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Trying something different this morning, combining Big Blue Links and SEC links into one package.
BIG ENES — Breaking news, the ruling on the Enes Kanter case could come today. Wait, or tomorrow. Wait, or Sunday. Or maybe we’ll get it from WikiLeaks. Seriously, it could come today.
- Jerry Tipton reports that the Enes Kanter decision could come down at any time.
- It’s wait, wait, wait on Kanter, writes Matt May of the Cats Pause.
- Alan Cutler of WLEX-TV says UK players are just as anxious as everyone else.
- Wildcat Blue Nation chimes in on the Kanter factor.
- Kentucky Sports Radio is trying to use its law degree to figure out what might happen with Kanter, but seriously, what does the law have to do with the NCAA?
LOOKING AHEAD TO THE HEELS — Thursday was UK’s preview day for Saturday’s game with North Carolina. Usually, the pre-game interviews are done the day before, but the Cats are leaving early today for Carolina, so everything was moved up.
- North Carolina will test UK’s road readiness, writes Jerry Tipton of the H-L.
- Doron Lamb says Saturday’s game will be the biggest of his life, reports Brett Dawson of the Courier-Journal.
- The Cats are still working on communication with a trip to the Dean Dome coming, writes Hal Morris of the Danville Advocate-Messenger.
- Kentucky doesn’t want to be North Carolina’s breakthrough game, writes Eric Lindsey of Cat Scratches.
- Darius Miller thinks UK can find some thrills in Chapel Hill, says Wildcat-Den.
- Click here here for a transcript of UK’s press conference quotes from yesterday.
- Ryan Clark of the Kentucky Enquirer blogs on Kanter and North Carolina.
- Opposing Views looks at the Cats-Carolina matchup.
TERRENCE JONES — Can he feel the love? Eamonn Brennan of espn.com ranks the UK guard/forward as the nation’s best freshman in November.
- The Jones-Barnes matchup is an intriguing one Saturday, writes Aaron Smith of the Kentucky Kernel.
- A Sea of Blue says UK fans should enjoy Jones, but root for Brandon Knight.
UK will practice from 8:35 to 10:15 a.m. on Saturday and 2:30 to 4:25 p.m. on Sunday. Practices are expected to be held in the Nutter Field House because of projected winter weather.
The Wildcats are preparing for what would be a school-record fifth-consecutive bowl game. Bowl announcements will be made Sunday night.
(UK will be off next week as the coaches are on the road recruiting.)
FIASCO AT ALLEN FIELDHOUSE – Have to admit I went to bed at halftime on the Kansas-UCLA game. (I had tuned out LeBron’s beatdown of his former fans. I plan on avoiding Cowherd’s crowing this morning.) But apparently I missed a heckuva of a finish, thanks to the officials. Gary Bedore of the Lawrence Journal-World has the game-story of the controversial Kansas win. ESPN’s Andy Katz on the end of the Pac 10/Big 12 Hardwood Challenge.
SEC TITLE GAME PREVIEW – Lost in all the Cameron Newton fallout is the fact that there is an SEC title game on Saturday (4 p.m., CBS). Still give South Carolina a terrific shot.
- Marcus Lattimore may be more difficult for Auburn to stop the second time around, writes Jay G. Tate of the Montgomery Advertiser.
- John Adams of the Knoxville News-Sentinel argues that Auburn deserves a BCS title shot, even if the Tigers lose on Saturday.
- South Carolina knows what a certain Auburn quarterback is capable of doing this time, writes Travis Haney of the Charleston Post and Courier.
- Chris Low of espn.com looks at the two teams’ maligned secondaries.
MORE NETWON RULING FALLOUT – NCAA president says Cameron Newton case was different, reports Charles Goldberg of Birmingham News.
- Meanwhile, Joe Medley of the Anniston Star tries to unscramble the NCAA’s ruling on Newton.
- David Climer of the Tennessean says that Newton gets his Heisman Trophy vote.
- Tony Barnhart of the AJC says the NCAA got it right with the Newton decision.
- But forgive USC athletic director Pat Haden if he is a little confused, when it comes to Reggie Bush vs. Cameron Newton.
- On the flip side, Matt Hinton of Yahoo Sports argues that Newton isn’t Bush.
- And Eric Crawford of the C-J welcomes the NCAA’s candor on the matter.
- The decision opens Pandora’s box, writes Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports.
- Blame the father and spare the son, says Bill Rhoden of the New York Times.
DAN MULLEN TO MIAMI? – The Mississippi State coach is mum on reports linking him to Miami job, reports Brandon Marcello of the Clarion-Ledger. Meanwhile, Brad Locke of the NE Mississippi Daily Journal writes that rabid fans the internet combine to feed the beast when it comes to Mullen speculation.
COTTON BOWL -- Scott Rabalais of the Baton Rouge Advocate writes that the Arlington Bowl is looking at LSU playing Texas A&M.
FLORIDA TRIPLE QUARTERBACKS – Rachel George of the Orlando Sentinel reports that the Gators may scrap the three-quarterback system when the bowl game arrives.
VITALE ON KANTER — Hat tip Tailgate Review