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Saturday Quickies: John Settle Edition

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Mark Stoops makes his final hire during the offseason and it’s a big one.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 07 Central Michigan at Wisconsin Photo by Dan Sanger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Good morning, Big Blue Nation! This Edition of the Quickies is dedicated to a young man from Calloway County that is a diehard Kentucky Wildcats football fan. He asked if I could center around the new running backs coach, so I obliged. This one’s for Mitch!

John Settle is the new running backs coach for Mark Stoops and the Wildcats. He had great success with the Wisconsin Badgers where he coached the likes of Montee Ball, Johnathon Taylor, and James White.

The Badgers tried to keep Settle but to no avail. UK has a stacked running back room once again with Christopher Rodriguez leading the way. Paired with a veteran offensive line, the Cats are once again primed to be one of the best running teams in the SEC.

Tweets of the Day

Andre Stewart flipped from the Auburn Tigers to the Cats last night. Pretty nice day for Kentucky football.

Watching Cade Cunningham upset Baylor last night was both awesome and depressing.

Quickies

Rick Pitino and Iona are on the verge of dancing | The Spun- Rick Pitino is proving to everyone that he’s still one of the best coaches in the country and the Louisville Cardinals may be kicking themselves for running him off after watching Will Wade, Bill Self, Bruce Pearl, and Sean Miller keep their jobs amidst NCAA probes. All of this makes me happy.

Davion Mintz saved his best for last | Cats Pause- Mintz was one of the few Wildcats that didn’t drive everyone completely nuts for most of the year. The question as to why it took John Calipari until the last regular season to move him to point guard is both frustrating and unforgivable.

Devin Askew is back | SDS- We didn’t have to wait even 24 hours for Devin Askew to decide to stay at Kentucky. I’m glad he came back and believe he can be a backup point guard next season or even an effective shooting guard if he could get his shot worked out. People want these guys to stay around and develop so we should all be excited about multiple years of Devin Askew.

Thank Greg McDermott if UK lands Tyty Washington | USA Today- Kentucky is heavily involved with four star point guard Tyty Washington after he decommitted from Creighton because of coach Greg McDermott’s racially insensitive comments.

Dontaie Allen doesn’t sound like a guy thinking of a transfer | Your Sports Edge- The Kentucky shooting guard went out with a bang, scoring 23 points as he futilly tried to keep the Cats alive in the SEC tournament. After the game he implored the fans to ‘stick with us’.

Kentucky baseball romps Georgia State | Cats Illustrated- Kentucky (9-2) won 16-1 in a series opening win over Georgia State.

Bracket implications on a big Saturday | CBS- Jerry Palm’s latest bracket is primed for a huge day in college basketball as conference champions are decided and bubbles start to burst (please let Louisville’s bubble burst).

Georgetown and Oregon State are threats to bubble teams | ESPN- Today is going to be all kinds of fun.

Volleyball Cats sweep Ole Miss | UK Athletics- The Skinner sisters were huge yesterday as the #3 ranked team in the country continues to roll along.

Kansas and Virginia prove this is going to be a stressful March Madness | Sporting News- Kansas and Virginia were both primed to make runs in their respective conference tournaments and raise their tournament profile until they were both hit with a positive COVID test.

SEC Tournament schedule and breakdown | SDS- It really sucks to not be talking about Kentucky playing tournament basketball today.

Brad Stevens to IU talk is BACK | WDRB- WDRB’s Rick Bozich dared to write the column that all IU fans are clamoring for as the Hoosier faithful still have visions of Brad Stevens picking up Bob Knight’s chair and leading them back to the promised land.

JLO calls off engagement to A-Rod | Page Six- It appears as if Alex Rodriguez had a difficult time staying loyal to Jennifer Lopez. I mean...c’mon A-Rod.

Scientists solved the Antikythera Mechanism mystery | The Guardian- The Antikythera Mechanism is known as the world’s oldest computer. The 2,000 year old device has stunned scientists for decades but now they think they know what it was and how it worked. But the question of how the ancient Greeks built it remains unsolved. It appears ancient technology was more advanced than we believe.