John Clay's notes: UK's Stoops 63rd in rankings of coaches as players

Herald-Leader Sports ColumnistAugust 26, 2014 

Random notes:

■ CBS Sports ranked college football coaches 1-128 not by their coaching skill but by their accomplishments as players.

UK's Mark Stoops, a defensive back at Iowa, came in at No. 63. Louisville's Bobby Petrino, a quarterback at NAIA school Carroll College, ranked No. 84.

Former Kentucky assistant and current Washington State coach Mike Leach was No. 127. That's next-to-last. Leach was a high school backup.

Who says you have to have played the game?

■ Remember the report that Coach K was going to select former Duke center Mason Plumlee over the obviously more talented former UK center DeMarcus Cousins for Team USA? File that under don't believe everything you read.

■ The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Cincinnati and Kentucky have been discussing a home-and-home football series. Paul Brown Stadium gets my vote.

■ Across this great USA, college football fans criticize the local coach who has yet to name a starting quarterback. That coach is indecisive.

Meanwhile at Alabama, Nick Saban has yet to pick between quarterbacks Blake Sims and Jacob Coker. That coach is a genius.

■ Look for the Texas Rangers to recall Robbie Ross next week, but not as a starter. The 25-year-old former Lexington Christian star started 10 of 19 games before being sent down to Round Rock earlier this year. At the time, Ross was 2-5 with a 6.06 ERA.

Ross made nine starts for the Triple A club, but was sent to the bullpen on Monday, when he pitched 21⁄3 innings of scoreless baseball. Last season, Ross was 4-2 with a 3.03 ERA in 65 relief appearances with the Rangers.

■ Anyone who calls Mike Francesa to tell the blowhard radio host he wouldn't know a dribble from a dunk is OK by me.

■ With Florida hoping to rebound from a 4-8 season, Edward Aschoff of ESPN has a funny anecdote about three freshman football players who took a required course titled "What is the Good Life" which required students to list short-term goals.

A woman in the class said she wants to attend a Florida football game in which the Gators actually win.

■ In many college towns, they set couches on fire. At Arkansas, they allegedly set quarterback Brandon Allen's truck on fire.

■ You've heard of "white-outs" and "black-outs," now Louisiana-Monroe is having a "camo-out" for its opener against Wake Forest on Thursday night.

Please, please, let Louisville basketball copy this so we can all see Rick Pitino in camouflage.

■ No grass is growing under Bruce Pearl's feet at Auburn. No sooner did the former Tennessee fireball finish his show-cause penalty for failing to recognize a picture of his own home when questioned by an NCAA investigator — remember when the NCAA employed investigators? — Pearl received a commitment from T.J. Dunans, considered the nation's top junior-college guard.

■ Tuesday morning came the heartwarming story of Southern Cal defensive back Josh Shaw, who said he badly injured his ankles jumping from a second-story window to heroically save his nephew, who was drowning in a swimming pool.

By Tuesday afternoon, Southern Cal had reason to believe that Shaw at least embellished the story, or even made the whole thing up. The school is investigating.

And you wonder why we are such a cynical lot.

■ Any Tweet, Facebook post or Blog headline that begins with "Stop what you're doing and" is sure to make me continue whatever it was I was doing.

■ Did you know Oregon athletes use biometric thumbprints to enter athletic facilities?

Guess that's an improvement on the combination lock that guarded my school clothes in that wire basket during junior high gym.

■ Tuesday's top tweet came from St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long after ESPN ran a story about Michael Sam's showering habits.

Long's tweet: "Dear ESPN, Everyone but you is over it."

John Clay: 859-231-3226.E-mail: jclay@herald-leader.com. Blog: johnclay.bloginky.com.Twitter: @johnclayiv.

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