Stoops: “I believe in these players”

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo


Kentucky football fans are angry, frustrated, disappointed and more after UK’s two losses this season.

So what message would coach Mark Stoops have for fans? Here’s how he answered Monday:

“Again, we have showed that we can play some good football. We know and we have already been down that road that it is not acceptable to not play four quarters. But our team will play with that passion and that energy that our fan base wants to see,” Stoops said.

J.B. Holmes named to Ryder Cup team

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III has chosen Rickie Fowler, J.B. Holmes and Matt Kuchar for three of his four picks for the upcoming showdown with Europe at Hazeltine.

Love announced his choices on Monday, a day after the BMW Championship.

Holmes finished 10th in the Ryder Cup standings and is one of the few active Americans to have never lost in the event. He played at Valhalla in 2008, when he went 2-0-1.

Where does Kentucky go now?

Linebacker Jordan Jones has been one of the few bright sports for a UK defense that has allowed 89 points in two games. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Linebacker Jordan Jones has been one of the few bright sports for a UK defense that has allowed 89 points in two games. (Vicky Graff Photo)


Was it really just two or three weeks ago when Kentucky football was the sexy pick of many to be one of the most improved teams in the Southeastern Conference this season and win six, seven or maybe even eight games.

With UK leading Southern Mississippi 35-10 late in the second quarter of the first game, those projections seemed realistic. Then Southern Miss ran off 34 straight points and last week Florida opened a 45-0 lead before winning 45-7.

Guest post: No matter what rules are, Women’s Clinic is the best

John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)

John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)


My friends, family and acquaintances get excited the minute football starts. They love the fall, the hype, the commercials, the pregame, band, cheerleaders, fantasy football, tailgating, outside weather, and noises associated with football. Those folks are understandable; I have no criticism of their misplaced excitement.

But, for me, the announcement of football, smell of new pumpkin spice cupcakes, pumpkin lattes, and a new crispness in the air means only one thing – it won’t be long before I get my invite to the Women’s Clinic. I associate the smells of fall with the upcoming email for the Women’s Clinic that I have been awaiting since August. When it arrives, I have emailed my daughters, my new extended family, and made my reservations within 30 minutes.

J.B. Holmes feels he has made case to be on Ryder Cup team

Here’s what Kentuckian J.B. Holmes had to say Sunday after shooting a 2-over par 74 to finish fourth in the BMW Championship and qualify for the upcoming Tour Championship.

Q. It wasn’t a day that you were looking for, but you are projected 28th and you’ll make another trip to Atlanta. Your thoughts.
JB HOLMES: Yeah, definitely not the day I anticipated. Didn’t play that well and had a few putts that I lipped out that I thought should have gone in. But that’s golf, it was a great week for me, and fortunately it was just good enough to get into the TOUR Championship.

Eddie Gran: “Do I have too much in?”


Kentucky’s offense went from scoring 35 points in the first half to none in the second half of that game to none for three quarters against Florida before getting a meaningless late touchdown Saturday in the 45-7 loss.

UK was 4-for-12 on third downs and had just 55 passing yards, and 45 came on backup Stephen Johnson’s pass to Jeff Badet. Starter Drew Barker completed 2 of 10 passes and had three interceptions.

So what did offensive coordinator Eddie Gran think?

Jordan Jones says some Cats “tend to feel sorry for themselves”


Kentucky fans didn’t need CBS-TV announcers to tell them how poorly the Wildcats played in Saturday’ loss at Florida and called it “embarrassing” for the Wildcats.

Yet coach Mark Stoops did not fault his team’s effort that much despite the fiasco.

“I didn’t notice anybody rolling over, but the guys – we certainly didn’t have a lot of energy, that’s for sure,” Stoops said.

But did the Cats quit after they got behind?

Mark Stoops: “We didn’t play very good, we didn’t play very smart.”

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops likes the changes he's made on his coaching staff.

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops likes the changes he’s made on his coaching staff.

This was Kentucky coach Mark Stoops’ opening statement after Florida demolished his team Saturday:

“We got our butts kicked. On offense and defense. On special teams, I guess we did some decent things, but we got handled,” Stoops said. “Got behind the chains offensively. Can’t do that against a quality team.

J.B. Holmes ready to go for BMW Championship win


September 10, 2016

JB Holmes

Carmel, Indiana

Q. That was around that had a lot of promise. How would you grade that, if you were grading something like that?
JB HOLMES: It was a great round. To come out here on Saturday and put up a good score, no complaints out of me. I had some chances there the last few holes, hit some good shots, actually some pretty good putts and they just didn’t go in.

UK-Florida postgame notes, numbers


Kentucky at Florida

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium/Steve Spurrier Field, Gainesville, Fla.

Sept. 10, 2016

FINAL SCORE: Florida 45, Kentucky 7

Team Records and Series Notes

• Kentucky is 0-2, 0-1 in the Southeastern Conference.  Florida is 2-0, 1-0 in the SEC.
• Florida leads the series, 50-17.
• This was the SEC opener for both teams.
• Kentucky will return to action Sat. Sept. 17, playing host to New Mexico State at 4 p.m. The game will be televised on SEC Network-Alternate Channel and broadcast on the UK Sports Radio Network. 


Kentucky Team Notes