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Friday Wildcat Links

October 23rd 2014

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Yahoo.com: Kentucky set to take on No. 1 Miss. St.
A Sea of Blue: Previewing the CBS game of the week
Wildcat Blue Nation: Two UK commits in updated ESPN 300
YardBarker: UK DB compares Miss. St. QB to Tim Tebow
Rant Sports: Wildcats must bounce back quickly
Herald Leader: Unknown Jabari Johnson emerges as a starter on UK's defense
Mark Story: UK's best chance to derail Prescott's Heisman bandwagon

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LA Times: UCLA isn't ready to beat Kentucky yet but there is time to improve
Courier-Journal: Calipari won't name a recruit that got away

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Thursday Wildcat Links

October 23rd 2014

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SECSports:   UK is unanimous pick to win league title;  Aaron Harrison POY
coachcal.com:  Calipari to pay a semester's tuition for 2 lucky UK students
ESPN:  UK is not the first "can't miss" team

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CatsIllustrated:  UK gets commitment from 3-star DE Daniel
ukathletics.com:  DC Eliot talks about Miss State matchup

Wednesday Wildcat Links

October 22nd 2014

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kentuckysports.com:  MS coach Mullen says UK game will be "very challenging"

ukathletics.com:  OC Brown wants young Cats to learn from LSU game

C-J:  former Cat Durham released from hospital

NextCats:  4-star CB Lewis to visit UK in December

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VaughtsViews:  SEC Network to show Blue-White game live

CBS Sports previews the SEC race

KSR:  Julius Mays stops in to visit

Sea of Blue:  UK Women picked 4th in SEC


Tuesday Wildcat LInks

October 21st 2014

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kentucky.com/John Clay:  stopping Miss State offense is tall order
Nation of Blue:  Stoops says UK was "too cute" on opening kickoff
WKYT/DickGabriel:  Stoops says run D was better than stats suggest at LSU
NE Daily Journal:  Miss State's D is best in red zone
VaughtsViews:  CBS plans documentary for SEC football integration
ukathletics.com:  4 UK players picked midseason 2nd-team All-SEC by Phil Steele
24/7:  LSU asks SEC to review Baker's block on Beckwith
SaturdayDownSouth:  Florida AD issues statement on Muschamp

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TSN/Mike DeCourcy has questions about Cal's platoon system
ESPN/Dick Vitale has Towns on preseason Diaper Dandy Team
ESPN:  Tony Delk, Dave Baker among SEC Network basketball coverage teams
NextCats:  24/7's analyst says buzz is saying Briscoe to St. John's

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Tom'sTake: learning from LSU debacle

October 20th 2014

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            Dealing with doubters and adversity is one thing and dealing with success and hype is another and a Kentucky football team in a "culture change" mode got itself a valuable learning experience at LSU on Saturday night.

            When the Wildcats went to The Swamp in September, nobody was giving them a chance against Florida.  This time, these same players were hearing everyone from their own fans to ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit picking them to win and hearing how a victory could bring the College Gameday show to Lexington, etc.  And then they got smacked down by a talented and focused LSU squad, still stinging from back-to-back SEC losses a few weeks back and playing in the stadium known as "Death Valley" to opponents.  But as Rocky Balboa said, it's not about how many times you get knocked down--it's about how many times you get back up and keep fighting.

            This Saturday, when top-ranked Mississippi State comes to Lexington, the Wildcats get the chance to show the nation, via CBS's marquee game of the week, that what was seen down at LSU is not the true picture of this season for UK.  And it's important that they take advantage of that opportunity, to send a message to the Big Blue Nation as well as potential recruits.

            Mark Stoops was candid at his Monday news conference, talking about how they must make sure the team's confidence was not shaken, and noting how the staff got "too cute" with that attempted trick play on the opening kickoff.  But he also noted that he saw some encouraging signs, like how UK played versus LSU's power running game.   The final numbers don't reflect it but Kentucky actually played some of its best run defense of the season when the game was still in doubt in the first two-plus quarters.  Fatigue and a lopsided score wore down that defense but the improvement shown earlier offers encouragement against a State team that has rushed for at least 201 yards in every game this season.

            MSU ranks last in the SEC in pass defense while LSU was number one and State has turned it over 13 times in six games so there are some stats that offer hope in helping craft a script for a Kentucky showing that would surprise the skeptics.

