Heisman Trophy votes were due Monday; What UK's fall in the AP poll suggests.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Notes Written While Chasing the Coaching Carousel:
*Heisman Trophy votes were due Monday. I filed mine out over the weekend.
Administrators for the New York Downtown Athletic Club ask voters not to reveal their selections until the trophy is awarded Saturday night. I'll follow that request and not say how I ranked the three finalists – Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel; Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o or Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein.
I will say this: I've never had an issue voting for a defensive player. I've done it several times, including 1997 when I picked Michigan defensive back Charles Woodson over Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning. Woodson won, earning 152 more first-place votes.
Rece Davis (Alabama), Jesse Palmer (Florida), David Pollack (Georgia) and the rest of the ESPN crew can relax. That will never happen again in today's ALL-SEC, ALL THE TIME world of college football.
But perhaps a Notre Dame senior can topple a Texas A&M freshman. We'll find out Saturday night.
*It's worth noting that only one of the three finalists were backed by a Heisman promotional campaign – Klein. I received container of Collin Klein adhesive bandages in November. Klein's candidacy needed some repair after the Wildcats stumbled against Baylor.
My prediction is Klein finishes third – and that Manziel wins.
*More unsettling news for the University of Kentucky basketball team, according to Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal:
"Since 1984-85, Kentucky is just the eighth team ranked in the top three of the pre-season AP poll to fall out of the rankings. None of the other seven advanced past the round of 32 in the NCAA tournament. That's a bad omen for the Wildcats, whose 55-game home winning streak came to an end in their loss to Baylor Saturday."
Here are the other seven teams and how far they advanced in the tournament, according to the WSJ:
2011 – Michigan State, pre-season Number 2, lost in round of 64.
2011 – Kansas State, No. 3, lost round of 32.
2010 – Texas, No. 3, round of 64.
2005 – Georgia Tech, No. 3, round of 32.
2004 – Michigan State, No. 3, round of 64
1987 – Louisville, No. 2, missed tournament.
1985 – DePaul, No. 3, round of 64.
*Say this for John Calipari: He predicted much of the noise that surrounds this 4-3 UK basketball team. He said that Kentucky did not deserve its pre-season ranking of No. 3.
If you listened to his post-game radio show after UK's loss to Baylor Saturday, Calipari predicted the Twitter backlash against his players, too.
In fact, near the end of his show, Calipari asked the fans gathered at Rupp Arena as well as those listening to come after him, not his players.
Apparently it is too late. At least five UK players have deactivated their Twitter accounts this season. Freshman center Willie Cauley-Stein seemed a bit puzzled by the intensity of the fan base when he answered questions from the media after the Baylor game. Maybe he had checked his Twitter account before leaving the locker room.
*Congratulations to former University of Louisville player Derwin Webb and former Kentucky guard Sean Woods. They've been voted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame as members of the 2013 Men's Silver Anniversary team for their performances as top prep players in the state.
Webb, now a local attorney, played at Lawrence North before coming to U of L. Woods, the head coach at Morehead State, prepped at Indianapolis Cathedral.
Former NBA all-star Sean Kemp (Concord), Indiana University forward Matt Nover (Chesterton) and Paris Bryant (Jeffersonville) were also voted to the team.