I will have a piece discussing this further later, but the NCAA's letter to Kentucky the other day copped a big whine when it claimed that they were understaffed and couldn't be expected to enforce their rules regarding vacated wins unless somebody brought them to their attention.
Now, for the rest of today's links:
- NBA Camp - day one :: Jody Demling - Recruiting
- The Orlando Sentinel Ranks Kentucky Football #63
- ESPN Ranks SEC Wide Receivers
"I'd be very frustrated (if my stock fell), but I just feel it would be on me," Jones said. "For that to happen it would be because I did something wrong. I just feel I won't let that happen to myself."
I think that's exactly the right attitude to bring to a sophomore year.
Now that the NCAA is free to turn its attention to other statistical scofflaws as it sees fit, it might start with a letter of acknowledgment of its own.
I was there at the Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium when it honored former UCLA and Georgia coach Jim Harrick in front of a crowd of better than 70,000. There was no mention of vacated Georgia victories, nor of a 7-year show cause, nor anything like that.
Heh. Ouch. Bring that wood, Eric.
Notes: Calipari advised Liggins to stay in college, but the player decided that he and his family would best served by making the jump to the pro ranks after talking to NBA scouts. For what it’s worth, ESPN draft analyst Chad Ford tweeted that Liggins was one of the best-looking prospects at a Nets workout that did not include any big names.
Good luck, DeAndre. The effort is obviously there, and it will pay off.
"It was tough," the Portland product said of passing up what was expected to be a selection late in the NBA Draft lottery. "I'm not that good at making decisions by myself."
Heh. Considering his abortive commitment to Washington, no truer words have ever been spoken.
Much to the surprise of many of the guests at Wednesday’s YMCA fundraiser, Calipari went to each table, signing autographs and taking pictures with almost everyone in attendance before he spoke to the crowd.
Surprise? Really? Well, his personality is a big reason so many hate him as well, I expect.
Duke Basketball Report - The unofficial home of Duke basketball fans and the Cameron Crazies
Heh. Old joke, and insert your favorite school for the same effect. Duke -- making Kentucky fans appreciate the University of Louisville since 1978.
Irving’s confidence was apparent during a post-workout interview, as was his often-discussed intelligence. Knight held a 4.3 GPA during high school and was praised by Wildcats coach John Calipari, who highlighted Knight’s work ethic and compared him to Jazz legend John Stockton.
Hmm. Freudian slip here? I don't think anyone's discussing Irving's intelligence.
- NBA Draft debates: Brandon Knight or Kemba Walker-who's the second-best point guard? - NBA - Sporting News
Everything Kentucky: Duke Won't Play Kentucky
- Coaches make big moves in college basketball :: Kentucky.com
- Kanter's Agent Thinks Cavs Could Take Him First Overall - RealGM Wiretap
But [Chris Walker] said one stood out.
"John Calipari," Walker said during the NBA Players’ Association Camp. "Kentucky stands out for me. Coach Cal told me how many pros he has put in the NBA and what I can do for him. I really do like Kentucky."
Music to my ears.
The NCAA has cracked down [on on-campus basketball camps] in recent years, and it's going to continue to do so, according to USA Today, mainly by showing up unannounced and observing/reporting what happens at these camps while they're there.
I've been wondering when we would see this.
The Wildcats are in on another native of Portland, center Landen Lucas, who attends Findlay Prep School in Henderson, Nev.
Sounds like Calipari has definitely made some inroads out west.
- Smarter recruiting starts with studying geography :: Beyond the Arc