Kentucky continues to turn heads with highly-ranked players commiting to Kentucky in numbers unseen in memory. A reminder to the Big Blue Nation – these guys will take time to develop, for the most part. They will not generally walk on the field as freshmen and make an impact. This is the SEC, not Conference USA.
Tweet of the Morning:
What an exciting day yesterday for UK Football ! The Big Blue Nation is ROLLING !!— Bradley Dale Peveto (@UKCoachPeveto) June 11, 2013
It was indeed. Be sure to follow coach Paveto and the other UK football coaches on Twitter.
Me and my dude @D_1west25 about to wreck shop in the SEC— Baby Badger #6 (@M__Edwards6) June 11, 2013
Mike Edwards talking about himself and Darius West.
But not everybody is happy:
Man, Mark Stoops is cheating so bad. This is going to be awesome when it blows up.— Jacob (@ohholybutt) June 11, 2013
Heh. "Haters gonna hate."
KSR on the recent commitments of Mike Edwards and Darius West. I liked this:
"He’s one of the best football players in the state of Ohio," Winton Woods coach Andrew Parker said. "He is probably one of the most versatile kids we’ve ever coached. He can play cornerback, receiver. He’s just a football player."
Remember the last guy described as a "football player" around here, hmmm? He’s catching balls on Sundays. [Via Hank]
Finally, something on Barker at the 5 Star Challenge [Hank]
Here is a very short video of Barker throwing a touchdown in the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge: [Via Hank]
It’s a witty-Twitterpalooza today!
Man awakening from decade-long coma is surprised by many things, perhaps nothing more than Kentucky and Northwestern's recruiting success.— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) June 11, 2013
Kentucky hanging with the big dogs in football recruiting.
Fans and kids both have their reasons for going to John Calipari’s camps. I like red velvet cake, too.
Interesting that Andrew Wiggins and Kentucky’s incoming freshmen will all eschew playing for their respective nations’ under-19 national squads in favor of getting a leg up on the 2013 NCAA basketball season.
Calipari thinks that next year’s team "may be ugly early." Well, that’s almost sure to be true of any team with so many freshman contributors. The important thing is that they are not ugly late.
Calipari tries to find the silver lining in last year’s cloud. Good luck with that.
Other UK sports
- Kentucky track and field has eight Outdoor All-Americans.
- Kevin Duffey of Saturday Down South argues persuasively that the NFLization of college football is undermining tradition.
UConn and Florida to play a home and home series starting at UConn on Dec. 2nd and ends in 2014-15.
Jake Bell, of Lexington, is the new Coordinator of Southeastern Conference men’s basketball officiating. I just hope he impresses on the officials the importance of calling, you know, fouls.
As we linked yesterday, the North Carolina academic scandal is not quite interred. More and more evidence of collaboration between the disgraced African-American studies program and the sports programs at UNC is surfacing, this time in the form of emails. CBS’ Matt Norlander has more about it:
The emails don’t support Martin’s general findings, that students on the whole were benefiting from Nyang’oro, and former department manager Debbie Crowder’s arrangements in African studies courses lend further credibility to the idea that athletes accounted for a significant percentage of those who were helped. According to the News & Observer, 45 percent of the students in the courses in question were athletes, and the average grade in the classes was "nearly an A-minus." [my emphasis]
Chris Johnson at Rush The Court has much more on this story.
Other sports news
Rajon Rondo plays tag-team connect four for Red Bull.
Falling under the "Sometimes boobs ARE a bad thing" department:
"Boobs are OK, but don't use our logo." MT @JMarchiony: A Twitter account is one thing. But they're selling merchandise with KU on it.— Travis Waldron (@Travis_Waldron) June 11, 2013
Chad Johnson, née Chad Ochocinco, is another one of the gifts that keeps on giving. Seriously, Chad, slapping your attorney on the butt during a judicial proceeding? Bound to make some waves.
Sergio Garcia apologizes to Tiger Woods for his racially insensitive remarks a few weeks back. I wonder if Woods apologized to Garcia for eating his lunch every time they wind up head to head? Nah, I doubt it.