BBL: How safe is NCAA Basketball Tournament?

Big Blue Links for Thursday:

- Gary Parrish of CBS Sports is worried about the NCAA Basketball Tournament. “So, like I told you earlier, there’s no need to panic quite yet. But the concern among some coaches, particularly those at the mid-major and low-major levels, is that what’s about to happen will merely be the next step in a constantly evolving process, and that there are more steps to come. In other words, nobody is too worried about what the power conferences might do in January 2014. But what about January 2019? Or January 2024?”

- Louisville Ballard guard Quentin Snider de-commits from U of L, reports Steve Jones of Courier-Journal. “Ballard High School point guard Quentin Snider, who had been committed to the University of Louisville basketball team for nearly two years and was the first member of the Cardinals’ 2014 class, made a surprising announcement on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon, saying that he is reopening his recruitment.”

- Terrence Jones pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor, the Houston Chronicle reports. “According to a police spokesman, Sgt. Anthony Passadore observed Jones shortly after 2 a.m. walk past two men sleeping in a doorway, shout “wake up!” and stomp on one of the men’s legs. Jones was with a group of about eight people when he was stopped and taken into custody about a half a block from the incident. The victim, Daniel John Kellerher, 46, did not require medical attention. He is uninjured and is not pressing charges.”

- WKYT has a video interview with UK basketball coach John Calipari, who talks about his busy summer.

Melvin Booker is comparing his recruitment to that of his son Devin, a basketball star being recruited by Kentucky and plenty of others. Steve Walentik of the Columbia Daily Tribune writes that Melvin was a star at Missouri, but ”it wasn’t until Booker was approaching age 40 that he got his first look at the life of a big-time college recruit, with daily phone calls and text messages from a cast of Hall of Fame-caliber coaches and a summertime of living out of a suitcase.”

- Five UK football commitments are in ESPN’s new Top 300, reports Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader. “Florida defensive lineman Denzel Ware is UK’s top commitment, according to ESPN. The 240-pound prospect ranks as the No. 89 overall recruit in the country and the ninth-best defensive end.”

- Jarrod Polson blogs about his trip to Ethiopia. “The last day of the trip may have been the most moving of them all,” he writes. “We were able to visit an organization called Youth Impact that was located about 15 minutes from our guest house. When we got there, we were greeted by Abraham (who was educated in the United States, but decided to come back to help the Ethiopian people instead of getting a very lucrative job in America), the visionary leader of the affiliation. He and his wife had the idea about 20 years ago to teach uneducated men and women different skills that would help them get back on their feet and provide for their families. In essence, instead of handing out the fish, teach the people how to fish so they can sustain themselves.”

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