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Four teams return 17 starters, including special team players, which is the most in the SEC.
Here’s the breakdown by the numbers:
Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi State and Texas A&M, 17
Arkansas, Florida and South Carolina, 16
Missouri and Ole Miss, 15
Auburn and LSU, 14
Based on that, I still think Alabama will be favored to win the SEC, while A&M, South Carolina, Missouri and Vanderbilt will have slight drop off from last season. Looking to move up should be Mississippi State, Arkansas, Florida and Ole Miss should make a huge jump.
It is expected to be announced today that Julius Randle, Kentucky’s freshman power forward, will enter the NBA draft, following the long line of freshman who play for John Calipari and jump after one college basketball season.
It has been reported Calipari will meet with Randle, freshman Dakari Johnson and sophomore Alex Poythress today (Monday) and twin freshmen guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison tomorrow morning.
Freshman guard James Young has already announced he will leave for the upcoming NBA draft.
Calipari has long defended his model of recruiting one and dones, but it might be he is finally seeing the problems with it.
He has recently become outspoken that the NBA needs to change the rule from one year in college to two.
If he could get Johnson, Poythress and the Harrison twins to stay for another year, there would be zero excuses for Kentucky not winning the 2015 NCAA National Championship.
Bret Bielema is moving a couple of quarterbacks to give them a better chance to see the field.
It seems he is settled on a healthy Brandon Allen as his starter, with little brother Austin the back up, for now.
Bielema would not make the moves he’s made if it wasn’t best for the player too.
It was 1990 and Mister Frisky and Summer Squall were the favorites to win the Kentucky Derby, but by day’s end, the story became folklore history in the grandstand and the press box.
Unbridled was owned by 92-year-old Frances Genter, a petite woman who couldn’t see over the crowd so trainer Carl Nafzger called the race out to her as it unfolded.
Television caught it live for the whole world to see and it was a touching moment, but up in the press box a different drama was unfolding.
There was a sports writer who might have covered the first 115 runnings of the Kentucky Derby if you believed everything he said.
He was cantankerous an obnoxious on a his good days. And for the first time ever he was assigned table H, where a group of friends gathered yearly, including yours truly, to cover the Derby. This dude griped and complained endlessly. Even in 1990 he refused to use a computer and expected the press box to supply him with a type writer.
Each was declared not good enough, and soon they were gathering under the feet of the other writers. Finally one guy, probably from Jersey, and let’s just call him Bill, got the typewriters moved and politely but firmly asked the cranky writer to please quiet down.
Which he did until after the race when the guy picked up the phone and yelled loud enough for Mrs. Genter to hear, “For the first time I bet enough, I ain’t writing a word for you. I quit.’ There were more words than that and they were laced heavily with profanity.
He did that three times before the sports desk quit answering his calls.
It is simple, I think only people from Connecticut can pull for UConn tonight against Notre Dame.
First, I don’t want that coach to break Pat Summit’s record. Second, he isn’t a nice guy. Third, he’s too cocky.
However, the guy can coach and his players play hard.
So for the first time in my life, I’m writing, “Go Notre Dame.’