Lots of Shabazz going around today. Chip Miller of The UK Nation tells us that UK is Muhammad's only official visit currently scheduled. He'll probably schedule others, but only Big Blue Madness is on his calendar at the moment.
I think that UK has a very good chance with Muhammad, and him alone would put the Wildcats in a very good position for a top recruiting class no matter if Calipari has to go down to the four-star ranks to fill out the rest of the class. He won't though -- he never does.
Now, for the rest of today's links.
- John Clay's Big Blue Links.
Heh. You gotta laugh at this.
Pretty good work by Chick-Stratino'sUrDady. The only trouble is, I've never met a Cardinal fan that rational. I must run in the wrong circles.
Mike DeCourcy fears the NCAA was not specific enough re: Pearl.
Perhaps the members of the infractions committee expect no one will want to hire Pearl. And perhaps they’re right. If they’re wrong, though, their indolence on this matter could become problematic.
I think the way the NCAA handles this through the show-cause process itself, which requires any school hiring Pearl to appear before them. At that point, they will basically tell the school what is off limits for Pearl to do.
I'm not concerned. No program is going to hire him while the order is in effect, even if it make perfect cost-benefit sense. These presidents still have to answer to the public, and none of them are going to be willing to deal with the PR nightmare a Pearl hire in the next 3 year would engender.
Eloy gets chopped.
Can't say I'm surprised.
2011 Coach Calipari Women’s Clinic set for Oct. 2
Dominican Republic falls to Puerto Rico in Marchand Cup opener
Not an auspicious start for Coach Cal.
C2C Hoops Catches Up With the Harrison Twins
Via True Blue Kentucky
Jay Wright, a flash mob and a Katy Perry song … on video
Hmmm. A little strange, but the whole "Flash mob" thing escapes me.
Ballin' is a Habit: If only Bruce Pearl had been honest
He went from a beloved head coaching making seven figures to an NCAA pariah. Its fairly likely he'll never return to the college coaching ranks. He'll probably never again reach the level he did at Tennessee.
Word. Via Beyond The Arc.
- Tom Leach's Wildcat links for Thursday.
Wow. CmdrTaco no longer at Slashdot.
For geeks like me, this is news.
Tennessee ruling hits the mark, according to Matt Norlander.
Nine and a half weeks after Bruce Pearl pleaded his case one final time to the NCAA, his three-year show-cause is proof, the first proof, of Emmert's mission statement, the principle by which his term as president of the NCAA could be one day remembered for. Forget Georgia Tech, LSU and any other minor punishment pushed upon other problematic programs. Pearl's sentence is the inaugural major verdict to come from the COI since Emmert started his term as NCAA president last summer, when he made it a point to focus the early parts of his tenure on strict punishments for wrongdoers.
Let's hope that trend continues.
UCLA fails to take advantage of USC's punishment.
UCLA wasn't able to use the Trojans' probation to its advantage last year. The Bruins finished seventh in the league in recruiting in the most recent cycle, and signed only three four-star prospects. Two of them - wide receiver Devin Lucien and defensive tackle Kevin McReynolds - saved the class with their pledges near National Signing Day.
Will Mark Richt survive another so-so year at Georgia?
I do not think Mark Richt will survive another six- to seven-win season at Georgia, and I do believe six or seven wins could be in the cards for the Bulldogs, even with the weak schedule.
That doesn't sound promising.
- Pat Summitt's Alzheimer's Disease Diagnosis: Reactions From The Web & Personal Experience - Swish Appeal
Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips leaves 'em laughing at alumni luncheon | The Courier-Journal | courier-journal.com
The University of Kentucky alumni luncheon Wednesday at the Galt House, for which football coach Joker Phillips was the keynote speaker, turned into a comedy show. And a priest who gave the invocation nearly stole that show from Phillips.
He prayed for UK’s opponents this fall: "May they be good but never better, strong but never stronger. Even let them score at times, but never more."
- I think Trevathan is the leader of more than just the linebacking corps.
Joker’s reign requires patience : The Kentucky Kernel
Well, patience is not exactly known as a strength of Wildcats fans.
The Tip Off Marathon includes UK vs. Kanasas. And now, a time has been set.
I hate ESPN.
- More on the Tip Off Marathon.
Wildcats begin preparing for games.
"We have to be focused," Phillips said. "You only get them four hours a day. You worry about making sure they get their rest, that is one thing, but we usually can get them focused once we get them in this building. The thing that we have to do is make sure they are resting when they are not in school."
Rick Pitino Says Kevin Ware is Still Not Cleared to Play
Sounds familiar. Well, I hope he gets cleared soon. I don't want the Louisville Cardinals to have any excuses when we defeat them again this year.