John Clay's notes: UK basketball has more worries than Shows' calls

Herald-Leader Sports ColumnistFebruary 19, 2013 

  • Vanderbilt at Kentucky

    When: 8 p.m. Wednesday | TV: WKYT-27

    Records: UK 17-8 (8-4 SEC), Vanderbilt 10-14 (4-8)

    Series: Kentucky leads 137-45

    Last meeting: UK won 60-58 on Jan. 10 at Nashville

    Radio: WLAP-AM 630, WBUL-FM 98.1

Random notes:

■ If the coaches at college athletic programs are forced to resign for improprieties that happened under their watch — whether they knew of the improprieties or not — then the NCAA president, Mark Emmert, should resign over the improprieties committed during the body's investigation of Miami.

Simple as that.

For Kentucky fans complaining about official Doug Shows, who tossed John Robic and called a technical foul on Willie Cauley-Stein, yes the Cats are 0-4 in the last four UK games Shows officiated.

Before that, however, Kentucky was 20-1 in Shows' games, including the national semifinals last year when Kentucky beat Louisville.

Maybe Shows didn't like Robic's lighter hair color.

Although Scott Rolen was obviously in need of retirement, sad to see the former Reds third baseman go. He set the professional tone for the current surge in Cincinnati.

Tubby Smith did a locker-room dance after Minnesota's overtime win over Wisconsin. The video went viral. Then Minnesota lost by 21 points to Iowa on Sunday. Now, many Minnesota fans want Smith to dance right out of town.

If Minnesota makes a coaching change, the Gophers are lusting after Shaka Smart, who is a Wisconsin native and has Midwestern roots.

Not that the attire had anything to do with Saturday's shellacking in Knoxville, but I say burn those Nike "UK" uniforms the Cats wore at Thompson-Boling.

Never mind burning the tape.

It has been reported that ESPN is not likely to renew Bob Knight's contract as a game analyst after this season.

But how will we know about the shot-fake?

Yes, that was a great win for the Kentucky women at Texas A&M on Monday night. ESPN2 viewers are talking more about what happened after that, however.

In the next game, Connecticut Coach Geno Auriemma patted Baylor Coach Kim Mulkey on the rear end during pre-game introductions.

The two are good friends and were apparently yucking it up. But it made quite the picture.

You think Kentucky lacks much of a bench without Nerlens Noel, Mississippi State will have five scholarship players available for its game against Alabama on Wednesday. Losers of 10 straight, the Bulldogs suspended Roquez Johnson indefinitely on Monday.

How about Marshall Henderson scoring Ole Miss's last 14 points in regulation and 25 for the game to lead the Rebels' 84-74 win over Georgia last Saturday, then cutting short the post-game news conference because he wanted to party? The legend lives.

Did you see California Coach Mike Montgomery shove star player Allen Crabbe in the chest on Sunday night against USC. Montgomery said he meant no harm, but a coach can't put his hands on a player. He just can't.

Better than Kentucky baseball's 3-0 start in South Carolina is the way the Cats overcame a four-run deficit to beat USC-Upstate on Monday.

I'm all for the "Play for Kay" movement in women's basketball, but two teams with pink uniforms is a little too pink.

Florida State lost $500,000 on the ACC Championship Game, thanks to poor ticket sales. The Seminoles beat Georgia Tech 21-15 to take the conference title.

Miami's Jim Larranaga has to be the Coach of the Year. This is Miami basketball, we're talking about.

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock has former UK lineman Larry Warford rated as the third-best offensive lineman heading into the combine.

Remember, a UK offensive lineman has not been taken in the NFL Draft since 1993.

Explains a lot, doesn't it?

Last week, John Calipari tweeted that for his birthday he wanted to know his true purpose in life. After Saturday, UK fans would say that his true purpose in life is to get his players to listen.

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

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