Back in the saddle in Lexington and ready for some notes:
— The big news today occurred this morning when a conversation with some folks around the FB program led me to hear that Morgan Newton is stepping up big time in UK football practice. I am told that he has been great in the last week and that he has truly turned the QB dual into a very tight one. Most believed that Hartline would be under center in the first game, but I am told that Newton has clearly had the better week and is improving daily. Both people I spoke with came to different conclusions as to opening day starter (one thought Hartline barely and the other Newton) but both agreed that Morgan is getting it done on the practice field.
— Maxpreps.com became the first recruiting service to do its end of the summer Top 10. In their new rankings, Michael Gilchrist remained at #1, while Anthony Davis came in at #6 and Marquis Teague came in at #9. Austin Rivers was the #2 player and Quincy Miller came in at #4.
— If you didnt hear the story earlier this morning, former UK commitment Dominique Ferguson was ruled ineligible for the first semester at Florida International. If you remember, Ferguson was the star of Gillispie’s 2010 recruiting class for UK and becomes the second player from that class (the other being KC Ross-Beisner) to be ruled academically ineligible. That means that if Gillispie were here, the remaining bits of his 2011 class would have been Dakotah Euton and whatever other player he was able to get late. Have we mentioned we like Calipari?
— In the world of “make fun of all things Orange”, Tennessee backed out of its football commitment to play North Carolina over the next two seasons, paying Chapel Hill $1 million for its troubles. Instead, Tennessee will replace the Heels with power school Buffalo. Isnt it amazing that Tennessee would be scared of North Carolina….in FOOTBALL. The reason is clear…the Vols arent good and they believe they need North Carolina for recruiting purposes. Go and lose to them, and it gets harder. But now Butch Davis can say, “well they are scared of us”…and he will be correct.
We will have more later on the Canada trip, an intern opportunity for KSR and more. The 1080 AM radio show launches on Monday at 10 am. I hope you will be listening.