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University of Kentucky assistant coach Kenny Payne leaving Cats for job with New York Knicks

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kenny Payne is stepping up to the next level. A fixture on John Calipari’s coaching staff at the University of Kentucky, Payne accepted an offer from the New York Knicks to become an assistant coach under recently hired Tom Thibodeau. Payne, a former standout at the University of Louisville, spent the past 10 seasons with the Wildcats, including the past six years as...

UK golfer Cullan Brown dead at age 20; battled osteosarcoma past year, inspired golf community

University of Kentucky men’s golfer Cullan Brown, who battled osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer in his left thigh, died on Tuesday. He was 20. “Our hearts are simply devastated over the loss of our brother Cullan,” Kentucky head coach Brian Craig said. “I have personally never known a more special or amazing young man. He was simply the most gifted person I have ever coached....

UK coaches have served as father figures to many players — on and off the court — for decades

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today College coaches are charged with more than just teaching their respective sports. They also serve as mentors to student-athletes, many of whom are thousands of miles away from home. Throughout history, the University of Kentucky has had some coaches who have served as a father figure to their players and juggled managing the team on and off the court and the field with...

UK standout John Rhodes named national co-Freshman of the Year by Collegiate Baseball News

University of Kentucky freshman infielder/outfielder John Rhodes has been named national co-Freshman of the Year by Collegiate Baseball News. The publication previously named him a third team All-American last month. Rhodes shared the national honor with Virginia’s Chris Newell. He is the Wildcats’ first freshman to be named an All-American from a national outlet since Zack Thompson in...

Stoops trusts Wildcats staying focused during pandemic; hoping for full roster on campus in July

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach Mark Stoops doesn’t have the capacity to keep an eye on each and every member of his team but trusts the Wildcats are doing what it takes to stay focused amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “(In) talking with our coaches, I know that some of our players are doing that and getting on the phone and challenging their teammates and checking in with their...

Wake Forest transfer Sarr looks to reboot career at Kentucky; averaged 13.7 points last season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky landed a future post player on Wednesday when Wake Forest standout Olivier Sarr announced plans to transfer and continue his career in Lexington. Sarr, a 7-foot center who averaged 13.7 points and nine rebounds per game last season, chose the Wildcats over Duke, Gonzaga, Florida State and Baylor. Sarr will have to sit out next season because of transfer rules. He...

Jamie Vaught: Remember the UK guy picked before Michael Jordan? Sam Bowie always a class act

(Editor’s Note: During our national COVID-19 crisis, longtime sports columnist Jamie H. Vaught will be writing about the ex-Wildcats who were featured in one of his first four books on UK basketball, using excerpts that were published in his out-of-print volumes. His latest and fifth book, titled “Chasing the Cats: A Kentucky Basketball Journey,” was released in late February 2020.) It was national...

UK’s Stoops hopeful college football season will start on time, wants fans in the stands this fall

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops is proceeding with caution. The University of Kentucky football coach is hopeful the college football season will start as usual and won’t be delayed by the current COVID-19 pandemic. Many professional football teams in various states have taken steps to begin preparing for the upcoming season, and Stoops thinks some form of normalcy will resume in the near...

Season over early but Calipari to keep in touch with teams via calls, text; Pitino hired at Iona in New York

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Reality is beginning to sink in for Kentucky coach John Calipari. After both the Southeastern Conference and the NCAA Tournaments were canceled last week, because of coronavirus concerns, Calipari came to the realization Saturday the team’s season ended following last week’s 71-70 win over Florida in Gainesville.   “It kind of hit me this morning that my time to...

Kentucky coach John Calipari wants Ashton Hagans in ‘great frame of mind’ heading into SEC Tournament

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t worried about Ashton Hagans and the Kentucky coach expects to meet with the sophomore point guard soon to sort out their differences as the Wildcats prepare for the Southeastern Conference Tournament. “My hope is we’ll talk (Monday) or (Tuesday) and I think he’ll be fine,” Calipari said Monday during the SEC Teleconference. “Whether I start...

