Thursday Night Roundup: SEC Network, Andrew Wiggins, Drew Barker
05/02/2013 04:49 PM
Following the Big 10 and Pac-12, the Southeastern Conference is launching their own network in August of 2014. The SEC partnered with ESPN to create the SEC Network, a collaboration to provide 24-hours of SEC sports and sports-related studio programming. This will include 45 football games, 100 men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games and 250 Olympic sports. Each school will reportedly receive over $20 million from the new network.
While the SEC Network will bring revenue to UK and some good content to the fans, it will never replace KSTV, where the fans are. We will continue to bring you the most important 30-minutes in any UK fans’ day.
Kyle Wiltjer nearly gave me a heart attack when I saw this on my Twitter feed:
It’s totally believable that Andrew Wiggins would have notified Kentucky of his commitment to the Wildcats and that current players would know of a new teammate before Wiggins announced it to the world. Unfortunately, Wiltjer punked me because the Vine video was of Riley Wiggins driving past a defender, not Andrew Wiggins signing a letter of intent.
With all the anticipation waiting for Wiggins to announce, Kyle Wiltjer should know this is akin to shouting fire in a crowded movie theater. I was ready to buy a Canadian flag, drink Maple syrup straight, and dedicate today’s KSTV to Andrew Wiggins. Alas, that celebration will have to wait. So that leads to…
What Will Wiggins Do?
Still all quiet on the Andrew Wiggins front. Yesterday, his brother Nick, a junior at Wichita State, said Andrew still hasn’t made up his mind.
The NCAA late signing period ends May 15, but that is just the deadline to sign a letter of intent. Wiggins could still delay his decision after that date. At that point, the number one recruit in the nation would just sign scholarship papers.
A source close to Wiggins told KSTV a week and a half ago that Andrew really has no idea where he will play college ball and that he wishes he could just show up somewhere on the first day of school. I think Wiggins legitimately loves playing basketball but hates the attention off the court. He probably has a gut feeling about each of the schools remaining on his list, but putting words to those gut feelings and announcing a decision to the world is a whole other matter. Don’t worry, Andrew, I’m a really indecisive shopper. Lucky for me, I don’t have the nation watching and analyzing whether I buy the green shirt or the yellow shirt.
Drew Barker To Announce Next Friday
While we continue to wait for Wiggins, football target Drew Barker set a day for his announcement. The 2014 quarterback recruit tweeted that he will announce his college decision next Friday at his high school in Northern Kentucky. Barker holds offers from Kentucky, South Carolina, Louisville, Penn State, and Purdue. The four-star recruit is the seventh ranked quarterback in the nation and would be a huge boost to Neal Brown’s offense in two years.
Last week, it looked like Urban Meyer and Ohio State may make a late push for Barker, but that seems to have fallen by the wayside. From all reports, Kentucky and South Carolina are the leaders for Barker. Mark Stoops and his staff have made a huge effort to keep Kentucky recruits in-state with the message “Come Be A Hero.” Barker would certainly bring a jolt of energy and enthusiasm to the program in 2014, no matter how next season turns out.
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