The web. The Internet. The information superhighway that Al Gore invented (thanks, Al). It gives me a place to post comments and scratch my itch to bloviate. But best of all, it gives us access to stuff about the Kentucky Wildcats, and that, my friends, is a very good thing.
So what do we have over at the good old Lexington Herald-Leader today ... Ah, an article reminding us of yet another recruit that could have been ours, Derrick Byars:
"I was a huge Kentucky fan, watching Rick Pitino and those guys winning championships," he said yesterday. Derek Anderson was his favorite player.
The visit went well. He chatted with the latest UK star, Tayshaun Prince. "I met with Coach Tubby (Smith) and his family," he said. "I came away liking the place."
"I believe Antwain Barbour pulled the trigger first with them," Byars said. "He ended up signing (with Kentucky). I looked elsewhere."
Before long, Scout and Rivals will have to start factoring in Kentucky recruitment as a basis for rating a player - if UK recruits you and you go elsewhere, your rating jumps 10 spots.
The Detroit Free Press reports on Saginaw junior Draymond Green's recent commitment to UK. Green's coach was a former Tubby Smith player at Tulsa, and had some nice things to say about his former coach:
Saginaw coach Lou Dawkins played for Kentucky coach Tubby Smith when both were at Tulsa.
"He was my coach for four years," Dawkins said. "I know what he can do with players. I know what he did for me."
More of this type of recruiting, please.
The Denver Post has the obligatory "Coaches on the hot seat" article. It is noteworthy only for it's brevity with regard to UK, and the fact that it omits Smith from it's hot list:
Guess others seats are hotter right now, though you wouldn't know it from reading our blogs and message boards.
NCAA Hoops Blog compares Louisville and Kentucky, and, well, this one is ugly, folks. They think Louisville is hot and UK is not, and based on current performance, who could argue with them? NHB has this to say about our juniors:
This guy is not a UK hater (he does truly hate Duke, though), so his stuff is generally fair. Don't let the excerpt put you off, read the whole thing. And just keep scrolling, this guy has some good stuff on his blog.
Finally, Mike DeCourcy schools me on coaches that have received technicals for yelling at their players like John Brady did during the LSU-Kentucky game:
I just didn't know an official would be silly enough to call one against Drexel's jovial Bruiser Flint when one of his guys got tangled up with a Creighton player in a game the Dragons were leading late. That tech almost allowed Creighton to complete a comeback, and it would have been the official's lack of control that changed the outcome of the game.
We both learned something this week, Mike.