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JOE BIDDLE: Sunday Notes: April 6, 2014


Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Tony Delk...

  • Then there was one. SEC team that is. No, not No. 1 Florida, but Kentucky, the 8-seeded team that came together in the nick of time, now a team that won't go away.

    The Cardiac Cats will play Connecticut for all the marbles Monday night in the NCAA Championship Game, thanks to a rainbow 3-pointer by freshman Aaron Harrison, who is making a habit out of eliminating NCAA playoff teams with his last second miracles.

    So we have a seven-seed Connecticut against an eight-seed in Kentucky. Forget the seeding. They are the two teams playing their best basketball when it counts.

  • Nashville's Brandt Snedeker recently said on Feherty, a golf talk show on Golf Channel, that he would trade in all the wins he has had on the PGA Tour to win the Masters.

    He will have another go at it this week at Augusta National. He won't have to worry about four-time Masters champion Tiger Woods.

    The former Vanderbilt All-American's main worry is his own golf game.

    Snedeker is currently No. 89 in FedEx points. His scoring average is 71.911, just south of 72. He is No. 20 in the World Golf ranking. He has won $583,080, which has him No 67 on the PGA money list.

    In third rounds, Snedeker has averaged 72.13 and in the fourth rounds he is averaging 72.71. That ranks No. 157 and No. 150 respectively. His strength is putting, but he is No. 75 in strokes gained putting at .109. On making putts inside five feet he is No. 73 on the PGA Tour. Putts from 5-10 feet, he is making 48.18 percent, ranking him No. 163.

    As the Feherty show came to a close, Snedeker vowed he was physically ready and mentally prepared to have the best season of his career.

    He has a long way to go to make that happen. It has been one of his worst starts since he advanced to a level on par with some of the best players on the planet.

    Snedeker says the aura at Augusta National energizes him. We shall see.

  • Will this week's Final Four produce a Danny Manning?

    Vanderbilt fans will painfully remember Manning from the 1988 Final Four when the story became Danny and the Miracles. They knocked Vanderbilt out of the tournament in the Sweet 16.

    Manning carried his Kansas team to the NCAA Championship and was named Most Outstanding Player. It was a no-brainer vote. He was also chosen as the National Player of the Year.

    Manning has been in the news this season, first for the job he did as Tulsa's coach. In two years, he was 38-29 at Tulsa. His team won the Conference USA tournament title where his team was 13-3 in the regular season. They lost to UCLA in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. That prompted Wake Forest to hire him as their new head coach.

    You may not realize it, but the move brings Manning back home. He spent his first three years of high school in Greensboro, N.C.

    So no one has to tutor Manning on the fervor of ACC basketball. Wake has been down in recent years, but it was very competitive when Dave Odom was running the show for the Deacs. Can they return to that level? Wake is banking on it.

  • Athlon ranked its SEC football coaches for the coming season.

    As we know, such lists are highly subjective.

    But here is what I found interesting from the overall list.

    Of the 14 head coaches, nine of them have offensive coaching backgrounds. Five come from defensive backgrounds.

    Alabama's Nick Saban topped the list. He was a former defensive assistant. From there, the defensive-minded coaches drop to the bottom of the list.

    Florida's Will Muschamp was No. 11, followed by Bret Bielema of Arkansas, Kentucky's Mark Stoops and Vanderbilt's Derek Mason.

    Mason is untested in the SEC and he has nowhere to go but up. It didn't take long for his predecessor, James Franklin, to get respect from list makers such as Athlon.

    Is there a message in there that we can take? In the most dominant conference in college football, those coaches with an offensive background fare better than those who came up coaching on the defensive side.

    But then again, the longtime theory has been that offense sells tickets, defense wins championships. Maybe it's time for a change.

  • Columbia's Riley Rennell will participate in the National Drive, Chip & Putt contest at Augusta National today.

    She is in the top 10 ranked girls from the high school class of 2017. Her father is Rob Rennell, who has been a well-known golf pro in the Nashville area. He specialized in coaching junior golfers.

  • The Sporting News has an NFL Mock Draft. Doesn't everyone?

    They have South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney going to the Texans with the first pick. They have the Rams going with Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson at No. 2. If it goes that way, the SEC can claim the first two picks.

    The Jaguars, in dire need of a QB, will take Central Florida's Blake Bortles and the Browns follow with Clemson WR Sammy Watkins.

    The second QB is Johnny Manziel going to the Vikings at No. 8.

    The Sporting News has the Titans picking Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert at No. 11. He would be in the hunt to replace Alterraun Verner. I'm not sure CB is a high need for the Titans, as they haven't given up on Coty Sensabaugh and Blidi Wreh-Wilson.

  • As for Manziel, former All-Pro cornerback Deion Sanders said on a national radio show that Manziel has some ghetto tendencies.

    Prime Time explained.

    "I love Johnny Football,'' he said. "Because he was successful, he made it and he let you all know he made it and he was cocky. He was flamboyant. And he let you know.''

  • We all know how difficult it was for Cal Ripken Jr., to break the late Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games played. He retired after setting the record of 2,732 games in 1998.

    Dick Bavetta didn't have to play a sport, but the veteran NBA referee recently officiated his 2,633rd straight NBA game. That's a lot of wear and tear on anyone.

    40 years without missing an assignment. It started in 1974, officiating 82 games a season, plus playoff games.

    Asked to put the streak in perspective, Bavetta said: "It means I'm here and alive and happy.''

  • Ole Miss basketball star Marshall Henderson is the SEC's basketball version of football star Johnny Manziel.

    It was no surprise that Henderson showed up for the NCAA Final Four 3-point contest sporting a sweatshirt that proclaimed, "BACK TO BACK – USA World War champs.

    Got to love his creativity and patriotism.

  • It's spring and love must be in the air. After months of having their relationship volleyed back and forth in the gossip rags, Alabama QB AJ McCarron and Auburn grad Katherine Webb are officially engaged.

    McCarron not only designed the rock, he paid for it.

    Somewhere, Brent Musberger shed a tear.

    And Webb is A-OK with her future mother-in-law, Dee Dee Bonner. The two recently posed on the cover of a women's fashion magazine, Access.

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