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Saturday Morning Quick Links

Goooooood morning! Anyone excited? I’m excited. Even with the football team… being the football team, I’m ready to see the Cats play in Lexington. And win. The team faces Kent State today as a seven-point favorite, and this game will be the perfect opportunity to make a statement to themselves and to the fans that they are here to compete. Barely sneak by, or dare I say lose the game, and you have completely lost what little fan support is clinging on. The attendance in Commonwealth Stadium today will be the first real representation since last November of how much Big Blue Nation has disassociated themselves with the football team. There will be plenty of people paying close attention to that.


— CBS Sports breaks down the Kentucky vs. Kent State matchup tonight. For what it’s worth, the writer Larry Hartstein predicts a 20-17 Wildcats win.

Anthony Davis is back in the Bluegrass for the first time since winning an Olympic gold medal. Davis signed autographs and took photos with about 300 people at Chevrolet on Nicholasville.

— He will be back in Lexington signing autographs and taking pictures with fans tomorrow at the Wildcat Warehouse in Fayette Mall from 12:30 to 2:30. Head out before going to your tailgate.

— Your 19th-ranked Kentucky volleyball team fell to the Oklahoma Sooners in a 3-1 defeat. Senior Ashley Frazier had a season-high 18 kills, and Stephanie Klefot logged a double-double with 13 kills and 15 digs. With the loss, the Cats fall to 6-3 on the season.

The women’s soccer team knocked off No. 12 Louisville on the road Friday night, 2-0. Freshman Kelli Hubly and junior Natalie Horner each scored one goal apiece, as junior goalkeeper Kayla King pitched a shutout against the Cardinals attack. The Cats move to to a perfect 5-0-0 and take on Samford next.

— Former Duke player Lance Thomas is being sued for $68 grand in unpaid jewelry. As starter on the 2010 national championship team, Thomas spent nearly $100,000 on custom jewelry from a New York firm. He is being sued for the $67,800 in credit he still owes. It’s hard to imagine the kind of story this would already be had it taken place in Lexington.

— Keep Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy in your thoughts. He is currently in a “life-threatening situation” in a Bay Area hospital, two days after being hit in the head by a line drive from Los Angeles Angels’ batter Erick Aybar. McCarthy suffered an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture. He underwent surgery following the accident to relieve pressure on his brain and is currently in stable condition. There is video, but it is graphic. Watch at your own risk. Yahoo, ESPN and others have removed the raw video from their online stories.

Happy real-start-to-the-NFL-season eve. Go Cats.

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

10 Comments for Saturday Morning Quick Links

  1. Some Guy in Kentucky
    10:07 am September 8, 2012 Permalink

    Dish network will show the UK football game on Channel 435 tonight.

  2. Beavis
    10:17 am September 8, 2012 Permalink

    Wonder if anyone at Duke said anything about Thomas wearing all that jewelry around ? The NCAA will investigate I am sure,,,,right before they clear them of any wrong doing. Wrong doing by the player and not the program you say. If Anthony Davis was walking around UK last year like that,,,,the NCAA would have been all over him and coach Cal,,,,count on it. And then we have UNC. LOL What a damn joke the NCAA has become.

  3. Big Blue 66
    10:20 am September 8, 2012 Permalink

    i know that if the Duke thing was at UK, this would be scrolling on ESPN, BUT, the kid wasnt a big time player, mom is some kind of managment at a Ford plant, who knows, maybe she took her savings planned for his college and gave it to him and he blew it on jewelry. Maybe theres something to it, but UK fans should really want everyone to spare accusations and blame prior to a real investigation and finding out what happened. Now, if they investigate, find wrongdoing and then do nothing, burn the NCAA office down in Indy.

  4. Han
    10:23 am September 8, 2012 Permalink

    Concerning Lane Thomas, everyone keeps citing the Memphis/Rose case when discussing strict liability, but Rose was ruled ineligible as a college student due to the invalidated SAT.

    The far better example would be Camby. Camby took money from agents, the NCAA said he made himself ineligible as an amateur. They said Cal couldn’t have known/was clear. Yet we’ve heard for years that Cal is the dirtiest coach in college basketball. How could he have not known Camby had cash? Yes, Camby was more of a surefire NBA star and thus it was more obvious he was getting special treatment, but who offers a 21 year old a $70,000 loan, and where did Thomas get the initial $30k? How did his coaches not notice him suddenly sporting tons of diamonds? And did he buy anything else? We’re only hearing about the jewelry because of the lawsuit.

    Is it possible both UNC and Duke will skate on issues that would’ve seen the death penalty and a title stripped respectively if they’d happened at UK?

  5. Lefty no more
    10:24 am September 8, 2012 Permalink

    What good does it do to keep someone in my “thoughts”? My thoughts are for trying to figure out how to get rid of a hangover, prayers are for someones injury. Just sayin

  6. Han
    10:28 am September 8, 2012 Permalink

    3) A lot of people are allowing that he somehow got the money for the down payment from family, but the real question is why he was given all that credit? As a Duke player, it may have been assumed he’d have a professional career (NBA and/or overseas) and thus be able to pay the money back. That kind of loan is explicitly against NCAA amateurism rules. You cannot take out a loan based on future potential earnings as a college player.

    If this becomes an NCAA issue, Thomas and/or Duke will have to show that anyone not a player could’ve gotten the loan with the same circumstances Thomas had (age, income, family wealth, etc). Fact is he was a 21 year old with no job. Even if his family had substantial money, supposedly no one co-signed the loan. How many 21-year-olds do you know that could get a $70,000 loan?

    2 issues:
    1) The $30k origin (Legally earned? Given by family/non-booster with longstanding connection? Or was it an Agent? Duke?)
    2) The loan, which has only been called in after 2 years (perhaps when it became evident he wasn’t going to pay them back despite having some NBA earnings).

  7. Hacksaw Jim Duggin
    11:19 am September 8, 2012 Permalink

    The hard sad truth of it all is it happened at Duke. The NCAA won’t even acknowledge that something MIGHT have happened.

    11:27 am September 8, 2012 Permalink

    #1 WHY?????????????????????????? Just to add even MORE embarrassment to Ye Kay?????????

  9. CarolinaCatFan
    11:31 am September 8, 2012 Permalink

    The NCAA will get around to looking into this as soon as they finish up the Corey Maggette investigation. Unbelievable.

  10. Crush Little red
    11:32 am September 8, 2012 Permalink

    A quick look at both ESPN and SI, and neither one has the Thomas story on the main headlines. You have to look on college basketball page to find the link, which is the same AP article.