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Big Blue Links: Kentucky football signee Landon Young not an Urban Meyer fan

Lafayette offensive lineman, Jedrick Wills tossed a water bottle to Landon Young at practice on Tuesday July 21, 2015 in Lexington, Ky.
Lafayette offensive lineman, Jedrick Wills tossed a water bottle to Landon Young at practice on Tuesday July 21, 2015 in Lexington, Ky. Lexington Herald-Leader

Big Blue Links for Friday:

Four-star UK football signee knocks Urban Meyer, reports David Collier of SEC Country. “It may not be the best thing, but actually, I was at Ohio State having a private meeting with Urban Meyer,” said Landon Young. “I had gone up to camp there, and they had treated me like a piece of meat, just treated me like crap.”

Mark Story thinks the Wisconsin loss was more painful than the Laettner loss. “Because we are approaching the one-year anniversary, this week I watched the final eight minutes of Kentucky’s crushing, come-from-ahead defeat to Wisconsin in the 2015 Final Four. That 71-64 loss in a game UK led 60-56 ended the Wildcats’ dream of an undefeated national championship after 38 straight wins. “

UK faces nation’s highest-scoring softball team this weekend, reports H-L. “The Kentucky and Auburn softball teams have combined to win 60 of the 68 games they’ve played this season. The 12th-ranked Wildcats and the third-ranked Tigers both bring 30-4 records into this weekend’s three-game series at Kentucky’s John Cropp Stadium, so something has to give by Sunday night. However things pan out, UK is facing its biggest challenge of the season to date. “

De’Niro Laster ready to bring the pop, writes Jennifer Smith of the Herald-Leader. ““I just got sick of it and I took the dive on and didn’t do my responsibility, and the quarterback was free to run outside,” Laster said. “So that’s one thing I’m working on is just doing my assignment and staying assignment perfect and playing team football.”

Former Lexington Catholic player is going to the Final Four, reports Josh Moore of the Herald-Leader. “For Kip Wellman, a Lexington native who’s director of men’s basketball operations at Syracuse, ‘it’s just amazing’ to be one of the last four teams standing. Especially coming off a season in which the school self-imposed a ban from postseason play. Wellman graduated from Lexington Catholic in 2000, the year the Knights finished as runner-up to Elizabethtown in the boys’ Sweet Sixteen.”

With North Carolina in the Final Four, here’s a review of the school’s academic fraud scandal, from the Raleigh News and Observer.

Lon Kruger’s long odyssey led him back to Final Four, writes Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports. “Finally, Castiglione persuaded Kruger to leave the 2011 Final Four in Houston – how’s that for karma – and visit with Oklahoma president David Boren and some members of the school’s board of regents. By now, the move was starting to crystallize.”

Kentucky’s 2015-16 season by the numbers, from Metz Camfield of CoachCal.com. “Kentucky’s 2015-16 season was highlighted by a share of the Southeastern Conference regular season championship, its 47th, and the SEC Tournament title, its 29th. Those are just two numbers that helped highlight the year. To help break down Coach Cal’s seventh season at the helm in Lexington, here are some more numbers that stood out.”

Bam looms as answer to UK’s post problems, reports Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal. “There is the term glaring, as in obvious, like Kentucky’s painfully clear lack of a rugged post presence last season. And then there is actual glaring, as in staring, like the way Edrice ‘Bam’ Adebayo mean-mugged Sacha Killeya-Jones after every dunk or block or give-me-that rebound in practices for the McDonald’s All American Game this week.”

Calipari is already in a good spot with a 2017 star, reports Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader. “(John) Petty led J.O. Johnson High School to its second consecutive Alabama state title on March 5. The victory gave Doss a record nine state titles in his illustrious coaching career, and Petty has the potential to be his best player yet. “

Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine named Player of the Year, reports AP. “Valentine received 34 of 65 votes from the national media panel that selects the weekly AP Top 25. Hield was the only other player to receive votes. Hield and Valentine were the only unanimous selections to the AP All-America team. “

Travis Ford eager to put Saint Louis back on national map, reports AP. “The 46-year-old Ford recognizes the Cardinals’ pre-eminence in town, but said several times at a Chaifetz Arena news conference Thursday that he wanted Saint Louis to be the ‘hottest ticket in town.’’”

NCAA FINAL FOUR

Saturday, April 2

6:09 - Oklahoma vs. Villanova (TBS)

8:49 - North Carolina vs. Syracuse (TBS)

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