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Wow Evening Headlines 11/13/2012

Tyler Bray to reporters on Tuesday: “I’m paid to win football games”
Bray later clarified: “”I mean… my education. That’s what the SEC likes to call ‘getting paid’ ”
With one home game to go, University of Kentucky football revenue has dropped from $22.7 million in 2010 to $17.8 million this year, according to Louisville Courier-Journal
Suspended for two games for receiving improper benefits, Florida defensive tackle was adopted by the person who provided the benefits, according to USA Today investigation
Arkansas interim coach John L. Smith is still “knocking on wood” that he’ll be retained as UA’s full-time coach
LSU’s Les Miles says a one-loss SEC champion deserves to be in the BCS Championship Game
The family of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is planning to trademark the nickname “Johnny Football”
With another injury, Ole Miss is now to 59 scholarship players… the NCAA maximum is 85
Forty different players have started at least one game for Auburn this season
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said he wouldn’t speculate on job openings when asked about Arkansas’ job
Texas Tech’s Tommy Tuberville on coaching rumors tying him to Arkansas and Tennessee: “I’m tired of moving (my family) around.”
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Kentucky Lands Another Hoops Standout

Kentucky received a commitment Thursday from guard James Young from Rochester (Mich.) High School.

Young chose Kentucky over Kansas, Michigan State and Syracuse.

“Kentucky has always been my dream school,” Young said, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Young’s announcement came one week after the Wildcats landed commitments from twin brothers Aaron and Andrew Harrison from Richmond, Texas. Young is considered the nation’s No. 5 prospect by ESPNU, which gives Kentucky three of the nation’s top five prospects in the 2013 class.

Kentucky also has a commitment from forward Derek Willis from Mt. Washington, Ky.

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Tight End Dowdell Commits To Kentucky

Kentucky received a commitment during the weekend from tight end Darren Dowdell from Grady High School in Atlanta.

Dowdell gave his commitment to Kentucky while taking an unofficial visit to Lexington to watch Kentucky play South Carolina.

“It felt like home as soon as I set foot on the campus,” Dowdell told the Louisville Courier-Journal. “Then they started playing, and at halftime there were up (17-7). A couple of people asked me for my autograph. That’s how I knew I had to make it official. It made me feel good.”

Dowdell gave his commitment to Kentucky coach Joker Phillips following his postgame press conference.

“It cheered him up a little bit,” Dowdell said. “…He was real excited. All the coaches came and congratulated me.”

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Kentucky Adds Three Members To 2012 Class

Kentucky received commitments from offensive lineman T.J. Jones, defensive lineman Daniel Ross and kicker Landon Foster on Tuesday.

Ross, who attends Jeffersontown (Ky.) High School, hadn’t received any other major offers other than Kentucky. He decided to take advantage of it.

“I just felt the time was right, so I went for it,” Ross said, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. “I’ve always been a UK fan. I talked to coach Joker and he said he was excited to have me on the team.”

Jones, who attends Myrtle Beach (S.C.) High School, had also considered an offer from East Carolina.

“They said they need some big, strong guys who can move around and just play football,” Jones told CatsIllustrated.com.

Foster, a Franklin, Tenn., native, chose Kentucky over an offer from Western Kentucky.

Kentucky has commitments from 16 prospects for the class of 2012.

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Is Tony Woods Headed To Kentucky?

That’s the big question in Lexington.

The former Wake Forest basketball player and one-time Louisville commit took an unofficial visit to Kentucky last week.

“I guess they’re the ones who ultimately have to give me the green light,” Woods said of Kentucky.

That’s because Woods left Wake Forest after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in September stemming from an incident with his girlfriend and mother of their child. Woods explained the guilty plea to the Louisville Courier-Journal in November.

“One reason I pleaded guilty is because one thing not really published in any newspapers that actually took place was I was holding my son during this whole incident,” Woods said. “That’s why it took place. She took an action, and I reacted poorly and pushed her.”

Now the question is which school Woods will attend. The center appears headed to Kentucky, according to Andy Katz of ESPN.com.

But Woods’ AAU coach, Mike Maynard, hinted that Texas could be the team to beat for Woods because of the Longhorns’ need for immediate help this year.

“Tony still has aspirations to play pro ball,” Maynard said. “I’m sure the chance to play right away makes it more favorable for Texas.”

Of course, there’s still the question of whether Kentucky should accept Woods into school because of his guilty plea to the assault charge. The Lexington Herald-Leader currently has a poll asking fans if the Wildcats should take Woods.

The results as of Thursday morning: 62 percent say yes.

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