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Commonwealth Stadium suites paying off big for Kentucky football; see who’s in them — When Kentucky unveiled its plans for renovations at Commonwealth Stadium in 2013, the goal was to give the aging football venue a new personality. As long as he'd been the athletics director, Mitch Barnhart never felt as though the massive structure had much of a Southeastern Conference stadium feel to it.

Kentucky football unveils new, high-tech practice facility — Mark Stoops' favorite part of the new Kentucky practice facility is the main team meeting room. "It's a beautiful setting," the head coach said this week previewing the Cats' new, $45 million facility. "It's nice and quiet and we're all alone in there. I like the team room. It's really beautiful."

How exactly do you move 200 Wildcats? Behind the scenes of Kentucky’s big move — There are smiling faces in little frames all around the smiling face that has greeted visitors at the Nutter Training Center for more than 14 years. Sandy Griffin, a longtime staff support associate for Kentucky football, carefully wrapped each frame and placed it in a box headed across the street to her new desk at the new football training facility.

Kentucky doing what it can to help Williams after loss of his sister — Running back Boom Williams has been dealing as best he can with the offseason death of his younger sister, and Kentucky is doing what it can to help the junior during this difficult time, Coach Mark Stoops said Thursday.

Coaches hope buddy system helps inexperienced linebackers get up to speed quickly — A concept most people discovered in preschool has been helpful for an inexperienced group of linebackers at Kentucky. New inside linebackers coach Matt House has instituted a "buddy system" for his players, pairing them up to work together and keep each other in line.

Snapping Florida streak a hot topic at SEC Media Days — The questions came fast and furious, and then there was a pause. A reporter from Florida asked whether the current Kentucky players are aware of the Cats' 29-game losing streak against Florida. Pause. "Umm," Jojo Kemp said. "Yeah." Another pause. "What is that, like 29 years?"

More Than 50 Met Museum Employees Take Buyouts — The Metropolitan Museum of Art may shed more than 100 staff positions, museum officials said, as part of a broader financial overhaul intended to reverse deepening deficits. The cuts, to be made through a combination of voluntary buyouts and layoffs, are part of a 24-month restructuring plan announced earlier this year.

Stoops, players assure Kentucky is ready to take next step — It's easy to see the changes around Kentucky's football program. There's the 100,000 square feet of a new practice facility tucked in next to the towering, renovated Commonwealth Stadium. There's a new logo, some new uniforms. But in the wins column, there's the same old Kentucky with a 12-24 record in Mark Stoops' first three seasons and just four Southeastern Conference wins in that span.

Central Park Fundraising Hums Along — A $300 million fundraising push for Central Park aims to fix up historical structures and restore the Ramble and other areas to the wooded glory envisioned by the park's designers. So far, the campaign, announced Wednesday, seems to be humming along nicely.

Kentucky center Jon Toth ‘makes it look easy’ — In his spare time this summer, Jon Toth helped one of his professors with a research project in the basement of Kentucky's engineering building. "Working on a tow tank," the UK center described for the media at Southeastern Conference Media Days on Wednesday. "Just trying to get that thing up and running."
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