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  • Jet-setting UK coaches round up recruits

    Louisville Courier-Journal "It seemed impossible that University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari could be in so many places in so little time. During a frenzied stretch last week, Calipari was in Los Angeles watching incoming freshman Karl-Anthony Towns be honored at the ESPY Awards one day, then in Augusta,..." July 29

  • Kentucky's high-class problem: Loaded roster forces Calipari to be creative

    Sporting News - NCAAB "John Calipari called all his Kentucky players into a meeting, and in front of the entire group he posed a short series of questions to the three or four Wildcats who easily could have entered their names into the 2014 NBA Draft. "Did you come back for me? Did you come back for the..." July 29

  • Kentucky center Karl Towns named Gatorade Athlete of the Year

    College Basketball Talk "For the second time in five years, a Kentucky Wildcat was named the Gatorade Male Athlete of the Year. On Tuesday night, incoming center Karl Towns, of St. Joseph High (New Jersey), was named this year’s recipient at a banquet in Los Angeles. In 2010, Brandon Knight won the honor. Towns is the..." July 16

  • Trey Lyles to sit out Kentucky’s trip to the Bahamas

    College Basketball Talk "On Tuesday, Kentucky announced that incoming freshman Trey Lyles will be out indefinitely as he is “recovering from a medical procedure on his left leg”. Lyles will not be participating with Kentucky during their six-game trip to the Bahamas in August, but he is expected to be ready for the..." June 24

  • UK announces $210 million marketing deal

    Louisville Courier-Journal "In what it is hailing as "one of the most valuable partnerships of its kind in college athletics history," the University of Kentucky announced Monday that it is leaving IMG and has awarded its athletics and campus multimedia marketing rights to JMI Sports for $210 million over 15 years starting..." June 24

  • Plan for Rupp Arena renovation halted

    Louisville Courier-Journal "After teetering for months, the Rupp Arena renovation plan finally fell flat Wednesday when Lexington mayor Jim Gray announced a suspension of work on the project -- which also would have included a new downtown convention center at a total cost of $350 million -- citing the University of..." June 19

  • Syracuse, not Kentucky, leads nation in average attendance

    College Basketball Talk "For just the second time in the last 19 years, Kentucky was not the program with the highest attendance in the country. They finished second to Syracuse, who led the nation in home attendance for the first time since 2005 with an average of 26,253 fans. Kentucky was second with 22,964 fans per..." June 19

  • Kentucky’s four new McDonald’s All-Americans arrive in Lexington

    Louisville Courier-Journal "The University of Kentucky's four All-American basketball recruits are making their way to campus. Freshmen-to-be Trey Lyles and Tyler Ulis tweeted pictures of their dorm rooms on Tuesday afternoon, and another, Devin Booker, tweeted that he's en route to Lexington. UK's other signee,..." June 10

  • Cavaliers, John Calipari discussed 7-year, $60 million-plus deal

    Yahoo! Sports "Before finalizing a contract extension with the University of Kentucky late last week, John Calipari had gone deep in discussions with the Cleveland Cavaliers on a seven-year, $60 million-plus contract to become president and coach, sources told Yahoo Sports. Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert had..." June 09

  • Kentucky's John Calipari gets new contract through 2021

    Louisville Courier-Journal "The University of Kentucky announced Thursday night it has signed basketball coach John Calipari to a new seven-year contract that will make him the second-highest paid coach in college basketball. If Calipari, 55, stays to the end of the deal, which runs out in March of 2021, he would make..." June 06

  • Self, Calipari: No NBA calls, and that's OK

    ESPN.com "Kentucky's John Calipari and Kansas' Bill Self told ESPN on Monday that it'd be extremely difficult for either to leave their current high-profile college jobs for an NBA opening, and both added that they haven't been contacted during this latest coaching carousel. "They haven't talked to me..." June 04

  • Willie Cauley-Stein recovering from surgery, likely missing August trip

    CBSSports.com "Kentucky is in the process of finalizing an overseas trip in August, but Willie Cauley-Stein won't be participating. The 7-footer suffered an ankle injury in the NCAA Tournament, forcing him to miss the Final Four, and he's still recovering from his April surgery. “It will be a great trip..." May 30

  • Louisville's Akoy Agau: 'Our fans are more mature' than Kentucky's

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Akoy Agau has lived a lot of places, enough for the sophomore University of Louisville basketball player to know three languages: Dinka, Arabic and English. But Agau now calls Omaha, Neb., home, and he’s spent a few weeks there since school let out before returning to U of L for summer..." May 20

