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Middle school teachers to be commended for making studying fun

By John Herndon

Some quick Final Four thoughts 1. Kudos to the seventh-grade math and science teachers at Anderson County Middle School for taking Jorts-mania and making it a fun way to learn. I was at the school this morning and saw kids loving what they were doing in the classes. Way to go! 2. Some interesting looks at UK's DeAndre Liggins in the national press. Several have told the story of how his brother was killed, then how he has persisted at UK. For my money, Liggins is as much why UK is in the Final Four as anyone on the team. Also got to love Liggins' candor when he said this year's UK team is closer than last year's. He later backed off that a bit, but it was a factor that just about any observant person would ask. 3. Jerk question of the year apparently was asked at the Final Four press conference today. Some of the UK beat writers tweeted that a national media member (I am not sure who) asked John Calipari what it was like to have his first Final Four team. Anyone that would ask such a question simply has an agenda. 4. I had almost forgotten what Final Four mania was like. I fell in love with UK basketball in 1966, when Rupp's Runts made it to the championship game before losing to Texas Western. Then it was nine long years before the Wildcats made it again with Jimmy Dan Conner, Kevin Grevey and company. They lost to UCLA in the finals. Three years later, I saw Goose Givens torch Duke in the final, then it was six years until 3-for-33. However, it is hard to imagine a team having a run like UK did from 1993-98 when the Wildcats had four Final Fours and two titles. It had gotten to be such a habit that 13 years seems like forever. Of course, when it is four years longer than the longest previous drought, it IS forever. I will be back with some thoughts about John Calipari, a coach I have come to really respect in his two seasons in Lexington.