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.

Couch knows key to UK’s season, bowl chances

By LARRY VAUGHT

It’s not hard for former Kentucky and NFL quarterback Tim Couch to figure out what coach Mark Stoops needs to have happen this season to get Kentucky to a bowl game.

Couch was one of those who helped convince Stoops to leave Florida State for UK and also had a hand in putting Stoops in touch with Neal Brown, Couch’s former teammate who was Stoops’ offensive coordinator the first two years at UK.

Each of the last two seasons, UK got five early wins but could not get a sixth win to become bowl eligible. Couch believes UK can change that this season with one big if.

MKG: Bam Adebayo is “a dog”

Bam Adebayo (McDonald's All-American Photo)

Bam Adebayo (McDonald’s All-American Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Need another reason to feel good about Kentucky freshman Edrice “Bam” Adebayo.

Well, you got it from former UK standout Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Saturday when he said during a press conference before a basketball camp at UK that he was impressed with John Calipari’s new players even though he had not yet played with them.

“I like Bam for sure, for sure. “And (De’aaron) Fox, Malik (Monk) and Isaiah (Briscoe) for sure,” Kidd-Gilchrit said.

He said he’s already excited to see what next season will be like for Calipari’s team.

Did Kidd-Gilchrist take shot at UK football? I say no, no, no

By LARRY VAUGHT

If there is one person I am sure would never deliberately insult any University of Kentucky athlete. That’s why I hope everyone understands Kidd-Gilchrist was joking Saturday when some took offense at what he said about UK’s new $45 million football training facility.

Kidd-Gilchrist, a starter on UK’s 2012 national championship team who now plays for the Charlotte Hornets, was in Lexington to participate in the UK’s SkillZ and DrillZ Camp for boys and girls ages 7-17.

During his media conference, which he ended by shaking hands with media members,

Kendra Harrison shares thoughts after setting world record

6Hkg24wrqsydd3GPE2SPu7iEH9lEJGGepwYQ4gUFIS6-s8vOVVQvSkEwZ2csWkA1b6tOyr6xn9h8UZJjWZy7NWIt9QfcJLbm2s8rz34fYJBcEQpSHZoRRZG03Hz2_KLpMKjHQFaOrVoN5NwQ=s0-d-e1-ftHere is what former UK track star Kendra Harrison had to say in London Friday night after setting a new world’s record in the 100-meter hurdles:

Opening Statement

“After prelims [today], I finally got my confidence back. I told myself that I can do this and my coach told me to lean [at the line]. My practices after Trials were great, so going into the race, I had so much vengeance and so many emotions inside of me. I’m just blessed to go out there and give it all I have. To see that time, I was really happy.”

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