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Brad Calipari’s return to UK postponed as Detroit Mercy drops out of Bluegrass Showcase

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Detroit Mercy won’t be playing in the Bluegrass Showcase this week and Brad Calipari’s return to the Bluegrass has been postponed. The Titans have dropped out of the four-team event because of COVID-19 protocols and a positive test within the program. Brad Calipari, son of Kentucky coach John Calipari, was scheduled to play the Wildcats on Friday night, but postponed...

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...

Calipari’s NBA lottery streak ends, but former UK stars Maxey, Quickley both selected in first round

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today For the first time in John Calipari’s tenure as coach of the Wildcats, a Kentucky player wasn’t selected as a lottery pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday night and he had to wait a while before one of his players was chosen. Tyrese Maxey was the first Wildcat picked in this year’s NBA Draft as the 21st overall selection by the Philadelphia 76ers. Philadelphia coach...

UK opens season against Morehead State on Nov. 25 at Rupp Arena; Cats play Detroit Mercy on Nov. 27

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Game times for Kentucky’s first three games in the Bluegrass Showcase have been set. UK will open the season at 6 p.m. on Nov. 25 against Morehead State at Rupp Arena. Two days later on Nov. 27, the Wildcats will take on Detroit Mercy at 6 p.m. and concludes play in the event at 1 p.m. on Nov. 29 against Richmond in a nationally televised game on ESPN. The first two...

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...

Kyra Elzy named interim head coach for UK women’s basketball after retirement of Matthew Mitchell

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kyra Elzy played for the best and coached alongside the all-time winningest coach in women’s basketball history at the University of Kentucky. Elzy, who won two national championships as a player at the University of Tennessee under the tutelage of late legendary coach Pat Summitt, was named interim head coach at Kentucky last week after Matthew Mitchell announced...

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...

A preseason surprise, UK freshman post player Isaiah Jackson relishes the underdog role

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Isaiah Jackson has always considered himself an underdog and wants to keep it that way going into his freshman season at Kentucky. “Me thinking like that, I feel like I can show a lot of people what I can do and surprise a lot of people,” he said. “I don’t really look at those types of things. I just try to go out there and play hard every day and try to get better.” Unlike...

Heralded UK freshman Boston brings swagger to court; Cats open against Morehead State on Nov. 25

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky freshman Brandon “BJ” Boston will never forget his first visit to Rupp Arena. On an unofficial visit four years ago to campus, Boston “watched some practice” and came away impressed as a ninth-grader. “It was just awesome,” Boston said. “I loved it ever since.” Brandon “BJ” Boston brings plenty of confidence to...

UK transfer Jacob Toppin flies under the radar of older brother Obi, but holds his own above rim

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky basketball player Jacob Toppin is used to being in his brother’s shadow. Toppin — younger brother of former University of Dayton All-American and likely first-round NBA Draft pick Obi Toppin — hears his brother’s name often, whether it’s on the court, in the classroom, or in an interview session with reporters. “My brother is brought...

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...

Wake Forest transfer Olivier Sarr glad to be part of ‘winning culture’ at Kentucky in final season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Olivier Sarr couldn’t turn down an opportunity to play for Kentucky and waiting for a waiver was worth the wait for the former Wake Forest standout. “They told me to stay positive at all times, and I did it,” Sarr said. “But, honestly, sometimes it was tough. But it paid (off). Now it’s good. Now it’s official and I’m part of the team and I’m just really...

UK freshman Cam’Ron Fletcher brings in defensive mentality, never backs down from challenges

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Cam’Ron Fletcher loves to play defense and doesn’t back down from a challenge. “I’m a dog,” the University of Kentucky freshman forward said. “I’m going to get on the floor. I’m going to get dirty. I’m going to do all the little things.” Those little things involve chasing loose balls and making other hustle plays, but the main thing for Fletcher is...

Missouri ends Kentucky series dominance, cruises to 20-10 victory over Wildcats on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops was nearly speechless after watching his team’s disappointing 20-10 loss at Missouri on Saturday. “It’s really difficult to put into words because it’s been a long time since we’ve had a game like that,” Stoops said after his team dropped to 2-3 this season. “We were beaten in every area and no ifs and or buts. They kicked...

Stoops says UK’s current winning streak in series against against Missouri ‘means nothing’ on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has dominated its yearly series against Missouri on the football field. The Wildcats (2-2) have won five straight against the Tigers, but Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops said the recent success “truthfully means nothing” when the two teams meet Saturday in Columbia. “We have to go win this week,” Stoops said. “I don’t even know what the streak is....

Incoming UK basketball transfers Sarr, Toppin jump for joy after getting news of immediate eligibility

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Incoming University of Kentucky transfers Olivier Sarr and Jacob Toppin jumped for joy after receiving news concerning their eligibility late Wednesday. Sarr and Toppin were cleared to play this season by the NCAA and Southeastern Conference. “They were both hopping and skipping out of my office after getting the news because they’ve been waiting on this day,” UK...

UK, Stoops hit reset button after historic victory at Tennessee, set sights on talented Missouri

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops didn’t waste any time forgetting about Kentucky’s first road win over Tennessee since 1984. Less than 24 hours following the rare and exhilarating 34-7 victory over the Volunteers in Knoxville, the UK head coach was already looking ahead to Saturday’s contest at Missouri. “We enjoy a victory for less than 24 hours, depending on what time you play,...

UK defense dominant, Wildcats crush Tennessee in 34-7 blowout; first triumph in Knoxville since 1984

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today KNOXVILLE — The University of Kentucky football team accomplished a rare feat by defeating Tennessee on Saturday afternoon, and and it wasn’t even close. For the first time since 1984, UK left Knoxville with a 34-7 victory, bringing an end to a 17-game losing streak at Neyland Stadium and handing the 18th-ranked Volunteers their second straight setback. Tennessee...