Saturday’s game vs. Virginia Tech will be a family reunion for one Kentucky Basketball player. →
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By Freddie Maggard on ©December 13th, 2017 @ 6:30pm
Garden City Community College quarterback Terry Wilson committed to Kentucky. This news is not fresh off the press. However, I waited to write about the former Oregon Duck until I felt comfortable with the pledge. It’s not a new strategy regarding quarterbacks. I didn’t write much about nor watch tape on the Cats’ prior QB commit due to a hunch that he’d never step foot on campus. From all accounts, Wilson will be in Lexington soon and participating in spring practice. “Touchdown Terry” buzz has overtaken the BBN.
ESPN rates Wilson as the 5th best JUCO player in the Class of 2018. The Network also lists him as the nation’s top junior college dual-threat quarterback. Here are some of my notes from watching Terry Wilson on film:
– Astute RPO execution.
– Elite athlete. Shifty, fast, one-cut runner.
– Playmaker. Finds ways out of trouble in the pocket. Creator. No panic, keeps eyes on targets during distress.
– Effective vision/velocity/touch in vertical pass-game.
The highly touted and coveted signal caller brings a new wrinkle to the Wildcat quarterback competition that will ensue following the first team meeting in the spring semester. Yes, there will still be a competition. Drew Barker, Gunnar Hoak, Danny Clark, and Walker Wood will have a say-so in who lines up behind Drake Jackson against Central Michigan on September 1st.
The eventual starting quarterback decision goes beyond the Cats’ opener against the Chippewas. The 2018 schedule breaks a bit differently than in recent past. Three of its first five games are against SEC foes: at Florida, then a home game vs. Murray State prior to Mississippi State and South Carolina traveling to Kroger Field. Add in a road trip to Texas A&M and four of the Cat’s first six contests prior to the open date are of the league variety. Two of which will be at traditionally hostile locations. There must be a “without a doubt” confidence in the winner of UK’s 2018 quarterback competition due to its early season schedule difficulty as well as significance within conference rankings. Therefore, I’d expect an end of spring practice conclusion.
Rising senior Drew Barker has the most experience of the competitors. Barker’s career numbers: 55/110, 50%, 731-yards, 5 TDs, 7 INTs. Redshirt sophomore (2018) Gunnar Hoak has impressed in consecutive spring games and has shown great poise and promise but has yet to attempt a pass in a game. Redshirt freshman Danny Clark is a former Ohio State commit and possesses Jared Lorenzen type arm-strength and swagger. Fellow rookie Walker Wood has battled injuries since his campus arrival.
Projection to game-like competitive environments and spring practice production charts will be closely monitored. Both will be critical in making the starter decision. Kentucky’s spring game may be a dress rehearsal and a proving ground for the eventual starter. Regardless, it’s obvious that Wilson was signed with intentions to immediately compete for the starting job. QB competitions can be fun, but also deteriorating. Offensive team leaders, especially Benny Snell, will need to hold the unit together during the process.
Terry Wilson and the UK quarterback competition will be a significant, on-going offseason storyline. Many times the starting quarterback is decided by a gut-hunch by the offensive coordinator and or head coach.
National Signing Day
We’re one week away from college football’s first go-around of the December signing period. I’d finished initial evaluations on Tuesday in preparation for National Signing Day shows. Then, Mark Stoops landed pledges from DT Jerquavion Mahone and G Kenneth Horsey.
After sequestering myself to watch film for 48 hours, I tend to think that the Class of 2018 is similar to its 2015 counterparts. Several future Wildcats played multiple sports and positions on the football field. There’s no exact formula for evaluating recruiting classes and individual prospects. But, those two factors automatically gain my attention and respect. Many 2018 commits never left the field. I like that; a lot.
We’ll talk specifics in terms like “quick-twitch”, “bursts”, and “heavy-punch” next Wednesday. But for now, I mainly generalize the class as a whole. I really like its collective competitive nature and team-first optics.
“Where’s the defensive linemen” is the common question I’m asked when discussion this recruiting class. Defensive tackle Qua Mahone is a late/fast-riser much like Josh Allen and TJ Carter. Those two turned out ok. 6’4, 270-pound Chaminade-Madonna defensive lineman/offensive guard Davoan Hawkins is an example of what I mentioned earlier as far as being a team-first competitor. Hawkins is a physical, explosive prospect and projects as a collegiate defensive lineman. He was a two-way starter (OG/DL) for his Florida state championship team and finished his season campaign with 50 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, and 7 QB sacks. Hawkins’ film jumped out at me a year ago when evaluating 2017 signee Chris Whittaker. Also, Marquan McCall is a play-now prospect at both nose tackle and offensive guard. McCall is the top rated player from the state of Michigan.
