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Kentucky Wildcats: Sunday Brunch - Maui Invitational Edition

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News and commentary from around the Big Blue Internet. The Maui Invitational will have to get along without Kentucky. Bat Cats take historic series off Ole Miss in Oxford. Softball ties series with #11 Mizzou. Football gets two more commitments out of Ohio. More.

Coach Cal says "No, thanks" to the Maui Invitational.
Coach Cal says "No, thanks" to the Maui Invitational.
Streeter Lecka

We have known for some time that John Calipari is no fan of the Maui Invitational. Now, it looks like that's one tournament we won't be playing in for the foreseeable future.

Tweet of the Morning:

When you hear these kinds of comments from a recruit, you can usually call it over. I'm calling this one. Johnson will be a Wildcat.

Your Quickies:

Kentucky football
  • Kentucky continues its letter-writing campaign (via Hank). Kentucky Blue Sports News

  • Orlando area offer (Hank). Orlando Sentinel

  • Is Kentucky serious? They watched him at a workout this week, or at least that’s what he tweeted. And he maintains the Cats are still after him in this article (Hank). InDepthSports

  • Some details about Stoops & Co.’s Ohio strategy (via Hank). Herald-Leader

  • The local perspective on UK commit Tymere Dubose. This newspaper broke the story that tarnished his announcement, which was to be on Wednesday.

  • Kentucky lands not only Tymere Dubose, but also Darryl Long, a tight end out of Westerville, OH. Long is a 3-star according to both Scout and Rivals. This was also a victory over Louisville, whom Long was considering.

Kentucky basketball
  • This article explains why John Calipari likes 2014 Devin Booker. It can be summarized in two words – relentless effort. Herald-Leader

  • John Calipari is not a fan of the Maui Invitational, and isn’t planning to go back. Roy Williams apparently likes it, though. NBC

  • Kentucky 2014 recruit Rashad Vaughn may transfer to Huntington Prep. That makes it all the easier to recruit him, in my view. Herald-Leader

  • Patterson, Wall, Cousins, Miller, Bledsoe will be at Camp One in Lexington and Louisville. VaughtsViews

  • 2014’s Stanley Johnson thinks he is UK’s #1 priority and first offer (well, since Karl Towns Jr., anyway). Courier-Journal

  • Now, this is hilarious. I can hear all of you thinking that Jerry Tipton must be responsible, somehow. KSR

  • Jahlil Okafor has Kentucky on his brain, and that’s a very good thing. He also says that he is very serious about playing with his buddy Tyus Jones, considered by most the top point guard in the country. NextCats Hat tip: NBC

Other UK sports
  • Bat Cats win series from Ole Miss in Oxford, 2-1. This represents only the 3rd time in history UK has taken a series at Ole Miss, and the first since 2007. Is the long slump finally over for the Gary Henderson’s squad? Stay tuned …

  • Softball evens series against #11 Mizzou.

College football
  • C-J chooses to ignore Card fans bad behavior towards Elam (Hank). Courier-Journal

  • This is really funny (Hank). USA Today

  • Well, isn’t that special (via Hank)! USA Today

  • Will Missouri take over as the worst team in the SEC? Judging by their commitments so far for 2014, it could happen (Hank).

  • Florida St. has a school record 11 players drafted, many from Mark Stoops’ defense (via Hank). Miami Herald

  • Fulmer Cup points for LSU. NBC

College basketball
  • Maurice Creek is leaving Indiana (via Hank). Courier-Journal

  • Is there a move afoot to clean up SEC officiating for basketball? I sure hope so, and getting rid of Gerald Boudreaux is a good start. Herald-Leader

  • Can another aging legend rebuild the Red Raiders? Well, Smith landed his first recruit the other day – a JUCO transfer. NBC

Other sports news
  • SB Nation’s Rodger Sherman grades the NFL Draft. SB Nation

  • Tennessee’s Tyler Bray goes undrafted. Forbes

  • Kentucky’s Matt Smith picked up by Atlanta Falcons SB Nation

  • Ole Miss basketball player Murphy Holloway signs with Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent.

Other news
  • The Iter Project, a huge, multinational tokamak-style fusion reactor, gained final approval for the technical design of its most critical component. If this thing works, we could have commercial fusion power in 30 years. Faster, please. Independent (UK)