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Morning Newspaper: Ole Miss Edition

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The big news of the day is the horrible winter storm which has stricken most of Kentucky with ice, snow, and other forms of icy precipitation which is making commerce (and apparently, even blogging) difficult. 

The big news of the morning is that Kentucky men's basketball is ranked in the Top 25 AP poll for the first time in quite a while.  Tonight in Oxford, the Wildcats put that newly-minted national ranking on the line against the Ole Miss Rebels.

Now, for the news.

Kentucky Basketball News

  • A preview of the Ole Miss-Kentucky game.  Down three of their best players including likely All-SEC point Chris Warren, this is a tough spot for the Rebels.  John Clay also provides a preview.
  • Meeks provides a 'special' challenge for the Rebels, comparing Meeks to former LSU guard Chris Jackson.  If the Rebels throw a zone at us, it may just work -- Meeks has struggled against zones before when his shooting eye was a little off.
  • Turnovers a problem for UK?  Who knew?
  • Some people are just not embracing the hate.

Kentucky Football/Other News

  • Kentucky turning heads in the SEC.  We do seem to be getting better.
  • Yet another football commit from Memphis.  Brooks & Co. now have 25.

NCAA Basketball News

  • Mark Gottfried resigns from Alabama.  Somebody asked me the other day if Felton at Georgia would be next.  Only if the sun comes up tomorrow.
  • Despite early thoughts to the contrary, Brandon Jennings is not living la vida loca.
  • Can Alabama land another big name coach to bookend Nick Saban?  In a word, ''No,'' not in basketball.  Alabama has a long way to go to become a destination program for the big names.
  • Is the SEC finally about to purge itself of underachieving basketball coaches?  But wouldn't that mean the SEC needs to, I don't know, take basketball at least semi-seriously?  Outside of Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas and Vanderbilt, just go to an SEC blog and see what they talk about.  [Hint:  It won't be a game played with a round ball.]

NCAA Football News

  • A Bill Curry sighting.
  • The Mountain West wants an automatic place at the BCS table.  Will they get their prayer answered?  I don't know, but it looks to me like they might have a case.
  • Rivals takes a look at AD Gene DeFilippo's handling of the Boston College football program, and finds it wanting.

Other News of Interest

  • An well-reasoned take on the Stinson case.  I am inclined to agree, absent a clear showing of obvious negligence or reckless behavior.
  • A legal analysis of the available facts.  I agree that if Stinson had other players collapse prior to the young man who died, it is a real problem for his defense.