BBL: More back-and-forth over recruiting advantages

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SEC: Auburn passes (barely) survival test

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SEC football games Saturday

  • 12:00 – Troy at Georgia (SEC)
  • 3:30 – Florida at Alabama (CBS)
  • 3:30 – Texas A&M at SMU (ABC/ESPN2)
  • 7:00 – Mississippi State at LSU (ESPN)
  • 7:00 – Northern Illinois at Arkansas (ESPNU)
  • 7:30 – South Carolina at Vanderbilt (SEC)

SEC teams in NCAA total offense rankings

  • 4. Texas A&M
  • 6. Florida
  • 12. Alabama
  • 18. Auburn
  • 20. Mississippi State
  • 22. Ole Miss
  • 33. Kentucky
  • 56. South Carolina
  • 56. LSU
  • 61. Georgia
  • 63. Arkansas
  • 76. Missouri
  • 93. Tennessee
  • 120. Vanderbilt

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Mike Krzyzewski disputes he has unfair advantage

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At a press conference this morning, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski pushed back against charges that his status as head coach of the USA National Team gives him an unfair recruiting advantage.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports wrote earlier this week that the NBA should pull its stars from Team USA because it only showcases Krzyzewski.

“As much as ever, USA Basketball has been co-opted into a Krzyzewski leverage play for theDuke Blue Devils,” wrote Wojnarowski. “If that doesn’t rile Kentucky’s John Calipari, wait until the Duke coach is credited for DeMarcus Cousins’ maturity with the Sacramento Kings this season.

“The end’s coming for USA Basketball’s grip on the game in the States, but once change goes into effect come the 2018 World Cup, it won’t matter much to Krzyzewski anymore. He still has two full summers of USA Basketball access left to him, and that’ll make it a full decade of control. As one Duke alumnus would tell you: There is a USA Basketball storefront selling patriotism and duty with a backroom reality that peddles the Blue Devils and Nike swooshes.’

Krzyzewski called the charge “utterly ridiculous,” according to C.L. Brown of espn.com.

“That that [access] gives you an advantage — it’s utterly ridiculous — and anyone who comments on it without doing the research is really wanting to take that point of view,” Krzyzewski said. “I don’t get it. I don’t get it. We’ve won four national championships.”

Coach K pointed out that no one has made the same charge against Florida coach Billy Donovan, who has twice coached the USA Under-19 team, including this summer.

Calipari is one of the coaches that has complained about Krzyzewski having an advantage, or so Team USA assistant Jim Boeheim told Syracuse.com.

“It’s a concern he has raised before,” Boeheim said of Calipari. “That particular case he has mentioned. He’s said he thinks its an advantage. He got the No. 1 recruit in the country. It’s a little bit disingenuous of him. I like John. We get along fine. He feels Mike is getting an advantage. You could make that argument. But Duke isn’t getting any better players than they ever have.”

Calipari coached the Dominican Republic National team, which included Karl Towns as a member, then signed Towns at Kentucky.

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A picture you never thought you’d see on this blog

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Thanks to the UK Student Activities Board for including me in a panel discussion on UK athletics last night at Memorial Hall with (left to right) Brenton Smith, Carl Nathe, Dave Baker, yours truly and Matt Jones. Good time had by all.

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BBL: Jim Boeheim says John Calipari “disingenuous”

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SEC: Kansas State welcomes Auburn for Thursday night tilt

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SEC football teams in Sagarin ratings

  • 2 Alabama
  • 4 Texas A&M
  • 5 Auburn
  • 6 Georgia
  • 9 LSU
  • 15 Ole Miss
  • 16 South Carolina
  • 21 Florida
  • 24 Missouri
  • 28 Mississippi State
  • 38 Tennessee
  • 46 Arkansas
  • 61 Kentucky
  • 94 Vanderbilt

Jeff Sagarin’s college football ratings

SEC receivers by yards per catch (minimum 9 catches)

  • 1. Travin Dural, LSU, 12-370, 30.8
  • 2. Marquez North, Tennessee, 14-173, 24.2
  • 3. Garrett Johnson, Kentucky, 9-179, 19.9
  • 4. Cody Core, Miss, 12-236, 19.6
  • 5. Bud Sasser, Missouri, 12-215, 17.9
  • 6. Darius White, Missouri, 10-179, 17.9
  • 7. Nick Jones, South Carolina 14-244, 17.4
  • 8. Edward Pope, Texas A&M, 10-167, 16.7
  • 9. D’haquille Williams, Auburn, 13-214, 16.5
  • 10. Speedy Noil, Texas A&M, 12-197, 16.4

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Video: Stanley Williams on high-risk, high-reward

After Tuesday’s practice, Kentucky running back Stanley “Boom” Williams talked about his reverse-the-field 25-yard touchdown run in the first overtime against Florida last Saturday.

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Video: Garrett Johnson on catching those “moneyballs”

Kentucky true freshman wide receiver Garrett Johnson had a huge game last Saturday, catching six passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns, earning SEC Freshman of the Week honors.

Johnson caught a 60-yard pass for a touchdown and a 33-yard pass for a touchdowns. He also had catches of 30 and 22 yards.

After practice on Tuesday, Johnson talked about being recognized for his performance — when he first got Neal Brown’s text message, he thought he was in trouble — about which catch he liked the best and on Patrick Towles’ “moneyballs.”

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Video: Big Blue Madness fans

If you haven’t seen the mad dash for the Big Blue Madness campout spots this morning, here’s the video.

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Video: UK football takes “Whipped Cream Challenge”

Kentucky football coaches and players took the “Whipped Cream Challenge” after practice on Tuesday to raise awareness for Pediatric Cancer Research.

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