UK Men's Basketball

John Clay's notes: Kentucky has right coaches in place on football staff

Offensive coordinator Randy Sanders talks to QB Maxwell Smith on the sidelines during the 4th quarter of the UK-Mississippi football game at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington Saturday   ,Nov. 5, 2011. Photo by Ken Weaver
Offensive coordinator Randy Sanders talks to QB Maxwell Smith on the sidelines during the 4th quarter of the UK-Mississippi football game at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington Saturday ,Nov. 5, 2011. Photo by Ken Weaver Ken Weaver

Random notes:

■ Know the detractors were disappointed Wednesday when Joker Phillips indicated he was trying to keep staff members — other than already-departed secondary coach Steve Brown — rather than show them the door.

Know critics wanted a coaching overhaul on the offensive side of the ball.

Not me. This same staff guided an explosive offense that ranked fourth in the SEC and in the top 30 nationally in 2010.

This past campaign represented an offensive collapse, no doubt. There was no Randall Cobb. There were no home run hitters. There was plenty of transmission trouble.

But given the personnel, this offensive staff can produce.

■ Speaking of UK assistants, former offensive coordinator (2001-02) Brent Pease, now the OC at Boise State, has interviewed for the head coaching opening at Houston.

■ It appears that Maxwell Smith will have an entire set of spring drills all to himself to be used as improvement.

■ Place me firmly behind UK President Dr. Eli Capilouto's position concerning the Rupp Arena finance debate.

Have you been in the school's dorms or classroom buildings that have been seriously neglected by previous administrations?

The school's infrastructure is in much more dire need of renovation than the city's basketball arena.

■ John Calipari keeps bringing up the negative attention his first Kentucky team received for a 2.0 GPA, unwarranted and overblown attention he believes.

Here's why it wasn't unwarranted: Calipari's numerous one-and-done players raise natural questions about whether his players are really college students, or just prospective NBA players using the university as a placeholder. That 2.0 team GPA raised more questions.

The team's 3.16 GPA last summer, and the 2.7 Calipari says his team collected last semester squelches some of those suspicions. But sorry, Cal, those are legitimate questions, and will continue to be legitimate questions.

■ The cinematic version of The Breakfast Club was a comedy. The locker room version Tuesday night turned into more of a mystery drama with the media trying to find out just which UK basketball players were in the club and which were not.

■ Great line from UK basketball walk-on Sam Malone, when asked about his torn ACL: "My first thought was how is the team going to win without me?"

■ Let's go on record as saying we love the Reds deal for starting pitcher Mat Latos.

Walt Jocketty swung for the fences. The GM gave up three highly coveted prospects and the mercurial Edinson Volquez, but none of the four was going to be counted on next season.

The Reds were in need of a starting pitcher who can secure more than the occasional out. In this case, a big Reds risk should bring a big Reds reward.

■ Disclaimer: If the trade doesn't work, maybe the Reds can get David Stern to rescind it.

■ Did you see where Georgia football coach Mark Richt got in NCAA trouble for paying his assistant coaches with his own money? Apparently, the NCAA only wants you to pay the NCAA.

■ Dick Vitale tweeted during Tuesday night's game that UK could put me and Jerry Tipton together with Doron Lamb, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Anthony Davis and beat Samford easily. Dick has never seen me play.

■ Great New York Post headline on item that New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is dating Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Upton: "No wonder he can't complete a pass."

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