Big Blue Nation Linkapalooza: Nationally-Televised Practice Edition

Wow, a nationally-televised practice. In mid-season. Surpassingly strange, but with John Calipari in charge of Kentucky, I have ceased to be amazed by anything that winds up being televised. What's next, one-on-one coaching drills?

Now, for the news:


Top 10 Freshmen Centers in College Basketball History

I think it's a bit too early for this, especially considering the season isn't over. You have to figure this changes if Davis goes on to break the NCAA block record and Kentucky wins the national championship. There is no doubt whatever he would supplant Purvis Ellison on anyone but a Louisville fan's list.


Daylan Hall dismissed from football program // University of Kentucky Football and Recruiting Info // Bleed Blue Kentucky


Dear Duke, Happy Valentines Day " CBS Charlotte

No Tar Heel fan can hear the name Christian Laettner without getting a little sick in their mouth. Although he only sports a 5-6 record against the Heels, he played like a thorn in the side for any anti-Blue Devil. His credentials while at Duke were very impressive and we all remember the legendary shot he had against Kentucky. In fact, I’m pretty sure it is against ESPN’s religion to talk about the NCAA tournament and not bring that shot up. We get it – he hit a buzzer beater – move on. Show the clip where he stomped on the Kentucky guy’s chest. Where do you think Ndamukong Suh learned to do it? Between the super short shorts and his New Kids on the Block haircut he is the king Duke-bag.

The rest of this is just as good. As anti-Duke rants go, I give this an A+. Don't miss it.


Five Cats named to Hall of Fame's All Commonwealth team // Kentucky.com


David Jones: Kentucky could be best SEC has seen in decades // floridatoday.com

Before expansion in the early ’90s, SEC teams played a double round-robin, 18-game conference schedule. No team ever ran the table when the conference schedule featured 18 games with three going 17-1 (Kentucky in 1970 and 1986, LSU in 1981). Since the league schedule was cut to 16 games, Kentucky has gone undefeated in SEC play in 1996 and 2003.

Beyond The Game – Willie Cauley // PrepForce.com

Interview with Willie Cauley.


Who Deserves To Win College Basketball's Coach Of The Year? It's A Close Race // SBNation.com

The easiest thing to do with Calipari is to say, "look at all the pros he has on his team, all he has to do is pick five guys to put on the floor and then sit back and watch the show." And that's exactly what voters have done since he's been at Kentucky. When you look at the way that teams with similar talent like Baylor and Connecticut have folded their tents at times this season, it becomes apparent that this attitude isn't a completely fair one.

Okay, I can die now. Seeing Mike Rutherford write this completes my life. There are no surprises left.

For my money, Izzo gets it. He has done more with less than anyone else, although Frank Haith would also be a fine choice.


Kentucky aiming for legendary status

I really think this team is competitive with 1996, better than 1997 or 1998, and very similar to 2003.


Calipari: Practice a "big deal" to fans but he’s not sure about recruits // vaughtsviews

"Unless they’re not in school, and that’s probably someone we don’t want, I would tell you that most of them won’t see it, but our fans will see it."

Heh.


College basketball on television tonight // John Clay's Sidelines


Kentucky Sports Radio // Nerlens Noel will visit Kentucky this weekend

Good


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Report: Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning has had four neck surgeries, one more than previously thought - NFL News // FOX Sports on MSN

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning has undergone four procedures on his neck, one more than previous reports indicated, according to SI.com.

Will Manning ever suit up again for professional football?


Jim Boeheim Lawsuit: Orange Players, Coaches Receive 'Special Treatment' In Syracuse, According To Affidavit // Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Undeterred by a recent judgement that accusations Laurie Fine was sexually-involved with Syracuse Orange basketball players was not good enough to grant them access to SU records, Davis et al are going with their next affidavit full of accusations, this time focusing on what's apparently going on behind the scenes at SU basketball: [sic]]


Jim Calhoun of UConn Huskies extends medical leave for at least next 3 games // ESPN


Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist Named Wayman Tisdale Award Finalists

Congratulations to both.


Kiper predicts SEC-heavy NFL draft // SEC Blog - ESPN


Video: OK, this D-II slam might be the dunk of the year // Beyond the Arc

Pretty impressive. Might be.


Moulton: SEC dominance drives talk of college football playoffs // ScrippsNews

Change is coming because the Southeastern Conference is dominating the sport and the other conferences are tired of it. Now the only things to determine are what to change and how big to go.

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