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Big Blue Links: Damien Harris takes a poke at Kentucky

Kentucky Wildcats forward Skal Labissiere (1) could not pull in the rebound over Illinois State Redbirds guard Paris Lee (1) as #1 Kentucky played Illinois State on Monday November 30, 2015 in Lexington, Ky.
Kentucky Wildcats forward Skal Labissiere (1) could not pull in the rebound over Illinois State Redbirds guard Paris Lee (1) as #1 Kentucky played Illinois State on Monday November 30, 2015 in Lexington, Ky. Lexington Herald-Leader

Big Blue Links for Monday:

Damien Harris takes a poke at Kentucky and other schools who lost out in his recruitment, reports Sports247. The former Madison Southern running back tweeted out a picture of himself with the SEC Championship trophy.


"Why didn't you go to ......." This is why. Roll Tide.

A photo posted by Damien Harris (@d_soak34) on

Analyst advises discouraged UK fans to give Labissiere more time, reports Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader. “We’re eight games into the season. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves,” Evan Daniels said. “Obviously, Skal hasn’t performed to the level that most were expecting. And he might need a little more time than I even realized. Some of that is the lack of strength, which isn’t allowing him to be too physical. But I think some of it is probably a little mental. I’m sure he’s lost a little confidence the past two games.”

Eastern Kentucky wins road game at Savannah State, reports Richmond Register. The Colonels come to Rupp Arena on Wednesday night to face Kentucky.

Louisville will play Texas A&M in the Music City Bowl, reports the AP. The Cardinals finished 7-5 on the season after beating Kentucky 38-24 in the regular season finale. The Cards lost to Georgia in last season’s Belk Bowl.

South Carolina should embrace Will Muschamp, writes Josh Kendall of The State. “South Carolina has a new football coach, and the Gamecocks fan base is … well, honestly, it’s nervous. That’s because South Carolina’s new coach is Florida’s old coach (this is becoming a pattern), and it didn’t work out very well for Will Muschamp at Florida. He was fired after four seasons with a 28-21 overall record, and then spent a very well-paid transition season as Auburn’s defensive coordinator before agreeing Sunday to a deal to become the Gamecocks’ 34th head coach.”

Kirby Smart will stay with Alabama through post-season, reports Marq Burnett of the Anniston Star. The Tide’s defensive coordinator is the new head coach at Georgia, his alma mater, but will coach Alabama’s national semifinal game against Michigan State on Dec. 31.

Georgia makes the Smart hire official, reports Jason Butt of the Macon Telegraph. “Smart will have big shoes to fill, considering Richt won 145 games, nine bowls and two SEC championships in 15 years. Smart is familiar with the Georgia landscape, having played for the Bulldogs from 1995-98 and spending the 2005 season as the Bulldogs’ running backs coach.”

Vanderbilt loses a close one at Baylor, reports AP. “No. 16 Vanderbilt is 0-2 against the Big 12 this season. The Commodores couldn’t hold on after scoring 17 points in a row midway through the second half, as No. 25 Baylor erased a 13-point deficit on way to a 69-67 victory Sunday night when Lester Medford made a 3-pointer while being fouled in the final minute.”

SEC Bowl Assignments

  • Goodyear Cotton Bowl (North Texas) – Alabama vs. Michigan State – Dec. 31 – 8 ET – ESPN
  • Allstate Sugar Bowl (New Orleans) – Ole Miss vs. Oklahoma State – Jan. 1 – 8:30 pm ET – ESPN
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl (Orlando) – Florida vs. Michigan – Jan. 1 – 1 pm ET – ABC
  • AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl (Houston) – LSU vs. Texas Tech – Dec. 29 – 9 pm ET – ESPN
  • Belk Bowl (Charlotte) – Mississippi State vs. North Carolina State – Dec. 30 – 3:30 pm ET / 2:30 pm CT – ESPN
  • Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (Nashville) – Texas A&M vs. Louisville – Dec. 30 – 7 pm ET – ESPN
  • Outback Bowl (Tampa) – Tennessee vs. Northwestern – Jan. 1 – Noon ET – ESPN2
  • TaxSlayer Bowl (Jacksonville) – Georgia vs. Penn State – Jan. 2 – Noon ET – ESPN
  • AutoZone Liberty Bowl (Memphis) – Arkansas vs. Kansas State – Jan. 2 – 3:20 pm ET – ESPN
  • Birmingham Bowl (Birmingham) – Auburn vs. Memphis – Dec. 30 – 12 pm ET – ESPN
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