Kentucky Wildcats: Afternoon Quickies - Barker Afterglow Edition


News and commentary from around the Big Blue Internet. Reaction to Drew Barker's commitment to Kentucky. Baseball series opener with Vanderbilt postponed, double-header today. Tennis wins first NCAA Tournament match. More.

Drew Barker’s commitment to Kentucky is the story of a remarkable comeback. When Stoops & Co. came to Kentucky, Barker had decided that he wasn’t coming here, period. This is undoubtedly one of the great recruiting comebacks in Kentucky football history, and it wasn’t even a game.

Tweet of the Morning:

Now that’s funny right there, I don’t care who you are.

Your Quickies:

Kentucky football
  • Larry Glover and I discusses what Drew Barker’s commitment means last night on his show. Here’s the podcast.

    I’m on Larry Glover Live every Friday night, usually at 6:30 PM. Occasionally I get bumped to the second hour, but it’s pretty rare these days.

  • Gotta give Tim Letcher of Rant Sports credit, this is a nice paragraph:

    Gone are the days when Kentucky was competing against Western Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky and Marshall for recruits. With Stoops at the helm, Kentucky is competing against the likes of the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Georgia Bulldogs and the Ohio State Buckeyes.

    I like it.

  • You have to love the idea that Drew Barker will graduate early enough to enroll at Kentucky in January. He’ll wind up getting the benefit of an extra spring practice that way, and that will really help his development.

  • Barker on Stoops, Kentucky: "The vibe is different."" Indeed it is, and in a very good way.

Kentucky basketball
  • Oh, pplease.

  • Which team has the most to gain from an Andrew Wiggins commitment? The worst team, of course, which in this case is Florida St., on paper.

    Even with Wiggins, it’s absurd to expect Kentucky to be undefeated. Every team aspires to that every year, and even though UK might have a better chance than most, this would still be a team of freshmen, mostly.

  • I think Scott Anderson at Nation of Blue misinterpreted Mike DeCourcy here. I think what DeCourcy was saying was that the matriculation of Wiggins to Kentucky would basically end the argument that Kentucky’s class is the best ever. As it is, there is at least an argument, mainly based on what happened after college, that Michigan’s Fab Five might still be the best ever.

  • Ridiculous Upside profiles Nerlens Noel looks at the positives and negatives. They still think he goes #1 to Orlando, however.

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  • Frank Haith’s petition for hearing before a federal judge regarding his bank account information being illegally obtained was denied, and dismissed. This is essentially the end of the matter that was discussed in this post earlier in the week.

    This was a technical ruling on Federal Rules of Civil Procedure #27, and not on the merits of Haith’s contention that his bank records were illegally disseminated to third parties without his consent.

    Haith can still sue the Bank of America, and the judge suggested that is the proper way to proceed in this matter. I’m not quite sure why they would petition for Rule 27 discovery rather than just file a suit and get to discovery that way. Perhaps one of our lawyers will speculate as to Haith’s reasoning there.

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