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Some Early Thursday Notes

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It is late on what has been a VERY long, but great, day. A few notes:

— See that picture above? A poster on TCP found it and saw this link, suggesting this could be the first drawing of the renovation of Rupp Arena by ISG. The project is set to potentially begin in January 2010, according to the website, and the new look will be an attempt to modernize the facility. Is this the real deal? Who knows….but what do you think if its?

Stacey Poole became a Cat tonight as he signed on the dotted line to UK. Poole is the only player in the 2010 class to sign and his commitment should make UK fans very happy. He will be able to put points on the board and guard his man without help…two keys to the Calipari system.

— As Dustin Rumbaugh has insisted all week, Terrence Jones tweeted out tonight that he still doesnt know when he will decide, and that it could be Spring or Fall. Jones is a talent and a fall decision by him could get the heartbeat pumping in Bluegrass country. Tobias Harris is scheduled to announce his decision next week.

— Also big props to the women’s team and Matthew Mitchell. Mitchell signed a top 10 class today, including three girls ranked in the top 60 in the nation. Very impressive haul by Mitchell and one of the strongest recruiting classes the UK women have ever seen.

— Today is likely the day that it will be determined whether Mike Hartline or Morgan Newton take the field at Vandy. Hartline had little swelling after practice today and from all indications is looking good in his return. It is obvious that if healthy, the staff wants him to go….today is likely when that decision will be known for certain.

— Former Dukie Jay Williams said he liked the Cats to win it all during the dreadful UNC-NC Central game tonight. Williams is still one of the best scoring PGs I have seen in recent college basketball and he loves John Wall as a possible heir apparent…and he should.

Today was one of those great days that dont happen very often. The whole iTunes #1 sports podcast was amazing and as I go to bed tonight, we still sit there now. I cant thank you guys enough for all your support over the past few years in helping make this stuff happen. You folks make all of this worthwhile and I really do appreciate it.

JEFF GOODMAN LIVE BLOG at 1 PM. The college basketball guru from Foxsports.com will be here to impart his college basketball wisdom and chat about the Cats (he likes them A LOT). Make sure and show up and give questions.

More all day….two days until it all begins…..

Article written by Matt Jones