Unless you’re a baseball fan (like me), the end of July means very little in terms of the sports world. Football and basketball are both on the cusp of revving back up for the fall, but action is sparse and the recruiting is slowing down.
I’m sorry, but there is nothing I can do to change that. We’ll try to get through today together, as Matt and Drew head north to Alaska. I’m sure we’ll hear about their trip during the day. Untll then, here’s the links to get your morning started.
— Tennessee might be the Cats biggest competition in landing five-star defensive tackle Matt Elam. He picked up a scholarship offer from the Vols Friday. If Twitter is any indication, Elam is having the most fun interacting with the fans of Big Blue Nation and Rocky Top.
— Rushel Shell, a one-time four-star running back for Pittsburgh decided to transfer to West Virginia, he announced Friday. He listed Kentucky among his final two options. Fortunatly the Wildcats already have a pair of four-star backs coming in for 2014 in Mikel Horton and Stanley Williams.
— If you missed it on the site last night, Guy Ramsey of UK Athletics has a neat story about the homecoming of Neal Brown, Chad Scott, and John Schlarman, and how new head coach Mark Stoops convinced the lot to work with him rebuilding th Kentucky football brand.
— Alabama is clearly the pre-season title favorite, and unfortunately for the Cats, they’ll have to roll up against the Tide this season. The Bama Hammer blog previews the game. It’s nothing groundbreaking but it does give some perspective to the Wildcats’ opponents.
— Will Bobby Petrino start messing with Kentucky and Louisville on the recruiting trail? Wildcat Blue Nation explores the idea. I’m of the idea that Petrino is at his rebound job and he wont be at Western for more than a handful of years, if that.
— Emma Brown and Liz Breed, two UK athletes are in Ethiopia for a service trip. They updated the Cat Scratches blog describing their experiences.