Not much on tap today as far as UK sports. We should get John Calipari and the Cats on Tuesday to preview Wednesday night’s game with Notre Dame in Freedom Hall. Arkansas meets Seton Hall in the first game of that SEC/Big East Invitational doubleheader. Don’t expect any updates on Enes Kanter today.
The big game tonight is the Jets-Patriots showdown on Monday Night Football, 8:30, ESPN. Jackie MacMullan on Bill Belichick and Rex Ryan.
Speaking of MNF, a RIP to Dandy Don Meredith, who has died at age 72. With so many games on television now, it’s hard to comprehend what rock stars Meredith, Howard Cosell and Frank Gifford were during Monday Night Football’s heyday. Meredith was the irreverent foil to Howard Cosell. One of his best moments came in 1972 when the ABC cameras caught a Houston Oilers’ fan flipping the camerman the bird. Quipped Meredith quickly, “We’re No. 1 in the nation.”
There are no SEC basketball games tonight. Georgia meets Georgia Tech on Tuesday.
ESPN THINKS UK HAS CHANCE ON KANTER – ESPN.com blogger Eamonn Brennan thinks that the Cameron Newton ruling gives UK a much better chance of getting Enes Kanter eligible. Writes Brennan:
The Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement could have decided — and this is just a guess — that Kanter knew about the professional-level benefits he received as an ostensible amateur in Turkey, that his family wasn’t the only entity pulling the purse strings. If that’s not the case, if Kanter didn’t know how much money his family was receiving from Fenerbahce, then the NCAA appears to have backed itself into an intractable corner. That’s the distinction the NCAA has created, and that’s the one it will need to solve almost immediately.
I like Eamonn, but I’m not buying it. There’s no proof (yet) that the Newtons received money. There is proof (apparently) that the Kanters received money. That’s the difference.