I know that the Big Blue Daily Mail has been on hiatus for a while, and it was unavoidable due to a big project I have been working on all summer. But not that the project is winding down, the Big Blue Daily Mail is making a glorious return to A Sea of Blue. I will be in Las Vegas over the next few days, but I am confident that I can handle the Sin City and this blog all at the same time, no sweat.
So here's a look at today's news:
Don’t make Calipari mad
Interesting comments from John Calipari's high school coach, who says that angering Calipari is not a good idea. And once more, we hear the virtually never-mentioned fact that it was Calipari who reported Marcus Camby's rulebreaking to the NCAA.
Wildcats not sure what Miami has planned
Wow. Lots of Miami's coaches have been out of the game for a while. Brooks & Co. are not sure what to expect.
Memphis formally notifies NCAA it will appeal basketball penalty
I think Memphis has a good shot at winning it's appeal. I think it is pretty clear the NCAA abused its discretion. As to the ultimate result, though, I think it will only gain them seven games, if I read the infraction committee's report correctly.
UK Basketball News
JacketsOnline.com - Meyer's Mailbag: Competition for top class?
Interesting comments on Calipari's recruiting and Josh Selby in here.
- Calipari and staff fill their schedule with in home visits starting next week
Ballin' is a Habit: Miami-Dade College is hoarding talent
Interesting. Eloy Vargas and Terrence Boyd have both wound up at Darnell Dodson's former school.
UK Football News
Tom's Scouting Reports
Tom Leach's video preview of the Miami-Kentucky game. This is really good.
- Small upgrades could pay big dividends for Cats
- Matchups: UK vs. Miami (Ohio)
Other UK Sports News
NCAA Sports News
Teague downplays Louisville hire, adds UNC to list
This is quite a battle shaping up for Teague. Looks to me like Pitino is trying to replay the Simeon Mars/Jamaal Magloire strategy.
Louisville Cardinals could be after Marquis Teague through Teague's former high school assistant coach - ESPN
I'm not singling out Andy Katz here, but the whole Milt/DeJuan Wagner situation has been cited for years as evidence of Calipari being a coach who is willing to go right to the line of cheating. When Pitino does the same thing for the second time, the reaction is, "Well, everybody does it." I can't wait to see what happens if Louisville actually lands Teague.
Commentary: Teague has juice at Louisville | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star
Pitino needs Teague to say he's coming to Louisville in order to establish that the coach can survive what happened at Porcini restaurant in 2003 and can continue to succeed at the new downtown arena in 2010 and beyond.
Ouch. Perhaps a perception of "slickness" is the lesser of two evils for Traitor Rick.
The Only Thing Reprehensible About LeGarrette Blount Is The Suspension | Bleacher Report
This Bleacher Report article is rife with cognitive dissonance, but is he right?
Blount done as a Duck: Oregon imposes season-long ban - Dr. Saturday - NCAAF - Yahoo! Sports
Matt Hinton weighs in on the Blount affair. We can tell that Matt doesn't know his boxing, though -- that punch was by no means a "hook," it was more of a jab. But it landed -- right on the glass jaw of Blount's career as a football player, and killed it dead as a stone.
Sad. But soon, I think, players will get the message that this sort of violent outburst is a career-ender.
The Ridiculousness of Boise State - The Smoking Musket
A strong response to those who think Boise State is all that. I personally think they were pretty impressive, but this guy makes an argument you simply cannot ignore.
Is it time to panic? Not quite yet, but we'll know in a week - Addicted To Quack
SBNation's Oregon blog sorts through the wreckage of the Duck effort scattered around the blue Boise State field, and is not quite ready to pronounce the season over.
Warm-Up Sprints Is Ready to Get the Rest of the Season Started // 09.05.09 - Team Speed Kills
A round-up of the pre-game headlines.
Other News of Interest
Favre fined $10,000 for crackback block
You don't see this every day -- a quarterback fined for a block? Yikes.
The Daily Schadenfreude
Is a Virginia Tech Loss an Indictment on the ACC ? - SEC Corner - al.com
I say, "Yeah, it is."