This big Kentucky sports weekend wasn't exactly a disaster, but it could have gone better. The Bat Cats got swept by Mississippi St., sending them down to the 4th seed in the SEC Tournament, where they will start off facing #9 seed Ole Miss. UK Softball beat Valparaiso, but then were eliminated from the NCAA Softball tournament by the home-standing Louisville Cardinals.
On the bright side, I had the winner in the Preakness Stakes, and I get to go to the track again today!
Here's today's Tweet of the Morning:
Congratulations to Dicke V and his gala for raising all this money for the V Foundation. Well done, sir.
Quickies follow the jump.
This is a very good article I mostly agree with, but the part about the legal challenge, in my non-lawyer opinion, was gratuitous, unnecessary, and a non-starter.
Also a DeMarcus Cousins mention, which is never a bad thing. Hat tip: ukafastcat.
Ken Howlett writes again for CoachCal.com in his ongoing series. Don't miss it.
Congrats to the Wildcats on a great season.
Both UK and Ole Miss are on 4-game losing streaks.
Kentucky is in the midst of a potential 15-day road trip, starting at Murray State in Paducah, Ky., on Tuesday, before traveling to blistering-hot Mississippi State, with the MSU riding the strength of pitching staff – ranked No. 3 in the NCAA in ERA entering the weekend – to the series sweep.
This road trip has not been kind to UK so far.
Could we see our first Triple Crown winner since 1978? I sure hope so.
This works for coaches, but it encourages bad decisions by players.
"It was all through merit," Frank said. "Brandon came in, his work ethic -- I would say both he and Ben Wallace are consistently our two hardest workers. He just had a great aptitude and just soaked everything in. He just earned it.
Via Anthony Wireman.
While a sport-by-sport breakdown wasn’t offered up by the Plain Dealer, it appears that at least eight of the 46 violations were football-related.
Ouch. Sounds suspiciously like another former SEC coach ...
"What's going to take the day is discussion on the conference's position on the four-team playoff," SEC associate commissioner Charles Bloom said this past week. "The commissioners were charged with going back to their conferences, with each conference stating a position on their preference. There will be a lot of discussion on that."
Transfer requests are scrutinized more by coaches now because of the possible effect they can have on a program's APR, Haney said. A program is dinged a ''retention point'' under Academic Progress Rate rules if the departing player does not have a grade-point average of 2.6. Low overall APR scores can jeopardize a program's postseason eligibility.
Now, that is an angle I hadn't considered. If we are going to lower transfer barriers, perhaps the NCAA will want to revisit this particular issue.
After a crazy conclusion to the race for the SEC regular-season championship and the late ending of a game between Ole Miss and Vanderbilt that decided where almost everyone in the jumbled middle of the conference ended up, we have the details for the first round of the SEC baseball tournament, such as they are. The first pitches will be Tuesday.
For nearly 10 years, former Michigan basketball player Jalen Rose has made it his personal mission to ensure his teams' legacies in Ann Arbor.
Very interesting read.