What's your Rushmore of characters whose names rhyme with female body parts?
The Cuonzo relationship had gotten to the point that it probably was a win-win, as several correspondents have suggested, but getting to that point was ugly and leaves the UT job damaged goods. Tennessee will be unlikely to hire a better coach than the one who left. Talk all you want to about a big arena and truckloads of cash.
MT and jomo make good points. Most likely to me looks like hiring R. Pitino, and hope he beats the odds against great coaches' sons.
Bring back Wade Houston?
So long, been good to know you.
I rarely find myself in the position of expressing sympathy for The Big Orange Nation, but I have to say you 5@10 posters yesterday afternoon were totally brutal. How far down is Johnnyvolsfan if he needs a Cat to defend him?
This I like: Weeds' take on the rotten situation in today's fish wrapper. Downtown's Vol quotes are telling, too.
This I shake my head at: Hart's press statement. Hard to know what to say when the egg's smeared all over your face, but his pablum was unconvincing. He needs to hit a home run in a stadium with deep, high fences.
Maine's Ted Woodward's available.
And at least this eventuality changes the conversation from how terrible the football team's defense will be next year.
Uggla wasn't ugly and Freddie's no Freeloader.
Baseball Insider Jon Heyman has Justin Upton at the TOP of his MLB stock watch this week. Upton is 11 for 14 in his last four games with four homers and nine RBI. He's earning both Upton paychecks just now. Any arguments?
WC-S will give up $1.8 million to spend another year as BMOC. Marlene Stein explained, "Honestly, Willie is Willie.
Here's hoping he continues to block shots, to develop consistency, and to shock us with his fashion choices. He had 106 blocks this (shortened) year. Another 102 will make him UK's all-time blocks leader. Against Gawga this year he had six blocks and six steals. That's ballin'.
UK could have a tallest-ever front line next year: 7-foot Cauley-Stein, 7-foot Dakari Johnson and 7-foot Karl Towns Jr. Can 6-10 Trey Lyles and 6-9 Marcus Lee handle backcourt duties? Kingsley Okoroh better bring it.
UConn has beaten Kentucky three times in The Big Dance. But Marquette did it six times. And though we hate Dook, UAB has the same number of tourney wins over The Cats, two.
No SEC players were taken in the WNBA draft until #24 and then five players in a row were SEC--Vandy, UK, UT, LSU and Mizzou. Kentucky's Stallworth was #25 and Tennessee's Simmons was #26.
Michael Phelps is taking down his speedo off the shelf and dusting it off. What's your Rushmore of athletes who retired and then came back strong?
Will The Vols' new giant be the SEC's first Kingsley?
fec--You're a genius. Doc is #1 in my book. Don't let your deal go down.
Check that. I'm replacing IBM's Tom with James Watson, who along with Crick first mapped out the structure of DNA. So, that's Sherlock's Dr. Watson; 2. DNA's James Watson; 3. Watson the computer; 4. golf's Bubba.
Don't know if other teams get this treatment, but memorable UK teams get nicknames: Rupp's Runts, The Unforgetables, etc. I doubt it'll stick, but one suggestion for v. 2014 is The Tweakables. How about The Tweakable Masters?
Tybee Island's in the middle of Orange Crush week, so named because the other Big Orange school, Savannah State, parties heartily there on both weekends of their spring break. Here's suggesting that Clemson and UT join them and make it the world's largest cocktail party.
No, Auburn should not join the merriment. That'd be too much havoc.
Is that nice?
I mentioned that UK basketball will depend next year on the 5'9" Tyler Ulis. Now hear this: The pointy ball team's big little playmaker will be 5'10" slot receiver T.V. Williams who's 148 pounds soaking wet.
Here's the big number: His 40-yard dash time is 4.31.
Santana needs a nickname. "Ace"? "Black Magic"? "Smooth"?
As an insightful political commentator, Hank's a heck of an athlete. Big, fat Rush Limbaugh is neither.
Hey, Jay. Are the azaleas in bloom?
Some joker called into Press Row yesterday claiming to be you and claiming to have shot an 82 on the course. April's the month for scams, it seems.
Word is Stokes is gone, gone, gone. Which means if UT makes The Dance next year, Cuonzo will deserve to be COY.
Three times since 2006, UConn and UK have met in NCAA Tournament matchups. Three times, Connecticut has won.
The 2011 loss to Kemba's Connecticut team arguably cost UK an NCAA title.
And, of course, Monday night's national championship game loss to Kevin Ollie's Huskies kept the Wildcats from cutting down the nets.
Were it not for UConn, it's possible Kentucky would now have 10 men's basketball NCAA championships and be breathing down the neck of UCLA's 11 all-time titles. The pain UConn has doled out to Kentucky basketball has not been exclusive to men's hoops, either.
In both the 2012 and 2013 women's NCAA Tournaments, Matthew Mitchell and UK Hoops stood one victory from Kentucky's first-ever trip to a Final Four.
And twice Geno's Connecticut women's hoops dynasty put the smack-down on UK's Final Four hopes, winning 80-65 in the 2012 region finals and embarrassing Kentucky 83-53 in the '13 Elite Eight.
In NCAA basketball tournament championship games, the University of Connecticut is now a staggering 13-0 — men 4-0 and women 9-0. Connecticut's nine women's championships exceed the eight claimed by the legendary Pat Summitt at Tennessee.
Now with four titles, UConn has won as many men's NCAA championships as traditional hoops royalty Duke — and has won one more than Kansas and Louisville (three each).
Forget Laettner. Let's all hate UConn.
You may be on to golf and baseball, but I'm still enjoying the afterglow of college basketball.
Glad to hear BWill is an XX basketball fan. We could use more of that here. Yes, UConn is a dynasty. I'll leave the Geno or Pat debate to Vol fans.
Guerrin's not the only Cory who's had a tough break. What about Corey Johnson, who lost out on $100,000 by failing to hit send?
ESPN's Way-Too-Early-Top-25 for next year has 'Zona, Duke and UK at the top. UNC, Florida and Kansas are 6, 8 and 9, respectively. I like that prediction better than Weeds' version. ESPN lists Cuonzo's cagers as one of 15 teams that could crack the top 25.
Shabazz Napier joins Kemba Walker, Derrick Rose and Larry Bird as the only players to score 125 points, pull down 25 rebounds and hand out 25 assists in a single NCAA tournament.
Creighton forward Doug McDermott finishes with 3,150 points to his name -- more than Larry Bird, Oscar Robertson and every other college basketball player ever, save four
According to Eamonn Brennan (ESPN) "The Year of the Freshman wasn't the year of anything. It was just another basketball season, capped off by another tournament -- another unpredictable, bewildering, glorious year of this mysterious, wonderful game."