  • John Calipari says he would jump at chance to coach LeBron James

    CBSSports.com "I'm not interested in calling anybody a liar because that's such a harsh label. But there's no denying that coaches, by and large, aren't always completely honest when asked about their commitment to their current jobs and/or future plans. Mostly, they operate in non-answers. Coaches are..." May 14

  • Observations: UK is nation's deepest team, but Arizona has best top five

    CBSSports.com "1. Kentucky is absolutely loaded headed into next season, but I'd take Arizona's starting five over any other first unit in college basketball. John Calipari's squad has talent on top of talent and depth on top of depth. Kentucky will have nine McDonald's All-Americans on its roster next season..." May 01

  • Derek Willis Says He Is Not Transferring, Now Quit Bothering Him

    Kentucky Sports "With nine McDonald’s All-Americans on Kentucky’s 2014-15 roster some were wondering what would become Derek Willis Says He Is Not Transferring, Now Quit Bothering Him of forward Derek Willis. The is why it was no surprise to anyone when Yahoo! Sports writer Pat Forde tweeted out that the 6’9″..." April 28

  • Kentucky has best odds to win the 2014-2015 Men’s Basketball National Title

    College Basketball Talk "As you might have expected, after losing just two players to the NBA Draft, Kentucky has become the favorite to win the national title at 5/1 odds. Duke (9/1) and Wisconsin (16/1) round out the top three, but the most interesting bet here seems to be Arizona, who is getting 16/1 odds. After..." April 28

  • Andrew and Aaron Harrison to return to Kentucky for sophomore seasons

    CBSSports.com "Andrew and Aaron Harrison have decided to return to Kentucky for their sophomore years rather than enter the NBA Draft, a source told CBSSports.com on Friday. The development should again make the Wildcats the nation's preseason No. 1 team next season. UK is now No. 1 in the Ridiculously Early..." April 25

  • Johnson to Return for Sophomore Season

    UK Athletics "Freshman center Dakari Johnson will return to the Kentucky men's basketball program for the 2014-15 season, he announced Wednesday. "After looking at the information provided to me by Coach Cal and the NBA committee, my family and I made the decision for me to return to UK for my sophomore..." April 24

  • Kentucky forward Alex Poythress will return for junior season of college

    CBSSports.com "Kentucky's Alex Poythress has decided to return to college for his junior season. "Playing in the NBA has always been a dream of mine, but I want to make sure that I'm NBA-ready before I make that jump," Poythress said. "By coming back, I'll be so much closer to earning my degree in business,..." April 23

  • Willie Cauley-Stein has surgery, gets a new on-campus vehicle?

    College Basketball Talk "The big news over the weekend for Kentucky fans was that center Willie Cauley-Stein underwent surgery on the ankle that he injured early in Kentucky’s Elite 8 matchup with Michigan. According to John Calipari, Cauley-Stein will be out “a couple months”, which likely played a role in his..." April 22

  • Calipari to sit with 'Cats who may enter draft

    ESPN.com "Kentucky coach John Calipari has meetings lined up this week with each of his remaining possible early entrants before Sunday's deadline to declare for the NBA draft. Calipari said by phone Monday he will meet with freshman forward Julius Randle. Kentucky put out a news release Monday..." April 21

  • Kentucky's Julius Randle to formally announce plans for draft on Tuesday

    CBSSports.com "Kentucky officials have scheduled a press conference for Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 ET, at which point sources told CBSSports.com that freshman basketball player Julius Randle is expected to formally announce his decision to enter the 2014 NBA Draft. Randle averaged 15.0 points and 10.4 rebounds..." April 21

  • NBA scout to UK's Harrison twins: Go back

    Cincinnati Enquirer "As the NBA's April 27 early-entry deadline approaches, the basketball world is focused on Kentucky. The Wildcats will be good next season regardless, but two looming decisions — and they can be condensed into one — could dictate whether UK is wow-look-out elite. Although there is a glut of..." April 21

  • James Young leaving Kentucky for NBA Draft

    CBSSports.com "This one always seemed automatic. Kentucky freshman James Young is one-and-done at Kentucky, opting officially on Thursday to leave school after one year and pursue an NBA career. “My time at Kentucky has been special to me, something I'll always treasure, but I feel that I'm ready to take the..." April 17

