The night post is coming to wrap up the day, but a couple of tidbits from the proceedings of the last three days:
— Mark Stoops still hasn’t announced his hire for the new Offensive Coordinator. Because of Kentucky hiring laws, Monday was the first day that the new individual could have been announced, but it has come and gone without a decision. I am told by a source that ECU Offensive Coordinator Lincoln Riley is still the favorite and that he was Mark Stoops’ top choice as of last week. However there is no certainty that Riley will take the position and Stoops still wanted to meet with someone after the games that took place this weekend (this is the candidate whose name I have never been able to find out). Presumably that has happened by now, but Stoops is also trying to finish up a great deal of recruiting before the dead period hits in a week. I am told Stoops isn’t in a hurry, because he doesn’t think any of his recruiting targets hinge on the selection. However if the pick is Riley, I would think we would know within the next couple of days. The longer it goes, the more likely another candidate (Chris Hatcher or the weekend interview) becomes the more likely scenario.
— As you know, UK had two Nebraska transfers here this weekend, LB Courtney Love and TE Greg “The Hitman” Hart. I am told that it is very likely Kentucky gets Love and Hart is a good possibility. Both wanted to go back to Lincoln before making the choice, but Kentucky feels confident in both guys. Love has a shot at being eligible next year, and would be an immediate impact player at Linebacker. The Cats may get a Yahtzee or two out of corn country within the week.
— Damien Harris pushed back his decision to January 9th, and is taking his official visit to UK this weekend. He will be part of a HUGE recruiting weekend that one person told me could be “as talented a set of athletes as we have ever had here at one time.” I believe that had Harris decided this weekend, Kentucky would have been the likely pick. Pushing it back may change nothing (it didn’t for Matt Elam when he too pushed it back), but we shall see. Either way, I think it comes down to Kentucky or Alabama for the star Running Back and I don’t think he can go wrong either way.
— The #1 Center in America for the Class of 2016, Drake Jackson from Woodford County decides on Saturday. Most think his pick will be UK and Mark Stoops. I have no inside info but if he picks anything but UK, everyone I have spoken with will be shocked.
— Finally, in our football-heavy news dump, one basketball note. I talked to a long-time UK employee at the game on Sunday and we were noting how well this team gets along and he said to me, “Matt, this is the truth…in all the years I have been here, there has never been a team that gets along on and off the court better than this one…no egos, no problems. It is almost too good to be true and I don’t want to jinx it.”
Sometimes it feels like that about this season doesn’t it…almost too good to be true. Let’s hope it keeps right on rolling.
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