Today's Big Blue Daily Mail contains a ton of stuff about the Governor's Cup tilt on Saturday, and understandably so. This is a huge game for both teams, and Kentucky really needs to be 2-0 heading into an early conference battle with the #1 Florida Gators. But to get there, the 'Cats will have to go through Louisville.
Louisville is going to be ready for this game. The Cardinals are motivated, and they have plenty of talent. The main think Louisville lacks is experience. Kentucky has far more experience overall than the Cards, and that includes the coaching staff. One of the great things about Rich Brooks' tenure has been the relative stability of the coaching staff, and that has allowed Brooks, Phillips & Co. to build this team the right way, from the ground up beginning with a strong foundation.
Kentucky is not likely to be a spectacular team or a national contender this year. I would be very happy with seven wins, and ecstatic with more than that, given the competition that the 'Cats will be facing this year. I think it is important for Kentucky to focus on the team right in front of them, and this week, that part should be real easy.
Now, for the news
College Hoops Journal " Blog Archive " BREAKING: Miles Brand Dies - An all-inclusive college basketball news and opinion site
Myles Brand, president of the NCAA, succumbs to pancreatic cancer. Our prayers go out to Dr. Brand's family.
- Coach Calipari on the Passing of NCAA President Myles Brand | Coach Calipari
Source indicates Cal’s recruiting is going fine | Vaught's Views
Oh, yeah, babe. I believe we will see Lamb in Blue and White, and hope that Knight will join him. Not sure about the rest.
- Rich Brooks SEC Teleconference Highlights " Over The Pylon
UK Basketball News
- Dortch: Tennesse can ‘hang’ with Cal’s Cats | Vaught's Views
Never on Injured Reserve: You're Only Fooling Yourself John
How do college head coaches, complete control freaks, not know what is and isn’t going on within their own program?
Here's a hint -- because nobody can know what people do on their own time, especially before they ever join your program. That's when Rose's alleged violation took place -- before he showed up at Memphis. Even the most obsessive control freak can't be everywhere at once, particularly when the subject of his control is in a different city and not even on the team.
This is what I mean by people who only want to believe the stuff that supports their own opinion. The guy obviously has a negative opinion of Calipari, and he doesn't really care about inconvenient facts that don't support that opinion.
UK’s Violations Are Small, But The Circumstantial Evidence Against Calipari Is Not | MrSEC.com
Here we go again -- conspiracy theories, hidden agendas and "circumstantial evidence." I just want to mock this one statement, and it's incredible irony:
Do you recall anyone calling Dean Smith a scalawag? Has Mike Krzyzewski been branded a scofflaw?
Two words: Corey Magette. If Calipari is a "scalawag" for Camby, Krzyzewski is in exactly the same boat. Note to author -- bad example. Also, see Arthur, Darrell, and Self, Bill for comparison to Derrick Rose.
Look, I'm not going to go to the jealousy thing. I think there are lots of good people out there who are simply mistaken about Calipari, and have been taken in by the media dialogue. That's okay, there's really nothing to be said when people refuse to look at all the evidence and just concentrate on the evidence that supports their own beliefs. We see that all the time as fans.
UK Football News
- 2 Cards relish return to Lexington as underdogs | KentuckySports.com
Cats D-line must jell without Jarmon | KentuckySports.com
"I gave myself a (grade of) C for my first game, but it should have been an A-plus," Evans said. "Jitters were a little bit of a factor, but the main thing was, I really didn't know what was going on out there. Everything was happening so fast. But I'll be well-prepared for this game. I'll have time to study my opponent, and the scout team will give us a great look, and I'll be a lot more mentally and physically prepared for it."
We need to see a lot more from this guy. He is a really good player.
Cats' QBs have Cards' attention | courier-journal.com | The Courier-Journal
"Hartline, he has a very strong arm," Thompson said. "He has a lot of confidence in his arm, so I think it can be a strength and a weakness."
Heh. Compared to who?
Twitter / Rich Brooks: Help UKSGA and SAC create ...
Help UKSGA and SAC create a Sea of Blue at the game this week. Wear Blue,come early, be loud, and have a great day. [emphasis mine]
UK enhances security for Louisville game | courier-journal.com
Lexington police chief Ronnie Bastin said three dozen officers will patrol neighborhoods around the stadium and will strictly enforce laws on parking, littering and intoxication.
Rick Bozich: Bobby Petrino shares the blame for U of L decline | courier-journal.com | The Courier-Journal
Ouch. Just ouch. Owie, already.
- " Video: Ross Bogue talks about U of L preparations John Clay’s Sidelines
Other UK Sports News
UK, Louisville set to renew volleyball rivalry | KentuckySports.com
I'd love to see the 'Cats get back into this series. This year looks like a good starting point.
NCAA Sports News
Your depressing mid-major post for today - Beyond the Arc - msnbc.com
Mike Miller analyzes a post I linked here the other day (thanks for the link, Mike) and discusses the difficulties mid-majors have when it comes to grasping the brass ring. The upshot is, mid-majors will often have great teams that go deep into the tournament, but winning a national championship? Not likely.
Celizic: It’s up to Meyer to restore order in Kiffin feud - College football- nbcsports.msnbc.com
Celizic: With all the anger in sports this week, someone needs to take the high road when it comes to confrontational situations. Why not start with Tennessee-Florida showdown?
Other News of Interest
Ex-Cat Miller charged again in alleged ticket scam - Latest News - Kentucky.com
And the hits just keep on coming ...
Stepmom of high school player testified that teen was sick - USATODAY.com
Offered without comment.
Kentucky Sports Radio " Blog Archive " UK to host journalism panel about "Syphergate"
More correctly, this should be about how they failed to break the story. But it won't be.
The Daily Schadenfreude
Duke strikes a nerve | KUsports.com
Mere mention of the word Duke, or even a glimpse of it on a Kansas University football pocket schedule, triggers the nasally sound of Mike Krzyzewski pitching for American Express, seemingly apologizing for carrying the label basketball coach, as if it’s beneath someone who has so much of great import to offer the world.
Oh, schadenfreude! I have been waiting for an anti-K rant for a while. Looks like my wait is over.
You Are Now Officially Less Of A Man - Hunting - Deadspin
Holy handbag, Batman!