After five days, 745 miles, one win and one loss, I am back in Nashville with more questions than ever about this Kentucky squad. While I stretch my legs and settle back in, let’s go over the notes of the day:
— Raise your hand if you’re still upset about last night’s loss. I thought so. From Archie’s inability to pass the ball to the fifteen minute scoring drought that sealed the Cats’ fate, the team took three steps back after an encouraging performance at Auburn. Now, they can’t afford any slip-ups to make the NCAA tournament, which seems to be an improbable task for a group that simply panicked when the going got tough against the Crimson Tide. We’ve been spoiled with some beautiful basketball over the past few years, which makes this team’s stumbles seem even more painful sometimes.
— Go watch this right now. It will cheer you up.
— In case you missed it in the post directly below this one, the NCAA is now investigating itself after uncovering an issue of improper conduct that occurred during the University of Miami investigation. Scroll down to read more, but the investigation not only proves how corrupt the NCAA is as an institution but puts the brakes on the University of Miami investigation, which means that both UofL assistant coach Clint Hurtt and Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith may get off the hook if any of the information that was improperly obtained referred to them. Per usual, Jay Bilas puts it best:
That NCAA acted improperly in investigations is not shocking. NCAA needs to overhaul its entire enforcement/judicial process. Time is now.
— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) January 23, 2013
— In other news, Louisville announced Charlie Strong’s contract extension, which is for eight years with an annual base salary of $3.7 million, plus incentives worth at least $583,333 for reaching the BCS championship game. That makes Strong the seventh highest paid coach in the nation behind Alabama’s Nick Saban, Texas’ Mack Brown, Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops, Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz, and LSU’s Les Miles. Should Strong want to leave Louisville, it’ll cost him $5 million, a number that decreases by $625,000 each year. That’s a lot of tight polo shirts.
— In recruiting news, four-star safety Marcus McWilson will visit Kentucky this weekend. McWilson is a former Nebraska commit who decommitted after his lead recruiter, Vince Marrow, left the Huskers to join Mark Stoops’ staff. Let’s show him a good time.
— Speaking of football, Randall Cobb is in Lexington right now to visit his old stomping grounds. Cobb even made the rounds at the athletic offices…does that mean he spent time with Mark Stoops? I hope so. Because we probably still need cheering up, here’s a video of Randall Cobb doing crazy fast exercises:
I really have no excuse to not get on the treadmill now.
— On today’s radio show, Matt and Ryan recapped last night’s disappointing loss to Alabama and talk about where the Cats go from here. Have a listen at TalkRadio1080.com.