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Jason Hatcher caps off a stellar recruiting day for Kentucky football

February 7, 2013

Defensive end Jason Hatcher out of Trinity High School in Louisville is headed to Kentucky. Hatcher made his announcement at 3:00 p.m. and becomes the 22nd signee for new UK coach Mark Stoops.

Hatcher, rated a 4-star prospect, previously committed to Southern Cal twice but decommitted. Hatcher wore a white suit and ended any suspense by putting on a UK cap.

Kentucky's recruiting class is ranked 23rd nationally.

Filed under: Football

 

Kentucky, North Carolina agree to plans for future games

February 1, 2013

Kentucky is set to renew its rivalry with North Carolina next year.

The rivalry of two tradionally basketball-oriented schools will resume next season as Kentucky and North Carolina have agreed to a two year home and home series begining in the 2013-14 season.

The Wildcats will travel to Chapel Hill in 2013 to take on the Tarheels, and the series will return to Rupp Arena during the 2014-15 season.

Kentucky has won 3 of the last 4 meetings between the schools, while North Carolina holds a 22-13 edge in the all time series.

Filed under: Basketball

 

UK denies rumors that its football head coaching job has been offered

November 19, 2012

Despite reports that the UK head football coaching position has been offered to UC head coach Butch Jones, Kentucky officials say its simply not true. UK executive Asst. Athletic Director Dwayne Peevy denied the rumor, saying the job has not been offered to anyone as of yet.

The 247 site for University of Cincinnati sports reported that the job was offered to UC's current coach. Jones was mentioned early as a candidate for the UK job after Joker Phillips was fired two weeks ago.

Speculation concerning Jones had died down but has emerged again in recent days. Jones was an assistant under Brian Kelly at Central Michigan, then became the head coach when Kelly left for Cincinnati. Jones was then named head coach at UC when Kelly left for Notre Dame. Jones is 21-14 overall at UC and 10-9 overall in the Big East Conference.

Filed under: Football

 

Kentucky fires Joker Phillips

November 5, 2012

Athletic director Mitch Barnhart announced Phillips' firing Sunday in an open letter on the Wildcats' website. The letter stated Phillips would be let go, effective at the end of the season, but athletic department spokesman DeWayne Peevy later said the coach's status for the final two games was still to be determined.

The Wildcats lost their eighth straight game on Saturday, a 40-0 home loss to Vanderbilt. It was their worst loss to the Commodores in 96 years. Kentucky now sits at 1-9 overall and 0-7 in the SEC. Kentucky plays Samford on November 17 before closing out the season against SEC rival Tennessee on the road.

Barnhart said the school will immediately begin the search for a new coach. Phillips had two years left on his contract, which pays him $1.7 million per season, and Peevy said the school would honor the contract. The 49-year-old coach was 12 and 23 overall in three seasons at Kentucky. He led the Cats to a bowl game appearance in the first season but they have gotten worse in each season since.

Filed under: Football

 

Calipari lands another top recruit for an already stellar 2013 class

October 18, 2012

Kentucky Coach John Calipari received another top-ranked commitment on Wednesday when five-star recruit Marcus Lee chose the Cats over his home state of California's Golden Bears.

The 6'10" center is known as a shot-blocker and defensive specialist. Lee is rated as the #2-rated center in the class of 2013 and as high as 15th overall by some. Lee joins the highly-touted Harrison twins, James Young and Derek Willis as Kentucky's class of 2013.

With all five recruits being rated in the top 15 nationally, some experts are posing the question: could this be the top recruiting class in history? Time will certainly tell as the Cats look to the coming years.

Filed under: Basketball

 

Join Q95 FM for UK football this Saturday

September 13, 2012

Join Q95 FM on Saturday evening as the Kentucky Wildcats play host to Western Kentucky. Hear all the play-by-play action starting at 5:30 pm with countdown to kickoff followed by kickoff at 7:00 p.m. Catch UK football all season long on Q95 FM.

Filed under: Football

 

Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist go 1-2 in NBA draft

June 29, 2012

The University of Kentucky has some more bragging rights to go with their eighth national championship trophy. They are now the first and only school to have two players chosen first and second in the NBA draft.

First, it was New Orleans snagging Anthony Davis as the No. 1 overall pick. He grabbed a quick hug from fellow Wildcat Kidd-Gilchrist before taking the stage--and it wasn't long after that Kidd-Gilchrist took the stage himself, as No. 2, picked up by Charlotte.

Four Wildcats were chosen in the first round: Terrence Jones went out at No. 18 to Houston, and Marquis Teague went at No. 29 to Chicago.

A total of six UK players went on to be drafted. Later in the night, Doron Lamb was tabbed by Milwaukee at No. 42, and Darius Miller (No. 46) will join Davis at the New Orleans Hornets.

Whether or not you agree with Coach Calipari's aggressive one-and-done recruiting strategy--scouring the nation for top talent, cultivating it in one season into a cohesive, championship-caliber unit, and then losing all that work to the NBA draft--it undoubtedly produced results this season.

Filed under: University of Kentucky | Basketball

 

UK defeats KU 67-59 to win eighth national championship

April 4, 2012

What may have sounded like a cheer of triumph thundering in the Superdome after UK's 67-59 win was really just a collective sigh of relief.

The Big Blue Nation has known this team was championship-capable for months now. That sort of knowledge comes not from the many W's they strung together, but the way they were earned: a high octane offense, consistent free throw shooting, and a smothering, spirit-crushing defense led by the nation's best blocker.

That kind of play has the potential to hang banners at Rupp, no doubt. But after seeing Kentucky power down in the SEC title game against Vanderbilt, and understanding the incomparable capacity Kansas has shown this season for the big comeback, this year's title game was as tense as possible when you consider Kentucky's crop of talent.

Sure, they were in command all game long. Sure, the first half was a twenty minute highlight reel. But in the second half, where Kansas has repeatedly put its stamina and heart to good use throughout the tournament and the season, Calipari says he pulled the reins back on the Cats and tried to get them to calm down and reset. That meant a much more relaxed, methodical play, where the Cats were often forced to take it back to half court to reassess the situation.

At one point, Kansas closed to within five, a slim enough lead to evoke some worry. Down the stretch, though, it was clutch free throw shooting and more of the same in defense that won Kentucky's eighth national championship.

So who can we look to and say led the Cats Monday night? Doron Lamb led all Cats in scoring with 22 points, including two 3-pointers within 33 seconds at a time when Kansas felt the momentum might be headed their way.

But then there's Anthony Davis, who only put up 6 points--including just one field goal--yet was named outstanding player, thanks to sixteen rebounds, six blocks, five assists and three steals. He shot 1 for 10, and decided early on that he would be playing the role of support to get the ball to his scoring teammates.

And it was that consummate philosophy--teamwork and fundamentals--that brought UK fans their long-awaited number 8.

While we may be losing several of these talents to the NBA, that was always in the cards. Coach Cal says he'll be going recruiting again on Friday.

Filed under: University of Kentucky | Basketball

 

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