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No. 96: Kentucky

Congratulations are in order for Kentucky. For the whole basketball thing, of course, but don’t forget this: Kentucky is no longer the 11th-best program in the SEC – or 12th, if we believe Vanderbilt can continue building upon James Franklin’s debut. Yes, congratulations: you did it, Kentucky. Today, after Mike Slive and the league’s decision-makers added Missouri and Texas A&M, the Wildcats are the 13th-best program in the 14-team SEC – or 14th, dead last, under the same conditions as above. Hey, you win some and you lose some; in fact, the Wildcats have long been happy with simply winning one more game than they lose, unlike the overwhelming majority of the SEC. Today, with the SEC deeper than ever, the wins will be even harder to come by for Joker Phillips and the Wildcats. So… John Calipari’s got a heck of a recruiting class coming in next year, huh?

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    Weis Begins With Some “Deep Cleaning”

    Well, this happens. The new guy comes in. The old guy slinks off. Unfortunately, the old guy recruited and coached all the players, so there’s due to be some attrition. Some places feel it worse than others; I remember the mass exodus over Rob Ianello’s first year at Akron, which in hindsight should have been viewed as a harbinger of sad days to come. The first round of departures under Charlie Weis aren’t nearly as numerous, but they do send a message: “The tenure of Charlie Weis as Kansas football coach began with some deep cleaning,” writes Austin Meek of The Topeka Capital-Journal, and that sounds about right.

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      The Countdown

      A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.