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Kentucky announces Jalen Whitlow will leave football program after decision to transfer

Jalen Whitlow, who started eight games for Kentucky at quarterback last season, has decided to transfer, the school announced Wednesday.   Jalen Whitlow (Photo from UK Athletics) “We respect Jalen and his decision as we want the best for him. I thank Jalen for his contributions to the team,” UK head coach Mark Stoops said on the athletics Twitter account. “I want everyone to...

Kentucky falls 27-14 to Volunteers in finale, capping Stoops’ first season with 2-10 record

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops finished his first season as the Wildcats’ coach with a 2-10 record, which the Wildcats’ 27-14 loss to Tennessee finalized Saturday. (Photo by James Pennington)   When Mark Stoops accepted the Kentucky head coaching job last November, he acknowledged times would be trying while he and his staff rebuilt the program. The first season, presumably his toughest...

Kentucky falls 27-14 to Volunteers in finale, capping Stoops' first season with 2-10 record

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops finished his first season as the Wildcats’ coach with a 2-10 record, which the Wildcats’ 27-14 loss to Tennessee finalized Saturday. (Photo by James Pennington)   When Mark Stoops accepted the Kentucky head coaching job last November, he acknowledged times would be trying while he and his staff rebuilt the program. The first season, presumably his toughest...

Jalen Whitlow ‘better be ready’ for Saturday’s game, Stoops said in fiery news conference

Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow is fighting ankle and shoulder injuries, but Mark Stoops said he should be ready to go Saturday vs. Alabama State. (Photo by James Pennington)   Kentucky coach Mark Stoops returned from a 28-22 loss to Mississippi State on Thursday, brewed for a few days and calmed down just in time to blow off all that pent-up steam at his weekly news conference Monday. [widgets_on_pages...

Jalen Whitlow 'better be ready' for Saturday's game, Stoops said in fiery news conference

Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow is fighting ankle and shoulder injuries, but Mark Stoops said he should be ready to go Saturday vs. Alabama State. (Photo by James Pennington)     Kentucky coach Mark Stoops returned from a 28-22 loss to Mississippi State on Thursday, brewed for a few days and calmed down just in time to blow off all that pent-up steam at his weekly news conference Monday. [widgets_on_pages...

Kentucky’s comeback against Bulldogs falls short, Mississippi State hangs on, 28-22

Kentucky quarterback Maxwell Smith, starting for the injured Jalen Whitlow, nearly led Kentucky on a second-half comeback against Mississippi State, but the Bulldogs won 28-22. (Photo by James Pennington)   Another attempted comeback on the road fell just short for Kentucky on Thursday, driving down to near the Mississippi State 30-yard line before falling just short, and the Bulldogs won 28-22.   Maxwell...

Kentucky's comeback against Bulldogs falls short, Mississippi State hangs on, 28-22

Kentucky quarterback Maxwell Smith, starting for the injured Jalen Whitlow, nearly led Kentucky on a second-half comeback against Mississippi State, but the Bulldogs won 28-22. (Photo by James Pennington)     Another attempted comeback on the road fell just short for Kentucky on Thursday, driving down to near the Mississippi State 30-yard line before falling just short, and the Bulldogs won...

Jalen Whitlow will travel to Mississippi State, but Mark Stoops vague on QB’s role in game

Kentucky quarterback Maxwell Smith will start Thursday against Mississippi State, but Mark Stoops was vague about how involved Jalen Whitlow could or would be with his injury. (Photo by James Pennington)   Kentucky coach Mark Stoops, in his brief time as a head coach, has already mastered the art of one of the football coach’s most underrated weapons: the vague quote. Stoops gives out sound...

Jalen Whitlow will travel to Mississippi State, but Mark Stoops vague on QB's role in game

Kentucky quarterback Maxwell Smith will start Thursday against Mississippi State, but Mark Stoops was vague about how involved Jalen Whitlow could or would be with his injury. (Photo by James Pennington)   Kentucky coach Mark Stoops, in his brief time as a head coach, has already mastered the art of one of the football coach’s most underrated weapons: the vague quote. Stoops gives out sound...

