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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Dominique Hawkins Edition

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Dominque Hawkins broke a finger in his hand, UK moves on from EKU, more.

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In case you haven’t heard yet, Dominique Hawkins is expected to miss four weeks of play with a broken right hand. This is a nasty setback for a player who was looking to move into the rotation and see significant minutes. He still can, of course, but this will make it harder.

This is a real bummer for me, as it’s bound to affect his shooting, the one thing that he really needed, and reportedly has, improved.

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For some reason, I sprayed coffee on that one…

Your Quickies:

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  • Mark Stoops defends Patrick Towles on his call-in show. Towles did not play a good game by any means, but he had a lot of company. I’m not ready to throw him under the bus, so he doesn’t have to defend him to me, but he definitely isn’t off to what I would call a hot start.

    Reminder: The most popular player on any team is the backup quarterback.

  • Freddie Maggard talks about EKU, Auburn:

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  • The Louisville sex-for-recruits scandal is getting juicier by the day. It is like the proverbial slow-motion train wreck that you can’t look away from.

    Now, the lady who was the alleged "madam" in the affair says she called the NCAA in March and advised "a young white guy" about "trading sex and all that stuff for money." Consider:

    "I called the NCAA in mid-March, I spoke with a young white guy, and I was telling him that I had a story about a college that was trading sex and all that stuff for money," Powell told IBJ in September.

    But her call to the NCAA’s main switchboard number at its headquarters was dismissed without action, she said.

    "[The man who answered the phone] said he’s not allowed to take a story from somebody on the outside—you know, ‘It’s heresay, I’m not doing that, I’m not taking the story.’ I asked if there was anyone else I could possibly tell my story to, and he said, ‘No, there’s no one else. We can’t take outside stories.’ He hung up. I hung up."

    Heh. If this is a hoax, it might be the greatest hoax ever. Also, how droll is it that this is the second sex scandal for Louisville under Rick Pitino, and although this one will never totally eclipse Pitino’s 15 seconds of porn infamy, it could give him a run for his money.

  • Speaking of Pitino, he is doing his very best Sergent Schultz.

    Meanwhile, Tim Sullivan reminds us that plausible deniability is no longer a defense to the NCAA, at least where assistant coaches and coaching staff members are concerned.

  • New coordinator of officials ready to bring big changes to the game. Yeah, we’ve heard this before, and the officials themselves nixed the "changes" by refusing to enforce them.

    So if all these "emphasis" changes happen, I’ll be very happy. Just know that I won’t be holding my breath.

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