■ The dismissal of Marcelys Jones from the Kentucky football team Monday qualifies as a golden opportunity quickly lost.
After all, Jones was hyped as a fortunate find in June when the highly touted offensive lineman transferred from Ohio State to Kentucky. After sitting out his transfer season, Jones was expected to be a major part of the Cats' O-line for years to come.
Alas, he is gone nearly as quickly as he arrived, booted by head coach Mark Stoops for an unspecified "violation of team rules."
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Just goes to show that in this day of players switching from school to school, transfers are a tricky business. Some thrive. Many don't.
■ Speaking of transfers, it may be a big if, but if Courtney Love gets a favorable ruling from the NCAA on immediate eligibility, the Nebraska transfer would offer much-needed help at UK's suddenly depleted linebacker position. Word is Love has had a good camp.
■ Did you see where ex-UK hurler Chris Rusin pitched a five-hit shutout for the Colorado Rockies over the San Diego Padres on Sunday?
According to Elias, Rusin is just the fourth Rockies pitcher to throw a shutout at Coors Field and allow five or fewer hits, none for extra bases. Brian Bohannon (1999), John Thomson (2001) and Aaron Cook (2008) were the previous three to record the feat.
■ According to NBA spreadsheet guru Mark Porcaro, who you should be following on Twitter, ex-UK guard Devin Booker is the youngest player currently on an NBA roster.
Booker is the only 18-year-old in the league. He won't be 19 until Oct. 6. Milwaukee's Rashad Vaughn turned 19 on Sunday.
■ Judging by those DirecTV ads, Eli Manning might be even better at doing commercials than brother Peyton. And that's saying something.
■ For a couple of days, anyway, SEC basketball nearly stole the spotlight from the start of SEC football.
On Sunday, Auburn secured a commitment from Mustapha Heron, ranked as the 19th-best player in the class of 2016 by Rivals.com.
On Monday, Alabama picked up a commitment from Terrance Ferguson, ranked No. 11 by Rivals. And Eli Wright, a guard from Owensboro Apollo ranked No. 125 by Rivals, committed to Mississippi State.
Think the identifiable names of Bruce Pearl (Auburn), Avery Johnson (Alabama) and Ben Howland (Mississippi State) may mean something.
■ Bad news at Arkansas: Jonathan Williams, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards last year, is out for the season after injuring his left foot in a scrimmage. Good news at Arkansas: The Razorbacks still have Alex Collins, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards last season.
■ Tennessee fans are excited for the start of football. More than 40,000 attended an open practice last Saturday night at Neyland Stadium.
■ UK offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said this week he would let Mark Stoops answer all questions about injuries.
"That's head coach 101, baby," said Dawson.
■ Reports say the NHL is considering putting advertisements on uniforms. Bet every league is waiting for another league to be the first.
■ Friday night's season opener for Kentucky women's soccer is not just your run-of-the-mill season opener. Jon Lipsitz's Cats are nationally ranked for the first time ever in preseason. UK is No. 16 in the first NSCAA poll. Meanwhile, Friday night's visitor is No. 20 Washington. That's the way to start a season.
■ If you thought former Madison Southern star Damien Harris would have to wait a couple of years at Alabama to get a shot at playing time, turns out the Crimson Tide is not that deep.
Needing help at running back, Nick Saban is reportedly giving Harris a good, long look in scrimmages.
■ With college football games about to start, I miss Beano Cook.