-The news of Kentucky's newest football assistant coach is official. Pat Washington has been hired to become UK's receivers coach and passing game coordinator. He most recently worked at Southern Mississippi, but has spent 15 years as a coach in the Southeastern Conference, including 11 on Tennessee's staff with current UK offensive coordinator Randy Sanders:
Washington also helped Tennessee earn four trips to the SEC Championship game. A win in the 1998 title tilt propelled UT to the Fiesta Bowl, where the Volunteers dispatched Florida State 23-16 to cap an undefeated national championship season.
During his term at Tennessee, Washington produced a string of notable receivers such as Joey Kent, Marcus Nash, Peerless Price, Cedrick Wilson, Donte' Stallworth and Robert Meacham. Nash, Stallworth and Meacham were National Football League first-round draft picks and all six players enjoyed NFL careers. Kent, Nash, Wilson and Price still remain, respectively, as the top four pass catchers in school history.
"Pat has a lot of energy and expertise and is an outstanding person," Sanders said. "He is also an excellent evaluator and recruiter, both in handling his recruiting territory and in evaluation of wide receivers."
-Sean Cartell of the SEC Digital Network conducted a Q&A with Larry Templeton, who is the chair of the SEC's transition team that is responsible for managing the integration of new members Missouri and Texas A&M during the 2012-13 season. Check out this link to read the complete interview, but here are a couple highlights:
SEC Digital Network: In addition to the football scheduling, what has the scheduling process been like for each of the league's other 19 sports?
Larry Templeton: "We have just completed the scheduling for the 2012-2013 academic year for the other sports with the exception of men's and women's basketball. That has basically been the same philosophy - it is a one-year schedule that we will review during the next academic year, as to whether we want to adopt that format permanently, or whether we want to look at different parameters and concepts. For instance, in the sport of baseball, with two additional teams in 2013, we're playing 10 weekends. Is there a desire to play one additional league member than 10 and play 11 weeks? That's only an example. There have been, or shortly will be, meetings of coaches groups and one of the main items on their agenda has been future scheduling."
SEC Digital Network: What has been discussed by the transition team with regard to compliance and governance?
Larry Templeton: "With our in-person meetings, particularly when the staffs from Missouri and Texas A&M came to Birmingham, we went page by page of the SEC Constitution, we went page by page through the Commissioner's Regulations. We broke out into individual sessions as it related to sports and discussed such things as game management, contracts, television, etc. We did an extensive review of the compliance issues, particularly as it relates to the welfare of the student-athletes in the Southeastern Conference, specifically pointing out where the SEC rules are more stringent than the NCAA, and we have several of those issues."
-Greg Doyel of CBSSports.com took on the subject of rating John Calipari's greatness and he came to the conclusion that the narrative that he needs to win a national championship to prove himself:
"John Calipari doesn't need a national championship to give his career the imprimatur of greatness, not any more than Syracuse' Jim Boeheim needed his title in 2003, or North Carolina's Roy Williams needed his in '05, or Kansas' Bill Self needed his in '08. There's nothing official about greatness, no box you check to complete the deal. Greatness isn't a parking garage, with a ticket that can be validated only by cutting down the net on the season's final Monday."
-Darius Miller's one-handed alley-oop against St. John's and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's slam against Portland are both finalists for Dunk of the Year. Voting began today and lasts for the next two weeks. You can vote once per day at this link and I wish you luck in choosing between the two.
-DraftExpress.com listed Doron Lamb as one of four trending prospects this week and provided a comprehensive breakdown of his game. All in all, it's a very positive review for the sophomore. Here's an excerpt:
Doron Lamb once again has managed to shine despite a Kentucky rotation filled with elite talent and he has done so while being more efficient in an expanded role. While his struggles getting and finishing inside the paint suggest he may be better suited in a complementary role, his combination of elite perimeter shooting, improved shot creating abilities, and developing instincts as a facilitator in the half-court are intriguing when projecting him at the next level. So, too are his defensive abilities, which should allow him to see minutes relatively quickly whenever he chooses to play in the NBA.
Lamb has proved himself as an extremely effective shooting guard prospect at the collegiate level, and appears to have everything needed to emerge as a strong role player in the NBA.
-Marquis Teague conducted a radio interview with SiriusXM College Sports Nation after an SEC title-clinching win over Vanderbilt this weekend. Click here to listen.