Big Blue Links:
▪ NBA changing the one-and-done rule? Don’t your breath, says my column.
▪ John Calipari’s path for Hamidou Diallo combines reality and perception, reports Fletcher Page of the Courier-Journal.
▪ Calipari says Kevin Knox is going to be terrific, reports Kyle Tucker of SEC Country.
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▪ Calipari and Bruce Pearl speak out on drawbacks of NBA Draft rule change, reports Matt Norlander of CBS Sports.
▪ No easy fix for NBA’s one-and-done problem, writes Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal.
▪ Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News is not a fan of the college baseball draft rule for college basketball.
▪ Rupp Arena’s old basketball goals find a new life in a land far, far away, reports Jared Peck of the Herald-Leader.
▪ The Florida Marlins are putting faith in former Franklin County star J.T. Riddle, reports Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. The Marlins traded shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to Tampa Bay which will give the everyday job to Riddle.
▪ John Wall wants the Wizards to get Paul George. This is what they should be hearing, writes Jerry Brewer of the Washington Post.
▪ Florida sweeps LSU with 6-1 win to capture the College World Series, reports Kevin Brockway of the Gainesville Sun.
▪ Florida had the right stuff, says Pat Dooley of the Gainesville Sun.
▪ Louisville baseball has turned the page since Omaha, reports Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal.
▪ ESPN reports that ex-U of L pitcher and first baseman Brendan McKay has signed a record $7,007,500 signing bonus with the Tampa Bay Rays, who draft McKay with the fourth overall pick.
▪ Eastern Kentucky will honor the 1967 Grantland Rice Bowl champions, reports WKYT.
▪ Columbia, Missouri man allegedly did $100,000 in damage during a joy ride inside Mizzou Arena, reports Tod Palmer of the Kansas City Star.
▪ Missouri basketball’s offseason transformation has excited and captivated the SEC, writes Tod Palmer.
▪ Tevin Mack, transfer from Texas, has been accepted into school at Alabama, reports Cecil Hurt of the Tuscaloosa News.
▪ Cecil also reports on Alabama basketball’s planned summer trip to Canada.
▪ Auburn has signed VCU transfer Samir Doughty, reports Matthew Stevens of the Montgomery Advertiser.
▪ Will Sammon of the Clarion-Ledger looks at where Mario Kegler’s transfer leaves Mississippi State. Kegler is transferring to Baylor.
▪ Brein Taylor has caught Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy’s attention, reports Antonio Morales of the Clarion-Ledger.
▪ Arkansas freshmen basketball players Daniel Gafford and Khalil Garland have been medically cleared for summer workouts, reports Bob Holt of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The 6-11 Gafford is coming back from a slight meniscus tear.
▪ Alex Bozich of Inside the Hall has the ins and outs of Archie Miller’s contract to be the basketball coach at Indiana.
▪ The Miller contract includes an incentive to schedule tougher opponents, reports Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo.
▪ New Pittsburgh AD asks for patience with Kevin Stallings and basketball program, reports Travis Hines of College Basketball Talk.
▪ Can Tennessee women’s basketball coach Holly Warlick turn losses into a win? asks John Adams of the Knoxville News-Sentinel. Three players and an assistant coach have left the Tennessee program.
▪ Mark Wiedmer of the Chattanooga Times Free Press thinks the Lady Vols should be fine without Diamond DeShields.
▪ David Cobb of the Chattanooga Times Free Press writes that Pat Summitt’s life continues to resonate a year after her death.
▪ Zamir White, considered the No. 1 running back prospect in the nation, committed to Georgia, reports Brandon Sudge of the Macon Telegraph. White is from North Carolina, as was Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall.
▪ North Carolina loses out on Zeus White, reports Jonathan M. Alexander of the Raleigh News and Observer.
▪ Steve Spurrier is picking Florida to win the SEC East, reports Rick Williams of The State.
▪ A Vanderbilt football player’s stolen cell phone led to shooting, reports Natalie Neysa Alund of the Tennesseean.
▪ Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts has been impressive at the Manning Passing Academy, reports Matt Zenitz of the Birmingham News.
▪ Las Vegas doesn’t see much SEC competition for Alabama this season, reports Justin Nails of Gridiron Now.
▪ Brendan Sonnone of 247Sports reports that former LSU assistant Dameyune Craig is making minimum wage as quality control specialist/offensive analyst at Florida State.
▪ As NCAA investigation continues, Baylor dances around sex-assault scandal, says Gil Lebreton of the Forth Worth Star-Telegram.
▪ Arkansas wide receiver Jojo Robinson is transferring to Texas Tech, reports Andrew Astleford of SEC Country.
▪ Mississippi State deputy director of athletics Scott Wetherbee has been named the AD at Michigan State, reports the NE Mississippi Daily Journal. UK football plays Eastern Michigan this season.
▪ SEC baseball is in as good of shape as ever, says Luke Johnson of The Advocate in Baton Rouge.
▪ South Carolina has interviewed South Florida coach Mark Kingston for its open baseball job, reports David Caraviello of the Charleston Post and Courier.
▪ The Knicks plan to cut ties with Phil Jackson, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
▪ Dwight Howard, now of the Charlotte Hornets, has a message for his critics, writes Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer.
▪ Celtics trying to land both Paul George and Gordon Hayward, reports Wojnarowski of Yahoo (for now).
▪ Was Draymond Green guilty of tampering? asks Michael McCann of Sports Illustrated. Green sent a text to Durant after the Warriors’ lost to Cleveland int he 2016 NBA Finals.
▪ Ex-Arizona star Miles Simon, who helped Zona beat UK in the 1997 national title game, is joining Luke Walton’s staff with the Los Angeles Lakers, reports the AP.
▪ The Celtics’ Marcus Smart isn’t listening to the trade rumors, reports Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.
▪ The Orlando Magic did its homework before drafting ex-Florida State star Jonathan Isaac, reports Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel.
▪ D’Angelo Russell is happy for a fresh start and ready to lead the Brookly Nets his way,
▪ Jordan Brand celebrates Russell Westbrook’s NBA MVP with some unconventional math, reports Jeff Beer of Fast Company.
▪ It was family night at the NBA Draft, says Thomas Beller of the New Yorker.
▪ Markelle Fultz should start the season on the Sixers’ bench, says Marcus Hayes of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
▪ Reds slug their way past the Brewers 8-6, reports Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
▪ Sportscaster James Brown has lost 74 pounds, reports Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post.
▪ Mike Greenberg clears the air on the Mike & Mike breakup, reports Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune.
▪ The future of U.S. swimming is 6-foot-9, 19 years old and African American, writes Dana O’Neill for the Washington Post.
▪ John Ourand of Sports Business Journal takes the pulse of ESPN.