Taken from illiniboard.com, wher it was taken from somewhere else (peegs?)
From an online chat with top high school recruit Patrick Patterson: (no not THAT Pat Patterson)
CJ Watson, Delaware: What are you .... looking forward to the most in college?
Patrick Patterson: The females.
Patrick Patterson: And the education.
=============== Matt (NM): Patterson, how bout playing for University of Okla?
Patrick Patterson: How about not.
Mike (Bellmore New YOrk): thats my boy with the females is it hard to keep your grades up with all that basketball?
Patrick Patterson: It ain't hard. You go to practice, work out, go to school then your night life is with the females. Then when you have homework, call one of them up and help you study for the tests. I've got it all planned out.
As of 2/28/05: 101 pounds since December 7, 2004 OFFICIAL THREE-MONTH COUNT: 112 pounds on March 9, 2005 OFFICIAL SIX-MONTH COUNT: 142 pounds on June 8, 2005 OFFICIAL ONE YEAR COUNT: 187 pounds on December 7, 2005 As of 2/27/06: 202 pounds "I've lost a heavyweight" As of 7/31/06: 224 pounds
Patterson is absolutely driving a bunch of UK fans even more nuts than they already are. UK has been recruiting him hard for at least 2 years. At one time he was rumored to make a decision during the early signing period last fall, but of course that didn't happen. UK needs a big-time power forward in the worst possible way and Patterson really seems to fit the bill. To make matters "worse", he is also interested in Florida (SEC rival), dUKe, plus IIRC, Virginia, Wake Forest, and West Virginia are still being considered.
Patterson also seems to be linked to the recruitment of Jai Lucas (son of John and brother of John III). Lucas and Patterson are the only McD AAs who haven't signed LOIs yet - and many think that they want to play college ball together. To their credit, they are putting a lot of thought and effort into their college choices. At the same time, they are really causing ulcers for some people who take recruiting way too seriously.
University of Kentucky basketball isn't a matter of life and death, it's much more important than that.
I'm not going to quibble with your statement about A&M having the most money going through it behind Harvard and Yale, but will counter that UK Basketball is probably more important to the (stereotypical)