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About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at jsmith3@herald-leader.com.

New stadium field design unveiled

A few months ago, Mitch Barnhart gave a hint about what was to come for Kentucky’s updated athletics facilities, including the $120 million renovation of Commonwealth Stadium. “What we’ve come to do in our facilities is a pretty clean look … Continue reading

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Stoops discusses cost of attendance variables

Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops was asked about a couple of hot button topics while on the teleconference Wednesday morning, including the cost of attendance variables between schools. For instance, schools like Tennessee, Auburn, Mississippi State and Louisville each are going … Continue reading

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Stoops on QB competition after spring

From the sound of it, the Kentucky quarterback competition will carry through the summer and into fall camp. On a Southeastern Conference teleconference to wrap up spring practices, UK Coach Mark Stoops said it was nice to have a veteran … Continue reading

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Stoops: Stadium work ‘on target’ for home opener

With two separate snows of more than a foot in the Lexington area over the winter, there was bound to be some stoppage in work on the renovations at Commonwealth Stadium. But Coach Mark Stoops sounded confident that it will be … Continue reading

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Mark Stoops wraps up spring practices

MARK STOOPS Opening statement/on UK coming out of the spring: “I was very pleased with spring practice. It felt like it was the most consistent we’ve been over a period of time. Through the 15 practices, it’s definitely the most … Continue reading

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It’s been ‘very emotional’ few days for UK coach

It’s been a special few days for Kentucky defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh, who has seen two players he’s coached get selected in the NFL Draft. First, he was in Chicago on Thursday to see first-rounder Bud Dupree get picked 22nd … Continue reading

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Za’Darius Smith picked in fourth round by Ravens

It meant a little something more to his defensive line coach to hear Za’Darius Smith’s name get called in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. Kentucky’s Jimmy Brumbaugh has coached Smith for the past three … Continue reading

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UK’s Bud Dupree headed to Pittsburgh

Wearing a crushed red velvet sports coat, Kentucky’s Bud Dupree walked the gold carpet before the NFL Draft and stopped to talk with the Wildcats TV crew. “It’s an awesome opportunity for me and my family,” he said with a wide … Continue reading

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Kentucky athletics logo gets subtle face lift

  The change was meant to be so subtle that Kentucky officials wondered if outsiders would even notice. But when photos of the new Memorial Coliseum floor made their rounds on social media, fans started to notice that the UK … Continue reading

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TE Conrad likely will have surgery, return for fall

Freshman tight end C.J. Conrad is headed to Philadelphia to have a sports hernia evaluated and likely will have surgery, a Kentucky spokesman told the Herald-Leader on Wednesday. Conrad, who was praised regularly during spring practices and had two strong … Continue reading

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