2018 defensive line contributors may already be on campus. Weight and strength gains must be factored when projecting defensive line-of-scrimmage players. Josh Paschal is listed at 270-pounds and excelled as an outside linebacker as a true freshman. Paschal has the frame to add more good weight to go along with the athletic ability to become a forceful, next-level defensive end. At 6’6, Abule Abadi-Fitzgerald redshirted and is nearing 300-pounds. I’m fascinated to see his progress in spring practice. Fellow redshirt defensive lineman Chris Whittaker reported to campus at 260 and is stronger and heavier now than he was a year ago. All the aforementioned will be showcased in spring practice and competing for playing time. I’d expect Vince Marrow to target additional defensive linemen late in the signing period.
Stay tuned. Much more to come on National Signing Day 2018 which will occur on December 20th, 2017.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©December 13th, 2017 @ 5:30pm
Saturday’s game vs. Virginia Tech will be a family reunion for one Kentucky Basketball player. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s cousin Nickeil Alexander-Walker is a freshman at Virginia Tech and one of the Hokies’ best players so far this season. Through ten games, the 6’5″ guard is averaging 14.4 points and 2.2 assists, and on Saturday, could go head-to-head with his cousin, with whom he shared the backcourt at Hamilton Heights Christian Academy last year.
Earlier this afternoon, Alexander-Walker participated in a teleconference with reporters and opened up about his relationship with Shai.
“That’s like a brother to me,” Alexander-Walker said. “We text or Snapchat every day.”
Although the cousins are each other’s biggest supporters, competition has been a big part of their relationship, going back to battles on the hoop on the family garage growing up.
“It’s gotten heated. I hated losing to him and he hated losing to me,” Alexander-Walker told reporters. “I’m gonna try to talk some trash to him a little bit, have some with it.”
Assuming he’s made available to the media, I look forward to hearing Shai’s side of the story tomorrow. Until then, check out some of Alexander-Walker’s highlights from this season. He’s been so good Sports Illustrated dubbed him a sleeper for the 2018 NBA Draft.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©December 13th, 2017 @ 5:00pm
Shoutout to Mitch Barnhart, who was just named chair of the Southeastern Conference Athletics Directors. Believe it or not, Barnhart is in his 16th year as Kentucky’s athletic director, and was selected by a unanimous vote of his fellow SEC athletics directors during a meeting on Tuesday in Birmingham.
“Mitch’s experience as a proven leader makes him uniquely qualified to head our group of athletics directors during this particularly important time in the history of intercollegiate athletics,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “He commands the ability to identify solutions to problems and to navigate complex issues with a diverse group of strong leaders from our various institutions. I look forward to working with Mitch in his new role.”
Now the longest-tenured athletics director in the conference, Barnhart will chair all meetings of the league’s athletics directors in his new role. His list of accomplishments is lengthy; in 2015, he was voted the NCAA Division I Athletics Director of the Year by his peers and just completed his first year as a member of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee in 2017.
At UK, Barnhart has improved every area of the athletics department. Inheriting a program that finished 50th nationally in the NACDA Directors’ Cup all-sports standings during his first year at the school, Barnhart has steadily improved teams across the board, leading to a school-record 10th place Directors’ Cup national finish in the 2016-17 school year. Barnhart has developed and channeled financial resources to improve facilities and student-athlete support systems. Academically, UK athletes have tied or broken the school record for graduation rate every year since the NCAA began charting that statistic in 2005 and all 22 Wildcat teams have maintained a perfect record during the 13-year history of the NCAA Academic Progress Rate.
Not to mention, he’s one heck of a dancer. Congrats, Mitch!
After a very bad week, SEC Basketball got back on track against mostly inferior opponents. Florida stopped humiliating us all by beating Cincinnati, who, in turn, exposed undefeated Mississippi State a few days later. Meanwhile, Arkansas got a big win over a ranked opponent.
Two and a half weeks remain until conference play, but several teams face major tests this weekend. Here’s my weekly breakdown of the league, as told by Seinfeld GIFs.
