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Keith Taylor: After six consecutive losses, struggling UK needs to find way out of dark tunnel

Let’s face it. This hasn’t been a fun season for Kentucky coach John Calipari, no matter how he tries to convince you otherwise. It’s been a struggle and it’s been real. It’s been more than three decades — 1988-89 — since the Wildcats have lost six straight games. You would have to go back even further to 1911 before you discover a Kentucky team that lost six of its first seven games...

Jamie Vaught: Struggling UK might have found permanent solution at point guard in Davion Mintz

With its slow start this season, the University of Kentucky has been struggling to find a reliable point guard who can fit in and take charge without making too many turnovers. But the very young Wildcats may have found a permanent solution to their point guard dilemma this past weekend when graduate transfer Davion Mintz emerged and turned in a solid performance during his team’s 75-63 loss to North...

UK losing streak reaches five after 75-63 setback to North Carolina in CBS Sports Classic on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The last time Kentucky lost five straight games, Adolph Rupp was still coaching high school basketball and four years away from making his mark as coach of the Wildcats. For the first time since the 1926-27 season, Kentucky lost for the fifth straight time, dropping a 75-63 decision to North Carolina in the CBS Sports Classic at Rocket Mortgage Arena in Cleveland on...

Opponent changes from UCLA to North Carolina, but challenge remains same for Kentucky on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The opponent may have changed but the challenge remains the same for Kentucky in the CBS Sports Classic. The Wildcats (1-4) were originally scheduled to play UCLA in the yearly event set for Saturday in Cleveland, but Kentucky will instead take on North Carolina in the opener at 2 p.m. The Bruins will now take on Ohio State in the final game of a doubleheader. “UCLA...

Kentucky to play North Carolina instead of UCLA in CBS Sports Classic in Cleveland on Saturday

By Eric Lindsey University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky will play North Carolina on Saturday in the CBS Sports Classic in place of the originally scheduled matchup with UCLA. The game will remain at 2 p.m. at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland with CBS still on the call. UCLA will flip with North Carolina and play Ohio State at approximately 4:15 p.m. The revised schedule was created...

Former UK quarterback in thick of COVID-19 battle; provides supplies, services as company president

By Tony Neely University of Kentucky The moment from bowl week was routine: A former player who lives in the area of the bowl game visits practice, reunites with old acquaintances, revives memories from his days on the field. Such was the case last December when Kentucky quarterback Will Fidler, on an unseasonably warm afternoon in Charlotte, dropped by the high school where the Wildcats prepared for...

UK to host Southeastern Grain Gathering event Sept. 15-16 at Horticulture Research Farm in Lexington

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will host its first gathering for individuals interested in local grains in the regional food system. The Southeastern Grain Gathering is Sept.15-16 at UK’s Horticulture Research Farm in Lexington. “Our goal is to bring together individuals from across the Southeast who are interested in...

Effort mounted to identify, treat cases of Hepatitis C to stop spread; many don’t know they’re infected

“A multimillion-dollar effort to fight hepatitis C was introduced Thursday in Louisville with the help of Gov. Matt Bevin as well as medical professionals and health advocates,” Darla Carter reports for Insider Louisville. The five-year, five-state project in Kentucky and four other states will use screenings, community partnerships and prevention programs, and strengthen the health-care...

Keith Taylor: Kentucky’s ‘resume win’ over North Carolina first step in climb back to the top

Just maybe Kentucky’s win over North Carolina will help ease the pain of a season-opening loss to Duke. It remains to be seen, but every little bit helps as the Wildcats delve deeper into the season.   Sure, losing by 34 points to the Blue Devils wasn’t an easy thing to swallow, but Kentucky coach John Calipari and the players couldn’t dwell on the disappointing setback and give up hope on the...

Kentucky Wildcats seek to boost its NCAA resume against No. 9 North Carolina in Chicago

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has yet to beat a ranked opponent this season. The Wildcats will get a chance to boost their NCAA Tournament resume against No. 9 North Carolina Saturday in the CBS Sports Classic in Chicago. In its last outing against a ranked foe, the No. 19 Wildcats (8-2) failed the test. In the worst setback of the John Calipari era, Kentucky dropped a humiliating 118-84...

