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Mark Stoops makes his way to the conference table in Nutter Field House to be introduced as football head coach. Fans welcomed Stoops and his family to campus Sunday.
‘I’m a part of the Big Blue Nation’ Stoops introduced at press conference with pep rally feel By Ethan Levine email@example.com
Upon walking into UK’s Nutter Field House on Sunday afternoon, one got the sense of 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. And then, just when you thought the atmosphere of the building couldn’t get more thrilling, Mark Stoops walked in, escorted by athletic director Mitch Barnhart and President Eli Capilouto, to be introduced as UK’s new football coach. “It felt like game day,” Stoops said of the
Andrew Wiggins came into the Marshall County Hoopfest crowned as the No. 1-ranked player in the world on the high school level, and the young star undoubtedly lived up to the hype. Wiggins’ Huntington Prep team, which features as much talent as any roster in the nation, won both of its games in a dominating fashion. On Friday night, Huntington defeated reigning Tennessee state champs, Memphis East High School, 76-59, as the 6-foot-8 Wiggins overwhelmed the opposition on both ends of the floor. Wiggins put forth the best individual performance of the entire showcase Friday night as he filled up the stat sheet. He finished the game with 29 points, 17 rebounds, five assists and five blocks, all without turning the ball over once. “I think in the first game I really showed out,” Wiggins said after the Hoopfest finale. “Tonight I struggled in the See HOOPFEST on page 2
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Stoops signs a football for a fan at the R.J. Corman Hanger in Nicholasville before heading to Lexington for a press-conference introduction. His wife, Chantel, and sons, Will and Zack, joined him.
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Thompson grows, shines in close win over Cards
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Freshman point guard Janee Thompson stepped up when senior A’dia Mathies sat out with leg cramps and scored 13 points for UK.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Growing up is hard to do, but Janee Thompson made it look easy against the Louisville Cardinals on Sunday night, in front of a KFC Yum! Center home crowd hungry for a win. The freshman McDonald’s AllAmerican, who had ALEX only been FORKNER averaging five points Kernel per game columnist early this season, sank three huge free throws to cut the Louisville lead to one, then buried a step-back game-winning 3-pointer with eight seconds left on the clock. Sophomore forward Azia Bishop sealed the victory with a block in the lane as time ran out. “We just struggled all day to get into any kind of rhythm. I just let it play out, and it was an incredible shot,” head coach Matthew Mitchell said. “She just
raised up and made a great individual play. I saw the ball in the air and I saw it go in the bucket, and I was extremely happy.” After not seeing a second of playing time in the first half, Thompson logged 16 minutes in the second, scoring 13 points of 4-of-8 shooting, none bigger than the final six points that gave her team the win. “I looked at the clock and there wasn’t a lot of time left, and I couldn’t think of a play to run, so I was pretty much trying to create my own shot,” Thompson said of her game winner. “I was dribbling around and I was running around, and I looked at the shot clock and there were four seconds left, then I saw A’dia (Mathies) and it was too late to pass it to her, so I just stepped back and shot it and it went in.” If you listen to Thompson, she’ll have you believe her shot was a product of bad point-guard play. “I was happy because I knew it wasn’t the best play, it wasn’t the prettiest play, because I was just dribbling
everywhere,” Thompson said. “As a point guard I probably could have got us into something. There was enough time to run a set play and I didn’t do that, so I was really happy I made the shot.” Don’t believe that for a second. When senior guard A’dia Mathies hit the deck with leg cramps and spent a key stretch of the game getting iced on the bench, that’s when Thompson shined. “I think that’s all they needed to get their pep up to make that run,” Mathies said. “If me going down makes (Thompson) make threes like that and Azia make blocks, then I might go down a little bit more.” Mathies, a maker of big shots in her own right, believed in her young teammate. “I had all the confidence in the world she’d make that shot. She’s a great, great player. As you saw today, she steps up and makes key free throws and jump shots and has the tenacity See HOOPS on page 2
Local art in exhibit Nonprofit raises money for disabled artists By Anthony Pendleton firstname.lastname@example.org
Latitude Artist Community, a locally based nonprofit organization, hosted an art exhibit Saturday night to raise money for disabled artists. The exhibit was hosted by the Land of Tomorrow gallery on East Third Street and featured 98 pieces by more than 20 artists, some of whom are students at UK. According to organizer Dakota Smith, the exhibit raised $1,500 through artwork and beer sales. The money will be used to hire performance artists to collaborate with the Latitude artists. Smith also said that he and Latitude director Bruce Burris expected $200 or less. “The $1,500 was a surprise to us all,” Smith said. According to Matt Gibson, one of the operators at Land of Tomorrow, many of the pieces had their prices lowered. “One of the main conditions is that they be priced $60 and under so they sell,” Gibson said. This was Smith’s first time organizing an event. He originally meant for it to be See LATITUDE on page 2
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on offense and defense.” Thompson might just be the point guard Mitchell needs to make this team go. Thompson assisted junior forward DeNesha Stallworth on a couple of key baskets down the stretch. She steadied the offense and limited turnovers, allowing UK to find some sort of flow. Thompson surely has earned herself an increased role in the Cats’ rotation and has most likely raised the expectations of fans concerning what she can do for this team. As a freshman it may be unfair to heave those expectations on her, especially with tough non-conference matchups and an entire SEC slate still to come. But who knows? This may just be the beginning of a special season and career for a young player. As a freshman, there’s still plenty of room to grow.