Still Masters of their Domain
This week: Beat Prairie View A&M 73-53
After losing to Arizona last week, Texas A&M rebounded with a ho-hum win over Prairie View A&M. Billy Kennedy’s squad was only up by four points five minutes into the second half, but eventually put Prairie View away. The Aggies are very good, but their slow starts prove they’re vulnerable.
“It’s go time”
This week: Beat Monmouth 93-76
Kentucky routed Monmouth with only four points from Kevin Knox, the team’s leading scorer; that’s a great thing. PJ Washington and Hamidou Diallo had their best games yet, but we’ll really see what the Cats are made of as they enter a difficult three-game stretch, starting with the nation’s best offense in Virginia Tech at home on Saturday.
This week: Beat Lipscomb 81-71
The Vols survived a cold shooting night to beat Lipscomb 81-71, but the real test comes when they host #7 North Carolina on Saturday.
This week: Beat #14 Minnesota
The Razorbacks’ 26-point loss to Houston is still a head scratcher, but they beat #14 Minnesota on Saturday, so maybe it was just a fluke? They’ve got an easy path until opening SEC play with Tennessee on December 30.
This week: Beat #17 Cincinnati 66-60
After losing three straight, Florida bounced back to beat #17 Cincinnati on Saturday. Down by four with eight minutes left, it looked like the Gators might lose again, but they rallied thanks to Chris Chiozza. The bloom is still off the rose with Florida, but a win over a tough Cincinnati team (that beat Mississippi State last night) is a good way to get back on track.
“Not that there’s anything wrong with that”
This week: Lost to Arizona 88-82
DeAndre Ayton dominated Alabama’s big men on Sunday, but DeAndre Ayton dominates most big men and I’m not going to criticize the Crimson Tide for losing by six on the road to Arizona, who is looking more like the team we all thought they were. Besides, Collin Sexton is still a star, scoring a game-high 30 points, 21 in the second half. He’s really, really good.
Yada Yada Yada
This week: Beat UAB 85-80
I don’t care if Auburn is 8-1, I’m not taking them seriously yet, especially after they only beat UAB by five at home. Still no word on whether or not Danjel Purifoy and Austin Wiley (suspended indefinitely over eligibility concerns) will rejoin the team, who was also without Mustapha Heron (back) vs. UAB. Saturday’s game vs. Middle Tennessee State will be a bigger test than most expect; the Blue Raiders already have wins over Ole Miss and Vandy this season.
This week: Beat North Georgia 95-62; Lost to #25 Cincinnati 65-50
Mississippi State came into this game as the SEC’s only unbeaten team, and, just like I thought, didn’t impress much vs. a ranked opponent. The Bulldogs missed 10 straight shots in the first half and 14 in the second, allowing the Bearcats to roll. Cue the Price is Right fail horn, please.
This week: Beat Green Bay 100-77
Missouri rolled over a bad Green Bay team, further proof that life without Michael Porter isn’t quite as bad as we all expected.
This week: No games
Like a few other SEC teams, Georgia’s in the midst of an 11-day break for finals.
This week: Beat Coastal Carolina 80-78
South Carolina was very fortunate to avoid a bad loss to Coastal Carolina at home. I’m not sure what Frank Martin is angrier about these days: his team’s performance or the lack of fans in the stands.
This week: Beat UNC Wilmington 97-84
After an 11-day break, LSU was back in action Sunday and took care of UNC Wilmington at home. Tremont Waters continues to look legit.
This week: Lost to Middle Tennessee State 77-58
After losing to Virginia Tech last week, the Rebels got routed on the road at MTSU. They’ve now lost three straight.
This week: No games
The Dores are on break for finals, which is a very good thing because they’re not good at basketball right now. Life doesn’t get any easier when finals are over; this weekend, Vandy travels to #5 Arizona State. Eek.
By Drew Franklin on ©December 13th, 2017 @ 3:38pm
We haven’t tap-danced on top of Louisville today, so let’s do that now.
New to the internet, Bloomberg tells the unfortunate story of the University of Louisville’s demise. “College Basketball Made Louisville, Then Broke It,” the lengthy report is called; and in it, three Bloomberg reporters write about Louisville trying to put the pieces back together from the fall.
