■ Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari used his own website Tuesday to explain why he used the platoon system in 2014-15 and predicted he would never use the system again.
The timing of the post seemed more than coincidental considering many think Calipari's unexpected lack of recruiting success recently has something to do with the coach's use of platoons.
Elite recruits want minutes and shots — and Calipari addressed the latter in his post, as well.
Why now? This recruiting season is pretty much complete, but no doubt Calipari is thinking ahead. Coaches are always thinking ahead.
■ I don't agree with Derek Anderson's comments about Kentucky basketball, but I see no reason he should apologize.
Anderson said he thought coaching was the reason UK lost to UConn in the 2014 NCAA finals and voiced frustration over the one-and-done cycle at his alma mater. Of Dakari Johnson, Anderson said, "I hope he makes it, but he's a 7-footer who can't jump. What's he going to do when he's done in two years."
After the backlash from Big Blue Nation — after all, on social media, you're not allowed to say anything that might be construed as negative about the Cats — Anderson apologized for his comments.
But why? Isn't Anderson entitled to his own opinion, even if it's an unfavorable one? He surely has the knowledge and background to have an opinion.
■ Are we surprised that a past-his-prime athlete (Manny Pacquiao) would cover up an injury (shoulder) to cash an $80 million paycheck? I'm less surprised that he would use it an as excuse after a loss.
■ Good Kentucky Derby news in the form of television ratings, which were up 4 percent over last year. The American Pharoah Derby averaged 16 million viewers compared to 15.3 for California Chrome's win.
Considering the presence of a name trainer in Bob Baffert and a heralded horse in Pharoah, the guess here is that ratings will be robust for the Preakness in two weeks, as well.
■ Preakness stat: All three of Baffert's previous Derby winners — Silver Charm in 1997, Real Quiet in 1998 and War Emblem in 2002 — also captured the second jewel of the Triple Crown.
■ The last three horses with odds of 3-1 or less have won the Derby. Big Brown was $2.40-1 and won in 2008. California Chrome was $2.50-1 and won last year. American Pharoah was $2.90-1 and won Saturday.
■ Todd Pletcher has now had 43 Kentucky Derby starters with just one win. Materiality, after being left at the start, finished sixth. Itsaknockout ran ninth. Carpe Diem ran 10th.
Pletcher has had 12 Derby runners with odds of less than 10-1. Carpe Diem went off at $7.70-1 on Saturday. Just four of those runners have hit the board. Impeachment ran third at $6.20-1 in 2000. Super Saver won at $8.00-1 in 2010. Revolutionary ran third at $6.40-1 in 2013. Danza ran third at $8.70-1 last year.
■ The $72.80 exacta was the lowest for the Kentucky Derby since Smarty Jones-Lion Heart paid $65.20 in 2004. By the way, both the 2004 and the 2015 fields featured 18 horses, two less than the maximum 20.
■ Jockey Gary Stevens' second-place finish on Firing Line was his first in-the-money Derby finish since he rode Silver Charm to the Derby win in 1997.
■ Rooting for Florida to give Billy Donovan's old job to John Pelphrey, but don't see it happening.
■ Never mind conference affiliations and strengths of schedules. The best way to compare the strength of programs is by NFL Draft picks. Louisville had 10 players selected last week. Kentucky had two. The Cats still have some catching up to do.
■ The grizzled veterans on the NBA team that drafts Willie Trill Cauley-Stein might have a thing or two to say about that name change.
■ If I had to predict a college basketball No. 1 for 2015-16, I'd go with North Carolina.
■ A testament to the strength of SEC softball: Kentucky is the No. 12 seed in the SEC Tournament but is ranked No. 23 in the college softball RPI.