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Mark Stoops knows the timing was awkward. As the college football coaching carousel kicked into gear early with several high-profile firings in season and Kentucky climbing into the top 10 of the Associated Press top 25 after a 4-0 start to the 2022 season, Stoops’ name was beginning to be prominently linked to jobs like Nebraska and Auburn. Stoops, Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart and ...

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Hey, it’s Governor’s Cup week, but it’s not the Kentucky-Louisville football week we once expected. For one thing, Scott Satterfield is still here. The Louisville coach was supposed to be gone by now, remember. After the Cardinals’ 34-33 loss at Boston College on Oct. 1, Satterfield was destined to be sitting on a beach somewhere counting his buyout. Meanwhile, Kentucky was supposed to be ...

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One day before Kentucky football’s loss to Vanderbilt earlier this month, the school signed head coach Mark Stoops to a contract extension that would keep him as coach through the 2030 season. Stoops’ previous contract was set to expire after the 2027 season but included a clause that triggered an automatic one-year extension any time Kentucky won seven games and a two-year extension anytime ...

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — If there was any doubt who is the dominant college football program in the SEC, much less the nation, that was decided on Nov. 5, 2022, between the hedges at Sanford Stadium. The Tennessee Volunteers arrived in Athens, Ga., having beaten LSU, 40-13, Alabama, 52-49 and Kentucky, 44-6. The College Football Playoff selection committee had tabbed Tennessee as its No. 1 team in its ...

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The hire made sense. To coordinate Kentucky’s offense, Mark Stoops replaced one former NFL assistant coach with another former NFL assistant coach. Liam Coen came from the Kyle Shanahan/Mike Shanahan coaching tree. Rich Scangarello came from the Kyle Shanahan/Mike Shanahan coaching tree. On paper, the transition from Coen to Scangarello seemed seamless. It hasn’t worked out that way. Ten games ...

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FICTION: In the novel "How it Went," an American literary legend explores a familiar theme — what is lost when small agrarian communities fade and fold. "How it Went" by Wendell Berry; Counterpoint Press (256 pages, $26) ——— Over his long life, Wendell Berry, now 88, has composed a steady stream of remarkable essays, novels and poems celebrating traditional American agrarian practices and ...

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"Raising Lazarus: Hope, Justice, and the Future of America’s Overdose Crisis" by Beth Macy; Little, Brown (373 pages, $30) ——— It was historic — and alarming — news when in August the National Center for Health Statistics announced that, for the second year in a row, life expectancy for Americans had declined, dropping to a level last seen three decades ago. One factor in that drop was, of ...

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An SEC East “battle of two-ranked teams” is not the primary narrative in the run-up to Saturday night’s football border battle between No. 19 Kentucky and No. 3 Tennessee. On last Saturday’s ESPN “College GameDay,” Kirk Herbstreit and the lads were understandably looking past the Volunteers’ contest later that day with overmatched FCS foe Tennessee at Martin and discussing the upcoming ...

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