John Clay: Sorry, Cal, but Bridgewater case proves no one overanalyzes like NFL brass

Herald-Leader Sports ColumnistMay 7, 2014 


Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, shown playing against Kentucky in September, had a lackluster showing during pro day, and his NFL Draft stock might have fallen as a result.


Random notes:

   John Calipari complained that the 2013-14 Kentucky basketball team was overanalyzed.

The Cats couldn't hold a candle to the way the NFL Draft is overanalyzed.

  To that point, how could Teddy Bridgewater's entire body of work go out the window thanks to one bad workout?

The Louisville quarterback could be a real steal when the choices start flying on Thursday night.

  If I'm an NFL general manager, no way I take Johnny Manziel. His frame is slight, his fundamentals lacking. Don't think either will hold up in the pros.

  Considering Jay Bruce has now joined Aroldis Chapman, Mat Latos and Devin Mesoraco on the disabled list, it is little wonder the Reds are still under .500.

  Good news for the Reds: After finishing third in the major leagues in runs scored last season, the Cardinals are currently 27th.

  OK, I promise not to knock Kentucky's non-conference basketball schedule next season.

How can you with the Cats playing Kansas, UCLA, Texas, North Carolina and (yes) Louisville?

Better yet, the Texas and North Carolina games are actually in Rupp.

  Besides Kentucky-Texas and Florida-Kansas, another interesting Big 12/SEC Challenge matchup has Auburn traveling to Texas Tech. That will be Bruce Pearl vs. Tubby Smith.

  Did you see where Calipari promoted Kenny Payne to associate head coach on Wednesday?

Have to admit it wasn't until late this past season that I learned that John Robic wasn't the associate head coach.

  Big congrats to former UK golfer J.B. Holmes, who made his comeback from brain surgery — yes, brain surgery — complete by winning the Wells Fargo last Sunday. That qualifies Holmes for the PGA at Valhalla later this year and the Masters next year.

  Still wish the SEC had gone to a nine-game conference schedule in football. The league is sticking with eight.

  It is true that California Chrome ran a slow time in winning the Kentucky Derby. The California-bred earned just a 97 Beyer Speed Figure, the lowest of any Derby winner since the Daily Racing Form started publishing those figures 14 years ago.

If you watched the race, however, it was obvious that jockey Victor Espinoza was cruising for at least the last 70 yards. There was no reason to push Chrome to go any faster, especially not with two tough races coming up.

  Still sticking to my prediction: I think the horse is going to win the Triple Crown.

  And let me get this straight: Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Ria Antonia finished sixth in the Kentucky Oaks, yet is a strong possibility to run in the Preakness. Seriously?

  Welcome back Rick Stansbury. The former Mississippi State head coach, and Battletown, Ky. native, has joined Billy Kennedy's staff at Texas A&M.

  Auburn football is sending nine players to California to learn leadership from the Navy SEALs.

  Congrats to Eastern Kentucky basketball coach Jeff Neubauer on his contract extension. Remember when some basketball people said you couldn't win at Morehead State and Eastern?

  The Big 10 will hold its conference basketball tournament in Washington, D.C. in 2017. More proof the big conferences could care less about the majority of their fans.

  The NBA Draft is June 26, by the way.

  If Bruce Pearl can be fired at Tennessee and end up at Auburn, Ben Howland can be fired at UCLA and end up at Oregon State.

  As an early Mother's Day present, Teddy Bridgewater gave his mom a Pink Cadillac on Good Morning America. Way to make the rest of us look bad, Teddy.

John Clay: 859-231-3226. E-mail: @johnclayiv.

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