Monday morning notes and links:
- Congrats to ex-UK golfer Russ Cochran on winning the Senior British Open. The 52-year-old Cochran picked up a check for $310,000 for his third Senior Tour win. The Paducah native is the eighth American in the last nine years to win the Senior Open Championship.
- News that John Calipari is organizing an exhibition game for his Dominican Republic National Team against UK legends was the highlight of an otherwise quiet Sunday for UK sports. WKYT reports that Joe B. Hall has been contacted about coaching the Kentucky team.
- The Los Angeles Times climbs aboard the Shabazz Muhammad bandwagon, profiling the Las Vegas star. Some believe that UCLA is the leader for Shabazz’s services, but Muhammad says he will bring his trademark gold shoes to Lexington to visit UK’s facilities at some point.
- Gary Harris, the top Indiana prep player in the Class of 2012, put on a show at the AAU Super Showcase in Orlando, reports Jody Demling of the Courier-Journal. Kentucky appears to have some interest in the muscular guard, who also likes football. But Louisville and Indiana are both targeting Harris.
- Georgia offensive lineman Will Adams will make his announcement today, reports the AJC. The 6-foot-6, 280-pounder appears ready to pick Georgia Tech, though Kentucky and Louisville are contenders.
- Kentucky football is picked to finish last in the SEC East by espn.com blogger Edward Aschoff. And have we still not found out who gave Kentucky that first-place vote in SEC Media Days balloting.
- Looks like the Bengals could be at Georgetown College on Thursday, reports Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com.
- Drew Stubbs played the hero last night, depositing Scott Linebrink’s first pitch in the bottom of the ninth into the right field seats for a 4-3 Reds’ win over the Braves on Sunday Night Baseball. Coupled with Saturday’s 11-2 win over Atlanta, this is Cincinnati’s first two-game win streak since June 14-15.
What was interesting about the telecast was that both Bobby Valentine and Orel Hershiser seemed to think the Reds had a real shot of overtaking the Brewers, Cardinals and Pirates in the NL Central. I’d say Cincinnati fans following this team all season might not have the same belief.
- BTW, I watched the end of the Reds and TiVoed Breaking Bad. Please, no spoilers.
- Kentucky linebacker Danny Trevathan knows Florida running back Jeff Demps all the way back to high school. At SEC Media Days, Trevathan talked about trying to catch the Olympic-quality sprinter that is Demps. “It’s hard to chase a rat,” said Danny.
- Alabama sends cease-and-desist letter to men’s clothing store that had Trent Richardson sign items. The original story should be credited to Clay Travis’ new Outkick the Coverage website. Clay was a casualty of the AOL-Sporting News merger, losing his gig with AOL. Good to see him with his own start-up which is guaranteed to stir things up.
- Eric Blackerby, the Alabama fan who wore the “I Hate Auburn” t-shirt to the SEC Media Days, is surprised he drew so much attention, reports Michael Casagrande of the Anniston Star. When asked about it, Alabama coach Nick Saban said it was not the way teams should treat their rivals. But Saban is the same coach who on the sidelines in 2008 was caught by the CBS microphones telling his team, “Don’t you know how much I hate these, um guys?”
– Tweet from Gainesville Sun columnist Pat Dooley last week: “Two of the most interesting guys here at SEC Media Days were Morgan Newton and Brandon Bolden.”
- Mike Slive should clean up the SEC, not the NCAA, writes Tennessean columnist David Climer. “Suddenly,” writes David, “the nation’s cheatingest conference was taking the lead for reform.” Good point. No BCS conference has committed more major violations since 1992, the year the conference increased its membership to 12 teams by adding Arkansas and South Carolina. Tennessee is about to be hit by the NCAA. LSU was just stuck with a one-year probation. NCAA investigators are still asking questions about Cam Newton and Auburn. It is not out of the realm of possibility that some incredulous conference is thinking, “Wait a minute, the SEC is telling us to clean up our act.”
- Steve Spurrier hasn’t lost his dagger when it comes to Tennessee, writes Mark Wiedmer of the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Spurrier spoke in Chattanooga on Saturday and said he was now “pretty good friends” with ex-UT coach Phil Fulmer. But the Ol’ Ball Coach managed to bring up his triumphs over the Vols.
- Tennessee linebacker Austin Johnson is arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct.
- Florida safety Matt Elam has been cited for alcohol possession, reports the Gainesville Sun.
- Being picked behind Alabama is not a bad thing for LSU, writes Scott Rabalais of The Advocate.