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Keith Taylor: After six consecutive losses, struggling UK needs to find way out of dark tunnel

Let’s face it. This hasn’t been a fun season for Kentucky coach John Calipari, no matter how he tries to convince you otherwise. It’s been a struggle and it’s been real. It’s been more than three decades — 1988-89 — since the Wildcats have lost six straight games. You would have to go back even further to 1911 before you discover a Kentucky team that lost six of its first seven games...

Calipari delves into ‘bag of tricks’ to inspire UK, expects better showing Saturday against Notre Dame

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari expects things to be different when Kentucky plays host to Notre Dame at noon on Saturday. Because of inexperience and pandemic restrictions, Calipari admits the Wildcats “don’t have a whole lot of room for error” and wants fans to come away with a different impression than the previous three games. “My hope is that people watch this game and say,...

Calipari insists he’s not ‘cracking’ after UK drops third straight game; Cats fall to Georgia Tech, 79-62

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The rare early-season losses are starting to pile up on Kentucky. The Wildcats dropped their third consecutive game during a 79-62 loss to previously winless Georgia Tech on Sunday at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. Kentucky’s 1-3 start is the worst in John Calipari’s 12 seasons as coach of the Wildcats, a defeat that will drop UK out of the Associated Press Top 25 poll...

Calipari makes practices tougher to ‘light a fire’ under struggling Wildcats; UK prepares for Georgia Tech

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky head coach John Calipari is used to starting over and is convinced the Wildcats will eventually turn the corner. “We were so unsure of ourselves,” the UK head coach said Friday. “I’m the one that usually forgets because the staff has to remind me. We were the same way last year. So, just know that we were the same way and the year before, and the year...

Satterfield frustrated by losses, but it’s not all ‘doom and gloom’ as Louisville meets No. 4 Notre Dame

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today This is nothing new for Louisville football head coach Scott Satterfield, but that doesn’t make it any easier to handle. “We’ve been here before. It’s not any fun, believe me,” Satterfield said Monday afternoon. He was referring to the Cardinals’ current three-game losing streak, which is looking suspiciously like four in a row considering...

Louisville offense on hot seat as Cards seek complete performance on road against Georgia Tech

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Going into the season, if there was one area on the University of Louisville football team that appeared to be sound and poised for another big year it was the explosive offense, which returned 10 starters from a unit that finished in the top 30 nationally in total offense, scoring and rushing. It was the defense that was considered suspect, and those doubts looked legitimate...

Louisville coaches encouraged by defensive improvement; Cardinals prepare for Georgia Tech

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Louisville’s struggling football team will try to snap a two-game losing skid when it meets Georgia Tech on Friday in Atlanta, but coming off back-to-back defeats to Miami (Fla.) and Pittsburgh, at least the Cardinals have one aspect of their situation to feel upbeat about. 
Courtesy of the only bright spot in last week’s 23-20 loss to the Panthers, Louisville...

Immanuel Quickley loves Kentucky’s three-guard lineup, adjusts to new role for Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky guard Immanuel Quickley has tied his career-high three times this season and is feeling more comfortable as he adjusts to his role with the Wildcats. “I try to go out and play my own game,” he said. “I try to take bits and pieces of other players but I just want to be my own player and be someone that’s unique and different.” Quickley scored 16 points...

Transformed point guard Ashton Hagans a ‘star’ and a ‘pro’ as Cats win against Georgia Tech 67-53

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach John Calipari would match Ashton Hagans against any point guard in the nation. “He’s so far advanced,” Calipari said after Hagans scored 21 points to lead the No. 8 Wildcats to a 67-53 win over Georgia Tech Saturday. “There may be better point guards out there. I’d have to watch closely. I mean, the way he is playing — that he’s...

Jamie Vaught: Saturday’s matchup with Georgia Tech gives Cats first big-name opponent in seven games

For the first time in over a month, Kentucky will finally face a big-name opponent in Georgia Tech on Saturday afternoon at Rupp Arena. Both schools are beginning a two-game series with next season’s matchup taking place at State Farm Arena (formerly Phillips Arena) in downtown Atlanta. After going through a series of seven straight home games against the so-called cupcakes, the Rupp Arena crowd...

Louisville volleyball star McHenry named to preseason All-ACC squad; Cards picked third in poll

University of Louisville senior outside hitter Melanie McHenry headlines the list of preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference volleyball stars, and the Cardinals have been chosen third in the preseason poll of the ACC coaches. McHenry led Louisville with 383 kills last season and was named honorable mention All-American. She enters her senior year with 1,131 career kills. Melanie McHenry Louisville...

UK basketball faces challenging non-conference schedule; Big Blue Madness set for Oct. 11

With the exception of a still-to-be-announced Big 12/SEC Challenge game, the University of Kentucky men’s basketball 2019-20 non-conference schedule was completed Tuesday with five additional games. Already packed with the annual slate of traditional powers and postseason contenders, UK added a multi-team event, the BBN Showcase, and finalized a two-year deal with Georgia Tech from the Atlantic...

Jamie Vaught: Homer Rice helped break color barrier in UK football, wrote ‘textbook’ on leadership

(This is the second of a two-part column about Kentuckian Dr. Homer Rice who had an illustrious career in football coaching and athletic administration. He also recruited Greg Page of Middlesboro who became the first black football player to sign with UK.) When Dr. Homer Rice was the athletics director at North Carolina from 1969 to 1976, one of his employees was a basketball coach named Dean Smith,...

Locked in: Stoops says Cats attentive, focused going into first bowl appearance in six years

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer Mark Stoops is happy about his team’s mental and physical approach going into Saturday’s TaxSlayer Bowl in Jacksonville. “I think we’ve gotten our work done when we needed to,” Stoops said Thursday. “They’ve been very attentive in the meetings. Again, there’s so many guys here. We normally don’t travel all these guys, so there’s quite...

Nick Rowe is back home where he belongs, as head of KyAm Water — and everybody knows his name

By Judy Clabes KyForward editor Nick Rowe should just hang a big banner at the Kentucky American Water headquarters on Richmond Road, and it should read “I’m back. Right where I belong.” That’s how everybody around the place feels about it anyway. Including Nick. Yes, make that “Nick” too. A visitor checking in at the lobby says to the veteran security guard, Ed, “I’m here to see...