Today is Father's Day, and I want to wish all fathers out there a very happy day, hopefully with family, friends, and maybe even a little early round of golf.
If Mother's Day is a sentimental observation, Father's Day is far less so, but still a chance for each of us to get together with or remember our dear old dad. Of course for some fathers, this day can take a lot out of you.
Maybe the biggest father's day gift today belongs to Kevin O'Neill, former Tennessee and Marquette head coach (among other stints). O'Neill was just hired as the new head coach of the USC Trojans, replacing Tim Floyd who recently lost his passion for the job amid accusations of paying off one of O.J. Mayo's "peeps." Reaction from around the sports world is decidedly mixed on this subject. Conquest Chronicles, the SBNation USC Trojans blog, is underwhelmed. But Rock Top Talk, the SBNation Tennessee blog, has a different take than most on Kevin O'Neill. In fact, I had forgotten that O'Neill had recruited some pretty good players to Tennessee, which subsequent coach Jerry Greene parlayed into NCAA tournament appearances.
O'Neill's record has been spotty as a coach, and it is fair for the Trojan faithful to question whether or not USC could have done better. But when schools are facing as many NCAA problems as USC is, the priority changes from finding a coach who is likely to get you into the tournament to finding a coach who won't get you into any more trouble. O'Neill seems to fill that bill pretty well, and with the fertile recruiting grounds in Southern California, it's hard to imagine he won't get some pretty good players as well as he recruits. My biggest question surrounding O'Neill is whether his coaching is up to his recruiting. Maybe it is now, after some time in the NBA. I guess we'll see.
Of course, today is also the (supposedly) final day of the U.S. Open golf tournament, which crowns it's champion on Father's Day. Unfortunately, due to heavy rain in the New York area, the third round of the tournament will be delayed until at least noon today. I foresee a Monday finish in this one, and it is not impossible it could go on until Tuesday, depending on if they get any golf in today or not. Right Now, Ricky Barnes, a young player from California who now lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with a whopping $2,000.00 in Tour winnings so far this year, leads the tournament with a record-setting second round score of 8 under par. What a story it would be if he could even finish in the top eight, which would make him exempt from qualifying next year and also get him into the Masters.
It's hard to explain what a top eight finish would mean to a struggling pro like Barnes. Barnes has been a professional since 2003, and he has been on and off the PGA Tour and spent quite a bit of time on the Nationwide Tour. The most money he has ever earned on the PGA tour in any one year was $68,000 or so whole dollars, although he has done much better on the Nationwide Tour, earning $600,000 since 2005. That's been enough to keep the dream alive, and it's hard to imagine what a dream it would be for the young man if he were somehow to win the U.S. Open.
As for Kentucky golfers playing this week, Kenny Perry is, of course, in attendance, and right now he has done enough to hang around for the last two rounds at +4, and J.B. Holmes is still in the hunt at +1. Another amazing story is David Duval, who I thought was dead (to golf, anyway). At one time, Duval was one of the best players on the Tour with 13 total wins, and then had some injury problems and simply never recovered. Well, he is recovering right now, tied for 4th at -3 and certainly in the hunt. It's great to see Duval playing well again.
And now, for the news:
UK Basketball News
Does Darius Miller have amateurism problems from a pamphlet?
This sucks. I wonder if they could actually punish Miller for a violation created by somebody else? Hopefully not -- that would be the height of injustice.
A Cat Fans Dream Come True
Cool articles, and great pics from the father-son camp.
Antonio Anderson defends Calipari, Memphis.
"I know we did everything the right way. Coach always did things the correct way,'' Anderson said. "Coach is a great guy and the rest of the guys are great - Derrick, Robert, everybody.'' 'Nuff said.
Doron Lamb a top prospect for UK.
Oak Hill prospect Doron Lamb is commanding Coach Cal's full attention.
NBA.com: Draft preview: Closer look at the shooting guards
A look at the shooting guards in this year's NBA draft, including Jodie Meeks.
Jody Demling dishes on some more recruiting info.
Mychal Parker is apparently becoming a UK target for UK, and will make a visit.
Two players to look out for in 2011
True Blue Kentucky clues us in.
Could UK fans use some triumph and happiness?
Danny Jett thinks so. I think he's right.
UK Football News
Jarmon's shoes still unfilled.
Jeremy Jarmon's loss has left a hole -- and a big one -- in the defensive line. Who will fill it? DeQuin Evans (hopefully), Donte Rumph or Demetri Meritt (can they get eligible?). Lots of other names mentioned.
UK Bear Bryant Reunion
The players who played at UK under coach Paul "Bear" Bryant had a reunion recently. Some of you long-time Oakland Raider fans will immediately recognize one of the group.
Recalling 'Bear Bryant' for Father's Day
Thirty of Paul "Bear" Bryant's former University of Kentucky football players gathered this weekend at The Campbell House for their annual reunion to slap backs, catch up with friends, tell stories and do the expected general reminiscing about their old college days.
Other UK Sports News
- None today.
NCAA Sports News
Into the Wild Edition
This one's a few days old, but hilarious. Recommended reading from our friends at Dawg Sports.
Florida's miseducation of college sports
I guess every school has its scold(s). Is "miseducation" even a word?
NBA draft should take page from NHL
Another proposal on how to fix one-and-done.
Other News of Interest
Jody Demling reports on the Derek Smith shootout.
Eastern seems to be full of talent this year.
Antwain Barbour and Matt Frieje changing nationalities?
Well, I think that's what this article is trying to say, but I confess, I'm not quite sure. It's a little confusing.
Historic Cave Hill estate in foreclosure
A pity to see this.
The Daily Schadenfreude
USC Gets Its Guy...It's 5th Guy - Bruins Nation
Heh. Well, you knew the Bruin fans were going to get a few digs in on USC's hiring of Kevin O'Neill.