Hey, the blog is still here! It might be a little, um, fractured. Please pardon the debris and the dust. While BTI is still sweeping up the mess (while Matt is wearing an Egyptian kilt and makes whip-snapping sounds with his mouth), the duty of News and Views falls to your Unca Fake Gimel yet again.
And about that news:
* Jodie hasn’t decided anything yet. If you didn’t see it, go read Beisner’s take about the Mock Drafts and the teams that worked out Jodie.
* The venerable Jerry Tipton has some comments from former Wildcat Matt Pilgrim’s father, James:
After noting how scholarships must be renewed each year with the schools holding that discretionary power, the elder Pilgrim said, “You can’t depend on getting a college education. You’re like a puppet on a string. they can pull that string at any time.”
James Pilgrim said he harbored no ill will toward UK. Kentucky was simply doing business.
“Calipari has a pro mentality,” James Pilgrim said. “It’s a business to him. He understands the ins and outs.
“I’m not knocking anybody for it. That’s just how it is. Nobody is the bad guy.”
Personally, I can’t wait for Matt to get settled in at another team and start contributing. I’ve seen Matt play once during one of the pre-season pickup games. At the time, I thought he looked good working the fast-pace and sloppyness of that pickup-basketball style of play. Hopefully the NCAA will do him a solid and not make him waste another year on the bench.
* Matt Jones’ freaky partner Chip Cosby reports that the players under former UK football coach Bear Bryant will be holding a reunion in Lexington June 19th and 20th. Led by Coach Bryant for 8 years, these men helped compile a 60-23-5 record, including the 1950 National Championship. No word yet if their dinner entertainment includes a scene from Bear Country.
* Also from Chip: Incoming freshman Morgan Newton will be honored at this weekend’s Kentucky-Indiana All-Star Basketball games. He’s being recognized as the Indianapolis Star Suburban Male Athlete of the Year.
* Here’s some football-for-thought (as you get settled in for the night, children): Can you be patient enough for Newton?
Coaches Brooks and Phillips are known for sticking to their decisions for a while. Last season, it took several games for Brooks to replace Mike Hartline as the starter. In spring practices, Hartline was declared the starter-in-waiting, despite a shaky start in the Blue-White game. Coach Phillips told John Clay then, “We’ve got to win with Mike Hartline. That’s what we’ve got to be thinking right now. … I know we can win with Mike. We won six games last year.”
Most football fans I’ve talked with seem to think that Hartline could be replaced by Newton within 4-6 games. We don’t have much of a cakewalk at the beginning of the year: we play Miami (Ohio) at Cincinatti, vs. Louisville, vs. Florida, vs. Alabama, @ South Carolina and @ Auburn. Even if Hartline improves from last seasons’ disappointing form, we could have just two wins and a fanbase eager to get Newton (or Mossakowski) in the picture.
And if Paw-Paw thinks either freshman QB should play a series or two each game — just as he did with our boy Randall Cobb — the fanbase will be even more eager to cut out Hartline.
Can you as a fan be patient enough on Hartline? What would it take? A victory over Florida or ‘bama? Or just remarkable improvement? Or do you believe that Paw-Paw should just throw one of the babes to the wolves?