Big Blue Links for Friday:
▪ Kentucky ranks 13th in revenue among college athletic programs, reports USA Today.
▪ Justin Lewis talks about his return to UK baseball, reports Derek Terry of Cats Illustrated.
▪ Mingione thrilled at Lewis’ return, reports Jared Peck of Cats Illustrated.
▪ Mark Stoops ranks No. 12 among the 14 SEC football coaches, according to the Sporting News.
▪ UK quarterback commit Jarren Williams looks like the total package, reports Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader.
▪ Five important questions as the recruiting cycle heats up, from Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader.
▪ Here are the 2018 recruiting needs for each top 25 basketball team, according to ESPN.
▪ Which players will become Kentucky’s top scorers? asks SI.com.
▪ UK to play Thomas More in pre-season exhibitions, reports Herald-Leader.
▪ Immanuel Quickley endorses John Calipari, reports Chris Fisher of 247Sports.
▪ Trevion Williams commits to Purdue basketball for 2018, reports Nathan Baird of the Journal Courier.
▪ Indiana coach Archie Miller has a special bond he takes with him everywhere, writes Gregg Doyel of the Indianapolis Star.
▪ Rui Hachimura poised for breakout season at Gonzaga after starring in Japan, reports Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo.
▪ Creighton lands Class of 2018 big man, reports College Basketball Talk.
U of L basketball
▪ Pitino says trio impressive in summer workouts, reports Courier-Journal.
▪ Russ Smith is lowering the trade deficit in China, writes Eric Crawford of WDRB.
▪ What would Wes Unseld and Butch Beard earn in today’s NBA? asks Rick Bozich of WDRB.
▪ Here are what the alcohol pairings should be for college teams, from Andy Staples of SI.com.
▪ Can anyone in SEC challenge Alabama’s reign? asks the Macon Telegraph.
▪ Notre Dame and Arkansas schedule home-and-home football series, reports AL.com.
▪ LSU is now Florida football’s homecoming foe, reports the Gainesville Sun.
▪ Kirby Smart hoping final two football players enroll at Georgia before August, reports the Macon Telegraph.
▪ Herschel Walker has a street named for him in his hometown, reports the AJC.
▪ South Carolina’s five most important offensive newcomers, from Josh Kendall of The State.
▪ South Carolina tight end Hayden Hurst has gone from walk-on to NFL prospect, says the Charleston Post and Courier.
▪ Ex-Mississippi State offensive lineman feels the $65 million love, writes Rick Cleveland for the NE Mississippi Daily Journal.
▪ Tennessee’s Butch Jones not focused on getting new contract, reports the Knoxville News-Sentinel.
▪ Running back A.J. Carter flips from LSU back to UCLA, reports the Shreveport Times.
▪ One burning question for each SEC East team in 2017, from ESPN.
▪ One burning question for each SEC West team in 2017, from ESPN.
▪ Dalvin Cook’s brother de-commits from Florida State, reports the Orlando Sentinel.
▪ Former Georgia Southern offensive coordinators suing school, reports SI.com.
▪ Former Purdue quarterback shot and killed in Virginia, reports Journal Courier.
▪ LSU pitcher Eric Walker to miss 2018 college baseball season, reports The Advocate in Baton Rouge.
▪ Tim Corbin talks about how Vanderbilt baseball can get back to Omaha, reports the Tennessean.