This has all of a sudden become a busy week in UK sports, with SEC play starting and three big decisions that will have an effect on the programs. Let’s get to a couple of quick updates on the decisions:
— I think Vince Marrow is genuinely torn as to whether to leave for Michigan and stay here. UK presented a counter offer to the Wolverines and now it is up to Vince as what he wants to do. I don’t expect money is a crucial factor as all indications I am hearing is that UK was competitive with what Michigan is offering. The question is just what Marrow wants to do. He loves Lexington and he loves Mark Stoops. Harbaugh may be a superstar at Michigan and that program may compete for titles. It is a tough spot and I think Marrow is pulled in a couple of different directions. We should know by tomorrow at the latest, maybe today.
— I don’t think Carlton Bragg picks UK. He has moved his decision up earlier in the process than a lot of people expected and with the timing, I just don’t think Kentucky is going to be the selection. UK has a lot of big men irons in the fire (Swanigan, Zimmerman still deciding and Skal has committed), along with the uncertainty of who will return from this team (Dakari, Lee, Alex and Trey all possibilities)…after talking with some folks, I just don’t think the timing works for Bragg right now. I suspect he picks Kansas or Illinois.
— The big decision on Friday with Damien Harris is still up in the air. Most of those around him believe he too is torn, but suspect in the end he picks Kentucky. I just have no idea. I think at one time Kentucky was the favored selection, but I do think Alabama came on strong at the end. There will be a lot of information coming from all directions this week and I have no idea what to believe. This may be one that comes down to the moment of selection before we truly know. The best thing UK has going for them…he loves the coaches and he is very close with some players, specifically Matt Elam…who you may remember chose the Cats over Alabama as well.
Big week…we shall see.