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Saturday Morning Links

These Saturday morning links are brought to you by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The oft shirtless, always intriguing, former KGB officer and current President of Russia has been making mainstream American news daily in his third term. From allegedly stealing Robert Kraft’s Super Bowl ring, presiding over the rolling back of human rights in Russia, and the Kremlin’s granting of temporary asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden, all this ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics–let’s just say he’s been busy.

The media has referred to recent developments in US-Russian relations as “chilling” (aren’t Cold War puns the best ?) as Obama will no longer meet with Putin in Moscow prior to the G20 summit next month.

Not trying to make light of serious geopolitical issues, nor start a comment section debate, but isn’t that puppy the cutest?

On to the links:


Coach Stoops was disappointed in his team’s Fan Day practice performance, but despite the weather, there was a line for every position group for autographs at Commonwealth Stadium last night. As one fan said to Stoops, “that’s the longest I’ve ever stood in line for UK football.”

Mitch Barnhart is pleased with the tempo of practice, as well as the renewed excitement Stoops has brought even to the families of the players, and not just the fanbase.

James Blackmon Sr. told Dan Dakich that Indiana is still in the mix for his son’s services though “a lot has changed” since his son’s early commitment to the Hoosiers, but “he’s old enough now to make the decision.” September 2, 2010 was the date Blackmon Jr. originally committed to Indiana. A lot has changed since then, but the Class of 2014 guard cites his relationship with Coach Crean saying, they’re the leader right now.”

Jahlil Okafor’s father does not appreciate the perception that his son and Tyus Jones will inevitably end up at Duke, as he told ESPNChicago, “It’s disappointing. It’s taking the fun out of the process for the two boys.”

Nerlens Noel could have a head coach in Philadelphia; the 76ers owner is reportedly in negotiations with San Antonio assistant Brett Brown

– The Patriots kept it simple for their 3rd string quarterback, Tim Tebow, but he was still shaky going 4-12 on passing, with two of his completions being screen passes. As one media member jabbed, he was “inspired anyway.”

Four former Vanderbilt football players have been formally charged with the rape of an unconscious student in a campus dorm room. The police have described the case as “unsettling.”

Jason Dufner came about 18 inches shy of doing something that’s never been done–shooting 62 in a major championship, but he still tied the scoring record to take the lead at the PGA Championship at Oak Hill yesterday.

Article written by Brennan English

Just give me all the bacon and eggs you have. @BrennanKSR

27 Comments for Saturday Morning Links

  1. Will Totten
    10:05 am August 10, 2013 Permalink

    “blah blah blah Obama blah blah damn Barnhart blah blah Tebow blah blah something something politics”

  2. Scott
    10:11 am August 10, 2013 Permalink

    Putin is equal parts insane and badass.

    10:14 am August 10, 2013 Permalink

    Jason Dufner had a pretty good round yesterday as well as James.

  4. Cats Fan
    10:20 am August 10, 2013 Permalink

    I love the political ads on here now. Inspired me to change my registration to Republican and I will now vote to re-elect Mitch.

  5. RahRah
    10:27 am August 10, 2013 Permalink

    “taking the fun out of the process for the two boys”, annoys me a little. After the Wiggins debacle (no hard feelings) I have kind of lost interest in the recruiting stuff. Trusting Coach Cal & company to bring them in and THEN I’ll get all excited and watch the videos. Tired of being played by high school kids. I’m too old to follow little boys on Twitter. lol

  6. Zinzinnati Kid
    10:39 am August 10, 2013 Permalink

    Wow! Second weekend in a row that one of you guys at KSR has written or linked about the Pats..ies! How about something closer to home like the Bengals?? I’d even take the Ravens or Steelers. Is this becoming a New England site???? Wow!

  7. rnewton22
    10:39 am August 10, 2013 Permalink

    Charlie Strong already on the phone recruiting the 4 Vanderbilt players.

