Across the Commonwealth 8/23

08/23/2011 12:35 PM

There was a lot of off the field news on Tuesday, Aug. 23, just a little more than a week away from the start of the college football season for the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky.

-First is the shocking announcement from Tennessee that legendary women’s coach Pat Summitt that she’s been diagnosed with early-onset dementia. Summitt talked about her condition with the Knoxville News-Sentinel
I got to spend a little time around Summitt when I covered the UK women’s basketball program in the mid-90’s. She has a presence about her that’s unparalleled; she’s the John Wooden of women’s hoops. Summitt will try and coach through her condition this year, and I hope everything goes smoothly. She deserves it.

-I hate to say I told you so, but to all you folks preaching that Billy Gillispie deserved a second chance at Texas Tech so soon after his shenanigans at UK, you might want to check this out. Judging from the article, it doesn’t sound like Billy G. has learned a thing. And I think of all the coaches who didn’t get second chances who never came close to the foolishness that was Billy Clyde’s tenure in Lexington.

-Also, a shocking story is developing out of Louisville as former UK hoops star Derek Anderson’s name has come up in conjunction with a drug ring. This story, which involves murder and several other criminal cases, only figures to get more interesting in the days and weeks ahead and will either confirm or deny rumors that have been floating around Louisville’s West End for years. WAVE-3 in Louisville broke the story. It’s important to note that Anderson has not been charged with any crimes to this point.

In another health-related story, ex-UK golfer J.B. Holmes is scheduled for brain surgery. The condition isn’t believed to be life-threatening.

-Now let’s get to the on-the-court stuff:

-Former U of L running back Tony Stallings joins the Cardinal broadcast team.

-U of L women’s basketball player Monique Reid receives some lofty preseason recognition.

-The UK women’s basketball team has released its 2011-12 schedule.

-The Herald-Leader’s Jerry Tipton writes about Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and UK athletics director Mitch Barnhart’s meeting with the local media to discuss plans for a new arena or possible renovation of Rupp.

-The H-L’s Jen Smith is doing a position-by-position series on UK football. Today she looks at running backs.

-The C-J is also doing position-by-position stuff. Today they have defensive backs for both U of L and UK.

-UK looks to have found its starting tight end

-U of L freshman Jerrell Moore has left the Cardinal football team

-Cardinal Connect has an injury update on the U of L football team.

-WDRB has a nice feature on Card freshman DeVante Parker.

-U of L QB recruit Will Gardner will miss the rest of the year with a knee injury.

-The Kentucky high school football polls are also out for this week.

Also, stay tuned this week for my college football preview stuff full of predictions, analysis, quotes, etc. I will preview U of L on Wednesday, followed by UK on Thursday, and Western Kentucky and the national scene on Friday.


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