            And a little history lesson wouldn't hurt.  Back in 2006, Kentucky was demolished in similar fashion at LSU, losing 49-0, and only three weeks later, the Cats were celebrating an upset of Georgia.  Playing in the SEC offers regular opportunities to redefine one's self but it's up to these players and coaches to seize the day and grab that opportunity.


Monday Wildcat Links

October 19th 2014

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Wildcat Blue Nation: Time to rebound from adversity
WKYT: Wildcats suffer heartbreaking loss to LSU
Scout.com: UK is already looking at 2017 athletes
John Clay: Now we will see how Kentucky handles adversity
C-J: Kentucky must now prepare for No.1 Miss. State
saturdaydownsouth.com: 5 takeaways from loss to LSU
Fox Sports: Lopsided loss gives Kentucky a dose of SEC reality 
ESPN still projects UK to Liberty Bowl

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Scout.com: Zimmerman sees Kentucky and Kansas
Vaught's Views: Aaron Harrison ready to win and have more fun
Nation of Blue: Josh Harrellson and his fiance welcome baby girl

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Sunday Wildcat Links

October 18th 2014

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WDRB: Kentucky plays first clunker
Wildcat Blue Nation: LSU Tigers 41, Kentucky Wildcats 3
Yahoo.com: Magee leads LSU past Kentucky
Herald Leader: Long night in Louisiana
Mark Story: UK may have a chance to remove 'Heisman Hex'
Vaught's Views: Boom Williams injured
USA Today: Instant analysis

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ZagsBlog: Bragg talks Kentucky
The Commercial Appeal: Memphis Madness big on rapping, short on basketball
C-J: Nike schools land top recruits

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Saturday Wildcat Links

October 17th 2014

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ESPN: Wildcat providing boost to Wildcats
Wildcat Blue Nation: Know your enemy
nola.com: Five Kentucky Wildcats to watch vs. LSU
C-J: Wildcats ready for roar of death valley
Vaught's Views: Mark Stoops on LSU
NextCats: Four-star tight end signs with Kentucky
Rivals.com: Five-star future for UK?
USA Today: National POY watch
Herald Leader: Three key questions about Saturday's game
ESPN: Revising some faulty SEC predictions
The Advocate: Kentucky hopes run defense continues to improve

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Bleacher Report: What should the Wildcats' crunch-time lineup be in 2014-2015?
Fansided.com: Drake warms up with the Wildcats
Winnipeg Free Press: Kentucky's 12-deep rooster gets physical test at BBM
College Spun: Does Kentucky have a real shot at going 40-0 this season?
Scout.com: On the Madness of Midnight
NextCats: Calipari's recruits visiting elsewhere this weekend

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ESPN: Is Coach Mitchell the coolest coach in college hoops?

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Friday Wildcat Links

October 16th 2014

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Fox News: Wildcats so deep this year it feels like 'I'm coaching 2 different teams'
USA Today: Kentucky tops preseason USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll 
Herald Leader: A look at Big Blue Madness visitors 
Scout.com: And then there were 25 
Athlon Sports: Kentucky Wildcats team preview 
A Sea of Blue: Too much talent seems to be UK's biggest problem 
Nation of Blue: Thornton not visiting Kentucky for BBM, will reschedule for January 

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saturdaydownsouth.com: Stoops ranks number three coach in the SEC 
saturdaydownsouth.com: Lack of talent in division means SEC East is Georgia's to lose 
C-J: Stoops' last remarks before UK takes on the Tigers 
UK Athletics: Kentucky returns to conference play 
KSR: The wild and wonderful of Les Miles 
Wildcat Blue Nation: Playing the football recruiting game 

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Thursday Wildcat Links

October 15th 2014

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USA Today: Kentucky football players 'all my guys'
Rant Sports: UK faces tough road to bowl eligibility 
C-J: Kentucky's J.D. Harmon to sit 1st half for block 
Scout.com: Kentucky at LSU 
LSU Scout: LSU preparing for Kentucky, Towels
UK Athletics: UK piling up good practices in LSU prep 
John Clay: Never count out LSU as long as Les Miles is coaching 
NextCats: UK needed Dowells more than Stump 
kentuckysports.com:  ESPN's Kiper likes Dupree, Warren

