Kentucky Wildcats: Morning Quickies - The Big Cuz Early Afternoon Edition

Morning Quickies

I'm a little late for the Morning Quickies, but that's what they are nonetheless.

It seems DeMarcus Cousins was a little miffed by some comments made recently by Jerry Colangelo of Team USA. With that said, Cousins' comments (see this link for the video) seemed pretty subdued.

Tweet of the Morning:

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.

Kentucky hires Stanford's Floreal to coach track and field //

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.

Top talent evaluators include ... Billy Gillispie? | College Basketball |

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.

Harrellson Traded To The Rockets // Lexington, Kentucky

Well, now who ya gonna follow in the NBA, Wildcats fans? So many teams with UK players on them, so little time...

John Calipari noncommittal on future with Dominican Republic - ESPN

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.

Kentucky the Team to Beat for James Young

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.

Kentucky Sports Radio // ESPN writer takes a dig at Cal after DR loss

Embrace the hate.

Joker Phillips, Bassist //


The NCAA has no business getting involved in the Penn State situation; this one is for the courts - Yahoo! Sports

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.

John Clay's Big Blue Links

Post player Meeks now looking at IU, U of L and UK // Jody Demling – Recruiting

If Cal wants him, I think he'll get him.

Dime Magazine // Dime Q&A: Justin Hamilton And Darius Miller On The Pre-Draft Process

Darius Miller really plays his cards close to the vest in these interviews

Calipari has not changed opinion of Willis, who will concentrate now on getting stronger, attacking rim more // vaughtsviews

"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.

Kentucky sets non-conference basketball schedule //

More on this soon.

Liggins Works His "Magic" // ABC36 News WTVQ Lexington Kentucky

DeAndre Liggins is starting to make some noise. Check out the video.

Calipari's Recruiting Challenges Much Different Than Joker's

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.

Blue-chipper's scholarship proposal to Clemson isn't noble, it's indecent // NCAA Football -

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.

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