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Mark Stoops, Wildcats have no plans to change their routine going into final two weeks of the season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky won’t change its routine going into the final two weeks of the regular season. 
”It’s much the same,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Monday. “Get back to us, get back to having a great week of preparation, continue to work and improve and just to see how good we can be and how much we can improve.” 
The Wildcats (5-5,...

Just two games away from bowl eligibility, Stoops, Cats taking rest of the season one game at a time

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is two wins away from becoming bowl eligible with four games remaining. Instead of looking at the big picture, Mark Stoops is taking it one week at a time. “We look at it as the last stretch here with the four games and we’re worried about going 1-0, that is the big message for us,” the Kentucky coach said. “Let’s put everything...

Lynn Bowden pleased with SEC Co-Player of the Week honor, but winning remains his main focus

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Lynn Bowden Jr. doesn’t mind accolades, but he enjoys winning football games much more than individual honors. No one had more fun than Bowden after the receiver turned quarterback rushed for a career-high 204 yards on 21 carries, complete with two touchdowns, to lead the Wildcats to a 29-7 win over Missouri last Saturday night. The junior all-purpose player was named...

John Calipari’s Wildcats will open season against Michigan State Nov. 5 as No. 2 team in AP Top 25

With a mix of talented newcomers and experienced veterans, the Kentucky men’s basketball team will begin the season among the preseason top five in the Associated Press Top 25. The Wildcats, the preseason Southeastern Conference favorites, will open play as the No. 2 team in the land and face preseason No. 1 Michigan State on Nov. 5 in Madison Square Garden in New York. The Spartans begin the...

John Calipari’s Wildcats favored to win Southeastern Conference title in poll of league’s media members

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has been picked to win the Southeastern Conference on Tuesday in a poll conducted by the league’s media members. The Wildcats were picked to finish ahead of Florida, LSU and Auburn. Tennessee was fifth, followed by Alabama, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Georgia, South Carolina, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Missouri and Vanderbilt. Kentucky coach John Calipari says...

As Wildcats and Gamecocks both look for first SEC win, the two teams share some similarities

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky and South Carolina haven’t won a Southeastern Conference game this season, but that will change when the two teams meet Saturday in Columbia. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops termed the Gamecocks as the best 1-3 team in the nation earlier this week and much like the Wildcats, South Carolina is trying to find its way after losing their starting quarterback. Ryan Hilinski...

Kentucky’s running game faring well through first three games despite the loss of Benny Snell Jr.

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today How is Kentucky faring without Benny Snell? Through the first three games, the Wildcats rank No. 6 in the Southeastern Conference in rushing offense, averaging 185 yards per game. Most of that success can be attributed to an experienced offensive line. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops was pleased with the team’s running attack in a 29-21 loss to Florida. Kavosiey Smoke collected...

Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead says Wildcats, Bulldogs not desperate, but both need a win

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead thinks Kentucky isn’t the same team without Terry Wilson but he was impressed with backup quarterback Sawyer Smith’s performance against Florida last week. “He is a little bit different from the Terry Wilson kid,” Moorhead said earlier this week. I think (Smith) is a little more passer than a runner but is a guy who can beat...

UK’s Sawyer Smith ‘good to go’ ahead of Saturday’s debut as starting quarterback against Florida

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Sawyer Smith is set for his debut as Kentucky’s starting quarterback. “I”m getting comfortable out there with the game plan,” Smith said Wednesday. “I’m throwing it to everybody and I’m good to go.” Previously a backup, the Troy transfer was thrust into the starting role after veteran Terry Wilson suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Wildcats’...

SEC releases television schedule; All UK basketball games to be televised as part of ESPN package

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Southeastern Conference unveiled its television conference schedule on Tuesday and every game will be on national television. All of the team’s games are part of a package offered by ESPN, including the SEC Network. Kentucky will open the conference schedule against Missouri at 2 p.m. on Jan. 4, followed by a road encounter at Georgia set for 9 p.m. on Jan. 7 on...

