|SPORTS UPDATE 12/3/12|
College Football: As Mark Stoops begins his first full day as Kentucky’s new coach, the former head coach is reportedly about to get a new job. Football Scoop.com reports that Joker Phillips is expected to be named as Will Muschamp’s wide receivers coach at Florida by the end of the week, according to sources.
Meanwhile, former UK quarterback Tim Couch told Tom Leach on the Leach Report this morning that former UK wide receiver Neal Brown may be interested in coming back to Lexington as offensive coordinator. Brown, who is currently at Texas Tech, is a native of Boyle County. Lexington Herald Leader columnist John Clay is also reporting that new coach Mark Stoops wants to talk to Brown and that may happen very soon.
The Courier Journal reports Louisville coach Charlie Strong has been named Region One Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association. Strong led the Cardinals to a 10-2 record this season and a berth into the Sugar Bowl against Florida. Louisville is appearing in a bowl game for the third straight year under Strong’s guidance.
The University of South Florida fired head football coach Skip Holtz Sunday following the worst season in the program's 16-year history. The Bulls completed the 2012 campaign, their third under Holtz's direction, with a 3-9 record after Saturday's 27-3 home loss to Pittsburgh. The defeat was USF's 14th in its last 16 Big East Conference games and ninth in 10 overall outings following a 2-0 start to the season.
College Basketball: Following losses to Notre Dame and Baylor, Kentucky has fallen out of the top 25 of the Associated Press poll. However, the Wildcats are ranked 19th in this week's ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. Indiana remains number one in both polls this week.
Top 25 action this evening has 6th ranked Syracuse hosting Eastern Michigan and 21st ranked San Diego State meeting Texas Southern.
MLB: New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez may need another hip surgery. According to the "New York Post," "A-Rod" was playing with a tear in his hip late last season and will undergo another operation in the very near future. Rodriguez could miss the start of next season if he has surgery again. The three-time MVP hit .272 with 18 homers last season but struggled in the playoffs, being lifted for a pinch-hitter and benched on several occasions. The 37-year-old Rodriguez is under contract through 2017.