UofL campus on June 1 and begin...

Hall of Fame football coach Bobby Bowden still sharing his faith to the world

Retired Hall of Fame football coach Bobby Bowden discusses his faith Sunday at Eastside Community Church in Richmond. Bowden won two national championships at Florida State. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Bobby Bowden is still spreading the gospel. During his coaching career that spanned more than six decades at Samford, West Virginia and Florida State, he never wavered...

Cats sign 20 during early signing period, including heralded JUCO QB Terry Wilson

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky got its quarterback of the future and signed 20 total prospects in the first day of the early signing period Wednesday. The Wildcats signed eight players from Florida, four from Ohio, two each from Michigan and Georgia, one each from Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee and a kicker from Australia. “We addressed some needs,” Kentucky recruiting coordinator...

Keith Taylor: SEC Media Days provides talking points for the upcoming season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The start of the college football season is less than two months away, but “talking season” for the Southeastern Conference is already under way. The league’s annual media days began Monday in Hoover, Alabama and the conference will undoubtedly boast of its past successes on the national scene. Although Alabama is the cream of the crop, the Crimson Tide has been...

Two years after major renovation unveiled, Commonwealth Stadium renamed Kroger Field

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Nearly two years ago, Kentucky’s football stadium underwent a major renovation project. The 44-year-old facility received a new name on Monday. The university, along with media partner JMI Sports, announced a exclusive partnership with Kroger that changes Commonwealth Stadium to “Kroger Field.” The playing field will retain former athletics director...

Keven Moore: Ready to enjoy football season at last, but first a look at safety issues for big-crowd facilities

“Man, I love the off-season,” said no football fan anywhere. All seems right with the world this Saturday morning, as I drink coffee and watch ESPN college football game day. It’s the time of the year where every team is still undefeated and even as a big University of Kentucky football fan like me, I can go into the season with hope however short-lived it may be. College Football is an American...

Keith Taylor: UK coach Mark Stoops makes an instate splash with fourth recruiting class

From the time he arrived at Kentucky, Mark Stoops has emphasized the importance of instate recruiting. Although there were hits and misses with his first three recruiting classes, Stoops made a splash with his fourth class, inking five instate prospects during national signing day Wednesday. UK coach Mark Stoops, right and recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow were all smiles during national signing...

Multiple Kentucky, Louisville players on watch lists for college football awards

Brandon Radcliff celebrating during the 2014 Belk Bowl. (Photo from UofL Media Relations)   Staff report   Look out – five football players from Kentucky universities have been recognized on watch lists for college football awards.   The awards will honor excellent performances and versatility throughout the 2015-16 season.   Louisville junior running back Brandon Radcliff...

Brent Musberger and Jesse Palmer named lead commentary team on SEC Network

Sports broadcasting legend Brent Musburger will be joined by college football analyst Jesse Palmer in the booth every Saturday on the SEC Network when it launches next fall. The Hall of Fame sportscaster and the former Florida quarterback have each reached an agreement with ESPN to be the lead college football game commentators on the new network. The pair will kick off the season with Texas A&M...

Would a proposed play-clock rule change
force Kentucky’s Air Raid offense to slow?

Would Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown’s offense be threatened by a proposed rule change to stifle fast offenses? (Photo by James Pennington)   The NCAA Football Rules Committee proposed two new rules at its meeting in Indianapolis that concluded Wednesday. One made sense—to eliminate a 15-yard penalty for targeting if the mandatory video review of the play overturns a player’s...

Would a proposed play-clock rule change force Kentucky's Air Raid offense to slow?

Would Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown’s offense be threatened by a proposed rule change to stifle fast offenses? (Photo by James Pennington)   The NCAA Football Rules Committee proposed two new rules at its meeting in Indianapolis that concluded Wednesday. One made sense—to eliminate a 15-yard penalty for targeting if the mandatory video review of the play overturns a player’s...

Kentucky signs record-setting football class, including top talent from Kentucky and Ohio

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops, in his first full recruiting class, oversaw perhaps the best in school history. (Photo by James Pennington)   It felt real when Matt Elam committed to Kentucky last week, the five-star defensive tackle from Elizabethtown who chose to build something with Mark Stoops and the Wildcats instead of fall in to the destruction assembly line at Alabama. That’s the day...

Report: Louisville set to hire Bobby Petrino, longtime Kentucky foil, to return to Cardinals

Louisville, which has won the Governor’s Cup from Kentucky each of the last three years, will reportedly hire Bobby Petrino to be its head coach. Petrino has a 5-1 career record against Kentucky. (Photo by Jon Hale)   Former Louisville, Arkansas and Western Kentucky football coach Bobby Petrino—a constant thorn in the side of both Kentucky and especially its fans—will be announced as...

Eastern Kentucky football wins award for best team sportsmanship in OVC

On Thursday the Ohio Valley Conference announced that Eastern Kentucky University is the recipient of the 2013-14 Team Sportsmanship Award for football.   Voted on by the student-athletes and coaches of the respective sports, the team awards are bestowed upon the Conference squads deemed to have best exhibited the standards of sportsmanship and ethical behavior as outlined by the OVC and NCAA....

Billy Reed: College football’s most exciting day leaves us once again questioning our values

The aftermath of college football’s most exciting day has left us in a state of confusion, frustration and astonishment. It has forced each of us to search our souls and question our values. Mostly, it has again raised unsettling questions about our national obsession with winning and about how money has corrupted the college sports world to its very core.   Let’s begin in the Big Ten, where...

Billy Reed: College football's most exciting day leaves us once again questioning our values

The aftermath of college football’s most exciting day has left us in a state of confusion, frustration and astonishment. It has forced each of us to search our souls and question our values. Mostly, it has again raised unsettling questions about our national obsession with winning and about how money has corrupted the college sports world to its very core.   Let’s begin in the Big Ten, where...