Mark Story

University of Louisville

What the scandals at UNC, Louisville should teach the NCAA

Both North Carolina and Louisville were under NCAA investigation during the 2015-16 men’s basketball season. Both cases, from the outside, appear severe. In reaction, U of L self-imposed an NCAA Tournament ban and its players, including its seniors, stayed home for the postseason. UNC, conversely, took no action, and its seniors played in the national title game. That scenario is unfair, and makes NCAA ‘justice’ seem inconsistent at best.

UK Men's Basketball

When time comes, should UK retire a jersey for Tyler Ulis?

Tyler Ulis swept SEC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors and won the Bob Cousy Award as the nation’s top point guard. Jamal Murray (20 points per game) became the second UK player of the 21st Century to average that much in a season (Jodie Meeks scored 23.7 per game in 2008-09). In the future, will all of that be enough for either player to see their jerseys retired and hanging in Rupp Arena’s rafters?

UK Football

The four games that will define UK’s 2016 football season

The conventional wisdom on the 2016 Kentucky Wildcats football season is that Mark Stoops’ fourth team faces a much more difficult schedule than it did in 2015. Yet there is a realistic window for Stoops and UK to pass through and earn Kentucky’s first bowl bid since the 2010 season. How the Cats fare against four SEC foes is likely to determine their fate.

UK Men's Basketball

Jonathan Krueger’s ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ NCAA championship game

After Wisconsin ended Kentucky’s 2015 men’s basketball season in the Final Four, Jonathan Krueger implored his fellow Kentucky Kernel photographer Michael Reaves not to blow off covering the 2015 NCAA championship game. ‘This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You can’t get this back,’ he said. Twelve days later, Krueger’s life ended when he was shot and killed in a robbery attempt.

UK Men's Basketball

A year later, UK's Wisconsin loss still more painful than Laettner game, columnist says — but no one else agrees

Kentucky’s 2015 come-from-ahead loss to Wisconsin in the men’s NCAA Tournament Final Four marred what had been a perfect season. For followers of UK basketball, that defeat is often described as “an open sore.” But should the loss to the Badgers be remembered as “worse” than Duke’s overtime defeat of Kentucky in the 1992 Elite Eight on Christian Laettner’s last-second jumper?