Morning Quickies: Big Month In Britain Edition

Morning Quickies

How big is this month for Great Britain? They are very likely to have their first Tour de France winner ever, they are hosting the 2012 summer Olympic Games starting next week, and this weekend is The Open at Royal Lytham. If you are a Brit, can it possibly get any better?

Our Tweet of the Morning comes from the awesomeness that is Larry Brown:

Oh, yeah, I totally followed him after that one. Your quickies follow the jump.

Kentucky can be both a Basketball and Football school // Wildcat Blue Nation

I've read articles like this a thousand times, and every time I find myself both wishing it were true, and knowing it isn't.

New Southeastern Conference kickoff rules still leave options //

Because they have a higher level of potential injury than scrimmage downs, kickoffs are being moved from the 30- to the 35-yard line with the objective of ensuring more touchbacks and fewer collisions. Teams that receive the kickoff in the end zone have more incentive to accept the touchback, because the ball now comes out to the 25-yard line instead of the 20.

Interesting. I had not been paying attention to this, but college football is apparently trying to minimize the number of kickoff returns.

Does this feel to anyone like the elimination of the jump ball from basketball other than the opening tip?

SEC: Media Days madness and those new kickoff rules // John Clay's Sidelines

John Clay's Big Blue Links.

Without Andrew Wiggins/Jabari Parker match-up at Peach Jam, Wiggins/Julius Randle lives up to hype // CollegeBasketballTalk

The hype and praise surrounding Andrew Wiggins continues to grow. He is increasingly guarded from the media, while he is more and more impressive every time he steps on the court. Currently in the Class of 2014, many expect him to reclassify to 2013, much like Nerlens Noel did this past season and Andrew Drummond before him.

I would not be so sanguine about his reclassification. My understanding from what he has been saying is that he isn't really interested in doing that.

Running back Khalid Thomas a playmaker who is glad to be coming to Kentucky // vaughtsviews

Because he wanted to be able to focus on helping his team win a Florida state high school championship, Khalid Thomas decided there was no reason to keep looking for a college because of the way he felt about the University of Kentucky. The Tallahassee running back had a host of scholarship offers, including Ohio State, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame and Miami (Fla.).

This guy was a big "get" for Phillips.

SEC Weekly Five: 07.20.12 Edition // Rush The Court

Look out, ESPN College Gameday is coming back to Rupp Arena. Kentucky has been a participant in College Gameday every year since its inception in 2005 (, excluding a Billy Gillispie season in 2009). Rupp Arena has hosted the show three times (2005 against Mississippi State, 2007 against #1 ranked Florida, and 2010 against Tennessee) and holds the record for the largest attendance at the Gameday morning show.

College football -- SEC media day whirlwind ends with little fanfare // ESPN Dallas

Nets Officially Sign Keith Bogans // NetsDaily

The Nets announced Thursday evening that they have signed free agent guard Keith Bogans, a move that had been anticipated and officially gives them 12 players under contract, with Tornike Shengelia and (likely) Nazr Mohammed expected to make it 14 shortly. Three weeks ago, the Nets had four players under contract.

Glad to see this. Bogans doesn't have too many more years left in the league.

Busting the Myth that Jazz Bigman Enes Kanter is a Bust // SLC Dunk

For his class (#3 picks) Kanter scores less, but boards way more. In fact, Kanter always dominates the glass vs. the average. He's not a strong scorer, but we knew that. And his scoring will get better as he gets more confidence in his different moves and his touch. Right out of the womb (figuratively speaking) he's rebounding better than all the other groups. He's rebounding against men, as a teen, and winning.

Outstanding analysis of Enes Kanter's first year in the NBA. Kanter needed that year in college to develop his post moves, and now he's having to develop his offensive game in the NBA. It's not easy.

Video: Former UK great Jacob Tamme talks about moving from Indianpolis to Denver // vaughtsviews

Kentucky Sports Radio // Four Recruits Make Unofficial Visits

Big recruiting weekend for Joker Phillips.

After Win Over Randle, Wiggins Says He’s No. 1 //

In a dramatic game played before a few thousand people in a jam-packed gym, including Kentucky coach John Calipari and Kansas coach Bill Self, Wiggins put up a game-high 28 points and 13 rebounds as CIA Bounce remained undefeated here with an 81-80 OT victory over the Team Texas Titans. Wiggins outscored the Titans by himself in the extra period, 8-7.

Anybody want to doubt this kid now? He is beating guys older than him.


You've been there, and might be there right now at this very moment. Watch them with the proper amount of reverence, even if you're laughing a buttock or two off in the process, because that utter, hilarious failure you'll watch on opening weekend has its own undimmed and immortal dignity. After all, Kentucky would win this game 14-3, and you know what it says there in the win/loss column? 1-0, that's what it says, stumbling assplants and all. Morgan Newton never surrendered to anything but gravity that night, and for that deserves your applause and admiration.

Heh. We don't get mentioned in EDSBS very often. When we do, it must be linked.

University of Kentucky Football Tweets Become Billboards [VIDEO] // Mashable

Anyone who uses the #Weareuk hashtag will have their tweet or Instagram photo linked to the site. From there anything posted can, and many already have been, used in billboards across the state.

Now, when UK gets a mention on Mashable, and not in a pejorative way, that's a successful campaign.

2012 South Carolina Football Opponents Profiles: Kentucky Wildcats // Garnet And Black Attack

The biggest question on this team is QB play. UK shuffled things up quite a bit at QB last year, starting the season with Morgan Newton, moving to freshman Maxwell Smith late, and even going stone age on offense with receiver Matt Roark under center in the win against the Vols. They're hoping that Smith, who showed a few signs of being decent, can help them elevate their passing game this year. If he can't, it may be up to Newton, who has been a pretty big dud so far.

About what you'd expect from another SEC blog.

Kentucky football offering 3- and 4-game mini packs of tickets // The Courier-Journal

An athletic department spokesman said the school has received feedback from fans who said they either can’t afford a full season-ticket package this year because of the lagging economy or won’t be able to attend every game, so the price isn’t worth their investment.

Interesting idea. I hope it works.

CORAL GABLES, Fla.: Report: Golden's staff broke recruiting rules //

Miami coach Al Golden's second season at the school is beginning much like his first one, with new accusations of rule breaking, the looming threat of serious NCAA sanctions and no apparent end in sight for the long probe into the Hurricanes' compliance practices.

Ugh. Miami in the NCAA crosshairs again.

Former standout Jeremy Jarmon joins Kentucky football staff // The Courier-Journal

Jarmon comes back to the Cats after a three-year career in the NFL. He played in 16 games and recorded 11 tackles for the Washington Redskins in 2009 and 2010. He was signed by the Denver Broncos last season but never played for the team and recently retired due to a nagging knee injury.

Glad to have the big guy back with us.

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