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We May Be A 4 Seed – But We’ve Already Won A Championship (Fringe Sports Edition)

Not lost in all the basketball glory this past weekend was the Kentucky Rifle’s team huge win in the NCAA tournament. Since I began covering the fringe sports around UK, the rifle team has quickly become one of my favorites.  Mainly because they’re just so damn good.  While the Kentucky Rifle team has had great success over the past 17 years, and finished in the top ten most every year, they had yet to win the national title.

Winning their first NCAA Title wasn’t easy though, as Kentucky had to hold off a streaking West Virginia team on the final day.  They went into Saturday with a 7 point lead, and finished the day with a 3 one.  Close, but enough to take home the hardware.

Congratulations to UK Coach Harry Mullin’s Gat Cats, and we hope to see much more from you in the future.

Article written by Will Lentz

38 Comments for We May Be A 4 Seed – But We’ve Already Won A Championship (Fringe Sports Edition)



  1. 78 NCAA Champions
    6:09 pm March 14, 2011 Permalink

    Congratulations! Very impressive.



  2. BigBlueBrock
    6:13 pm March 14, 2011 Permalink

    No one cares.



  3. TardsSuck
    6:19 pm March 14, 2011 Permalink

    I think we should trot them out for one of those appearance in the end zone at Commonwealth next season for the Louisville game. Armed. Live ammo. Just sayin!!



  4. Esteban
    6:25 pm March 14, 2011 Permalink

    Final AP poll is out. We are 11th Florida is 15th. Total BULLSHIT



  5. boobytrapper
    6:28 pm March 14, 2011 Permalink

    BTI wears womens underwear



  6. Will Lentz
    6:31 pm March 14, 2011 Permalink

    2. Believe it or not, people don’t force you to read our free blog.



  7. HackRichards
    6:32 pm March 14, 2011 Permalink

    The more I consider things……………TRhe more I think…….OHIO STATE SHOULD BE AFRAID…VERY AFRAID!!!



  8. CatInAshland
    6:37 pm March 14, 2011 Permalink

    Come on people, show some love to the rifle team. This is something awesome!!



  9. 78 NCAA Champions
    6:40 pm March 14, 2011 Permalink

    #2, I am quite certain your list of athletic accomplishments would wow us all.



  10. Jacocat
    6:43 pm March 14, 2011 Permalink

    first year ive heard anything on rifle team. Tell us more like when is season . Where are matches?



  11. ukwildcatwildfan
    6:46 pm March 14, 2011 Permalink

    Over the course of the day I have filled out several brackets, and every time I get to the SE bracket I get more and more upset seeing Florida as the 2-seed… Thuck Fis!



  12. TrueBlueFan4Ever
    6:46 pm March 14, 2011 Permalink

    Great job UK Rifle!! WE ARE UK and we love NCAA Champions at any sport and these guys and gal work just as hard as anyone else representing our school and the entire state, so Congrats and Go Rifle Cats!! 2 – Be careful what you say because we might just line you up for target practice next year! Hint: THEY DON’T MISS!!



  13. The Doo
    6:51 pm March 14, 2011 Permalink

    Not Jerry Tipton plug by Cal, Excellent!



  14. Perfect Patterson
    6:51 pm March 14, 2011 Permalink

    So should I not be embarrassed to say “Well my school just won the national championship in RIFLE!! suck on that pal.”
    That’s like Vandy being a powerhouse in Women’s Bowling….



  15. Reality
    6:52 pm March 14, 2011 Permalink

    Cal just laughed at the idea of NotJerryTipton. Wants to know more about it. Leach was sort of coy. Hilarious moment.



  16. old_school
    6:53 pm March 14, 2011 Permalink

    I had the Rifle team in my bracket!!!!

    Congrats to the student-athletes of the Rifle Team!!!!!!!!!

    It’s fitting that Kentucky sport a good sharpshooting team.



  17. bung
    6:55 pm March 14, 2011 Permalink

    Thats a huge deal winning the rifle ncaa….Olympics will have Ky kids in numerous events because of it i bet…..



