Big Blue Links for Thursday:
1. It’s not exactly sunny California and Southern Cal, or Cincinnati and Ohio State or say New York and Rutgers, but Yipsilanti, Michigan is reportedly the destination of a future Kentucky football road game.
It was reported Wednesday that Kentucky had signed a three-year deal with Eastern Michigan for future football games. EMU would come to Lexington in 2017 with UK visiting Michigan in 2019. EMU would return to Commonwealth Stadium in 2020.
This follows Kentucky signing a deal with Southern Miss that includes the Cats visiting Hattiesburg for a game with the Golden Eagles. That agreement came from the fact UAB’s short-lived drop of its football program left Kentucky with a hole to fill in its schedule.
Eastern Michigan and Southern Miss have something in common. Both have fallen on hard times in football. Eastern Michigan was 2-10 each of the last three seasons. Southern Miss went 3-9 last season.
For those of us who have pushed the Cats to schedule a home-and-home with another FBS school outside of Louisville, Eastern Michigan isn’t what we had in mind. I know it’s hard to get home-and-home with other Power 5 schools, but not sure that a trip to Eastern Michigan helps Kentucky’s recruiting.
2. Speaking of recruiting, Ben Roberts has an interesting interview with UK recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow, who refers to UK’s efforts as a “machine.”
“Now — with me and (director of football operations Dan Berezowitz) — it’s a machine,” said Marrow comparing the Cats’ efforts now to when Mark Stoops first came on board.
Marrow also said that Kentucky has turned itself into a brand in Ohio. The are 25 players from Ohio on the current roster with many more to come. Marrow mentioned Washington, D.C. among other places that UK is now building a recruiting brand.
Part two of the interview should appear on-line Thursday.
3. Over at CoachCal.com, Metz Camfield has a profile of junior college transfer Mychal Mulder, who signed with Kentucky for 2015-16. With fellow Canadian Jamal Murray coming on board, Mulder’s arrival has been a bit overshadowed.
Mulder is just the third juco who has come to Kentucky in the John Calipari Era. He’s known as a knock-down perimeter shooter who made 46 percent of his three-pointers last season as a sophomore. Camfield writes that Mulder also has makings of a leader.