Yesterday, Ed Rush, the Pac-12 supervisor of officials who allegedly declared a bounty on Sean Miller, resigned from his position. Also in today's news, Auburn's woes get deeper, and Gene Chizik responds.
Tweet of the Morning:
So Pitino could win the NCAA championship on the same day he's officially into the Naismith Hall of Fame— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) April 5, 2013
Congratulations to coach Pitino on his selection. He certainly deserves it.
A couple of good videos here featuring Mark Stoops and D.J. Eliot talking about how the Wildcats are doing. They seem to be progressing pretty well, but there is some concern about the secondary.
As weak as the secondary was last year, that’s not what I want to hear.
The average Georgia football fan probably feels the same way about Kentucky’s football team as the average Kentucky basketball fan feels about Georgia’s basketball team. These teams are, more often than not, in different leagues in their respective "big sports" on campus. However, the Kentucky game once held a prominent spot in many a Georgia football fan’s heart back when the game in Lexington was held at night and in the month of October.
Read the whole thing.
Four-star dual-threat quarterback DeShone Kizer unofficially visited a pair of Pac-12 school on April 4th. All of Kizer’s offers are from the East Coast and Midwest, but the 2014 recruit made a trip to California in order to visit the USC Trojans and UCLA Bruins.
A recruiting update on one of our QB’s.
- Just in case you didn't see the game, you wouldn't want to miss this. Via Sam Henson:
Meeks next turned the mic over to Julius Randle and Marcus Lee, asking them what they think about next year’s regular season matchup with North Carolina.
"I honestly think we’re going to blow y’all out by 70," Lee replied before Randle raised the stakes by simply stating "80."
Smack talk among recruits. Gotta love it.
I have gone on record as saying I thought Andrew Wiggins would be a Tar Heel, no doubt. Since then some things have changed and to say I still feel that strongly would be a lie. Kentucky obviously has made up considerable ground and Kansas is still a very strong option for him.
I don’t like to be hateful, here, but if he thinks Kentucky has made up any ground, he’s completely clueless. Kentucky has always been the co-favorite to land Wiggins, and many in the know will tell you that they’ve always been the outright favorite.
UNC entered the discussion late, and are still a player, no doubt. So is Kansas. But I would be surprised if Wiggins went anywhere but FSU if he doesn’t go to Kentucky.
"Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, ’It might have been." – John Greenleaf Wittier
I often think about what a four-year team would look like. This year, especially, it depresses me.
Other UK sports
- Moir Named 2012-13 Davis SEC Female Community Service Leader of the Year - UKAthletics.com
- Softball looks to bounce back against South Carolina // The Kentucky Kernel
The NCAA announced on March 25 that No. 19 UK earned a National Women’s Gymnastics Championship bid for the ninth-consecutive season.
Fourth-seeded UK is slotted into a regional that includes top-seeded Michigan and second-seeded Nebraska. Third-seeded Illinois is also in the regional.
Go, Gym Cats!
- Tom Leach // Friday Links
- Morning Five: 04.05.13 Edition //Rush The Court
- SEC M5: 04.05.2013 Edition // Rush The Court
We’ve already been witness to the glory of Mississippi State’s recruiting letters, telling us that we are ballers. But, guys, we were just scratching the surface.
Old guys trying to be hip is … funny. I can safely say this without being accused of ageism because, well, I am one – an old guy, that is.
We must disclaim everything these days. Check.
"The recent story published by Selena Roberts is more of the same. It once again portrays Auburn University, current and former coaches, professors, fans, supporters and community officials in a false light," Chizik wrote.
Something tells me he’s going to get a lot more chances to explain himself.
I think it’s important to remember that despite the incompetent and stupid mistakes made by the NCAA, Miami is a gigantic NCAA rules violator.
Miami is using the "But look what they did!" distraction to make everyone look away from their rampant wrongdoing that absolutely needs to be adjudicated. No, the NCAA should not use the tainted evidence they gathered, and they have removed it from the charges.
What the NCAA did in this case was incredibly unethical, but that doesn’t get Miami a "Get out of jail free" card, and that’s what they’re demanding. I’m not at all convinced that their self-imposed penalties are sufficient, but even if they are, that should be adjudicated by the process in place. Otherwise, it’s just going to look like they skated.
