I am attending this event on Saturday night so I can rock it out with Papa, Joker and the gang. I wanted to bring Drew Franklin and BTI, but as of now they havent been cleared by authorities. My hope for the evening? Get a tomato growing tip from Coach Brooks. Some notes:
— The big story of the day is that Mike Startline will be the QB for the beginning of the season. The pick did not surprise me, as it is consistent with Joker’s philosophy and probably brings the team the best chance for success in its opening three games. For Joker, the Louisville game is a must-win and he trusts Hartline the most…thus the choice. My hope is that the fans rally around Mike. He has had his ups and downs, but the schedule gives UK a chance to do something special. The fans will hopefully contribute to that happening.
— What was interesting is that Joker did not name a #2 guy, leaving the competition between Morgan Newton and Ryan Mossakowski open. To me, this is likely more for the future. These two guys each have (at least) three years left in the program and will be competing throughout. Why give a leg up to one at this point when it may not be needed? Both will compete all year and unless Hartline gets hurt or is ineffective, no choice has to be made. The reality however is that at some point we will see at least one of these guys.
— Morgan Newton took the choice hard and his disappointment was obvious in his post-practice comments. It is a strange situation as when Newton has been in during his time at UK, some of the best road wins in recent history have taken place. But this is the second time that Hartline has been picked over him after those victories. I still think we see him this year and one just has to hope he keeps his head up and is ready.
— Deandre Daniels decided to go to prep school and not become part of the Class of 2010. The whirlwind “recruitment” of Daniels was interesting to watch develop and UK’s interest in him showcases to me that they would like to have another player on the roster….although now there likely isnt one to fill in the spot. Daniels will be someone UK continues to recruit during the year, although an offer for 2011 does not exist at this point. IF one comes, I think Daniels takes it and potentially makes the fourth Top 10 player in the 2011 class.
— We will likely see a completed basketball schedule within the next 2-3 days as the SEC schedule has now been completed with the ESPN Super Tuesday deal. All that is left for UK is completing the games against secondary teams as games at Louisville and UNC are set, as is a home game against Indiana, the Maui Invitational, a game in Portland and a game in Louisville vs Notre Dame. A pretty solid non-conference schedule, although the home slate at Rupp is likely to be a bit underwhelming.
— Rajon Rondo didnt get into the USA’s victory on Sunday over Spain, which was another GREAT game between the two countries. I still contend that the gold medal game in 2008 was one of the 5 best basketball games I have ever seen and if these two teams play in the World Championships, make it an appointment to watch.
— Super Shizz passed away, the young man who started the dance that the John Wall Dance was based off of last season. He was shot last week in Louisville and ultimately succumbed to the injuries. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
— Miss Mexico won the Miss Universe Pageant, marking another winner selected by yours truly. I know there are message board rumors that question my sexuality, and while it certainly plays into those to say that I am a Beauty pageant expert, the reality is that I am very good at picking winners. I would say it is more “Kramer on Seinfeld” however in my talents, rather than “Perez Hilton” in my talents. The Greatest Straight beauty pageant handicapper in America…I hope that is one day my legacy.
— I saw a picture of Brian Williams of UT basketball, the player who has played for the Vols for approximately 50 years. HE has slimmed down…amazingly as he now enters the “Jess Settles Memorial HAll of Fame” for players who are in school forever.
— For the second time in three weeks, the most popular post on a Louisville message board is about KSR and how they dont like that I am on “their” radio station from time to time. Always fun to get them riled up.
— I read the Kent Sterling piece on Josh Selby and will just say this. The NCAA may very well be looking at the Selby recruitment and in the process, seeing what happened with UK, UNC, and UT. But the story by Sterling is a nonstory. The NCAA LOOKS INTO A LOT OF THINGS…but it isnt until they start an official investigation that it matters. At this point that hasnt happened here and Sterling’s story is simply a case of trying to make a splash, while also praising a losing program (Indiana) for supposedly “staying away” from such players. With that said, I am really glad UK didnt get Selby….as you may know if you followed this blog during his recruitment.
— The radio show WILL Begin today at 10 am with Gregg Doyel and Bomani Jones. We missed the first day because our new studio (which is state of the art and really amazing) wasnt ready in time. I am told it is now ready and we are a go tomorrow. 10 am-noon on 1080 AM WKJK. Please listen and call in for the first of what we think will eventually be a statewide radio show.
More all day, including a look at a basketball issue that is hanging over next year’s team….