Kyle Wiltjer's defense wasn't awful last night, but he made some mistakes. - Kelly Lambert-USA TODAY Sports
News and commentary from around the Big Blue Internet. Kentucky loses at Alabama, Wildcats season is officially off the rails. NCAA investigates itself. Charlie Strong inks big contract at Louisville. More.
The NCAA is investigating itself after it discovered improprieties in the way that the compliance staff investigated the Miami (FL) allegations by booster and Ponzi-schemer Nevin Shapiro.
Tweet of the afternoon:
NCAA should sue the NCAA for violating NCAA policies, or at least threaten NCAA with NCAA lawyers. Would NCAA contest findings of the NCAA?— KentuckySportsReport (@MyKSR1) January 23, 2013
Kind of looking into two mirrors facing each other, isn't it? And:
Hey NCAA: Texas' Myck Kabongo is on Line 2, wondering when you will issue a press release calling yourselves unethical.— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) January 23, 2013
And the hits just keep on coming:
Looking forward to the NCAA giving itself the death penalty.— @BarkingCarnival (@BarkingCarnival) January 23, 2013
Word is that UK has parted ways with Ander Bodkin, DeAngelo Yancey and Darren Dowdell. That leaves 9 rides open.— Brian Eldridge (@BriEldridge) January 23, 2013
New football staff costing University of Kentucky $720,000 more than old // The Courier-Journal
Can money really be the solution to Kentucky's football problem? I guess we'll see.
- Two secondary NCAA violations linked to former football staff member // Jen Smith
- I saw some doubters last night, and understandably so, but don't be so sure:
ESPN's Chad Ford on Goodwin, Poythress, Cauley-Stein: "Given the weakness of this draft, all three still have a good shot at the lottery."— Ben Roberts (@NextCats) January 23, 2013
- What went wrong last night? Here you go:
Nike’s New Kentucky Basketball Uniforms // Dime
Not all bad, I'd say.
UK’s last 10 losses after leading at half // John Clay's Sidelines
Just in case you wanted to know this stuff. I was at that UAB game. Ugh.
What's the matter with Kentucky? // ESPN
I'll take a shot at this: We're not very good right now, mmkay?
Former Kentucky All-America selection Jamal Mashburn has been tabbed as Kentucky’s Southeastern Conference Basketball Legend and will be honored at this year’s SEC Tournament being held in Nashville, Tenn.Well deserved.
UK notes: Cats' lack of 'go-to guy' evident // Kentucky.com
It's more than that. This team doesn't know what it wants to be. It's like going to college and majoring in "general studies" because you can't figure out what you want to be when you grow up.
Other UK sports
Mathies Named to Midseason Wooden Award List // UKAthletics.com
It would only have been surprising if she hadn't been named.
What they're saying in Kentucky about Alabama's 59-55 victory over the Wildcats (links) // al.com
The Wildcats' season is "drifting away."
The University of Louisville approved a new eight-year contract for football coach Charlie Strong on Wednesday that will guarantee him $3.7 million each year, before a slew of other possible achievement bonuses.Louisville's really pulling out the stops. Does anyone have two higher-paid coaches than Strong and Pitino?
T.J. Warren relays anti-Gottfried tweet // ESPN
Ruh roh, Raggy...
Other sports news
How John Wall makes Bradley Beal better // Bullets Forever
Those of you who love basketball will like this. Well done.
New Orleans Hornets forward Anthony Davis will play against San Antonio Spurs Wednesday night // NOLA.com
Whew. I was worried about him.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist brought 14 children on the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte waiting list to watch the Charlotte Bobcats.Gotta love him. Can we take him back for a while, Bobcats. We ... uh... miss him a lot.
NCAA launches external review of enforcement program
Long overdue. There have been quite a few indications lately that the NCAA compliance investigations staff is not following their own rules.
Phil Mickelson regrets airing opinion on taxes
Sports and politics do not mix well. This is a perfect illustration as to why we don't allow political commentary on this site.