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Big Blue Nation Linkapalooza: Kentucky Defeats Kent St. Edition

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This Linkapalooza will be mostly about Kentucky's 47-14 victory over the Kent St. Golden Flashes, but there are also a few things in there about the basketball team as well as some random SEC links.

Tweet of the weekend so far:

Yeah, that's what I want if I'm Steve Spurrier -- one of my best players providing locker-room material to two future foes in one tweet.

Your links follow the jump.

Two Kentucky walk-ons awarded scholarships //

John Calipari's public relations skill is legend, but this is taking it to a whole new level. Nothing, and I mean nothing can endear Coach Cal to the Big Blue Faithful like awarding a scholarship to two Kentucky walk-ons.

Except winning an NCAA Tournament title, of course.

Rich Brooks congratulates Aaron Boyd // John Clay's Sidelines

Thank you, Coach Brooks, both for being a great coach at UK, and for providing a great reminder that you really care about the players here.

My AP college football ballot for this week // John Clay's Sidelines

What, no Kentucky on your ballot, John? Just kidding.

Postgame quotes from QB Maxwell Smith, CB Martavius Neloms // vaughtsviews

Interesting comments. I do wonder how Boyd will do against SEC competition. Randall Cobb wasn't the fastest, but he was ... well, Randall Cobb. Boyd is bigger and stronger. Can he really continue this level of performance?

I hope so. It would be a hell of a story.

'Old man' Hood anxious to get back on floor //

Can John Hood be the Aaron Boyd of the basketball team?

Rapper Drake to coach at Kentucky NBA Alumni Game // CollegeBasketballTalk

I agree with letting Drake coach in the alumni game. I don't agree with the ring. But hey, nobody's perfect, not even Coach Cal.

SEC helmet stickers: Week 2 // ESPN

Maxwell Smith gets one, and well deserved. Via Nation of Blue.

Chart: Maxwell Smith 6th nationally in completions // John Clay's Sidelines

Statistical goodness.

Rick Pitino Boasts about U of L Basketball Schedule, Brags about First Game Against Manhattan // Everything Kentucky Online


Boyd begins to live up to promise as Cats defeat Kent State 47-14 // The Kentucky Kernel

Aaron Boyd took three years to become a football player. Can he become a football player and a star in only 12 games?

Shane Boyd helped provide needed inspiration to help Aaron Boyd develop into playmaker // vaughtsviews

More Aaron Boyd. I'm anxious to see if he can continue this kind of play. I sure hope so, because having two big receivers is a luxury we have rarely had at UK.

CRAWFORD: UK put up big numbers on field, if not in the stands // WDRB 41 Louisville - News, Weather, Sports Community

One thing at a time. If UK continues to put points on the board, and demonstrates that it can be competitive, the fans will return to the stands. Or so they say.

One game won't do it, but two games might begin the turnaround. Most fans understand our football program is not Alabama, but they do want something to cheer for.

Wildcats outshine Kent State Golden Flashes, 47-14: Postgame Recap // The Kentucky Kernel

I think most fans are aware that Western is anything but a pushover this year. If UK can look good against them, hope will begin to return to the football program.

Bill Self speaks out on Billy Gillispie troubles // ESPN

Offered without comment.

Initial Impressions from the Western Kentucky Game // Roll 'Bama Roll

Want to scout the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers? Here is a great place to start. Outsidethesidelines is one of our best football analysts at SB Nation.

Florida vs. Texas A&M - Quick Postgame Thoughts // Good Bull Hunting

One of our newest SB Nation blogs talks about their loss to the Florida Gators yesterday.

Maize n Brew's BlogPoll Ballot Week Two: The Big Ten is Terrible // Maize n Brew

The headline speaks for itself.

There Aren't Enough Curses: Dores Roll Over - Vanderbilt 13, Northwestern 23 // Anchor Of Gold

Okay, so Vanderbilt looked great against South Carolina, then laid an egg at Northwestern. So that means we have a chance, right? Right?

MAC Power Rankings // Bull Run

Just so you ... you know, are aware.