  • Former Alabama player Devonta Pollard receiving interest from Kentucky

    College Basketball Talk "There may not be a more intriguing JuCo recruit in the country than Devonta Pollard. When he left high school in 2012, Pollard was a five-star, top 25 recruit that was pursued by some of the biggest programs in the country. He ended up at Alabama, where he averaged just 3.9 points and 3.1..." April 17

  • John Calipari clarifies: He does not hate NCAA

    USA Today "Kentucky coach John Calipari wants to make a few things clear. First: He doesn't hate the NCAA. "I owe the NCAA a lot," Calipari told USA TODAY Sports. "I had a chance to play college basketball and work for universities in the NCAA. So I'm not agreeing with all the critics of the NCAA. My..." April 16

  • John Calipari Says ‘I Wouldn’t’ Take Lakers Job If Offered

    Lakers Nation "University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari has been in the news quite a bit as of late following a rumor surfacing he’d be the next coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. The timing of the rumor was strange to say the least with Kentucky heading into the national championship game against the..." April 15

  • James Young's godfather says NBA speculation is unfounded

    Central Kentucky News "While many assume that Kentucky freshman James Young is already set to put his name into the NBA Draft, his godfather insists that is not accurate. “If you go through all this, I think you have been through every emotion possible and I am sure Kentucky fans feel the same way. Then if you..." April 13

  • UK Coaches to Receive Almost $800k in Tourney Bonuses

    Lexington Herald-Leader "An NCAA basketball tournament appearance is good for a school's brand, and it's also good for the coaches' bottom lines. The University of Kentucky will pay about $792,000 to its men's and women's basketball coaches after the postseason, in which the women made it to the NCAA Sweet 16 and the..." April 10

  • Calipari: NCAA Is Crumbling Like the Soviet Union

    The Wall Street Journal "Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari likens the NCAA to a dying superpower and believes the college-sports governing body faces extinction unless it embraces reform. "The situation reminds me a little of the Soviet Union in its last years," Calipari writes in a forthcoming book. "It was..." April 10

  • Kentucky’s Julius Randle denies report he will enter NBA draft

    SI.com "Kentucky freshman forward Julius Randle plans to forego his final three seasons of eligibility and enter the NBA Draft, according to ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman. Randle quickly denied that report via Twitter saying he hasn’t made up his mind about entering the draft. He averaged 15 points and..." April 10

  • Julius Randle headed to NBA draft

    ESPN.com "Kentucky freshman Julius Randle will leave school after one season in a move that was anticipated prior to the start of the year, multiple sources told ESPN. The 6-foot-9, 250-pound Randle averaged 15 points and 10.4 rebounds per game for the Wildcats, who lost to UConn in the national..." April 09

  • Arizona favored to win next year's college hoops title

    Covers.com "The nets at AT&T Stadium in Dallas are just freshly cut down by national champions Connecticut, but that doesn't mean we cant start looking ahead to futures for the winner of next year's Big Dance. The Arizona Wildcats and head coach Sean Miller, were oh so close to this year's Final Four and..." April 09

  • CHAMPIONS! UConn cuts down Kentucky 60-54

    Hartford Courant "Among Kevin Ollie's many notable phrases is "believing in the dark." He expects his players to believe, even when they can't see. When he took them to the site of the Final Four in January, he expected them to believe. When he grabbed the mic at Gampel Pavilion and told the 10,000 fans he..." April 08

  • National Title Preview: No. 7 UConn vs. No. 8 Kentucky

    College Basketball Talk "The college basketball season comes to a close tonight as No. 7 seed UConn squares off with No. 8 seed Kentucky in the national title game. Here is all you need to know about this matchup: WHEN: 9:10 p.m. ET (TBS) WHERE: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX MAJOR STORY LINES: No one has ever won a..." April 07

  • National championship betting preview: Connecticut vs. Kentucky

    Covers.com "Connecticut Huskies vs. Kentucky Wildcats (-3, 135) Connecticut has a strong chance at its second National Championship in four years, it just has to find a way to chase Aaron Harrison off the 3-point line late in the game. Harrison and No. 8 seed Kentucky aim for the school’s second..." April 07

