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The Big Blue Daily Mail -- Week of Practice Edition

This week, the 'Cats are practicing hard, getting ready for the Peay. 

Back when I was in school, the Austin Peay Governors were the #1 rival of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, and that game was always high-energy.  Things have changed now, but every time I think of Austin Peay, I think of my college days on the Hill.

In this issue of the Big Blue Daily Mail, the ejected Presbyterian fan at the North Carolina Tar Heels game tells his side of the story, and the North Carolina athletics director puts his own spin on it, which is predictably a little hard to swallow after seeing the video.  But whatever.

Also, it seems that the other Carolina (that would be South Carolina, for those of you who skipped the first two paragraphs) are loving their football and basketball coaches.  Nice to see.

Finally, Seth Davis says that Xavier Henry is just as impressive as John Wall.  Well, okay.  Personally, I don't think so, but as we all know, Seth Davis picked the Germans to win World War II.

There is plenty more in the news after the jump.

Pic shows UT hostesses with recruits; heat rises on Vols | AJC College Sports Recruiting

9 Mountain players named to AP All-State 1st and 2nd team
Fits right in with the earlier post about Mountain Reign.

Basketball Prospectus | Unfiltered
This afternoon the Big Ten announced that it is actively considering adding a 12th member, one that would give the conference a title game in football and the revenue that such a contest would create. When you have a 51 percent ownership stake in your own TV network, you find yourself in favor of a conference championship game in football. Understood.

Gasaway goes on to talk about the basketball implications, which includes some speculation about which team will be invited to join.

2011 UK PG Target Marquis Teague Video – Knight Next in Line at Kentucky?
"He wants to see how schools do," Beckerman said. "What recruiting classes are so that he can look in and find his spot and enroll at the right school."

Of course if he ends up at Kentucky as the next lottery pick in line, don’t be surprised.

"Kentucky has shown a lot of interest," Beckerman said.

Oh, you betcha.

Blazers compete well at Oak Hill Academy - MidlandsPreps: Basketball -
On the court, it was a different kind of experience on Monday night. The Blazers fell to undefeated OHA 89-65. Oak Hill’s markee players put on quite a show. Doron Lamb, who is being pursued heavily by the likes of Kentucky, Kansas, Arizona and Uconn, deposited 31 points.

I would love to see us get Lamb and Knight. What a 1-2 punch that would be.

Five Reasons Syracuse Will Go To The Big Ten - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
Will Syracuse jump to the Big Televen?

Rush The Court " Blog Archive " John Wall Dance Goes Viral
The John Wall Dance — have you seen or heard about this thing yet? Apparently it’s completely taken over the Bluegrass State, and it’s working its way into the national zeitgeist through means beyond the standard YouTube clips of people doing it at weddings and deer hunts and Great Walls and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parades.

Whatever. Good grief.

Broncos' Woodyard Helps Out Troubled Young Man -
Wesley Woodyard is doing good, not only only the field, but off it. Great piece to get you in the holiday spirit.

UK Notebook: Florida lineman picks Kentucky:
Another solid get by Brooks and from the state of Florida, no less.

Kentucky-Clemson Preview | | Times-News Online | Hendersonville, NC Dedicated Solely To Former College Athletes

Wildcat Blue In a Sea of Orange: NBA recap Week 8: Celtics, Rondo continue to roll, Rockets Hayes getting some love
Updates on Meeks, Rondo, Hayes, Magloire, Mohammed, Bogans, and Morris.

Lindley has done the best he could | Vaught's Views
Lindley: "He [Brooks] is old ..." Heh.

Intentional Foul " Xavier Henry or John Wall?
Well, I'm gonna say Wall. I think Wall is even more gifted than Henry, but that could be cognitive dissonance speaking.

Kentucky Wildcats in ESPN's Latest Bracketology

Big Blue Lowdown " Wall vs. Henry Rivalry Heats Up

Kentucky Basketball Recruiting 2011 G/F Jarrod Davis
Looks good to me.

Coach Self checking in on Selby | The Shiver, Kansas Jayhawks Sports, Kansas Basketball, Kansas Football

New UK commit talks
Jody Demling has the scoop.

NCAA Notebook: Unbeaten For Long? - NCAA College Basketball News | HOOPSWORLD -
There are nine teams the Associated Press Top 25 that are undefeated, but how long will their runs last?

Not much past conference play, I predict.

" SEC basketball power rankings John Clay’s Sidelines
John Clay's SEC power rankings.

Louisville basketball will get better by practicing, not benching, Rick Pitino says | | The Courier-Journal
''The answer is not benching people after losing,'' Pitino said Tuesday at his news conference previewing Wednesday's game against Oral Roberts. ''The answer is getting the more out of people.''

Think Card fans are buying what Traitor Rick is selling? Hmmm?

Biggest coaching tree in D-I? - Beyond the Arc -
Best college hoops trivia question you’ll hear this season: Which active D-I coach has the largest number of former assistants who are now head coaches?

It’s not Mike Krzyzewski. Not Tom Izzo or Rick Pitino or Roy Williams.

Want to know who? Read the rest.

Contracts extended for Horn, Spurrier The Post and Courier - Charleston SC newspaper
South Carolina likes their coaches. Via Rush the Court

Fan UNC ejected tells his side - Beyond the Arc -
Heh. Well, he can always sue.