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Kentucky Wildcats: Morning Quickies - Ben Howland Edition

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News and commentary from around the Big Blue Internet. Kentucky Hoops wins through to the second round of the NCAA tournament. Softball sweeps Mississippi St. UCLA fires Ben Howland. More.

UCLA showed Ben Howland the door on Sunday
UCLA showed Ben Howland the door on Sunday
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The Sweet Sixteen is now set, and includes Louisville, Indiana and Kansas. In other news, Ben Howland is out as UCLA coach.

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  • Coach says Dakari Johnson, like Kidd-Gilchrist, understands big picture of winning // vaughtsviews

    Boyle says Johnson is similar to Kidd-Gilchrist in that both "like being part of a team and don’t look for individual attention" at any time.

    I don’t think that’s been a problem here in the Calipari years, but it’s always good to have players that understand that there is no "I" in team.

  • Kentucky Basketball's New Death Star // WSJ.com

    If this is basketball brought to its cynical endpoint—a plug-and-play triumph of salesmanship—Kentucky fans don’t seem to mind. They celebrate Kentucky coach John Calipari, who has festooned his team with "friends of the program" including Jay-Z and LeBron James, whose donors contributed a $3.1 million "locker-room suite," who famously said the 2010 NBA Draft was the greatest day in Kentucky basketball history.

    This is just typical Calipari hate, and sadly transparent, at that. "Triumph of salesmanship" spoken as if it were somehow dishonorable, and the irony of it being written in the Wall Street Journal is as thick as the impenetrable mass of bone that is the author’s skull.

    If Pitino could recruit classes like Calipari, trust me, he would. He tried to at Kentucky, and succeeded fairly well. But because of his inability to do so at Louisville, we have to be called "cynical" while Pitino is lauded whenever the Cardinals have success.

    We’ll see lots more like this if Louisville wins.

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  • Manziel shoves graduate assistant during scrimmage // Saturday Down South

    Many have examined his offseason to no end, causing Johnny Manziel fatigue for several, including myself. I’ve stayed away from Manziel and have been one of his biggest supporters, usually giving him the benefit of a doubt, knowing he’s just a young man on college football’s biggest stage.

    Too much, too fast?

  • College football could use a big dose of March Madness // Orlando Sentinel

    Imagine the thrill that will surround college football as the top six or eight teams in the country battle for the final four playoff spots. Now imagine that thrill increase exponentially if the playoff was eight or 16 teams? That’s what college football needs.

    A dream, I fear, that can never be real. I think the logistics of this, and the differences between football and basketball, make a playoff of greater than eight teams very unlikely.

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