Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Demaris Phillips Edition

News and commentary from around the Big Blue Internet. Melvin Louis, JUCO defensive tackle, is headed to Kentucky after graduating. 2014 recruit Matt Elam will visit with Drew Barker and Denzel Ware. More.

Louisville chef Demaris Phillips won the Next Food Network Star competition last night, and you can look forward to seeing her on the Food Network in a new show.

Congratulations to Demaris. As a fellow Louisvillian, I'm very proud of her and wish her nothing but success.

Tweet of the Morning:

I guess that makes me antediluvian. Oh, well, as my father used to say, "I'm still here!"

Your Quickies:

Kentucky football
Kentucky basketball
  • Bruins Nation comments on the proposed games between Kentucky and UCLA:

    Scheduling a home-and-home with UK means opening up the Southern California's recruiting front to Calipari. Of course it's nice to have UCLA mentioned in national headlines by scheduling other hoops powers. Alford has already scheduled a "neutral" court matchup with Duke at MSG this year (which is as "neutral" venue as playing Texas in Jerry Dome in Dallas). But these matchups won't matter much if Alford doesn't have any immediate success on the recruiting trail and follows it up with a big season in his first year.

    Just a couple of points in response to my Bruin brother above:

    • I don't think a home and home is under discussion. Calipari has been pretty adamant about avoiding any new home and home series in favor of big games in domes;
    • Southern California's recruiting is already open to Calipari.  If we can pull them from Oregon, why should California be a problem?
  • Julius Randle is a big, strapping young man, and cut like a bodybuilder.

  • Marshall County HoopFest will feature a bunch of area recruits. Also the schedule is here.

Links posts
College football
College basketball
  • College basketball tip-off marathon schedule starting to unfold.

  • Tom Izzo isn't buying the "let the athletes get paid" argument:

    "I think they should get some money, but if it's open market … there's some boosters in Alabama and LSU that I don't think you guys can want to deal with on a daily basis,'' Izzo said. "You think that's going to be good? I don't know, I'd rather pay them a stipend and figure out some ways to do it.

    "This open-open (allowing athletes to make unlimited money on autograph sales) isn't good, nor do I think the NCAA should make money off them.''

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  • This is just way too cool not to be linked. Hat tip: Wild Weasel

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