First, the bad news -- Donte Rupmph, UK defensive tackle, suffered an injury on Monday that could require surgery. He's still being evaluated. The good news is that UK Hoops advanced last night to the Sweet Sixteen for the third time in the last four years.
Tweet of the Day:
Had our best practice of the spring until our team period at the end of practice. Defense got after us during team. MUST get better everyday— Neal Brown (@UKCoachBrown) March 27, 2013
Work in progress.
ON DONTE RUMPH NOT PRACTICING TODAY: "Donte got injured. Donte got injured on Monday. He’s getting evaluated today. It looks like it’s a fairly significant injury. He may be out for a while, may require some surgery. We’ll see. We’ll keep you updated. It’s a big loss though. He probably is the most consistent player we had going on defense, so big loss for us."
Everyone (I’m guilty!) has been giddy at the thought of Kentucky’s offense racking up yards through the air, but few know the amount of receivers it takes to make the Air Raid offense work. And Kentucky has nowhere near the bodies right now.
That’s exactly what Stoops says.
We noted this story yesterday, but I have learned to embrace the hate a bit more than previously, and don’t feel compelled to defend Calipari every time somebody takes a cheap shot at him.
With that said …
For you to characterize this year’s Kentucky team as "wilting beneath the expectations" while neglecting to mention the season ending injury to Nerlens Noel is utterly absurd and derelict on your part as a journalist. Maybe it’s your memory that requires calibration.
Where is it written that the UK fan base isn’t allowed to be disappointed? In the midst of that disappointment, why should UK fans be required to temper their enthusiasm and/or apologize for beginning to turn the page in eager anticipation of the recruiting equivalent of Halley’s comet that is scheduled to spectacularly crash in Lexington this fall?
Heh. I like it. Read the whole thing, it’s not bad.
- Kentucky Sports Radio // Andrew Wiggins named Gatorade National Player of the Year
As we discussed, Harrow isn’t likely to transfer. What is more likely is that another player will decide to declare for the NBA draft.
- Nerlens Noel continues to haul in postseason awards // vaughtsviews
- UK target Wiggins, UK commit Towns on World Select Team for Nike Hoop Summit // vaughtsviews
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- Kentucky-Delaware game set for noon Saturday // Kentucky.com
Griner is by far the best women’s front-court player I have ever seen.
“It was not a good day as a coach. A lot of uncertainty in the day,” said Mitchell. “Very, very low energy at practice and it did not seem like people were feeling great.”
Turned out okay, though. All’s well that ends well, I guess.
After scoring only five points and coming up empty on field goals in the first round against Navy, Mathies tied her career-high, with 34 points in the Cats’ 84-70 victory over Dayton.
UK really needed her last night, and boy, did she show up.
Epps cried several times during her remarks in the high school gymnasium in front of teammates, students and fans. She thanked her teammates, parents, brothers and coaches before crying and then even thanked all the students and the pep band for their support.
Welcome to the Big Blue Nation, Makayla. We sure are glad to have you with us.
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On National Signing Day 2012, Notre Dame fans were quite happy. Coach Brian Kelly’s third recruiting class looked very strong. It included 17 players – one a five-star, and another eight of whom were rated a consensus four-stars.
But now, just 13 months after signing, almost half of those star recruits are gone, including the top three signees from its 2012 recruiting class.
Ugh. Irish eyes are … crying?
Now, this is funny and self-deprecating. I really appreciate it, and I’ll bet some recruits do as well.
A. This is clearly Will Muschamp losing his mind and destroying a whiteboard for having the audacity to show what his defense–his Texas Longhorn defense at the time–was not doing against a very simple single back, two tight formation running power for significant gains. You hear the “DO YOUR JOB” part? As he says this, the dark mark of Saban burns on his arm like an old war wound.
Love Spencer Hall. He never fails to make me laugh.
I think I agree with Dana O’Neil.
Tubby Smith wasn’t fired Monday because he was a bad guy, immoral or a cheater. He was fired because his program wasn’t fun, had no direction and his coaching was, at best, suspect.
There is plenty of support for this position in the record, I’m afraid.
The Tubby Smith era at Minnesota certainly had a different ending than the one he left behind in Lexington. One day, he was Kentucky’s head coach and the next – he was wearing a maroon and gold tie and becoming the top Gopher in Minneapolis-St. Paul.
The results were a bit different as well, but they both ended for the same reason: Not enough talented players.
This, and the turmoil that seemed to infect his teams, are the reason he is no longer coach at Minnesota.
Too bold by half, I’m afraid.
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MKG had a rough January and February, a characteristic of most rookies, but otherwise has played more or less up to expectation in his first season. He’s about as raw offensively as a top-two pick can be, but that was expected.
There’s more, and it’s pretty good.