Happy Father's Day to all fathers out there. I'm going to see my own shortly after posting this, and I know he doesn't have many more left. Treasure them while you can.
This is a good day to listen to "The Living Years," by Mike & The Mechanics.
Tweet of the Morning:
Don't forget that 4-star wide receiver Derek Kief will be announcing his college decision today around 5:30. UK, Bama or OSU.— Ben Roberts (@NextCats) June 16, 2013
Good advice. Another Yahtzee! Hope!
Kyle Tucker sums up what I believe is the average fan's feeling through Freddie Maggard. [Hank]
While Kentucky moved into 2nd in the Rivals rankings after Middleton's commitment yesterday, we're back in 3rd place. The good news is that we've moved into the 2nd spot in the SEC. [Hank]
More on Adrian Middleton's commitment from Larry Vaught.
I don't care for the real Jerry Tipton but he actually has a good article from yesterday. [Hank]
John Clay observes that the focus on recruiting has shifted from coach to coach. He's absolutely right that under Pitino, the Wildcats were more about style of play than recruiting, and under Calipari, recruiting is king. He also addresses Smith and Gillispie. Good read.
UK Recruiting quiz. I only managed 4 correct without any help. Memory is the second thing to go when you get old ...
Calipari comments on the incoming freshmen. I love his comments on Randle and Young. Randle is the key to next year. If he reaches his potential or near, I think nothing can stop Kentucky from reaching the NCAA Final Four. How far they get beyond that depends a lot on the development of the rest of the guys.
UK target gets MVP at NBPA Top 100 Camp.
Karl Towns Jr. loves his golf. He and I would get along just fine.
Larry Vaught says Mike DeCourcy was right in his assessments of Julius Randle and Alex Poythress.
For the record, I agree with him.
Other UK sports
I'm not sure this is fair. [Hank]
I think it's fair in the limited context that Story places it. On the national level, there's no doubt that Barnhart has brought UK far. You may argue, reasonably, that Tom Jurich has brought Louisville just as far, and possibly farther, but that's a debate.
I do think, however, that both programs are at, or near equal footing in most major sports right now. What will determine who is the more successful is who can maintain that success over a period of years.
I like what Kentucky has done. Louisville fans surely have to like what Louisville has done. Everyone, regardless of partisan affiliation, has to feel good about their respective program. Revisiting this in three or four years will be instructive.
Tons of stuff on Miami's marathon session with the NCAA. [Via Hank]
This is why college athletes should not drink and tweet.
In fact, that's good advice for everybody.
More Fulmer Cup points for Florida, who certainly doesn't need any more.
- Louisville's Kevin Ware has a pretty ugly scar from his horrible leg injury last year.