Video: Jabari Johnson’s long road

Jennifer Smith of the Herald-Leader wrote about UK outside linebacker Jabari Johnson, who after two shoulder surgeries, and the staff’s switch to a 3-4 defense, has found a prominent spot in the rotation.

Here is Jabari talking after Tuesday’s practice this week.

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BBL: Jabari Johnson emerges; Patrick Towles helps friend

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Video: Mark Stoops preparing for No. 1

After practice on Thursday, Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops talked about preparations for No. 1 Mississippi State, the status of Stanley Williams (“I’m not comfortable commenting on his status,” he said), schools sending videos to the league office for clarifications (Dorian Baker’s block against LSU) and what wide receiver Ryan Timmons needs to do to help the offense.

Jennifer Smith has the entire Stoops transcript.

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The numbers: Kentucky-Mississippi State last 10 years

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Here is a look at the statistical comparisons from the last 10 meetings between Kentucky and Mississippi State:

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BBL: Doug Gottlieb takes shot at John Calipari

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SEC: Lane Kiffin will tough it out at Tennessee

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Video: D.J. Eliot on Mississippi State

After practice today, Kentucky defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot talks about Dak Prescott and Mississippi State, as well as the emergence of UK’s Jabari Johnson at outside linebacker.

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Report: Texas would pay athletes $10,000

Update: Appears to be some confusion over when this would start. See tweet.

The Dallas Morning News reports that the University of Texas will start paying its athletes a $10,000 stipend each year for cost of attendance and the use of likenesses and image.

The Morning News says the cost will total $6 million a year and will be produced by revenue from football and men’s basketball.

Texas has the biggest budget in all of college athletics, so the school can afford the $6 million a year.

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Investigation finds UNC scandal had athletics motive

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The independent investigation into the academic fraud scandal at the University of North Carolina, which involved athletes on both the football and the basketball teams, has been completed.

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Big Blue hue to SEC Basketball media voting

Jerry Tipton reports the following from SEC Basketball Media Days:

  • Kentucky was picked by the media to win the league.
  • Kentucky’s Aaron Harrison, Arkansas’ Bobby Portis, Florida’s Michael Frazier II, LSU’s Jodan Mickey and Ole Miss’ Jarvis Summers were selected first-team All-SEC by the media.
  • Willie Cauley-Stein, Andrew Harrison, Alex Poythress and Karl-Anthony Towns, all of Kentucky, joined Georgia’s Charles Mann as second-team All-SEC selections by the media.
  • Media voted Aaron Harrison as the SEC’s Pre-season Player of the Year.

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