Good morning and happy Tuesday. I hope some of you were able to enjoy the three-day holiday weekend. Today it's back to the grind for many.
To your Quickies...
Tweet of the Morning:
The No. 1 ranking is a hot potato. In order: UNC, Kentucky, Michigan State, Kansas, Oklahoma all had it, faltered. Who's next?— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ) January 19, 2016
- Former running backs coach, and current receivers coach, Chad Scott is leaving Kentucky to coach tight ends at North Carolina. This doesn't strike me as surprising given over-lapping recruiting responsibilities in Florida, new offensive direction, and opportunities Scott would have elsewhere. Offensive line coach John Schlarman remains the last offensive coach from Mark Stoops' first staff.
- Finding a replacement for Scott presumably won't be difficult. UK has many young and talented receivers, and offensive coordinator Eddie Gran is reportedly widely respected. It's a good opportunity for a young assistant coach. Where their recruiting territory will be is probably the most interesting component of this hire. Will UK again use their receiver coach to cover the mid-Atlantic, or will they redirect?
- Cal says the refs are swallowing their whistles.
- The Matthew Mitchell show episode seven is up
- Speaking of Mitchell, one of his recruits will be playing in the McDonald's All-American Game.
- The men's team fell to 23rd in the latest AP poll. Here's what I don't get: Duke has lost three straight and is still ranked 20th...
- The women's team remains ranked 9th.
- Several former 'Cats are finalists for the US Olympic roster.
Other Kentucky sports
- The men's tennis team continued UK's domination of Duke, upsetting the 13th ranked team in the country. The men's team remains undefeated.
- Meet Grace Rose. The Nicholasville native is expected to be a contributor to the women's golf team this spring
- This may have already been posted, but Sha'Keela Saunders set a personal best triple jump over the weekend. Overall, it was a good meet for the men's and women's squads.
- Way too early Top 25 for 2016. That opening weekend (September 3rd) is jam-packed with incredible games. It means Week Two will be filled with some snoozers, but the Week One high should see us through.
- Where will the top recruits sign?
- Brady Hoke is Oregon's new defensive coordinator. Interested to see how that goes. Reax from the Duck faithful here.
- LSU actually gets two of its juniors to not leave early. That's huge for their SEC West aspirations.
- Ohio State took away some important recruits from Maryland. Big dogs eat the little dogs in the world of recruiting.
- Oklahoma lost to Iowa State last night. This many upsets is very uncommon.
- Syracuse beat the poor Dukies.
- SMU is America's team, writes Ricky O'Donnell. Sure.
- This link is a few days old, but Kansas is also having front court issues. Speaking of our future opponent, here are five observations from the Kansas-TCU game. Diallo sounds like he's coming along.
Other sports news
- Golden State easily disposed of Cleveland last night. Kevin Love's defense got made fun of.
- Perpetually injured bantamweight Dominick Cruz came out of semi-retirement to defeat the current champ Sunday night.
- Tom Brady is a big fat cheater.
- 2016 NFL Mock Draft. The first of a few hundred, I imagine.
- Justin Upton of the Detroit Tigers got paid.
- Having designated hitters in both leagues is "awful".
- I went to the movies and watched Room yesterday. It has my approval for whatever that's worth. I bring it up just as an excuse to link to the child actor giving a cute acceptance speech at the Critics' Choice Awards over the weekend.
- When you'll probably die, visualized.
- Banks scrambling to adapt to the mobile age.