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Friday afternoon notes: Vargas eligible, Cobb 'best overall player' in nation and more

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Been a crazy day around these parts as we've been doing men's basketball media interviews for the upcoming season. Can't release any information from Friday's sessions for about another month, but it will be worth your time to check out the coverage once we can release it.

In the meantime, in an effort to catch up on what I've missed the last two days, here's a short notes package on the biggest news around Big Blue Nation:

- The biggest news and the one bit of info we are allowed to release from Friday's men's basketball interviews is that Florida transfer Eloy Vargas has been cleared to play after completing his junior-college work at Miami Dade Community College and will be on campus  soon. Vargas, a 6-foot-11, 230-pound center, will obviously be a huge addition to the team with Cats' current lack of size inside.

- It's not every day a Kentucky football player is called the "best overall player" in college football. But believe it or not, Mel Kiper Jr., one of ESPN's NFL Draft analysts, tabbed Cobb the best overall player in a dispute with fellow analyst Todd McShay on Thursday's SportsCenter. Pretty high praise for the junior do-it-all. John Clay from the Lexington Herald-Leader was at practice Friday to get a reaction from Cobb. Check out the video interview at Clay's Sidelines blog.

- You already knew Kentucky was a powerful brand. But did you know it was ranked the eighth-best brand in the nation? According to the Collegiate Licensing Co., UK is ranked No. 8 among the top 20 college brands in the nation. Eight Southeastern Conference schools dot the top 20, including five in the top 10. Texas ranked No. 1.

- Couple of football position battles to update: Word out of football camp Friday is that redshirt freshman Jordan Aumiller has basically put the clamps down on the tight end position. With Nick Melillo injured, Aumiller has been in a tight battle for the tight end spot with true freshmen Tyler Robinson and Alex Smith, and redshirt freshman Anthony Kendrick. If the season were to start today, head coach Joker Phillips said he would start Aumiller with Robinson behind him. Phillips also said that it looks as if Ryan Tydlacka will handle most of the punting and field-goal kicking duties. Freshman Joe Mansour could get looks from long range because of his leg.

- And finally, a couple of teams are in action this weekend. The UK volleyball team will kick off its season this weekend at the American Volleyball Coaches Association Showcase against two of the top teams in the country in No. 2 Nebraska and No. 9 Iowa State. In light of the season-opening weekend, check out volleyball announcer Phil Bush's blog on the SEC. Also, the women's soccer team is in action Friday night. As always, we will have a live blog of all the action. Check out the coverage here.   

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