smaller, but “people really took the idea and came together as a community to make it (the exhibit) amazing.” The exhibit was funded out-of-pocket by Smith. He said he encourages others, regardless of experience, to do events like this to “get involved in their community.” Latitude Artist Community was created in 2001 by Bruce Burris and Crystal Bader-Webster. According to its Facebook page, Latitude Artist Community supports all artists, with an emphasis on disabled artists, by allowing them to “contribute culturally and politically to their community.” Earlier this year, Gov. Steve Beshear honored Lati-
tude with the Community Arts Award, which recognizes “contributions to the arts in Kentucky.” Burris gave a speech during the exhibit, thanking everyone for their support. According to Smith, the majority of the artists are self-trained, having no formal art education. The pieces included forms of art such as paintings, drawings and photography. The more obscure pieces included a warped vinyl album with paint splatter, plastic shopping bags sewn together to resemble a quilt and a “ROAD WORK AHEAD” sign with graffiti and paint splatter. According to Burris, many artists have had their works displayed in Berlin, Paris, New York and Moscow. Although some might consider a disabled person accomplishing such a feat
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Lindsay Lohan awaits court date, could face jail time LOS ANGELES — Lindsay Lohan is awaiting a court date after being charged in a Pacific Coast Highway accident earlier this year. Lohan faces three misdemeanor charges for allegedly lying to Santa Monica, Calif., police in connection with a June traffic accident on Pacific Coast Highway. Her lawyer in Los Angeles has not commented on that case. She was charged Thursday with obstructing an investigation, giving false information to an officer and reckless driving. Lohan has already been sent to jail several times for violating the terms of her probation, but she eventually complied with rules set down by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner. No court date has been set at this time, but it is expected to be scheduled for the coming weeks. If the prosecutor moves forward as expected, a judge could give her jail time after determining she violated her 2011 probation on a conviction for shoplifting from a Venice, Calif., jewelry store. Santa Monica prosecutors weighed charges against Lohan for weeks after police said they found evidence that she lied when she told officers she was not behind
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Thad Ireland, a Bluegrass Community and Technical College student, shows his father, Scott McKenzie, his artwork at the Latitude Artist Community exhibit Saturday night. This is his first artwork in a gallery.
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first half, but I brought it up in the second half.” On day two, Huntington Prep took on Briarcrest Christian. Wiggins scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the 74-40 blowout win. Most of Wiggins’ production came in the second half against Briarcrest, but it was still enough for the forward to be named game MVP for the second night in a row. After the game, Wiggins acknowledged that his No. 1-ranked team lacked some intensity in its second game, despite the large margin of victory. “We have to stay motivated as a team and focus on our goal of winning a national championship,” he said. Throughout the weekend, Cats fans made their support loud and clear with chants of “UK” and “Go Big Blue” directed toward Wiggins. “I always try to give the fans what they want: dunks, threes, crossovers,” Wiggins said with a grin. But fans will have to continue to wait for the Toronto native’s college decision. Wiggins, who will visit Florida State this week, says he has no
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timetable to end his recruitment. At Hoopfest he was able to see UK signees Aaron and Andrew Harrison in action in person for the first time. “They are great players. I could see myself playing with them,” Wiggins said of the Harrison twins. “They love to pass, love to score. They would take pressure off of me to score.” The twins were also able to take a glimpse at the play of Wiggins and Huntington Prep. “We watched a little bit of it yesterday. Definitely
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amazing,” Aaron Harrison said of Wiggins. “He is a great player, so I am sure he will make the right decision.” During their Saturday afternoon press conference, the twins discussed the possibility of adding a player like Wiggins and being a part of the greatest recruiting class of all time. “I feel like that would be great and make history and everything, but right now we will be fine with what we have right now.” Andrew Harrison said. “But to get another player would be great.”
