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News and commentary from around the Big Blue Internet. Conference commissioners hash out a playoff structure for college football. Kentucky-Duke game tonight. Kentucky-Baylor women's game tonight. More.
Sorry for the lateness of the Quickies this morning (or rather, afternoon). Unfortunately, too many competing demands for my time at the moment.
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Gonna be a great game.
Coaching Candidate: Mike MacIntyre // Bleed Blue Kentucky
Some information about San Jose State's Mike MacIntyre, one of the presumed leaders for the Kentucky job.
Kentucky Sports Radio // Kliff Kingsbury hates buttons, runs the Air Raid, and dated hot Jessica Simpson
Well, not sure what buttons or Jessica Simpson have to do with his qualifications as coach, but okay.
Many are suggesting there is a political battle between Mitch Barnhart and the BOT over the next head football coach. This could be accurate, but it also may be irrelevant. Based on feedback I have received, President Eli Capilouto has full confidence in Mitch Barnhart making the decision. Unless he resigns or is fired, Barnhart will be UK’s athletic director until 2019.It seems to me somebody else said this recently. Oh wait... it was me!
- Daily update from the rumor mill on Petrino, Dykes, Cutcliffe and even Bill Cowher // vaughtsviews
Joker Phillips says he has lot of friends reaching out to him and doesn’t have a lot of enemies // vaughtsviews
Joker Phillips says he has lot of friends reaching out to him and doesn't have a lot of enemies
Which brings us to Bobby Petrino. I could overlook his Arkansas motorcycle escapades if that were an isolated case of dishonesty.
I don't think even Illinois will fire their head coach after one season without some kind of moral turpitude, and Tim Beckman has been all class. Unfortunately, he hasn't been successful his first year.You can see the depth and breadth of the "No ethical price is too high to pay for a winner" attitude that pervades college sports today. If Illinois fired Beckman, they might as well hire Petrino.
Analysis: Kentucky basketball is 'not who we thought they were' // The Courier-Journal
Maybe not. We'll see.
Cal shuffling his point-guard pieces against Duke // WDRB 41 Louisville
I think we'll see both Goodwin and Polson at the point, and I expect Duke to really press our guards hard. That's what they do. How well Kentucky handles that pressure will have a big say in the game's outcome.
My favorite UK/Duke memory // Ky Cat Stats
A 1998 fan. That's a good one, for sure, but 1978 is my fave.
John Calipari goes back to basics with UK basketball // Kentucky.com
Coach Cal is right to plug the yawning gulf first, then worry about the holes.
Words with .... Kentucky's John Calipari // www.ajc.com
Some interesting comments here by Calipari. Short read, worth your time.
Krzyzewski and Calipari have coached against each other just once as college coaches, when then-No. 1 Duke beat No. 11 Memphis 70-67 in a Nov. 2005 non-conference game.Interesting that these two have so rarely met.
Wiltjer Named SEC Player of the Week // UKAthletics.com
This has probably already been linked, but just in case ...
Kentucky freshman Willie Cauley-Stein leaned against a wall Monday, took questions from the media and created a few laughs when he at first seemed baffled and then acknowledged openly that he's never seen or heard of one of the most famous shots in NCAA history -- that jumper launched in Philadelphia by Duke's Christian Laettner.WCS wasn't even an itch in his daddy's pants when that shot went through the hoop in Philly.
- Duke vs. Kentucky: The Heartache of March 28, 1992, Lingers 20 Years Later // Rush The Court
- Duke-UK Preview // Larry Glover
Other UK sports
Kentucky Wildcats hoops squad ready to take program to next level // ESPN
Outstanding article at ESPN on the ladies team.
- Soccer Makes Fifth All-Time NCAA Tournament Berth, Will Host Xavier // UKAthletics.com
UK Hoops Meets No. 1 Baylor in State Farm Tip-Off Classic - UKAthletics.com
Don't forget we have a double-header tonight. There will be an open thread for the women's game.
BCS commissioners settle on six ‘access bowls’ // CollegeFootballTalk
Interesting. I'll reserve comment for now.