Big Blue Links for Tuesday:
Bye week rejuvenates Kentucky football prior to Saturday’s game with Vanderbilt, reports Jennifer Smith of the Herald-Leader. Offensive guard Zach West and wide receive Jeff Badet, who both have missed time with injuries, could be back Saturday.
Mark Story of the Herald-Leader says beating Vanderbilt is vital for Mark Stoops. Kentucky has lost its last three games to the Commodores by a combined count of 100-14.
Mark Stoops wants a large crowd at Commonwealth Stadium for Saturday’s game with Commodores, reports Larry Vaught of Advocate-Messenger. The school is doing a special promotion to try and fill the upper level seats.
Here is video of Stoops’ press luncheon on Monday.
Vandy coach Derek Mason says quarterback status is up to the doctors, reports Tennessean. Last week’s starter, Patton Robinette, left the game against South Carolina in the first quarter after hitting his head on the turf when he went airborne on a quarterback scramble. True freshman Wade Freebeck replaced Robinette and played the rest of the game in Carolina’s 48-34 loss to the Gamecocks.
Anchor of Gold breaks down the good and bad from Vanderbilt’s showing against South Carolina. The Commodores trailed just 27-24 going into the fourth quarter. And as Mark Stoops pointed out Monday, Mason’s club has improved from week-to-week.
UK basketball target Antonio Blakeney visited with Missouri’s coaches, reports Ben Roberts of Next Cats. Blakeney originally committed to Louisville, then backed off that commitment because of his (a) shoe company, or (b) he committed too quickly, or (c) who knows why. Blakeney is scheduled to have Kentucky for an in-home visit on Wednesday.
Roberts also reports that three-star defensive end Kengera Daniel has Kentucky football in his top five. Louisville is also among the final five for the Raleigh, North Carolina product.
On coachcal.com, John Calipari writes about what he sees as another possible watershed moment for the program. “If you wonder why everyone is panicked outside of the Big Blue Nation, why everyone is curious as to how we are going to make this work, why writers with agendas to another program or coach are pitting player against player, platoon vs. platoon, it’s because they are afraid of what could happen. They know that if this turns out the way they think it could, it becomes a watershed moment for college basketball.”
Doron Lamb has signed a free agent contract with the Dallas Mavericks. Lamb played 53 games last season with Orlando.
If you missed it, the kickoff for the Oct. 4 South Carolina-Kentucky game at Commonwealth Stadium will be 7:30 p.m. and televised by the SEC Network.
A Sea of Blue takes a look at Vanderbilt’s jumbo sets. There is a difference between Stanford’s jumbo sets and Vanderbilt’s jumbo sets, however. Stanford has better plyers.
Over at Louisville, Bobby Petrino has fixed “not very good” offenses before, writes Rick Bozich of WDRB. The Cards had troubles against a stingy Virginia defense, then scored 34 points last week at Florida International. A worry is the health of starting quarterback Will Gardner.
Today is Dakari Johnson’s 19th birthday.