A huge news day in college sports, less so up close in Lexington. Nevertheless, some notes:
— TMZ.com is reporting that Oklahoma State is now headed to the Pac 10. TMZ.com is breaking sports stories….meanwhile Pete Thamel is hiding in Eric Bledsoe’s bushes.
— Andy Katz is reporting today that Tom Izzo is very close to signing with the Cavs. It is an interesting decision indeed if he takes the job as Izzo was the other choice when Calipari was hired. Who would have ever imagined that of the two coaches, Calipari would have been the one with the longer shelf life in college?
— The Texas schools are meeting today to determine whether to go to the Pac 10. A report late last night suggested that the SEC has considered adding Texas A&M for the past few months and may potentially be talking to the Aggies this week. If the SEC makes a late pull, takes away a Texas school (and the Dallas market), the Commissioner Mike Slive deserves a huge pat on the back. 48 hours until we know for sure.
— It is worth noting (and I will in more detail later) that Syracuse was docked two basketball scholarships due to its APR rating. Oh did you not hear about that? Of course you didnt. Because the docking came to Jim Boeheim and not John Calipari. Does anyone really believe that if it happened to Calipari it would not be a big story? Me either.
— I was told to expect no more road games on the UK basketball nonconference schedule besides the UNC, Louisville, Portland and Maui Invitational games. The Notre Dame game counts as a home game, even though it is in Louisville.
— There WILL be radio broadcasts of UK’s games in Canada. As of now, the plan is to play three games in Canada, all around the Windsor area. So the “foreign trip” is more like a “trip to Detroit”…but hey, they get 10 days of practice with a very young team.
— Drake has a new album that dropped this week. I havent yet heard it, but Drew Franklin says its “just ok.” And no one likes hip-hop like Drew “MC Eyebrows” Franklin.
— USC is about to be hit with a ton of bricks…lose the 2004 title, 20 scholarships, two-year postseason ban. Hope the weather is nice out there Lane Kiffin (although your wife is still smoking).
— Daniel Orton said in an NBA Draft journal for a newspaper in Oklahoma that he expects to be picked anywhere from 14th-24th.
I will be on 1350 AM in Louisville from 6-7 pm tonight talking UK athletics and the rest. Make sure and listen if you can. More later today….