Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Patrick Ramsey…
- There is another Matthews about to make a living in the NFL trenches.
Jake Matthews, who is a junior at Texas A&M, has not committed to coming out for the draft, but is projected to be a late first- or second-round draft pick and could be available when the Titans' pick comes up.
He is the son of Titans offensive line coach Bruce Matthews and has a younger brother who is a freshman backup center for the Aggies.
The draft is predicted to be short on quarterbacks and heavy with linemen on both sides of the ball.
- Those eligible for the draft of local note include Da'Rick Rogers, the former Tennessee wide receiver that finished his career at Tennessee Tech. Rogers is projected to be a second-round pick.
One mock draft has him going No. 56 to the Ravens. Tennessee QB Tyler Bray is projected in that draft to be a third round pick (No. 72) by the Chargers.
Cordarrelle Patterson is seen as a late first-round pick and could be the first wide receiver taken. Justin Hunter is predicted to go late in the first round or early in the second round.
Vanderbilt QB Jordan Rodgers is slated as a seventh round pick or a free agent. He is rated on one board as the 18th best quarterback in the draft.
- This is a cautionary warning for those college basketball players considering going out early in the NBA Draft.
Ten of 30 first round picks in last year's draft have been assigned to NBA Developmental League teams, including former Vanderbilt star John Jenkins, Jeremy Lamb of Connecticut and the not-so fabulous Fab Melo, who never scored while with the Celtics.
That tells you that a third of those drafted are not ready to play at the next level. Jenkins seldom saw the court, scoring six points in 13 games for the Hawks. He was sent to Bakersfield Dec. 1 and in two games there, Jenkins averaged 25.5 points a game and got called back to Atlanta Dec. 5. Former teammate Shan Foster is on the Jam, averaging 7.7 points in seven games.
Fred Taylor and Festus Ezeli are doing better. Taylor has played in 25 games for Charlotte, averaging 6.9 points and 2.4 rebounds a game.
Ezeli has played in 26 games for Golden State, averaging 15.7 minutes and 3 points and four rebounds a game, along with 0.9 blocked shots.
- Former South Carolina and Western Kentucky coach Darrin Horn is living in his hometown of Lexington, Ky., with his family. His wife, Carla, is a Nashvillian.
Horn has done some analyst work for the ESPN networks while waiting for another coaching opportunity.
- Players are not the only ones who benefit from getting swag bags at bowl games. So do the cheerleaders, official traveling party, coaches and coaches' wives.
The gifts can't exceed more than $550 total, an NCAA rule.
Some of the more popular gifts this year include Beats by Dre headphones and Sol Republic headphones, the kind swimmer Michael Phelps wore in the recent Olympics. Nineteen bowls, including the Music City Bowl, give Fossil watches and 16 bowls, including the Music City Bowl, give gift suites. That is where players get to choose their gifts from a variety of options.
Best Buy gift cards, are popular. The Capital One Bowl between Georgia and Nebraska gives a $420 Best Buy card and a Fossil watch.
If you think the players think only of themselves while deciding what to take you are wrong. In the 2010 BCS Championship Game, an Alabama player asked the person in charge if he could select a watch with the bowl logo on it, but have it sized for someone else. It turned out to be his grandfather, who was confined to a wheelchair. Nice, huh?
- Rick Pitino was in Nashville Saturday night as his Louisville team played Western Kentucky at Bridgestone Arena. Pitino will be in Bowling Green Thursday night to see his son, Richard, coach against the Hilltoppers.
Richard Pitino is coach at Florida International and was 4-5 after beating Texas Southern 48-45 Saturday. Texas Southern dropped to 1-12 and is coached by former Alabama star Mike Davis, formerly head coach at Indiana.
- It looks like a long winter's nap might be in order if you are a fan of Tennessee or Vanderbilt basketball. Both teams have been painful to watch at times and points are hard to come by for both teams.
Tennessee is 11th in SEC scoring, averaging 64.3 points a game while Vanderbilt is 12th, averaging 60.3 points. UT is hitting .426 percent from the floor while Vandy hits on .425 percent of its shots.
The free throw line, where Vanderbilt usually excels, has been a mystery for both teams.
Vanderbilt is next to last (13th) in the SEC, hitting only 60.5 percent of its charity shots. The Commodores average 10.1 free throws made, but are only getting to the stripe an average of 16.7 times a game. That is last in the SEC.
- Ex-Titans are contributing their fair share to the NFL. Former safety Chris Hope, now with the Atlanta Falcons, was fined $30,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit Sunday on NY Giants wideout Victor Cruz.
Ravens cornerback Cary Williams was fined $15,750, along with teammate Anquan Boldin for unnecessary roughness.
- Four current Kentucky basketball players have deleted their Twitter accounts after getting off to a slow start this season.
It seems they were getting derogatory tweets from UK fans. Uh, fellas. It's Kentucky basketball. Deal with it.
- Suzy Favor Hamilton is a three-time Team USA Olympian, although she never medaled. Her last competition was in the 2000 Games in Sydney.
Hamilton has been busy, however. It was reported she has been working for the past year as an escort in Las Vegas.
When she was caught, the married Hamilton freely admitted it and accepted responsibility for her actions. I guess there was no other work she could get making $600 an hour. Tough economy, you know.
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