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Kentucky Wildcats: Morning Quickies - Kyle Wiltjer 4.0 Edition


Great job, Kyle. Hat tip: Wild Weasel.

Quickies follow the jump

Two-Out Rally in Eighth Lifts Murray State to Midweek Win // Kentucky Wildcats Official Athletic Site

This might cost Kentucky a national seed. Murray State is a very weak team to lose to.

NCAA wants crackdown on coaches' antics // College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN

Some of this seems fine, but does anyone but me think that college referees are trying to remove themselves further and further from accountability?

The lawsuits do not end: Laurie Fine suing ESPN for libel and defaming reporting //

Laurie Fine is suing the world's largest sports media company for libel and defamation of character. The announcement came Wednesday morning, approximately five months after ESPN's report of sexual molestation allegations were levied against Fine's husband, Bernie, who was fired as a Syracuse assistant coach in the wake of the scandal last fall.

Coach K is well compensated //

And they complain about Calipari making too much money...

Washington, D.C. wins final 2013 NCAA regional //

Did Leonard Washington derail his career? // College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN

I remember Leonard Washington when Kentucky was trying to recruit him. He was a trouble child then, too.

Water outside Rupp Arena turns the color of Kentucky’s biggest rival // The Dagger: Yahoo! Sports

To quote Happy Gilmore, "Talk about your all-time backfires..."

Tom Leach's Thursday Links

A daily stop for me.

VIDEO: goes behind the scenes with UK baseball // Kentucky Wildcats

Absolutely worth watching. Outstanding.

ACC follows Big East lead, set on corroding its conference tournament //

I agree with Matt Norlander. Why don't we limit conference tournaments to 12 participants. Is it really fair to give the league dormats a chance to take the automatic slot? Does the regular season mean nothing?

Montrezl Harrell probably shouldn’t have signed a letter of intent // CollegeBasketballTalk

Word to the wise. Too late for Montrezl Harrell, though.

Billy Gillispie: the king of turning over a roster // CollegeBasketballTalk

Well, I hope it works out for him, but the optics are terrible.

The Brookfield Bomber has his eyes on the Bluegrass // vaughtsviews

Interesting first name -- Boeing. Even more interesting for a quarterback. "Air Boeing" comes to mind. Could be fun.

Rick Bozich | Eric Bledsoe not bad for former UK 'backup' // The Courier-Journal

On the night Eric Bledsoe scored 23 points in the NBA playoffs, television analyst Mike Fratello talked about him as if he were Ramon Harris, stumbling into the Los Angeles Clippers’ playing rotation from the end of the University of Kentucky bench.

Eric Bledsoe is making a mark with effort.

Morning Five: 05.17.12 Edition // Rush The Court

Krzyzewski's Eye-Popping Salary //

It’s a staggering number, even for someone as successful as Krzyzewski, whom Duke obviously considers an essential part of its brand. And it is safe to say, he makes several times what the head of the university does. This is true of most high-profile coaches at the major universities.

Much fun was had by Louisville fans about Calipari's salary being bigger than the athletics budget of some five Division I schools. How about this one, guys? Oh, and what about Pitino's last year, which was something over $8 million?

Can you say, "hypocrites," boys and girls? I knew you could.

UK fan Megan Dills said UK-Indiana series over, but proud to be a Wildcat fan and proud of championship team // vaughtsviews

Question: What did you think of the Kentucky-Indiana series not being renewed? Dills: "I was saddened that the rivalry would be ending. I wish that they could have agreed on venues to keep it going but I feel like Coach Cal was more than fair in his offering to play at neutral sites. "

I agree, Megan.

Big Ten surrenders fight to bring college football playoff to the Midwest, just to help the Rose Bowl // Yahoo! Sports

Somewhere Mike Slive of the SEC and Larry Scott of the Pac-12 are kicking back with a cackle of delight. These guys are angling for every possible edge while the Big Ten and the Rose Bowl sit in adjacent bathtubs, holding hands and waiting for the moment to be right.

Heh. Some well-deserved satire at the expense of the Big 10's goofiness.

Kentucky Sports Radio // Part Two of Mitch Barnhart’s Interview with KSTV

I found the first of the four segments to be the most interesting, but good work by Matt Jones.

Note to Dee Bost: NBA scouts don't rely on national television to do their jobs //

Arnett Moultrie is a projected lottery pick, and I'm pretty sure he played the same amount of games on national TV as Bost because, you know, they were teammates in Starkville. Beyond that, the first point guard projected by most to come off the board is Damian Lillard, who played his entire college career in the Big Sky. NBA scouts still somehow evaluated him just like they evaluated Kobe Bryant at Lower Merion High in Pennsylvania many years ago.


Coffee buzz: Java drinkers live longer, big study finds; regular and decaf are equally good // The Washington Post

One of life’s simple pleasures just got a little sweeter. After years of waffling research on coffee and health, even some fear that java might raise the risk of heart disease, a big study finds the opposite: Coffee drinkers are a little more likely to live longer. Regular or decaf doesn’t matter.

I wonder if more coffee means even longer life? If so, I might live forever ...

Via The Volokh Conspiracy.