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Friday Headlines: UK and Kofi Cockburn

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Is this match already on the verge of happening?

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Kentucky Wildcats basketball head coach John Calipari seems to continue to make all the right moves this offseason. After landing quality transfers, key players returning for another season and being one of the top landing spots for stud recruit Jalen Duren, you’d think Calipari might slow down just a tad.

But last season must have really lit a fire under the all-time great coach, as he’s working other angles to try and secure one of the better big men in college basketball.

Thursday afternoon, Illinois Fighting Illini star Kofi Cockburn entered his name in the transfer portal. You might ask how Kentucky would have any angles on this... Well it just happens to be that new assistants Chin Coleman and Orlando Antigua were of course Cockburn’s coaches last season at Illinois and clearly have a solid relationship with him.

Cockburn is still mulling the NBA Draft, but entering his name in the transfer portal hints that he could skip out on this year’s draft and join a team like Kentucky to not just compete for a national title but also maximize his chances at National TV games and/or NIL.

His potential decision to join Kentucky would also be an excellent security blanket if the Wildcats end up missing out on top-recruit Jalen Duren.

So yes, John Calipari is indeed on fire this offseason.

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Quickies

What Davion Mintz’s return means to Kentucky - Kentucky Sports Radio

It means everything... it’s HUGE.

Could another world record be coming for Sydney McLaughlin in Olympics - Vaught’s Views

What a run the former Wildcat is having.

All-American Kofi Cockburn enters the transfer portal - Kentucky Sports Radio

Most likely Kentucky’s backup plan if they miss on Jalen Duren.

Former Georgia and Miami coach Mark Richt says he has Parkinson’s disease - ESPN

Prayers for Mark Richt.

NFL fines WFT $10 million after investigation into franchise’s culture - USA Today

Pathetic.

Hawks dominated in paint, seeking answers after Game 5 loss to Bucks - ESPN

Such a disappointing loss for ATL.

Bryson DeChambeau’s caddie quits after tensions come to the boil - The Telegraph

Yikes.

Guerrero Jr., Tatis Jr., Ohtani lead way for All-Star Game starters - ESPN

Did your favorite player make the team?