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Friday Wildcat Links

September 18th 2014

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Wildcat Blue Nation: Damien Harris to visit for Vandy game?
Fox News: Kentucky players are determined to keep their edge during bye-week 
C-J: UK secondary feels it's turning the corner 
CatsPause: 4-star receiver considering trip to Kentucky 

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Herald Leader: Does Duke have a recruiting advantage? 
KSR:  Calipari responds to coach K story
CoachCal.com: Campout about more than just practice 
KSR: Getting to know Isaiah Briscoe 
CBS Sports: Kentucky's most important recruit 
NextCats:  Briscoe plans UK visit after meeting with Calipari
Zagsblog:  Tyus Battle's dad says visit from Calipari was "awesome"
Nation of Blue:  UK men's players visit BBM campers

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Thursday Wildcat Links

September 17th 2014

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Wildcat Blue Nation: The future is now
Central Kentucky News: Emergence of receivers is no surprise to Towles 
KY Forward: Kentucky making good use of bye-week by working on fundamentals
UK Athletics: Wildcats looking to improve
C-J: Robinson nearly lost out on senior season
John Clay: Embracing the good football news amid the bad boys
A Sea of Blue: A simple play that scores points for Kentucky
KSR: Stoops talks about his offensive line against Florida last week 
SaturdayDownSouth goes inside the numbers on UK football
Field Notes: Damien Harris climbing state's TD record list

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ESPN: Kentucky fans wild for Big Blue Madness
C-J: U of L no longer recruiting Blakeney
NextCats: Top UK targets playing in Kentucky event
ZagsBlog: Calipari ready for NY and NJ recruiting run 
Syracuse.com:  Boeheim says Calipari has complained about K's advantage 
Nation of Blue:  lots of UK targets in Marshall Co  HoopFest

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Wednesday Wildcat Links

September 17th 2014

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kentuckysports.com/John Clay:  what did Patrick Towles learn v. Florida
Nation of Blue:  VIDEO of Stoops talking about Tuesday practice
NextCats:  DB who committed to Miss State plans a visit to UK
Baton Rouge Advocate:  ULL will play at Kentucky in 2015
SaturdayDownSouth:  VIDEO/Andre Woodson on 5 reasons to be excited about UK

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KSR:  fans start lining up for BB Madness tickets
VaughtsViews:  Trey Lyles' dad records a song dedicated to BBN
VaughtsViews:  might WCS record a song?

Tuesday Wildcat Links

September 16th 2014

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SaturdayDownSouth says UK could make a bowl game
AL.com says Kentucky is no longer an automatic 'W'
NextCats:  UK commit Dinson picks up 3-star rating
Vaughts Views:  ceiling rises for Patrick Towles
MrSEC.com:  UK "raised some eyebrows" in the SEC
24/7 Sports names UK's Johnson as one of top true freshmen performers
Nation of Blue:  UK offers special ticket deal for Vandy game
ukathletics.com:  Garrett Johnson named SEC Frosh of the Week

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Nation of Blue:  it was picture day for UK men's BB (ck out the WCS beard)
NextCats:  Blakeney backs out of commitment to UofL
WKYT/Dick Gabriel:  Bryant decision on recruiting set downward course for UK
Nation of Blue:  UK changes date for exhibition v. Georgetown

Tom's Take: takeaways from The Swamp

September 15th 2014

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   It is perfectly understandable for fans to be encouraged by what they saw in Kentucky in its three-OT loss at Florida but players and coaches should be mad about an opportunity that was missed--and it surely sounded like that's exactly how they felt.  The Wildcats clearly EXPECTED to be in this game to the end and it should strengthen their resolve to make sure they do not look back on this game as the reason they came up short of playing in a bowl game.  Now, a few takeaways from the UK performance:
--Patrick Towles took ownership of the QB position.  The long pass is back in the UK offense as a real threat for the first time since Andre Woodson left town.
--the UK coaches are fishing in the right ponds when it comes to recruiting.  "Stars" are nice but production matters most and the Stoops' recruits are producing big-time
numbers.  Remember how OC Neal Brown was constantly talking up Garrett
Johnson in the preseason--now you know why.
--DC D.J. Eliot was masterful with his blitz calls in this game.  I know the "zero blitz" on the 4th-and-7 at the end of the first overtime didn't work but it was a move that worked well all night long so you should second-guess going down with your best pitch
--talking about "culture change" is important but Stoops showed he is all-in on living that mantra for the UK program.  Admit it--on 3rd-and-16 from UK's own one- yard line at the end of regulation, you knew the Cats would play it safe, run the
ball, punt and hope not to lose.  Instead, Stoops went to Brown and told
him to go for the first down.  Towles threw a bullet to Johnson for the first down
and then fired another dart two plays later that unfortunately bounced off the
hands of Ryan Timmons and into the hands of a Florida defender.