Jamie Vaught: UK football has tough act to follow, but look for Wildcats to finish 8-4 with another bowl trip

The football Wildcats from Lexington will have a very tough act to follow this fall. That’s after we saw a historical campaign by the 2018 University of Kentucky squad, which came up with the school’s best season in 41 years as the Cats posted a remarkable 10-3 record — including a New Year’s Day bowl victory over Penn State. Kentucky also finished with a winning league mark of 5-3 for the...

University of Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran says philosophy more about team than scheme

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Eddie Gran’s first season as offensive coordinator at Kentucky proved to a learning experience for the longtime coach. “I learned more that year about humility,” Gran recalled last week. “It’s about team. It’s about wins. Is it not still about winning the game?” Although he had coached in the Southeastern Conference, including a stints at Ole Miss,...

UK football team enjoys successful Fan Day on Saturday, welcoming huge crowd for annual event

The University of Kentucky football team enjoyed another successful Fan Day on Saturday, welcoming a huge crowd for the annual event. “Man, that was a fantastic turnout this morning for Fan Day,” UK head coach Mark Stoops said. “It’s great to see them all out there and for our players to see that. Hopefully, we got everybody accommodated and got all the signatures we could get.” UK’s...

UK linemen Quinton Bohanna, Logan Stenberg named to Outland Trophy Preseason Watch List

University of Kentucky junior nose guard Quinton Bohanna and senior offensive guard Logan Stenberg are two of the 83 players named to the 2019 Outland Trophy Preseason Watch List. The Outland Trophy presented by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is given annually to the nation’s top interior lineman. Quinton Bohanna Bohanna, a 6-foot-4, 361-pound junior nose guard from Memphis,...

UK basketball faces challenging non-conference schedule; Big Blue Madness set for Oct. 11

With the exception of a still-to-be-announced Big 12/SEC Challenge game, the University of Kentucky men’s basketball 2019-20 non-conference schedule was completed Tuesday with five additional games. Already packed with the annual slate of traditional powers and postseason contenders, UK added a multi-team event, the BBN Showcase, and finalized a two-year deal with Georgia Tech from the Atlantic...

Academic All-America softball standout Katie Reed chosen as UK’s nominee for NCAA Woman of Year

Softball player Katie Reed, who graduated in May, has been chosen as the University of Kentucky’s nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year. Established in 1991, the NCAA Woman of the Year award recognizes graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers. Katie...

Former UK stars Rondo, Cousins reuniting with one-time Wildcat standout Davis as L.A. Lakers

Former University of Kentucky basketball stars Rajon Rondo and DeMarcus Cousins will be reuniting with another one-time Wildcat — Anthony Davis — as members of the Los Angeles Lakers in the upcoming season. Rondo, who played for the Lakers last season, agreed to a two-year contract to remain in Los Angeles. Cousins, a member of the Golden State Warriors last season, signed a one-year deal with...

Jamie Vaught: Despite key personnel losses from 10-3 team, UK football should remain competitive in SEC

After enjoying a remarkable 10-3 campaign in 2018, including a victory over Penn State in a New Year’s Day bowl, will the University of Kentucky football team continue its winning ways this fall? Yes, but the Wildcats likely will regress some after losing megastars Josh Allen and Benny Snell Jr. to the NFL. UK won’t win 10 games this time, but it should remain respectable with a forgiving schedule...

UK President Eli Capilouto elected president of the Southeastern Conference, to serve one year

By Guy Ramsey University of Kentucky University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto has been elected president of the Southeastern Conference. Capilouto will serve a one-year term after he was elected to the post by his peers at the SEC’s annual spring meeting in Destin, Florida, last week. University of Georgia President Jere Morehead will serve as vice president of the SEC. UK President Eli Capilouto...

University of Kentucky softball’s season comes to an end as Wildcats fall in shutout loss to Huskies

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s run in the NCAA Tournament came to an end early Sunday morning. The Wildcats failed to score for the second straight game against No. 3 Washington as the Huskies completed a sweep with a 5-0 win in the best of three Super Regionals to advance to the College World Series. Kentucky ended the season with a 36-24 record, while Washington improved to 50-7 on the...