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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...

Calipari respects Saban, Swinney

Kentucky coach John Calipari respects Alabama coach Nick Saban and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney (Tammie Brown Photo)When Alabama takes on Clemson in tonight’s College Football Playoff National Championship game, the Crimson Tide will be attempting to win back-to-back titles for the second time on Nick Saban’s tenure as coach. Alabama won the national championship in 2011-12 and claimed the...

Keith Taylor: Kentucky gives effort, but lacks discipline in 34-6 loss to top-ranked Alabama

TUSCALOOSA — Kentucky came into its second road game of the year with a different mindset than it did three weeks ago after a 45-7 loss at Florida. The difference was noticable against top-ranked Alabama Saturday night, especially in the first quarter. The Wildcats (2-3, 1-2 Southeastern Conference) used a field goal and forced a fumble in the first quarter that caught the Crimson Tide (5-0, 2-0)...

Stoops hopes Wildcats avoid Florida repeat in second road encounter of season at Alabama

Mark Stoops hasn’t forgotten about Kentucky’s last road game but hopes the Wildcats learned a lesson from a dismal showing in Florida nearly three weeks ago. “We have to learn from previous mistakes and the last time we went into a tough environment, we didn’t respond very well,” Stoops said Thursday. “Hopefully we’ll handle that better. Hopefully, we learn from that Florida game and...

Jamie Vaught: With trip to No. 1 Alabama looming on the horizon, Wildcats flip to survival mode

The football Wildcats are now in a survival mode this week after a critical 17-10 victory over South Carolina last Saturday night. The home win over the Gamecocks, one of UK’s beatable opponents on the schedule, gave the Cats a .500 record of 2-2 with eight games left in the 2016 campaign. That means one-third of the season is over and the struggling Wildcats still have a chance for a decent year....

Keith Taylor: Stoops admires Saban, top-ranked Alabama, but more concerned about Wildcats

Kentucky isn’t ignoring Alabama, the Wildcats are just more concerned about themselves going into Saturday’s contest against the top-ranked Crimson Tide. “We’re going to get back to work and we’re going to worry about ourselves,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Monday. “I want to see us continue to worry about us, continue to (make) progress and continue to improve in the areas we need...

SEC Media Days: Alabama, Tennessee top picks in conference, UK predicted to finish 4th in East

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer BIRMINGHAM — The votes are in and Alabama is the favorite to win the Southeastern Conference title. The Crimson Tide was chosen to win the Western Division, while Tennessee is the early favorite to capture the Eastern Division title. Although Alabama is the favorite, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said earlier this week the team has some challenges...

Tamme, Buffone, Jones among inductees for '15 Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame class

The Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame announced its inductees for 2015 and they include Jacob Tamme, Aaron Jones, Doug Buffone and Gil Mains.   In addition, Alabama head coach Nick Saban was named the winner of the Blanton Collier Award for Integrity, named for the former University of Kentucky and Cleveland Browns coach. The announcements were made at a news conference in Louisville Thursday.   Tamme...

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...

Playing his hometown Alabama Crimson Tide, Kentucky’s Jalen Whitlow says he’s unfazed

Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow, an Alabama native, will go against the No. 1 Crimson Tide on Saturday. | Photo by Jon Hale   In the ongoing struggle for a competitive sports team—any competitive sports team, really—to play into the age-old adages of taking a season “one game at a time” and thus treat every game “like any other game,” Kentucky and its newly installed starting quarterback,...

Playing his hometown Alabama Crimson Tide, Kentucky's Jalen Whitlow says he's unfazed

Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow, an Alabama native, will go against the No. 1 Crimson Tide on Saturday. | Photo by Jon Hale   In the ongoing struggle for a competitive sports team—any competitive sports team, really—to play into the age-old adages of taking a season “one game at a time” and thus treat every game “like any other game,” Kentucky and its newly installed starting quarterback,...

Kentucky’s task of scoring against Alabama will require both smarts and sharpness

It would seem if Kentucky has any shot at all of beating No. 1 Alabama on Saturday, it will have to score some points. It’s a given that to win a football game, the winning team will have to score points at some juncture in the game, but it’s not a given that Alabama will allow any to be scored. Excepting the Crimson Tide’s 49-42 win over No. 6 Texas A&M and its electric quarterback, defending...

Kentucky's task of scoring against Alabama will require both smarts and sharpness

It would seem if Kentucky has any shot at all of beating No. 1 Alabama on Saturday, it will have to score some points. It’s a given that to win a football game, the winning team will have to score points at some juncture in the game, but it’s not a given that Alabama will allow any to be scored. Excepting the Crimson Tide’s 49-42 win over No. 6 Texas A&M and its electric quarterback, defending...

No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide await as final test in Kentucky’s historic schedule stretch

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops | Photo by Jon Hale   This has been a treacherous month for Kentucky, yet it has survived to this point without any major injuries* or horrific embarrassments at the hands of top-ranked opponents, and coach Mark Stoops and his staff are on the precipice of emerging from perhaps the most brutal schedule run anywhere in the country with much reason to be proud. [widgets_on_pages...

No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide await as final test in Kentucky's historic schedule stretch

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops | Photo by Jon Hale   This has been a treacherous month for Kentucky, yet it has survived to this point without any major injuries* or horrific embarrassments at the hands of top-ranked opponents, and coach Mark Stoops and his staff are on the precipice of emerging from perhaps the most brutal schedule run anywhere in the country with much reason to be proud. [widgets_on_pages...