Calipari Selected to Ad-Hoc Committee on NCAA Selection Process

John Calipari. (Vicky Graff Photo)

John Calipari. (Vicky Graff Photo)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Weeks after Kentucky Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart was selected as a member of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee, men’s basketball head coach John Calipari was chosen by the National Association of Basketball Coaches for an ad hoc committee on the tournament selection, seeding and bracketing.

Calipari will represent the Southeastern Conference on the committee that includes head coaches representing all levels of Division I, NCAA and NABC staff. NABC Executive Director Jim Haney and former SEC Commissioner Mike Slive are co-chairs.

Nick Mingione new UK baseball coach

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Nick Mingione – who spent the last eight seasons as an assistant to John Cohen at Mississippi State – has been named Kentucky baseball head coach, Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart announced on Monday.

“Nick Mingione is exactly the kind of coach we hoped to hire when we began our search,” Barnhart said. “His passion, tactical mind and tireless recruiting efforts made him an important part of Mississippi State’s staff during some great years for the program. More than that, he is a man of substance who is committed not only to developing young men as baseball players, but as students and people. We are excited to welcome Nick, his wife, Christen, and son, Reeves, to the UK Athletics family.”

Calipari: Freshmen know there’s “no rosy picture” at UK

John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)

John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

John Calipari says his incoming freshmen normally bond together quickly for one reason.

They’ve all been recruited the same way, knowing that it’s going to be hard, and no one was given anything or promised anything. There’s not this rosy picture that you come with us and life changes. No it isn’t. It’s hard,” Calipari said.

“Some guys come in with that, ‘I got Kentucky. That means we win and I go pro.’ (mindset). Really? And then they get in here and they’re like, ‘This is really hard.’ Yeah, it’s really hard. Harder than anywhere you can go.”

Are successful receivers divas?

Receiver Jeff Badet (Vicky Graff Photo)

Receiver Jeff Badet (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky receivers coach Lamar Thomas was a big-time receiver at Miami (Fla.) and in the NFL.  He knows how to talk the talk and walk the walk to back it up.

Some football analysts believe that college football receivers need to be divas to be special. Does Thomas agree.

“I believe the word diva is what media and outside people say. The good ones, they want the ball all the time. They want that attention and what comes along with being a great player. At Miami, we were playmakers and the reason people came and put their butts in the seats was to see us play,” Thomas said.

Brooks: QB play last piece of puzzle for Stoops

By LARRY VAUGHT

Andre Woodson and Mike Hartline were not five-star recruits. They were not even four-star recruits.

Neither was Randall Cobb, now a NFL all-pro receiver who played some quarterback for Brooks.

However, what they all did for Kentucky and coach Rich Brooks was make plays to win games.

Brooks said UK’s current coach needs a quarterback to do the same thing — and hopes that Drew Barker is able to do that this season.

“The one shortcoming has been that the quarterbacks, highly touted, that he’s recruited haven’t turned out to be the four-star recruits that they were,” Brooks said.

Jasmine Camacho-Quinn first freshman to win NCAA 100-meter hurdles

EUGENE, Ore. – Kentucky track and field’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn became the first freshman in history to win the NCAA 100-meter hurdles Championship leading the Wildcats to an 11th place finish with 25 points, on Saturday at Oregon’s Hayward Field.

Arkansas won the NCAA Championship with 72 points.

Five of Kentucky’s six scoring opportunities on Saturday earned points, but the 18 of the Wildcats’ 25 points came from two medal finishes in the two hurdles races. Additionally, UK scored four with a fifth-place finish in the 4x100m relay.

Kentucky advanced five to Saturday finals from a possible 13 entries in Thursday preliminary races.

As expected, Marcus Lee transferring to California

Marcus Lee (Vicky Graff Photo)

Marcus Lee (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

It should be no surprise that former Kentucky center Marcus Lee has decided to play his final year for Cuonzo Martin at Tennessee.

When Lee announced he was not returning to UK, he said he would transfer to a school closer to his home in California. Now he’s apparently set to do that.

However, what is surprising is this tweet from ESPN’s Jeff Goodman in relation to the decision.

“Still, most surprising aspect of Marcus Lee’s entire situation was that he spurned a likely guaranteed one-year deal from an NBA team,” Goodman posted on Twitter.

Mark Stoops has always been a boxing fan

Mark Stoops (Vicky Graff Photo)

Mark Stoops (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

There’s no way not to be impressed with Muhammed Ali — or at least that is how Kentucky coach Mark Stoops feels.

Stoops admits he’s a boxing fan.

“I did not have any relationship with Muhammed Ali, but how can you not just be unbelievably impressed with him and his life and what he did in the ring and more importantly what he did outside of the ring,” the UK coach said.

Stoops cautious about possibility of “elite secondary”

Chris Westry (Vicky Graff Photo)

Chris Westry (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Mark Stoops is not a huge fan of the “talking season” for college football coaches, but he understands the need to promote Kentucky football during the summer months.

However, don’t expect Stoops to go overboard in his praise of any player or position group. That’s just not Mark Stoops.

He’s made no secret that he thinks he has a talented returning secondary led by sophomores Chris Westry and Derrick Baity.

Brown, Shelby, Cody Taken in Major League Draft

-2LEXINGTON, Ky.  Kentucky junior pitcher Zack Brown, junior third baseman JaVon Shelby and senior pitcher Kyle Cody were selected Friday in the Major League Draft.

Brown and Shelby were taken in the fifth round with back-to-back picks by the Milwaukee Brewers and Oakland A’s, respectively.  Cody was a sixth-round choice by the Texas Rangers. Kentucky is one of nine schools with at least three selections in the first six rounds of the draft.