Newton picked 10th among SEC qbs and more notes

Some lunchtime notes:

- I’m back on WVLK-590 AM in Lexington tonight from 6-8 subbing for the sunbathing Larry Glover. I’ll have scout.com’s Evan Daniels on to talk about the upcoming basketball camp season. Jeff Drummond from the Cats Pause should also be making his nightly appearance.

Thanks to my guests last night, Mark Story of the Herald-Leader who talked LeBron and NASCAR; Drummond who talked Reds and football recruiting; and Ben Roberts of the H-L who talked about his Next Cats summer recruiting supplement that was in the paper.

- Chris Low of espn.com ranks Morgan Newton as the 10th best quarterback in the SEC. There are only 12, remember.

- And among, the 11 SEC coaches at public universities, Joker Phillips is 11th in pay. Before the paranoid football fanatics start bashing Mitch Barnhart, Joker’s pay seems about right. Remember, he had never been a head coach before. And he went 6-7 in his first season. You can argue that Will Muschamp had never been a head coach before and is making a cool $1 million more. But Florida is a bigger job. I was surprised that Steve Spurrier is sixth on the list. And he still wants to give players money out of his own pocket. What a guy.

- Speaking of money, UK softball coach Rachel Lawson is getting the big bucks with her $727,500 deal over five years. This is because (a) Barnhart’s continued commitment to a total sports program, and (b) softball is actually a growing sport. ESPN has done well promoting and televising the Women’s College World Series.

- Michael Carvell of the AJC has more on that Georgia high school that already has 10 D-I football commitments, including two to Kentucky.

- All Ky Hoops has the list of names for the NBA Players Association Top 100 camp. You may recognize a few.

- A former U of L assistant football coach has written a book that takes a shot at Bill Curry.

- Jason Whitlock does not like his former colleague Wright Thompson. Both were at the Kansas City Star. Jason is now with Fox Sports. Thompson is with ESPN. And Deadspin doesn’t think much of Thompson either. Or Grantland for that matter.

Ryan Taylor

Ryan Taylor

- Jeff Goodman, now of CBS Sports, reports that former U of L commit Ryan Taylor is now scheduled to visit Kansas this weekend. I know Taylor has grade issues. I know he may not be eligible, and could end up in a prep school this fall. But I saw the former Indianapolis Lawrence North star in the Kentucky-Indiana All-Star game on Friday, and he can play. Taylor spent last year at Louisville Western. He was living with his uncle in Louisville.

- A tweet from Kevin Brockway of the Gainesville Sun: “Wilbekin said Rutgers transfer Mike Rosario was “best pure shooter” in practice last season.”

- Tweet from SI.com’s Richard Deitsch: “Your daily Colin Cowherd nonsense: Said today MJ could not pass when he entered NBA. Jordan averaged team-best 5.5 assists his first year.”

- Make sure you are following Mike Fields to follow the State High School Baseball Tournament.

- You can still get the print edition of the Next Cats supplement that was in Sunday’s Herald-Leader. It is available in the rack outside the Herald-Leader building, or you can walk inside and purchase it at customer service. Or you can e-mail orders@herald-leader.com and leave your name, address and phone number. Or you can call 859-231-3173 and someone will get back to you to complete the order. Plus, Kroger, Barnes and Noble, Joseph Beth and some Speedway locations sell the paper through Wednesday.

- By the way, when I woke up this morning, I realized I had to return to my miserable life with my same problems. Thanks, LeBron.

- Loved it that Barry Irwin called the horse Isn’t It Perfect an “orangutan” after that horse bumped into Much Macho Man, which bumped into Irwin’s Animal Kingdom at the start of the Belmont.

- Did you see where Texas advanced to its 34th College World Series?

- Paul McCartney is coming to Great American Ball Park.

- Check out Conan O’Brien’s speech to Darmouth’s graduating class, which as Conan points out, is an achievement shared by 92 percent of the population. Ok, well, not at Dartmouth.

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