Immanuel Quickley, Nate Sestina own mistakes that cost UK against Evansville

Nate Sestina (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Evansville’s “super small” lineup Tuesday forced Kentucky to make adjustments it obviously was not ready to make.

“They just started driving the ball which forced us to go small. I don’t think we ever played Keion Brooks at the five in practice,” Kentucky guard Immanuel Quickley said after UK’s loss. “That was a good coaching adjustment on their part.”

Yes it was. But the Aces got some help from Kentucky.

Not easy for defensive coordinators to turn into SEC head coaches with productive offenses

Mark Stoops (Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH PEEL, Contributing Writer

It’s not easy for former college defensive coordinators turned SEC head football coaches to come up with an offensive scheme that works. It’s just not.

As most of you know Kentucky’s head coach Mark Stoops was a former defensive coordinator — and a very good one — for Florida State and then head coach Jimbo Fisher. And he is still a great defensive coach today. His teams have ranked on average 15th or better in points given up per game over the last two years. His defenses are always physical, well schooled and play as a unit. He uses a lot of creativity in his defensive alignments and adjusts his defensive scheme to match the opposing team’s offense.

Light the Way 5K at Dollywood now off my bucket list

So glad I got to finally participate in the Light the Way 5K at Dollywood Friday night  along with a lot of other folks who were in really good moods seeing millions of lights along our path. Not sure about my official time but somewhere around 31 minutes, so obviously I felt inspired running even if it was almost midnight.

If you ever get a chance to do this annual 5K, I would suggest doing it and putting it on your bucket list.

Enjoy these photos from my sister, Mary Kay Godbey, as she was able to run and take photos — way too complicated for me to do both at the same time.

Not only does John Young remain committed to UK, but he says Justin Rogers is the same way

Justin Rogers

By LARRY VAUGHT

Louisville Christian Academy offensive lineman John Young is one of those 2020 commits who has never budged in his commitment to UK and won’t now because he’s convinced coach Mark Stoops will be at UK when he gets there despite the recent speculation about Stoops maybe going to Florida State.

“I wasn’t worried at all. I was on the phone with coach Stoops and he did tell me he was not leaving,” Young said . “I committed to Kentucky and things are just like they were. I was not worried when I first heard the rumors and I’m not worried now.

Mark Stoops “proud” of way Cats have responded to Tennessee loss

Lynn Bowden (Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky Today

LEXINGTON — Mark Stoops has been pleased with his team’s response coming off a disappointing 17-13 loss to Tennessee and saw no signs of a letdown going into Saturday’s contest at Vanderbilt.

“I really feel that coming off a tough loss they had their focus early in the week,” Stoops said earlier this week. “Any time you come off a tough loss like that you have to bounce back quick. I’m proud of our team and the way they’ve responded. I feel good about it. Hopefully it’ll carry over Saturday, we’ll go down there and play a good, complete football game. We’ll need to. (I’m) excited about the opportunity.”

LCA star Laney Frye signs with Kentucy

Laney Frye

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky’s top high school girls golfer in the class of 2020 is staying home to play at the University of Kentucky.

Laney Frye, out of Lexington Christian Academy, signed a national letter of intent with the UK women’s golf team this week. She will join the Wildcats beginning with the 2020-21 season.

“We are very excited to add Laney to our Kentucky family,” UK head coach Golda Borst said. “She is one of the strongest players to come out of our state and it means a great deal to us that she chose to stay close to home and represent the Wildcats.

Tyrese Maxey says Cats can’t “dwell” on Evansville loss

Tyrese Maxey (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Give freshman Tyrese Maxey credit for quickly agreeing with what coach John Calipari said was a huge problem in Kentucky’s stunning loss to Evansville — a lack of toughness that showed up in a lack of aggressiveness and giving up two late offensive rebounds in the 67-64 loss.

“Yeah he’s right. We have to get those rebounds down the stretch, I have to make those free throws,” Maxey said. “Like he said, we just have to be tougher defensively, stand in front of our man, and not leave the corners. We have to get rebounds, we have to stay aggressive. It’s a tough one but we will bounce back.”

Could Lynn Bowden help John Calipari’s team?

Lynn Bowden got a lot of attention for his basketball play in high school. (Larry Vaught Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Just a few hours after Kentucky junior Lynn Bowden was named a finalist for the Hornung Award that goes to the nation’s most versatile football player, he took to social media to show that he might be willing to show off even more of his versatility.

“@UKCoachCalipari ** I do missing hooping a little,” Bowden posted on Twitter Thursday afternoon.

Dusty Bonner: “What Eddie Gran has done is pure genius.”

Eddie Gran (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Former Kentucky quarterback Dusty Bonner believes that Kentucky’s game plan against Tennessee last week “worked” and everything was set up for UK to win thanks in part to offensive coordinator Eddie Gran — which won’t be a popular opinion with a lot of Kentucky fans.

“Tennessee was really talented and had a lot of athletes. Several plays Eddie Gran dialed up that were “home run shots” were there but the throws just did not get hit by receiver turned quarterback Lynn Bowden.

Keion Brooks Jr. appreciates John Calipari “yelling at me”

Keion Brooks Jr. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky Today

LEXINGTON — Keion Brooks is used to receiving constructive criticism from his father and that’s why he’s not taking John Calipari’s rants personally.

“If he’s not yelling at me like that, he probably doesn’t care about me so I appreciate him coaching me hard and staying on me at all times,” Brooks said. “I grew up with my dad coaching me so it’s nothing I haven’t seen before.”

Although his father Keion Sr., who played at  Wright State, has been known to voice is displeasure at times, Brooks gives his current coach the edge when it comes to making sure he stays on task at all times.