John Clay's notes: Kansas' Wiggins, Kentucky's Randle feeling the love

Herald-Leader Sports ColumnistOctober 16, 2013 

Random notes:

■ Oklahoma State Coach Travis Ford must be a little tired of hearing about a certain Kansas basketball player with the first name of Andrew.

"Wiggins is, from what I understand, the best player to ever play," joked Ford, who has a pretty good one himself in Marcus Smart.

■ Speaking of Wiggins, Adidas reportedly is considering the young Jayhawk for a $180 million shoe contract.

■ Kentucky's Julius Randle was named pre-season SEC Basketball Player of the Year on Wednesday.

Do you remember who was last year's choice? Missouri guard Phil Pressey.

How about 2011? Kentucky's Terrence Jones.

■ Colts owner Jim Irsay just needs to shut up before he hurts himself.

■ FYI: The pre-season AP college basketball poll will come out Oct. 31. The women's poll debuts the next day.

■ Fox Sports analyst Charles Davis says people are sick of the SEC and sick of Alabama. That's what winning does.

■ With full knowledge this is not an SEC game, Florida State-Clemson on Saturday should be epic.

■ I'm not as convinced as others that the hit made by Ravens safety Matt Elam which ended up giving Packers receiver Randall Cobb a broken fibula last Sunday was a cheap shot.

■ John Calipari used to refer to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist as "Michael Gilchrist" and then it was "Michael Kidd-Gilchrist" and now it's just "Michael Kidd."

■ While all the attention is on Kentucky, Johnny Jones is starting to build himself a formidable little basketball program down at LSU.

The Tigers picked up a commitment from a Class 2015 top-five stud in Ben Simmons, native Australian, just this week.

■ Houston Texans fans cheered quarterback Matt Schaub when he was injured last Sunday. A Cleveland Browns fan advertised quarterback Brandon Weeden's job as open on Craigslist. And they say the media is negative.

■ According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Bengals have not allowed a 300-yard passer for 20 straight games, the longest streak in the NFL.

■ You have to admire the way the St. Louis Cardinals play the game.

■ Talking to UK basketball players at Media Day on Tuesday, it was almost universal that the most pleasant surprise thus far in practice has been the versatility of James Young.

■ Loved Steve Spurrier's quote Wednesday on South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw: "He doesn't do a lot of those stupid things that quarterbacks do."

■ Maybe he would be great, but Jim Riggleman would not be my choice for Reds' manager.

■ You could just tell on Tuesday by the way new UK coach Mark Stoops talked about it, he really enjoys spending time with former UK coach Rich Brooks.

■ Did you see where Tennessee's band director was placed on administrative leave after he complained publicly about the band's reduced role at Tennessee football games?

In a letter to Gary Sousa, UT chancellor Jimmy Cheek laid it on the line.

"You will not earn my support through threats, petulance, public disruption or whining. You are a professional band director and a tenured faculty member; please act like it."

■ And yes the (former?) band director's name is Sousa.

■ John Calipari was asked Tuesday who the go-to guy would be at the end of games.

"Don't know yet," he said. "What will happen is there's three parts of this. There are guys that I will want to have the ball and they don't want it. And then there are guys that really want the ball and I don't want them to have it. And then there's guys that want the ball and I want them to have it, and the only way you figure that out is in those close, tough games."

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

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