I'm a little late for the Morning Quickies, but that's what they are nonetheless.
Tweet of the Morning:
Lindsey says Poythress also told him "Coach Calipari is one of the greatest coaches of all time." bit.ly/MVFDQs (pay)— Ben Roberts (@NextCats) July 10, 2012
Ben is referring to comments made by 2014 4* forward Jalen Lindsey. Riffs on that view seem pretty pervasive among Calipari's former players as well.
Your quickies follow the jump.
In a move that caught many collegiate track and field observers by surprise, University of Kentucky Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart announced Monday that Edrick Floreal is the new coach of the Wildcats.
So is the "surprise" good or bad? I guess it's good.
Yet there is another name in that tie for fifth. When now-former Kentucky forward Darius Miller was picked by the New Orleans Hornets in the second round of the 2012 draft, it meant that five players signed for UK by Billy Gillispie have now been chosen in the past three NBA drafts.
Heh. Well, maybe we should measure "coached by" rather than "signed by." Not only that, I would think a certain minimum career percentage would be required.
Well, now who ya gonna follow in the NBA, Wildcats fans? So many teams with UK players on them, so little time...
Calipari made a two-year commitment to the Dominican team, which was led by NBA players Al Horford and Francisco Garcia. He said he will meet with the Dominican National Federation in Las Vegas later this week to discuss the future. He said he is non-committal about his involvement going forward.
I'd be surprised if Coach Cal stays with the DR after this, but you never know.
James Young, a 6'6" shooting guard from Michigan, is considered one of the top targets for Kentucky in the 2013 class.
Young wants to be here, and very likely will. The only question mark in my mind is Andrew Wiggins -- the reclassification rumor might prompt Young to hold off for a while to see what happens there.
Embrace the hate.
If the report raises the specter of NCAA violations committed by the football program, then let the investigators from Indianapolis descend upon central Pennsylvania with full vigor. But as it stands today and as it relates to Sandusky, I believe the NCAA should sit this one out.
For once, Forde and I are on the same page. The NCAA's job is to enforce it's rules, not the laws of the federal and state governments.
If Cal wants him, I think he'll get him.
Darius Miller really plays his cards close to the vest in these interviews
"He just tried to do to much this spring. He went to New Orleans, flew home, took a 13-hour flight to Germany, played, took a 13-hour flight back and two days later went to Las Vegas. It was just too much for him and hurt him in the rankings," Barr said. "But I have spoken to Cal and Orlando. They have no concerns. They know what kind of player he is and what he can do for them. They have assured me they have no problems with Derek or his play."
So much for those who expected Calipari to put Willis on waviers.
DeAndre Liggins is starting to make some noise. Check out the video.
Football recruiting is far more an inexact science than baseball and basketball, for obvious reasons. There’s no way of knowing if a kid who physically dominates at the 12th-grade level will keep doing the same every year. And, like it or not, AAU basketball gives recruiters the opportunity to see the nation’s most highly-touted players clash with each other.
One of these things is not like the other.
If Clemson falls for it, this would be an unprecedented five-for-one package deal, one of the ugliest things in college football in a long time, yet people think this whole story is great. The billion-dollar college football system screws the labor, so people are loving it now that this one laborer, Nkemdiche, is trying to screw the system right back. Because two wrongs apparently equal one right.
Originally, I liked this. But upon review, I think Doyel has it right.