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from the front page STOOPS Continued from page 1 atmosphere at his introduction. Stoops reached an agreement with the university Monday night, agreeing on a five-year, $11 million contract with additional incentives. Formerly the defensive coordinator at Florida State, Stoops helped coach his Seminoles to an ACC championship Saturday night before arriving in Lexington. Stoops admitted he reached out to UK about the open job position, as opposed to being contacted by the university. Other SEC schools such as Tennessee, Auburn and Arkansas also had head coaching vacancies, but Stoops said he came to UK to be a part of the Big Blue Nation. “You deserve a football program that competes on a championship level, and that’s what we’ve hired (Stoops) to do,” Barnhart said. “The one thing I ask you
to do, I ask the Big Blue Nation to fill Commonwealth Stadium each and every week,” Stoops added. Stoops explained to fans and the media that it was his goal to have UK achieving consistent success in the SEC and eventually competing in Atlanta in the SEC championship game. But Stoops also explained that achieving success would be a process and that the program was more focused on the process than immediate success. “We’re going to embrace the process,” Stoops said, adding he’s not concerned with the past, but rather the future. The new coach said his search for an offensive coordinator was a top priority in the program. As a defensiveminded coach, Stoops recognized the importance of his offensive coordinator hire and the entire offensive coaching staff. That being said, the new coach declined to discuss specifics, especially regarding coaches he could bring with him from Florida State, explaining it would be unfair to those coaches and the players
in the FSU program. In regard to recruiting, Stoops said his primary goal is to entice the top high school talent in Kentucky to stay home and attend UK. He also said he has strong recruiting ties in Ohio, a hotbed for high school football talent, and he will try to utilize those ties for the Cats. UK now also will have a recruiting presence in Florida following Stoops’ stint at FSU, and Stoops said the Cats will extend recruiting to the Carolinas and Georgia. When asked what kind of presence he will make in the FSU program as it prepares for a BCS bowl game, Stoops said he was committed to his new job in Lexington. “There is always a balance there because you know how I feel about my players, my past players at Florida State, the journey that we’ve been through,” Stoops said. “I may try to go back and help a little bit with game planning. However, for now, Stoops said, “I’m here. I’m working for you now. I’m a part of the Big Blue Nation. That’s where I want to be.”
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New football head coach Mark Stoops, center, speaks at a press conference introducing him to UK, alongside athletic director Mitch Barnhart, left, and President Eli Capilouto.
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Stoops’ contract by the numbers: $1,250 - Amount worth of shoes, apparel or equipment Stoops can receive each calendar year. $400,000 - Base salary $1,600,000 - Year 1 (with endorsements) $1,700,000 - Year 2 (with endorsements) $1,800,000 - Year 3 (with endorsements) $1,900,000 - Year 4 (with endorsements) $2,000,000 - Year 5 (with endorsements)
$100,000 - Five or more SEC wins/season $100,000 - Each SEC win starting with second of each season $100,000 - Win SEC Eastern Division $200,000 - Win SEC Championship $50,000 - Patricipate in non-BCS bowl worth less than $2 million $125,000 - Patricipate in non-BCS bowl worth more than $2 million $25,000 - Team has 2.75 GPA or higher $25,000 - Team has minimum of .950 APR $50,000 - SEC Coach of the Year $75,000 - National Coach of the Year
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Couch part of another historic moment for UK Cats legend played key role in search that led to Stoops By Les Johns email@example.com
Tim Couch stood in the pocket, lodged among a group of reporters Sunday afternoon at Nutter Field House asking about his involvement in the hiring of new UK football head coach Mark Stoops. The Kentucky native and modern-day football legend beamed with pride equal to that he must have felt in his final game at Commonwealth Stadium in 1998, when he passed for 492 yards and five touchdowns in a 55-17 trouncing of Vanderbilt. Couch has been a part of good teams, mediocre teams and frustratingly bad teams. In recent years, in his role as a broadcaster with Fox Sports South, Couch has seen more of the latter from UK football. That is why he was so eager to be part of a process to bring Stoops to UK — a move which he feels can take the program to new heights. Stoops thanked four people for helping UK athletic director Mitch Barnhart through the hiring process: three assistant or associate athletic directors at the university (John Cropp, DeWayne Peevy and Marc Hill) and Couch. “I had several of my staff that helped me through this process and a great friend of the program in Tim Couch,” Barnhart said at the press conference Sunday. “I’d like to thank him for that.” Barnhart solicited Couch
