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Big Blue Nation Linkapalooza: Wildcats Ascendant Edition

Ashley Judd was once again in attendance at the Alabama game.
Ashley Judd was once again in attendance at the Alabama game.

Monday when the polls come out, the Kentucky Wildcats will once again ascend to the pinnacle of the college basketball world after the Syracuse Orange suffered their first defeat at the hands of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in South Bend.

Also, the college sports world is in mourning as former Penn St. Nittany Lions coach Joe Paterno passed away today due to complications from recently diagnosed lung cancer. Our prayers go out to the family, to State College in Pennsylvania, and to all his friends and fans.

Here are your links:

College football reacts to the passing of Joe Paterno // CollegeFootballTalk

Here are but a few of the numerous statements — pay particular attention to the one released by the Ol’ Ball Coach; it’s pretty damn cool – that have been released since Paterno’s death Sunday morning.

Updated Top 25 (and one) //

UK Hoops happy to be learning from wins // Kentucky Wildcats

"To win that game today is an outstanding thing for our team," Mitchell said. "Anytime you can win and still have plenty to work on in practice (is good). I think the players understand we were fortunate to win and Florida really outplayed us today."

Austin Rivers doesn’t ‘believe’ Florida St. better than Duke // Beyond the Arc

"I’m angry," Rivers told the Raleigh New & Observer afterward. "Florida State can say all they want to about being better than Duke, but I don’t believe it.

Austin, whether or not they are better is irrelevant. The question, to which the answer is so far "No," is "Can you beat them?"

Notes, numbers from Kentucky’s 57-52 win over Florida // vaughtsviews

Doron Lamb Gets a Haircut

Much better. New 'do, new mojo.

Former UK point guard Michael Porter still making Wildcat fans happy // vaughtsviews

Remember when Michael Porter played point guard at Kentucky? He was a good player and even better person. I got to know him, his parents and his wife. He walked away from his career when Billy Gillispie left and John Calipari arrived to get on with his life and make it easier for Calipari to pu together the team he wanted. It was a classy move by a classy young man.

Everything Kentucky // Josh Harrellson Out 6-8 Weeks due to Injury

Sorry to hear that. Heal quickly, Josh.

Harvey Updyke Rejects Plea Deal That Would Ban Him From Alabama Events //

13 years? Are these people serious?

Look, I'm outraged at what Updyke did, but 13 years in prison is frankly the most absurd thing I've ever heard of for killing two trees. That the prosecutors seriously suggested it as a plea bargain is shocking.

Oh, oh, oh Michael Snaer! // Tomahawk Nation

No way we don't enjoy a little schadenfruede at the expense of the Dookies. It just ... wouldn't be right.

Snaer for three ... Good!!!

Jarnell Stokes Backs Pat: Vols Top Huskies 60-57 // Rocky Top Talk

Congrats to the Volunteers for a huge win.

No. 7 Men's Tennis Opens Season with Doubleheader Sweep // Kentucky Wildcats Official Athletic Site

The No. 7 University of Kentucky men's tennis team started its 2012 season off on the right note by earning a 6-1 win over No. 53 Michigan State and a 7-0 win over IUPUI to sweep a doubleheader at the Indianapolis Tennis Center in Indianapolis on Sunday afternoon. The doubleheader was hosted by IUPUI.

Report: Oregon coach Chip Kelly close to deal with Bucs // ProFootballTalk

"Kelly is in the process of finalizing a deal that would make him the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers," Michael Berk of KGW Sports writes. "A source close to the situation said Kelly will make the jump to the NFL if he can come to terms on a contract."

Paducah standout headed to Kentucky // Jody Demling – Recruiting

BBL: All the links from Kentucky’s win over Alabama // John Clay's Sidelines