Good Saturday morning:
For some reason, I thought today’s Kentucky-Baylor game was a noon start, but turns out it’s actually a 12:30 tipoff. Don’t be fooled. Brady Heslip is expected to be back for the Bears. He can shoot. Kentucky is trying to bounce back from that Thursday night loss at Notre Dame. Jerry Tipton has the advance story on today’s tilt, which will be called by Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg and promises to be Digger Phelps-free.
Kentucky’s volleyball team swept East Tennessee 3-0 last night at Memorial Coliseum. Craig Skinner’s squad meets Ohio State tonight at 7 p.m. for a trip to the Sweet 16.
Kentucky football fans will be interested in tonight’s ACC Championship Game between Florida State and Georgia Tech, 8 p.m. on ESPN. It could be the last game that Mark Stoops coaches at Florida State before the defensive coordinator starts his full-time duties as UK’s next coach.
It hasn’t been decided yet, or at least announced, whether Stoops will coach in FSU’s bowl game. ESPN is reporting that Stoops will not coach in FSU’s bowl game.
More rumors about possible members of a Stoops staff. Heard Thursday that a member of Oklahoma’s staff could end up coming to Lexington. Most likely candidates appear to be linebackers coach Tim Kish and/or graduate assistant Ryan Wallace. Both were on the staff at Arizona when Mike Stoops was the head coach there.
Real score-fest last night in Washington, D.C. as Georgetown edged Tennessee 37-36. That’s right, 37-36. Syracuse rolled over Arkansas 91-82 in Fayetteville. James Southerland scored 35 points for the Orange.
As for the SEC Championship game today in Atlanta, 4 p.m. on CBS, I like Alabama. Think the Crimson Tide is the mentally tougher team and should return to the BCS title game. A Bama-Notre Dame national championship game is TV’s dream.
Advance note: Look for a profile story on Mark Stoops in Sunday’s Herald-Leader. Talked to people at Wyoming, Arizona and Florida State, plus his brother, Ron, Jr. One thing I discovered, much of what Mark Stoops has done and where he has been goes back to Kansas State’s Bill Snyder.