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Kentucky Sports: Afternoon Quickies -- Father's Day Edition

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News and commentary from around the Big Blue Internet. Kentucky was briefly in second place in Rivals.com's national recruiting rankings, but now sits 4th. Calipari talks about the incoming freshmen. 2014 commit Karl Towns Jr. loves to play golf. More.

Julius Randle is likely the most important of the newcomers for next year.
Julius Randle is likely the most important of the newcomers for next year.
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Happy Father's Day to all fathers out there. I'm going to see my own shortly after posting this, and I know he doesn't have many more left. Treasure them while you can.

This is a good day to listen to "The Living Years," by Mike & The Mechanics.

Tweet of the Morning:

Good advice. Another Yahtzee! Hope!

 

Your Quickies:

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  • I don't care for the real Jerry Tipton but he actually has a good article from yesterday. [Hank]

  • John Clay observes that the focus on recruiting has shifted from coach to coach. He's absolutely right that under Pitino, the Wildcats were more about style of play than recruiting, and under Calipari, recruiting is king. He also addresses Smith and Gillispie. Good read.

  • UK Recruiting quiz. I only managed 4 correct without any help. Memory is the second thing to go when you get old ...

  • Calipari comments on the incoming freshmen. I love his comments on Randle and Young. Randle is the key to next year. If he reaches his potential or near, I think nothing can stop Kentucky from reaching the NCAA Final Four. How far they get beyond that depends a lot on the development of the rest of the guys.

  • UK target gets MVP at NBPA Top 100 Camp.

  • Karl Towns Jr. loves his golf. He and I would get along just fine.

  • Larry Vaught says Mike DeCourcy was right in his assessments of Julius Randle and Alex Poythress.

    For the record, I agree with him.

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  • I'm not sure this is fair. [Hank]

    I think it's fair in the limited context that Story places it. On the national level, there's no doubt that Barnhart has brought UK far. You may argue, reasonably, that Tom Jurich has brought Louisville just as far, and possibly farther, but that's a debate.

    I do think, however, that both programs are at, or near equal footing in most major sports right now. What will determine who is the more successful is who can maintain that success over a period of years.

    I like what Kentucky has done. Louisville fans surely have to like what Louisville has done. Everyone, regardless of partisan affiliation, has to feel good about their respective program. Revisiting this in three or four years will be instructive.

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  • Louisville's Kevin Ware has a pretty ugly scar from his horrible leg injury last year.
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