Posted: 11:49 a.m. Sunday, July 14, 2013
By Glenn Logan
Today is Bastille Day in France and many French-speaking countries. We wish our French friends and neighbors a happy one.
Tweet of the Morning:
My spies are leading me to the thinking of wrapping up Delgado sooner rather than later would be a good idea. Would be over quick.— Greg Wienges (@GregNJ) July 14, 2013
From what I've been hearing about him, I think that's a good idea.
Nice work by Kyle Tucker. [Hank]
I think this says a lot about Mark Stoops:
“He’s one of the all-time great people that I’ve ever had the honor to coach,” said Hayden Fry, the Hawkeyes’ Hall of Fame former coach. “Very intelligent, great personality, a leader on the football team. He wasn’t real large — probably 170 pounds then — and yet he played like he weighed 200. All those Stoops boys were that way. It was in their bloodline.
This is definitely an article you should read. It is the typical sort of biographical piece we need to get a better understanding of our new football coach.
Running back depth takes a hit with the injury of Josh Clemons. There is hope, though, that the injury is not as serious as we fear.
Saturday Down South says that when it comes to Kentucky, take the over in the total wins department:
I feel some good vibrations coming from Lexington this year, but it’s still not going to be pretty. However, with an offense that should score points and a defensive-minded coach, I like the Cats to pull the over. I’ve bought into Blue – hook, line and sinker.
Jerry Meyer predicts a fab five for Kentucky for 2014, including Stanley Johnson, Emmanuel Mudiay, Rashad Vaughn, and Trey Lyles to join Karl Towns.
I have a very good feeling about Mudiay, Johnson and Lyles. Not as sure about Vaughn.
With tax revenue off the table for the Rupp Arena renovation, it looks like corporate naming rights are the most likely option. As long as the name of Adolph Rupp remains associated with the arena, I can probably live with that. Unless, of course, it is YUM! Brands. I'd rather not have the upgrade than have it in any way associated with the Louisville Cardinals. Hat tip: Aaron's Blog
Coach Cal was watching 2015 prospect Charles Matthews yesterday, along with Rick Pitino.
Dirk Minnefield had this to say about Aaron and Andrew Harrison:
"They're everything people say they are. You look out here right now at the guys who look like they're playing hard. They don't touch the twins. They're at another level of competitiveness. So is Julius Randle (another UK recruit from Texas).
The question is, can Kentucky strike a good bargain on the upgraded Rupp Arena without jumping the shark like Louisville did with the KFC YUM! Center? At least we aren't talking about soaking the taxpayers.
I'm buying most of the hype, but I'm not going down the path that 2013-14 UK can go undefeated. Still, I'm not convinced college basketball is going to be significantly better next year than in the last two or three.
West Virginia has completed their football sanctions. Maybe they'll do better now that it's over. [Hank]
Hanging 50. I hope it doesn't happen to us. [Hank]
Music Video of the Day. [Hank]
Penn St. coach Bill O'Brien is trying to convince the PSU board of trustees to ask for a reduction in the NCAA sanctions.
SB Nation's Land Grant Holy Land wonders if Urban Meyer will bring the lawlessness that seemed to follow him at Florida to the banks of the Olentangy. Good question.
Is the Big 12 entering a period of tranquility after the conference realignment wars?
John Infante tries to figure out what went wrong with the Prime Prep players who were declared ineligible. Hopefully, it is enough notice for Emmanuel Mudiay to figure it out before running afoul of the same problems. Hat Tip: NBC Sports
The five best recruiting coaches in college basketball. I note the absence of a certain Italian guy who resides in the River City.
Terrence Jones continues his dominant ways, being named to the Orlando Summer League first team.
Patrick Patterson is conducting a youth camp in Huntington.
Sprinter Tyson Gay has tested positive for a banned substance, will not participate in next month's world championships.