Wildcats crack top ten, lead SEC; showdown with struggling LSU set for Tuesday in Baton Rouge

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is back in the Top t0. The Wildcats moved up from No. 12 to No. 10 following wins over Vanderbilt and Ole Miss last week. Kentucky (20-5, 10-2 Southeastern Conference) holds a one-game lead over Auburn and LSU in the Southeastern Conference standings, Kentucky plays at LSU in a 9 p.m. tipoff Tuesday in Baton Rouge. The Wildcats had to rally from a 14-point deficit...

Immanuel Quickley, Wildcats aim to re-write recent history Saturday against Volunteers in Knoxville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Immanuel Quickley doesn’t mind playing road games and expects Kentucky to feel at right at home at Tennessee Saturday. As for Thompson-Boling Arena, Quickley said the venue is “one of my favorite places to play” because of the similarity to Rupp Arena and the crowd noise. He added that trying to prove people and teams wrong is a big motivating factor when playing...

EJ Montgomery, Nick Richards lead Kentucky in 80-72 win over Mississippi State in Lexington

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It didn’t take Kentucky long to get over its loss to Auburn. The 15th-ranked Wildcats rebounded from a setback three days ago and led from start to finish in an 80-72 victory over Mississippi State on Tuesday at Rupp Arena. Kentucky (17-5, 7-2 Southeastern Conference) displayed the toughness it lacked in a 75-66 setback at Auburn last weekend and most of it came from...

Nick Richards comes to rescue with 25 pts., 14 rebounds as Cats win in OT over Texas Tech

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The amazing transformation of Nick Richards continues. The Kentucky junior forward scored 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead No. 15 Kentucky to a 76-74 win over 18th-ranked Texas Tech Saturday in the Big 12/SEC Challenge in Lubbock, Texas. Richards scored the first five points in overtime to give Kentucky a 69-64 lead and drained a pair of free throws with 10.3...

Wildcats move past loss to South Carolina, brace for another tough contest against thriving Arkansas

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has moved past its buzzer-beating loss to South Carolina earlier this week and looking ahead to Saturday’s contest at Arkansas. “(You) can’t let that energy, that loss, sit too long,” Kentucky guard Johny Juzang said Friday. You’ve got to get ready for the next one. So, it’s a fresh game and you’ve just got to go out there and compete and learn...

Wildcats blow 14-point lead, fall to Gamecocks on last-second shot Wednesday night in Columbia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s four-game winning streak came to an end Wednesday night in South Carolina. The 10th-ranked Wildcats suffered their first Southeastern Conference loss of the season with an 81-78 setback to South Carolina in Columbia. It was the first league victory of the season for the Gamecocks (9-7, 1-2), who rallied from a 14-point deficit in the second half and used...

Kentucky marks milestone as Immanuel Quickley’s late heroics help Wildcats sink Crimson Tide

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky reached a milestone and remained unbeaten in the Southeastern Conference Saturday. The No. 14 Wildcats scored six unanswered points in the final 1:12 and held on for a 76-67 triumph over Alabama. The hosts led by 15 in the second half and overcame the Tide’s late surge down the stretch to get the win, which was the team’s 1.000th regular-season victory...

Richards stands out as UK Cats defeat Missouri in the season’s first SEC game for both teams, 62-50

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Missouri had no answer for Nick Richards. Richards scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead No. 17 Kentucky to a 62-50 win over the Tigers Saturday in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams. It was the sixth double-double of the season for Richards, who poured in 13 points and grabbed 10 boards in a 78-70 win over No. 7 Louisville last week. The junior...

Limited-edition bobblehead commemorates rivalry between UK Wildcats, UofL Cardinals

As the University of Kentucky Wildcats and the Louisville Cardinals prepare to renew on of college basketball’s most intense rivalries today, fans can now purchase a playful memento. The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum has unveiled an officially licensed, limited edition bobblehead featuring Kentucky mascot “Wildcat” and Louisville mascot “Louie the Cardinal.” The mascots are...

Immanuel Quickley loves Kentucky’s three-guard lineup, adjusts to new role for Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky guard Immanuel Quickley has tied his career-high three times this season and is feeling more comfortable as he adjusts to his role with the Wildcats. “I try to go out and play my own game,” he said. “I try to take bits and pieces of other players but I just want to be my own player and be someone that’s unique and different.” Quickley scored 16 points...