to be a part of the search. “He’s been around a lot longer than me,” Barnhart said, explaining how the search took place. “We had some conference calls with Tim in there, and he was fabulous. He went in there and took notes. He was very thoughtful in the process. “He asked some good questions. He wanted to know about how the game would be coached. I appreciate it and he was really helpful to us.” As the list of names whittled down from more than 200 to just a handful, Stoops’ preparation and vision stood out to both Couch and Barnhart. “He is excellent for the program. He is excited to be here. Every question we had for Mark, about recruiting, schemes an everything — he had a tremendous plan for what he wanted to do. He has been waiting for this opportunity for a long time,” Couch said. “We wanted a coach that wanted to be here and had a vision for the program. He fit the bill perfectly. His name came to my mind when this opening came up and Mitch was thinking the same thing.” With the Cats’ persistent struggles on the defensive side of the ball, it is believed that Stoops can make an immediate positive impact. “I knew of Mark, being in the TV business. He has a reputation of being one of the best defensive minds in all of football,” Couch said. “I know one thing at Kentucky we have always struggled with is stopping people from scoring in this confer-
ence.” In a basketball-crazy state, Couch grew up dreaming about wearing UK blue — on the football field. That passion led him to take part in this search. “I care a great deal about this program. I’m a Kentucky kid and I have cared about this program since I was a little boy. That’s the reason I chose to come play ball here and turn down other schools because I cared about this school, and I still feel the same way,” Couch said. “If there is any way he (Stoops) wants me to help this program going forward, I’m willing to help in any way — whatever he wants me to do.” In Couch’s first year, the quarterback, who now has the third most passing yards in UK history, was relegated to running an option-heavy offense. “My freshman year at UK, we were the worst offense in the country,” Couch said. He said the program changed direction after his freshman season and two years later was competing in bowl games. “That’s a 2-10 football team in the toughest conference in America. It can turn around,” Couch said. “You get guys in the right position and get them ready to make plays and the right mismatches on the field — that’s what coaching is all about. It can turn quickly.” And if it does, Couch can proudly claim to be a big part of two of the most historic turnarounds in UK football history.
Stoops’ speech sells New head coach reaches out to UK fan base “So this is what the Big Blue Nation is all about right here. I’ve been hearing a lot about it.” Those words, spoken by new UK football head coach Mark Stoops in his opening remarks, reached out, placing a stranglehold on each fan and player in attendance. Such a simple collection of words, but enough to sell the former Florida State defensive coordinator as the new coach. “I’m highly motivated to build this program to national prominence,” Stoops CODY said. PORTER “There will be no magic Kernel wands to getting this done. columnist We’re going to do it with very much of a blue‑collar mentality. We’ll work every day, be accountable to what we do. Our players will have tremendous character and we’re going to win in the institution and we are going to win with a lot of class.” And if that didn’t do it, the man quickly picked up on what Louisville means around these parts. “Oh, I know it’s a good rivalry. We’re going to embrace that rivalry,” he said. “I’ve had some great success in rivalry games.” UK athletic director Mitch Barnhart had many prospective names — more than 200, in fact — that included some of the top offensive and defensive minds in the country, he said. “We started probably with 200, 250 folks on my board — so to speak, then you sort of funnel your way down to where you get to a spot where you have a handful of folks you want to engage and talk to,” Barnhart said. Such a list was needed to find a coach to lead one of college football’s toughest jobs. For some, the position would be overbearing. How would they turn around a team that’s a laughing stock of college sports in the eyes of some? That’s especially the case when its own passionate fan base turns into hecklers. While Stoops’ name could be found on that list, it wasn’t predominant. In every sense, it was a needle in a haystack. With the proposition of creating a new beginning for the wallowing football Cats understood, Stoops didn’t allow his future to be decided in the manner of other coaches. Contrary to some, UK’s new inspiration sought out Barnhart, detailing a path he
