John Clay's notes: A UK win over Louisville could change everything

Herald-Leader Sports ColumnistAugust 21, 2012 

Despite the pressure he's under to deliver a winning season after last year's 5-7 record, University of Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips, center front, couldn't help but smile at the antics of his players during Media Day at Commonwealth Stadium on Friday. Page D1.


Random notes:

■ Prediction: If Kentucky upsets now 25th-ranked Louisville on Sunday, Sept. 2, on Monday there will be UK fans searching for those 10,000 unsold tickets, the number short of last year's season ticket total.

■ As much publicity as there has been lately about Maxwell Smith, Morgan Newton and Patrick Towles, the quarterback name to remember for the future might be Jalen Whitlow.

■ Loved Newton's quote about being bumped back to the No. 2 quarterback: "Now people can start liking me again."

■ The Cincinnati Reds would have to go 26-13 (.666) to reach 100 wins. They are playing at a .602 clip now.

■ I know you should not make any pronouncements based on a pre-season football game, but after watching the Colts and Steelers on Sunday night, that Andrew Luck fellow is going to be pretty good.

■ Michael Vick will always have a hard time staying healthy. In his case, age doesn't matter.

■ Kentucky football doesn't need 18 different uniform combinations. It needs 18 different play-makers.

■ As for Augusta National Golf Club accepting women into its membership, welcome to the 19th century.

■ It somehow seems fitting that the same day Augusta finally accepted female members, the first great female comic, Phyllis Diller, passed away.

■ I would believe Victor Conte's yarn about widespread performance-enhancing drug use in Major League Baseball if Ryan Braun had 53 homers at this point, not 33.

■ If college basketball really wants to come clean, it needs more people who will tell what really goes on, a la Dan Dakich.

■ Who knew we would look forward to a Vanderbilt-South Carolina football game so much?

■ First LSU kicks football star Tyrann Mathieu out of school. Now Xavier has expelled basketball forward Dez Wells.

When schools start treating student-athletes like regular students, it must be a sign of the apocalypse.

■ The UK Alumni Basketball Game on Sept. 15 to benefit West Liberty is a great charitable idea, but doesn't it at least have the potential to overshadow everything else going on that weekend — UK's Hall of Fame banquet and the Kentucky-Western Kentucky football game?

■ It is not even Sept. 1 and I'll Have Another (Derby and Preakness winner), Union Rags (Belmont winner) and Bodemeister (Derby and Preakness runner-up) have all retired from horse racing. There is the sport's continuing problem right there.

■ The Reds should have exercised Ryan Ludwick's option for next year yesterday.

■ UK and U of L are both using computer software to monitor the Twitter accounts of their athletes. Among the phrases flagged by the software is "strip club."

I thought that was the club you got into if you stripped an opponent of the football.

■ Auburn, Florida and Ole Miss have all yet to name a starting quarterback.

■ With Kellogg's announcing Arkansas Razorback Red and Georgia Bulldog Berry Pop Tarts, can Kentucky Wildcat Blueberry Pop Tarts be far behind?

■ So Anthony Davis said that winning a gold medal was better than winning the national title at Kentucky. If his jersey was up in Rupp Arena, I'm sure there would be some Kentucky fan who would want it taken down.

■ The Princeton Review released its annual list of Top 20 party schools.

Five SEC schools (Georgia, Florida, Ole Miss, Tennessee and South Carolina) made the list. Four Big Ten schools (Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois and Penn State) made the list.

Mike Slive beats Jim Delany yet again.

John Clay: (859) 231-3226. Blog: Twitter: @johnclayiv.

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