There’s not much new to it, but it’s worth your time on this Wednesday if you — you know — still find humor in Scandal U.
(Oh, and today’s the day of Louisville’s final appeal hearing.)
By KSR on ©December 13th, 2017 @ 3:00pm
The Funkhouser Situation returns to wrap up Chris Tomlin and Lee Cruse’s Top 50 Comedies of All-Time Countdown. Did they forget yours in the first episode? Probably, but that just means they’ll be talking about it on this week’s episode. Highlights:
— They share their favorite Will Ferrell movies.
— Who is on the Mount Rushmore of comedy families.
— They try to explain how they chose the No. 1 comedy of all-time.
You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise. You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to “Kentucky Sports Radio” on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.
Mark Stoops laid the foundation for his Kentucky program by building a pipeline into the state of Ohio. The addition of Eddie Gran has opened new doors into the state of Florida. This year has been Gran’s most successful year, starting at Chaminade-Madonna High School in Hollywood, Florida.
Kentucky’s first two commitments in the 2018 class came from the perennial powerhouse, Davoan Hawkins and Marvin Alexander. Not long after they were joined by Akeem Hayes.
This weekend Chaminade-Madonna avenged a state runner-up 2016 finish to win their first state title since 2005. Hayes scored a 44-yard touchdown to help build a two-touchdown lead, a lead they would lose in the fourth quarter. With only minutes remaining, Hayes converted on a crucial third down to set up a game-winning field goal that went through the uprights with just four seconds remaining for a 31-28 victory.
Hawkins could not contain his emotions following the win.
— David Furones (@DavidFurones_) December 9, 2017
Hawkins, a 6’4″ 270 pound three-star defensive end, is explosive with his hand in the dirt. A guy who makes most of his plays in the backfield, in his final high school season he had 50 tackles, 22 for loss and 7 sacks. Miami tried to pull him away from UK, but he remained firmly committed to the Cats.
Hawkins and Marvin Alexander committed to Kentucky on the same day, just a few weeks after 2016’s NSD on February 21. Alexander, a three-star receiver who also had offers from Wisconsin, UCF, ECU and Syracuse, caught 37 passes for 585 yards and 8 touchdowns this year.
The third Chaminade-Madonna player to commit Kentucky, Akeem Hayes initially committed to Louisville back in April. Over the summer he spent one weekend camping at UofL and Kentucky. The trip to Lexington must have been much better, because shortly after he flipped his commitment to the Cats. This year he averaged 11 yards per carry, 16 yards per catch and had 5 total touchdowns out of the slot.
Hayes, Hawkins and Alexander aren’t the first from Chaminade-Madonna to play at Kentucky. A pair of UK freshmen, defensive end Christopher Whittaker and wide receiver Joshua Ali started the movement last year.
If all goes well, those five will not be the last to make the move from Chaminade-Madonna to Lexington. Keontra Smith committed to Kentucky in June and is considered the No. 11 safety in the 2019 class and a Top 150 player overall. The elite defensive back had 108 tackles, 37 for loss and 2 interceptions. After watching Smith’s highlights, you’ll understand how difficult it will be to fight off Miami, Oregon, Nebraska and Oklahoma for his services.
Mark Stoops has created success by getting some of the best from Ohio. Now he’s turned to the Sunshine State, arguably the most talented state for prep football in America. For the first time in his tenure, the recruiting class will not primarily come from Ohio. The 2018 class has six commitments from Ohio and seven from Florida.
Stoops would not be able to expand his recruiting canvass this extensively into Florida without Eddie Gran and the elite talent from Chaminade-Madonna High School.
By Drew Franklin on ©December 13th, 2017 @ 1:00pm
If you stop by The Good Batch bakery in Brooklyn, you’re likely to see a man with a very unique tattoo. It’s a Tim Couch tattoo — a brown couch and the number 2 — and Kyle Hart, an employee at The Good Batch, got it on his arm because he is a huge fan of the Cleveland Browns and the franchise’s No. 1 overall draft pick in 1999.
According to SB Nation, which has an entire story on the tattoo, Hart isn’t from Ohio or Kentucky, and he once played in a band he named “Couch”:
Hart isn’t from Cleveland, and he isn’t even from Ohio. He’s also not from Kentucky, where Tim Couch was a Heisman finalist in the late ’90s. Hart actually grew up a Niners fan in the Bay Area, but his family was big into college football, and he loved watching Couch play. He was so into this guy that he named his old band Couch (they played music that was “very derivative” of Weezer).
