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Former UK offensive line coach John Schlarman named Kentucky Sports Figure of the Year

Former University of Kentucky offensive line coach John Schlarman was named the 40th annual Kentucky Sports Figure of the Year, announced by the Lexington Herald-Leader. He was named the winner after a vote of 163 current and former media members around the Commonwealth, receiving 76 first-place votes. His 435-point margin over the runner-up in voting, UK women’s basketball standout Rhyne Howard,...

Cats add Michigan State transfer, Georgia standout to incoming freshman football roster

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky added two players to its incoming freshman class during traditional signing day on Wednesday. The Wildcats added a pair of linebackers to the roster, including Michigan State transfer Luke Fulton and Trevin Wallace, a standout at Wayne County High School in Jesup, Georgia. Mark Stoops Fulton was a standout performer at Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown,...

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...

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...

Kentucky receives invitation to Gator Bowl, will meet North Carolina State on Jan. 2 in Jacksonville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky began its current bowl streak in Jacksonville and will be making a return to the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl to open the new year. The Wildcats (4-6) received an invite to the bowl Sunday and will take on North Carolina State at noon on Jan. 2, extending the team’s postseason streak to five games. Kentucky dropped a 33-18 decision to Georgia Tech in the Gator Bowl...

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...

UK looks to send seniors out in style during home finale against South Carolina on Saturday night

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky Kentucky’s football senior class will play its final home game on Saturday night when the Cats host South Carolina at Kroger Field. The 2020 seniors have played a huge role in building the program to a high level during their time in Lexington. Counting this and the previous three, Kentucky has won 28 games in a four-year span. The Cats have been to three...

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...

Shorthanded Kentucky (3-5) faces tough task Saturday against No. 6 Florida (6-1) in Gainesville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky owns just one win over Florida in the past three decades. The task could be even more difficult for the Wildcats (3-5) after Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops announced earlier this week that 18 players and 10 staff members will likely miss Saturday’s contest in Gainesville because of injuries and COVID-19 contact tracing. “We can’t afford (to lose) anymore,”...

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...

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...

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...

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,...