Last Four in: La Salle, Saint Mary's, Tennessee, Boise State
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Coach: Steve Spurrier is 55-35 after seven seasons at South Carolina. He is 197-75-2 overall as a college head coach. He won a national championship at Florida in 1996. His teams have gone 20-7 over the last two years at South Carolina.
Posted by Scott Kinison at 7:02 PM
Sunday, September 23, 2012
“We are not looking into anything like that at this point at all,” Terry Towles told The Courier-Journal on Sunday morning. “Patrick dearly wants to contribute to the University of Kentucky and he wants to do it now, but as far as transferring, we’ve not made any decisions on that.”
Patrick Towles was a four-star recruit rated among the nation’s top 10 quarterback prospects in the Class of 2012. Wildcats coach Joker Phillips said repeatedly he planned to play Towles right away, but after the second game of the season announced that he planned to redshirt Towles.
Posted by Scott Kinison at 12:13 PM
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Kent State will come to Commonwealth Stadium for the second time in five years.
Coach: Darrell Hazell, former Ohio State wide receivers coach, finished 5-7 in his first season as head coach at Kent State. The Golden Flashes were 4-4 in the MAC, good enough for third in the Eastern Division. FYI: Hazzell just hired Tommy Cook off the Kentucky staff as his director of football operations.
Offense: It was a tough year for Kent offensively last season. The Golden Flashes ranked last in the MAC and 119th out of 120 FBS teams in total offense (253.5 yards per game). Only Florida Atlantic (248.8) was worse. Kent was 114th in points scored (17.1 per game). Kentucky was 117th at 15.8. Nine Kent starters return, though that might not be a good thing. Quarterback Spencer Keith is among the returnees and should be helped by four returning starters on the offensive line.
Defense: Nine starters return from last year, including dynamite defensive tackle Roosevelt Nix. His numbers would be better if not for the fact he is double-teamed on almost every play. Also back is linebacker Luke Batton, the team’s leading tackler, and defensive end Jake Dooley, the team-leader in sacks with five.
Overall: Under first-year coach Hazell, the Golden Flashes finished strong, winning four straight before a loss to Temple in the season-finale. It thinks it has the best defense in the MAC and with a combined 18 starters back, Kent is looking to put together a winning season.
Series: UK is 6-0 against Kent State since 1984. Former UK player and coach Doug Martin was head coach of the Golden Flashes in the last meeting, which Kentucky won 56-20 in 2007 at Commonwealth Stadium. The closest Kent has come to the Cats was a 24-6 loss to Bill Curry’s 1991 Kentucky team.
Posted by Scott Kinison at 1:29 PM