After college, Couch (Tim, not Hart’s band) went on to become one of many somewhat-consistent quarterbacks the Browns have been lucky enough to have on their roster. Johnny Manziel, the promising Cleveland quarterback who flamed out a few years ago, also wore No. 2. The couch was necessary in the tattoo to make it clear which quarterback Hart was honoring.
“There was just something about [Couch],” Hart said. “He always seemed like a good person. He was just a great player, he was exciting to watch. When he got drafted by the Browns, your heart goes out — I just wanted him to succeed so much.”
Read the entire story here, which includes a response from Tim Couch himself.
By Drew Franklin on ©December 13th, 2017 @ 12:00pm
After accidentally breaking his son Konner’s new UK Christmas ornament, David Howard thought it would be funny to buy a U of L Christmas ornament as a replacement.
Konner was not amused by the trick.
See his reaction in this clip:
This is so cruel.
Four-star Florida cornerback Stanley Garner was selected to play in the Miami Dolphins’ Dade vs. Broward All-Star Game, but the Fort Lauderdale native declined the invite due to a scheduling conflict.
The Dade-Broward game, which is a very big deal in the area, is scheduled for January 12, and Garner will already be at Kentucky, he says.
He announced the news of his early enrollment on Twitter this morning:
Blessed to be selected to play in the Broward vs Dade Game 🙏🏾‼️ but due to my early enrollment I won’t be playing , Kentucky Im OMW #BBN🔵⚪️
— Stanley Garner lll (@StanleyG_9) December 13, 2017
College football’s early signing period begins a week from today and it looks like Garner will be among those enrolling early in Lexington.
Late last night Kentucky picked up their first defensive tackle commitment in the 2018 recruiting class. Now the Cats have their eyes on another interior defensive lineman who will officially visit Lexington this weekend.
After hosting defensive line coach Derrick LeBlanc, Amauchechukwu “Mooch” Nnaji-Collins scheduled an official visit to UK on the finally recruiting weekend prior to signing day. LeBlanc found the nose guard in Destrehen, Louisiana, a suburb about ten miles west of New Orleans where LeBlanc has deep recruiting ties after stints at LSU and Southern Miss.
Nnaji-Collins does not look like the nose guards you’re used to seeing. Unlike the goliath Matt Elam, Mooch is just 6’1″ 220 pounds. He makes up for his lack of size with exceptional explosiveness. Quinton Bohanna earned the starting nose spot for being what the coaches referred to as “quick twitch guy.” Nnaji-Collins perfectly fits that profile.
Obviously, to play nose in the SEC he would have to add weight to his 220-pound frame, but my goodness it’s fun to watch him fire off the line in the middle of the trenches.
Entering the penultimate week of the early recruiting period, it was disheartening to hear little to no buzz about interior defensive linemen, the Cats’ greatest position of need. There was reason to worry, but the moves over the last two days have been reassuring.
By Bryan the Intern on ©December 13th, 2017 @ 10:00am
I think one of the more surprising trends experienced through 9 games this season has been the big-time scoring efforts from some unexpected places. Already, 5 different UK players have scored more than 20 points in a game this season, for a total of 8 times. Kevin Knox and Nick Richards have done it multiple times. And that also considers Jared Vanderbilt hasn’t played yet.
So how has that compared to trends in big time scoring with other Cal teams? You find some really interesting numbers:
2017-18: 5 players, 8 times
Knox (3), Richards (2), Diallo (1), Washington (1), Green (1)
2016-17: 5 players, 39 times
Monk (19), Fox (10), Briscoe (6), Adebayo (3), Gabriel (1)
2015-16: 6 players, 39 times
Murray (18), Ulis (15), Poythress (3), Willis (1), Briscoe (1), Labissiere (1)
2014-15: 4 players, 8 times
Towns (2), Aa. Harrison (2), An. Harrison (1), Cauley-Stein (1)
2013-14: 4 players, 27 times
Young (9), Aa. Harrison (8), Randle (7), An. Harrison (3)
2012-13: 6 players, 17 times
Poythress (6), Goodwin (5), Wiltjer (3), Mays (1), Cauley-Stein (1), Harrow (1)
2011-12: 6 players, 19 times
Davis (6), Lamb (5), Jones (4), Gilchrist (2), Teague (1), Wiltjer (1)
2010-11: 5 players, 30 times
Knight (14), Jones (8), Lamb (5), Miller (2), Harrellson (1)
2009-10: 5 players, 23 times
Wall (8), Patterson (6), Bledsoe (4), Cousins (4), Miller (1)
What is interesting is you could argue that Cal’s 3 best teams (2010, 2012, and 2015) had 3 of the 4 LOWEST total of 20+ point games. So while I think it should be an advantage that UK has so many guys that could go off in a game, it also hasn’t shown to be an important factor in success. We will see how this develops over the rest of the season, especially with the competition ramping up in the upcoming weeks.
