Kentucky defense helped by Jordan Jones
Wednesday notes and links:
▪ Former Kentucky assistant allegedly broke rules at Texas A&M, reports Dan Wolken of USA Today. Bradley Dale Peveto, who was on Mark Stoops’ staff at Kentucky before leaving for LSU, allegedly provided entertainment money for recruits. That’s among claims made by former Aggies linebacker Santonio Marchiol, who is trying to gain immediate eligibility at Arizona.
▪ No announcement yet on Kentucky’s starting quarterback, reports Jennifer Smith of the Herald-Leader. But both head coach Mark Stoops and offensive coordinator Eddie Gran like what they are seeing from Terry Wilson, Gunnar Hoak and Danny Clark. Stoops had said he hoped to announce a starter on Monday of game week. Tuesday, Stoops said he’s not sure yet if that will be the case.
▪ Exhibition games whetted our appetite for Kentucky-Duke basketball, says my column. UK won four straight in the Bahamas. Duke swept a trio of games in Canada. The two teams meet Nov. 6 at the Champions Classic in Indianapolis.
▪ Jordan Jones is back practicing with UK football, reports Jon Hale of the Courier-Journal. The senior linebacker missed spring ball because of a shoulder injury and has been limited this training camp. His energy is a vital piece of Stoops’ defense.
▪ Kentucky’s future football schedules have plenty of MAC foes, writes Mark Story of the Herald-Leader. In 2019, UK opens with first Toledo and then Eastern Michigan.
▪ Dr. Pepper has a new spokesman in its college football advertisements, reports Jordan D. Hill of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. The fictional Larry Culpepper is out. The very real Les Miles is in. The former LSU coach will be the main player in the commercial spots.
▪ Prehistoric college football coaches are killing players, writes Sally Jenkins in the Washington Post. Jenkins posts this jaw-dropping stat. An NFL player hasn’t died from heat exertion in 17 years. During that time, 27 college football players have died.
▪ Jaylen Smith has no doubt he’ll play against Alabama, reports U of L sports. The Louisville receiver has returned to practice after undergoing an appendectomy. The Cardinals open the season Sept. 1 against defending national champion Alabama in Orlando.
▪ Bobby Petrino disappointed with Louisville assistant, reports Jake Lourim of the Courier-Journal. Tight ends coach Chris Klenakis was suspended after being arrested early Sunday morning and charged with reckless driving, first-degree wanton endangerment and driving under the influence.
▪ Lamar Jackson not happy with his play for Ravens, reports Kevin Patra of NFL.com. The former Louisville quarterback has struggled with his completion percentage through the first two games of the exhibition season. “I haven’t performed at a high level,” he said.
▪ At least two teams have expressed interest in Teddy Bridgewater, reports Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. The former Louisville quarterback has been impressive for the New York Jets. But the Jets are banking on first-round rookie quarterback Sam Darnold out of USC.
▪ LSU blocking quarterback from transferring to SEC school, reports Brooks Kubena of The Advocate. The school’s released for Justin McMillan says he cannot transfer to a league school or any team the Tigers are scheduled to play in the next two seasons. Starting Oct. 15, no such restrictions are allowed by the SEC.
▪ Wednesday could be decision day on Urban Meyer, reports Bill Rabinowitz of the Columbus Dispatch. Ohio State investigators are expected to deliver their report to the school’s board of trustees. Meyer is currently on administrative leave over his handling of now ex-wide receivers coach Zach Smith.
▪ Daniel Gafford is back from skills academy, reports Bob Holt of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The Arkansas center surprised some by not declaring for the NBA Draft after his freshman season.
▪ Former Kansas State guard Amaad Wainwright pleads guilty to felony, reports Kellis Robinett of the Kansas City Star. Remember, Kansas State knocked UK out of last seasons’ NCAA Tournament by knocking off the Cats in the Sweet 16.
▪ Arizona forward cited for extreme DUI, reports Kyle Bonagura of ESPN. Sophomore forward Ira Lee was picked up a block from the school’s basketball arena. Lee averaged 10.2 minutes per game last season.
▪ Reds rally to beat the Brewers, reports Charles Gardner of the AP. Ex-Brewer Scooter Gennett hit a tiebreaking homer in the ninth for Cincinnati. After hitting 27 homers last season, Gennett has 19 so far in 2018.
▪ Good Magic leads the Travers field, reports the H-L. Winner of the Blue Grass and Haskell Stakes, Good Magic is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for the $1.25 million race, which will be televised Saturday by NBC.
▪ Horseshoe worn by Secretariat sold for record amount, reports Mike Stunson of the Herald-Leader. The shoe, worn during Secretariat’s 1973 Kentucky Derby win, sold for $80,736 during an online auction.