Monday Wildcat Links

September 14th 2014

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KY Forward: Kentucky looking much more 'SECish'
C-J: Towles takes "big step"
John Clay: Cats find hope amid heartbreak
Nation of Blue: The good, the bad, and the ugly: UK vs. U of F
Vaught's Views: You can't accept moral victories
saturdaydownsouth.com: SEC releases statement about controversial call
Scout.com: When zero isn't zero
KSR: Kentucky's next five games 
ESPN:  "Kentucky opened a lot of eyes"

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Wall Street Journal: Team USA wins World Cup
NextCats: Calipari has 'amazing' visit with Zimmerman
247Sports: Top incoming SEC basketball recruits

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Sunday Wildcat Links

September 13th 2014

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C-J:  Instant analysis 
Herald Leader: Kentucky loses heartbreaker 
Jacksonville.com: Gators hold on
Bleacher Report: Game grades 
UK Athletics: UK drops triple-overtime to Florida 
Vaught's Views: Florida holds off Kentucky 
KSR: Painfully close to great

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Wildcat Blue Nation: Lexington is about to erupt 
NextCats: Billy Donovan offers Kentucky standout 

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UK Athletics: Kentucky soccer turning heads

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Saturday Wildcat Links

September 12th 2014

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Rivals.com: Kentucky breakdown 
Fox Sports: Gators have plenty to prove in trying to extend win streak 
Wildcat Blue Nation: Young Cats have a chance to make history in the swamp
A Sea of Blue: Game Preview 
Herald Leader: The naked truth about 'the streak' 
Mark Story: Three key questions about Kentucky's game at Florida 
C-J: Cats seeking first Florida and SEC win in awhile 
KSR: Three Gators to know for tomorrow's game 
247 Sports: Kentucky recruit to play in Army Bowl 

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Vaught's Views: Team USA needs better start in gold medal game 
AJC.com: Georgia Tech and UGA get chance to impress Jaylen Brown 
ESPN: Who didn't make the cut? 
Bleacher Report: Surveying Wildcats' chances with top 2015 recruits 

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Friday Wildcat Links

September 11th 2014

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Rivals.com: Expert Kentucky Q&A
C-J: Kentucky preparing for fast-paced Florida
WDRB.com: Beating Florida is not as tough as Kentucky makes it look
Wildcat Blue Nation: Cooking up confidence?
CKY News: Eliot eager to face Gators
Gainesville Sun: Patience paying off for UK quarterback
ESPN Gainesville: Gators fired up to take on Wildcats
Herald Leader: Roommates sharing load on defensive line
Vaught's Views: Stoops able to redshirt more players than expected 
Nation of Blue:  O-line recruit to enroll early at UK

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Bleacher Report: Most hated players from Kentucky's biggest rivals
CoachCal.com: Student Big Blue Madness lottery set for Monday
SI.com: Harrison twins highlight list of top 20 guards in college hoops
Nation of Blue:  Young pegged as one of 10 "surprise" impact rookies

Thursday Wildcat Links

September 10th 2014

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Wildcat Blue Nation: Is Towles ready for the Swamp? 
Rant Sports: Loss to Kentucky would not bode well for Florida 
Fox News: Coach Stoops furious over UK player trash talking Florida 
C-J: Baker can catch a pass, throw a block 
UK Athletics: UK turns in another energetic practice 
CatsIllustrated.com: Big Ten must start recruiting in the southeast 
Vaught's Views: Florida coach says positive things about Kentucky 

