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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Blue-White Game Edition

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News and commentary from around the Big Blue Internet. UK Rifle now ranked #2, visits Navy on Saturday. UK soccer's Laird is National Player of the Week. More.

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The Blue-White Scrimmage will take place on Monday, October 27th at 7:00 PM. It will be broadcast live on the SEC Network, in case you missed it yesterday.

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Yes! The season is now very close, Big Blue Nation.

Your Quickies:

Kentucky football
Kentucky basketball
  • Campus Insiders thinks UK will go undefeated:

    Feh. I’ll allow myself to begin to believe if we are still undefeated in January.

  • Happier Harrisons help the UK locker room. I think their famously poor body language last season had less to do with who they are than the pressure they put on themselves. Now that some of that pressure is off, it’s not surprising to see them relax, hopefully have more fun.

    When the going gets tough, that’s when we’ll know how much they’ve matured. If they return to the pouty 2013 Harrisons, we’ll know that they haven’t really cleared that bar.

  • Devin Booker talks about the combine, communication, defense, and Alex Poythress.

Other Kentucky sports
College football
  • Kentucky gets a rare mention from SB Nation’s Dan Reubenstein

  • A list of "problems" with the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. I rank these into 3 categories:

    • Not really legitimate concerns:
      • #1, #5, #6
    • Minor concerns:
      • #2, #4
    • Legitimate concerns:
      • #3 — Margin of victory should be considered at some level. Excluding it is dumb.
      • #7 — I can see the point about injuries here. Unfortunately, this is a consideration that shows up in the NCAA tournament as well. My inclination would be to consider injuries a factor in future performance, but perhaps only a minor one.
      • #8 — Judging "intent" is ludicrous. I fully agree with the argument that your opponents are what they are.
      • #9 — the lack of transparency is more than weird, it’s a genuine problem. Anytime we set up panels to offer judgments without having to provide reasoning, we have made a mess of it.
  • The conspiracy against Notre Dame. Heh. Only EDSBS can give this meme the thorough mocking it richly deserves.

  • Could Steve Spurrier return to Florida? Ooooh, so scary. If this were ten years ago, yes, probably. In 2014? Not likely. What would be his motivation, trying to out-Lou Holz Lou Holz?

College basketball
Other sports news
  • Is an Eric Bledsoe for Julius Randle (plus another player and draft pick) being considered by the Suns and Lakers? Bright Side of the Sun doesn’t think it has any legs.

  • Jimmy Dykes defends Arkansas’ hiring of him. I don’t know why he’d have to. He’s never been a head coach, but then again, that was true of every great coach before he became one. I’m not sure Dykes will be great or even good, but I don’t think his selection needs much defending.

  • NCAA mocks Sports Illustrated article by Thayer Evans and George Dohrman as "Unfounded." Of course, SI stands by their work, but it was roundly trashed the day it came out. From what I can tell, it was mostly a work of fiction.

    That doesn’t mean Oklahoma State will come away unscathed — the NCAA will issue a notice of possible Level II violations against the school, but they are pinpricks compared to the multiple Level I violations suggested by the SI article.

    Let me just say this as a personal observation — Thayer Evans is, in my opinion, an incompetent boob. I have no idea why SI would keep him on staff. Who knows, maybe after this, he’ll be freed up for other opportunities.

  • Lawyers gotta get paid, baby. I’d take them to court and make them justify every red cent. Not that I begrudge lawyers their fees, but I have seen too many cases like this where their fees were wildly inflated. I know that will come as a shock, but it does happen.

  • 2014 SLAM online top 50 players.

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