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Bleacher Report: 5 Takeways from Wildcats' early practices 
Fox Sports: College basketball's best team is easy to choose 
USA Sports: Isaiah Briscoe doesn't want to play for a coach who is demeaning 
C-J: Antonio Blakeney may cancel BBM trip, will schedule another 

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Wednesday Wildcat Links

October 15th 2014

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ukathletics.com:  sharp Tuesday practice for Cats 
FBSschedules:  Kentucky's 2015 football sked includes a Thursday home game
ESPN:  Cats are biggest surprise of first half of SEC season
ESPN writes about Stoops turning the Cats into an SEC East contender 
Daily Reveille:  LSU should stick w/ Jennings at QB
NextCats:  DE Daniel sets date for commitment
CFBMatrix:  UK's pace and scoring are up significantly v. other major schools

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kentuckysports/John Clay:  ESPN not yielding to BBN pressure over BB Madness
NextCats:  Malik Newman will visit for BB Madness
coachGeorgeRaveling.com:  Hoops Weiss writes about Calipari's innovation
CBS/Gary Parrish:  Andrew Harrison could write a great bounce back story
Nation of Blue:  former Cat Meeks sidelined with back injury
Nation of Blue:   Liggins headed to Russia
VaughtsViews:  Lyles' father says his son is well-prepared for college game

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ESPN:  Slive to retire next summer

Tuesday Wildcat Links

October 14th 2014

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ukathletics:  Stoops previews LSU game
USAToday ranks UK among biggest surprises this season
TigerRag:  Miles may play 2 quarterbacks v. UK
SaturdayDownSouth:  highlights of Miles' Monday presser
SaturdayDownSouth:  UK report card for ULM performance
NOLA.com:  LSU faces much-improved UK team
ukathletics.com:  Forrest gets recognition for play v. ULM
VaughtsViews:  CBS picks UK v. #1 Miss St game
ESPN writes about Stoops' turnaround job at UK

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ukathletics.com outlines TV coverage for Big Blue Madness
ESPN:  Vitale puts Aaron Harrison on preseason All-America 1st team
KSR:  Towns, Lyles get good reviews 
Nation of Blue:  NBA scout raves about Tyler Ulis

Tom's Take: '7' is the key number v. LSU

October 13th 2014

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            A win at LSU this Saturday night would be the sixth for the UK football team, making the WIldcats eligible for a bowl game, and to get it, the key number figures to be '7'.

            That's  the number worn by LSU freshman running back Leonard Fournette, who is coming off the best game of his young career, with 140 rushing yards in the Tigers comeback win at Florida.  And it will be up to the front seven of Kentucky's defense to slow him down because if they don't, it will be very hard to UK to get this win.

            Mark Stoops says he saw improvement in the play of his inexperienced linebackers last Saturday but that was against a team that ranked last in rushing in the Sun Belt Conference.  LSU is one of the best rushing teams in the SEC and coach Les Miles will be looking to protect a rookie quarterback by controlling the line of scrimmage.  And Kentucky has had issues with the power rushing attacks of both Florida and South Carolina.

            But one of the  most impressive things about Stoops' very young team is how resilient and combative it is.  Yes, they got pushed around by the Gators and the Gamecocks but they found ways to force some turnovers on defense and make big plays on offense so that they had a chance to win both games.  That speaks to the "culture change" that Stoops has talked about frequently but it's surprising to see it happening as early as the midpoint of this staff's second year on the job.

            Players and coaches have to stay focused on one game at a time but fans and media can look down the road without peril and a win at LSU makes the talk of UK contending for the SEC East title legit.  If the Cats just split their next two games and then win at Missouri, they could go into the Georgia game on November 8 knowing that a win over the Bullldogs might well secure the division title.  From everything these players say, they clearly think bigger than just getting "bowl eligible" and that's the kind of mindset it takes to do things other don't think you can do.


