John Clay's notes: Tweeting about cheating won't change beating

Herald-Leader Sports ColumnistNovember 26, 2013 

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Cleveland State coach Gary Waters looked to the officials in disbelief after a call in the first half against Kentucky.

PHOTO BY JONATHAN PALMER — Jonathan Palmer

Random notes:

■ In another example of think before you tweet, after Cleveland State lost at UK 68-61 on Monday night, Vikings assistant Jermaine Kimbrough tweeted "College basketball is at all time low. I have never been cheated the way we got cheated in Rupp Arena tonight. Let the kids play."

Kimbrough then deleted the account, but not before screen-grabs made their way across the Internet.

■ Part of Kimbrough's sentiment was in line with his boss, Cleveland State head coach Gary Waters, who makes no secret of his objection to the new emphasis on calling more fouls to clean up play.

■ Kentucky's seven-point win after a major scare from Cleveland State came one day after Duke's 91-90 win after a major scare from Vermont.

■ Mark Stoops did the right thing last Saturday leaving the redshirt on true freshman quarterback Reese Phillips.

■ SEC teams that have lost starting quarterbacks to injuries for at least one game this season: Florida (Jeff Driskel), Auburn (Nick Marshall), Missouri (James Franklin), Vanderbilt (Austyn Carta-Samuels), Georgia (Aaron Murray), Tennessee (Justin Worley), South Carolina (Connor Shaw) and Mississippi State (Tyler Russell).

In other words, just about every SEC team.

■ What if Auburn beats Alabama and the SEC championship game is Auburn and Missouri? Auburn was 0-8 in the conference last season. Missouri was 2-6.

■ Washington State Athletics Director Bill Moos has a file of nasty emails he received during Mike Leach's first year as coach when the Cougars went 3-9. According to The Olympian newspaper, Moos kept the emails to make sure those fans do not get tickets if Washington State makes a bowl game. WSU is 6-5 in Leach's second season.

■ Kentucky basketball was 2-11 when it trailed at halftime last year. The Cats are 1-1 this year, losing to Michigan State, beating Cleveland State.

■ Julius Randle has turned the basketball over on average once every 8.4 minutes. Six games into his college career, Brandon Knight had turned it over once every 7.4 minutes. Eric Bledsoe had turned it over once every 6.5 minutes.

■ Former John Calipari player and assistant Derek Kellogg has UMass back in the AP Top 25 thanks to a 6-0 start. The Minutemen are No. 24 and in the poll for the first time since 1998.

■ Thinking back to the UK-Georgia football game, just seems like Mark Stoops and Co. had been patching holes all season and finally the dam burst.

■ The guess here is that other schools will do what Mitch Barnhart is doing with UK's stadium renovation and go the bigger-is-not-necessarily-better route.

■ If you did a promo for Saturday's Kentucky-Tennessee football game, it might be "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." Both teams are hungry for a rare win, hoping they will catch fire over the off-season.

■ Barnhart hinted that there could be something down the road such as an upgrade to the Nutter Training Facility, which may tie it in to the existing Nutter Field House. Stay tuned.

■ Best news Louisville football fans heard this week was Jeremy Foley saying he's sticking with Will Muschamp as Florida's football coach.

■ Jared Lorenzen was right, I was wrong. Brent Pease has not been a good fit as offensive coordinator for the Gators.

■ Kentucky has lost 13 football games by 40 or more points in the past 20 years. Admit it, you thought it was more than that.

■ North Carolina's win over Louisville in Connecticut means (a) the Tar Heels are better than we thought and (b) Belmont, which beat UNC, will be a tough foe for UK on Dec. 21.

■ During the news conference previewing the upgrades to Commonwealth Stadium, it was mentioned that you will be able to hold weddings in the new facility.

That prompted a jokester to remark that a wedding at the stadium might have lots of pre-wedding hype, followed by disappointing results with a buy-out and a switch to a new partner. Spouses in waiting optional.

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

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