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Friday Quickies: The Joy of Recruiting Edition

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John Calipari shares what he loves about recruiting and more in today’s quickies.

NCAA Basketball: Illinois-Chicago at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

In his presser yesterday, John Calipari said he finds joy in recruiting by learning about the stories of his recruits and where they and their families come from, and helping those families.

"The way you can enjoy recruiting is enjoy meeting people and enjoy hearing their story about where they've come from as a family and how hard it's been in most cases," Cal said.

It’s all about the kids.

Tweets of the day

It’s time. Tiger is officially back and the fist pump proves it.

Your quickies

Kentucky basketball home schedule is not that bad | Lexington Herald Leader
There are only eight schools that consistently matter in shaping the perception of the Kentucky Wildcats’ men’s basketball home schedule. How many games UK is playing in Rupp Arena against Duke, North Carolina, Louisville, Indiana, Kansas, UCLA, Michigan State and Notre Dame forms the fan view of the worthiness of the home slate.

Fans want Brad to shoot but Brad wants to play basketball. | Lexington Herald Leader
Brad Calipari hears the fans all but plead for him to shoot whenever he’s in a game and has the ball in his hands. But he said wants to make basketball plays in addition to shooting. His father, UK Coach John Calipari, said his son wants to prove he’s more than a sideshow shooter.

Will Jarred Vanderbilt leave for NBA even if he doesn't play for Cats? - SEC Country
Our Kentucky fan question of the day: Would Jarred Vanderbilt still declare for the 2018 NBA Draft even if he doesn't play for the Wildcats this season?

Kentucky Wildcats podcast: Staff news in Lexington while coaching rumors persist in Knoxville - SEC Country
There was a Kentucky coaching update involving Matt House on Wednesday as the carousel keeps spinning in Knoxville for the Tennessee job.

CatsIllustrated.com - Kentucky's top breakout players in 2017
Each year a number of football players on any team will step up and take their game to another level. Kentucky was no exception in 2017.

WATCH || Calipari on what he likes about recruiting - Cats' Pause
Kentucky coach John Calipari shares what he enjoys about the recruiting process.

Final Analysis: Did Kentucky Meet 2017 Statistical Benchmarks? | Kentucky Sports Radio
Freddie breaks down the numbers to see if Kentucky football met the statistical benchmarks he set at the beginning of the season.

DeMarcus Cousins explains "Titanic" | Kentucky Sports Radio
Cousins gives us his first movie review.

On the Road: Catch Up with UK Football's Busy Recruiting Week | Kentucky Sports Radio
Here's what the Kentucky football coaches have been up to since the 2017 regular season ended.

LeBron James, Kevin Love power Cavaliers to 10th straight win - USA Today
The Cavaliers own the NBA's longest active winning streak.

Florida State expects Jimbo Fisher to take Texas A&M job, Aggies near decision - CBSSports.com
The Noles' coach said Thursday he plans to be on the field Saturday against UL Monroe.

Michigan State's supporting cast separating Spartans from opponents - ESPN
Miles Bridges has been bothered by injury and hasn't been at his best. And it hasn't mattered. Bridges' teammates stepped up again to beat Notre Dame.

Rick Pitino sues Louisville athletics for breach of contract - The Washington Post
The former coach is accusing the school of failing to show “just cause” in firing him. He is seeking more than $35 million.

Conor McGregor allegedly punched a member of the Irish cartel and may have a €900,000 bounty on his head - SBNation.com
Details are murky, but here’s what we know so far.

MLB rumors: Marlins shopping Stanton to Giants | SI.com
Get the latest information and news about what is happening during the MLB offseason.