■ Pat Summitt wasn't just a women's basketball coach, she was the women's basketball coach.
Only here's the thing: She could have coached men. Easily. Gender did not matter.
She was/is truly the mother of modern women's basketball.
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■ Dennis Emery isn't taking the same approach with the SEC Tournament as another Kentucky men's coach.
John Calipari downplayed the men's basketball tournament because he didn't feel the result would affect his team's NCAA Tournament seeding. (He was right.)
The UK men's tennis team, coached by Emery, won the SEC regular-season title with an 11-0 record, but Emery very much wants to win the league tournament, which begins Thursday in Starkville. The Cats play on Friday.
UK looks like a No. 8 or higher seed for the NCAA Tournament. If it could win the SEC Tournament, "we could be a top four seed," said the coach on Wednesday.
■ Did you see where Alabama's crystal BCS football championship trophy shattered into a zillion pieces? Crimson Tide fans are now telling this joke: "We break more BCS trophies than you will ever win!"
■ As dominant as Bodemeister looked in winning the Arkansas Derby by 91/2 lengths, he didn't race at age 2. It has been 130 years since a horse (Apollo in 1882) won the Kentucky Derby without benefit of a race at 2 years of age. That's not a trend. That's a near iron-clad rule.
■ Dr. Kendall Hansen, owner of 2-year-old champion Hansen, said he just wants to have fun.
That's why he wanted Hansen to race with a blue tail in last Saturday's Blue Grass Stakes.
You know what's fun? Winning the Kentucky Derby. Leave the horse alone.
■ Those Pittsburgh Steelers throwback uniforms for next season are u-g-l-y.
■ I'm all for giving former Eastern Kentucky athletics director Jeff Long the credit for stepping up and firing Bobby Petrino at Arkansas.
But didn't Long hire Petrino in the first place? And didn't Long hire Petrino with three games left on the Atlanta Falcons' schedule?
■ Wisconsin Coach Bo Ryan has put 25 schools off limits to transfer Jarrod Uthoff. Meanwhile, coaches can go whenever and wherever there is an employer willing to hire them. And how is this not hypocrisy?
■ If John Calipari's trophy tour was not a stroke of genius — and it was — the icing on the cake was inviting Joe B. Hall and Herky Rupp along, especially the latter. I remember a certain former coach who would rather play a tough non-conference schedule than mention Adolph Rupp's name.
■ Did you notice how Calipari put the pressure right on Rick Pitino for next season on Tuesday night?
After his five starters declared for the NBA Draft, Calipari christened Louisville as next year's favorite.
"Louisville will be pre-season No. 1," said the UK coach, "and should be able to do what we did this year."
■ The A's sent former UK and Henry Clay star Collin Cowgill back to Triple A on Tuesday. The hope here is that he will be back in Oakland soon.
■ Three short years ago, Alabama fired Mark Gottfried. With C.J. Leslie returning to North Carolina State next season, Gottfried will coach the likely favorite in the ACC. That's the A-C-C.
■ With all the SEC men's basketball jobs now filled, seven of the 14 league head coaches are black. In football, three of 13 are black. It was three of 14 before Bobby Petrino's dismissal.
■ RIP, Dick Clark. I bought my first single (Green River) after seeing Creedence Clearwater Revival on American Bandstand.