Big Blue Links for Monday

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Big Blue Links for Monday:

Quentin Goodin commits. The state’s top high school basketball prospect committed to Xavier, reports Josh Moore of the Herald-Leader. Goodin is a 6-foot-3 guard from Taylor County. He is ranked No. 71 nationally by Rivals.

Big visits on Sunday. Three highly-touted UK football recruits were on campus Sunday, reports Ben Roberts of Next Cats. This news comes after a stellar week for Kentucky football recruiting. The included commitments from Class of 2016, 2017 and 2018 prospects. The 2018 commitment was from the No. 2-ranked wide receiver in the nation.

Auburn’s virtual reality. Head coach Gus Malzahn has instituted virtual reality training for his quarterbacks, reports Brandon Marcello of AL.com. “Auburn is one of six college teams to invest in the technology — Stanford, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Dartmouth and Clemson are the others — and an additional SEC team is expected to jump on board soon. The goal is to improve reaction time for quarterbacks in a life-like environment without the risk of injury.”

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BBL: Kentucky basketball’s international flavor

Big Blue Links for Sunday:

Kentucky’s international roster part coincidence, part commitment, reports Jerry Tipton of Herald-Leader.

Believe it or not the two UK football games in 2015 to get most excited about are not Louisville or Tennessee, writes Mark Story of the Herald-Leader.

Kentucky’s new offensive boss ready to punch up the pace, reports Jennifer Smith of Herald-Leader.

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SEC: Ex-Missouri football star gives parents surprise gift

SEC links for Sunday:

Former Missouri player now in NFL buys parents surprise wedding ceremony, reports Kansas City Star.

Dak Prescott’s ability hides some holes on the Mississippi State offense, reports Michael Bonner of the Clarion-Ledger.

New South Carolina co-defensive coordinator Jon Hoke set to build a winner, writes Josh Kendall of The State.

Michael Casagrande of AL.com says there are seven things you can learn from the new biography of Alabama football coach Nick Saban.

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Report: Isaac Humphries expected to enroll at UK

Gary Parrish of CBS Sports is reporting that Isaac Humphries, a 7-footer from Australia, is expected to enroll at Kentucky and will be eligible to play this upcoming season.

Next Cats’ Ben Roberts reported on Friday night that Humphries was on campus — along with UK signee Jamal Murray — and could be on the verge of joining the Cats. Humphries moved to Indiana in December and played La Lumiere. A Class of 2016 prospect, he is expected to reclassify for 2015.

“He’ll be an impact guy from Day 1,” one Australian source who knows Humphries told Zagsblog. “He’ll surprise some people.”

Humphries would apparently provide an insurance policy in the post, where Kentucky expects to start Skal Labissiere, rated as the nation’s No. 1 prospect for the Class of 2015 by Rivals. Labissiere is of Haitian descent.

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Report: Louisville-Alabama to open 2018 season in Orlando

ESPN reports that Louisville and Alabama have agreed on a contract to play each other in the 2018 season opener in Orlando, Florida. The game would take place September 1, 2018.

Louisville is opening its 2015 season in a neutral site game against Auburn on Sept. 5 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Louisville has scheduled a neutral site game in 2017 against Purdue in Indianapolis.

Alabama is opening the 2015 season against Wisconsin in a neutral site game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sept. 5. Alabama beat Michigan 41-14 at Cowboys Stadium in 2012. The Tide whipped Virginia Tech 35-10 in Atlanta in 2013 and beat West Virginia 33-23 in Atlanta last season.

The Tide is scheduled to play Southern Cal in Arlington in 2016 and Florida State in the new Atlanta Falcons stadium in 2017.

Alabama and Louisville have not played since Howard Schnellenberger’s Cardinals upset Gene Stallings and the Crimson Tide 34-7 in the 1991 Fiesta Bowl.

Next year, Orlando will play host to a neutral site game between Florida State and Ole Miss.

FCS 2015 schedules in a Google Doc

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BBL: Kentucky ready to add center for 2015?

Big Blue Links for Saturday:

Kentucky could be on verge of adding 7-foot Australian center for 2015, reports Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader. Four-star center Isaac Humphries is in Lexington this weekend for a recruiting visit to the University of Kentucky.

Shannon Dawson want an accurate quarterback, reports Jennifer Smith of the Herald-Leader. Kentucky’s new offensive coordinator wants a passer who can put the ball on the money.

Mark Stoops says it has been a good week for Kentuckky football, reports Smith. The UK coach cannot talk about specific recruits, but he can talk in generalities. And he is generally pleased with recruiting.

New UK football recruit will play in national All-Star game, reports Roberts for Next Cats. Georgia defensive lineman Kobe Smith will play Semper Fidelis All-American Game.

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SEC: LSU football reinstates suspended players

SEC links for Saturday:

Big 10 pushes tougher scheduling with Power 5 mandate, reports Matt Murschel of the Orlando Sentinel.

LSU trio deserves more than in-house discipline, writes Scott Rabalais of The Advocate. “East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore announced Friday that his office will not be pressing charges against three LSU players — quarterback Anthony Jennings, defensive end Maquedius Bain and defensive back Dwayne Thomas — accused of breaking into an apartment in June.”

LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings re-instated, reports Jim Kleinpeter of NOLA.com.

Gene Chizik is not looking to be a head coach again, reports AL.com. The former Auburn head coach, who won a national title with Cam Newton, is now defensive coordinator at North Carolina.

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BBL: Kentucky football’s recruiting roll

Big Blue Links for Friday:

Talk about your recruiting roll, Mark Stoops has been rolling, rolling, rolling this week. There was the Big 2017 Yahtzee Day when three prospects committed to play football at Kentucky. That was followed by 2016 defensive tackle Kobe Smith jumping on board. Then Thursday, 2018 wide receiver Jeramine Eskridge gave his pledge.

Eskeridge isn’t just any receiver. He’s the No. 2 ranked receiver among the nation’s sophomores and 247Sports ranks Eskridge as the 26th best prospect overall in the class. He’s 6-foot-3 out of Tampa, Fla. He won’t be able to sign with Kentucky until 2018.

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SEC: Eight league teams make pre-season coaches’ poll

SEC links for Friday:

Alabama No. 3, Auburn No. 7 in first USA Today coaches poll. Georgia is No. 9. LSU is No. 13. Ole Miss is No. 15. Arkansas is No. 20. Missouri is No. 23. Tennessee is No. 25. That’s eight SEC teams in the pre-season Top 25.

At No. 13, LSU is getting some respect, writes Scott Rabalais of The Advocate. “First impression of the USA Today coaches’ poll released Thursday, which starts LSU squarely at the tipping point at No. 13: The Tigers draw more respect nationally than they do at home. At home there are concerns aplenty in the wake of an 8-5 season, which ended with a frustrating loss to Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl and left LSU unranked in the final polls for the first time since going 8-5 in 2008. The Tigers have a huge question mark at quarterback in terms of productivity, even if as expected the current criminal charges against Anthony Jennings are dropped and he returns to the team in time for the Sept. 5 opener against McNeese State.”

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Reese Kemp to throw out first pitch at Reds’ Big Blue Night

Our friend Reese Kemp tweets that he will throw out the first pitch on Thursday night for Big Blue Night at Great American Ball Park. I wrote on Reese back in 2013.

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