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Sunday Morning Links

Good morning Big Blue Nation. Have you had the chance to get over the loss yesterday? Have you purchased your Josh Harrellson Heat jersey or DeAndre Liggins Thunder jersey yet? Hope you didn’t just decide on the James Harden Thunder jersey. That would have been a mistake. Enjoy a cup of coffee as you read over a few links to get your Sunday started on the right foot…

– Patrick Towles returned to action for the Wildcats in yesterday’s game with Missouri. Towles looked a little rusty returning from his injury, struggling a bit to find a rhythm. Towles completed only 1 of his 4 pass attempts. In addition, he was sacked and fumbled the football. The return was probably not quite what the eager Towles was hoping for following a strong debut a few weeks earlier.

John Clay called yesterday a “day of all the wrong moves” for the Cats. In a game that was close until midway through the third quarter, it seemed as if every major decision backfired for Joker Phillips and his coaching staff. And it was bad from the start, when Whitlow was rotated out during the 3rd series of the game after orchestrating a 50-yard touchdown drive.

– A big move happened late last night in the world of the NBA. The Oklahoma City Thunder, fresh off a second place finish in the NBA finals, traded a key member of that team to the Houston Rockets. The Thunder dealt James Harden to Houston, likely due to the fact that they simply couldn’t afford him. USA Today says the move to trade Harden shows that it’s “all about the money.”

– New Laker guard and former Wildcat Jodie Meeks is still trying to define a role for himself on his new team. Meeks is adjusting to his role off the bench, and goes into some detail on how the transition has been going for him thus far. “I’ll figure it out,” promised Meeks.

– For all of the glorious moments sporting events bring to fans, players and teams… the moments that occur when a player suffers an injury are the absolute worst. Few have been worse than that of South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore against Tennessee yesterday. The young man, who had to miss 6 games last season due to a ligament tear in his right knee, suffered a tragic injury that is quite simply hard to even watch. Our thoughts go out to Lattimore as he comes to terms with the devastating injury.

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

20 Comments for Sunday Morning Links

  1. Blue Jesus
    10:08 am October 28, 2012 Permalink

    I think this article on ESPN does a better job of explaining the James Harden trade and how the Thunder had to make the move in order to stay consistent with their philosophy of being a team. It’s disappointing that James Harden couldn’t buy in, but I think it makes the Thunder an even more likable team than they already were.

  2. Defense
    10:17 am October 28, 2012 Permalink

    Rob Ryan for next coach.

  3. bluristhurr
    10:24 am October 28, 2012 Permalink

    Durant is tweeting WOW because he couldn’t believe they got TWO 1st rd picks, a 2nd rd pick, Jeremy Lamb(a 1st this yr) and Kevin Martin!!!! Houston is a terrible ran team hope, I hope Jones and Patterson can get traded outta that mess.

  4. 50 dollar season tickets
    10:24 am October 28, 2012 Permalink


    Missouri notes list UK head coach as Joke Phillips.

    I would add their Offensive Coach to be called Sander without sand paper to address your rusty evaluation of the QB Ally.

  5. kingrex
    10:28 am October 28, 2012 Permalink

    I would like to ask everyone about something I have seen mentioned a few times in the comments section this year. Is it true Joker has run off the players who would have been our upperclassmen? I have read every issue of the Cats Pause for years and somehow did not really pick-up on any sort of mass exodus of players. I think this theory makes much more sense for our youth issue. Older players are usually preferable to younger in football because it is more of a strength game and more complicated than basketball.

  6. InTheCave
    10:29 am October 28, 2012 Permalink

    Will Muschamp next UK football coach. Whatever it takes. Let’s bring on swagger.

  7. Greenwell
    10:41 am October 28, 2012 Permalink

    I say that the university should require Joker, Randy and Mitch to take the wonderlic exam. I’d be shocked if any of them scored in double digits. Highest score gets a job in field maintenance. Incompetence at its highest level.

