Christmas will come early for Kentucky fans this afternoon when Mark Stoops is officially introduced at a 3 p.m. press conference as the new head football coach of the University of Kentucky. Kentucky fans have been waiting for this moment since the hire went public on Tuesday. Just a reminder that Kentucky fans will have 2 opportunities to welcome the new coach:
Choice A- 12:45 p.m RJ Corman Airplane Hanger, Nicholasville
Go see Coach as he lands in Lexington for the first time at the RJ Corman Airplane hanger in Nicholasville. Go here and you can say you were there when it all began and the Mark Stoops era in Lexington really began.
Choice B- 2:45 p.m Nutter Field House
The second chance to see the new coach will be just before the 3 o’ clock press conference outside of the Nutter field house now displaying the Coach’s face. From there you can wander over to Commonwealth where they will be playing the conference on the video boards.
And now, allow me to link you…
– John Clay of the Lexington Herald Leader (enjoy it while it doesn’t cost ya…) believes that this young Kentucky team can become a good team, they just need more time. It’s too early to sound the alarms just yet, but Clay wonders how long it will take for this team to hit their stride…
– In case you missed it on Friday, ESPN released their first edition of the conference “Power Rankings.“ Kentucky found themselves in the #3 spot, behind Florida and Missouri.
– Kentucky basketball lost a member of their family yesterday with the passing of John Crigler. Crigler was a member of one of the most well-known Kentucky basketball teams of all-time, the 1958 national championship winning “Fiddlin’ Five.” Joe B. Hall shares some kind words about Crigler, who passed at the age of 76.
– The outpour of support from the world of college basketball for Rick Majerus in the wake of his passing yesterday has been incredible. Some have paid tribute to the beloved figure through shared stories, others have left behind kind words and sentiments to honor Majerus. Dana O’Neil of ESPN acknowledged that Majerus was a special kind of guy, one who always “did it his way, always.”
– Mike DeCourcy of AOL Sporting News also paid tribute to Majerus in an article he says he would “have liked to write 15 years from now.” DeCourcy remembers Majerus fondly for his teaching ability, knowledge of the game and selflessness.
– Alabama marched their way to a familiar spot in the BCS national championship game, where a flexing Manti T’eo and his Notre Dame team anxiously await the monstrous challenge. Mark Richt was not pleased, and if you haven’t seen his awkward post-game press conference, it’s worth the find. Richt stole a page from Bill Self’s book, using the old “we just ran out of time” line.