  18. bung
    6:57 pm March 14, 2011 Permalink

    Thanks Will……lotsa folks arent familiar with guns anymore



  19. Hoodsgood
    6:59 pm March 14, 2011 Permalink

    3) I hope Cal invites them behind the bench for all ncaa games.



  20. Esteban
    7:01 pm March 14, 2011 Permalink

    send the rifle team to take out mark emmert and the tourney committee!



  21. OrvilleofMonkeysEyebrow
    7:05 pm March 14, 2011 Permalink

    Congrats Ky Long Rifles, upholding best of the best shots in the world for Kentucky. Maybe yall could teach a bill of rights class r sumpin.



  22. JBR
    7:10 pm March 14, 2011 Permalink

    Does the West Virginia team still use muzzleloaders?



  23. bung
    7:14 pm March 14, 2011 Permalink

    anybody know how many shooting events are in the Olympics?



  24. mashley
    7:20 pm March 14, 2011 Permalink

    back when I was in high school I got into shooting competitively during the offseason and summer, it was always a passion of mine (now the army pays me to shoot). I remember going to some tourney’s UK would put on and just how good they were then, the only team better then them back in the day (6-8 years ago) was Alaska-Fairbanks. I’ve followed them ever since I quit shooting to do other sports and had a few former teammates end up shooting for them and some other colleges. Such a great and well run program, Coach Mullen is a class act and well deserving of this. It is a really hard mental and physical sport despite what some might think… Congrats UK Rifle Team!!!



  25. Jimmy Buffett
    7:26 pm March 14, 2011 Permalink

    23. Great!
    Why do we even have a rifle team?

    On second thought, we do live close to WV as well as TN and it never hurts to be prepared.



  26. bung
    7:36 pm March 14, 2011 Permalink

    Mr. Buffett we lives n a dangerous worl and all good folks may has to come to the aid of their Country.



  27. KYWineman
    7:48 pm March 14, 2011 Permalink

    Word on the street was that UK didn’t have a shot at the title.



  28. bluekz
    7:49 pm March 14, 2011 Permalink

    This is pretty cool. Congrats Rifle Cats.



  29. bung
    8:02 pm March 14, 2011 Permalink

    Ok i looked it up….the site i found showed 10 Olympic rifle events, mens and womens. Go Wildcats…



  30. Hoodsgood
    8:12 pm March 14, 2011 Permalink

    Uk can still bark a squirrel.



  31. KevinC
    8:38 pm March 14, 2011 Permalink

    I’m shocked the Rifle team doesn’t have a long string of Champ’s, like the cheerleading squad, to be honest. I mean, think about it…. this is a sport rednecks should just naturally DOMINATE.



  32. EnergyGeek
    9:03 pm March 14, 2011 Permalink

    I was a freshman at UK with the UK Rifle Coach, Harry Mullins. He is a good man. My son and I were on campus tour recently and stopped by his office in the Craft Center. He has some awesome hardware/trophies in his office. It is great to that he finally won the BIG one. They have been runner up a couple of times in the last 10 years. We use to call Harry Georgia since he was the only one on our floor from Georgia. He is Kentucky all the way now. Check out the article in the Sunday Herald-Leader.



  33. FanInNWLex
    9:52 pm March 14, 2011 Permalink

    Can we go and cheer at the rifle matches???



  34. Douggercats
    10:08 pm March 14, 2011 Permalink

    Shoooooooooooooooot!!!!!



  35. phillycat85
    10:17 pm March 14, 2011 Permalink

    Hey EnergyGeek… I was on the floor also (Holmes Hall).



  36. HoundDog
    9:01 am March 15, 2011 Permalink

    Congrats,it has been a long time coming!!
    Good Job!!!



  37. Bluemist
    9:04 am March 15, 2011 Permalink

    Coach Mullins and team-GREAT JOB!



  38. Former UK Shooter
    9:32 am March 16, 2011 Permalink

    So glad something was finally posted about this. Thank you Will. Coach really deserved this win, and I am extremely excited for the kids on the team.