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Bleacher Report: 5 games that will define the Wildcats' season 
CoachCal.com: 3 Cats on Chad Ford's latest 'Big Board' 
NextCats: Cal in for a busy day of recruiting on Thursday 
Clarion-Ledger writes about Malik Newman's visit from Calipari

Wednesday Wildcat Links

September 9th 2014

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KSTV:  Damien Harris talks about Mark Stoops' visit
Orlando Sentinel:  Florida coach doesn't want to jinx streak w/ 0 interceptions
GatorSports.com:  UF coaches talk about tempo v. execution
kentuckysports.com:  VIDEO/Towles eager to go to the Swamp
kentuckysports.com:  VIDEO/Neal Brown looks ahead to Florida
ukathletics.com:  Tuesday practice recap

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Yahoo:  Calipari wants to bring NBA scouts to campus for "combine"
ESPN:  Calipari planning NBA-type scouting event for his players
Zagsblog:  scouts eager to see Harrison twins
Nation of Blue:  see where ESPN's Chad Ford projects UK players in next draft
Zagsblog:  UK jumps back into Briscoe recruitment
NextCats:  '15 guard Eric Davis to announce decision next week
ESPN:  Anthony Davis has 13/11 in Team USA win

Tuesday "Wildcat" Links

September 9th 2014

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ukathletics.com:  VIDEO of Stoops weekly news conference
C-J:  5 takeaways from Stoops' weekly presser
SaturdayDownSouth gives UK defense an "A+" v. Ohio
GatorSports.com:  Florida coach doesn't want to talk about the streak v. UK
ESPN:  Florida has a couple of injury issues
kentuckysports.com:  Towles had third-most rushes by a UK QB in last decade
SaturdayDownSouth says Mike Hartline out-performed recruiting ranking at UK

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Nation of Blue:  Malik Newman to get in-home visits from Calipari, Self today
NextCats:  Labissierre sets official visit to UK for next weekend + NextCats says
      Calipari will visit Jaylen Brown today, too
NextCats:  Calipari showing interest in 2015 guard Briscoe

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Monday Wildcat Links

September 7th 2014

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KY Forward: No reason to be disappointed by 17 point victory 
C-J: Kentucky football is hardly alone at 2-0
John Clay: UK-Florida football is inextricably intertwined 
Mark Story: Timmons' career day an important development for UK football 
saturdaydownsouth.com: Top 10 SEC quarterbacks who defined recruiting rankings 
Wildcat Blue Nation: SEC power rankings 
A Sea of Blue: Who is the SEC's QB top gun? 

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KSR: Devin Booker surprises a local family 
Vaught's Views: Late decision by Jaylen Brown could benefit Kentucky 

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Sunday Wildcat Links

September 6th 2014

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CBS Sports: Towles leads Wildcats to victory 
AL.com: What we learned from Kentucky's win 
C-J: Kentucky wins 20-3
John Clay: A win is a win, especially with the Gators up next
Herald Leader: UK shuts down Ohio 
NextCats: Class of 2015 cornerback commits to Kentucky 
Vaught's Views: Timmons gets unsportsmanlike penalty 
KSR: The good, the bad, and the ugly following week 2 
VaughtsViews:  Baker talks his first TD, relationship with Towles

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Bleacher Report: Ranking the top 10 underrated rivalries in college basketball 

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Tom'sTake: the next step

September 6th 2014

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   Horses coming into the top-caliber racing at Keeneland are often rightfully discounted when they're coming off wins against much lesser competition but every once in awhile, there's a performance that has to be seen to be appreciated for its legitimacy. I think the improvement we saw in the UK offense last week was legit but today, we'll start to gain some insight into just how much better it is.
   Media members outside of those who cover the Big Blue on a regular basis, guys like Paul Finebaum, took notice of how good the Wildcats looked last week.  Today's opponent, Ohio out of the Mid-American Conference, provides a tougher test and then SEC play begins next week.  Kentucky had half as many plays of 30-plus yards in the opener (four) as it had ALL of the last past two seasons (eight).  UK has been trying to win with "singles hitters" since Randall Cobb and Derrick Locke left town but now the Wildcats finally have some players capable of delivering the home run.  And don't be surprised if you see another one emerge today in "Boom" Williams.
   Ohio has eight starters back from a team contended for the MAC title and the Bobcats have averaged 16 interceptions per season over the last five years, so Patrick Towles had better be careful today.
   Weather could be a factor but UK practiced with wet balls this week.  Offensive coordinator Neal Brown had to deal with that west Texas wind when he was at Texas Tech so you can rest assured he knows how to handle the topic of weather with his players--ignore it because you can't do anything about it.
     I think UK has too many athletes for Ohio in this matchup so unless the Wildcats beat themselves with turnovers, they should take care of business today.