A six-month investigation conducted by ESPN The Magazine and the ESPN show E:60 revealed the widespread popularity of the synthetic drug, describing it as an "epidemic" that led to "a rash of failed drug tests and a decision at the highest levels of the university to keep the results confidential." … According to Jacobs, the decision was made because synthetic marijuana was not "part of the school’s official drug-testing policy and therefore not something coaches could punish students for using," ESPN reports.
I’m sure they should have done something, maybe suspend the players for conduct detrimental to the team, at the very least.
The "We didn’t have a policy banning these drugs" simply won’t fly, and it obviously doesn’t pass any reasonable test of ethics, or at least, what should pass for ethics. A 10-second Google search turned up enough information for anyone to be concerned about what this stuff might be doing to young men, certainly enough for the football team to take action. If you can’t action it due to a drug policy, action it based on a conduct policy.
But no. Can’t risk suspending all those players. Auburn, you’re looking pretty bad here, bub.
Good move for my alma mater.
This is a worrisome sign for Clint Hurtt at Louisville.
Look, I’m as unhappy as anybody that Ware got hurt, and I’m ecstatic to see he’s doing well.
It is curious, however, that Ware has suddenly become a cause célèbre. It’s funny, I don’t recall Nerlens Noel being invited to appear on David Letterman, or any of the other athletes that have suffered bad injuries this year.
This entire thing has now gone well past saturation in my mind.
"I absolutely do not believe there’s that coaching style going on. I do not," said Boeheim, who is vying for his second national title in Atlanta. "I’ll go out where you probably shouldn’t go. I don’t think there’s a coach in the country that does that."
I agree with both men. I think this does happen, but it is fortunately very rare.
Ed Rush, who resigned Thursday as Pac-12 coordinator of officials following comments that he made about Arizona coach Sean Miller during internal meetings with his officials before the league tournament, said his remarks were "absolutely, 100 percent said in jest" and were said at the "wrong place, wrong time, wrong audience."
It doesn’t matter if he said it in jest or not, it was a complete abdication ethical conduct by Rush. He should have resigned, and I consider it a resignation in absolute disgrace.
"Show me a power forward, and I’ll show you a kid who thinks they’re a small forward," says Scout’s Josh Gershon.
But that kind of thinking, Givony said, "got Alex Poythress in trouble" earlier this season when the 6-7 2012 McDonald’s All American played small forward at Kentucky.
Do any of you really believe that’s what got Poythress in trouble? I don’t. My recollection is that some of his best games came early in the season.
With that said, small forward is not something you can play by an act of will. Poythress’ ballhandling would have to undergo a major upgrade for that position, among other things.
- Baylor Wins Its First NIT Title, Over Iowa // NYTimes.com
"I feel if people had a chance to see the other portions of practice, or had been at practice, their judgment would not be as severe," Johnson said. "I am not saying what he did wasn’t wrong, because I do believe it was wrong. But it is also tough because it was a highlight reel of his worst moments.
I’m sure this is true, but in the YouTube era, you cannot ever go off like Rice did. Ever. Public judgment is often rendered divorced of context, and if the conduct is bad enough, context doesn’t help, especially postmortem.
This is a different time when people, especially public people, are forced to tamp down their impulse to be unequivocal and deal with reality more carefully. It’s like the public shunnings of the past, but on a massive scale. You have to respect that, whether you like it or not.
Minnesota - Richard Pitino (head coach, Florida International) As I tweeted the other day, I do not love this hire. After all, is Pitino known for being more than Rick’s kid at this point? Yes, he did a solid job in his first year at FIU, nearly leading a program that was a disaster consider Isiah Thomas’s lack of focus to the tournament, but he has only been a head coach for one year. So you are firing Tubby Smith for a guy that is still all potential with not much of a resume? Grade: C
I think this is right. The media gushed over this hire, but honestly, the measurables don’t add up to a great decision. This is what you call a "celebrity hire," where the son is trading on the celebrity of his dad.
Other sports news
Memo to Whitner: A strong password is your friend.
Dude, you can’t even SPELL pizza around Anthony Davis. Don’t bother spelling "pigeon," either, because he’ll assume you’re spelling pizza.
If you’re going to have an obsession, and you’re skinny by nature, this is not a bad one to have. I love me some pizza, too (who doesn’t?), but if I ate it more than once every couple of weeks, we’d have to widen the doors around here.
I love me some astronomy.
Lovecraft would be proud.