By Drew Franklin on ©December 13th, 2017 @ 9:55am
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Kentucky added two new football commits yesterday.
Welcome aboard Jerquavion “Qua” Mahone, who picked the Wildcats over Tennessee, Tuesday evening. Mahone plays the much-needed position of defensive tackle, and is the only interior D-lineman in UK’s current 2018 class.
Mahone’s commitment came hours after Kentucky received a commitment from Kenneth Horsey, a three-star offensive lineman out of Florida. Horsey chose the Cats over offers from UCF, USF, Mississippi State and Missouri.
Here’s how the class looks as of this moment:
Kentucky Football 2018 Recruiting Class
|Marquan McCall||OG||Oak Park, Mi.||6-4||320||4-star|
|Darian Kinnard||OT||Cleveland, Oh.||6-7||336||4-star|
|Xavier Peters||OLB||West Chester, Oh.||6-4||225||4-star|
|Terry Wilson||QB||Omaha, Ne.||6-2||180||3-star|
|DeAndre Square||S/OLB||Detroit, Mi.||6-1||200||3-star|
|Brenden Bates||TE||Cincinnati, Oh.||6-5||230||3-star|
|Stanley Garner||CB||Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.||6-3||180||3-star|
|Meechi Harris||WR||Xenia, Oh.||6-2||188||3-star|
|Quintin Wilson||C||Cincinnati, Oh.||6-3||290||3-star|
|Marvin Alexander||WR||Hollywood, Fl.||6-3||175||3-star|
|Jamari Brown||CB||Pompano Beach, Fl.||6-3||180||3-star|
|Davoan Hawkins||DE||Hollywood, Fl.||6-4||270||3-star|
|Akeem Hayes||ATH/WR||Hollywood, Fl.||5-10||175||3-star|
|Keaton Upshaw||TE||Lima, Oh.||6-7||225||3-star|
|Christopher Rodriguez||RB||McDonough, Ga.||5-11||200||3-star|
|Ashton Pierre||ATH||Deerfield Beach, Fl.||6-2||191||3-star|
|Domonique Williams||JUCO CB||Knoxville, Tn.||5-10||190||3-star|
|Chance Poore||K||Anderson, Sc.||6-3||200||3-star|
|Max Duffy||P||Western Australia||6-1||176||3-star|
|Kenneth Horsey||OT||Seminole, Fl.||6-4||325||3-star|
|Jerquavion “Qua” Mahone||DT||Manchester, Ga.||6-4||195||N/A|
It’s Terry Touchdown. End of discussion.
Despite a strong push from the other side of the Terry aisle, Terry Wilson’s nickname is set and it is Terry Touchdown. Kentucky’s new QB confirmed the nickname on Tuesday’s KSR, telling the show he prefers Terry Touchdown over Touchdown Terry, and the decision is only his to make. We hope you respect and honor that decision moving forward by only referring to him as Terry Touchdown.
We’re recording a new Free Money Podcast today.
After weeks of silence from the Free Money team, we will be back in the lab later this afternoon to record the Free Money Bowl Extravaganza episode of the show. It will likely be the last installment of the 2017 Free Money Podcast season.
For fans of the KSR Football Podcast, a new episode of it will hit the internet tomorrow afternoon.
Syndney McLaughlin named National Athlete of the Week.
In case you missed it: UK’s Sydney McLaughlin made her highly-anticipated collegiate debut for UK Track & Field over the weekend as she won the Hoosier Open 300 meters in 36.12 seconds. McLaughlin’s debut run was the second fastest time in American history, second fastest in collegiate indoor history, and seventh fastest in world history. On Tuesday, she was named National Athlete of the Week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. She good, folks.