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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.

Cats make Dawson hire official

Kentucky made it official on Friday afternoon and named Shannon Dawson as the Cats’ new offensive coordinator. The former West Virginia coordinator agreed to a three-year deal worth $550,000, according to a UK spokesman, which was the same salary Neal Brown … Continue reading

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Naivar parts ways with UK

Less than a few hours after Mark Stoops seemingly found his new offensive coordinator, the Kentucky head coach has to start a new search for a special teams coordinator. On Thursday, UK officials confirmed that Craig Naivar is leaving Stoops’ staff and heading … Continue reading

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2015 tickets on sale to general public today

As of this morning, tickets for the 2015 Kentucky football season are now on sale to the general public at TheNewCWS.com. Next season will be the first played at the newly renovated Commonwealth Stadium on newly installed turf and it … Continue reading

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Where UK, SEC schools rank in assistant salaries

The USA Today Coaches’ head coaching salary database is always an interesting read, as is the assistant coach database, which was posted on Wednesday. The data, which is compiled from contracts, shows the combined salary of Kentucky’s assistant coaching staff … Continue reading

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Timmons has surgery to remove bone spur

Ryan Timmons, Kentucky’s leading receiver this season, tweeted that he had ankle surgery on Tuesday. He later took the tweet down. UK officials confirmed that the sophomore from Franklin County had surgery to remove a bone spur in his left ankle … Continue reading

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Leaving UK ‘bittersweet’ for Neal Brown

Neal Brown’s voice cracks a little bit as he talks about leaving Kentucky again. “I love Kentucky,” he says quietly. “I love the University of Kentucky.” But the UK offensive coordinator has dreamed of being a head coach for the … Continue reading

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Reports: Neal Brown headed for Troy

Neal Brown returned home to Kentucky, but it likely will be a short stay. The Cats’ offensive coordinator has accepted the head coaching position at Troy and will be named as early as Monday, the Herald-Leader has confirmed. One source … Continue reading

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What are Kentucky players thankful for?

Brought on by offensive coordinator Neal Brown’s comment that he’s “thankful for another opportunity. We’re glad we’re not going to end it on the (Tennessee) game,” several of his offensive players were asked the question: What are you thankful for? Here … Continue reading

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Cats’ Thanksgiving plans

Kentucky will have an early practice on Thursday in preparation for its big rivalry game at Louisville, followed by a team Thanksgiving feast. “Then they’ll have the evening if they’re close by to be able to go home and see … Continue reading

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Stoops, Eliot discuss Louisville

MARK STOOPS “So far so good. It’s been a good week of practice so far. The guys are very energetic, worked hard, enthusiastic, so it’s been good. It’s been good. Excited about the opportunity here this week.” On today’s rivalry … Continue reading

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