UK having 8th best football off-season and more news

The evening news for Thursday:

- Above, John Calipari talked to Cleveland.com about Nerlens Noel and the Cavaliers. The NBA Draft is next Thursday, by the way.

- Coachingsearch.com says Kentucky is having the eighth-best off-season in all of college football. Louisville is at No. 10. It writes, “I think you’ll see a significant difference in 2013″ concerning the Cats.

- Our own Ben Roberts talked recently to the father of hoops prospect Josh Perkins. Randy Perkins said Calipari hasn’t seen Josh play yet, but wants to check him out.  “He was kind of going down that avenue,” Randy Perkins said. “He wants to see him with his own eyes, although he said he has enough information to make an offer. I didn’t push it. I was just kind of waiting to see what he said.”

- Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star gives his impressions after watching Andrew Wiggins play in a Kansas camp game. He writes, “The first Andrew Wiggins Moment at Kansas almost certainly won’t be the last or the best. But one of the best things about sports is the way they can stretch the boundaries of what is possible. This is Wiggins’ gift. This is what our local sports scene has coming. Did you see the dunk? The way Cole Aldrich — one of college basketball’s best defenders in his day — looked like he would challenge but then thought better of it?”

- Vanderbilt’s new $31 million practice facility is about to be completed. Jeff Lockridge of the Tennessean reports that the facility “features a 120-yard football field surrounded by an eight-lane, 300-meter track as its showpiece. That portion of the project remains on target for an Oct. 31 completion date.”

- If you’ve been following the news you know something is up with New England and former Florida tight end Aaron Hernandez, who appears to be under investigation concerning a murder that occurred about a mile from his home. Sports Illustrated talks to one of Hernandez’s former college coaches who says the ex-Gator had a hard time saying no.

- The Reds ended up splitting their four-game series with Pittsburgh. Now it’s on to Arizona.

- In media news, media reporter Howard Kurtz is jumping from CNN to Fox.

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