Darin Hinshaw: “Let’s act like we have been there.”

Darin Hinshaw (Vicky Graff Photo)

Darin Hinshaw (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

No one has to explain to new Kentucky quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw why UK fans are skeptical about what this season might hold after four straight losing seasons. He also knows UK seems to have better overall talent and depth than coach Mark Stoops had in his first three seasons.

“The way the players have to think is one play at a time, though. They can’t think we have to go to a bowl game and win a SEC championship. We have got to play for national title,” Hinshaw said. “We have all those goals but as players and coaches we have got to simplify it in our mind or there is clutter.

Kentucky Football Fan Day Set for Aug. 6

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky football’s annual Fan Day has been set for Saturday, Aug. 6. The event will feature an autograph session with players and coaches, followed by an open practice. Admission and parking for the event are free of charge.

Fan Day festivities will begin at 9 a.m. in Nutter Field House, where the entire Kentucky football team will sign autographs. The autograph session will last until 10:15 a.m.

How did Calipari end up on ESPN all draft day?

John Calipari hugs Alex Poythress. (Vicky Graff Photo)

John Calipari hugs Alex Poythress. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Remember on NBA Draft day when Kentucky coach John Calipari seemed like he was on ESPN all day.

So does University of Kentucky deputy athletics director DeWayne Peevy and he said Caliipari actually had about “10 times as many requests” for appearances as what he granted.

“He was doing work for his foundation in the (Bristol, Conn.) area and was going to be there. ESPN approached us about doing a couple of shows,” Peevy said. “He has done that kind of thing before, but not at that time of year.”

Guest post: Could it be now or never for UK football

Lori Metcalf with UK linebacker Courtney Love at the UK women's clinic.

Lori Metcalf with UK linebacker Courtney Love at the UK women’s clinic.

By LORI METCALF

Coaches drew back the curtain on gamed ay preparation at the UK Football women’s clinic last Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium.

Defensive Coordinator DJ Elliot started by describing the defense’s daily activities from Sunday to Saturday. The coaches have tons of meetings to assess UK’s performance on Saturday and to analyze the next opponent’s offensive tendencies and “tells”. Then they work with the players to correct mistakes and teach what they need to look for and how to react in the coming week’s game.

Karem appreciates what Barnhart did for UK pioneers

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kudos again to the University of Kentucky for honoring four players — Nate Northington, Greg Page, Wilbur Hackett and Houston Hogg — who integrated Southeastern Conference football in the last 1960’s with the UK preseason schedule poster.

The foursome will also have a statue honoring them unveiled at Commonwealth Stadium Sept. 22 before UK hosts South Carolina Sept. 24.

The poster, which was distributed free to fans at Kroger stores across the state, featured four players from this year’s team in poses modeled after the statue.

Florida receiver Marvin Robinson joins Cats

By LARRY VAUGHT

Bringing Eddie Gran to Kentucky as offensive coordinator also was supposed to give UK another recruiting connection in Florida.

Apparently, that’s exactly right because wide receiver Marvin Robinson of Fort Lauderdale is now on the Kentucky roster and eligible to play this season.

Robinson had 36 catches for 559 yards and two scores his senior season. He had scholarship offers from Wisconsin, Florida State, Indiana, Minnesota, Akron and Florida A&M. He was set to go to Wisconsin but apparently did not qualify academically and sat out last season.

Kentucky Women to Host Oklahoma in 2016 SEC/Big 12 Challenge

Keith Taylor Photo

Keith Taylor Photo

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky women’s basketball team will face a familiar foe in the 2016 Southeastern Conference/Big 12 Challenge when it squares off against Oklahoma inside Memorial Coliseum on Thursday, Dec. 1, it was announced Monday by the league offices.

The two teams battled in the second round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament last season in Lexington when the No. 3 seed Kentucky beat sixth-seeded Oklahoma, 79-58, for its fifth Sweet 16 berth in the last seven seasons. Both teams finished the 2016 season ranked inside the final USA Today coaches’ poll with the Wildcats 15th with a 25-8 record, while the Sooners were 23rd with a 22-11 record.

Stoops: Cats have to find way to make winning plays

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

Q. Coach, you reference that you had some near misses last couple of years. Obviously that’s frustrating. When you review those four quarters, if you will, what seems to be the commonality, what keeps happening that you are coming up short in those situations?
COACH MARK STOOPS: Part of it is play-making ability. When the play is on the line, you have the ability to make plays. There’s several games. You look at Auburn game last year where we throw a ball down to the three-yard line and came up fractions off from catching it. We need to make that play. We need to do the things I’ve talked about in the offseason. Pay the price to put yourself in those positions, whether it’s training. We need to finish the season better. Again, that goes to training and training our players to be able to handle more in all situations.

Louisville QB Jackson better student of the game now

Lamar Jackson (Vicky Graff Photo)

Lamar Jackson (Vicky Graff Photo)

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson offered several interesting insights during the Atlantic Coast Conference Football  Kickoff. Jackson sparked Louisville’s come from behind win over UK last year.

Q. In your opinion, what can you say about where you’ve grown the most and how you’ve kind of handled the fact there’s a lot more expectation for you this year?
LAMAR JACKSON: I’ve been growing a lot. In the past game, I’ve becoming a student of the game, hitting the books hard. Coach been on me a lot. Standing on top of my throws. He’s been on top of me about that, too. Trying to become a dynamic quarterback.

Petrino excited about depth Louisville now has

Louisville came from behind to beat UK last year. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Louisville came from behind to beat UK last year. (Vicky Graff Photo)

It’s never too early when it comes to talking Kentucky-Louisville, so here’s part of what Louisville coach Bobby Petrino had to say at the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Kickoff. Enjoy.

Q. What can you say since your return to Louisville have been the biggest improvements going into this season, what you’ve seen out of each of the units as a whole?
COACH PETRINO: The first year that we came in, we had a very, very talented group coming back. The problem was there was like 23 seniors. I think we had three or four juniors that came out, too. We had a really good year. I was impressed.

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