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John Clay's notes: Fake recruiting blogger 'found that the easiest fan base to sway was Kentucky'

Random notes:

■ Someone calling himself Jonathon Paige invented a fake recruiting blog called Summer Hoops Recruiting, where he rewrote other people's write-ups about camps, commitments, etc.

In two months, Summer Hoops Recruiting gained more than 500 Twitter followers and nearly 20,000 page views.

Upon revealing himself on Tuesday, the faux expert, wrote about what he had learned from his fake venture.

"I found that the easiest fan base to sway was Kentucky, followed closely by UNC, Duke and UCLA," he blogged. "This was unsurprising as all (four) programs have huge fan bases with passionate fans that take a sincere interest in recruiting.

"Also unsurprising was the reception given to different sorts of recruiting news. If Jonathon Paige tweeted that a recruit was 'leaning towards' school X, there would be multiple retweets and message board posts by fans of that school about the news.

"If another school in the race for the same recruit saw the tweet and it was brought up on a message board, the source and news would be summarily dismissed in short order ... until something more positive came out a week later, of course."

■ If you are driving while drinking, as Louisville defensive back Darius Ashley is charged with doing, it's not a good idea to rear-end a police car, which Ashley allegedly did.

■ Rory McIlroy's domination of the 2011 U.S. Open rivaled Tiger Woods' 2000 U.S. Open masterpiece, yet their differences are nearly as big as the margins of their respective victories.

Where Tiger was tight-lipped and brusque after losing this year's Masters, the younger McIlroy was gracious and polite following his final-round collapse.

Where Tiger seems closed-off from his competitors, McIlroy employs an agent named Chubby Chandler and enjoys enough goodwill among his peers to have several waiting to offer congratulations off the 18th green at Congressional.

Another difference: McIlroy tweeted a picture of himself drinking from the U.S. Open trophy. Can't see Tiger doing that.

■ Kudos to Dwane Casey, who nabbed the Toronto Raptors' head coaching job. See, Bruce Pearl, there is hope.

■ The Southeastern Conference's Mike Slive is one of four commissioners who makes a cool $1 million a year. But it's all about the kids, right?

■ Not sure I agree with the Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy's view that Brandon Knight belongs among the top five riskiest picks in Thursday's NBA Draft. I am surprised Knight appears a solid top-five pick, however. He's not a classic distributing point guard. And he made but 26 of 79 NCAA Tournament shots (32.9 percent).

■ ESPN's Bill Simmons wrote that his first sports memory is of watching the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the 1974 Stanley Cup finals. One problem. The series ended in six. (In Simmons' defense: I like his new Grantland site.)

■ Dennis Thomas alert: Add Florida basketball to the list of schools that include vacated wins in their publications and or Web sites.

■ St. Louis was not playing Cincinnati when Albert Pujols broke his wrist Sunday. Somehow I'm sure Tony La Russa wants to blame it on the Reds.

■ The Mavs' Tyson Chandler was a judge at the Miss USA pageant. He was even chosen to ask the contestants a question. Sadly, it was not, "What's wrong with LeBron?"

■ Good luck to the 80-year-old Jack McKeon on his new job managing the Marlins. Man, and I (incorrectly) thought Rich Brooks was too old to restart his career when he became UK's football coach.

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