Welcome to the Tuesday Morning Quickies, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation. Today’s lead story is about former Wildcat favorite son Randall Cobb. who will walk with the graduating class of 2016, calling it his greatest accomplishment.
What I wouldn’t give to have Cobb on the football team this season. He and Mark Stoops would’ve gotten along famously. Alas.
Tweet of the Morning
Billy Donovan has no idea about that Dion Waiters call that everyone is talking about. https://t.co/LCHT2lx8Ht pic.twitter.com/XeF44Njmi5— SB Nation NBA (@SBNationNBA) May 3, 2016
Billy Donovan responding post game like he's talking to the police.— S. (@SBrown_) May 3, 2016
After Oklahoma City stole one from the San Antonio Spurs last night.
Future UK running backs combine for five touchdowns in Ohio North-South game. Seems like the Wildcats are getting the Jimmys and Joes in the skill positions. If we can improve our line recruiting, we have a chance to be really competitive.
Congratulations to A.J. Stamps, who has signed as a free agent with the Cleveland Browns. And Farrington Huguenin signed with the Dolphins
Funeral arrangements set for former UK great Ed Davender. I was really sad to hear of his premature passing, I loved watching him play.
Just a reminder that Luddites are not confined to the technological area.
Derek Willis will be returning for his senior season, unsurprisingly. Willis could lead the Wildcats to #9 next season, and wouldn’t it be doubly sweet that a Kentucky boy is critical to what looks to be a season pregnant with NCAA championship possibilities?
Other Kentucky sports
We’re #1, and not just in basketball. Women’s track is ranked #1 for the first time in school history.
Bat Cats host Eastern on Tuesday. I was at the Louisville game two weeks ago and witnessed the collapse at Jim Patterson Stadium, and since then, the boys of spring have been barely muddling through. I hope they find themselves soon.
- The Leach Report: Tuesday Wildcat Links
Jerry Sandusky is trying to get his child molestation convictions thrown out , but ran into some headwinds today. Good.
Auburn surges into the lead for the Golden Handcuffs. I prefer the old Fulmer Cup, myself.
You are hereby assigned Football Study Hall — God’s Play: The Modern Power Run Game.
The slow-motion self-destruction of Bobby Knight. This unforgettable moment to those of us of a certain age, remembered thus:
Unencumbered by sleeves, Knight gripped the chair with one hand on the top and another at the base. He took a step, straddling the sidelines, one foot on the court, the other out of bounds. Then he let fly. It was less of a football throw than it was the motion of a sailor hurling an anchor overboard. "Looky here, looky here," the broadcaster intoned. "Bobby Knight just threw his chair clear across the free throw lane.
A moment in basketball history that will never be forgotten by anybody who saw it, and even those that just heard about it. There is much more, and you should read the whole thing.
Even if the NCAA isn’t putting the words “academic” and “fraud” together, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission, the group that accredits the university, is. And it is not looking good at all for the Tobacco Road denizens:
Wheelan said her knowledge goes back 11 years. For the Higher Learning Commission, there is no such case similar to North Carolina’s in the last 40 years. That’s as far as the commission’s records reach according to a spokesman.
The NCAA looks worse with every story on this subject, if that’s even possible.
Washington State coach Ernie Kent is trying to forbid the transfer of 6-foot-10 Valentine Izundu to San Diego State, among others, and he is getting serious heat from both the Student-Athletes Human Rights Project. Consider this email from SAHRP director Emmett Gill to NABC board of directors member Jim Boeheim (Coach Cal also sits on that board):
Jim, I honestly believe restricting the transfer options of college athletes is a form of abuse — abuse of power," Gill wrote to Haney. "Mr. Izundu is simply trying to better himself and increase his earning potential once he completes competing in competitive basketball. College athletes have so few rights and the least that we can do is afford them the same freedom coaches share.
It’s hard to argue against this.
Other sports news
Remember when Draymond Green was verbally committed to Kentucky. He’s so good now, I can’t help thinking about what might have been.
Ex-Kings coach George Karl never “got into a good place” with DeMarcus Cousins, according to him. There’s no doubt that the Big Cuz is a tricky guy to know, based on what we’ve seen. Karl just wasn’t able to reach him, and it contributed mightily to his recent dismissal. Hat tip: Hat tip: Aaron’s blog.
Man convicted of murder in Brooklyn exonerated after 52 years. Well, it’s always better late than never, but… wow. What a tragedy.
Are people migrating from Windows to Linux, or just… from Windows?