thought could allow the Cats to contend in the Southeastern Conference. “I don’t know if there is a sales pitch. I am who I am. You’ll get to know me as we go forward,” Stoops said. “But, you know, it’s all about recruiting, developing the players that you have, developing them as total people. That’s what I’m all about, doing things right. “I’m very much of a meat and potatoes kind of guy. I have a plan. We have a vision. But there’s going to be a lot of hard work and a lot of consistency in what we do.” Stoops’ vision may or may not include some currently recruited players, as he said Sunday, but for those currently on the team, his vision includes players who can hold their heads high because of on- and off-field success. “We’re going to work hard, train hard, do things right. They’re going to be accountable and dependable. There’s no other way around that to be successful,” Stoops said. “But I’m going to enjoy coaching them. They’re going to enjoy playing for us. They’re going to enjoy being a part of this Kentucky family. They’re going to hold their heads high walking around this campus.” Some could plaster fake smiles on their faces, only acting as if the job’s circumstances weren’t an issue going forward. But Stoops spoke with vigor, much like basketball head coach John Calipari nearly four years ago. Although for Calipari the transformation seemingly occurred overnight, Stoops knows the path less taken in UK’s football history. “Really not interested in what happened before. We will embrace the past, all the past great players, the past teams,” Stoops said. One such name is former UK quarterback Tim Couch, who was included in the search process. Stoops said he plans to “lean” on Couch, given his ties to the program. Couch’s era laid a foundation that Stoops wants to build on — one that brings excitement and can rejuvenate the Bluegrass. “The key will be to build on that (past) success and be consistent with it and take it to another level,” Stoops said. “We have everything we need to be successful.” Just as Calipari before him, Stoops’ enthusiasm has him setting the bar high for seasons to come. His goal, he said, is to have the Cats play in the SEC championship game, “Correction: Not just to play, but play and win.”
With OSU victory, UK heads to Round of 16 UK volleyball advanced to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament with a 3-1 victory against Ohio State (18-25, 26-24, 25-15, 25-18) Saturday night in Memorial Coliseum. Junior outside hitter Whitney Billings posted a double-double with 10 kills and 12 digs including the final four points in a second set comeback for UK. Sophomore outside hitter Lauren O’Connor led the Cats with 16 kills while junior middle blocker Alexandra Morgan contributed 10 kills. Senior setter Christine Hartmann dished out 42 assists. “I think it was a big win for us. The first game we came out a little shaky but after that we figured out
what they were doing and how they were running things so we adjusted in the last three games,” UK head coach Craig Skinner said. The Cats struggled in the first set after inching to a 12-11 lead, allowing six straight points to give Ohio State the 17-12 lead the Buckeyes never relinquished. Ohio State hit for .447 with 20 kills and three errors while UK hit .222 with 11 kills. The Cats again held a lead into the middle portion of the second set at 16-10, but the Buckeyes went on an 8-2 run to tie the set at 18. The score was 20-20 when Ohio State ran off three straight points and held set point at 24-22 when Billings took the game over. Billings hit for a kill
and Morgan and freshman middle blocker Sara Schwarzwalder combined for a block to tie the game. Billings then served for two aces to claim the set for UK at 26-24. “This team’s got a lot of toughness. They stood up when the pressure was against them and executed. That’s a sign of senior leadership,” Skinner said. “That’s a sign of composure. That’s a sign of a team that trusts each other and works for each other.” Coming out of the break, the Cats’ defense showed signs of the dominant performance against East Tennessee State on Friday night, holding the Buckeyes to eight kills alongside eight errors for a hitting
percentage of .000 for the set. UK hit for 13 kills but only slipped for three errors in the 25-15 third set win. The Cats’ defense continued the effort in the fourth set. Ohio State produced only 10 kills in a set which UK never trailed in after a 6-0 run that gave the Cats an 11-6 lead. Hartmann finished her final match at Memorial Coliseum with roles in UK’s final six points, including two kills, four assists and the final kill. The Cats will face No. 1 Penn State on Friday in the Regional Semifinals at Mackey Arena at Purdue University with the time to be announced. STAFF REPORT
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Sophomore Lauren O’Conner hits the ball against Ohio State in the NCAA second round Saturday.
