BBL: UK has never lost to CMU, but games are close

Former Central Michigan coach Brian Kelly, now at Notre Dame, blowing his stack on Saturday. (AP photo)

Big Blue Links and notes for Tuesday:

– Kentucky is 5-0 versus Central Michigan in football, but the games have been rather close.

  • Kentucky won 45-36 in 2006, the year Rich Brooks earned his first bowl game at UK. Brian Kelly was the Central Michigan coach and complained after the game that he thought Central Michigan should have won. But then if you watched Notre Dame last Saturday you know that Kelly can get hot under the collar.
  • Kentucky won 21-14 in the 1992 season opener.
  • Kentucky won 20-17 in Billy Curry’s first game as UK coach in 1990.
  • Kentucky won 18-7 in the 1988 season-opener which was played in a torrential downpour.
  • Kentucky won 31-14 in 1983, which was Jerry Claiborne’s first win as Kentucky coach after the Cats went 0-10-1 in his first season.

– Winston Guy’s game against Western Kentucky continues to earn kudos. My colleague Mark Story at the H-L writes on Guy for the morning print edition. The senior’s performance in the first game has to give those around the UK camp added confidence in new defensive coordinator Rick Minter. (Can we stop with this co-coordinator nonsense? Minter is running the show.) Right away, Minter identified that Guy needed to be playing closer to the line of scrimmage. You must also remember that most felt Guy was a poor tackler. He too often tried to “shoulder” ballcarriers to the ground, instead of wrapping up. That wasn’t a problem at LP Field.

– Props to Luke McDermott for being named Co-Defensive Lineman of the Week in the SEC. And this was after Joker Phillips said that fellow DT Donte Rumph played as well at the position last week as anyone UK has had in a long time. McDermott continues to be the grinder that gets things done. He’s overlooked, until he happens to be sacking the quarterback.

– My blog readers gave Kentucky a D for its performance last Thursday in Nashville. And that was probably being kind, considering the reaction I’ve heard over the past few days.

– Over at the C-J, Rick Bozich writes that the Big East must think basketball first. The Big East can do that if it wants. But every conference is thinking football. That’s the gold everyone is mining these days.

– The Kentucky Kernel offers five ways that Kentucky should improve this week against Central Michigan.

– Best wishes to Edgar Sosa. And Kentucky fans have offered plenty of those to the same guy they booed lustily at Rupp Arena during introductions for the Pros-Dominican Republic National Team exhibition last month. Part of the rivalry.

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