Saturday Wildcat Links

September 5th 2014

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Speakeasyohiou.com: Know your enemy
Fox News: Ohio, Kentucky seek 2-0 start
WKYT: Kentucky hoping to build on opening win
C-J: Ohio could be a test and a danger
Herald Leader: 3 key questions about the game
CatsPause: Courage. Character. Clemons.
KSR: What to expect from Ohio
A Sea of Blue: Why Stoops is in the hot seat

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Yahoo Sports: A SWOT analysis post-Bahamas
WDRB: Sporting News snubs UK and U of L hoops
NextCats: Blakeney commits to U of L
Vaught's Views: Davis knows the pressure is on

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Friday Wildcat Links

September 4th 2014

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ukathletics:  Stoops says Cats had "great week of practice"
Herald Leader: Kentucky hopeful big plays of season opener will continue 
C-J: Cornerback Randolph earns a spot in UK defense 
A Sea of Blue: Ranking the five power conferences 
Nation of Blue: Two possibly out for Ohio 
Vaught's Views: Stoops happy with play of young offensive linemen 
collegefootballnews.com picks UK to win 35-17

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ESPN: Then & Now & Later: Anthony Davis 
Rant Sports: Aaron Harrison will be the key ingredient for 2014-2015 season 
Wildcat Blue Nation: New uniforms unveiled 
Nation of Blue:  2-guard Blakeney picks UofL

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Thursday Wildcat Links

September 3rd 2014

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UK Athletics: UK working on building defensive depth
Wildcat Blue Nation: Heard looking doubtful vs Ohio
WKYT: UK defense searching for depth, Randolph impressive
C-J: Kentucky offensive line looks much-improved
Herald Leader: Kentucky safety AJ Stamps grabs attention
Cats Pause: Stoops leaves open possibility of more freshmen playing
AthensOhioToday.com:  Bobcats not intimidated by SEC foe

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Bleacher Report: Why Aaron Harrison is the Wildcats' most indispensable player
Vaught's Views: Former Wildcats doing big things for Team USA
NextCats: Jaylen Brown to host UK on first day of in-home visits
All Ky Hoops:  Liggins will get a shot at NBA with Clippers  

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Wednesday's Wildcat Links

September 3rd 2014

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kentuckysports.com:  VIDEO of coach Neal Brown talking offensive performance
vaughtsviews.com:  Stamps says defense has a lot to prove
C-J:  Swindle says difference in offense is "mind-blowing"
C-J:  O-lineman Drake Jackson says UK tops his list for now
Nation of Blue:  Cats could land commitment this weekend

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coachcal.com:  freshman Trey Lyles is a jigsaw puzzle fan
SportingNews/DeCourcy:  what key college players need to work on
ESPN:  Anthony Davis leads Team USA to another win

Tuesday's Wildcat Links

September 2nd 2014

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BleacherReport:  Damien Harris grades his UK visit as a '10'
C-J:  a few tweaks on the UK football depth chart
Cleveland.com:  preseason look at Ohio U team
C-J:  Kentucky ranks high in several national stats
Nation of Blue:  Toth named SEC O-lineman of the Week
kentuckysports.com/John Clay:  3 takeaways from Stoops news conference
RantSports:  Cats must avoid over-confidence v. Ohio
C-J:  Elam played 18 snaps in opening game
NextCats:  UK offers top cornerback in 2016 class

BASKETBALL
NextCats:  Bragg cuts list to 5, includes UK
NextCats:  Tatum cuts list to 10, includes UK
Zagsblog:  Malik Newman in no rush to make a decision

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