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Like always, Stoops, Wildcats enter season with a chip on their shoulder

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today When Mark Stoops accepted his first head coaching job more than six years ago at Kentucky, he had a chip on his shoulder. He still does. “I hope we have a chip on our shoulder no matter what we are rated,” Stoops said during the Southeastern Conference Media Days Monday. “That’s what I’m looking for. We do have a group that I like. I like their mentality and...

Keith Taylor: SEC Media Days ushers in talking season ahead of fall camp

Benny Snell will be among Kentucky’s three players who will attend Southeastern Conference Media Days in Atlanta on Monday. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) Former University of Florida and South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier always had something to say during Southeastern Conference Media Days. For Spurrier, it was always talking season and one step closer to the season opener. Spurrier...

Stoops confident Wildcats can carry heavier load this season, take next step in the SEC East

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops got his chance to talk football at the Southeastern Conference Media Days Wednesday and the Kentucky coach had plenty of good things to discuss, while sharing the spotlight with Alabama, Missouri and Texas A&M. “It’s an exciting time of the year,” Stoops said. “I’m excited about our football team. I’m excited about our season. It’s...

Keith Taylor: SEC Media Days provides talking points for the upcoming season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The start of the college football season is less than two months away, but “talking season” for the Southeastern Conference is already under way. The league’s annual media days began Monday in Hoover, Alabama and the conference will undoubtedly boast of its past successes on the national scene. Although Alabama is the cream of the crop, the Crimson Tide has been...

UK tabbed as preseason favorite to win SEC title for 12th time in 18 years

Kentucky was predicted to win the 2017 Southeastern Conference men’s basketball championship Wednesday in voting by a select panel of both SEC and national media members.   The Wildcats are the overall preseason favorite for the 12th time since the 1998-99 season.   Arkansas senior forward Moses Kingsley was the choice of the media for SEC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year. Georgia’s J.J....

Keith Taylor: Stoops hopes changes turn into consistency entering fourth season at the helm

BIRMINGHAM — Change has been the theme in Mark Stoops’ tenure at Kentucky. This year will be no different than the previous three seasons. In four years, Stoops has had three offensive bosses — four if you count current co-offensive coordinators Eddie Gran and Darrin Hinshaw — and the Kentucky coach knows change is inevitable in the modern era of college football. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops...

UK football notes: Cats picked sixth in East Division; single-game tickets to go on sale

Stanley “Boom” Williams is Kentucky’s leading returning rusher. The Cats were picked to finish sixth in the SEC Media poll (UK Athletics Photo)   The competitiveness of the Southeastern Conference was showcased in the annual media voting at SEC Media Days, as for the first time in the 23-year history in the poll, media were divided on divisional champion and overall SEC Champion.   By...

Stoops says SEC relevance and a bowl game remain prime goals for Wildcats in 2015

Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops told reporters during his SEC Media Days appearance that he expects to see improvement from the Wildcats in 2015 (UK Athletics Photo)   Facing reporters for the third time as Kentucky’s head football coach at the SEC Media Days Wednesday, Mark Stoops said he knows Wildcat fans expect his team to be better.   And, Stoops said, he expects his team will...

Stoops, Stamps among Kentucky's football representatives at this week's SEC Media Days

Offensive lineman Jordan Swindle will be among three players representing UK at Wednesday’s session of SEC Media Days (UK Athletics Photo)   For the most diehard SEC football fans, there is no better indication that football season is coming then the annual Southeastern Conference Media Days. If you are one of those fans, you’re wait is over.   The SEC has announced the schedule...

Acknowledging work left to do, Mark Stoops excited by early momentum created at UK

Staff report   Mark Stoops has spent much of his first eight months as UK’s head coach introducing himself to the Big Blue Nation.   On Wednesday, that introduction tour branched out to the rest of the Southeastern Conference with his first appearance at SEC Media Days, where he preached patience but expressed optimism at the momentum he and his staff have already created at UK.   Mark...