Good morning to all the lovely readers of KSR, and even the ones who aren’t as lovely as others. If that picture doesn’t make you hungry, I don’t know what will. So throw together a batch of pancakes, find your nearest local Waffle House, or grab a cup of coffee and let’s get started with a few morning links…
—- Kentucky’s football team has been making big strides since last season’s 2-10 season. Even with the tremendous amount of growth, John Clay cautions fans that the win column may not be the most accurate reflection of the progress made by Mark Stoops and his team.
—- Ben Roberts of the Herald Leader took an interesting inside look at how the new wave of technology being embraced by the UK football program is changing everything for the players. Forget the old paper playbooks of yesteryear. When a player arrives on campus, the first thing waiting for him is his own iPad. That’s just the tip of the iceberg as far as technological changes and strategies being used by the team.
—- If you haven’t heard the story of Michigan’s freshman basketball player Austin Hatch, take a minute this morning to read this article that outlines some of the obstacles and tragedies that this young man has had to face on his path to getting to check-in day at Michigan. The young man has been through more than most should ever have to at this young age. Amidst all of the barriers, Hatch has finally checked in for the first time with the Wolverines.
—- While everyone clamors over the off-season moves being made by the Cleveland Cavaliers, headlined by the addition of Kevin Love…. the Charlotte Hornets have quietly pieced together a stronger roster. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is one of the pieces in place on the Hornets that has many around the Charlotte franchise feeling like they can be a legitimate contender to challenge the Cavs next season in the East.