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Once forgotten excitement helps introduce Stoops as head coach

Once forgotten excitement helps introduce Stoops as head coach

Upon walking into UK’s Nutter Field House Sunday afternoon, one got the sense they were walking into a pep rally instead of a press conference. Fans and boosters assembled outside the field house clad in blue and white. The marching band blared the school’s fight song and other stadium anthems while cheerleaders hooted and hollered with a sense of excitement foreign to the program in recent years.

Stoops hire brings intrigue to vacant offensive coordinator position

With the hiring of Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops to be UK’s new head football coach, it is the dawn of a new era in the Bluegrass. Stoops, a defensive-minded coach, will have an opportunity to implement his schemes into the defensively-predicated SEC in his first career head coaching gig. But it is who Stoops chooses to bring on as his offensive coordinator that should have fans sitting on the edge of their seats.

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Cats fall to Tennessee 37-17 to close Joker era

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Cats fall to Tennessee 37-17 to close Joker era

The Tennessee Volunteers defeated UK and departing head coach Joker Phillips by a final score of 37-17 to conclude one of the most difficult football seasons in the program’s recent history.

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HALFTIME: UK trails Tennessee 20-14

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HALFTIME: UK trails Tennessee 20-14

In a wild, back-and-forth half of football, UK trails the Tennessee Volunteers 20-14 in Neyland Stadium.

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Cats rally around Phillips, seniors for 34-3 senior day win

On an emotional day for the entire football program, UK defeated Samford 34-3. It was the Cats’ first win since September 8, their first home game of the year. In its final home game of 2012, UK gave its senior class and departing head coach a reason to celebrate.

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HALFTIME: UK leads Samford on senior day 31-3

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HALFTIME: UK leads Samford on senior day 31-3

UK leads Samford 31-3 at halftime of its final home game of the season.

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The Edge: UK has chance for win

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The Edge: UK has chance for win

The Edge runs every Friday before a UK football game. It breaks down two key matchups between UK and its opponent, then gives an overall edge to one side or the other.

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Samford the last home game for seniors, Phillips

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Samford the last home game for seniors, Phillips

The last time UK’s football team took the field, it experienced a historically bad loss at home in front of a historically small crowd. For many in the Bluegrass, it was the football program’s lowest point in recent history.

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In the wake of Cobb, Cats couldn’t respond

As I walked to Commonwealth Stadium to cover the UK-Vanderbilt football game Saturday, I couldn’t help but feel like I was walking into some strange horror movie a week removed from Halloween.

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Ball’s in UK’s hands, who do they target?

Weeks of holdout came to an abrupt end Sunday when UK athletic director Mitch Barnhart made it known by letter that head coach Joker Phillips is no longer an employee of the university.

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