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Karyn Czar

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky coach Mark Stoops didn't have long to savor his first win as a head coach before preparing his team for one of the toughest stretches of the season.

Saturday's visiting by in-state rival No. 7 Louisville begins a four-game segment including contests against No. 18 Florida, a road game at No. 13 South Carolina followed by a visit from top-ranked Alabama.

Kentucky has many challenges with a schedule featuring eight bowl teams from last season.

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Maxwell Smith threw three long touchdown passes and Jalen Whitlow and Raymond Sanders each added scoring runs as Kentucky beat Miami (Ohio) 41-7 on Saturday.

The Wildcats made a winner of first-year coach Mark Stoops and Smith, who started for the first time since a season-ending ankle injury last September.

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky coach Mark Stoops knew getting the Wildcats on track would take a lot of work.

Saturday's 35-26 loss to Western Kentucky reinforced that notion and raised more questions for the first-year coach. He addressed an important issue on Monday, naming sophomore Maxwell Smith to replace Jalen Whitlow as starting quarterback for Saturday's home opener against Miami (Ohio).

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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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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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).

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.

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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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.

Stoops Excited To Finally Be Practicing

Aug 5, 2013
UK Athletics

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Mark Stoops says he’s glad to be off the so-called banquet circuit and that it’s now time to get down to what he was really hired to do, coach football at the University of Kentucky.  Stoops, defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot, and offensive coordinator Neal Brown took turns answering questions during media day at Commonwealth Stadium, which immediately preceded the opening of fall camp.

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