  8. Jake
    10:42 am August 10, 2013 Permalink

    James dufner must be new to golf

  9. Al/in/Indy
    10:43 am August 10, 2013 Permalink

    7, that was hilarious!

  10. JB
    10:45 am August 10, 2013 Permalink

    James Dufner??? Come on…REALLY! SERIOUSLY!

  11. come on
    10:46 am August 10, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah he is and dangerous. If he had a stronger econonmy we would be needing more soldiers, guns and money.
    Always liked that line from Warren Zevon, “send lawyers, guns and money the shits about to hit the fan “

  12. Huh?
    10:54 am August 10, 2013 Permalink

    Does anyone else feel Blackmon is just trying to market himself more so scouts know about him more for the nba???
    He’ll go to Indiana this is just a marketing thing for him and Indiana so they can beat uk at some thing again other than a real game I mean

  13. brain
    10:55 am August 10, 2013 Permalink

    James Dufner? Don’t write about stuff if you’re clueless.

  14. come on
    11:15 am August 10, 2013 Permalink

    To get an offer from UK now seems to be the validation of a players value. So Blackmon can study which good program fits him, which is what Cal, thank God, advocates.

  15. DesignatedDrinker
    11:18 am August 10, 2013 Permalink

    Putin > Obama. At least he has balls.

  16. BigBlue
    11:46 am August 10, 2013 Permalink

    Putin basically thumbed his nose at Obama and Obama can’t do anything about it…and he knows that.
    Pretty sad that the Russian president can tell the U.S. president to go fly a kite.

  17. Charlie Strong
    11:58 am August 10, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t see a problem pursuing the Vandy players. The rape occurred prior to their UL days, I only care what they do under my watch. Plus I have added a strict “no-rape” clause to their scholarships so all is good. Geez I mean they have agreed to leave their “rapes” at home guys, so just back off. My 6th core value is No Rapes, and even rapists deserve a 2nd and probably a 3rd chance, if they’re good enough.

  18. Tommie Turtleneck
    12:00 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    Nothing to see here, please move along. Also tune into WKRDS daily for your unbiased Louisville sporting news. Especially the Afternoon Underdogs, the most fair and balanced sports coverage in the city. I promise I don’t tell them exactly what to say.

  19. Quickdraw
    12:08 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    Seems weird we would talk about Dufner and Vandy and no mention of Chris Rusin’s great pitching performance against St. Louis last night.

  20. gary
    12:49 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    Putin likes dogs. Obama doesnt. Never trust a person who doesnt like dogs. I’d believe what Putin says before what Obama says anyway.

  21. Big Al
    1:09 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    Putin = Obama…They are both socialist !!!

  22. Buddah
    1:14 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    Jahlil Okafor’s father should be talking to his son (& Tyus) about what they’ve done to make “it take the fun out of the process for them.”

    When you can’t accept speculation (that’s based on your words & actions) then you only have your words & actions to blame if they are creating speculation that aims in certain directions.

    Own up… and get creative. That’s what fun is about anyway.

  23. Timbo
    1:14 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    Did Will Totten write something? All I saw was the Charlie Brown version of adult talk: wha wha, wha wha wha wha.

  24. Bobbum man
    1:25 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    16- what do you want him to do? attack Russia? Nuke em?

  25. Title IX
    1:51 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    We will shut Vandy’s football program down.

  26. come on
    2:10 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    If. Guilty, the Vandy players didn’t violate any of Charlie’s core values, an unconscious girl and sex, is not on the list. The Vandy players may have problems finding academic equity but, if guilty, they may move up to the tougher level of acheivement by obtaining guns to run with another transfer. Charlie and Clint Hurt worked under the Urban Meyer/Hernandez school of press control.

  27. Charlie assStrong
    3:17 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    Technically it does violate my ethics, but like I said earlier, it did not occur while they were at UL. Plus the girl was unconscious so that’s technically a gray area.