Yahoo’s SEC takedown and more morning notes

sabanap560Some Thursday morning notes and links:

Sports Illustrated wasn’t the only media member to post a college football expose this week. Taking time away from their dreadful site redesign, Yahoo Sports issued a report Wednesday using text messages to detail how a handful of SEC football players received impermissible benefits.

Dan Wetzel of Yahoo follows up with a column on how these recent scandals only continue to reveal the folly of NCAA rules.

And Alabama coach Nick Saban, with former Tide player D.J. Fluker being prominent in the Yahoo report, didn’t react well to repeated questions on the subject.

– For any sports columnist (blush) this is a scary story. Romenesko reports that The State, the newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina, has told its sports columnist he cannot write about South Carolina football because of a feud with Steve Spurrier.

Update: The State now says that Morris can write about South Carolina football

Deadspin says “We can’t wait to read what will surely be The State’s exemplary coverage of the Gamecocks this year.”

– My column today compares what the Kentucky-Louisville football rivalry looked like 20 years ago compared to now. You’d have to say UK is close to the same place it was then. Meanwhile, Louisville is in a much different place.

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– Jennifer Smith reports that Neal Brown wants the Kentucky offense to play even faster. “Like a NASCAR racing a cheetah,” explained wide receiver Javess Blue, who came from an uptempo offense at his junior college.

– Mark Ennis writes fro Card Chronicle that Louisville fans shouldn’t worry about the Cardinal running game. Remember, the running game has been something of a predictor for the series outcome.

– Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater returns Saturday to where it all began for him.

– John Calipari could be getting his 2014-15 point guard Friday night as Tyler Ulis is expected to announce his decision. The 5-foot-8 Ulis is reportedly down to Kentucky and Michigan State.

Cal will visit a 2015 big man on Friday.

– The Reds avoided being swept by the Cubs on Wednesday, but the bigger worry is pitcher Tony Cingrani, who is again out with back spasms.

– The Bengals and Steelers are gearing up for a Monday night battle at PBS. Did you realize that all four AFC North teams lost in Week 1?

– Back to Alabama, where the fans are not happy with Alabama athletics Facebook post about Bear Bryant.

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