Been out of the office for most of the day. Here's what we've missed so far:
- With a unanimous final vote Tuesday, the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees selected University of Alabama Birmingham Provost Eli Capilouto to be UK's 12th president. Capilouto will succeed Dr. Lee T. Todd, Jr., who will retire June 30 after serving as president of his alma mater for 10 years. Capilouto will begin July 1. You can read the full story at the UKnow website.
- ESPN draft guru Chad Ford has some advice for undecided underclassmen in his Tuesday Insider column. Ford lists UK underclassmen Brandon Knight and Terrence Jones as two players who should remain in the draft. You have to be an ESPN insider to read the full story, but here is what Ford had to say about the UK guys:
Brandon Knight, G, Kentucky Wildcats
Knight had a very good year at Kentucky and played well enough in the NCAA tournament to get himself drafted in the top 10. With Marquis Teague coming in next season, he risks being moved to an off-guard position and watching his draft stock plummet. Scouts still have questions about his position and upside, but in a draft that is weak on point guards, he should be the second or third point off the board.
Terrence Jones, F, Kentucky
The question isn't whether Jones is ready. He's not. The question is whether his draft stock will ever be higher. It won't. With Michael Gilchrist coming in next season and Jones coming off a trip to the Final Four, his stock will never be higher. He's a likely top-10 pick. Next year, I'm not sure he cracks our top 15.
Ford also lists DeAndre Liggins as a player who should "Run Back" to college. Ford's column comes just a few days from the May 8 withdraw date for underclassmen and the final day of the Kentucky Combine.
- Chip Cosby who has covered Kentucky football for the Lexington Herald-Leader for a long time -- 14 years to be exact -- announced Monday that he is leaving Lexington's local newspaper for a job with cn|2, an Insight Communications local television channel serving the Louisville, Northern Kentucky, Lexington, Evansville and Bowling Green markets.
Simply put, Chip is one of the best in the business. Not only is he a great reporter and writer, he's one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. It's been a pleasure working alongside Chip over the years and it's won't be the same at UK football practices without him.
Having said that, it's not like we won't be seeing Chip around. He'll be hosting a new television program focusing on sports coverage throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana as will serve as sports editor of mycn2.com.
Best of luck, Chip.
- The NCAA Selection Show for the men's tennis championships is Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. on NCAA.com. Kentucky, ranked No. 10 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, is expected to host a regional for the third consecutive year.
If you can't watch the show, Evan Crane will have a full release later on UKathletics.com on the selections, teams and match times for the first and second rounds, which are scheduled to begin next week. We'll also have a feature on the blog later this evening as well.
- A week without games means the Kentucky softball team held pretty steady in the polls this week. UK slipped a spot to No. 16 in this week's ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 and remained at No. 18 in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll.