■ OK, so it's not a 26-year losing streak, but the UK volleyball team will be trying to snap a five-match losing streak to Tennessee when the two SEC powers meet Wednesday night in Memorial Coliseum at 8 on ESPNU.
You could make the case that this is a similar streak, however, considering Kentucky's success over the past few years under Coach Craig Skinner. And in fact, Tennessee (15-2 overall, 8-0 in the SEC) and Kentucky (16-3, 7-1) will be playing for first place in the conference.
"I told someone it hasn't been much of a rivalry, they've won the last five," said Skinner on Tuesday. "We need to try and do something about that. It's interesting because when I first got here, they went to the Final Four in 2005. After that year, I think we won six or seven straight and now they've won five straight. It's always very competitive."
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UK is holding a white-out in Memorial for the match, a first in the Skinner Era.
■ Joker Phillips after Tuesday's UK football practice: "I got this job because I took a struggling offense and fixed it. Now I've got to do that again."
■ Don't know what did or didn't happen to cause Louisville Coach Charlie Strong to snatch the play-calling duties from offensive coordinator Mike Sanford, who didn't even make the Cardinals' trip to North Carolina last Saturday. Doesn't matter what did or didn't happen. Bottom line is, that calls a program into serious question when an OC is replaced halfway into a season.
■ I thought Louisville was already supposed to be in the Big 12 by now.
■ It must be spreading. Two sportswriters from competing Philadelphia newspapers who cover the Eagles got into a fistfight after they became embroiled in a twitter feud.
If only Andy Reid could get his 1-4 team to show the same fire.
■ Mike Leach could end up a Wildcat — an Arizona Wildcat.
■ Kudos to UK offensive coordinator Randy Sanders, who doesn't exactly enjoy talking to the media but has been doing just that on a regular basis even though his team is ranked 119th out of 120 nationally in total offense.
"When we were averaging 440 (yards per game) and 35 points there wasn't anybody around. And I had no problem in blowing you all off last year," joked Sanders.
■ Did you see where South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier said he would not do a news conference Tuesday as long as The State columnist Ron Morris was in the room?
Spurrier said he was upset with a column Morris wrote six months ago accusing the Ol' Ball Coach of poaching Bruce Ellington from the basketball program. Spurrier said that wasn't true.
But why did Spurrier wait six months to take action?
Could it be that this was the same day that USC announced that quarterback Stephen Garcia had been dismissed from the football team, reportedly for failing an alcohol test last week? A little diversionary tactic?
And if the test-result reason is true, why was Garcia on the sideline Saturday for the Gamecocks' 54-3 drubbing of Kentucky?
■ Good win for the Bengals last Sunday at Jacksonville. Andy Dalton is making people forget Carson Palmer, just as A.J. Green is making people forget Chad Ocho-ego.
■ Memphis Athletics Director R.C. Johnson says his school deserves to be in the SEC from a geographic standpoint.
So do Southern Miss, Central Florida, Louisiana Tech and Georgia State, but I doubt they're getting an invitation anytime soon, either.
■ News item: The NBA cancels the first two weeks of its season. Coming soon: The Kentucky Pros offer to play an exhibition game in your backyard.
■ This Kentucky vs. Villains game is nothing new. It happens every time the Cats play Rick Pitino.