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Kentucky Wildcats: Morning Quickies - Braylon Heard Edition

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News and commentary from around the Big Blue Internet. Former Nebraska running back Braylon Heard visiting Kentucky this weekend. Calipari working as hard as when Wildcats were still playing. Goodwin says Wildcats' play this year "unacceptable." More.

UK bound?  Well, yes, for a visit, at least.
UK bound? Well, yes, for a visit, at least.

In case you missed the big, red banner on top of the site, Braylon Heard is on his way to Lexington for a visit today. This is big news for Kentucky football, as many in the know believe he is leaning to Kentucky.

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Okay, this was last night, but it's hilarious.

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  • John Calipari Is Having A Really Great Spring Break In The Big Apple
  • JukeLeft // Fake Sports News and Funny Sports Photos; When the Going Gets Tough, JukeLeft " John Calipari commits shit-ton of recruiting violations to cheer himself up

    This is great stuff. I love parody, and we have seen so many parody sites cited as authoritative, leading to all sorts of embarrassment.

    So read this and laugh, and just imagine how many lunatics out there will believe this is true, their tinfoil hats flapping in the March breeze. You have to love them.

  • March 20, 2013? How is John Calipari Doing Today? // A Sea Of Blue

    Heh. Very funny!

  • Karl Towns of St. Joseph-Metuchen selected Gatorade State Player of the Year //

    "Someone said they saw it on twitter,’’ said Towns, a Piscataway resident, taking a break from lunch. "So when I went on the internet and saw it, I just started jumping and screaming. I was just so happy and honored.’’

    This is just awesome. So high school. This kid is smart and extraordinarily skilled. Via Aaron’s blog.

  • Vaught's Views: Toughness, maturity were biggest issues for Kentucky //

    Kentucky players had no fear of the bench — or practice competition — this year. Next season the five players who could come back may not produce a starter among them. After all, who could argue with a freshman starting lineup of guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison, small forward James Young, power forward Julius Randle and either Dakari Johnson or Marcus Lee at center. Add Andrew Wiggins if he was to pick UK and the returning Cats will have to battle harder daily than they did at any time this year just to play.

    This is an example, if you really need one, of what happens when you don’t have enough players. I think all of us, Calipari included, have learned a lesson in that regard. You don’t need to play that many, but if you don’t have options when somebody decides he doesn’t need to work hard, you get seasons like this.

  • 10 most hated coaches in college basketball

    John Calipari, Rick Pitino, and Adolph Rupp are all there. No Tubby Smith, Billy Gillispie, or Eddie Sutton.

    Coincidence? I think not. Calipari, Pitino and Rupp were all feared for their success, and that’s what produces the "hate." In my view, being hated as a coach or a team is an honor. If you are liked, it probably means you are losing. Via KSR

  • Scarbinsky: John Calipari's out so my new NCAA Tournament crush is Indiana's Tom Crean //

    That’s an exaggeration, of course, but let the record show that one year ago, Calipari and Kentucky did win the national championship, and my long and unnatural faith in his ability was finally validated.


  • Basketball Recruiting // Mailbag: Does Madness matter?

    How much does a team’s NCAA performance matter to recruits? – Micah, Dallas (via email)

    [’s Eric Bossi] My general view is that it doesn’t really seem to matter all that much, or at least not as much as I wish it did. I do think that many recruits would at least like the chance to play in the tournament, but nobody is cutting Kentucky off their list because they lost to Robert Morris in the NIT.

    I think this is absolutely right. It isn’t as if Kentucky’s NIT appearance, and subsequent loss, drove off Julius Randle.

  • Father of Harrison twins thrilled to have Randle in UK fold //

    The friendly chat didn’t fit the story that’s been so popular for the last few months. The one that painted Randle and the Harrisons as bitter rivals on the Texas AAU circuit who didn’t get along and would never play at the same school.

    I heard these stories months ago as well. Seems they were contrived, and likely as a part of an attempt at negative recruiting.

  • Goodwin says way UK played this season was as "embarrassment, unacceptable" // vaughtsviews

    "I just want to win so bad that sometimes I just feel that I can try to put a team on my back and maybe other guys will follow suit and it will pick up other guys but sometimes it didn’t work out like that. I think at times I tried to do too much," said Goodwin after Tuesday’s NIT loss at Robert Morris. "I’ve tried to do all I can, but we just didn’t win enough.

    "I am a competitor. For us to wear this Kentucky across our chest and play like we did this year, it is an embarrassment. To represent this university like we did is really unacceptable. Totally unacceptable."

    You’ll find a lot of agreement with that last paragraph among the Big Blue Nation, Archie.

    Make it right next year, and last year will be fully paid.

    "I am a competitor. For us to wear this Kentucky across our chest and play like we did this year, it is an embarrassment. To represent this university like we did is really unacceptable. Totally unacceptable."
  • National media pits U of L vs. UK // WDRB 41 Louisville

    In fact, there’s a feeling between the programs [Kentucky and Louisville] that these tournaments need to continue to be played in the state’s two major arenas. North Carolina and Duke have had this advantage for years. The Kentucky schools should have the same.

    These programs are never going to be BFFs. Few rivals are. But increasingly, both have had much bigger things than the rivalry to worry about lately, no matter what the national narrative might be.

    This is an interesting take. The rivalry means as much as it ever did, in my view, but we have seen a grudging respect from both sides recently, which is how it should be.

    I still think there is no greater rivalry in college sports than the ’Cats and the Cards, but a rivalry does not mean you have to disrespect and demean the other team, except to that subset of fans on both sides who get a kick out of acting like pre-pubescent tough guys behind a shield of anonymity.

  • Kentucky Coach John Calipari dives into his offseason

    Even with the unexpected early ending to the season, Calipari doesn’t seem to have slowed down. On Wednesday, he landed a commitment from the nation’s top power forward prospect, Julius Randle of Prestonwood Christian in Plano (Tex.), for next season, adding to a recruiting class that’s now being debated among the greatest in history.

    If you think a tough season will slow Calipari down, you’re one of the delusional.

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  • New Orleans Hornets, Anthony Davis show something in comeback win //

    But there was Anthony Davis, on the last play in the last quarter in the last second of the season’s 69th game, making a hustle play, soaring over a pair of unwitting Celtics defenders like a condor for the game-winning tip-in.

    Tough season for the Hornets, but they’ll get better, I think. I know Davis will.

  • Patrick Patterson continues to post key numbers for Sacramento Kings

    One of the Kings’ most enjoyable wins of the season came on Tuesday with a 116-101 victory over NBA West power Los Angeles Clippers. Patterson played for 26 minutes and shot 6-of-10 from the floor and 1-of-2 in 3-point shots. He also had five rebounds.

    I love reading stories like these about Patterson.