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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Big Blue Madness Edition

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News and commentary from around the Big Blue Internet. Big Blue Madness has come and gone, and what a night it was. Bum Phillips dies at 90 years old. Florida player talks smack to UK. More.

Andy Lyons

Big Blue Madness was a huge success last night. For those of you who didn't get to see it live, A2D2 has plenty of video for you.

And, as promised, the Quickies are back for the weekend. Also, the Saturday football post will be up in a short while, so hang in there.

Tweet of the Morning:

I had to laugh at this one.

Coach Hall is probably more popular in retirement than he ever was as a coach. But he was pretty popular in 1978, I can tell you that.

Your Quickies:

Kentucky football
Kentucky basketball
  • Patric Young talks a little smack to Kentucky:

    "As soon as they play a real top team, they're going to see it's not just a walk in the park. One and done is not for everybody."

    Nobody said it would be a walk in the park, Patric, but you just made it easier for them to beat your team.

  • In case you can't get enough of John Calipari's speech. It was a good one:

  • I love me some Coach Cal, but this is pure, in-your-face smack talk to the rest of college basketball:

    "Our biggest opponent: ourselves," Calipari said. "At Kentucky, we are competing against ourselves every day. We can't let the strain and spotlight of this program affect you. We are the place to help you achieve your dreams.

    "We don't just play college basketball, we are college basketball. As you know, we are everyone's Super Bowl."

  • These other programs are so far behind, they are getting desperate.

Links posts
College football
  • I saw the last 3 minutes or so of the Louisville game, and the Cardinals just pure, straight up choked. There was absolutely no excuse for giving up that last touchdown.

    I knew UCF was going to be a handful since I saw them give South Carolina all they wanted. This won't be popular with Cardinal fans, but Louisville couldn't beat even half of the SEC in my view, and this game serves as evidence to validate that statement. To be fair, though, we'll never know for sure. After all, they did beat Florida last year in the Sugar Bowl.

    That isn't to say I'm not jealous of Louisville's success in football lately, I am a little. They are where I'd like to see Kentucky right now. The trouble is, we have a long way to go to get where Louisville is.

    Louisville blew a great opportunity for the best season in program history, and they blew it on the field, fair and square. That has to sting, and judging by the comments of fans categorically rejecting the idea of attending a non-BCS bowl, I had to engage in a moment of schadenfruede — now, they must know how Florida felt, and my feeling is, depending on who they play, that Florida victory could come full circle in late December or January with a loss to an inferior team in the bowl.

  • Ugh. Very sad tale. Our prayers go out to this young man's family, who must be prostrate with grief.

  • Wow, this is a real mess. Grambling has gone through three head coaches this year alone. This could degenerate from debacle into fiasco.

  • That seems right to me. We have seen similar suspensions for similar offenses before.

  • Today's SEC football predictions from John Clay

College basketball
  • Seriously, Izzo? A Fake cannon shot? Well, I don't really blame you for faking, I know I wouldn't want to do it.