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Locke On The UFL: “I’m Not Going To That Crap”

With undrafted rookie free agents having to wait out the NFL lockout before signing with clubs and then attempting to make a big enough impression to earn a contract… the UFL held its own draft earlier this week.

The third-year, five-team league was hoping to kick start the careers of some of the best players not drafted into the NFL.  But most of the UFAs are choosing to wait out the big boy league’s labor strife.  Part of the reason is in the UFL’s contract structure.  The UFL’s contracts require a buyout be paid to the league if an NFL team signs a player from talent pool.  And that’s kept many NFL teams from inking UFLers to date.  The agents for this year’s UFAs know it.

Len Pasquarelli of The Sports Xchange and CBSSports.com reports that most of the UFAs are still steering clear of the UFL so far.  Ex-Kentucky tailback Derrick Locke went so far as to say, “I’m not going to that (crap).”  Only he didn’t say crap.

While it’s fine to be finicky now, if the NFL lockout drags into the regular season, several UFAs might have to stomach a year in the UFL or in Canada just to get a paycheck.

That or they better learn a trade.  Maybe they can cut that meat.



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UK Loses Two Recruits, Chases God’s Gift

John Calipari can’t sign ‘em all, I guess.  Two Kentucky recruits have given commitments elsewhere.

Braeden Anderson — a 6-8 big man from Canada — committed to Kansas over the weekend.  And 6-10 Stan Simpson decided to commit to Calipari’s last school, Memphis.

But UK is still chasing 6-9 Nigerian forward God’s Gift Achiuwa from New York.  Really.  That’s his name.  God’s Gift is the first name.  Achiuwa is the last name.

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UK coaches to be barefoot

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Content provided by Jerry Tipton on UK basketball.

Fans will notice something different during the National Anthem at tonight’s Kentucky exhibition game against Pikeville. Coach John Calipari and his assistants will be barefoot.

Calipari and company will be shoeless as part of the “Barefoot for Bare Feet” movement in which coaches across the country work a game barefoot in order to raise awareness and financial support for Samaritan’s Feet.  Samaritan’s Feet is a non-profit humanitarian organization dedicated to bringing hope and new gym shoes to impoverished children in 52 countries including the United States.

During the August exhibition series in Canada, the UK coaches participated in an event sponsored by Samaritan’s Feet. They washed the feet of some children in Detroit and gave them new shoes.

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