Kentucky football recruiting leads Friday morning notes

Some Friday morning notes:

– ESPN has moved Kentucky football into its Top 25 for recruiting the Class of 2014. Chris Low writes: “To see the Wildcats sitting there at No. 23 at this point tells you all you need to know about the the job Mark Stoops and his staff have done in selling that program.”

– A Sea of Blue looks at Kentucky football recruiting in the Sunshine State. In case you haven’t noticed, Louisville’s Charlie Strong has done a better job of getting players out of Florida than has Kentucky in recent years.

– Jon Solomon of the Birmingham News reports on the salaries for SEC baseball coaches. Kentucky’s Gary Henderson is tied for ninth. Former UK coach John Cohen, now at Mississippi State, is second behind LSU’s Paul Mainieri.

– Speaking of Cohen, Mississippi State beat Texas A&M on Thursday night to advance to the semifinals of the SEC Baseball Tournament in Hoover. MSU will play the winner of today’s Texas A&M-Vanderbilt game. Alabama plays LSU today with the winner meeting Arkansas in the other semifinal.

Here’s my column on how ESPN’s hire of Paul Finebaum just goes to show that college football is the driving force in athletics these days.

– John Calipari was in New York on Thursday to watch Julius Mays work out for the Brooklyn Nets.

– Vanderbilt’s Kevin Stallings has filled a basketball staff vacancy by hiring an assistant coach from Harvard.

– Longtime LSU administration member Herb Vincent is leaving Baton Rouge for a post with the SEC.

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