October 14th, 2011 11:32 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Kentucky
Tags: Coach Cal, Guard Jon Hood, Marquis Teague, UK
Every October, just as the SEC football races are heating up, the fanbase of one school turns its eyes to basketball. No surprise, really. With John Calipari at Kentucky the Cats are going to be national title contenders each and every year. While their football team, uh, won’t be.
Well the annual shift in focus in underway. With Big Blue Madness schedule for tonight, the sporting world is focusing in on Kentucky’s 2011-12 basketball team. Examples:
1. Kentucky actually held a rehearsal for tonight’s first practice last night.
2. The Wildcats know that expectations are sky-high.
3. This writer says if Coach Cal doesn’t win a national title soon, people will begin to wonder if he ever will. (Which means little because Jim Boeheim and Roy Williams took forever to get over that hump.)
4. Calipari says as long as he’s in Lexington, UK will always be player-first when it comes to NBA draftees versus championships. (That’s nothing more than a recruiting tool, of course.)
5. UK freshmen are learning just how bright the spotlight is in Lexington.
6. Marquis Teague has big shoes to fill as the latest Calipari-brand point guard.
7. To insure others won’t sell their autographed memorabilia, Cat players have been advised to personalize all autographs.
8. Guard Jon Hood is working to rehab his knee.
For everyone else… we’ll now turn our attention back to football.
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