Quarterback Jalen Whitlow’s status unclear for Thursday after spraining ankle Oct. 12

Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow was carried off the field after spraining his left ankle against Alabama on Oct. 12. | Photo by James Pennington   Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow’s status for Thursday’s game against Mississippi State is still unclear a week and a half after spraining his left ankle, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Monday. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   “Jalen...

Quarterback Jalen Whitlow's status unclear for Thursday after spraining ankle Oct. 12

Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow was carried off the field after spraining his left ankle against Alabama on Oct. 12. | Photo by James Pennington   Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow’s status for Thursday’s game against Mississippi State is still unclear a week and a half after spraining his left ankle, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Monday. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   “Jalen...

Kentucky’s Mark Stoops planning for next game without injured QB Jalen Whitlow

Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow was carried off the field after injuring his left ankle in the first quarter against Alabama. | Photo by James Pennington   Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is drawing up the game plan for the Wildcats’ next game against Mississippi State, and the first draft will exclude injured quarterback Jalen Whitlow. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Whitlow...

Kentucky's Mark Stoops planning for next game without injured QB Jalen Whitlow

Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow was carried off the field after injuring his left ankle in the first quarter against Alabama. | Photo by James Pennington   Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is drawing up the game plan for the Wildcats’ next game against Mississippi State, and the first draft will exclude injured quarterback Jalen Whitlow. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Whitlow...

Gleaning positives from Kentucky’s 48-7 loss to Alabama isn’t easy, but lessons are there

Kentucky cornerback Nate Willis celebrated after the Wildcats recovered a fumble in the first quarter Saturday against Alabama. | Photo by James Pennington   In the week leading up to Kentucky’s 48-7 loss to No. 1 Alabama, the tone was clear that the black-and-white result of that game wasn’t going to determine how the coaching staff graded the game. Yes, a win against Alabama sure would have...

Gleaning positives from Kentucky's 48-7 loss to Alabama isn't easy, but lessons are there

Kentucky cornerback Nate Willis celebrated after the Wildcats recovered a fumble in the first quarter Saturday against Alabama. | Photo by James Pennington   In the week leading up to Kentucky’s 48-7 loss to No. 1 Alabama, the tone was clear that the black-and-white result of that game wasn’t going to determine how the coaching staff graded the game. Yes, a win against Alabama sure would have...

Injuries finally pile up for Kentucky as it finishes historic top-20 schedule stretch

Kentucky quarterback Maxwell Smith was forced into Saturday’s 48-7 loss to Alabama because of Jalen Whitlow’s first-quarter ankle sprain. | Photo by James Pennington   After Kentucky’s 41-7 win over Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 7, it left the relative comfort of the win and immediately jumped into the most daunting gauntlet in the program’s history. The Wildcats had never played top-20...

Kentucky QB Jalen Whitlow injured ankle in first quarter, will not return vs. Alabama

Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow was carried off the field after injuring his left ankle in the first quarter against Alabama. | Photo by James Pennington   Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow injured his left ankle in the first quarter of Saturday’s game against No. 1 Alabama. X-rays on his ankle were negative, but UK announced that he will not return. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”] Whitlow...

Kentucky QB Jalen Whitlow injured ankle
in first quarter, will not return vs. Alabama

Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow was carried off the field after injuring his left ankle in the first quarter against Alabama. | Photo by James Pennington   Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow injured his left ankle in the first quarter of Saturday’s game against No. 1 Alabama. X-rays on his ankle were negative, but UK announced that he will not return. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”] Whitlow...

Jadeveon Clowney and South Carolina await Kentucky after mid-week setback

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier on the field at Commonwealth Stadium after beating Kentucky 38-17 on Sept. 29, 2012. | Photo by Jon Hale   As incessantly positive as Mark Stoops has been since taking over as Kentucky’s football coach, he knew coming in to the gig every day wouldn’t be easy. Some days would be harder than others; many of them would be SEC Saturdays, like the one this weekend...

Jadeveon Clowney and South Carolina
await Kentucky after mid-week setback

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier on the field at Commonwealth Stadium after beating Kentucky 38-17 on Sept. 29, 2012. | Photo by Jon Hale   As incessantly positive as Mark Stoops has been since taking over as Kentucky’s football coach, he knew coming in to the gig every day wouldn’t be easy. Some days would be harder than others; many of them would be SEC Saturdays, like the one this weekend...