UK Athletics: Some Things We Might Have Overlooked

I am going to assume for whatever reason, be it difficult schedules, too much hoopla (pun intended) or just not sure if it was worth the bother, that we have just overlooked a few items that I would consider to be more than just a little bit newsworthy this week. 

So, if Glenn or Ken, or A2, Alex, JC, or anyone else is planning to do this, please forgive my "jumping the shark". 

It seems we have a few interesting little tidbits that might be worth discussing:


a) Wildcat BLACKOUT night. YEs, it is happening folks. In spite of much dismay from the UK Blue purists, the Cats will be "in the dark", in the dark. The black unis are here, and the reactions seem to be mostly positive, especially from the team. John Clay has Danny T talking it up.......


b) There are at least 59 student/athletes who are not happy being compensated the way they are right now by their scholarships. They have signed a petition, along with a boatload of others to demand that they be compensated further byt the schools which they attend. Eamonn Brennan covers the story that was originally done by Dana O'Neil, but the O'Neil link does not seem to be working.


c) And in what has to be a major dilemma for the NCAA, the Board of Directors is meeting this week, and on the agenda to discuss, is the Mark Emmert plan to give the student/athletes an additional $2000 a year to cover "incidental costs" of attending school. They will not, however, discuss the above mentioned petition. 


d) It seems that John Calipari's prophecy may have already started to bear some fruit. The heads of the Big L(East), MWC, and Conference USA are weighing the idea of a 28-32 team "Super-Conference" in order to stave off extinction in the New World Order. Early ideas are for a four division conference of approximately 7 teams each.


e) And last, and certainly, well probably least on the minds of UK fans, "What In The Wide World Of Sports" has happened to Louisville in the conference realignment game? Left out in the cold with not a dance partner in sight?John Clay again takes a look.


Just a few tidbits I ran across this week that I felt garnered further discussion. Who knows, might even start a row or two?.....

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