Jamie Vaught: Homer Rice helped break color barrier in UK football, wrote ‘textbook’ on leadership

(This is the second of a two-part column about Kentuckian Dr. Homer Rice who had an illustrious career in football coaching and athletic administration. He also recruited Greg Page of Middlesboro who became the first black football player to sign with UK.) When Dr. Homer Rice was the athletics director at North Carolina from 1969 to 1976, one of his employees was a basketball coach named Dean Smith,...

UK Department of Agricultural Economics’ Academic Bowl team three-peats as national champions

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky Department of Agricultural Economics’ Academic Bowl team recently earned their third national championship in as many years. The economics team, from the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, won the double elimination tournament of 38 teams at the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association’s annual meeting in Washington,...

Western Kentucky University welcomes stickwork sculptor Dougherty to campus October 1-19

Western Kentucky University’s Cultural Enhancement Series and the Kentucky Museum will host award-winning artist Patrick Dougherty Oct. 1-19 on WKU’s campus in Bowling Green. Dougherty creates large-scale environmental sculptures made from intertwined tree saplings. His next installation will be located in front of the Kentucky Museum. This installation is open to the public at all times during...

Beshear fighting temporary injunction request seeking to halt nation’s health care system

Attorney General Andy Beshear is fighting a request for a temporary injunction filed this week by a group of states seeking to halt the nation’s health care system while an ongoing lawsuit on the issue plays out in federal court. Beshear Beshear and a group of state attorneys general are intervening in the lawsuit – Texas et al. v. United States et al. – that claims the ACA is unconstitutional...

Billy Reed: Heels deserved to win, but with NCAA inquiry still unresolved, should they be in Final Four?

LOUISVILLE – North Carolina deserved its victory over Kentucky yesterday in a riveting college basketball game that went right to the end before being decided. The Tar Heels of Coach Roy Williams now will move on to next week’s NCAA Final Four in Phoenix, where they’ll be favored to win its sixth national title since the NCAA began sponsoring the tournament in 1939. But I have a question: Should...

UK, North Carolina, Ohio State, UCLA to continue playing in CBS Classic for 3 more seasons

The Kentucky men’s basketball team has signed on for three more years of the CBS Sports Classic, through the 2019-20 season.   Quickly established as one of college basketball’s annual preeminent non-conference events, the CBS Sports Classic will continue to feature the Wildcats, North Carolina, UCLA and Ohio State. CBS Sports announced it was renewing the round-robin series on Tuesday from New...

North Carolina and Baylor are tumbling fast

North Carolina’s season came off the rails so long ago, it’s hard to remember that the Tar Heels’ win over Kentucky, at least at the time, wasn’t much of a shocker. North Carolina had beaten Louisville, which was a great win, and it had also gone to Michigan State and beaten the Spartans, which is something almost no team does. Kentucky rolled in to the Dean Smith Center, lost...

Post-game quotes from UK's 82-77 loss to North Carolina

I’m here at the Dean Dome, finally plugged in and in a reasonable (if remote) work area to pound out some copy following UK’s 82-77 loss to North Carolina. Here’s what John Calipari, James Young and Andrew Harrison all had to say after the game. Questions are paraphrased for clarity and in italics. ** JOHN CALIPARI On what he though of his team’s fight: Well, here’s what...

Updates from the Dean Dome may be sparse

SECTION 118, ROW T, SEAT 9—Updates from the Dean Dome may be sparse. I am updating this from my seat at the Dean Smith Center, colloquially the Dean Dome, 30 minutes until Kentucky-North Carolina starts. An influx of media requests, the likes of which likely were expected because this is Kentucky-North Carolina, meant overflow from the regular media seating. As such, for reasons of which I am unaware,...

Pre-North Carolina quotes from Calipari and Randle

Here are plenty of quotes from today’s media availability with John Calipari and Julius Randle to preview Saturday’s game between No. 11 UK and No. 18 North Carolina. If you’re into KenPom.com’s ratings, North Carolina is No. 7, and Kentucky is No. 9. Anyway, here are the quotes as I ready to hit the road for Chapel Hill. Questions are paraphrased and in italics. ** JOHN CALIPARI On...