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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: NBA Draft 2014 Hangover Edition

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  • Mitch Barnhart has a post up at Cat Scratches lauding Kentucky's fantastic athletics year. Consider:

    We received the news this morning that we came in 11th in the national all-sports standings, far and away our best finish in the 21-year history of the Directors' Cup. In doing so, we achieved our goal of becoming a top-15 athletics department a year ahead of the schedule set forth in our 15 by 15 by 15 Plan.

    We did it with remarkable efforts across the program. Eighteen of our 22 teams contributed to our final point total, with seven finishing in the top 10 in their respective sports and 15 in the top 20. All those moments we'll remember for so long - Aaron Harrison shooting men's basketball to the national championship game, Kelsey Nunley pitching softball to the Women's College World Series and A.J. Reed proving himself the best baseball player in the country - made this happen.

    Impressive. Very impressive.

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  • Wouldn't it be ironic if the landmark 1984 NCAA v. Oklahoma Board of Regents Supreme Court case that ended the NCAA's control over television for college football ultimately saves it in the O'Bannon case?

  • An interesting and true argument by the NCAA that there is no market restraint for some other organization to pay players. The NAIA could, for example. The NCAA does not set a barrier for another athletics association to form and begin to pay players salaries. The NCAA is tacitly admitting this when it talks about forming Division IV — they know that larger schools could simply leave the NCAA and form a new associations with any rules they want to make, including player salaries or stipends.

    Of course, you'll see no rush for schools to do this. Actually, I think O'Bannon might have done better by simply suing UCLA instead of the entire NCAA, and not for anything as complex as antitrust, where arcane arguments can often be successful.

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