BBL: A Todd Svoboda update on his cancer fight

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SEC: Ole Miss, State ranked for first time since 1999

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Kentucky football in NCAA statistics

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SEC football standings and schedule

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BBL: UK football gets commitment; Rex Chapman released

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SEC: Alabama’s offense rolls over Florida

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College football on television: September 20

College football on television today:

  • 12:00 – Bowling Green at Wisconsin (ESPN2)
  • 12:00 – Eastern Michigan at Michigan State (Big 10)
  • 12:00 – Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech (ESPN)
  • 12:00 – Iowa at Pittsburgh (ESPNU)
  • 12:00 – Southern Illinois at Purdue (Big 10)
  • 12:00 – Troy at Georgia (SEC)
  • 12:00 – Western Illinois at Northwestern (ESPN News)
  • 12:30 – Maryland at Syracuse (ACC/WKYT)
  • 2:00 – Hawaii at Colorado (Pac-12)
  • 3:30 – Florida at Alabama (CBS)
  • 3:30 – Louisville at Florida International (Fox Sports 1)
  • 3:30 – North Carolina at East Carolina (ESPNU)
  • 3:30 – Rutgers at Navy (CBS Sports)
  • 3:30 – Texas A&M at SMU (ABC/ESPN2)
  • 3:30 – Utah at Michigan (ABC/ESPN2)
  • 3:30 – Virginia at BYU )ESPN)
  • 4:00 – Indiana at Missouri (SEC)
  • 4:00 – San Jose State at Minnesota (Big 10)
  • 4:00 – Texas State at Illinois (ESPN News)
  • 4:00 – UMass at Penn State (Big 10)
  • 6:00 – Georgia State at Washington (Pac-12)
  • 7:00 – Miami (Ohio) at Cincinnati (CBS Sports)
  • 7:00 – Mississippi State at LSU (ESPN)
  • 7:00 – Northern Illinois at Arkansas (ESPNU)
  • 7:30 – Oklahoma at West Virginia (Fox)
  • 7:30 – South Carolina at Vanderbilt (SEC)
  • 8:00 – Clemson at Florida State (ABC)
  • 8:00 – Miami at Nebraska (ESPN2)
  • 10:00 – California at Arizona (Pac-12)
  • 10:30 – Louisiana-Lafayette at Boise State (CBS Sports)
  • 10:30 – Oregon at Washington State (ESPN)
  • 10:30 – San Diego State at Oregon State (Fox Sports 1)
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BBL: The stunning Rex Chapman arrest

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Shocking news about former UK basketball star and former NBA player Rex Chapman, who has been charged with shoplifting $14,000 from an Apple store in Arizona. Last we heard much from Rex was right before the national title game when he tweeted that John Calipari was going to the Lakers.

The Arizona Republic story on the Chapman arrest. “Scottsdale police say Chapman is alleged to have stolen items from the Apple Store at the Scottsdale Quarter on seven occasions in recent months.”

Jennifer Smith of the Herald-Leader writes on the life-changing service trip some of the UK football players made to Ethiopia over the summer. Punter Landon Foster said after returning he couldn’t help notice the stark differences between his life and those of the people he visited in Ethiopia.

Skal Labaissiere is at UK for his official visit, reports Ben Roberts of Next Cats. The 6-foot-10 target is rated the No. 3 players in the Class of 2015 by Scout.

New Jersey point guard Isaiah Briscoe will visit UK after great talk with John Calipari, reports Roberts. Briscoe says UK recruitment is “something I dreamed of.”

The Minnesota Timberwolves are making a run at former UK guard Eric Bledsoe with a max contract. Other reports say the Suns, Bledsoe’s current team, are not interested in a sign-and-deal with the T-wolves.

John Calipari spoke at the Big Blue Madness camp out last night. The final tent count was 770. Considering some lucky campers received free mattresses and pillows, plus pizza, I may have to pitch my tent there next year.

Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles showed his potential at Florida, reports Kyle Tucker of the C-J. Towles passed for the most yards in The Swamp since Tim Couch back in 1998.

Howard Schellenberger’s new book contains much of interest to UK football fans, writes Jamie Vaught of KyForward.

Eric Crawford of WDRB writes on Friday’s Calipari newspaper graphic controversy.

