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Cobb, Trevathan, Warford Keep Awards Coming, Picked All-SEC by Coaches

Three University of Kentucky football players, Randall Cobb, Danny Trevathan Larry Warford, were selected to the 2010 Coaches All-Southeastern Conference team announced Tuesday.
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Cobb, Trevathan, Warford Named to AP All-SEC Team

Three University of Kentucky football players, including juniors Randall Cobb and Danny Trevathan, were selected to the 2010 Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference team announced Monday.
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Cobb, Trevathan named first-team All-SEC

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Kentucky junior receiver Randall Cobb and Danny Trevathan were both named to the Associated Press All-SEC first team.

Cobb had a league-leading 79 receptions for 955 yards and seven touchdowns. He ranks second in the nation in all-purpose yardage and was named to the first team as a receiver and all-purpose player.

Trevathan led the league in tackles with 130 and was also third in the nation in tackles for loss with 16.

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Cobb, Trevathan on Steele’s All-SEC

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Kentucky wide receiver Randall Cobb and linebacker Danny Trevathan on Friday were named to Phil…

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Kentucky Sports: The Blues Hit The Big Blue Nation

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Derrick Locke will be gone after this year.  Let's enjoy his last bowl game and knock off the silly calls to decline a bowl.

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Derrick Locke will be gone after this year. Let’s enjoy his last bowl game and knock off the silly calls to decline a bowl.

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Checking around the Internet today, I am struck by the almost laughable negativity and vitriol I see oozing out of the nether-regions of the Big Blue Nation.  I suppose it’s always this way when we have a couple of disappointments during the season, and make no mistake, the losses in Lahaina and Knoxville were disappointing to us all.

But calls for the dismissal of Joker Phillips after one whole season (and a season not appreciably different from the last five) and assurances that Kentucky will lose double-digit games in basketball due to a weakness in the middle border on the delusional. 

Also ill-conceived are calls to reject the bowl games, and even though those games may not mean a great deal to anyone, they do allow for significant additional practice that can only improve a team.  It never ceases to amaze me how some fans, and this is not just UK but almost all fans of any sport, would rather cut their rhetorical nose off just to show all and sundry how great their fanhood is.  I do understand that venting is occasionally necessary, but it amazes me how many people would rather indelibly imprint their inane rants on the Internet as though they will disappear when they feel better.  If only.

You notice I am not linking any of these things, and there is a reason for that.  I am not trying to embarrass or call out anyone here.  The intent of  this commentary is a humble plea for rationality rather than absurd silliness, and yes, if you think Joker Phillips should be fired or Kentucky is going to lose 10+ games this year, I am referring to you, dear temporarily addled reader.  Yes, we had some setbacks.  Yes, they sting.   But let’s try to pretend, just for the moment, that we have not lost our collective minds and morphed into Louisville fans (sorry, Card fans, but you are the enemy and you get to be the metaphor).

Let’s talk about some of the things bugging the BBN to the point of crazy right now:

  • Randall Cobb may be leaving.  Let’s look at this rationally, shall we?  Is Cobb going to get faster?  Not likely.  Bigger?  Not appreciably.  More elusive?  Unlikely.  Will his draft stock, such as it is, get better?  Maybe, but only if he has an even more monstrous year than he had this year.  In sum, I think we need to get used to the idea that he will be playing on Sunday next year.  I know it’s scary, but it is going to happen sometime.  If he stays, bonus, but get used to the idea of UK without him.
  • Enes Kanter will likely not be restored to eligibility, and even if he does, the game penalty may be unprecedented.  We are in precedent-setting territory here, and the NCAA’s default position has already been expressed.  Don’t count on that to change, and if it does, it may be that we don’t see Kanter this year.  If that happens, do you really think he will hang out until next year?

    I do think there is a chance Kanter will be restored and suffer a reasonably penalty that gets him eligible with at least half the season left.  But I consider this possibility to be 30% or less.  Your mileage may vary on that prognostication, but if I were you, I would prepare to be disappointed.

