Opposing coach tells UK fans not to worry, he knows how good UK’s players can be

Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson knows UK freshmen like Keldon Johnson will be better in March. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson enjoyed the hospitality at Kentucky so much before his team lost to UK that he decided to climb on his pulpit and offer some unsolicited advice for fans still upset about the season-opening 34-point loss to Duke.

“You need to read the book of Job; you need to have a little bit of patience. Rome wasn’t built in a day. These guys are 18, 19, 20 years old. And, you have children, you have children of your own. And, you want to microwave the maturation process and you can’t do that. It takes time,” Hinson said after Friday’s game.

C.J. Conrad: “We’re going to have to pull it together.”

C.J. Conrad had Kentucky’s only TD catch at Tennessee. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

While running back Benny Snell questioned the commitment of some Kentucky teammates after the 24-7 loss at Tennessee Saturday, senior tight end C.J. Conrad was more perplexed about what happened.

He thought Kentucky had a “really good week of practice” after losing to Georgia and saw nothing that worried him about UK’s attitude even in pregame warmups.

“I felt the energy that we needed to have to win on the road in the SEC. I don’t know what happened,” Conrad said.

An Effort-Less Loss to the Volunteers

Terry Wilson got sacked, and sacked again, at Tennessee. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH PEEL, Contributing Writer

After watching the University of Kentucky football team self-destruct at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on Saturday it’s hard to come up with words to describe it. Losing 24-7 to a team that had won one SEC game all year.  A team that has an offense that is ranked No.120 out of 130 teams score 24 points on a UK defense that had been giving up 13 points per game. Did I mention that the UK offense ran fifteen plays in the second quarter and gained one —as in 1 — net yard of offense.

Howard Scores 29 as Kentucky Rolls Past Southern, 91-41

LEXINGTON, Ky.- Freshman Rhyne Howard scored a career high 29 points, including a school-record-tying seven three-pointers, as the Kentucky women’s basketball team beat Southern University 91-41 on Sunday night at Memorial Coliseum.

By hitting seven shots from behind the arc, on just 11 attempts, Howard tied the school record set by Sara Potts in 2005.

Howard’s effort on Sunday marks the most points scored by a UK freshman since 2014, when Alexis Jennings had 27 points against Tennessee State.

Senior Maci Morris scored in double figures with 12 points tonight despite battling foul trouble, while fellow senior Taylor Murray had 11 points and seven assists.

Cardinals fire Petrino hoping to end skid — remember the time some wished Mitch Barnhart had hired Petrino at UK

Bobby Petrino (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Remember the time when some Kentucky football fans were unhappy that UK athletics director Mitch Barnhart refused to even consider hiring Bobby Petrino, a coach with a flair for putting together dynamic offenses but a coach with a world of off the field issues.

Petrino’s success on his return to Louisville just made coach Mark Stoops’ early struggles at UK seem even worse. However, even though Barnhart is not the type to do so, you just know he would like to say, “I told you so.”

Kentucky sweeps Alabama — Photo Gallery by Vicky Graff

Cats get sixth straight sweep, beat Alabama for 16th straight win

Leah Edmond (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Junior outside hitter Leah Edmond tied her own Kentucky volleyball rally-scoring era record with 21 kills in a three-set match on Sunday afternoon inside Memorial Coliseum as the No. 11 Wildcats picked up their sixth-straight sweep to cruise past Alabama, 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-23).

“Our offense was humming today,” head coach Craig Skinner said. “We earned 24 points in the first and third sets. I think in total, (Alabama) had seven hitting errors, so we really had to be good offensively. Alabama was very sharp today on offense. It was imperative – we broke a school record for kills in a three-set match, so we certainly needed it on a day like today. Alabama played well.”

Dan Issel working to bring NBA team to Louisville

Dan Issel, center, talks with former UK teammate Louie Dampier. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Former UK All-American Dan Issel has been working for over a year with a group hoping to bring a NBA team to Louisville. He was a two-time All-American at UK, Kentucky’s all-time leading scorer, ABA Rookie of the Year in 1971, six-time ABA All-Star and one-time NBA All-Star.

“It’s a great project to be working on,” Issel said. “The biggest challenge is the timeline of the NBA and when the NBA will decide to expand. The timeline (for expansion) has gotten longer.”

Bad sign: Benny Snell says it was obvious Tennessee wanted game more than Kentucky

Benny Snell (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky running back Benny Snell is relentless on the field. He can be just as relentless — and blunt — off the field.

Several times he’s looked unhappy during games this season when Kentucky’s offense could not move the football. He certainly wasn’t happy Saturday in Knoxville after UK was blasted 24-7 by Tennessee one week after Georgia had also throttled UK.

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“We’ve got to get those guys that are hungry. We’ve got to have everybody sold on this team and on this mission. This loss hurt. It hurt. The Georgia one, we were so close but that one hurt too,” Snell said.

Jeremy Pruitt on UK offense: “We kind of made them one dimensional.”

C.J. Conrad had Kentucky’s only TD catch at Tennessee. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Finding ways to lose in Knoxville and Gainesville is just something Kentucky football has done for years and years.

Sure, Kentucky won at Gainesville this year, something most UK fans did not expect. But UK fans did truly expect that the Cats could win at Knoxville Saturday for the first time since 1984. Instead, the Vols rolled 24-7 over No. 12 Kentucky in a game that was never close after the first quarter.