  8. Big Whoop
    10:43 am October 28, 2012 Permalink

    Your choice of words are somewhat amazing. Towles looked “a little rusty?” Talk about understatement. Truth is, he looked like Morgan Newton was in the game…which means incompetant. Also, “struggled to find a rythm” is also an understatement. There was no rythm.

    Sanders brings Towles in and completely abandons the running game. Mizzou knew almost exactly what play Sanders was going to call with Towles in the game. Randy Sanders may be a good QB position coach, but is gawd-awful as an OC. No wonder Fulmer dumped him.

  9. d/c cat
    10:52 am October 28, 2012 Permalink

    Joker said last year to call him when we go 2 and 10, well get your phones ready fans before he changes his number!

  10. JayCee
    11:08 am October 28, 2012 Permalink

    What did I tell you guys about playing Towles this year? I said if you play him this year, in 2 years you will have a white Morgan Newton. Looks like it’s not even going to take that long.

  11. Keep It Positive
    11:11 am October 28, 2012 Permalink

    At least Mitch got to see his family while he was in Missouri.

  12. catcard202
    11:15 am October 28, 2012 Permalink

    Was watching the UT/USC game….It was pretty clear that the UT player went low w/ purpose & targeted the knee of Lattimore…Even pops up after collapsing the knee & starting celebrating his feat. Disguising.

  13. rockatao
    11:20 am October 28, 2012 Permalink

    Sometimes it’s the little things that tip the scales. Acepting the penalty on the running-into-the-kicker play was THE dumbest decision I have ever seen a football coach make. There are a lot of 50-50 decisions that just don’t work out, but this decision had about a 1% chance of working in the Cats’ favor.

  14. Head Bussa
    11:34 am October 28, 2012 Permalink

    It’s ridiculous to be hard on Towles. He barely played at all and in a game in which Mizzou’s defense looked as if they knew what UK was going to call the entire game. Once we get a coach in there with some sense Towles’ talent will begin to shine through. To say he will be a “white Morgan Newton” is just flat-out premature and unfair. Our quarterbacks are given no chance with the terrible playcalling that puts them in no position to succeed. Also, will Joker stop it with the constant changing of running backs? Raymond Sanders is not good. The kid can not make a move to get by ONE defender to save his life and he is not good at getting those extra yards after a hit. George as No. 1 and Mobley as No. 2 should be the only guys who get to play if healthy.

  15. Head Bussa
    11:37 am October 28, 2012 Permalink

    15 — In addition, why in the hell does Daryl Collins not get the ball or even play all that much? I cannot, for the life of me, understand why that kid isn’t a big part of the offense. He is obviously one of the best players on the entire team but our coaches don’t see that. They never have been able to ascertain to the obvious.

  16. ronkat
    12:55 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    Poor decisions on the sidelines may be the final nail in the coffin for this coaching staff. However, there is “hope” that experience for the frosh will encourage Barnhart look at one more year for Joker if he agrees to move on some of his coaches. Look for Barnhart to talk with Oregon’s OC Mark Helfrich. If Helfrich says absolutely NO….Joker one more year!

  17. Pharmcat
    2:22 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    Although it would have had no bearing on the game’s outcome, Joker’s decision to repunt after a 5 yard penalty when you already had a 53 yd punt and 4 yd return in your pocket speaks volumes about the football sense or lack thereof this coaching staff exhibits. See Greenwell’s comments on the wonderlic exam. This game was not just another loss, it was embarrassing 🙁

  18. Wildcat
    2:44 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    Horrible about lattimore. We will have to see if it was a patellar dislocation vs a true knee dislocation. From the video looks like the former. That is the lesser of two evils as players can return from that. Could take longer if he got a cruciate or meniscus as well.

  19. Robukpt
    9:27 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    18-I don’t know what your background is, but if you don’t think he tore every ligament he has (except maybe his mcl since the originated there) the you must be watching the wrong video. If anything dislocated its bc everything blew like a big rig tire!

  20. Robukpt
    9:30 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    Oops. Preliminary dislocated knee. But those ligaments are gone. At least the lcl. My bad though.