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South Carolina Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp impressed with Kentucky’s ‘active’ defense

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Prior to becoming a head coach, Will Muschamp had a reputation as one of the top defensive coordinators in college football. Muschamp once coached defensive backs at Eastern Kentucky University before going on to LSU, Miami Dolphins, Auburn and Texas to serve as the top defensive boss at all four stops. Following a four-year stint as head coach at Florida, he returned...

Newly-ranked Wildcats staying grounded, hungry despite ranking, perfect start

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is ranked for the first time in more than a decade, but that won’t change the Wildcats’ demeanor going into Saturday’s game against South Carolina. “We have to stay grounded and we absolutely will,” Kentucky senior right end C.J. Conrad said. “We wanted this, we wanted to change this program, but we are far from done and we’re going to keep this...

Heisman Trophy talk? Snell letting his actions on the field speak louder than words

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today If there’s a better running back in college football than Benny Snell, be more informative and get the word out. If not, there’s no need to provide proof. The University of Kentucky running back continues to show time and time again he’s one of the top rushers in the Southeastern Conference, if not in the nation. He’s the backbone of a Kentucky team that has won...

Kentucky keeps proving naysayers wrong, stays undefeated with upset win against Mississippi State

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky keeps knocking down proverbial doors and the Wildcats busted through another opening with a 28-7 victory over Mississippi State Saturday night. Two weeks after ending a 31-game losing streak to Florida and defeating the Gators for the first time in Gainesville since 1979, Kentucky dominated the Bulldogs from top to bottom to win its first two Southeastern Conference...

Stoops says Cats will have to ‘kick it up a notch’ against Mississippi State

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky took care of business against Murray State last week and to keep the pace going, Mark Stoops knows his team faces a tougher challenge Saturday against Mississippi State. “We’ve got to kick it up a notch,” Stoops said Monday. “(It’s a) big game with Mississippi State, so we’re excited and guys are ready to get to work on that.” The Bulldogs have...

Kentucky takes two of three from Bulldogs in final stand at ‘The Cliff’

Cliff Hagan turns the final card during the final regular-season game at Cliff Hagan Stadium Sunday. The Wildcats lost the finale, 18-8, but took two of the games from the Bulldogs over the weekend. (UK Athletics/Noah Richter) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today An era came to an end for the Kentucky baseball team Sunday. The Wildcats (33-18, 13-14 Southeastern Conference) played their final regular-season...

Vanderbilt hopes to bring a boost of energy to the court for struggling Wildcats

Kentucky freshman Jarred Vanderbilt has scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 27 minutes of action since making his debut in a 76-68 loss at South Carolina last week in Columbia. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Jarred Vanderbilt wanted to be cautious when he decided to make his return to the court after sitting out the first 17 games of the season because of a foot injury. “I...

Keith Taylor: Fox delivers late, helps Wildcats avoid potential disaster in 88-81 win over Bulldogs

STARKVILLE — When things started falling apart for Kentucky, De’Aaron Fox stepped up and helped the Wildcats avoid a potential disaster on the road Tuesday night. The freshman guard scored 21 points and dished out five assists for Kentucky in an 88-81 triumph over host Mississippi State but his biggest contribution came in the form of a slam dunk with 1:34 remaining after the Bulldogs had trimmed...

Keith Taylor: MacGinnis saves his best kick for last in UK’s dramatic 40-38 win over Mississippi State

Kentucky wasn’t perfect and neither was kicker Austin MacGinnis, but perfection wasn’t needed to overcome Mississippi State on Saturday night. The Wildcats (4-3, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) couldn’t put the pesky Bulldogs away until MacGinnis booted a career-high 51-yard field goal as time expired to lift Kentucky to an exciting 40-38 triumph over Mississippi State. Austin MacGinnis watches...

Keith Taylor: Stoops hopeful UK can avoid second-half meltdown and reach postseason

The last six games of the season haven’t been kind to Mark Stoops during the past two years. The Kentucky coach hopes the string of bad luck comes to an end starting Saturday. Of the team’s 14 losses during the past two years, 11 of those occurred during the second half of the season, costing the Wildcats a shot at bowl eligibility each of the two seasons. Kentucky receiver Jeff Badet keeps his...

