Random notes to chew over during or after your Tuesday lunch:
- Oregon football being Oregon football it has released a neat video trailer. See above.
- All KY Hoops reports that Willie Cauley-Stein is at the 2013 Nike Big Man Skills Academy. Only the top 10 college big men were invited.
- Ben Roberts looks at UK without Kyle Wiltjer. “The loss of Wiltjer would leave Jon Hood as the only UK player who has scored a point in an NCAA Tournament game. He had two points against East Tennessee State and three points against Wake Forest during the first two rounds of the 2010 tournament. One more thing worth noting: Wiltjer played for the same AAU program as top UK recruiting target Stanley Johnson, one of the best players in the class of 2014. Johnson reacted to Monday’s news on Twitter with a simple, “So Kyle left UK!?’”
- UK’s Brent Ingram tweets that baseball’s A.J. Reed is competing for a spot on the USA Baseball College National Team. Reed is off to a hot start, batting .444 with a .545 on-base percentage.
- Guy Ramsey of Cat Scratches writes the second of his two-part series on UK high performance coach Erik Korem. “The High Performance program Korem and head coach Mark Stoops have brought to Kentucky football uses sports science in the development of student-athletes in a way teams from the NFL are only now beginning to do. Korem’s endeavors have attracted the attention of his peers across the country, but he isn’t resting just because he’s ahead of the curve. While UK football players got a break after final exams and before returning to campus for summer classes and workouts, Korem was on a six-week ‘High Performance Tour.’ He made stateside stops in Kansas City, Mo., Boston and New York, but the centerpiece of the trip was a week-and-a-half stop in Australia.
- The NCAA has approved changes to the block-charge rule. “”Under the revised block/charge call in men’s basketball, a defensive player is not permitted to move into the path of an offensive player once he has started his upward motion with the ball to attempt a field goal or pass,” according to the new rule. “If the defensive player is not in legal guarding position by this time, it is a blocking foul. Previously, a defender had to be in legal guarding position when the offensive player lifted off the floor.”
- WDRB’s Rick Bozich doesn’t think there’s a transfer problem in college basketball. He writes, “College basketball has a familiarity problem. Even committed fans must labor to stay familiar with the rosters of their favorite teams. Keeping track of the players of their favorite opponents? Hopeless. Transfers do not cause that. This is created by the stream of guys headed to pro basketball after one or two dribbles. Guys are saying goodbye just when fans are learning how to say hello.”
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- Kyle Wiltjer explores transfer from UK basketball team
- Tony Delk leaves job and more Monday evening news