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To the news…..
(1): The big news of the day is football related and unfortunately isnt positive. Kentucky defender Jeremy Jarmon is out for the Tennessee game following knee surgery this week. Even with the bye week, the injury will prevent him from anchoring the line and leaves the Cats once again decimated on their once-formidable defense. There is no word yet as to whether Jarmon could conceivably be available for a bowl game down the road. The one positive piece of information is that ESPN 2 has picked up the UT game and it will begin at 6:30 in Knoxville, while being broadcast to a national audience.
(2): On the basketball front, the question all day has been how in the world could Kentucky have lost to VMI? Explanations have flown all over the place and we have given our thoughts here and on the radio show. However a couple of criticism have, in my view gone a bit too far and arent valid. First, some have suggested that Gillispie is too hard on the players and that the boot camp practices and game day practice wore down the team in the end. That might work if the opponent on Friday were not a MILITARY ACADEMY, where my guess is that their daily lives may be a bit more of a grind than that for a UK basketball player. Second, too many people are suggesting that Gillispie doesnt know how to gameplan or “is just a recruiter and not a coach.” We have seen throughout his career that Gillispie more than knows his Xs and Os. To dispute that is to ignore the success he had at schools before he ever had one recruit. The better question has to do with in-game adjustments and stubborn adherance to a certain system….but agree or not with that, to act like Gillispie cant coach strikes me as being way off base.
(3): So its time for the Heels. We know that Tyler Hanbrough and Marcus Ginyard are out and we will get a full dose of Tyler Zeller throughout the game. Without the two above listed players, it can be argued (effectively I think) that UNC isnt THAT MUCH more talented than the UK team that will hit the floor. Plus, one might suggest that playing a more conventional offense could be to UK’s advantage. I am not sure whether I believe either of those two points, but I do believe this. I think UK will bounce back and play fairly well. Can they win…..probably not. But it might be a bit more uplifting….at least I hope.
(4): Two interesting former Kentucky athlete sightings tonight. First, as the 3rd quarter winds down, it is clear that Stevie has gotten LOOOOOOOOOSE on Monday Night Football, catching his first two career passes on national television. The announcers have been positive to Stevie and he even got a key block towards the end of the first half. Good to see the Birdman getting his due in the NFL. Then on ESPNU, I turned on Oklahoma-Mississippi Valley State and saw our man Sean Woods coaching the former Jerry Rice alma mater. Woods is a forgotten member of the UK player coaching club and is fun to watch on the sideline. I hope to see his career blossom in the Miss….
Its all UNC all the time today on the blog…..get ready for Heel hate….