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Good ride: UK quarterback Terry Wilson decides to enter NCAA transfer portal, finish career elsewhere

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson has decided to finish his collegiate career elsewhere after announcing plans to enter the NCAA transfer portal Monday night. Wilson, who played for three seasons with the Wildcats, guided Kentucky to a pair of bowl victories, including a 23-21 win over North Carolina State in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl last Saturday in Jacksonville. He...

Kentucky edges North Carolina State in TaxSlayer Gator Bowl for third straight postseason victory

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today A long and unprecedented season didn’t come to an end without a dose of adversity for Kentucky. The Wildcats (5-6) overcame a late surge by North Carolina State and held on for a 23-21 victory over the Wolfpack in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl on Saturday in Jacksonville. The Wildcats used a solid running game, directed by recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach Vince...

Kentucky junior offensive tackle Darian Kinnard earns Sporting News All-America accolades

By Susan Lax University of Kentucky University of Kentucky junior offensive tackle Darian Kinnard has picked up another national honor as he was named a second team All-American by Sporting News. He also earned All-America accolades from the Associated Press (third team) and Pro Football Focus (first team), and was a first team All-Southeastern Conference selection by the AP and a second team All-SEC...

Louisville strengthens offensive line for 2021 with addition of Virginia Tech transfer Bryan Hudson

By Rocco Gasparro University of Louisville Bryan Hudson, a 2019 second team Freshman All-American, has joined the University of Louisville football team as a transfer from Virginia Tech, head coach Scott Satterfield announced on Wednesday. Hudson joins the Cardinals after playing in 19 games, including 12 starts during his two-year career with the Hokies. Bryan Hudson has transferred from Virginia...

Stoops has no regrets as Kentucky prepares for N.C. State in Gator Bowl on Saturday afternoon

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky football head coach Mark Stoops isn’t second-guessing his team’s decision to compete in the postseason this year. “For the program, coaches, for all of us, it’s easy to want to do those things and talk about many years later,” Stoops said. “I would not do that at the expense of our players’ mental health. I wouldn’t do it. I absolutely...

Stoops, UK land in-state talent during latest recruiting class to lay groundwork for success

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops stayed close to home to piece together his latest recruiting class. The Wildcats added 18 players during the early signing period, including seven in-state players, three each from Ohio and Georgia, two from Alabama, one each from Michigan, and Tennessee. Kentucky also inked a kicker from Australia. The big storyline line,...

Stoops names Liam Coen as Kentucky offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach on Tuesday

By Susan Lax University of Kentucky Liam Coen has been named the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Kentucky, head coach Mark Stoops announced Tuesday. Coen spent the last three years with the Los Angeles Rams, 2018 and ’19 as the assistant wide receivers coach before being named assistant quarterbacks coach prior to the 2020 season. Liam Coen Currently, the Rams...

Keith Taylor: After 4-6 season, next UK offensive coordinator could be make or break hire for Stoops

What will Kentucky’s offense look like next year? For those who are wishing for the Hal Mumme era to return, it won’t happen under Mark Stoops. The Kentucky head coach isn’t necessarily looking to return an Air Raid scheme to the playbook but is rather seeking an offensive coordinator who believes in balance and how to achieve that goal. Under former coordinator Eddie Gran, the Wildcats primarily...

UK assistants Gran, Hinshaw relieved of duties, Stoops seeks ‘new ideas’ for Wildcats’ offense

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Eddie Gran and Darin Hinshaw arrived at Kentucky as a package deal. Both were relieved of their duties Sunday. Gran and Hinshaw were relieved of their duties following a 4-6 season that ended with a 41-18 win over South Carolina on Saturday night. UK offensive coordinator Eddie Gran was relieved of his duties on Sunday. (Photo by Keith Taylor, Kentucky Today) “Eddie...

Seniors carry the load, power Kentucky to 41-18 win over South Carolina in home finale Saturday night

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today A strange season came to an end for Kentucky on Saturday night at Kroger Field. The Wildcats honored their 18 seniors and ended a two-game losing streak with a 41-18 win over struggling South Carolina. Both teams were shorthanded because of COVID-19 contact tracing and injuries but Kentucky was far more superior in the finale, especially in the first half. UK running...

No. 6 Florida flexes muscles in second half, cruises to 34-10 victory over Kentucky on Saturday afternoon

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Once Florida got started, the Gators were hard to stop. The sixth-ranked Gators used a punt return to close out the first half that led to 27 unanswered points in a 34-10 win over Kentucky in Gainesville on Saturday. Coming off an embarrassing 63-3 loss to top-ranked Alabama last week, the Wildcats (3-6) held Florida in check for most of the first half and led 10-7 late...

EKU uses big plays, Booth’s four touchdowns to post 49-17 win over Western Carolina in Opportunity Bowl

Eastern Kentucky University featured scoring plays of 94, 69, 63 and 66 yards during a 49-17 win over Western Carolina in the Opportunity Bowl on Saturday at Roy Kidd Stadium. Alonzo Booth rushed for 178 yards and three touchdowns to lead EKU, which finished the season with a 3-6 record. Booth also caught a 69-yard scoring pass from quarterback Isaiah Velez to highlight a four-touchdown performance. The...

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...

EKU to meet Western Carolina in Opportunity Bowl on Saturday at Roy Kidd Stadium

Eastern Kentucky University will face Western Carolina in the Opportunity Bowl presented by Raising Cane’s, and in memory of Dr. Sheila Pressley, on Saturday at Roy Kidd Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. The bowl will air live on ESPN3. Eastern Kentucky is 2-6 after falling at No. 11 Central Arkansas last Saturday by a 37-25 score at Conway, Ark. The Colonels overcame a 24-0 deficit...

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,...

Stoops wants UK at its best in honor of John Schlarman; Cats look to snap two-game losing streak

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will have extra motivation when it returns to the field against Vanderbilt on Saturday following a bye week. Mark Stoops wants the Wildcats (2-4) to emulate the example and legacy late offensive line coach John Schlarman left behind this week. Schlarman died at age 45 Thursday following a three-year battle with cancer. John Schlarman was an original member of...

Struggles continue for Kentucky offense during 14-3 loss to No. 5 Georgia on Saturday afternoon

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It didn’t take much offense for Georgia to defeat Kentucky on Saturday. The fifth-ranked Bulldogs (4-1) opened with a touchdown and began the second half with a TD, giving coach Kirby Smart’s squad all they needed in a 14-3 victory. Georgia notched its 11th consecutive victory over the Wildcats in the series between the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division foes. Kentucky...

Stoops anticipates Gatewood ‘playing well’ in first start as UK quarterback against No. 5 Georgia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops is expecting good things from Joey Gatewood when he makes his first start at quarterback against No. 5 Georgia on Saturday. The Auburn transfer saw action in Kentucky’s 20-10 disappointing loss to Missouri last week and has been called on to start in absence of starter Terry Wilson, who injured his wrist against the Tigers. “Joey’s...