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Kentucky head coach John Calipari commands players during a timeout during the Kentucky vs. Tennessee mens’s basketball game on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2024, at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky lost 103-92. Photo by Isaiah Pinto | Staff

COLUMN: John Calipari’s move to Arkansas is better for him … and Kentucky

Cole Parke, Sports Editor April 8, 2024

Kentucky fans were thrown into a frenzy late Sunday night when it became clear that head coach John Calipari was set to depart Lexington to be the next head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks. Here’s...

University of Kentucky mens basketball head coach John Calipari testifies in front of the Senate Education Committee in favor of Senate bill 6, which passed unanimously on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022, at Kentucky State Capitol annex building in Frankfort, Kentucky. Photo by Michael Clubb | Staff

COLUMN: The decision to ban prop bets on college athletes is the right call and more states should move to do so

Cole Parke, Sports Editor April 3, 2024

The state of Louisiana made headlines on Wednesday when it became the fourth state — behind Ohio, Vermont and Maryland — to ban prop bets on college athletes, which is supposed to take effect in August. Prop...

Kentucky players celebrate after Kentucky Wildcats infielder Grant Smith (12) hits a home run during the No. 18 Kentucky vs. Western Kentucky baseball game on Tuesday, March 28, 2023, at Nick Denes Field in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Kentucky won 10-8. Photo by Jack Weaver | Staff

COLUMN: Kentucky’s “Bat Cats” a real threat to win the SEC

Jonathon Bruner, Baseball Beat Leader April 3, 2024

It is time to have a very real conversation about Kentucky baseball: This team is legit. Following a 2023 season that ended in the Super Regionals for Kentucky, fans were left to wonder what was next....

Kentucky guard Reed Sheppard (15) drives with the ball during the Kentucky vs. Saint Josephs mens basketball game on Monday, Nov. 20, 2023, at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 96-88. Photo by Samuel Colmar | Staff

COLUMN: Kentucky men’s basketball might have it’s “Kentucky good” back

Samantha Money, Assistant Sports Editor November 22, 2023

It’s only the beginning of the college basketball season, but it’s safe to say that Kentucky basketball has gotten its “Kentucky good” back. There’s no argument that Kentucky has not performed...

Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari coaches his team during the No. 6 Kentucky vs. No. 3 Kansas State mens basketball game in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, March 19, 2023, at Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina. Kansas State won 75-69. Photo by Jack Weaver | Staff

COLUMN: Is Calipari on the hot seat going into 2023-2024?

Ali Cetinok, Assistant Sports Editor October 20, 2023

At some point every year, Kentucky fans will hear the words, "This job is not for everyone" come out of John Calipari's mouth. The question in recent years has become whether or not he is actually the...

Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari reacts to the Kentucky vs. Georgia mens basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023, at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Georgia. UK lost 68-75. Photo by Isabel McSwain | Staff

COLUMN: Has the SEC simply caught up to Kentucky?

Drew Johnson, Staff Writer March 7, 2023

When one thinks of the SEC, what comes to mind? Maybe it’s the storied college football rivalries like Auburn and Alabama, Georgia and Florida or Kentucky and Tennessee. Maybe it’s the dominance...

Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari reacts to a play during the No. 4 Kentucky vs. Michigan State Champions Classic mens basketball game on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Michigan State won 86-77 in the second overtime. Photo by Jack Weaver | Staff

COLUMN: Kentucky’s problems are bigger than basketball

Drew Johnson, Reporter January 11, 2023

Kentucky mens basketball is a complete mess right now. Let’s stop pretending or making excuses for this group. We’ve hit the halfway point of the season and this group has more quadrant four losses...

Kentucky Wildcats forward Oscar Tshiebwe (34) dunks the ball during the Kentucky vs. North Florida mens basketball game on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 96-56. Photo by Jackson Dunavant | Staff

COLUMN: Three takeaways from Cats’ London victory

Ali Cetinok, Asst. Sports Editor December 8, 2022

Kentucky head coach John Calipari and the Cats earned their first win over a major conference opponent this season on Sunday, defeating Michigan 73-69 in London. With any result this early in the season,...

Kentucky Wildcats guard Jada Walker (11) gets helped up by her team during the Kentucky vs. Radford womens basketball game on Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington, Kentucky. UK won 82-78. Photo by Jackson Dunavant | Staff

Column: Kentucky womens basketball is on the right track

Samantha Money, Asst. Sports Editor December 3, 2022

Almost a month into regular season play, Kentucky womens basketball is on a slow but steady track to becoming a top-level SEC team. Before the Cats’ trip to the Bahamas, the team was holding a four-game...

Kentucky Wildcats wide receiver DeMarcus Harris (4) attempts to block a camera as offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello walks off the field after the No. 7 Kentucky vs. No. 14 Ole Miss football game on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, at Vaught Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi. Ole Miss won 22-19. Photo by Jack Weaver | Staff

Column: The 2022 season was a disastrous hiccup for Kentucky football

Cole Parke, Sports Editor December 2, 2022

Before the season even began I published a column titled: “This season may be do or die for Kentucky football.” If that’s true, well, it died. In that column I touched on a number of facts,...

Kentucky Wildcats guard Sahvir Wheeler (2) dribbles up the court during the No. 4 Kentucky vs. Michigan State Champions Classic mens basketball game on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Michigan State won 86-77 in the second overtime. Photo by Jack Weaver | Staff

Column: Kentucky’s loss to Michigan State has a silver lining

Samantha Money, Assistant Sports Editor November 17, 2022

The Wildcats had plenty of missed opportunities on Tuesday against the Michigan State Spartans, shooting only 39% in field goals and 67% from the free throw line. That said, it's hard to be frustrated...

Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops coaches his team from the sideline during the No. 7 Kentucky vs. No. 14 Ole Miss football game on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, at Vaught Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi. Ole Miss won 22-19. Photo by Jack Weaver | Staff

Column: ‘Big blue wall’ needs to hold strong if Kentucky is to beat Tennessee

Drew Johnson, Reporter October 19, 2022

Kentucky football saved its season last weekend with a much-needed win over then No. 16 Mississippi State. A loss would’ve seen Kentucky fall out of the top 25 and have to fight for bowl contention,...

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