This is a big weekend in the state of Kentucky as we enjoy the Kentucky High School Football Championships. Among the many great players that will be part of the festivities, none will have accomplished more than Lone Oak’s Corey Robinson. For those of you that havent heard about Corey yet this year, you ought to pay attention now. This kid, living in the state of Kentucky, broke….no take that back, SHATTERED the national high school football touchdown pass record by throwing 90….yes 90, touchdowns this season. The national record before Robinson was 77….which means Corey just put up a record that may never be topped. Following the state championship game this weekend, he will likely finish with the second most yards passing in a season ever and could lead his school to a state championship. Yet, we have heard little about him. At this point, he only has scholarship offers from 1-AA schools and only recently when Middle Tennessee State called, did a 1-A school show interest. Why is that? I dont care about his size, speed or arm….this kid has shown he can win and get in the end zone. Its time for some school to take notice. And even if the schools wont take notice, we will. I am going this weekend to watch Corey myself and take in a record holder from the Bluegrass state. History has been made by someone at one of our state’s own high schools and he deserves recognition.
To the news…..
(1) LEGION: The more things change, the more they stay the same. With a great deal of anticipation, the Big Blue Nation waited anxiously to hear from Coach Billy Clyde and find out what the official word would be on Alex Legion. We waited…and waited…and waited as Billy Clyde showed up 45 minutes late for his press conference, but when the final word came, we found out….well, its still up in the air. We do know that Alex and Coach talked on Thursday and Alex expressed interest in coming back on the team. However Coach Clyde said that he is not currently on the team, and as to whether he will ever be, the answer was “we’ll see.” Coach Clyde said he wasnt sure exactly what made Alex leave or whether his mother was the driving force, but did say he had his own thoughts on that issue. The players today said the team was moving on as if he will not return and the Coach’s comments showed that a return is far from certain. So that is the official word. Unofficially, I think there are a lot of issues that come with an Alex return and the influence of the parents is a concern for the folks at UK. For Alex to return, those issues must be worked out and it is unclear if they will be. UK fans at this point should follow the lead of the team and assume Alex is gone and if he comes back that is gravy. But for now, as the roster sent out by UK today showcases, UK is an Alex-less team.
(2) INDIANA: The game this Saturday against Indiana will be unique for a number of reasons. First, it is in Bloomington, a location for the game that we havent seen since the early Pitino years. The Indiana fan base is pumped and is ready to “white out” the gym to try and rattle the Kentucky troops. Second, for the first time in a long time, Indiana likely has more talent than its Kentucky counterparts. With the addition of Eric Gordon, IU has some depth for the first time in years and looks better than UK at most positions. Ramon Harris will likely have the job of guarding Gordon for most of the game and his performance will be crucial to any potential UK victory. Finally, we have the Crawford vs Crawford rivalry as baby Jordan takes on brother Joe to see who can bring it in a big game. Jordan is back from suspension, but I know from talking with Joe in recent weeks, this is one he wants badly. I expect him to either play great, or press to hard and play badly….no middle ground. Because of his impact on the offense, how Joe goes, the team goes. So cross your fingers that we get good and not evil Joe on Saturday….
(3) KC ROSS MILLER Here is something to get you excited about the future. 2010 UK commitment KC Ross Miller is not only doing well this year, he is doing great. He is averaging a smooth 31 points, 8 assists and 7 boards, all the while leading his team to an undefeated start. He will likely be a top 10 player in his class when the rankings come out this spring and he is as excited to be a Cat as any kid I have ever interviewed. It will be a while before he shows up, but KC will be a star at UK.
(4) MARSHALL COUNTY HOOPFEST: Speaking of future stars, there will be a ton in Marshall County this weekend for the Hoopfest. We have already talked about why you should go, to see Tubby, Michael Jordan, Oak Hill and DeAndre Liggins….not to mention the great gym they have in Benton. But what if you cant go and you want to see Liggins and future Cat Dakotah Euton. Well you can see their games and EVERY Hoopfest game at a new website Wazoo Sports, which will be streaming every game live. Check it out….I will be watching Liggins and Dakotah and you can get your look and view then as well.
We will have more through the day, including the IU preview (complete with cheerleader pics), more from the State High School championships and a funny picture of Bruce Pearl. What a day!