A slow day at the office for Nerlens Noel Freshman, rest of Cats lacked hustle against Baylor Nearly two hours before tip-off, UK freshman forward Nerlens Noel was on the Rupp Arena floor working on free-throw shooting and lowpost moves. Several hours later, Noel was the final Cat to speak with the media about the discouraging 64-55 loss to Baylor that ended the Cats’ 55-game home-court win streak. Noel, LES the one JOHNS player who head coach Kernel columnist John Calipari has consistently applauded for hustle and effort, was literally the first Cat to clock in and the final Cat to clock out. “I feel like I could have played harder, especially early on,” Noel said about his energy level. Statistically, it would be hard to quantify what Noel playing harder would look like. He led the Cats with 16 rebounds, six steals and an undetermined number of
floor-burns. Noel also led the Cats against a lengthy, athletic Baylor squad that had a season-to-date plus eight rebound margin per game and outrebounded them 48-37. However, that effort still wasn’t enough. “We needed a competitive spirit and we needed more of a will to win,” Calipari said. “We are still trying to find it. Nerlens blocks the ball, I think it’s a three-point game and we just don’t get the rebound. We have a man standing right there and he doesn’t have that will to win to go grab that ball, because we have to have that ball to win the game.” Despite competing at a much higher level than Thursday against Notre Dame, and despite winning the battle of the boards by 11 against an excellent rebounding team, the Cats still fell short Saturday from a hustle standpoint, according to Calipari. “The competitiveness, the energy, the will to fight through — that’s got to come from my team, and we have to try to bring that out of them,” Calipari said.
Hustle and energy played an even larger role in the loss for the Cats on Saturday, as they found themselves missing baskets in every conceivable fashion. They missed to the right, to the left and off the front of the rim. They were rim-stuffed on dunks, saw balls halfway down the cylinder and pop out and had multiple balls circle around the circumference of the basket before rolling off. The culmination of calamities led to dreadful shooting statistics — the Cats shot 21-of-71 for 29.6 percent from the field, 4-of-22 for 18.2 percent behind the arc and 9-of-18 for 50 percent from the free-throw line. “I think that the shots we shot are all shots that we normally make,” freshman guard Archie Goodwin said. “It was just a matter of them not going in. A lot of them rimmed in and out and were close to dropping, but just didn’t drop for us today.” Without the shots falling, Calipari believes the team could have made up the difference with better effort and will to win. Meanwhile, the player Calipari usually applauds for
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Nerlens Noel led the Cats in rebounds but struggled in shooting, going just 3-of-14 from the field. his effort — the guy who came in the office early and left late — mirrored the rest of the team in struggling from the field, connecting on just 3-of-14. Noel spent several minutes dejectedly trying to explain to the media what has gone wrong with the Cats this week, questioning his own effort despite leading
the team in rebounds and throwing his body on the floor repeatedly. After he finished with the media, he walked with his head down and moved toward the UK locker room. There, an older couple were making their way to the elevator in the press area. The man, in a wheelchair and carrying a UK basket-
ball, called, “Nerlens, Nerlens.” Noel looked over and approached the couple and signed his basketball. As the woman snapped the picture of the two men, Noel cast aside the troubles of the day and smiled for the picture. I’m betting the other man smiled the rest of the day.
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gary hermann | opinions editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
letter to the editor
A search for the meaning of the ‘Kentucky Promise’ What is a “Kentucky Promise?” Is it a commitment to improving the University of Kentucky for its students, or simply a pretense under which to continue changing policy in order to achieve greater profits while diminishing student services? The events of this year have shown the clear disarray and power struggles within the hierarchy of the university. The administration has continued to show that it cannot effectively run the school while managing a shrinking budget and meeting students’ needs. The state of funding and the “Kentucky
Promise” have been President Capilouto’s battle cry for housing revitalization. Improvement is always welcome, but small changes could have the greatest impact. Imagine life in the dorms with new paint and Internet that actually worked. Instead UK focuses on creating the most housing units possible so it can keep charging steep rates; therefore having higher revenues. They continue to ignore issues like better advising, class availability and parking (which has worsened with the loss of North Campus lot and a larger freshman class).
Do we wish to continue our traditions and improve the lives of our students, or forsake all of that for the pursuit of money that will quickly be wasted? We have already lost Haggin Field without any talk of a new field for students, North Campus lot without any parking replaced, and plans have been made to demolish almost all of the current dormitories (including the towers), K Lair and what’s left of the Six Pack. We are set to lose a large part of our identity while the overall problems that face us are ignored for lack of organization. Housing is not our problem, lack
of sincere care and honesty is. Before us are two different views of our future. Will it be a campus that has transformed into a sprawling, cramped mass of ugly, cheap condo-like dorms, overpriced eateries; without parking, green space or the landmarks of our past? Or will UK make the necessary changes to rein in its finances while improving services; perfecting what we already have and preserving our traditions? Matthew Jacobs is a second-year architecture student. Email opinions@ kykernel.com.
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