Photo gallery from UK Men’s Basketball Photo Day

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Looking at today’s SEC football matchups

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For SEC links, let’s look at today’s conference games:

Troy at Georgia (12:00 – SEC)

Georgia must shake it off after losing at South Carolina 38-35, then facing a week of questions over why offensive coordinator Mike Bobo didn’t use star tailback Todd Gurley more. The Bulldogs think their passing game is ready to break out today. Quarterback Hutson Mason has thrown for less than 200 yards in each of Georgia’s first two games. Troy is 0-3 and lost to Abilene Christian last week.

Florida at Alabama (3:30 – CBS)

Alabama’s defense is looking forward to an old-fashioned smash-mouth football game. Florida’s defense is coming off a Saturday in which it gave up 17 second-half points to Kentucky. Today is a huge barometer game for the Gators under Will Muschamp, who is trying to erase memories of last season’s 4-8 disaster and keep his job.

Indiana at Missouri (4:00 – SEC)

Missouri is 3-0 behind quarterback Maty Mauk, who has thrown for 12 touchdowns with three interceptions thus far. Indiana lost 45-42 at Bowling Green last week. Indiana does have a potent offense, while Missouri’s defense has allowed 52 points in its first three games. IU tailback Tevin Coleman is averaging 218.5 rushing yards per game.

Texas A&M at SMU (3:30 – ABC/ESPN2)

A&M has won its first three games by a combined score of 163-21, and it doesn’t figure to change much today. SMU is in disarray after head coach June Jones abruptly announced his retirement. The Mustangs lost their first two games by a combined 82 points. Aggies quarterback Kenny Hill has thrown for 11 touchdowns without an interception thus far.

Mississippi State at LSU (7:00 – ESPN)

Mississippi State thinks this is the year it can upset the Tigers in Death Valley. Dan Mullen’s team lost 29-7 and 37-17 its last two trips to Tiger Stadium. “You’d better grease your shoulders because it’s about to be a hard fought game,” said MSU sophomore safety Kivon Coman. LSU’s defense will have to contain State quarterback Dak Prescott, who rushed for 129 yards last Saturday in win at South Alabama. It’s the league opener for both teams.

Northern Illinois at Arkansas (7:00 – ESPNU)

In his second season in Fayetteville, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema appears to have the Razrobacks’ running game going. Arkansas rolled over Texas Tech 49-28 in Lubbock last Saturday. Meanwhile, Northern Illinois won 23-15 at Northwestern, so the Huskies know how to win on the road. Arkansas’ defense knows that Northern Illinois can run the football, as well. NIU is seventh nationally in rushing yards per game.

South Carolina at Vanderbilt (7:30 – SEC)

The Gamecocks travel to Nashville as a heavy favorite over the Commodores. South Carolina will try to avoid a letdown after last week’s key 38-35 win over Georgia. Vandy had to rally to beat visiting UMass last week. The ‘Dores were outscored 78-10 in their first two games and have had all kinds of problems at quarterback.

Photo of South Carolina fans by The State/McClatchy.

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Another ode to Hal Mumme, father of the Air Raid

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ESPN has joined the chorus of those giving former Kentucky coach Hal Mumme credit for the spread offenses we see today. Title of the piece: “Yoda of the Air Raid Offense, he is”

Excerpt:

Who is the best college football coach of the past two decades? It’s clearly Alabama’s Nick Saban — defensive guru, deadpan disciplinarian and, oh, by the way, winner of four BCS championships. But the most influential coach of the past 20 years? That’d be Hal Mumme. He wasn’t the only one to drag college football out of its ground-and-pound dark ages. But as Kentucky’s coach in the late 1990s, he is the one who brought video game offenses to the SEC, the game’s motherland. And it was there that football changed forever. If Cam Newton or Johnny Manziel ever did something that made you jump off your couch, you have Mumme to thank. “Hal was really one of the trailblazers for throwing the ball,” says Art Briles, whose Baylor team led the FBS in offense last year. “Without question, Hal was instrumental in the game being what it is today.”

I could argue that it actually goes back to LaVell Edwards, the great Brigham Young coach whom Mumme visited when Hal was a high school coach and Edwards was nice enough to let Mumme watch the BYU game tapes.

In 2012, Chris Brown of Smart Football did an exhaustive and definitive piece on the origination of the Air Raid.

By the way, Belhaven, Mumme’s current school, is 2-1 after losing 31-27 at the University of the Cumberlands last week in Williamsburg. The Blazers play Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee on Saturday.

Photo of Mumme and Tim Couch by Ed Reinke/AP.

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