  • The young Wildcat basketball team being exposed in Maui.  This is, at best, a temporary setback.  No, it won’t be the only one, but we have seen this team’s talent, and it is prodigious.  No coach in college basketball is better at getting young guys to play to their maximum ability than John Calipari.  Have a little faith, will ya?
  • The disappointing football season.  I have been over this and over this.  UK is not going to make the commitment to football that some of you want.  If they are not willing to do that with Mitch Barnhart, a football guy, driving the bus, you can imagine what would happen if he were replaced by a basketball guy.  So those of you wishing for Barnhart’s exit, be careful what you wish for, and remember that Kentucky is not going to forget how their bread gets buttered no matter how much you wish the would, and here’s a hint — football doesn’t even qualify as margarine.

In sum, we are all disappointed, including me, but there is no reason to commit sports seppuku over it. 


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Poll: Will Randall Cobb leave early for the NFL?

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Quick question after Kentucky’s loss to Tennessee on Saturday centered on Randall Cobb and the NFL?

Will he stay at UK? Or will he go?

Chip Cosby of the H-L reports that Cobb has until Jan. 15 to decide.

If I were voting, I would say he is leaving.

What do you think?

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Video: Randall Cobb after another loss to the Vols

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UK wide receiver Randall Cobb talks to the media after another frustrating day in Knoxville.

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BBL: Newest football commitment is a record-setter

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SEC Headlines – 11/24/10 Part Three

1.  Florida running back Emmanuel Moody has been humbled by a disappointing senior season.

2.  Saturday’s game with Florida State has bowl and recruiting implications for the Gators.

3.  “Gators’ offense searching for answers.”  (We could have copied and pasted that headline on dozens of UF stories all fall.)

4.  Billy Donovan’s squad zipped past Florida Atlantic 79-66 last night.

5.  A number of juniors could be playing their final home game for Georgia on Saturday.

6.  UGA will be trying to avoid disaster against Georgia Tech.

7.  Aaron Murray has been “pain-free” and is ready to play.  “I don’t care if I had a broken leg, I’m gong to play in this game.”

8.  Kentucky receivers coach Tee Martin will head down Tee Martin Drive on his way to Neyland Stadium on Saturday.

9.  Randall Cobb will be making a homecoming, too.

10.  John Calipari’s team got through an earthquake and Washington’s basketball team on Maui yesterday.

11.  The NCAA will likely hear Kentucky’s appeal in the Enes Kanter eligibility case during the first week of December.

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BBL: Terrence Jones makes waves in Maui

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Herald-Leader photo gallery from Kentucky’s win over Oklahoma.

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Terrence Jones’ double-double leads Kentucky to win in Maui

Jones’ 29 points equaled the second-most by a Kentucky freshman (Jamal Mashburn scored 31 against visiting Georgia in 1991) and advanced Kentucky into Tuesday’s semifinals of the EA Sports Maui Invitational. Jones also posted career highs with 13 rebounds and four blocks, plus he equalled his previous best of three assists. (Jerry Tipton, Herald-Leader)

Kentucky’s Terrence Jones was too much for Oklahoma

When Oklahoma basketball coach Jeff Capel recruited forward Terrence Jones, he envisioned a player who could dominate games at both ends of the court with his versatility. Jones ended up signing with the University of Kentucky, and on Monday he validated Capel’s assessment, torching the Sooners for 29 points, 13 rebounds, four blocks and three assists to lead No. 8 UK to a 76-64 win in the first round of the Maui Invitational. (Brett Dawson, Courier-Journal)

Washington crushes Virginia 106-63 to earn date with Kentucky

This was the game the Huskies wanted the country to see. They showcased their size, speed, diverse offense and unrelenting defense in a spectacular display that overwhelmed Virginia in a game that turned into a rout soon after the purple-clad capacity crowd at Lahaina Civic Center settled into their seats. Washington not only defeated Virginia 106-63 in the first round of the Maui Invitational on Monday, the 13th-ranked Huskies sent a message to everyone else in the tournament that they’re a legitimate contender to take the title. (Percy Allen, Seattle Times)

Randall Cobb tries to play down importance of the UK-Tennessee football game

Randall Cobb was trying to play it cool Monday when addressing the media about the upcoming game at Tennessee. Despite the fact that Kentucky will be playing to: A) end the nation’s longest losing streak to another school at 25; B) to finish in a possible tie for third in the SEC East; and C) to improve its bowl destination, Cobb wouldn’t give the media much ammo with regards to the importance of the game. That’s not even taking into the fact that Cobb is a native of nearby Alcoa who didn’t get the recruiting love he probably should have from Tennessee. (Chip Cosby, Herald-Leader)

Terrence Jones steals the show, now ready for match with Washington

This summer, when Jones withdrew his commitment to UW, it was a big deal but no one knew quite how meaningful it would be. Jones was considered a top recruit, but wasn’t considered in the same league as Harrison Barnes, Perry Jones or Kyrie Irving. Enes Kanter’s defection from the Huskies to the Wildcats was seen as the bigger loss. But in mid-November, it looks like the Huskies may have lost more than they imagined. Kanter has been ruled ineligible by the NCAA and Jones has more than stepped in to fill the void. (Chad Ford, espn)

Terrence Jones brilliant in Kentucky win over Sooners

Jones did a little bit, actually a whole lot, of everything to lead Kentucky to a 76-64 victory over Oklahoma in the first round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational. The freshman forward dazzled the capacity crowd of 2,400 at the Lahaina Civic Center, capping his breakthrough performance by blocking a Cade Davis three-point attempt and getting a runout dunk on the other end to stem the Sooners’ final rally. Jones’ 29 points tied Eric Bledsoe for the second most in a game by a UK freshman, falling just a two short of Jamal Mashburn’s record. The 6-foot-8 forward added 12 rebounds to push the Cats through a ragged second half. (Matt May, Cats Pause)

Rested Kentucky focusing on ending Tennessee streak

Kentucky coach Joker Phillips says his team is treating the season finale against Tennessee like just another game, though he allows it’s hard not to think about what a victory over the Volunteers would mean. The Wildcats (6-5, 2-5 SEC) have lost 25 straight to the Volunteers (5-6, 2-5), a streak that dates back to 1984, before any players on Kentucky’s current roster were born. A win would also prevent the Volunteers from becoming bowl eligible while bolstering Kentucky’s bowl prospects. (Will Graves, Associated Press)

Tennessee’s freshman quarterback, Tyler Bray, still developing

Tyler Bray isn’t Superman, after all. Not yet, anyway. Before throwing an interception late in the second quarter of Saturday’s win at Vanderbilt, Tennessee’s true freshman quarterback completed 12 of 14 passes for 173 yards, two scores and no turnovers. “I thought we came out early and played well,” coach Derek Dooley said. “I think the first 15 plays of the game, we had five explosive plays, which is really good. I think Tyler, he started out [well]. The first quarter and a half, we really felt like we were executing the game plan well.” (Wes Rucker, Chattanooga Times Free Press)

Vols and Wildcats both to be missing defensive tackles

Kentucky’s Mark Crawford, who has started most of this season, has been suspended for the remainder of the season for what coach Joker Phillips said was a violation of team rules. Tennessee coach Derek Dooley announced Monday that sophomore Montori Hughes was suspended for this game for violating the Vols’ academic policy. (Chris Low, espn)

Football claims its focus is on seventh win, not losing streak to Tennessee

A new sign was on the door to the Wildcat Den in Commonwealth Stadium before UK’s weekly Monday morning news conference. It was fairly self-explanatory: “Beat Tennessee.” However, defeating Tennessee (5-6, 2-5 Southeastern Conference) is something that the Cats (6-5, 2-5 SEC) haven’t been able to do since 1984, when UK head Joker Phillips played for the Cats and before any players on the current roster were even born. Since that year, the Volunteers have won 25 straight against their border rivals to the North. (Nick Craddock, Kentucky Kernel)

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