You know, I made a comment yesterday that I thought the officiating in the South Carolina game was pretty good, and I still do for the most part, but one call they got wrong ultimately cost us Mike Hartline.
I had forgotten about it, but on the play on which Mike Hartline was injured by a blitzing USC cornerback, Kentucky was flagged for a procedural penalty. Instead of whistling the play dead like they are supposed to, the officials allowed it to proceed, resulting in the injury. So their failure to properly blow the play dead was directly responsible for the contact that resulted in Hartline's injury. Talk about mistakes having consequences.
As of this morning, there is no official word on Hartline's injury, but Brooks is expecting the worst. The very best we could hope for is an MCL injury, but I would be surprised if that's all it was. But in any event, we should have the results of the MRI back fairly soon. We'll know later today, and Brooks is scheduled for a presser around 1:00 PM today.
Now, for the news:
- Calipari hopes Cats can handle expectations | Vaught's Views
Spurrier will never lose to Cats | courier-journal.com | The Courier-Journal
The Wildcats played with enough poise and grit to make eight third-down conversions and two more on fourth down.
They simply didn't win. They never have against Steve Spurrier. I don't believe they ever will.
"Ever?" Really, Rick?
UK awaits Hartline MRI | KentuckySports.com
UK Coach Rich Brooks said the preliminary diagnosis suggests an MCL injury. If that's the case, Hartline could be sidelined two to four weeks. If there's an ACL injury and/or cartilage damage, Hartline would likely miss the rest of the season.
It sure would be great if it were just an MCL, but based on what I saw, I would be very surprised.
UK Basketball News
- Ms. Wildcat loves the Big Blue | Vaught's Views
Listen up: Patterson thinks Cats have championship potential
Now he wants you to believe him when he tells you, the fans, that everything you’ve heard is true. The hype, the preseason rankings, the ridiculous dunks John Wall throws down in practice every day – they’re all true.
This team is special, and Patterson isn’t hesitant about saying it.
I think this team will be special, also. Hat tip: Walter's Wildcat World
Is it Patterson's turn to dance? | KentuckySports.com
The best thing about John Calipari's infusion of top-level talent into the Kentucky basketball program is this: Assuming he stays healthy, it should mean that Patrick Patterson at last gets to play in an NCAA Tournament.
- Kentucky Sports Radio " Blog Archive " John Wall Mixtape
- Darnell Dodson..."I can shoot!"
UK hoops: No 'fun' without Final Fours | KentuckySports.com
Perhaps "Wildcat" Wally Clark spoke for many fans when he predicted big success this coming season.
"I think we'll make the Final Four," he said last week. "If we don't, I hate to say it, but Calipari needs to hunt for a (new) job."
Even while I applaud the passion, I must also bemoan the insanity of such a comment.
UK Football News
Chizik signals depth distress - al.com
Chizik was not in a warm and fuzzy mood Sunday, and he took pains to avoid excuse-making. That said, he predicted that Auburn's depth issues on defense and special teams will only grow more pressing.
Hard to be warm and fuzzy when you just got your hind parts handed to you.
Cobb at QB not the right answer | KentuckySports.com
So give Fidler a shot. Give him reps, coach him up at practice, tweak the game-plan to suit his strengths. Get Newton ready, if not for Saturday's game at Auburn, then for some possessions the following three weeks when Louisiana-Monroe, Mississippi State and Eastern Kentucky come to Commonwealth.
The Cats gave in to the Cobb-at-quarterback urge last season. This season, it's time to fight that urge.
I'm inclined to agree with this, at least at the moment, and I'm fairly sure that's what we'll see.
Other UK Sports News
- None today.
NCAA Sports News
KU officials deserve pat on the back / LJWorld.com
Consider the blase reactions at places like Florida State, where good old Bobby Bowden has goshed-and-gollied away so many dubious football program activities. Or UMass, Memphis and now Kentucky, where John Calipari seems always to be only a step ahead of the sheriff while involved in his basketball hegira.
Could Kansas wind up being the new Duke, hated by everyone? They are working on it pretty hard.
U of M refutes NCAA decision on basketball penalties " The Commercial Appeal
Memphis' appeal, which was obtained by The Commercial Appeal through the Freedom of Information Act, calls the NCAA's use of that rationale a "procedural error" that is not supported by current NCAA legislation. Furthermore, the school argues that by upholding the penalties given to Memphis under the "strict-liability" standard, it sets a precedent that "will apply to (future) situations that do not warrant such treatment and could result in outcomes unacceptable to the Division 1 membership."
Memphis' argument sounds convincing. I hope it succeeds. Via Fanhouse
Southern Miss. Golden Eagles @ Louisville Cardinals GameThread, Oct 10, 2009 7:30 PM EDT - Card Chronicle
Check out the picture. Absolutely hilarious, I just love it. For those of you too young to remember Dr. Strangelove, well, there is always the Wikipedia entry.
Gopher basketball - a Big Ten team on the rise? - The Daily Gopher
Year three sees the team returning it's top nine scorers to go along with a top 15 recruiting class. This team will be exciting and has all of the necessary pieces to be a team that makes a run at the Big Ten title and deep into the NCAA Tournament.
You have to give it to Coach Smith, he definitely has Minnesota moving in the right direction. I'm not at all surprised.
No. 3 Alabama shuts down No. 20 Mississippi - College football- nbcsports.msnbc.com
Surprising nobody. Nice to know we gave them more trouble.
LSU’s sputtering offense exposed by Gators - College football- nbcsports.msnbc.com
No offense + strong defense = no SEC championship. You must be able to put points on the board.
Other News of Interest
Sideline Stars: The top five Best Movie Coaches | The Kentucky Kernel
Hanks' Jimmy Duggan and Washington's Herman Boone are far and away my favorites.
The Daily Schadenfreuede
Rush The Court " Blog Archive " Buzz: Louisville Players Arrested
Wanting to take some of the pressure of their coach’s personal problems, which have made him more delusional than usual, Terrence Jennings and Jerry Smith (one of the Cardinals co-captains this season) were arrested for resisting law enforcement after Jennings was involved in a fight around 1 AM this morning. The altercation happened at a Louisville alumni homecoming party at Kye’s ("THE place for your special event") in Jeffersonville, Indiana. [Ed. Note: I guess Porcini's isn't a popular spot for Louisville parties any more.]
One word: Ouch!
Jennings and Smith Update - Mugshots
All is not well in Cardland.