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— The news of the morning was Karl Towns’ commitment. Not only did Towns pick the Cats, but he announced that he is reclassifying to the 2014 class, both moves that pretty much everyone predicted. Towns, who measures 7′ without shoes, is now ranked the 7th best player in 2014 by Scout.com. Towns is not your average top basketball recruit; he has a 4.3 GPA (thanks to AP classes), plays the piano, and can hit a golf ball 300 yards. That’s all great, but can he recite Shakespeare like Brandon Knight?
— How did Mamma Towns feel?
“Thank you so much, thank you so much!!”
— Just when we thought we were done with the coaching search, here comes the assistant coaching search. KSR learned that Mark Stoops would be traveling to interview Neal Brown and Chad Scott for the offensive coordinator and running backs coach positions today. CoachingSearch.com reports that Chad Scott will not interview with Stoops “at this point,” but that Neal Brown will speak with Stoops.
— In an interview with a Lubbock sports station, Brown said that he was on the road recruiting and that any reports of him going to Kentucky were “premature” (premature meaning that he hadn’t gotten to the roadside diner to meet with Stoops yet). Landon Wright, 247’s Texas Tech recruiting specialist, says Brown to UK is a “done deal” (oy), but won’t be official until tomorrow. We’ll have a box of Burke’s Bakery waiting for you in Lexington, Neal.
— You know it’s a crazy news day when we’re halfway through the afternoon notes and haven’t even mentioned tonight’s game against Samford. The Bulldogs aren’t expected to pose much of a challenge to Kentucky, but it will be a good opportunity for the team to get its feet back under them and try out some of the smaller lineups that Cal’s been using in practice this week. I’ll also be curious to see how Ryan Harrow plays after some good late minutes against Baylor. After back-to-back losses and an intense few days of practice, it will be interesting to see how this Kentucky team responds (in other words, poor Samford. Love you, Martin Newton!).
— Andrew Wiggins is currently on an official visit to Florida State, where he’ll attend the FSU/Florida game tomorrow night. If that doesn’t encourage him to come play in Rupp, I don’t know what will.
— The rumor that Ashley Judd is running for Senate just got legs again. **insert Ashley opinion here**
— Auburn’s President is ready to announce their new coach within 24 hours, which means this SEC coaching search mess is almost halfway over. Decide quickly, Arkansas and Tennessee, for the love of Twitter!
UPDATE: According to several sources, Arkansas has hired Bret Bielema from Wisconsin. You’re up, Tennessee.
— Finally, RIP to former UK lineman Mike Scott, who passed away over the weekend after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 36. Thoughts go out to his family.
On today’s show, Matt and Ryan talked Karl Towns, Neal Brown, and UK’s game against Samford tonight.