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Kentucky Wildcats Saturday Quickies: Charlie Strong Edition

News and commentary from around the Big Blue Internet. Matt Elam decides to wait until February 5th to announce his decision. Erick Smith, one of the Glenville trio, picks Ohio St. over Kentucky. Charlie Strong may be going to Texas. More.

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The big news, obviously, is that Charlie Strong has been offered the Texas job. If Strong accepts, it will be a big blow to Louisville football in the near term. Of course, Louisville could always re-hire Bobby Petrino and cause instant consternation among the Kentucky faithful.

More from the Dallas Morning News and Card Chronicle, and still more from Hank.

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So the UK buzz goes by the boards.

Your Quickies:

Kentucky football
  • Report from the Army Bowl:

  • Ben Roberts has this article talking about the possibility of Kentucky making a recruiting splash on Saturday. Here's the gist: If we only land Matt Elam, we should be very happy. Anything else is a bonus, as Hank and Will recently discussed.

  • John Clay has an article yesterday talking about the momentum Mark Stoops is gaining, partially from the success of his more famous brother Bob at Oklahoma.

  • So now, Matt Elam has decided to wait and announce his decision on national signing day. I don't see this as particularly good news.

  • Drew Barker talks about the Army Bowl and Matt Elam. I like this:

    Do you expect that Matt will end up picking Kentucky?

    Yeah, I think he will. I think he feels most comfortable with us. I couldn’t really be mad at him if he picked Alabama because Alabama is a great school and a great tradition. But at the end of the day, he’s going to make the best decision for him, and I think it’s Kentucky. Just from the signs I’ve seen, I think he’s going to come.

  • From the Army Bowl:

Kentucky basketball
  • James Pennington says Julius Randle's offense lacks diversity:

    So how diverse has Randle’s game been so far this season? In short: not very. Using gametracker data, a shot chart of Randle’s 75 makes from the field in 132 attempts was created. Of those 75 makes, 59 were classified as being shot at the rim—either dunks, layups or tip-ins. On shots away from the rim, he was 16-of-59 (including 0-for-6 from 3-point range).

    While this is true, we see Randle attempting a fair number of shots away from the rim, and while he hasn't made many, having the confidence to shoot them is a good sign.

  • Coach Cal watches some 2015 recruits.

  • KSR has a very cool old pic of Tubby Smith shooting free thows for High Point "back in the day."

  • Coach Cal, among others, evaluating 2016 wing prospect Jayson Tatum from St. Louis:

    "He's an elite-level wing," Scout analyst Evan Daniels recently told the Herald-Leader. "He shoots the ball pretty well off the catch from three. He's really developed a mid-range game. He has all the intangibles you look for in a wing prospect. He can defend the position well, he rebounds well out of that spot. ... I'm a big, big fan."

  • Dakari Johnson gets the Kentucky-Louisville rivalry now. It's kind of a process, really, for those who haven't lived in the Commonwealth.

  • Keith Taylor breaks down the SEC.

  • Dakari Johnson has a blog over on Cat Scratches. Consider:

    Camp Cal has been a little different for me because I've never spent the whole day with my teammates, eating together, working out together, practicing together and then spending the night hanging out together is making us come together as a team because we're with each other 24/7. I think we've become a lot closer over the last couple of weeks.

    That sounds promising. I expect big things from Dakari in the SEC portion of the schedule.

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