The big news of today is that Matt Pilgrim has decided to play for Travis Ford at Oklahoma State University. That's good news for Pilgrim and good news for Travis Ford.
Coach Calipari was reportedly working with Josh Pastner to try to get Pilgrim to Memphis, but apparently, that didn't work for Pilgrim for some reason. As we all no doubt remember, Pilgrim was said to have been very impressive in workouts last year versus Patrick Patterson, and was highly touted by some recruiting insiders around the UK program. Now he his headed west, and I hope the NCAA can see their way clear to let Pilgrim play immediately. It's bad enough that he wasn't invited back to the UK team, but it would be heaping insult onto injury if the NCAA forces him to sit out yet another year, which presumably would also cost him a year of eligibility.
Now for the rest of the news, of which there is not too much today.
Tulsa World: Cowboys gain a Kentucky transfer
I think the 5 years to play four rule will make him a senior if he has to sit out another year. I hope that doesn't happen.
The last 12 games don't mean anything special to the NCAA anymore
Apparently, the NCAA is going to deep six the part of their selection process that used to take the last 12 games into account as a factor in determining NCAA qualifications.
UK Basketball News
Can Patterson improve draft status?
Maybe he can, but he would have to do something we haven't seen so far, like handle the basketball and shoot from the perimeter.
Calipari hopes to see a more confident Miller
I think we will see Miller more confident. He seemed to gain confidence noticeably at the end of last year.
Meeks has no regrets
Jodie has no time for regrets. Making an NBA team is hard.
Xavier Henry = Alex Legion, or Michael Bradley? Well, he certainly had a better upside than either of those two.
Kendrick Shoots Up The Rankings
X’s & O’s of Basketball: John Calipari Dribble Drive Motion Drop 5 Offense
More interesting DDMO stuff.
UK Football News
Hartline says he's 'the guy'
'"I don't really read the newspapers or message boards too much," he said. "My mom does, and it upsets her, but some of the things I've heard people say about me are the same things they said about (ex-UK quarterback) Andre (Woodson). The next thing you know, he blows up.'
Interesting. So if the kids themselves don't read the on-line stuff, the parents apparently do.
Cats in no rush with football recruiting
Kentucky is trying to get involved with more elite prospects. We definitely need to do that.
Other UK Sports News
- None today
NCAA Sports News
One-and-done controversy still lingers
I think it's time to just shut up and see what happens. This thing may resolve itself.
Henry-Kansas Saga Offers Proof NBA Rule Wrong for College Basketball
"Clearly, the Henry boys and their dad have little interest in school. The NBA and it's minimum-age requirement is forcing a one-year marriage between the Henrys and KU we all know will end badly. C.J., a 23-year-old former Yankees prospect and a skilled 6-foot-3 point guard, could have given the NBA a shot but he's a bit rusty after a few years in the minors, and doesn't possess the can't-miss talent of his younger brother in basketball."
If it ends badly, it will be because the Henry Boys don't have discipline to do the right thing. They should both have gone to Europe if they see college as that much of a burden. It's also interesting to note that Xavier Henry is a good student. But in spite of that, he can't be troubled to go to class and live up to his end of the bargain? I think he can and will.
Dan Wolken: Tigers pursue class of the class
Pastner has Memphis recruiting going in the right direction, that's for sure.
Devils may play more zone this season
Heh. That should be interesting.
Other News of Interest
Federer Outlasts Roddick at Wimbledon for 15th Major Title - NYTimes.com
An amazing tennis match. I have never seen a 30-game set before.
The Daily Schadenfreude
Poll: Roy Williams is more popular than Coach K
Heh. I love stories like this. Even Duke fans like Roy Williams better than Carolina fans like Coach K.