Author Archives: Jennifer Smith

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.

Baseball, tennis on deck for new facilities

Almost every homeowner has a long list of renovations and repairs to make down the road. So think of Kentucky’s athletics department as a massive home with lots of gutters to be replaced and bathrooms to be remodeled. At a … Continue reading

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Stoops, Barnhart renew call for early signing period

In a matter of days, Kentucky saw nearly a quarter of its 2015 signing class go in a different direction, which left Cats coaches going in 100 different directions. Places like Auburn and Michigan State swooped in and left what … Continue reading

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Updates on stadium, practice facility and more

The renovation schedule around Commonwealth Stadium is about as on schedule as a project of that size and scope ($120 million) can be, Kentucky Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart told the Herald-Leader on Friday. “I’m not foolish enough to believe that on … Continue reading

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Stoops has successful knee surgery

Coach Mark Stoops had surgery on his knee Thursday morning and it went well, a Kentucky spokesman confirmed. The UK coach, who announced his 2015 class at signing day Wednesday, is expected to make a full recovery and will be able … Continue reading

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Stoops waiting for more info on bar fight

Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops confirmed that police in Richmond have questioned three of his players who may have been involved in a bar fight that injured Eastern Kentucky football player Colton Scurry. No charges have been filed in the incident, … Continue reading

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Buh added to Cats’ restructured staff

Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops made it official that he has hired Andy Buh as his outside linebackers coach, replacing Craig Naivar, who left to take a position at Houston. The addition of Buh, who has been either defensive coordinator or co-defensive … Continue reading

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Kentucky football: Class of 2015

Josh Allen 6-5, 210 LB from Montclair, N.J. (Montclair) Explosive prospect led the state of New Jersey in quarterback sacks … A high school defensive end, his athleticism enables him to play linebacker or end in the collegiate ranks … … Continue reading

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Another UK Super Bowl ad: Why not?

If history holds, you might want to hold off on that run to the kitchen for bean dip during the break between the second quarter and the halftime show of the Super Bowl. That’s where the local Kentucky football ad … Continue reading

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More on Kentucky’s early enrollees

Kentucky formally announced its four early enrollees and two transfers on Wednesday. All six of them will be eligible to participate in practice and will count toward the final 2015 signing class numbers. Nebraska transfers tight end Greg Hart and … Continue reading

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Kentucky will not host a Blue-White Spring Game

Those hoping to see what a Kentucky offense under new coordinator Shannon Dawson will look like or a Kentucky defense without its star defensive ends will have to wait until September. Construction at Commonwealth Stadium is going to keep UK … Continue reading

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