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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: "Slice" Rohrssen Edition

News and commentary from around the Big Blue Internet. Rohrssen reportedly leaving for St. Johns. Softball, baseball drop series. More.

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Goodbye to Barry "Slice" Rohrssen, we hardly knew ye. He is reportedly headed to St. Johns to join Chris Mullen’s staff. It’s not too surprising considering that’s his stomping grounds area. He has a home in the Bronx.

We’ll miss him, he was one of the good ones.

Tweet of the Morning

Harrell was very good, no doubt, but better than Towns? I think the NBA will pass that judgment, and it’s unlikely to be a vote for Harrell.

Your Quickies:

Kentucky football
Kentucky basketball
  • Believe it or not, it’s time to think about 2017 recruiting, and Coach Cal has a couple of prime targets shaping up.

  • Who’s left for 2015. Give me Malik Newman, Stephen Zimmerman and Jaylen Brown, and I’d call it a deal. I really love Cheik Diallo, and I like Thon Maker as well. Mix and match three of those five (with the exception of Newman, I think we really need him), put it with what we already have, and we have a contendah.

  • Rodger Sherman, writing for SB Nation, says John Calipari is one of the good guys. Here’s a taste:

    I know what you’re going to say: Shouldn’t Calipari be focused on getting his players an education? Isn’t that what this is all about? What if basketball doesn’t work out for these kids, and their career ends after just a few years – won’t they be out on the street with no valuable skills?

    Well, Calipari told all his players that if and when they decide to return to college, they’ll have academic scholarships waiting for them, even though their athletic eligibility will have been exhausted. He’s willing to commit academic resources towards players who can no longer help his team. A human being is physically capable of taking college courses at any point in their life.

  • Interview with Karlito: | Continuous News and StormTracker Weather

Other Kentucky sports
College football
  • Lou Holtz, favorite foil of A2D2’s conversations with the Bear, has parted ways with ESPN. I always liked Lou, in a crazy uncle sort of way.
College basketball
Other sports news
  • Jordan Spieth wins the Masters, a dream of his since childhood. This young man has me tremendously excited about the future of American golf, along with guys like Ricky Fowler, Keegan Bradley, Dustin Johnson and a few others. American golf has been searching for a new face to replace the aging Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, and although those two worthies have plenty of great golf left in them, we desperately needed an heir apparent. It seems we now have one, and he couldn’t be more perfect in both demeanor and quality of game. I’ve been watching this young man since he burst on the scene five years ago, and he has blown my expectations out of the water.

    Speaking of Woods, I was very impressed with everything he did this weekend. He seems to be regaining some of that mental game that placed him at a different level than other players. He doesn’t have to get it all back — 75% and he will be formidable, indeed — but golf could really use a resurgent Woods, and it looks like it just might happen if he can keep from injuring himself every time he plays. He just has to remember that he doesn’t have a 21-year old body anymore.

    Oh, one final note: Jordan Spieth was "two and through" at Texas. Just saying, haters.

  • Here’s a nice article on Patrick Patterson, who I know is a big favorite around this community. Oh, and bonus! A Chuck Hayes interjection!

    "He’s one of the most sarcastic guys we have, in a good way," [Dwane] Casey, now the Raptors’ head coach, said. "We call him The Spellcheck King. If you spell something wrong or put a wrong statistic on the scouting report or say something wrong when you’re presenting something to the team, he’s one guy who picks it up. He calls you on it. That’s great. It keeps you on your toes."

    "He’ll find something wrong," teammate Chuck Hayes added. "He’ll find a glitch in the system, if there is one. That’s just Pat. He’s always on his P’s and Q’s. … It’s what helped him get this far in the league."

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