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— We’ll lead off with the big news out of football practice and that is Patrick Towles’ return to the field. Towles practiced today on that bum ankle — Randy Sanders joked about how much tape was around it — but didn’t do much to show that he’s ready to see real action this weekend. Sanders called his freshman quarterback, “Rusty; really, really rusty.”
Sanders said it was good to have Towles back out there, but he reminded everyone that it was only Towles’ fourth time out with the varsity. He was only a scout team quarterback until the practices leading up to Mississippi State, the game where he suffered the high-ankle sprain.
— Missouri’s James Franklin is still doubtful for Saturday’s game against Kentucky, but don’t tell Rick Minter that. “I’ll believe it when I see it,” he said.
— Tuesday afternoon was a big day for UK Hoops. Matthew Mitchell’s squad found out they are projected to win the SEC by the media, and then they hosted the local media for UK Hoops’ official media day. An interesting note from Matthew Mitchell: He thinks his team is a Final Four team this year.
— With so many solid players on the roster, Coach Mitchell is, however, concerned about team chemistry and playing time. As Jon Hale of KY Forward pointed out, Mitchell currently has more McDonald’s All-Americans than Coach Cal. Mitchell: 5, Calipari 4
— On the men’s side of things, tomorrow is the annual Blue/White game in Rupp Arena. I’ll have a “What To Look For” on the website sometime tomorrow. Also, if you’re worrying that the scrimmage will interfere with All-Access Kentucky, don’t. UK will air episode one and the new episode in Rupp Arena for all the fans to see once the game concludes.
— Oh, yeah, Andrew Wiggins. It seems a lot of folks around Big Blue Nation think Kentucky is slipping now that Wiggins is inviting teams to recruit him. The way I see it, Wiggins only wants more teams to recruit him because no one has put forth any effort outside of Kentucky and Florida State. When you’re the best player in the country, you should be receiving interest from everyone — not just two schools. But in Wiggins’ case, schools are afraid to go up against Kentucky and the family connection at FSU. His high school coach even suggested that today in his interview with Adam Zagoria. Coach Cal is so good, teams weren’t even wasting their time with Andrew Wiggins until now. But now that he’s made it clear his recruitment is wide open, it’s looking like North Carolina, Ohio State, Kansas and others will give it a shot. Good luck to ya.
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