This was one of those days when the news is just the news, and the Big Blue Nation is largely replete with satisfaction at seeing their team defeat the Florida Gators.
There is a certain contentment to watching other schools deal with coaching issues, legal problems, NCAA difficulties and hand-wringing over their basketball or football team. We Kentucky fans have been there (well, except for the NCAA difficulties, thank God), done that, and have all the T-shirts.
So far, all the bad news this season has been confined to every conceivable sportswriter from Podunk USA to ESPN casting aspersions on our new basketball coach -- something, by the way, he is more than used to. To make matters even better, UK fans are getting used to it as well, embracing the hate as a badge of honor, and enjoying watching their young Wildcat team refuse to lose.
All in all, it's pretty darn cool to be a Kentucky Wildcats fan right about now.
The news follows the jump.
Inside the Game: Rajon Rondo and the Art of Passing
Really great interview with Rajon Rondo. He just keeps getting better.
Decade Of Change: A Glimpse At College Football In 2020 (Spoiler: It Won't Include Playoffs) - SB Nation
You'll like it if you are a college football fan, trust me.
Rocky Top Talk - An unofficial Tennessee Volunteers blog
Check out the Lane Kiffin stuff and the new coach search. Juicy. Reminds me of something ...
Mississippi Rebels @ Georgia Bulldogs GameThread, Jan 13, 2010 8:00 PM EST - Dawg Sports
The Bulldog faithful have noticed that they have a basketball team that isn't half bad. What next, Dawgs and 'Cats living together?
NCAA considers proposals to reform basketball recruiting | ajc.com
There is no easy solution, but do think some of these proposals are good. Hiring high school coaches in hopes of influencing recruits is a dirty business, even if it is within the rules.
Calling All Conferences: Scary ACC - College Basketball - Rivals.com
Lots of good college basketball stuff in here.
Andy Katz: Kentucky simply too talented to fail - ESPNThat's the right attitude.
"I know we have a long way to go, but we all feel we can make it to the Final Four," Patterson said. "Each and every day we find out something new. We're learning how to stay poised, calm, cool and collected. We zone out the crowd. We stay strong."
Andy Katz Blog - ESPNI'm anxious to see, too. The Gators need to prove that they are good enough to handle the non-elite SEC teams.
"I'm anxious to see how this team responds against LSU," Donovan said. "It's critical for us to separate ourselves. Do they come together as a group? How will this team come together for practice Thursday? What kind of effort will we have? There are external motivational things that happen, like playing Michigan State or Kentucky. But how internally motivated are you?"
- Rick Bozich | The sidelines change, both for better and worse | courier-journal.com | The Courier-Journal