SEC Media Days: East rivals Kentucky, Tennessee ahead of other league foes in QB arms race

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer BIRMINGHAM — Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has never had the luxury of having a starting quarterback in place before the start of fall workouts in first three seasons as coach of the Wildcats. Not a problem this year. It all changed last spring when the fourth-year coach named Drew Barker the starter following spring workouts. The sophomore signal caller...

Hairston’s homer helps UK take series; softball team sweeps MSU for No. 2 seed in SEC tourney

Senior outfielder Dorian Hairston hit a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the 12th inning, lifting 28th-ranked Kentucky to a 5-4 win over second-ranked South Carolina on Sunday at Cliff Hagan Stadium. With the win, Kentucky claimed the series over South Carolina after the two teams split games of the series on Friday and Saturday. Dorian Hairston hit a solo home run to lead off the bottom of...

UK softball team to honor seniors in final regular-season series; baseball squad hosts USC

After a week off for final exams and coming off Southeastern Conference bye week, the No. 12 Kentucky softball team will return to action this weekend as it hosts the Mississippi State Bulldogs for the final regular-season series of the year at John Cropp Stadium, beginning Friday night at 6 p.m. Saturday afternoon will serve as Kentucky’s annual Senior Day, with festivities beginning at 11:45 a.m....

Keith Taylor: Calipari is focused on the here and now, not the Brooklyn Nets

John Calipari insists he’s focused on the task at hand and that’s coaching the Kentucky Wildcats. It’s nothing new for the Kentucky coach to be linked to other coaching jobs, especially in the NBA. His name surfaced for an opening in Brooklyn with the Nets, who parted ways with their coach and general manager over the weekend, creating two immediate openings within the organization. ...

Keith Taylor: Stoops confident Cats can duplicate road success at Mississippi State

Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott escapes Kentucky’s A.J. Stamps during the Bulldogs’ 45-31 win over the Wildcats last year at Commonwealth Stadium. The two teams meet in a 7:30 p.m. kickoff Saturday in Starkville (Glenn Morris Photo)   Kentucky has yet to lose a road game this season. They will try to keep that streak going while attempting to end another one Saturday at Mississippi...

SEC Tournament Roundup, Day Two:
South Carolina rolls into quarterfinals

ATLANTA — No. 13-seeded South Carolina won two of three to close the regular season (and lost the other to No. 1 Florida), and Frank Martin’s Gamecocks carried that mojo into the SEC tournament. South Carolina’s defense stood firm against Arkansas in the final minutes Thursday, despite poor free-throw shooting on the other end, and the Gamecocks advanced to the SEC tournament quarterfinal...

SEC Tournament Roundup, Day Two: South Carolina rolls into quarterfinals

ATLANTA — No. 13-seeded South Carolina won two of three to close the regular season (and lost the other to No. 1 Florida), and Frank Martin’s Gamecocks carried that mojo into the SEC tournament. South Carolina’s defense stood firm against Arkansas in the final minutes Thursday, despite poor free-throw shooting on the other end, and the Gamecocks advanced to the SEC tournament quarterfinal...

SEC Tournament Roundup, Day One: Auburn’s Tony Barbee fired Wednesday

The biggest news from the first day of the SEC tournament came off the court, when Auburn coach Tony Barbee was fired about an hour after the Tigers’ 74-56 loss to South Carolina opened the 2014 SEC tournament in Atlanta. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Barbee, who had just completed his fourth season at Auburn, was 49-75 as the Tigers’ coach and never won more than six...

SEC Tournament Roundup, Day One: Auburn's Tony Barbee fired Wednesday

The biggest news from the first day of the SEC tournament came off the court, when Auburn coach Tony Barbee was fired about an hour after the Tigers’ 74-56 loss to South Carolina opened the 2014 SEC tournament in Atlanta. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Barbee, who had just completed his fourth season at Auburn, was 49-75 as the Tigers’ coach and never won more than six...

Indifferent Wildcats ride out the clock
for 69-59 win over Mississippi State

No. 18 Kentucky never really pulled away from Mississippi State on Saturday, though the Wildcats always seemed on the brink of doing so. The Wildcats didn’t dominate at the free-throw line like they usually do—with volume instead of efficiency at the foul line—or on the offensive glass, or anywhere, really. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Still, Kentucky won 69-59, because...