■ In what is probably a natural progression, Bob Knight has gone from brilliant but temperamental coach to temperamental blowhard.
■ The worst thing about Bob's most recent blunder is that it was the exact thing Knight criticized the media for over the years. It lacked research, context and facts. Other than that, it was spot-on.
■ Kemba Walker of national champ UConn admitted that he just read the first book of his life, yet Knight is ripping Kentucky's players. Maybe Walker read Knight: My Story.
■ If I had to guess, I'd say Brandon Knight, Terrence Jones and DeAndre Liggins will all stay in the draft. The fact that Jared Sullinger, Perry Jones and Harrison Barnes are all staying in school only serves to move them up the draft board. Next year's draft appears to be much deeper and stronger.
■ If you have tickets to next year's Kentucky-North Carolina game in Rupp Arena, you might be able to finance your children's education.
■ Considering the defections that have taken place lately at Louisville — Negus Webster-Chan is the latest to withdraw his commitment from the Cards — it seems obvious some came to play for now-departed assistants Tim Fuller and Steve Masiello, not Rick Pitino.
■ At a speaking engagement a couple of weeks back, I fielded this question: With Randall Cobb, Derrick Locke, Chris Matthews and Mike Hartline gone, how will a Kentucky offense that struggled to score points last season, score points next season? My answer: Good question.
■ Received plenty of email concerning my column last week pointing out that Butler, VCU, Kansas and Duke all play in arenas that would probably fall below UK's "gold standard" declaration. Several of the responses said they were waiting for the day that the UK president says he wants academics to be the "gold standard" at the university.
■ I think it's safe to say that any momentum that UK garnered from that 2006 SEC baseball championship is officially gone.
■ Not that John Cohen, who was coach of that title-winning team at Kentucky, has had much success at Mississippi State. The Bulldogs are 21-53 in the SEC during his three years as head coach in Starkville.
■ Since Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith got to sit in on the NCAA Tournament coverage, why can't Clark Kellogg and Greg Anthony sit in on the NBA playoffs coverage?
■ Another reason you should take all recruiting reports with a grain of salt: UK football coach Joker Phillips admitted Wednesday that highly touted field-goal kicker Joe Mansour is still struggling with his consistency.
■ Hines Ward might be on his way to winning Dancing with the Stars. And if not, he's not above breaking someone's jaw. Just ask Keith Rivers.
■ The Saints and Packers will open the NFL season in 2011. Or will it be 2012? Or 2013?
■ Just to be sure, the NFL has locked out the Bengals from any prime-time appearances next season.
■ Speaking of which, I'd love it if the NCAA or the SEC or some other outside body did the scheduling for college football teams. Instead of Kentucky against East Central Grand Commuter State, how about one year the Cats play a comparable team from the Pac-12, then a comparable team from the Big Ten, then a comparable team from the ACC? I know, it'll never happen.
■ Horse racing lost a good friend when former Baltimore mayor and Maryland governor William Donald Schaefer died Monday.
■ Happy retirement to longtime North Carolina play-by-play announcer Woody Durham, who is leaving the microphone after 40 years. There was only one Cawood Ledford. But Durham and Tennessee's John Ward, who retired a few years back, are in the conversation.