Calipari and those NBA rumors, plus notes and links

Morning notes and links for a Thursday:

– John Calipari met with some local media yesterday and talked NBA draft decisions, those pesky NBA rumors and more. Cal said the NBA rumors were to screw up recruiting. He laughed at that, as well he should. But you wonder if his connections to World Wide Wes and LeBron James have anything to do with the constant pro rumor mill. Plus, it is believe that Calipari might one day want another crack at the NBA. Still, it’s hard to see him leaving Kentucky at this point and time, what with an ultra-stellar crop of recruits on board for next year.

– Aaron Smith of the Kentucky Kernel has a notebook from the Calipari media session.

– Cat Scratches has a Calipari transcript.

Chip Cosby writes on UK linebacker Danny Trevathan, who decided to come back for his senior season. Chip writes, “From a football standpoint, going pro might have made sense for Trevathan. But in an age where college athletes often decide to take the money and run at the first opportunity, Trevathan said he wanted to fulfill a promise he made to his mother, Michelle Hicks, and get his diploma. Trevathan is on target to graduate in December with his degree in family science.”

– The biggest news out of Louisville yesterday was not the return of Richard Pitino to the U of L staff. The biggest news was the loss of assistant Tim Fuller, who is joining Frank Haith at Missouri. With his Nike connections, Fuller had elevated U of L’s recruiting. His shoes will be tough to fill, pun intended.

Rick Bozich on the Fuller move to Missouri: “”I realize new Missouri coach Frank Haith has long been a close friend and mentor to Fuller. But if your goal is to become a head coach, trading a job with Rick Pitino for a position with Frank Haith is like choosing to work with Barney Fife instead of James Bond.”

– Ex-U of L assistant Steve Masiello, now the head coach at Manhattan, is keeping his old teammate, Scott Padgett, on the Manhattan staff. Padgett was an assistant in the previous regime.

UK has high hopes for defensive lineman Mister Cobble, writes Larry Vaught of the Advocate-Messenger.

Victoria Dunlap talks about her pro dream come true, writes Ethan Levine of the Kernel.

– Kentucky may still be calling God’s Gift Achiuwa, but he has yet to schedule a visit here. The Nigerian native is going to visit Washington and St. John’s before making a decision. He has already visited Cincinnati.

Check out the new Josh Harrellson web site.

– The Reds dropped to 8-4 with a 3-2 loss at San Diego yesterday. And Nick Masset is now 0-3. John Fay explains why Masset was in the game in the first place. After an off day today, the Reds return home for a four-game series with Pittsburgh.

Bleed Blue Kentucky has a football recruiting report.

NBA entrants get an earlier opt-out date, which should help recruiting.

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission got this one right, denying a license to trainer Rick Dutrow.

– And you thought it was just Florida football players who got in trouble with the law.

– Cuonzo Martin signs a point guard for Tennessee basketball.

John Wall is 10th in NBA jersey sales, according to Bloomberg.

– If you’re interested in the NBA playoffs, here are the matchups:

  • 1-Chicago vs. 8-Indiana
  • 2-Miami vs. 7-Philadelphia
  • 3-Boston vs. 6-New York
  • 4-Orlando vs. 5-Atlanta
  • 1-San Antonio vs. 8-Memphis
  • 2-LA Lakers vs. 7-New Orleans
  • 3-Dallas vs. 6-Portland
  • 4-Oklahoma City vs. 5-Denver

– Late Show head writer Eric Stangel, via twitter, “If you feel Barry Bonds got off easy, don’t worry. He seems like a guy who would try to steal his memorabilia back…”

– Today is Pete Rose’s 70th birthday.

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