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The Season Never Ends Friday News and Views

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Welcome ladies and gentleman to the final day of this seemingly never-ending dead week for UK basketball.  On the horizon now is a Saturday battle on CBS with the Indiana Hoosiers and a chance to smack around their rivals to the west in Rupp Arena.  Despite the current state of Indiana basketball, a victory over the Hoosiers would be a nice add to the tournament resume for, if nothing else, the “name” opponent it provides and the fact that the Hoosiers have the potential to improve quite a bit over the course of the season and strengthen the value of the win.  However, a loss would not only be a major blow to the team’s confidence, but also provide what seems to be a growing anti-Gillispie contention with more ammunition.  Both teams are going to be fired up for this game and, although I would have called you crazy if you told me this a few days ago, this has the potential to be a very entertaining game.  Of course, that’s assuming the Cats don’t lay a first half turd.

But, with all of that excitement building, the biggest news today came on the football field.

 – The Cats inked their 20th commitment for their 2009 class in running back Dakotah Tyler, a two-star player with 4.4 speed out of Indianapolis.  Tyler originally committed to Cincinnati as a defensive back but re-opened his commitment when it became obvious that the chance to play running back would be available.  He checks in at 6’0″, 200 pounds and rushed for 1,314 yards and 19 TDs for Pike High School and possesses what ESPN calls “excellent speed and quickness”.  Following his commitment today, most of the comments here centered around him only being a two-star recruit but, unfortunately, Kentucky is still at a place where they have to grab these two and three-star players and develop them in order to compete.  They won’t be out grabbing a large number of 4 and 5-stars, so Rich Brooks and his staff have to get athletes and develop them into players – something they’ve had some pretty good success in doing.  Let’s not forget that in this year’s senior class, there were a couple of two-stars named Dicky Lyons, Trevard Lindley and Jeremy Jarmon.

 – And, speaking of a certain defensive back from Hiram, Ga., he earned himself a pretty prestigious honor today.  Lindley was named a Second Team All-American by the Walter Camp Foundation, which is voted on by D-1 coaches and Sports Information Directors.  The junior corner had 4 INTs and 11 pass break-ups this season despite being ignored quite a bit by opposing offenses and ranks 14th nationally in passes defended.  He becomes UK’s first All-American since 2003 when Derek Abney was named to the second team as well.

 – And, before we get any farther along here, I have some thoughts about the DeAndre Liggins situation.  It seems that….I’m just kidding.  Seriously, let’s just put a ban on talking about this for awhile because it has become a colossal beating and I don’t think there is anyone here who wants to talk about it anymore.  But, with that being said, I’ll probably be the first to break my ban at some point.  Just not now.

 – The SEC dished out a few more awards today and Randall Cobb was named to the All-SEC Freshman Team.  The QB/WR/KR went 52-99 for 542 yards and 2 TDs and 5 INTs and rushed for 316 yards and 7 TDs on 79 carries.  He also had 197 yards and 2 TDs receiving on 21 catches.  While his stats certainly aren’t mind-blowing, the fact that he came in as a three-star true freshman and was listed as a wideout only two weeks before the season, but still managed to finish as the starting quarterback, second leading rusher and second leading rusher is quite impressive.  Or, it’s a sign of how truly awful Kentucky’s offense was this year.  You paint the picture however you’d like.

Well, that’s it for now.  All of the UK-IU basketball goodness will be hitting you strong today with a Know Your Enemy, Rob Radio’s Roundball Roundup and a couple of inside look at the Hoosiers from our own Evan Hilbert.  And, don’t worry all you Bisonheads, we’re going to get you the latest news on tonights Kentucky Bisons-Eastern Ky. Coalminers game too.  It’s going to be a big day around here.  We look forward to having you as a part of it.  See you in a few…

Article written by Thomas Beisner