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Jamie Vaught: Calipari set to begin second decade at UK helm; Gators will give Cats a run for SEC title

Yes, it’s hard to believe that John Calipari is beginning his second decade at Kentucky. Yes, it’s been that long since he arrived on campus in 2009 to take over the coveted head coaching job at UK. Despite the constant turnover of “one-and-done” standouts over the years, the 60-year-old Calipari once again is expected to have another very good basketball team in Lexington this winter with...

UK’s Sawyer Smith ‘good to go’ ahead of Saturday’s debut as starting quarterback against Florida

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Sawyer Smith is set for his debut as Kentucky’s starting quarterback. “I”m getting comfortable out there with the game plan,” Smith said Wednesday. “I’m throwing it to everybody and I’m good to go.” Previously a backup, the Troy transfer was thrust into the starting role after veteran Terry Wilson suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Wildcats’...

University of Kentucky football to open 2019 season with noon contest against Toledo on Aug. 31

With football season just a few short months away, ESPN has announced the first three weeks of its 2019 college football slate. The Wildcats open the 2019 season with three straight home games and look to use the momentum created last year from their win over Penn State in the VRBO Citrus Bowl. The 10-3 record was Kentucky’s best season in 41 years and only the third 10-win season in school...

Cats snap back, rally to beat Florida Gators in Gainesville Saturday, 65-54; big second half

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky knows what it takes to win on the road and rallied to beat Florida Saturday. 
The seventh-ranked Wildcats used a big second half to hold off the hosts and escaped with a 65-54 victory over the Gators. Kentucky posted its eighth-straight win, including its last four on the road and has limited its last eight foes to less than 60 points. Immanuel Quickly drives...

Cats drain the swamp, end 31-game losing streak to No. 25 Gators

Kentucky running back Benny Snell rushed for 175 yards in Kentucky’s 27-16 win over Florida Saturday night in Gainesville, ending a 31-game losing streak to the Gators. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky drained the swamp and ended 31 years of misery to Florida in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams Saturday night in Gainesville. The Wildcats (2-0) snapped...

‘Great challenge’ awaits Stoops, Wildcats in Southeastern Conference opener at Florida

A.J. Rose rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns in Kentucky’s 35-20 win over Central Michigan last Saturday at Kroger Field. The Wildcats take on Florida at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Gainesville. (Kentucky Today/Bill Thiry) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s decades-long losing streak to Florida nearly ended last season. It took a last-second touchdown aided by a defensive error in the...

Florida’s Dan Mullen impressed with Cats, sees no panic in Stoops’ squad

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Dan Mullen was impressed with Kentucky’s comeback win over Central Michigan and likes the way the Wildcats fought through adversity in the Wildcats’ season-opener last week. “You look at Kentucky and what Mark (Stoops) has done there, and you look, even at game one, you see what kind of team they are,” he said. “They fall behind in game one, in the...

Stoops looks ahead as Cats seek an end to 31-year losing skid to Gators

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and the Wildcats have lost 31 straight games to Southeastern Conference East rival Florida. Stoops is 0-5 against the Gators. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky hasn’t beaten Florida in more than three decades. It’s a losing streak that has featured several close calls in the past 31 years including a 28-27 setback last year at Kroger Field. Despite...

Kentucky must make a giant leap to topple Gators in Southeastern Conference opener

Kentucky linebacker Jamar “Boogie” Watson tackles Jonathan Ward during a 35-20 win over the Chippewas Saturday at Kroger Field. (Kentucky Today/Bill Thiry) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today In order for Kentucky to end a long winless streak against Florida, the Wildcats must make a giant leap from the first week to the second one. Not that the opener was full of doom and gloom, but Central...

Cats get help from Missouri, earn double-bye and No. 4 seed in SEC tournament

PJ Washington, left, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander walk off the court following an 80-67 loss to Florida Saturday in Gainesville (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky can breathe a sigh of relief going into the Southeastern Conference Tournament. Although the Wildcats suffered an 80-67 setback at Florida in the regular-season finale in Gainesville Saturday, Kentucky still received...

