Posted: 11:47 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013
By Glenn Logan
It's Derby day today, and I'm sure most of you are involved in some way, or will at least watch the race. My tip: Watch out for Java's War if the track is off. He's a closer, and his sire was a major mudder.
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Totally awesome. Totally Nerlens.
In recruiting, you have to try to establish a brand. We all know that Coach Cal has done this with UK Basketball and Stoops and Company are working on some fundamentals of brand building with football. Calipari had it easy compared to Stoops because of the UK Basketball tradition, even though it was tarnished somewhat, when he came on board. Stoops, on the other hand, has had to build from scratch and he’s done a remarkable job so far. Here’s where his ultimate goal will lead if he’s successful and it will take years to get there. Alabama Football and UK Basketball stand on similar ground (Hank). CoachingSearch.com
Another quarterback at E11 of interest to Kentucky (via Hank). SB Nation
Nerlens Noel parties with the stars last night. KSR
2014 Rahshad Vaughn being pursued by UK. No surprise there:
The Wildcats are pursuing Vaughn as one of their top shooting guard targets, and did offer him last September. Calipari visited with Vaughn during the season, and assistant coach Orlando Antigua has kept in steady contact.Via Aaron’s blog.
Bat Cats lose to Arkansas in series opener. Kentucky Kernel
Softball series opener versus Alabama postponed. Doubleheader today. UKAthletics.com
Five links on the SEC TV network. I doubt you’ll get many answers to your most pressing questions, like what it will cost and who sill get it. John Clay
Saturday Wildcat Links. Tom Leach
Penn St. makes changes to university governance. ESPN
Five players with the most to lose or gain before 2014 NFL Draft. Dr. Saturday – Yahoo!
Teddy Bridgewater is #1.
The NCAA has announced that early practice will be approved for next year just two weeks after proposing it. ESPN.
How will this affect Big Blue Madness? Well, we don’t know yet, but here are some possibilities.
Nebraska basketball sells out public allotmentt of tickets for 2013 season:
‘’It’s quite amazing,’’ said Marc Boehm, the associate athletic director for basketball. ‘’There are a lot of happy faces over here.’’That’s absolutely impressive. Cornhusker basketball is roughly equivalent to that of the Auburn Tigers in terms of popularity. Chalk this one up to, "If you build it, they will come." Impressive.
Zach, what the heck? Big Lead
The Knicks advance over the Celtics. That’s New York’s first playoff series victory since 2000. Been a while Big Lead
LeBron James is in tall cotton now with his 4th MVP. ESPN
Orb may be the favorite, but I don’t think he’ll win the Derby today. SB Nation
Was Garcia taking a shot at Tiger Woods here? ESPN
I do wish we would stop this viewer call-in thing. If a rules infraction isn’t detected timely, it shouldn’t be considered. If you think that would hurt the sport of golf, don’t. They would still be made public, and if a guy gets a rep as a cheater in the sport of golf, he will be ostracized by the community.
But this persistent risk of disqualification for an undetected violation happening after the round is not good for the sport.
NBA playoff scores: Knicks, Pacers, Thunder and Grizzlies all clinch. SB Nation
I saw the end of the Grizzlies and Thunder games. Playoff basketball can really be amazing, and the huge shots that were made in both games really were quite exciting, despite the wrestling and pill shots.
Company gives 15% raise to employees who get the corporate logo tattooed on their persons. Now we know the real story behind Pitino’s tattoo. USA Today
News you can use: AAmerica’s best hot dogs. Yum. I love me some hot dogs.