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Links: Could basketball corruption overshadow SEC Football Media Days?

Mark Stoops: ‘We had so much fun it ought to be illegal’

Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops talks to the media after his team's 27-24 win over Penn State in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. The win gave UK 10 victories in a season for the first time since 1977.
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Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops talks to the media after his team's 27-24 win over Penn State in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. The win gave UK 10 victories in a season for the first time since 1977.

Links for Monday:

Basketball corruption could upstage SEC Football Media Days, writes Joseph Goodman of AL.com.

Are Alabama and Georgia division locks? asks Mark Bradley of the AJC.

The Alabama factor will factor into SEC Football Media Days, writes David Paschall of the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The Top 10 games on the SEC football schedule, according to Tyler Horka of the Clarion-Ledger.

LSU’s Ed Orgeron has gone from hot seat to hot, writes Scott Rabalais of The Advocate.

Jackie Sherrill gets his day in court against the NCAA, reports Parrish Alford of the NE Mississippi Daily Journal.

South Carolina loses lineman over medical issue, reports Dwayne McLemore of The State.

Florida’s Kyle Trask is not backing down, writes Pat Dooley of the Gainesville Sun.

Arkansas will have another Soli on the defensive line, reports Bob Holt of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.

SEC football offensive coordinators for 2019

SEC football defensive coordinators for 2019

Andy Katz ranks his Top 25 college basketball players for 2019-20, from NCAA Sports.

With officials, Kentucky knows a wrong can be a right, reports Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader.

Calipari likes position-less team he sees in workouts, reports Jeff Drummond of Cats Illustrated.

Anthony Davis won’t get to wear No. 23 quite yet, reports the New York Daily News.

Former Montana State head coach joins Tom Crean’s staff at Georgia, reports the Athens Banner-Herald.

Kara Lawson will be a great mentor for Grant Williams with the Boston Celtics, writes David Cobb of the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

The 7-foot-7 Tacko Fall quietly wraps up dynamic Summer League run with Celtics, reports Luis Torres of the Orlando Sentinel.

UK freshman sensation Cullan Brown will play in the PGA Tour Barbasol Championship this week, says my column.

The Ride and Fall of the Lexington Horsemen, by Matt Stahl of the Herald-Leader.

Louisville’s Jawon Pass lays past season to rest, reports Eric Crawford of WDRB.

Competitiveness drives Louisville football’s weight program, reports the Courier-Journal.

Denny Crum making significant progress from his stroke, reports the C-J.

Tennessee could be next SEC school to approve alcohol sales, reports the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

Defensive mistakes add up in Reds’ loss to Rockies, reports Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Royals trade former Reds pitcher Homer Bailey to Oakland, reports Lynn Worthy of the Kansas City Star.

Bengals’ Carl Lawson finds inspiration in Dragon Ball Z, reports AL.com.

Peyton Manning turned down MNF job because he didn’t want to be critical, reports John Breech of CBS Sports.

Ex-Washington State quarterback Ryan Leaf hired by ESPN as analyst, reports ESPN>

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John Clay is a sports columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader. A native of Central Kentucky, he covered UK football from 1987 until being named sports columnist in 2000. He has covered 20 Final Fours and 37 consecutive Kentucky Derbys.
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