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BBL: Blog report says Barnhart finalist at Kansas

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Mitch Barnhart

Mitch Barnhart

Big Blue Links for Monday: “Two SEC school administration sources have told me in the past 48 hours that University of Kentucky Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart will interview for the Kansas University Athletic Director position in early December. Joining Barnhart as a finalist for the position is current Tulsa Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham. Cunningham will also interview with Kansas for the job next month, which was recently vacated by the retirement of Lew Perkins. I’ve been told Barnhart and Cunningham are two of three finalists targeted by the six-member Kansas AD search panel, which is chaired by the managing partner of Pegasus Capital Management, Ray Evans.” (Hat tip to A Sea of Blue.)

(AP photo)

(AP photo)

Jennifer Smith of the Herald-Leader: “In just its second game of the season, on the road at Miami, Kentucky learned a lot about itself. The ninth-ranked Cats figured out they were capable of grinding out a win even when things don’t go as planned. “They really impressed me with some plays they made coming back from some negative circumstances,” Coach Matthew Mitchell said after UK escaped Millett Hall with an 84-71 victory.”

Adam Zagoria of Zagsblog: “The 6-foot-10, 280-pound (DaJuan) Coleman is the No. 3 center in the Class of 2011, per Rivals. He initially said his “top five” consisted of Syracuse, Ohio State, North Carolina, Kentucky and Louisville.”

Chip Cosby of the Herald-Leader: “After a rough October and early November, the Kentucky football team finally has some good vibes going into its open date this week. The Cats have a modest two-game winning streak, and though neither win was over a powerhouse (Charleston Southern and Vanderbilt), the tone in the locker room following a 38-20 win over Vandy was a far cry from the somber mood of the previous six weeks.”

Chris Low of “Chick-fil-A Bowl (Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m. ET): Mississippi State vs. ACC team. Gator Bowl (Jan. 1, 1:30 p.m. ET): Florida vs. Big Ten team. Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (Dec. 30, 6:40 p.m. ET): Tennessee vs. ACC team. AutoZone Liberty Bowl (Dec. 31, 3:30 p.m. ET): Georgia vs. Conference USA team. BBVA Compass Bowl (Jan. 8, noon ET): Kentucky vs. Big East team.”

Ethan Levine of the Kentucky Kernel: “It was an emotional day at Memorial Coliseum as the UK volleyball program sent off two of its top players in front of a packed house. Seniors Lauren Rapp and Blaire Hiler were honored before the team’s game against Louisiana State at UK’s annual Senior Day. UK then took the court and sent their seniors off in style by defeating No. 15 LSU in a five-set thriller 25-23, 21-25, 25-23, 18-25, 15-11.”

Michael Lee of the Washington Post: “John Wall’s first regular season game against Derrick Rose didn’t end the way he probably had hoped. His Washington Wizards lost to Chicago, 103-96, and needed a vintage Gilbert Arenas offensive outburst to avoid an embarrassing deficit. And Wall exited the United Center on Saturday with his left shoe in his black backpack and his left foot in a walking boot after he sprained his arch trying to defend Rose.”

Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee: “(Ben)Wallace, who is in his 15th season, knows how to get away with “a lot of holding,” Cousins said. “I tried to step in and take a charge on Charlie (Villanueva), and I couldn’t get in the lane because Ben was holding me back,” he said. “And that’s a smart move, (because) the referee’s watching the ball.” Cousins had six points, eight rebounds and six turnovers in the loss. But in Wallace, he found someone who sees great things from him in the future.”

Kentucky Sports Network: “Mike Hartline had a pretty decent game this week. It’s easy to look at his performance and say he was down, which is true based on the performances he put forth against Auburn and South Carolina, but his play this week was more than enough to get Kentucky a “W” for the game. He finished 15-23 on the day for 232 yards and a huge touchdown to Chris Matthews that basically put the game away for Kentucky. Some fans will continue to hate the man, but we have all been lucky to watch a guy with the type of grit Hartline has played with this year.”

Bleed Blue Kentucky: “Courtney Moshood (2011-WR/DB from Florida) holds offers from UAB and UK. However, other programs such as Duke, Cincinnati, UCF, FIU and others are showing interest. Courtney has not been cleared by the clearing house, but he feels everything will come together. It appears he transferred schools and there has been some issues with the transferring grades. Courtney informed schools are recruiting him to play either WR or CB. Currently Duke and UAB are recruiting him the hardest. “



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