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Links: Mark Stoops talking to Dean Hood about Kentucky football opening

Eastern Kentucky head coach Dean Hood congratulates his team after they scored during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky won the game in overtime.
Eastern Kentucky head coach Dean Hood congratulates his team after they scored during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky won the game in overtime. The Associated Press

Big Blue Links for Wednesday:

Mark Stoops meeting with former EKU coach Dean Hood about opening, reports WKYT. “Mark Stoops is targeting former Eastern Kentucky head coach Dean Hood to become a member of the Wildcat’s staff. Sources tell WKYT that Stoops was in Charlotte on Tuesday meeting with Hood. Hood was fired at the end of the 2015 season after eight years at with the Colonels. Hood accepted the job as assistant head coach and tight ends coach at Charlotte. Stoops is searching for a replacement for Andy Buh, who was Kentucky’s outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator.”

Kentucky baseball beats Dayton 4-3, reports Herald-Leader. “Junior JaVon Shelby righted his recent hitting woes with a solo home run and sophomore right-handed pitcher Zach Streker picked up his third win of the season as the No. 22 Kentucky baseball team beat Dayton 4-3 in a marathon game Tuesday evening at Cliff Hagan Stadium. Shelby opened the bottom of the second by hitting his first home run since March 20. The Lexington native had struggled at the plate before hitting his seventh homer of the season. “

Why are so many leaving the UK women’s basketball program? asks my column. “Now, we really have a problem. What’s the source of all this chaos? What’s the explanation? Kentucky isn’t saying. Not yet, anyway. There’s been no comment from Mitchell or anyone at UK, except for word that the Kentucky coach will continue to recruit Corsaro, who was one of just two Kentucky signees. Even in this mercenary age of college athletics, that’s a lot of troubling turnover for one program. “

Recruiting analyst likes UK commit Mac Jones, reports Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader. ““From the moment he stepped on that field, he felt he was going to win this thing,” national analyst Mike Farrell told the Herald-Leader. “There was no doubt in his mind. Second place was never an option for him. And I really like that about him.”

Kevin Stallings inherits a veteran roster at Pittsburgh, reports Myron Medcalf of “In 17 seasons with Vandy, he reached the second weekend of the NCAA tournament twice, results that failed to notarize his eight top-three finishes in a top-heavy SEC. He entered the 2015-16 season with four pro prospects -- Luke Kornet, Matthew Fisher-Davis, Damian Jones and Wade Baldwin IV -- but lost to Wichita State in the First Four. A team that talented, even dealing with a series of injuries, shouldn’t stumble into the field of 68. In 2011-12, a stacked, 25-win Vanderbilt team with three players who were picked in the first 32 slots of the subsequent NBA draft lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament. “

Delaware transfer commits to South Carolina, reports David Cloninger of The State. “South Carolina has landed an elite transfer, but will have to wait a season until he can play. Delaware guard Kory Holden, a 6-foot-2 second-team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection last year, committed to the Gamecocks on Tuesday. Holden, ranked No. 2 on ESPN’s Top-10 list of available transfers, will have two years of eligibility after 2016-17. “

Auburn’s field destroyed by Kenny Chesney concert, reports Greg Ostendorf of “Remember how neat and pristine the field at Jordan-Hare Stadium looked for the Auburn spring game? Well, three weeks later, it’s barely recognizable. The culprit? Kenny Chesney. That’s right. The country singer played a concert at Auburn’s football stadium Saturday night, and between the stage, the equipment and the thousands of fans on the field, it took quite a toll on all the hard work put in by the grounds crew.”

What’s at stake for Rick Pitino when he meets with the NCAA? asks Eric Crawford of WDRB. “Sometime in the not-to-distant future, if he hasn’t already, University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino will meet with NCAA officials to discuss the allegations made against his program by former escort Katina Powell, and by an undetermined number of players who have corroborated parts of her story about providing strippers and escorts for players and recruits, and being paid by former director of basketball operations Andre McGee for the service.”

NCAA revises its entire approach to North Carolina scandal, writes Luke Decock of the Raleigh News and Observer. “The NCAA didn’t just revise the notice of allegations against North Carolina during the eight-month intermission in this interminable process. Between August and April, the NCAA somehow revised its entire approach to the scandal. Out went the broad allegations of impermissible academic assistance that included football and men’s basketball, among other sports. In its place, the revised notice received from the NCAA on Monday takes a far narrower reading of NCAA bylaws, one that instead drops a sledgehammer on the women’s basketball program and that program alone.”

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