SEC football review: Kentucky last four years

The next team in our SEC football review happens to be Kentucky, which has gone 15-34 over the last four years, including 4-28 in the SEC.

Joker Phillips took over for the retiring Rich Brooks as the UK coach for the 2010 season. After an 0-3 SEC start, the Cats upset Steve Spurrier and South Carolina, 31-28, but failed to capitalize on the momentum, winning just one more conference game the rest of the way. Kentucky did play in the BBVA Compass Bowl, losing to Pittsburgh.

The Cats again went 2-6 in the SEC in 2011, beating Tennessee for the first time in a quarter-century. The 10-7 win at season’s end was not good enough to get Phillips’ 5-7 club into a bowl game, however. And the roof caved in during 2012. The Cats went 2-10 overall and lost all eight of their league games.

Enter Mark Stoops, who was an identical 2-10 in his first season as the UK head coach. The Cats again lost all eight conference games, bringing their losing streak in league play to 16 games.

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Big Blue Links for Wednesday

Big Blue Links for Wednesday:

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SEC Media Days links for Wednesday


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SEC review: Georgia football last four years

Our next installment of SEC football review looks at Georgia’s game-by-game results over the last four years.

Mark Richt’s team slipped to a 6-7 record in 2010, although the Bulldogs rallied after a 1-4 start. Georgia sneaked into the Liberty Bowl with a 6-6 record, then lost 10-6 to Central Florida.

The Bulldogs rallied in 2011, going 7-1 in conference play to win the SEC East. LSU routed the Dogs, 42-10, in the SEC title game. Georgia returned to the title game in 2012, going 7-1 in SEC play before losing a heartbreaker to Alabama, 32-28.

Last season, Georgia was up and down, starting 4-1 before a rash of injuries took their toll. A 41-26 home loss to Missouri was followed by a 31-27 road loss to Vanderbilt. Richt righted the ship, and Georgia had Auburn beaten until a tipped ball that should have been knocked down by the Bulldogs secondary ended up as a Tigers touchdown and a 43-38 Auburn win.

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Wayne Blackshear: “I do not wear eyeliner”

There is something that Louisville forward Wayne Blackshear would like to clear up. He just has nice eyes. Or so he explains at the 1:56 mark.

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This could be trouble

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World Cup draws record American TV audience

Looks as if this World Cup drew the biggest American soccer audiences in history.

In fact, Germany’s 1-0 win over Argentina in the World Cup final drew more than 26 million viewers, making it the most-watched soccer match in U.S. history.

The U.S.-Portugal game remains the most-watched game in ESPN/ABC history, with 18.2 million viewers, followed by 17.9 million viewers for the finals of the Women’s World Cup in 1999 between the U.S. and China. But 9.2 million viewers tuned in on Univision to watch Germany-Argentina this year, taking that total to 26.5 million American viewers for the World Cup final.

The 64 World Cup games shown on ESPN and ABC averaged 4.5 million viewers. Consider that last year, ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball averaged 1.9 million viewers per telecast.

Related link: World Cup results

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Mark Emmert earns 46 percent more than predecessor

No wonder NCAA president Mark Emmert does his best to protect the status quo. USA Today reports that Emmert made $1.7 million in 2012, according to the NCAA’s latest tax return on record.

According to College Basketball Talk, that’s 46 percent more than Myles Brand hauled in during his final year on the job. Brand died of pancreatic cancer on September 16, 2009. Senior vice president Jim Isch was named interim president before Emmert was selected.

Emmert’s base salary is $1.26 million, a five percent increase over his base salary in 2011.

USA Today also reports:

Overall, the NCAA paid out nearly $54.3 million in compensation and benefits in fiscal 2012-13, up more than 9% from a year earlier. (While individual compensation data in the federal tax returns of non-profit organizations are for a calendar year, the revenue and expense reporting covers the organization’s fiscal year. The NCAA’s fiscal year ends Aug. 31.)

Related link: The Mark Emmert-John Calipari one-and-done duel

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John Calipari and Drake together again

Drake recently denied he was a bandwagon fan, saying that Kentucky and Toronto Raptors are still at the top of the list. This afternoon, UK coach John Calipari tweeted a picture of the two having dinner.

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Louisville No. 1, UK No. 7 in “Fan Equity” rankings

Emory University has again come out with its “Fan Equity Rankings” for college basketball and again Louisville has placed No. 1.

Kentucky is seventh in the rankings, which are based on “a statistical analysis of self-reported revenue data. We create a statistical model of revenue as a function of team quality (winning percentage, NCAA tournament qualification, etc…) and market potential (conference affiliation, median income, area population, number of students, etc…) and then compare the model’s prediction to the self-reported revenues.”

Here’s the top 10:

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