Guest post: Can’t the fans let the program mature

Mark Stoops (Vicky Graff Photo)

Mark Stoops (Vicky Graff Photo)


Drew Barker: “It was a good learning experience for us”

Drew Barker (Vicky Graff Photo)

Drew Barker (Vicky Graff Photo)

Here’s part of what Kentucky quarterback Drew Barker had to say after Saturday’s 44-35  loss to Southern Mississippi.

On the second half …
“They just had long sustained drives. Sometimes I guess it can kind of take the wind out of your sails. I mean, it was a good learning experience for us. It’s really a tale of two halves. We’ve been preaching ‘finish’ all year. We just got to keep working, put this one behind us, learn from it and you know we got a big game coming up against Florida. A division game, so you know, we just have to get ready for that.”

UK vs. Southern Mississippi Photo Gallery

Photos by Vicky Graff

Hal Mumme praises Shannon Dawson, even Mark Stoops “happy” for him

Shannon Dawson (Vicky Graff Photo)

Shannon Dawson (Vicky Graff Photo)


It was a night for Shannon Dawson to savor, and former Kentucky coach Hal Mumme knew it.

Dawson was offensive coordinator at UK last year before being fired by coach Mark Stoops. Now he’s at Southern Mississippi and his team scored 34 straight points to come from 25 points behind and beat UK 44-35 in what was devastating loss for Stoops and UK.

Dawson started his coaching career under Mumme.

Kentucky-Southern Miss postgame notes, numbers

Drew Barker (Vicky Graff Photo)

Drew Barker (Vicky Graff Photo)


Southern Mississippi at Kentucky

Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, Ky.

Sept. 3, 2016


FINAL SCORE: Southern Miss 44, Kentucky 35

Team Records and Series Notes

  • This was the season opener for both teams.
  • Kentucky leads the series 2-1, with all three games played in Lexington.
    • UK and Southern Miss will open the 2017 season with a game in Hattiesburg.
  • Kentucky will return to action on Sept. 10, opening its Southeastern Conference schedule at Florida. The game is set for 3:30 p.m., will be televised on CBS and broadcast on the UK Sports Radio Network.

Stoops after loss: “Our fans deserve better and I get it.”


LEXINGTON — Pick out the worst possible scenario you can imagine for Kentucky to start the football season. But even if you do, it could not be as bad as what happened here Saturday night.

Kentucky blew out to a 35-10 first-half lead over Southern Mississippi. Quarterback Drew Barker looked like a Heisman Trophy candidate. Receivers were running free. The defense got two big-time interceptions from J.D. Harmon.

Kentucky fans who blamed offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson for much of last year’s woes were happy because he’s now the offensive coordinator at Southern Miss.

UK athletes found time to share with young fan in hospital

Courtney Love, Jacob Hyde, Drew Barker and De'Niro Laster visited Brendan Murphy this week.

Courtney Love, Jacob Hyde, Drew Barker and De’Niro Laster visited Brendan Murphy this week.


Linebackers Courntey Love and De’Niro Laster will play their first game for Kentucky tonight. Quarterback Drew Barker will make his first season-opening game start. Defensive lineman Jacob Hyde hopes to play a bigger role this year.

Forward Derek Willis is already busy getting ready for his senior season under coach John Calipari.

Big plays by Kayaune Ross will have me smiling

Kayaune Ross (Keith Taylor Photo)

Kayaune Ross (Keith Taylor Photo)


If you see me smiling tonight, it could be because Kayaune Ross is on the football field for Kentucky and hopefully has made a big play or touchdown catch.

Ross is the junior college transfer receiver who I think has a chance to be special — and have had from the time he got up at 6:30 a.m. in Arizona to be on a radio show with  me.

Keeping that in mind, look back at a story I wrote in February after Ross signed with UK — and remember that tonight.

UK Women’s Soccer Earns 6th-Straight Win Over Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky – The University of Kentucky women’s soccer team earned its sixth win in a row over the Louisville Cardinals on Friday night, scoring the last three goals of the match after an opening goal from the Cards to secure a 3-1 road win at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium in Louisville.

With the win, UK collects its first win of the season and now moves to 1-2-1 on the year. Louisville suffered its first loss of the season, and is now 3-1-1. Kentucky returns to the pitch on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. ET against High Point.

Herald-Leader pushing back press time to include more UK game coverage


Often some Kentucky fans are critical of the Lexington Herald-Leader for its University of Kentucky coverage. However, as a former newspaper writer for 41 years — well, that’s a story for another day about why that ended — I know this e-mail I got Friday shows the Herald’s commitment to providing all the UK content it can for readers:

Dear Lexington Herald-Leader subscriber,