Lynn Bowden finalist for Paul Hornung Award

Lynn Bowden with offensive coordinator Eddie Gran. (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky junior athlete Lynn Bowden Jr. has been named a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award which recognizes the most versatile player in college football, it was announced today by the Louisville Sports Commission.

Bowden, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, played wide receiver / punt returner / kickoff returner the first five games of the season, then started at quarterback the last three games when the Kentucky QB corps was decimated by injuries. Since becoming the Cats’ starting QB, Bowden has led UK to wins over Arkansas and Missouri and has been named to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll three times, tied for most in the nation. He also has earned Southeastern Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week twice.

John Calipari on UK offense: “Dude twice jacked up 3’s like it’s high school”

John Calipari didn’t think Nate Sestina was tough enough against Evansville. (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky Today

Kentucky coach John Calipari said the Wildcats “weren’t passing the ball to each other” against in Tuesday night’s loss to Evansville and added his team’s lack of toughness, especially in the post, continues to be an issue.

John Calipari remains “confident about this group of great kids”

Tyrese Maxey (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Late Wednesday it was time for Kentucky coach John Calipari to give Big Blue Nation a bit of a pep talk after Tuesday night’s shocking 67-64 loss to Evansville, the most unexpected loss of the Calipari era at Kentucky.

Calipari took to social media to see if he could help put the loss in perspective for Kentucky fans. Calipari tweeted the following message.

“Left the office a little bit ago. Losing any game stinks but losing at home is even worse. As always, we grieve for 24 hours and then we move on. The two areas I’ve said for weeks that this team needs to improve on is TOUGHNESS and offensive cohesion.

Mark Stoops knows “we are not perfect” as he tries to find ways to win games

Sawyer Smith played only one play — a quarterback sneak — in last week’s loss to Tennessee. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Even if he would like to play more true freshmen, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said it is “hard to just throw them in” this late in the season.

“With us and the explosiveness and balance as we were talking about in the past game and the fair questions on whether to go with (quarterback) Sawyer (Smith) or not, it does get hard to what you evolve to, what you morph to, and that is part of it as coaches, to put them in the best position you can,” Stoops said.

John Calipari after loss: “That wasn’t Ashton (Hagans)”

Maybe a leg injury led to Ashton Hagans going 1-for-8 from the field against Evansville. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky Today

LEXINGTON — John Calipari is already making adjustments to his practice schedule and hopes the five-day break will give his team a chance to get healthy.

“I’ve had to change practice because we’re practicing with seven and eight guys,” he said following a stunning 67-64 loss to Evansville Tuesday night. “That makes it hard. So, I’ve got to figure out a way (to structure practice).”

Could losing to Evansville be a good thing for Kentucky?

Immanuel Quickley and the Cats had some painful moments during the loss to Evansville. (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By KEITH PEEL, Contributing Writer

I don’t think this will be a popular take but at the end of the season I think it will prove to be true. Kentucky losing to Evansville 67-64 in the second game of the season is a good loss. I realize most people say that there is no such thing as a good loss. I would tend to agree if the same lessons that are learned from losing could be learned from winning. They can’t.

Rhyne Howard, KeKe McKinney lead UK over Stetson

Rhyne Howard (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON – Sophomore Rhyne Howard scored 24 points and junior KeKe McKinney had her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds as the 13th-ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team beat Stetson 67-48 on Wednesday night at Memorial Coliseum.

The Cats got nine points and 10 rebounds from Tatyana Wyatt, while Blair Green and Sabrina Haines each had eight.

National standouts Treasure Hunt, Nyah Leveretter, Erin Toller sign with Kentucky

By UK ATHLETICS

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Three of the best high school basketball players in the nation have signed national letters of intent to play women’s basketball at the University of Kentucky in 2020, as head coach Matthew Mitchell has welcomed Treasure Hunt (Chattanooga, Tenn.), Nyah Leveretter (Blythewood, S.C.) and Erin Toller (Louisville, Ky.) – a top-10 class in the nation according to ESPN.com – to the Big Blue Nation. 

Miscommunication or missed assignments? Stoops makes it clear communication was not UK defense’s problem

Mark Stoops (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

After Kentucky lost to Tennessee when the Vols rallied through the air to score two second half touchdowns and win 17-13 Saturday, UK safety Jordan Griffin talked about several miscommunications the UK defense had that must be corrected.

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said he could not “really explain which one” Griffin was talking about.

“There were some communication things that we were on his butt about during the game but not on the 50-50 balls. And the 50-50 balls, he knew what was coming, he was lined up perfect, played it exceptionally well,” Stoops said.

Kentucky-Evansville photo gallery by Jeff Houchin