11:35 pm
Sat August 31, 2013

Petrino, WKU Spoil Stoops' Big Blue Debut

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Keshawn Simpson ran for a pair of 3-yard touchdowns and Antonio Andrews added his own 3-yard score as Western Kentucky beat Kentucky 35-26 Saturday night, spoiling the debut of first year Wildcat Coach Mark Stoops.

The Hilltoppers also beat their in-state rival for a second straight year, though they didn't need overtime like they did last year in this win over the Southeastern Conference program.  They outgained Kentucky 487-419 in total offense and held the ball for 35 minutes.

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9:08 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Stoops Prepares For Debut As Kentucky's Coach

UK Coach Mark Stoops
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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Mark Stoops' preparation for his Kentucky debut has included sweating the small stuff .

Checking on travel plans. Reviewing the Wildcats' game-day dress code.

Stoops has thoroughly combed through every detail to ensure all the pieces are in place for Saturday night's game against Western Kentucky - the coaching opportunity he has been preparing for his entire career.

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8:37 am
Sun August 25, 2013

UK Backfield Adjusting To Pass First Philosophy

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky will ask a lot of its running backs this season.  Carrying the ball might be the least of their responsibilities.

New Wildcats offensive coordinator Neal Brown is implementing his pass-oriented "Air Raid" scheme that means the tailbacks' first priorities are catching passes and blocking.

Seniors Jonathan George and Raymond Sanders say that shifting their mindset from punishing defenses rushing the ball to improving their receiving and blocking skills has been an adjustment.

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6:50 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

UK Puts More Restrictions On What Fans Can Bring Into Commonwealth

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- University of Kentucky officials have announced a new security policy that bans backpacks and large bags from Commonwealth Stadium.

Fans are allowed one small bag no bigger than 13.5 by 10.7 inches that must fit within sizing bins at stadium gates.

The measure announced Thursday takes effect with Kentucky's Sept. 7 home opener against Miami (Ohio).

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12:08 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

UK - U of L Football Game Will Close The Season In 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  — Kentucky's 2014 football schedule will move some old foes up on the calendar to accommodate another rival.

The Wildcats' annual season finale against Tennessee will instead be their next-to-last contest in Knoxville on Nov. 15, ending an arrangement with the Volunteers dating back to 1953.  In its place is a showdown at in-state rival Louisville (Nov. 29), which Kentucky often faced in September including several openers.

Kentucky's annual meeting against Vanderbilt will also be played earlier, moving from November to Sept. 27 at Commonwealth Stadium.

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2:36 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

14 Of Wildcats' SEC Games On National TV

UK Coach John Calipari
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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky's eight highly touted freshmen will get a lot of national exposure during Southeastern Conference play.

The Wildcats' SEC road opener at Vanderbilt on Jan. 11 will mark the first of 14 nationally televised league games between ESPN's networks and CBS. But it's their only meeting against the Commodores on a docket missing home-and-home games against traditional rivals since divisional play has been scrapped.

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7:24 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Smith, Chapman Top List Of UK Athletic HOF Inductees

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame has announced the six people who will make up the 2013 class of inductees, including men's basketball's Rex Chapman and Tubby Smith.

They will be joined by 1980s football player Oliver Barnett, 1980s women's basketball standout Leslie Nichols, All-American track star and former coach Press Whelan (WHAY'-lan) and five-time all-American tennis player Jesse Witten, who was at UK from 2002 to 2005.

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6:45 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

Stoops' Troops Still Trying To Find Rhythm

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky's offense got the jump before the Wildcats' defense had the last word during Saturday's first scrimmage at Commonwealth Stadium.

With two weeks remaining before the season opener against Western Kentucky, first-year coach Mark Stoops lamented that his team is still not where it should be at this point.

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9:57 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

UK Men Will Have No Road Trip To Tennessee This Season

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — For the first time in over six decades, the Kentucky Wildcats will not travel to Knoxville to take on the Volunteers.

Although the Southeastern Conference hasn't released its complete 2013-14 schedule, Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin confirmed Tuesday that the Volunteers would face Kentucky only once and that it would be at Rupp Arena. Tennessee's 247 Sports site first reported the news.

This will mark the first time since 1952-53 that Kentucky hasn't played a regular-season game at Tennessee.

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7:50 am
Tue August 6, 2013

QB Is Focus As UK Opens Practice

UK Quarterbacks L to R: Patrick Towles, Jalen Whitlow, Max Smith
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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Jalen Whitlow, Maxwell Smith and Patrick Towles will have equal opportunities to prove they're capable of being Kentucky's starting quarterback.

Wildcats coaches wouldn't complain if one from this trio quickly tilts the scales in their favor.

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