■ In a push to coax Yellow Jacket fandom to Shreveport, Georgia Tech is offering Independence Bowl tickets for $14 each, a price point to match Tech's 14 consecutive bowl appearances.
So in a similar goodwill gesture, shouldn't Kentucky offer BBVA Compass Bowl tickets for $5 each?
Nope, didn't think so, but you might be able to get them outside the stadium for that price.
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■ In the final 5:32 at Freedom Hall last week, Kentucky allowed all of seven points to Notre Dame.
In the final 5:50 at Rupp Arena last Saturday, Kentucky allowed all of five points to Indiana.
That's how you win basketball games.
■ Remember when Kentucky kicked off the 2009 football season by trouncing Miami (Ohio) and its new coach, Michael Haywood, 42-0 at Paul Brown Stadium?
The Cats could be facing Haywood again, only this time with him coaching the Pitt Panthers. After an amazing turnaround propelled Miami to the Mid-American Conference title this season, Haywood is reportedly receiving strong consideration for the open Pittsburgh position. And lame-duck coach Dave Wannstedt has not decided if he will coach the team in Birmingham.
■ By the way, Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com ranks UK's bowl as the 26th-best of the 35 bowls. He ranks U of L's bowl No. 34.
■ Figures that just when I proclaim Louisville formidable, the Cards stumble at home to Drexel.
■ Of course, Kentucky fans might have kissed their televisions after seeing Tennessee and Louisville being removed from the unbeaten ranks on the same night.
■ No sooner did Kentucky.com post my column saying Blame deserved Horse of the Year over Zenyatta than I received an e-mail telling me to "find another profession."
Who says people don't care about horse racing anymore?
■ The bad news is, being named first-team All-American gives Randall Cobb one more reason not to return.
■ Signing Jay Bruce to a six-year contract is an encouraging move by the Reds, but don't expect a similar announcement with regard to Joey Votto in the near future. Seems the National League MVP is in no hurry to commit long-term.
■ Interesting that Florida hires Will Muschamp, the Texas defensive coordinator who has never been a head coach. Of the past eight BCS title winners, none was coached by someone in his first head coaching job.
■ Conspiracy theorists believe Florida was trying to steal Cameron Newton's thunder, announcing Muschamp's hire minutes before the Auburn quarterback won the Heisman Trophy. Remember, Newton once played at Florida.
■ And Urban Meyer continuing to live in Gainesville is not going to be a distraction? Yeah, right.
■ Yes, the SEC basketball East is certainly better than the SEC basketball West. It will be interesting to see, however, Mississippi State's progress with Renardo Sidney and Dee Bost in the lineup.
■ My rejected suggestion for Big Ten division names: Slow and Slower.
■ Alan Schwartz of the New York Times: "Nothing on Sunday compared with the announcers who play down the seriousness of head trauma. For example, calling a tight Dec. 4 college basketball game between North Carolina and Kentucky, after a Tar Heels player was fouled hard in the head, the CBS announcer Clark Kellogg exhorted the player to "Knock out the cobwebs!" and "Strap it on, partner, we're heading to the finish line!"
■ That new NCAA president Mark Emmert says he believes coaches and players should be punished the same for lying to investigators may not bode well for Bruce Pearl.
■ I see where ESPN's Bill Simmons removed Charles Pierce's name from the bibliography of The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy, then tweeted about it, all because he objected to Pierce's negative review.
Pierce fired back on his Boston Globe blog, calling Simmons "a mendacious, whiny little thin-skinned bag of breeze."
Come on, you gotta love that.