Double-bye on the line for Cats and Gators in regular-season finale

Kentucky’s Hamidou Diallo has scored 20 points in the past two games, including nine in a win over Ole Miss earlier this week in Lexington. The Wildcats close out the regular-season at Florida Saturday. (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The stakes will be high when Kentucky takes on Florida Saturday in Gainesville. The Wildcats (21-9, 10-7 Southeastern Conference) can...

Calipari sees better days ahead following rare second straight SEC setback

Kentucky forward Nick Richards blocks a shot in the Wildcats’ 66-64 setback to Florida Saturday night at Rupp Arena. (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari hasn’t hit the panic button and doesn’t plan on calling it a season anytime soon, especially following a 66-64 loss to Florida Saturday night. “I’m good,” Calipari said. “I know there are some...

Calipari wants Cats to get back to having fun on the court again

Kentucky coach John Calipari and the Wildcats will take on Florida in an ESPN Gameday encounter Saturday at Rupp Arena. The Wildcats are coming off a 76-68 loss at South Carolina earlier this week. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari knows all about Florida but wants his team to get mentally right going into Saturday’s ESPN GameDay showdown against the Gators. “You...

Keith Taylor: Wildcats come close to ending Florida streak, but dealt another heartbreaking loss

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky almost ended three decades of frustration against No. 20 Florida Saturday night. Almost doesn’t count and the Gators rallied to defeat the Wildcats 28-27 on a night that began with anticipation and ended in harsh disappointment. For the third time in the last 31 years, the Wildcats (3-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) led going into the fourth quarter, only to...

Could the end be in sight? Kentucky eyes its first victory over the Gators in 30 years

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It’s been three decades since Kentucky has beaten Florida on the football field. Although the series has been lopsided for the past 30 years in favor of the Gators, the Wildcats came close to ending the losing streak three years ago in Gainesville before the hosts yanked out a 36-30 victory in triple overtime. Although the Florida is no longer the “Fun and Gun”...

Kentucky’s SEC-leading rushing defense putting the Wildcats on the map nationally

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today When it comes to stopping the run, Kentucky’s defense is among the best in the nation. Going into Saturday’s showdown against Southeastern Conference Eastern division rival Florida, the Wildcats (3-0) are ranked No. 1 in the league and fifth in the nation in rusging defense. Through three games, Kentucky has allowed just an average of 57 yards rushing per game. Kentucky’s...

Stoops: No. 20 Florida remains one of the elite teams in the Southeastern Confernence

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops doesn’t want to hear any talk on whether or not No. 20 Florida remains one of the elite teams in the Southeastern Conference. “You’re crazy,” Stoops replied when asked by a reporter if the Gators were as scary as they have been in the past. “I’ve watched them play and they are the same Florida team. They are a very, very good football team. Don’t...

Keith Taylor: Resilient Wildcats proved they can shot take a shot to the gut, then fight right back and win

The culture is changing at Kentucky and it’s all for the better. Even when things looked bleak after South Carolina opened the game with Jake Bentley’s 63-yard touchdown pass to Deebo Samuel Saturday night, the Wildcats didn’t flinch and recovered from the Gamecocks’ quick strike to go on to defeat the Gamecocks 23-13. Mark Stoops and Mitch Barnhart were all smiles after Kentucky’s win...

Stakes high for surging Wildcats in final baseball series against SEC leading Gators

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Kentucky baseball coach Nick Mingione knows what’s on the line when the Wildcats take on Florida in a three-game series starting Thursday in Gainesville. “From here on out, every game we play, someone is fighting for something,” Mingione said. “From here on out, there’s something on the line. Everyone is playing for something at this point. The...

Keith Taylor: Wildcats avenge loss to Gators, prove they’re still the team to beat in the SEC

Kentucky made a statement in a rematch with Florida Saturday and avenged an earlier-season blowout loss to the Gators in impressive fashion with a 76-66 victory Saturday at Rupp Arena. The 11th-ranked Wildcats (24-5, 14-2 Southeastern Conference) proved they can beat a ranked opponent at home and are still the team to beat in the SEC. Kentucky took a one-game lead over the Gators with two league encounters...