Couple of quick thoughts on an otherwise lazy Monday night:
— The most important story that has gotten little traction this evening is the news that the ACC schools have handed over their media rights to the conference. Why does that matter? Well, so long as the rights stay with the conference, it virtually eliminates a school’s ability to leave the conference, as the league would retain its media viability. According to reports, this was agreed to this weekend and goes into effect in 2014. That basically means that if the SEC is going to add two teams from the ACC (the most likely league for future expansion), it will probably have to be done in the next year, or not at all for a decade. Stay tuned.
— Andrew Wiggins canceling the last three visits by head coaches due to flight delays (which were caused by the sequester…Obama and Boehner teaming up to get the Cats a recruit!) will likely have little effect on his overall decision. Chances are that these last meetings were more for the coaches than the player. But what it does showcase once again is how the chips fall well for Calipari. While the other coaches potentially miss out on their final visit, Calipari gets his by scheduling it first. As always, Calipari wins.
— Huge news today about the doubling of season ticket sales for UK football this year. I expect the first four games at Commonwealth to be sold out and the stadium to be rocking all season. It is amazing what can happen with a change of philosophy and perspective from a coaching staff.
— Everyone I speak with around the UK football program is very excited about the next 2 months or so of football recruiting. As one source told me today, the Cats are “set to go on a big run over the next few weeks.” Part of what might be taking place is a spacing out of announcements in part to create more momentum for a program that continues to have huge buzz. That buzz can be seen in part by one of the main recruiters, Vince Marrow, who Rivals.com today said has become one of the top 25 recruiters in America….and they haven’t even played one game yet.
Lots more coming in the night post tonight…until then, make sure and check out the KSR PODCAST PAGE HERE to download the latest radio shows. Plus, one of our new interns, Maria has worked diligently on creating a KSR PINTEREST PAGE. Admittedly I know very little about this, but I plan to learn. But until then check it out…she has a lot of great pictures from our past on there and some good browsing if you have time.
We end with a picture from tonight’s Catspy Awards. I think we like these guys: