John Clay: Unsold UK football tickets play into UofL's hands

Herald-Leader Sports ColumnistAugust 8, 2012 

UofL coach Charlie Strong, left, and UK coach Joker Phillips, posed with the Governors Cup trophy at the annual luncheon to promote the Governor's Cup football game between the Cats and Cards photographed on Thursday July 25, 2011 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff

MARK CORNELISON | STAFF

Random notes:

■ These days the tickets do the talking.

On the one hand, were expectations high for Kentucky football, it wouldn't matter one iota that Louisville was charging $78 for UK season-ticket holders to attend the Cats-Cards grid renewal Sept. 2, and Kentucky wouldn't be returning more than 2,000 unsold tickets to U of L.

On the other hand, you wonder if Louisville came up with the $78 price tag knowing many UK fans wouldn't bite, therefore keeping as much Blue as possible out of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on game day.

Do these two ever get tired of playing every angle?

■ Greg Auman, college sportswriter for the Tampa Bay Times, tweeted Tuesday that Central Florida senior Keith Clanton hasn't decided whether he will return to UCF and that if he doesn't, the 6-foot-9 forward could end up at Florida State or Kentucky.

Central Florida was hit with a one-year post-season ban by the NCAA, meaning Clanton would be eligible immediately should he choose to transfer. He averaged 14.5 points and 8.1 rebounds last season for the Knights.

■ One worrisome Reds weakness: A consistent third starting pitcher should they make the playoffs. The team with the best record in baseball has two top-line starters in Johnny Cueto and Mat Latos, but the trio of Homer Bailey, Bronson Arroyo and Mike Leake have been up and down all season.

■ Then again, as a friend says, when it comes to the baseball playoffs, it's all about who gets hot.

■ My friend Kevin Brockway, who covers basketball for The Gainesville Sun, created a Twitter firestorm Tuesday when he said he thought Florida's 2006-07 NCAA champs would "run Anthony Davis off the court" if it played UK's 2011 champions.

The "off the court" comment was meant to say that Florida was the better-conditioned team of the two.

Kevin insists Joakim Noah was one of the best-conditioned college basketball players of all time.

UK fans disagreed, of course, but it's a fun debate. Personally, I'd pick the Gators, too. Noah, Al Horford and Corey Brewer were all older and more experienced than last season's Cats.

■ Speaking of the Internet, I saw where someone posted that Mike Krzyzewski is underutilizing Anthony Davis with the USA basketball team. Give me a break.

■ Did you see that former Dixie Heights quarterback Zeke Pike has enrolled at Louisville and will play tight end?

One year you're a highly recruited quarterback prospect headed to an SEC school — Pike participated in spring drills at Auburn. Then after a public intoxication charge, you're lining up at tight end at Louisville.

■ John Calipari went to his Facebook page to defend Nerlens Noel against tweets by an NBA Draft blogger saying the incoming center was overrated.

I pity the poor fool who says he or she doesn't like Orange Leaf.

■ When some Connecticut basketball player raises his hand this season and asks to leave the floor because he's tired, I want to see the look he gets from Jim Calhoun, who plans to coach despite breaking his hip in a bicycle accident last weekend.

■ When I was in high school, I don't remember anyone "reclassifying."

■ I don't mind the Olympics being on tape delay. I do mind those gymnastics commentators.

■ Did you see where a truck stop magnate from Tennessee bought (my) Browns for an estimated $1 billion. That person you see with a smile as wide as the Ohio River is Mike Brown.

■ Marty Brennaman really does look better bald.

John Clay: (859) 231-3226. Email: jclay@herald-leader.com. Twitter: @johnclayiv. Blog: johnclay.bloginky.com.

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