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Very sad to hear that former UK lineman Brad Duram was severely injured in a fall from the top deck of Commonwealth Stadium celebrating the victory on Saturday. We’ll join UK president Dr. Eli Capilouto in offering our prayers and/or best wishes for a speedy and full recovery for Brad.

I think it would be prudent for UK to examine the incident carefully to see how such things can be avoided in the future. It may not be possible or reasonable to do anything in particular, but I think it deserves a look to see if we may have overlooked reasonable ways to make such accidents less likely.

I also urge everyone at UK basketball games to be careful. There are many opportunities to get hurt in the upper reaches of Rupp Arena, and although a catastrophic fall like Durahm’s is unlikely, it is still possible. Do be aware of the potential hazard and use care, especially going up and down the steps.

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Kentucky football
  • Governor’s Cup series extended through 2019. That’s good news, and at least temporarily allays fears that the series would be ended due to conference conflicts.

  • Bud Dupree is SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week. Congratulations!

  • Mark Stoops’ weekly press conference:

    • Nice comments about Matt Elam. I thought Elam played well.
    • Still laments physicality in run game on defense.
    • Noted Jason Hatcher’s good play.
    • Said he knew UK was going to play well.
    • Liked the trick play call, thought it was the right time at the right spot.
    • Lots of praise for the O-Line.
    • Depth is helping on both sides of the ball in the lines.
    • Called team "focused."
    • Said players and recruits felt the passion of the fans, and Saturday was a great environment.
    • Said the Wildcat formation had "hurt me" over the years. That’s how you learn from experience.
    • Called Landon Foster "solid." Says his contribution gets taken for granted at times.
  • Freshmen suspended in the air gun incident have been reinstated, will be available this weekend.

Kentucky basketball
  • Jaylen Brown singles out both Bill Self and John Calipari as giving him the right messages. He’s apparently attending Fridays Late Night in the Phog and Big Blue Madness.

  • Andy Katz and Seth Greenberg talk to Caoch Cal about the combine. Key points:

    • Will put in situation teams (i.e. pressing, shooting, foul shooting, etc.).
    • If one platoon is playing better than the other, they’ll get more minutes.
    • 90 NBA personnel in the combine, nobody from media except ESPN.
    • Do agility drills, shooting drills, 3-on-3, and eventually 5-on-5.
    • Doesn’t see a downside for any of the players.

    Listen to the whole thing.

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