■ Though most mock drafts don't see Randall Cobb as first-round stock, history says the former Kentucky wide receiver has a shot at being among the first 32 picked on Thursday night.
Cobb is one of 25 prospects who were invited to attend the NFL Draft in New York. Last year, the league invited 18 former college players. Twelve of those 18, or 66.7 percent, were picked in the first round.
Four were taken in the second round. One was chosen in the third round. Bruce Campbell, an offensive lineman out of Maryland, was the last invitee chosen, taken by Oakland in the fourth round with the 106th pick.
■ Speaking of the draft, there's a reason Kentucky has consistently finished near the bottom of the SEC, even of late.
According to Rivals.com, among SEC schools, only Vanderbilt has had fewer players taken in the NFL Draft since 2000. Kentucky and Mississippi State tied for 10th on the list with 18 draftees. Vanderbilt has had 14.
Vandy has had two first-round draft picks since 2000. Kentucky has had but one, defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson in 2003. Mississippi State had none during that time period.
■ Were I the Panthers, I'd pass on Cameron Newton and select Marcell Dareus.
■ Were I the Bengals, and Blaine Gabbert was still on the board at No. 4, I'd snap him up. Carson Palmer is not coming back.
■ Maybe Will Muschamp is serious about getting serious about Florida's off-the-field problem. The Gators' new football coach booted Janoris Jenkins on Tuesday after the All-SEC defensive back had been charged yet again with marijuana possession.
■ Doesn't seem like Rick Pitino and John Calipari are playing a game of chicken over coaching these national teams after all.
First, Pitino was going to coach Puerto Rico's national team. Then Calipari said he had received some feelers about coaching the Dominican Republic national team.
On Tuesday, Calipari posted on CoachCal.com that he was considering the Dominican position. Now, on Wednesday, Pitino announced he would not coach the Puerto Rican team.
■ Speaking of Pitino, don't slam the U of L coach for hiring a former AAU director in Wyking Jones as an assistant coach. There will be more schools hiring AAU coaches in the future.
■ There was good fun to be had Tuesday night watching UK internet sites argue over whether or not North Carolina State transfer Ryan Harrow had been on campus that day. The Cats Pause said he had. Nation of Blue said he had not.
■ Here's a did you know: Of Kentucky's 14 early entrants to the NBA Draft — not counting Tom Payne, who went to the hardship draft in 1971 — only Kelenna Azubuike and Randolph Morris went undrafted, and only Jodie Meeks was picked in the second round. The other 11 were picked in the first round.
■ Have you seen where the NCAA approved a new taunting rule that would actually take away a touchdown if a player is considered to be taunting before he enters the end zone?
It's one thing to take away 15 yards over a judgment call. But six points?
■ You have to wonder what's up with South Carolina basketball. Former Tates Creek star and Gamecocks head coach Darrin Horn has lost three players, and nearly a fourth since the end of the season.
Ramon Galloway and Stephen Spinella are transferring. Murphy Holloway, who transferred to South Carolina from Ole Miss, has decided to return to Oxford. And Bruce Ellington is now playing football for Steve Spurrier, though he is expected to return to basketball once the football campaign has concluded. That could be January.
■ In the Do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do mode, ex-Texas Tech head coach and former UK assistant Mike Leach banned his team from using twitter, calling it "stupid." Now, Leach has his own Twitter account.