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Notes for a Thursday afternoon

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There's not a ton going on right now, but here are a few notes to tide you over on another sweltering afternoon:

- If you haven't read it yet, check out my piece from yesterday on Dicky Lyons, Jr. Dicky was always a fan favorite while he was at UK and in spending some time talking to him for the story, it's pretty clear why. His sense of humor was sharp as ever and he truly loves everything about Kentucky. Most importantly, he seems content with his life and excited about what his future holds. Hopefully we'll get to hear more from him as a coach soon.

Additionally, we will be continuing our six-part "Where are they now?" feature next week when Eric Lindsey returns from vacation, so make sure to check back for that.


- Yesterday I reported the recommended elimination of the divisional set-up in SEC basketball by conference coaches. Well, the league's athletic directors wasted no time in approving the change, which will take effect beginning in the 2011-12 season.


- Another piece of news that you may have missed yesterday was the release of the updated Capitol One Cup standings. The cup is awarded to the nation's top overall men's and women's athletic programs with the scoring system based on top finishes at NCAA championships and final official coaches' polls.

This year has been a strong one for men's sports at UK and the standings reflect that. With men's tennis' run to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, Kentucky is now 13th among all men's programs in the country. Congratulations to all the men's programs on an exceptional season.


- We are less than one week away from the MLB's annual First-Year Player Draft and UK RHP Alex Meyer is slated to be one of the top picks. The first round of the draft gets underway on Monday and Meyer figures to hear his name called early. In Baseball America's latest projections, Meyer is projected to go No. 6 to the Washington Nationals. If he is selected there, he would become the highest drafted player in Kentucky baseball history. We will have coverage of Meyer's selection next week.


- On the official Twitter account of UK Hoops, it was announced that freshman forward Sarah Beth Barnette has made the decision to transfer. Barnette, a Lexington native, averaged 1.7 points and 1.6 rebounds in her only season at UK. "I appreciate the contribution Sarah Beth made to the UK program," head coach Matthew Mitchell said. "I wish Sarah Beth the very best as she moves forward with her career."

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