It’s the big guy’s 21st birthday today, and for those of us not fortunate enough to make the trip to Las Vegas this evening to celebrate with him while enjoying the sounds of DJ Nick Cannon, let’s take this opportunity to wish him the best and let him know how much we love him. The national media likes to give DeMarcus a lot of attention for seemingly all the worst reasons, but let’s remember that he is only 21. I remember when I was that age… just kidding. Which reminds me, if you want to start making your early travel plans for my 21st birthday, the end of January is quickly approaching. I can’t promise Nick Cannon, but my friend, Sam, has an extensive song collection on his iPod. Just think about it. Links!
– As for DeMarcus’ running mate, ESPN has a five member roundtable weigh in on John Wall and his burgeoning wizards. The topics include the comparison of John Wall to Derrick Rose, the prospect of the Wizards making the playoffs in the near future and how awesome Washington’s new jerseys are.
– In what was certainly the biggest news of yesterday, the almost guaranteed departure of Texas A&M front he Big 12 to the SEC is going to create some big ripples in the pond of conference realignment. The most important next step will be to see the movements of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Odds are, these two school will stick together wherever they turn and if that destination isn’t the Big 12, then we could see some big national changes. This article from NewsOK looks at the next moves that the Oklahoma schools may make.
– Over at Hoopsworld, the talk is all about freshmen and no one knows freshmen better than John Calipari.
– Jon Hood’s surgery went well and the six-month recovery process has now begun. Hopefully, he can come back at full health and benefit from a redshirt season by garnering some playing time in his final two years of eligibility.
– Former UK All-American and current Florida Atlantic University head coach, Howard Schnellenberger, has announced that this will be his last season in college football. Schnellenberger made a significant impact in nearly every stop on his journey as a player and coach, but probably none so big as he did at the University of Miami. He built that program into the dynasty of the 80s and 90s. That means he’s got a lot of swag cred.
– John Clay has reported on his blog that UK football has had to adjust the way they handle media requests due to an influx of new media members at each practice. This could mean that the interest in UK football is increasing so there’s a greater demand for coverage, or it could mean that everybody is doing their best Matt Jones impersonation by starting a UK sports blog. I’ll optimistically choose the former.
– Trevor Lacey’s high school coach says that the NCAA Clearinghouse has ruled him eligible, but there has been no comment from Alabama, as of yet. If he is ruled ineligible, could this be another example of Calipari’s seemingly prescient recruiting tactics by backing off of Lacey?
– This picture is from the 2011 World University Games opening ceremonies. Notice how high Darius Miller holds his flag. That’s the definition of patriotism. Hat tip to Aaron Smith (@KernelASmith) of the Kentucky Kernel for the find.
You’ve got me all day. If you have UK pictures or stories or just want to talk, I’m bored and would enjoy the distraction. Email me at [email protected] and it could make the site later or tweet me at @MatthewHaysKSR. Let’s make today all about us.