Good morning BBN, these are your Wednesday quickies. Sadly, yesterday marked the official departure of E.J. Floreal from the Kentucky basketball program. Floreal has decided to pursue other interests with the Kentucky Track & Field program instead of playing out next season with Cal and the basketball team. E.J.'s father, Edrick Floreal, is the coach of the Track and Field team at Kentucky.
Floreal was a walk-on, so he didn't get much playing time. In his time with the Cats, he did put up 3 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals. Floreal's minutes dwindled down to 4 minutes this past season, so it's easy to see why he would go to the Track and Field team if he felt that he had a better opportunity to succeed there.
John Calipari recognized that track and field was a big deal for Floreal and that it would be in his best interest for the longevity of his athletic career, and Cal made that shown in the statement he made. You can check out the full statement here, but in short, Cal said that he was "really happy for E.J." and that "E.J. has elite athleticism".
We will certainly miss Floreal in the basketball program, but we look forward to seeing him do big things in the track and field program, and maybe we'll someday see him on the Olympic stage that some other great Wildcats are on right now!
As an add on, I feel that we have to discuss Michael Phelps' Tuesday night. Phelps brought the stuff of legends to this year's games as he stuck it to the 200m butterfly defending champion Chad le Close and brought home the gold, and then proceeded to anchor the US team in the 4x200m freestyle and lead them to a gold medal as well. Phelps further-strengthened his case as a hero in American sports, and also strengthened his argument for greatest Olympian of all-time on Tuesday night. we went from the Phelps face of anger to the Phelps gold medal face in just one day, and it was spectacular. There is more on Phelps below.
Tweets of the day
Klay Thompson got a picture with Michael Phelps, too. pic.twitter.com/cWumx1Qd4y— ESPN (@espn) August 10, 2016
Close enough, right? (PS, Phelps is 6'4". Dear Kevin Durant, stop lying about your height.)
EXCLUSIVE REPLAY: Michael Phelps beats rival Chad le Clos to reclaim 200m butterfly goldhttps://t.co/gfHfiW8Ugo— SB Nation (@SBNation) August 10, 2016
Of all the great edited videos we've seen in sports Twitter, this may be the greatest ever.
Bam Adebayo and De'Aaron Fox named top SEC newcomers by ESPN. More preseason hype for this recruiting class that is expected to do great things.
LeBron, Nike release a Kentucky colorway on another one of his shoes. As he has done several times, James has released the Zoom Soldier 10 in Kentucky Blue.
Kentucky replaces crystal ball with '51 Sugar Bowl trophy. After Kentucky came under a lot of fire for having a National Championship trophy for the 1951 season, they replaced it with a Sugar Bowl trophy for the same season.
Clock is ticking on the 2014 recruiting class. An intriguing piece by Bozich on the recruiting class of 2014 and the hype that had surrounded it.
Patrick Patterson teaches kids at a camp. Great for the young ones to learn from Patterson!
Kentucky football is counting on Drew Barker, and so far he's delivering. Barker has shown out in camp thus far, and Kentucky is hoping he'll do that in the regular season.
Serena Williams stunned by Elina Svitolina in Rio. Williams was bothered by injury mid-match, and could have to sit out for some upcoming events following the upset.
Michael Phelps' gold medal count hits 21. Phelps won two gold medals Tuesday night, beating defending champion Chad le Close in the 200m butterfly before anchoring the 4x200m team freestyle event and leading them to the victory.
Katie LeDecky captures gold in 200m freestyle. Another American swimmer showing out, LeDecky won gold in the 200m freestyle. She is undefeated in final major international races with 14 wins and zero second place or worse finishes.
Pool water inexplicably turns green at Rio. Apparently there was no risk despite the color... Hopefully that's true.
Ukrainian javelin thrower stripped of 2012 silver medal. Vacating the medal was related to a doping case.
US Women's National Team wins group despite draw. The draw was problematic, but the group win is of course a positive note.
Other sports quickies
Boston College quarterback race is wide open. Patrick Towles has a battle on his hands after transferring away from Kentucky.
Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert listed as co-starters on 49ers' depth chart. Who will take the starting spot in San Francisco?
Red Sox fans chant for Alex Rodriguez. They did not get their wish; he stayed on the bench.
Prince Fielder reportedly retiring. We will miss seeing Fielder's powerful home runs.
Paul Pogba transferred back to Manchester United. In soccer (or football) news, Pogba has been transferred to Man United for $116 million.