Current and Future Kentucky Wildcats Bring Perspective and is Charlie Strong’s Louisville Cardinals are “Hurtting” Already

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The #8 UK Baseball team was in action yesterday against the #14 Mississippi State Bulldogs at Cliff Hagan Stadium.  They got down early, rallied, yet fell short of victory by a score of 8-4.  Head Coach of the Bulldogs, John Cohen, brought UK back to national prominence during his time in the Blue Grass. 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A five-run sixth inning provided the difference as No. 14 Mississippi State rallied past No. 8 Kentucky 8-4 in a Southeastern Conference baseball game played Friday night at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

The Bulldogs captured the opening game of a three-game conference series, while winning their first true road contest of the season. The victory also marked a happy homecoming for MSU head coach John Cohen, who served five seasons as UK’s head coach. The contest was MSU’s first game played at Kentucky since the 2008 season.

"“We got some balls on the barrel,” Cohen said. “We really wanted to extend their starting pitcher (A.J. Reed). He throws 106 pitches through five innings. I am proud of our guys for continue to believe and continuing to work hard. “Through five innings, we had 11 line drive outs. We knew the Kentucky bullpen was not as strong as it has been. Our job was to get into that pen because we thought we could have some add-on runs late.” With the victory, MSU improved to 21-4 overall and 2-2 in league play, while Kentucky fell to 16-5 and 2-2. The Bulldogs won a conference series opener for the first time, after accomplishing that feat seven times last season. MSU is now 2-2 this season against Top 10 opponents. For MSU, the tone was set on the mound. Sophomore left-hander Jacob Lindgren delivered another strong start. Despite a second straight Friday no decision, Lindgren pitched well, working 4.1 innings, while allowing six hits and four runs (all earned), with six strikeouts and four walks."

 Not that it matters now, but Shabazz Muhammad passing on Kentucky may have eliminated a little headache, more likely a raging migraine.  With him already having served a few games suspension for receiving impermissible benefits, everyone thought we’d not hear much from him until he declared for the NBA Draft.  Not so.  An articly by the LA Times, uncovered that Shabazz’s father may be among the shadiest people in college basketball because he told a lie, got caught in the lie, then tried to bribe his way out of it.  Nice.  Read here

"According to the UCLA men’s basketball media guide, he was born in Los Angeles on Nov. 13, 1993. But a copy of Shabazz Nagee Muhammad’s birth certificate on file with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health shows that he was born at Long Beach Memorial Hospital exactly one year earlier, making him 20 years old — not 19 as widely reported. How and when he lost a year of his life are unclear. But competing against younger, smaller athletes, particularly in the fast-growing years of early adolescence, can be “a huge edge,” said Eddie Bonine, executive director of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Assn. “People naturally look at the big, strong kids.” Asked about the discrepancy, Holmes insisted his son was 19 and born in Nevada. “It must be a mistake,” he said. Several minutes later, he changed his account, saying that his son is, in fact, 20 and was born in Long Beach."

It’s very safe to say that had Shabazz been a Kentucky Wildcat this season, his suspension would have been more than a few games and we would have certainly known he was 20.

And I leave you with an added bonus just because this is funny AND cool AND he’s a National Champion.  Mr. Anthony Davis’ Brow