Governor’s Cup XXIII, Kentucky at Louisville. History tells us, as a season opener, picking a Gov’s Cup winner is like handicapping the Kentucky Derby – everybody’s an expert and nobody has a clue.
More experience and two marquee stars belong to Kentucky – Derrick Locke and Randall Cobb. Louisville has all new people coaching, many new (and young) faces, and home field.
Today, (keepin’ it simple, stupid) one man climbs out on one limb …
1. UK defensive line will be better than Louisville’s off ensive one.
2. UK linebackers and secondary will be diff erence makers.
3. Game One-itis, Cards will commit more turnovers.
4. Home crowd won’t be enough for the Cardinals.
5. If high humidity accompanies high-80s temperatures, team depth comes into play as clock winds toward forth quarter. Kentucky’s depth is better.
Governor’s Cup pick: Kentucky 30-something, Louisville 16.
News & Views
NEWS. Academic casualties at Louisville, Justin Coleman and Roburt Sallie. Neither will suit suit up for the Cardinals this winter.
VIEW. Waste of time (Pitino’s) and UofL money, recruiting Coleman and Sallie. Pitino trying to wedge Roburt Sallie into UofL’s graduate school smacked of desperation. Coach must have believed Sallie could do the ball season ahead of passing the GRE (graduate record examination).
NEWS. Richie Farmer is wasting tax payer money, says a government watch dog. While governor Steve Beshear is cost cutting, the Commissioner for Agriculture spent $445,000 for 19 new vehicles for his department the Lexington Herald Leader reported.
VIEW. Curious timing, the newspaper expose` but a real world welcome to an ex-UK ball player, hardball politics is fair. A place where more playing time for Richie (in his new $35,000 ride) doesn’t get the same mileage. Particularly for one who wants Beshear’s job
NEWS. Kyle Wiltjer, a highly regarded 6-9 forward in Portland, Oregon announced he has chosen Kentucky from a heavyweight list that included Kansas and Texas.
VIEW. For some, not all, high school stars, chance to play in the same time zone with ESPN, for a team that’s on television more often than Mad Men, it’s a slam dunk. New question becomes – will Left Coast Wiltjer be Kentucky’s next Chuck Hayes or next LeRon Ellis?
VIEW II. Power forward Wiltjer’s commit probably means the clank Big Blue fans just heard was Bowling Green High’s Chane Behanan dropping UK from his shopping list.
Louisville’s Preston Knowles is a changed man and out of Rick Pitino’s doghouse after a month working at the Daniel Pitino Shelter in Owensboro. A move intended to turn on the light in Knowles’ head, change his attitude and temper control.
If he is a new man, then Knowles experience in Owensboro is opportunity. UofL director of athletics Tom Jurich and other college ADs should revise summer school programs used to keep student-athletes eligible to include assignments to public service at homeless shelters. This would be an education.
College football is upon us, but basketball took couple jump shots over football openers last week.
• University of Kentucky released its 2010-11 men’s schedule.
• One preseason hoops poll makes happy reading for savvy Wildcat fans.
First, the schedule. With 10 practices and three scrimmages in Canada as starting blocks, John Calipari’s team opens with budget maker exhibitions for Pikeville College and Dillard University (New Orleans).
Both bring Kentucky connections.
At Pikeville, coach Kelly Wells is a popular Kentuckian with solid credentials two-time all-state player at Rowan County, he played in three State Tournaments; lettered at Tulsa University and Morehead State; coached Mason County High to a state title in 2003, and was high school coach of the year.
Dillard coach Dale Brown was a starter on Kentucky’s (30-4) Final Four team in 1993.
Dillard’s team name, with a cajun twist will fire up UK fans also, Bleu Devil.
UK opens regular season at Rupp Arena with East Tennessee State. After a visit from Indiana December 11, fans with higher-priced season tickets package get ripped off until SEC play. The Wildcats are on the road against Oklahoma, Virginia or Washington, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Maui Classic and Louisville.
The Kentucky-Notre Dame game at Freedom Hall on December 8 is part of a doubleheader. In a game that could be important to his career, John Pelphrey sends Arkansas against Seton Hall.
Preseason polls. Duke is No. 1, ESPN hoops guy Andy Katz says, followed by Purdue, Michigan State, Baylor and Kansas State.
Kentucky is ranked 13th, perfect for a newly minted Wildcat team with Final Four aspirations.
Kingmaker game early? At Chapel Hill, North Carolina on December 4. A win would push Kentucky into the Top 10 and on a path to be 12-0 going into the Yum Center New Year’s Eve in Louisville.