As I noted yesterday in a FanShot, UK softball coach Rachel Lawson has received a new 5-year deal from UK worth $727,500, a pay increase for Lawson of some $60,000 per year. Congratulations to coach Lawson for her new contract and for her outstanding work as softball coach.
Now, for the rest of the links:
More than six in 10 people in metro Louisville are still considered seriously overweight, in a state that ranks seventh in the nation for obesity. The rates continued to rise through 2008, while the percentage of the population reporting any physical activity outside of work fell despite public campaigns advocating more walking and biking.
Next time a Louisville fan touts their superiority via the "Kentucky fans are rednecks" attack, we can use the "Louisville fans are fatties" response. No, I don't advocate actually doing that, I'm just kidding around.
- Harrellson again shows why he's a UK favorite with his kindness toward a courageous young fan :: Vaught's Views
Cliff Harris Rental Car Paid for by University Employee :: KEZI
This is an NCAA violation, plain and simple.
In one of the more ridiculous controversies that we can remember the NCAA has apparently notified Kentucky that it was unhappy with the school’s decision to honor John Calipari for winning his 500th game on February 26th after beating Florida. Calling the ceremony "troubling", "extremely troubling", and "very troubling" the NCAA asserted that because Calipari’s 1996 NCAA Tournament run with UMass and the entire 2007-2008 Memphis season were vacated he actually has 42 less wins than the school claims he has. The entire debate is sort of boring on its face, but you can be sure that Wildcat fans will use it as ammunition for their claims that the NCAA is out to get their program.
Some will, no doubt. Not me. The NCAA COI chairman is just acting the fool, mostly on his own. I have no idea if he is reflexively anti-Kentucky or anti-Calipari, but if he is, there's not a thing to be done about it.
The principled stance, based on what I know would be to ignore him, and decline to appear before his committee if the NCAA will not admit their error. Let them do their worst.
My guess is, though, that UK will capitulate and apologize, particularly for getting this wrong in their media guide. It is the path of least resistance and controversy. The pragmatist in me says this is the best thing to do. The fighter in me says that Sandy Bell should tell the NCAA COI chairman that Satan will appear before their committee before UK will on this matter.
Ballin' is a Habit: Tuesday Morning Dump
Ballin' is a Habit: Kyrie Irving, Miss Hawaii, and a post I wish I never wrote
Fool of a kid. Crazy, publicity-seeking woman. A story as old as time.
- Calipari's father/son camp sold out
During the NBA combine in Chicago last month, Kanter expressed his desire to play for the Wizards and possibly team with his "good friend" John Wall. The Wizards interviewed the 6-foot-11 Kanter in Chicago but had been hoping to arrange another meeting with him before the June 23 draft in Newark.
That would be cool, for sure.
- Coach Calipari Predicts Where His Cats Will Get Drafted :: The Hoop Doctors
- NFL lockout: League, players meeting once again, sources say - ESPN
Purdue basketball coach Matt Painter does not believe the solution is simply giving athletes cash.
"Just handing them money so they can get new Timberlands or whatever, I don't think that's right," Painter said during a conference call with reporters Monday. "I don't want to lose the amateurism. They are getting their education paid for and a lot of people say that's what the NBA is for. If you want to get paid, go to the NBA."
That's Emmert's position, too.
Mine as well.
Men's college basketball early top 25 (updated edition) - ESPN
Not much of an update, really.
- NBA Mock Draft 2011: DraftExpress Still Has Wizards Taking Enes Kanter - SB Nation DC
- Tom Leach -- Tuesday's Wildcat Links
Kentucky Sports Radio :: BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Was Tubby’s recruiting that bad?
This is pretty good work by Brian the Intern over at KSR. Objective and balanced.
THE CURIOUS INDEX, 6/14/2011 - Every Day Should Be Saturday
Plenty of mock-worthy fun and games here.
- SEC’s Toughest September Schedules :: Saturday Down South
UPDATE: Here are some late-breaking stories that didn't make it in the first batch:
UK will receive $4 million each year for the next five years, supporting research at its Center for Clinical and Translational Science.
Congratulations to UK. This is a very big deal.
- Indy CB Reed commits to Kentucky - College Football - Rivals.com
UK Football Non-Conference Schedule Ranks 8th Easiest :: LEX18.com
Nothing to see here. Move along.