Apologies for the lack of content this week. I've been pulled away from the blog for the past several days and it may be pretty slow on here for the rest of the week as well. In the meantime, here are a couple of notes to catch you up on what's going on around Big Blue Nation that we haven't already covered on the front page of UKathletics.com.
- The frantic and frenzied post-lockout moves of the NFL have affected a former UK player again. A day after five Wildcats agreed to terms with NFL teams, word broke out that former defensive end Jeremy Jarmon has been traded from the Washington Redskins to the Denver Broncos. Jarmon was traded for wide receiver Jabar Gaffney. Jarmon was limited to five games last year because of an injury but made 11 appearances as a rookie in 2009, totaling eight tackles. The good news for Jarmon is he will get to reunite with former Kentucky linebacker Wesley Woodyard in Denver.
- Derrick Locke received some bad news Wednesday when he was told by the Minnesota Vikings that he had failed his physical, meaning he likely won't join the team after all. Locke posted on his Facebook account that it's all the information he could provide right now. In all likelihood, the physical has something to do with the shoulder stinger that sidelined him midway through his senior season at UK. It was the main reason NFL teams passed on him in the NFL Draft. As we said Tuesday, if Locke can get healthy, he could be a major steal for a team. A lot of major publications listed him as one of the top 10 undrafted free agents available, including Sports Illustrated. UPDATE: Former teammate Alfonso Smith has posted on his Twitter account that Locke has been picked up by the Philadelphia Eagles.
- As the Lexington Herald-Leader reporter a couple of days ago, UK women's basketball point guard Crystal Riley has suffered a minor injury but is expected to be back in plenty of time for the start of the season. Riley broke her non-shooting hand in a weight room accident and is expected to miss four to six weeks. Riley, who will be a senior this year, served primarily as a back last year and averaged 2.8 points.
- Men's basketball senior Darius Miller will leave at the end of this week to attend the 2011 USA Basketball Men's World University Games Team training camp. The training camp, which will be held July 29 through Aug. 7 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Spring, Colo., will be used to select the 12-member team that will represent the USA at the 2011 World University Games. Finalists for the team will be announced on July 31 with the official roster being announced prior to the teams' departure for China on Aug. 8. Miller has previous experience with USA Basketball as a member of the USA U19 team that won a gold medal at the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championships.
- One thing you should tune back in for Thursday and Friday is some more preseason football coverage. Joker Phillips will be making appearances at the Governor's Cup Luncheon on Thursday and the Kickoff Luncheon on Friday. We'll have coverage of both of those events. Next Thursday is the first day players report and media days is that Friday.