Big Blue Links: January 14


Big Blue Links for Tuesday:

Kentucky travels to Arkansas for a 9 p.m. Super Tuesday game on ESPN. And John Calipari is trying to get his team past the idea that winning is enough. On Monday, the coach mentioned that opponents aren’t raving about the play of his team, which is unusual for a Calipari team. He’s using that as a motivational tool with his young club.

Arkansas is hoping to snap a two-game losing streak. The Razorbacks lost on the road at Texas A&M 69-53 in their SEC opener, then were beaten 84-82 in overtime by visiting Florida on Saturday. That defeat dropped a 23-game home win streak for Mike Anderson’s team. Arkansas has gone five straight seasons without an NCAA Tournament bid.

UK signee Tyler Ulis is dreaming of making the McDonald’s All-American team. Ulis said he’d like to do it for his mother, who says she would love a McDonald’s jersey.

Former UAB head coach Garrick McGee is rejoining Bobby Petrino, this time at Louisville. McGee was announced as the Cards’ offensive coordinator on Monday. He worked with Petrino at Arkansas, where the duo helped the Razorbacks to the Sugar Bowl.

Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal Constitution says Georgia should offer Kirby Smart the coach-in-waiting tag to lure the Alabama defensive coordinator back to Athens. There is talk that if Smart joins the Georgia staff, UK cornerbacks coach Derrick Ansley could join him. The two worked together at Alabama.

Looks as if Southern Cal’s Bo Davis will replace Chris Rumph as defensive line coach at Alabama. Rumph, the uncle of former UK defensive tackle Donte Rump, is leaving Tuscaloosa to join Charlie Strong at Texas. Current UK defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh had been mentioned as a possibility for the Tide but is staying in Lexington.

Contradicting reports from last week, LSU running back Jeremy Hill is leaving Baton Rouge for the NFL. A third-year sophomore, Hill rushed for more than 2,100 yards in the past two seasons.

Florida introduced its new coaches on Monday, including former UK assistants Kurt Roper (offensive coordinator) and Mike Summers (offensive line). Summers joked that he might have set a record for the number of head coaches he has worked with over the past 14 months: Joker Phillips, Mark Stoops, Bobby Petrino, Lane Kiffin, Ed Orgeron, Steve Sarkisian and now Will Muschamp.

For the second straight game, Florida will be without Casey Prather when the Gators meet Georgia tonight. The visiting Bulldogs are a surprising 2-0 in conference play, with wins over Missouri and Alabama.

Photo of Arkansas coach Mike Anderson by Associated Press.

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