Big Blue Links for Friday:
Kentucky women win fifth straight over U of L, reports Jennifer Smith of the Herald-Leader. “We allow kids to get confidence in shooting and it’s a snowball, and that’s exactly what it was,” said Louisville Coach Jeff Walz, who met with his team for almost an hour after the loss."
Makayla Magic carries UK women past Louisville, writes Mark Story of the Herald-Leader. “In the venue where her dad once quarterbacked a Kentucky team that won an NCAA championship, Makayla Epps created her own signature moment in Rupp Arena history Thursday night. In our state’s marquee women’s regular-season college basketball game, the 5-foot-10 UK junior lit up downtown Lexington and shot down Louisville.”
Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford gets ejected from son's high school game, reports John Hesley of the Daily Oklahoman. “Oklahoma State basketball coach Travis Ford was ejected for yelling at an official Thursday night during Stillwater High’s game in the Bixby Tournament. Ford’s son, Brooks, is a sophomore on the Stillwater team. Ron Holt, longtime journalist and weekly columnist for the Stillwater News Press, told The Oklahoman that Ford said, ‘Blow your whistle,’ in response to physical play underneath the basket, prompting one of the game officials to turn and ask him to leave the gymnasium.”
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Des Moines Register columnist suffers broken leg in court-storming, reports his paper. “Randy Peterson, The Des Moines Register’s columnist covering Iowa State sports, suffered a compound leg fracture during the Hilton Coliseum court-storming after Iowa State's 83-82 victory over Iowa on Thursday night. Peterson’s tibia and fibula were fractured during the post-game rush, according to former Register reporter Rick Brown, who is with Peterson at the hospital. Peterson was transported from Ames to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. Peterson tweeted early Friday that he believed he locked legs with someone. He was scheduled for a late Thursday surgery.’
Texas A&M quarterback Kyle Allen is transferring, reports Andrew Joseph of the Arizona Republic. ‘Texas A&M sophomore quarterback Kyle Allen’s time in College Station is coming to an end. The school announced Thursday night that Allen has been granted his release and will transfer immediately. Allen, a Scottsdale Desert Mountain product, was the top-ranked player from Arizona in the class of 2014. He was considering both Arizona State and Arizona before ultimately committing to the Aggies.’
Dick Vitale thinks Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley will be a star, reports Arizona Republic. “He’s a fierce competitor. I’ve known Bob Hurley for years. I followed him, obviously, for the four years at Duke. He really is special. His intensity, his emotion, his passion. He’s very unique. He will be a star in the coaching fraternity. There’s no doubt in my mind. None. He grew up in a home where his father set such an example for both Bob and his brother Danny, and they have acquired all of his competitiveness.’
Ex-UK coach Rich Brooks talked to Paul Finebaum of ESPN on Thursday about Kentucky football.