Jalen Whitlow’s transfer not a surprise


I’m in Cincinnati today at Great American Ball Park for Reds-Pirates, but the news from back in Lexington that Jalen Whitlow has decided to transfer from the Kentucky football program is not a surprise.

Whitlow started 15 games over the last two seasons at quarterback – seven as a freshman for Joker Phillips; eight last year for Mark Stoops – but it was obvious that going forward offensive coordinator Neal Brown no longer saw Whitlow’s run-pass ability as the best option for his Air Raid offense.

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BBL: Bill O’Reilly, Counzo Martin, UK baseball and more

Big Blue Links for Wednesday:

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Big Blue Links for April 15

Big Blue Links for Tuesday:

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Montrezl Harrell returning to Louisville

Montrezl Harrell tweeted today that he is returning to Louisville for his junior season.

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Turns out we knew the “tweak” all along

So John Calipari said Monday on CBS This Morning that the “tweak” that turned around his Kentucky basketball team in the post-season was getting Andrew Harrison to pass the basketball more.

Now that’s coaching: Instructing your point guard to pass the basketball.

Thing is, the media guessed that from the beginning, only to be told by the Kentucky coach that we were way off base.

This from the post-game press conference after UK beat LSU in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament in Atlanta. If memory serves, Brett Dawson of Rivals asked the question.

Q. Andrew, the tweak, it looked like a lot of it was with you tonight to sort of penetrate, to kick out, and then really open up the offense. How much more comfortable did you feel executing that tonight?

ANDREW HARRISON: We were all playing as a team.

COACH CALIPARI: That’s not the tweak. (Laughter.) Keep guessing though.

Of course, Cal said he didn’t want to reveal the tweak because he didn’t want opposing coaches to know.

He also has his book, Players First, to sell, which is why he is making the media rounds this week.

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BBL: Is John Calipari ready to replace Orlando Antigua?

Big Blue Links for Monday:

- UK spokesman says there are unresolved issues keeping the school from signing a Rupp Arena lease.

- Possible UK basketball target and UNLV transfer commits to Iowa State.

- Drew Barker’s strong Saturday scrimmage has the UK freshman right in the middle of the quarterback competition.

- Pittsburgh assistant Barry Rohrssen could land in Lexington as the replacement for Orlando Antigua, now head coach at South Florida.

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BBL: More basketball comings and goings

Big Blue Links for Friday:

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Kentucky basketball, year by year


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BBL: LeBron James doesn’t see John Calipari leaving UK


Big Blue Links for Wednesday:

LeBron James doesn’t think Calipari will leave UK, writes Mitch Lawrence of NY Daily News.

Gary Parrish of CBS Sports puts Kentucky at No. 7 in his way-too-early college basketball rankings for 2014-15.

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A few numbers from Kentucky’s loss to UConn


A few numbers from Kentucky’s loss to Connecticut in the national finals Monday night:

* Kentucky was 13-of-24 from the foul line. Louisville was 13-of-23 from the foul line in its 74-69 loss to Kentucky in the Midwest Regional final in Indianapolis.

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