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Stoops, UK hit reset button following blowout loss to No. 1 Alabama; Wildcats play at Florida on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops has been in reboot mode since a 63-3 loss to top-ranked Alabama last week. “We definitely need to hit the reset button,” he said. “There were things about of our control last week, again, absolutely no excuses. As far as our players’ mentalities, we have to reset and get back to playing the way we are capable of. And yes, we’re...

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...

Former Highlands football star, UK assistant John Schlarman dead at age 45 after battle with cancer

By Susan Lax University of Kentucky John Schlarman, a native of Fort Thomas and an assistant coach for the University of Kentucky football team, died Thursday following a two-year battle with cancer. He was 45. “I’m heartbroken to learn about the passing of my friend, John Schlarman,” said UK head coach Mark Stoops. “My prayers go out to LeeAnne and the kids, Joseph, Benjamin,...

Bouvier’s emergence not a surprise to UK teammates, coaching staff

Kentucky senior wide receiver David Bouvier, a former walk-on, leads the Wildcats with two touchdown receptions in the first two games. The Wildcats host Murray State Saturday at Kroger Field. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today David Bouvier’s emergence as one of Kentucky’s top receivers this season hasn’t been a surprise to offensive coordinator Eddie Gran. “It kind of started...

UK’s Wilson keeping a chip on his shoulder despite winning QB battle

Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson, left, beat out Gunnar Hoak, right, for the starting job during fall workouts and plans to keep playing with a chip on his shoulder. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Since he was named Kentucky’s starting quarterback, Terry Wilson hasn’t become complacent and intends to remain humble this week. “I’ve got to still keep being up to...

Adversity hits Stoops, Wildcats prior to the beginning of fall workouts

Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops shares news of health issues that are affecting his team going into fall camp during the team’s Media Day Friday at Kroger Field. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today In what was supposed to be day of celebrating the dawn of a new season, Mark Stoops is asking for thoughts and prayers for one of his players and one of his assistant coaches...

UK offensive line in flux, as 2012 full-time starter faces competition at two positions

With just three full-time starters returning on offense from the 2012 season, the last thing UK fans might expect is one of those veterans to be in a fight for playing time.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] But that’s exactly the situation facing redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Zach West.   West started all 12 games in 2012 at left guard, but after missing much of spring...

UK looks to redshirt freshmen Myers, Toth to fill shoes of departed center Matt Smith

While the quarterback battle may attract most of the attention for the UK football team this spring and into the fall, the competition to see who will snap the quarterback the ball may prove to be just as important to the early success of the Mark Stoops Era.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Departed senior Matt Smith started 34 games in his career, including the last 21 UK games at the...

Photo Gallery: UK football players work during sixth practice of Mark Stoops Era

Mark Stoops provides some instruction to linebacker Miles Simpson during a drill. (Photo by Jon Hale)   Spring football practice was opened to the media for the first time in the Mark Stoops Era on Wednesday.   Stoops described the practice as “another good day,” though noted that he backed off the intensity a little bit after Eric Korem, his high performance coordinator, advised...

Texas Tech assistant Tommy Mainord follows Neal Brown to UK as wide receivers coach

After spending the past three seasons helping UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown build an electric offense at Texas Tech as an assistant coach for outside receivers, Tommy Mainord has agreed to rejoin Brown as UK’s wide receiver coach, head coach Mark Stoops announced Saturday.   Mainord completes the offensive coaching staff for UK, joining Brown, running backs coach Chad Scott, offensive...

Mark Stoops looks for coaches with ‘chip on their shoulder’ in assembling his first staff

It did not take long for first-time head coach Mark Stoops to learn a valuable lesson after being picked to lead the UK football program: he needed help.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Faced with turning around the struggling Wildcat football team, Stoops was initially overwhelmed, he acknowledged at a news conference Wednesday.   His first order of business was finding assistants...

Mark Stoops looks for coaches with 'chip on their shoulder' in assembling his first staff

It did not take long for first-time head coach Mark Stoops to learn a valuable lesson after being picked to lead the UK football program: he needed help.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Faced with turning around the struggling Wildcat football team, Stoops was initially overwhelmed, he acknowledged at a news conference Wednesday.   His first order of business was finding assistants...

Texas Tech running backs coach Chad Scott follows Neal Brown to Lexington on UK staff

A third former Wildcat has joined Mark Stoops‘ inaugural football coaching staff at UK.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Former UK tailback Chad Scott, who spent the last three seasons as Texas Tech’s running backs coach, will serve as an assistant coach with title to be determined at UK, Stoops announced Wednesday. Scott joins former Wildcats Neal Brown (offensive coordinator)...

Former UK football player John Schlarman tabbed as Mark Stoops’ offensive line coach

Another former UK football player is coming home to serve on Mark Stoops‘ first coaching staff.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Former Wildcats John Schlarman, who was an All-Southeastern Conference guard at UK, will serve as UK’s new offensive line coach, Stoops announced Tuesday. Former UK wide receiver Neal Brown will serve as Stoops’ offensive coordinator.   “I...

Former UK football player John Schlarman tabbed as Mark Stoops' offensive line coach

Another former UK football player is coming home to serve on Mark Stoops‘ first coaching staff.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Former Wildcats John Schlarman, who was an All-Southeastern Conference guard at UK, will serve as UK’s new offensive line coach, Stoops announced Tuesday. Former UK wide receiver Neal Brown will serve as Stoops’ offensive coordinator.   “I...