A roundup of Kentucky Wildcat links follow below the jump.
Chris Low at ESPN looks at a number of SEC football assistants ready to coach at the next level. Is it possible that one of these coaches could be moving to Lexington?
Which brings me to this: Les Johns had an article published in the Kentucky Kernal that really hits it on the money about what has gone wrong with the Kentucky football program since the Kentucky Wildcats were nationally ranked in football polls during the 2007 season. It’s echoed something I’ve said for a few weeks now in that the football program needs it’s own “Joe Craft” to step up to the plate.
One statistic in the article that really hurts is this:
Bloomberg reported in March that UK basketball spent $434,095 in 2010 for recruiting. It has 13 scholarships on its roster to fill, and spent $33,391 per roster slot in 2010. That same year, UK football spent $279,006 in recruiting. It has 85 scholarship positions to fill and spent $3,282 per roster slot in 2010.
Why is football not getting the same amount spent per slot as basketball? I believe this is something that needs to be looked into. Is the football team not as important? I get the fact that there are more players on the roster. That goes without saying. However, it’s hard to recruit football players when the university isn’t spending a solid amount per roster position.
The freshman class on the 2013 Kentucky Wildcats baseball team has led to a 11th ranked class by Collegiate Baseball. Excluding the class of 2007, the Wildcats have been ranked in the top 25 since the class of 2006. These rankings have shown on the field.
The upcoming season’s freshmen players include 5 players that got drafted by a Major League Baseball team this past summer during the June draft.
UK will again welcome a bevy of talent to campus for the 2013 season, including drafted newcomers: catcher Zach Arnold, righty Kyle Cody, left-hander Chase Mullins, catcher Casey Schroeder and right-hander Matt Pope. Among the five drafted newcomers included three highly projectable talented pitchers, the 6-foot-9 lefty Mullins, and 6-foot-8 right-handers Cody and Pope.