  • Polarizing Wildcats Find Their Way Together

    New York Times "On a cul-de-sac in a leafy residential subdivision in this booming oil town 30 miles west of Houston, Andrew and Aaron Harrison were raised to look out for each other, as perhaps only identical twins could. They shared a room in a six-bedroom house, though they had no other siblings. When each..." April 07

  • Title run giving paralyzed Kentucky fan feelings of happiness

    CBSSports.com "He watches the games alone. Dick Gregory watches Kentucky win, one improbable victory after the next in this NCAA Tournament, and then he has a nurse shut down the television and flick off the light and he sleeps as much as he can. Which isn't much. Dick Gregory is paralyzed from the chest..." April 07

  • Cauley-Stein out, Alex Poythress good to go for UK in title game

    CBSSports.com "The status of two Kentucky players remains the same as it did on Saturday night. Sophomore Alex Poythress, who tweaked his knee in the Wildcats' dopgile on the court in the postgame celebration, will play Monday night. "It's fine. It did bother me all night," Poythress told Larry Vaught on..." April 06

  • Kentucky tops Wisconsin 74-73 on Harrison's three

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Aaron Harrison is the hero again, John Calipari looks like a prophet and the University of Kentucky basketball team is playing for the NCAA championship on Monday night against Connecticut. The Wildcats won yet another wild one — their fourth thriller in a row — this time 74-73 over Wisconsin on..." April 06

  • Defense faces supreme test against Kentucky

    Wisconsin State Journal "Greg Gard was asked Friday afternoon if the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s defense has improved to the point where he’d consider labeling it a good one. The Badgers associate head coach paused for a second before nodding his head. “Yeah, I think we are,” he said. “But you’re..." April 05

  • Calipari: Wisconsin is plenty talented offensively

    Fox Sports Wisconsin "Wisconsin players already know what you're thinking about their Final Four matchup against Kentucky. They've heard all the talk this week about the so-called discrepancies in talent level between the two teams. In fact, allow Badgers center Frank Kaminsky to break down what seems to be the..." April 05

  • How Kentucky and Wisconsin match up

    Lexington Herald-Leader "Point guard Against the defending NCAA champion (Louisville) and runner-up (Michigan) last weekend in Indianapolis, Kentucky's Andrew Harrison had 13 assists vs. six turnovers and did a solid job distributing. What the 6-foot-6, 215-pound freshman from Richland, Texas, did not do especially..." April 05

  • Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein: Don't count me out

    Louisville Courier-Journal "While it remains unlikely University of Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein will play Saturday night's Final Four game against Wisconsin, the 7-foot sophomore said Friday: "Don't count me out yet." Cauley-Stein, who ranks second in school history with 106 blocked shots this season, injured his..." April 05

  • Calipari wants to change 'one and done' to 'succeed and proceed'

    CBSSports.com "The biggest impact John Calipari hopes to have at this year's Final Four -- aside from winning his second national title -- is to eliminate one-and-done from college basketball. Not the doctrine, just the maxim. He's tired of the cynical nature behind the three-word mantra that's created a..." April 05

  • Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein walking without crutches

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Sophomore center Willie Cauley-Stein, who Kentucky coach John Calipari said is unlikely to play in Saturday night's national semifinal against Wisconsin because of the left ankle injury that kept him out of the Elite Eight, gave UK fans a flicker of hope on Thursday. He didn't talk to the..." April 04

  • Even if the slipper fits, can Kentucky ever be a Cinderella?

    Lexington Herald-Leader "Aaron Harrison's moon shot beat Michigan on Sunday. Two nights earlier, his three-pointer from the corner beat Louisville. The previous weekend, Wichita State's Fred VanVleet missed a potential game-winner at the buzzer. Good fortune — in triplicate — helped Kentucky advance to this weekend's..." April 03

  • Wisconsin, Kentucky governors are betting bourbon, beer and bratwursts

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Kentucky’s basketball team has raised the bar during the NCAA Tournament, so much that Gov. Steve Beshear is betting his. Beshear and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker placed a wager on Saturday’s Final Four game, with beer, bratwursts and cheese headed Beshear’s way for a Wildcats victory. Should..." April 02

  • No one laughing about Aaron Harrison's "great story" predicition for Kentucky now

    Central Kentucky News "He had missed 12 of 16 shots he had taken, his coach had been ejected and Kentucky probably had hit the low point of the season when it lost to lowly South Carolina March 1. Yet here came freshman guard Aaron Harrison into the media room saying the season was not over and there was no reason to..." April 01

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