■ Reports John Calipari is planning a UK-exclusive NBA combine for two days in October prove once again that he is forever (a) pushing the envelope and (b) ahead of the curve.
■ This sounds strange, but Florida football snapped a seven-game losing streak when it demolished Eastern Michigan last Saturday.
■ Heading into the third week of the season, UK offensive line coach John Schlarman has yet to have his full complement of five starters.
Starting left tackle Darrian Miller was suspended for the opener. Starting left guard Zach West missed the second game with a nerve problem in his neck and appears doubtful for Saturday.
■ MAC football opponents just do not draw fans to Commonwealth Stadium. Kentucky has hosted a MAC foe each of the past five seasons, and attendance has been sluggish nearly every year.
Akron drew 64,014 in 2010. Central Michigan drew 58,022 in 2011. Kent State drew just 48,346 in 2012. Miami of Ohio drew 54,846 last year and Ohio drew 51,910 last week.
■ By the way, Texas A&M reports that it drew a record 38,000 students last week for its 73-3 win over Lamar. That's right, Lamar.
■ Did anyone tell Charlie Strong it was easier turning Louisville around than it will be turning Texas around?
■ More evidence NBA popularity is on an uptick: Reports say The league is close to renewing its television deal with ESPN and Turner for $2 billion, double the current contract.
■ Mike Zimmer reminds me of Tony Dungy, a longtime defensive coordinator who had to wait too long to finally secure a head-coaching job. Zimmer, the former Bengals defensive coordinator, is already off to a great start with the Minnesota Vikings, who pounded St. Louis 34-6 last Sunday.
■ Beyond the fact the Bengals won in Baltimore for the first time in five years, more impressive was the fact that Cincinnati accomplished the feat without having tight end Tyler Eifert or linebacker and defensive leader Vontaze Burfict for much of the game.
■ The Tennessee Titans lost linebacker Zach Brown for the season with a torn pectoral muscle last Sunday. That could provide a chance for former Kentucky linebacker Avery Williamson, now a rookie backup with the NFL club.
■ James Franklin must be touched by an angel.
Vanderbilt, his former employer, is off to a dreadful start, having lost its first two games by a combined count of 78-10. Penn State, his current employer, just learned that the NCAA has rescinded the school's bowl ban and the Nittany Lions will be allowed a full 85 scholarships in 2015.
■ After last week's disastrous weekend — Michigan State blown past at Oregon; Michigan blanked at Notre Dame; Ohio State upset at home by Virginia Tech — does the Little Ten have a reason to continue the college football season?
■ Crazy stat: Kentucky football is 2-0 for only the 13th time in the past 50 years. Mark Stoops has now done what John Ray, Fran Curci and Bill Curry never did: start a season with two straight victories.
■ Guess who else is 2-0? California. The Golden Bears have already doubled last year's victory total which should bring smiles to the faces of former UK assistants Sonny Dykes (Cal head coach) and Tony Franklin (Cal offensive coordinator).
■ Too bad Hal Mumme didn't stick around at SMU for another year. Instead, the former Kentucky head coach left Dallas after one year as offensive coordinator to be head coach at Belhaven
Belhaven is 2-0 and Mumme returns to the Commonwealth on Saturday when his team plays the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg.