John Clay's notes: Recruit pitting Cats vs. Cards in a tough spot

Herald-Leader Sports ColumnistSeptember 24, 2013 


Arsenal Technical's Trey Lyles beat Scecina Memorial's Sam Elmore in a Jan. 17 game in Indianapolis. Lyles, rated as the No. 4 overall recruit of 2014 by, decommitted from Indiana last summer and has Kentucky and Louisville among his college choices.

DOUG MCSCHOOLER — Indianapolis Star

Random notes:

■ By announcing Kentucky and Louisville as his final two choices, does Indianapolis prep basketball star Trey Lyles know what he's gotten himself into?

Even if they were my final two choices, I'm not sure I would have made that known to the public, especially the public sectors that are the two schools' fan bases.

■ Something to watch Saturday night: Florida ranks No. 1 in the nation in third-down defense. Kentucky ranks No. 117 in the nation in third-down offense.

■ Maybe it's just me, but I don't consider Kentucky's 26-game losing streak to Florida to be as embarrassing as was its 26-game losing streak to Tennessee. Over the years, Florida was consistently better than Tennessee.

■ When Packers rookie Johnathan Franklin rushed for 103 yards Sunday, it was the first time the Bengals had allowed a 100-yard rusher in 12 games.

■ Jeff Goodman of ESPN reports that suspended North Carolina guard P.J. Hairston is practicing with the Tar Heels. And on Dec. 14, when Kentucky visits the Dean Smith Center, the guess is Hairston will be playing for the Tar Heels.

■ In more summer suspension news, Marshall Henderson is back with Ole Miss. Try not to faint from surprise.

■ I don't think the Pittsburgh Steelers' 0-3 record is a fluke. Same for the 0-3 New York Giants.

■ The Pittsburgh Pirates are in the playoffs. The Kansas City Royals have clinched a winning record. Global warming really has messed with things.

■ Billy Hamilton will make a difference for the Reds in the playoffs. Specifically, Billy Hamilton's wheels will make a difference in the playoffs.

■ If I'm Dusty Baker, I start Johnny Cueto in the wild-card game on Tuesday.

■ If Louisville was a 14-point favorite at Kentucky two weeks ago, and Florida is a 14-point favorite on Saturday, that would suggest the Cards and Gators are even and suggest that last year's Sugar Bowl was not a fluke.

■ Headline: NCAA is slowly restoring Penn State's football scholarships. Reality: NCAA finding that restoring its credibility is a much slower process.

■ Ole Miss will score points on Alabama this Saturday. Maybe not enough to win, but the Rebels will score points.

■ Georgia Coach Mark Richt is giving his administrative assistant Tammy Mettenberger this week off. After all, Tammy Mettenberger is the mother of LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who leads the Tigers into Athens on Saturday.

■ I like Georgia to beat LSU, by the way.

■ I love CBS analyst Gary Danielson, but he just couldn't keep from calling Tennessee's coach Butch Davis last Saturday. Tennessee's coach is Butch Jones.

■ As for the heavy rain at LSU-Auburn last Saturday, LSU Coach Les Miles referred to it as "wind-driven dew." Pure Les.

■ If you think quarterbacks should be judged by Super Bowl rings, then Eli Manning is better than Peyton Manning. And that's not the case, especially so far this year.

■ Have to admit I'm looking forward to seeing Julius Randle. Not in a practice. Not at Big Blue Madness. In a real-live game.

■ South Carolina will have a tough time at Central Florida on Saturday. UCF's George O'Leary knows how to coach, and the Knights did win at Penn State.

■ So new Sacramento Kings minority owner Shaquille O'Neal says he wants to mentor DeMarcus Cousins. Now that will be interesting.

■ If Kentucky can't fill Commonwealth Stadium for Saturday night's SEC opener, then Mitch Barnhart does have a serious ticket-selling problem.

■ If the opportunity arises, I don't hope that the Big Blue Nation extends Joker Phillips a warm welcome on Saturday, I know it will.

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

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