Monday Wildcat Links

October 12th 2014

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Nola.com: Much-improved Kentucky is up next for LSU
NextCats: Alex Stump flips commitment from UK to Ohio State
C-J: Kentucky nears AP top 25
Vaught's Views: Blue talks about his feelings after the game
Wildcat Blue Nation: Cats #31 in new coaches poll
KSR: LSU's season in review

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draftexpress.com: 2014 measurements and analysis from combine
Herald Leader: Meet Karl Towns Jr.
C-J: Could Calipari's combine be a 'game-changer'

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Sunday Wildcat Links

October 12th 2014

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Wildcat Blue Nation: Kentucky learns big lesson in 48-14 win 
Central Kentucky News: Blue helps Kentucky shake slow start 
Fansided.com: Watch Javess Blue's one-handed touchdown 
WKYT: Wildcats get their groove back, roar past Louisiana-Monroe 
Rivals.com: Wildcats too much for the Warhawks 
C-J: UK running back Boom Williams returns from suspension 
Mark Story: Suddenly, UK football is in the position to dream big
John Clay: Bud Dupree inspires flat group of Cats  
NextCats: Harris back in town for UK football game 
247Sports.com: Cooper has committed to Clemson over UK 

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TSN/DeCourcy:  will the NBA combine help the Cats win this season?

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Saturday Wildcat Links

October 10th 2014

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USA Today: Wildcats not ready to take foot off the pedal
MSN.com: Coach's Corner: Mark Stoops
Wildcat Blue Nation: Know your enemy
College Football: Kentucky aims to avoid letdown against Louisiana-Monroe
Herald Leader: How Kentucky and Louisiana-Monroe match-up
Vaught's Views: Josh Clemons nominated for combine
Rivals.com: Improved recruiting has helped Kentucky turn a new page 
KY Kernel: Behind enemy lines: Injuries hamper Warhawks' offense 

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Bleacher Report: Ranking Kentucky's 5 most indispensable players
Sporting News: Will Kentucky's open practice help the Wildcats win?
KY Forward: College basketball yearbook predicts good things for the Wildcats
C-J: Genius of Calipari's combine
Scout.com: A look at what top recruits are doing this weekend

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Friday Wildcat Links

October 9th 2014

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Wildcat Blue Nation: Decision looming for Alex Stump
Wildcat Blue Nation: Focus is key
U of L Card Game: Like it or not, the Kentucky-Louisville rivalry isn't going away
UK Athletics: Kentucky ends home stretch against talented Warhawks
Herald Leader: Kentucky boasts one of the best pass defenses 
C-J: UK's kickoff team saviors last dance 
KSR: Cats hope to avenge loss to team that has never beat them 

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Nation of Blue: Kentucky loses out on two recruits in two days 
Fox Sports: NBA Combine is part brash, part brilliant 
Hoops Habit: How will Kentucky utilize Towns Jr.? 
Herald Leader: ESPN jumped at chance to televise UK practice 
SportingNews:  Pitino's rant on shoes companies is fantasy 

Thursday Wildcat Links

October 8th 2014

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kentucky.com/John Clay:  DC DJ Eliot wants better LB play
Scout.com: ULM at Kentucky
A Sea of Blue: Shades of 200?
Rant Sports: Turnaround happening faster than expected
WDRB: SEC power rankings
CBS News: Kentucky football player arraigned on rape charge
Nation of Blue: Kentucky coaches are playing Yahtzee tonight
CatsPause: Kentucky offers 2016 DL
UK Athletics: Video from Wednesday practice

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Wildcat Blue Nation: UK recruit commits to Wake Forest
USA Today: How Jaylen Brown plans on getting to know college coaches

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Wednesday Wildcat Links

October 8th 2014

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WKYT:  UK player Tubman arrested on rape charge

VaughtsViews:  Stoops reacts to news about Tubman

Kentucky.com:  Towles talks about preparing for ULM

ukathletics.com:  Neal Brown talks about ULM matchup

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Nation of Blue:  Bogans released by 76ers

NextCats:  Calipari visits Jaylen Brown, Brandon Ingram

Zagsblog:  Briscoe's HS coach talks about Slice's visit

ScoutHoops:  feeling grows that Newman may stay home in Mississippi


Tuesday Wildcat Links

October 7th 2014

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ukathletics.com:  Dupree named SEC D-lineman of the week
WKYT:  UK-UofL series renewed thru 2019
WKYT/Dick Gabriel:  Cats must stay focused to keep winning
Nation of Blue:  WYMT interviews newest FB recruits
kentuckysports.com:  takeaways from Stoops' news conference
24/7 Sports:  UK among big winners in weekend recruiting

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NBC:  UK mentioned often in must-watch non-league games this season
VaughtsViews:  Willis was annoyed by transfer rumors
Zagsblog:  UK ass't coach to meet w/ Briscoe today

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