John Clay

John Clay's notes: No. 2 at Kentucky better than No. 1 at a lot of places

Marcus Lee, second from left, and UK assistant coach Kenny Payne watched games played during the Nike EYBL event on Friday, April 24, 2015.
Marcus Lee, second from left, and UK assistant coach Kenny Payne watched games played during the Nike EYBL event on Friday, April 24, 2015. Herald-Leader

Random notes:

■ There are a lot of basketball coaches out there who wish they were making what Kentucky's assistant coaches are making.

In fact, USA Today reports that 22 coaches who made the NCAA Tournament in 2015 make less per year than the $700,000 Kenny Payne will average over the next three years of his new $2.1 million contract.

■ Congrats to Morehead State baseball, winner of its first Ohio Valley Conference Tournament title since 1993. The reward? A first-round game at No. 3 NCAA Tournament national seed Louisville on Friday.

■ Not a surprise that Kentucky did not make the NCAA Baseball Tournament. Any slim chance the Cats possessed was eliminated by the SEC Tournament elimination-game loss to Auburn.

If you look at a half-full glass, you say the Cats have made the tournament two of the last four years. If you look at a half-empty glass, you say Kentucky has missed the tourney in five of Gary Henderson's seven years as coach.

■ North Carolina received its official and dreaded Letter of Allegations from the NCAA, which probably upset those who seem to spend all their time claiming the NCAA isn't investigating North Carolina.

■ Sometimes basketball is really simple. Saturday, Houston didn't make shots and lost by 35 to the Warriors. Monday, the Rockets made shots, including 53 percent from three-point land, and beat the Warriors by 13.

■ Former UK golfer Steve Flesch will be part of the Fox team covering the U.S. Open. Flesch, who calls Northern Kentucky home, will be in the tower on the 16th green for the tournament, which runs June 18-22 at University Place in Washington.

■ The most dramatic moment of Sunday's Indianapolis 500 came when Indianapolis Motor Speedway chairwoman Mari Hulman George, age 80, all but backhanded her daughter out of the way when George was giving the traditional "Start Your Engines" command. Nancy George tried to step in and help her mother, but Hulman George was having no part of it.

■ The way things are going for the Reds, you were almost expecting bad news concerning the stiffness in Johnny Cueto's elbow. Luckily, a Tuesday MRI did not reveal any structural problems.

■ Speaking of pitchers, good to see former Lafayette star Chaz Roe back in the majors. The 28-year-old pitched two scoreless innings for the Orioles on Sunday after being called up from AAA Norfolk.

A former first-round pick by Colorado in 2005, Roe made three appearances for the Yankees last season after pitching in 21 games for Arizona in 2013.

■ Three seasons ago, the Houston Astros went 51-111, their third straight season of 100 or more losses. This season, the Astros are on a pace to win 102 games.

■ Reports say Bill Belichick wasn't buying Tom Brady's story on Deflategate. He wasn't the only one.

■ Of all the celebrities who appeared on the Late Show leading up to David Letterman's retirement, Dave seemed most pleased to see Peyton Manning.

■ The Cavaliers' Matthew Dellavedova is accused of being a dirty player. The Warriors' Andrew Bogut gets into a back-and-forth with the Rockets' Dwight Howard that results in Howard picking up a flagrant foul. What's the deal with these Australian basketball players?

■ Based on American Pharoah's 4-furlong breeze at Churchill Downs on Tuesday, I like his chances in the Belmont. Then again, I liked California Chrome's last year.

■ The NFL has moved the PAT kick back to the 15-yard line. Here's hoping college football doesn't follow suit.

■ Former Florida coach Billy Donovan and his family took out a full-page ad in the Gainesville Sun to thank fans for their two decades in Gainesville.

■ At the SEC Spring Meetings in Destin, Fla., Nick Saban said he caught a 180-pound fish. Seth Emerson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweeted: "It will not count toward Alabama's 85."

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