Mike Drennen has only spent one week on the UK Football practice field, but the talented athlete is already turning heads. Known by many simply as Donut, the receiver/running back earned some early praise from Eddie Gran.
“He’s very athletic,” Kentucky’s offensive coordinator said last week. “I’m going to tell you, he can do a lot of things. I’m looking to see how he keeps improving.”
When Gran said, “he can do a lot of things,” I thought he just meant on the football field. I thought wrong. Turns out, Donut is an athlete on four wheels too.
And he’s grabbing one-handed passes like this?
What can’t Drennen do?
The Kentucky football team is returning to practice this afternoon. Gran will Zoom with reporters afterwards, hopefully sharing Drennen’s other skills. From punting to rock climbing, at this point nothing Drennen does will surprise me (and he’s only been here a few weeks).
High School Football Moves Forward
The state of Kentucky will play high school football in 2020. After parents, coaches and athletes rallied at the state capital, Governor Andy Beshear begrudgingly gave fall sports the green light by approving the KHSAA’s plan.
“We’re not going to overturn that decision and it’s not because I think that it’s a good decision or a wise decision,” Beshear said. “I have concerns, and I think Dr. Stack will share his, that by starting with some of the most high contact sports, we risk a shortened season, we risk what I think can be successful plans to get our kids back in school, we risk every other sport that’s going to follow.”
By rubber-stamping the measure, Beshear passed it down to individual school boards and superintendents to make the call. Fayette County did not formally vote to approve the KHSAA’s plan; they simply accepted it, kind of washing their hands on the matter. In Louisville, the JCPS school board voted on a phased-in approach where low-contact sports will begin as planned, followed a week later with volleyball and soccer beginning competitions Sept. 14. JCPS schools will play their first football games a week later than everyone else on Sept. 18 with a number of additional safety measures in place.
Flint is Official, Lucas is Closer
The shake-ups on Kentucky’s coaching staff are nearly complete. Monday morning the University of Kentucky officially announced the addition of Bruiser Flint, reuniting the former Indiana assistant with his old boss at UMass, John Calipari. A few hours later Pete Thamel reported that Kentucky and Jai Lucas are finalizing a deal to make the former recruit a special assistant to the head coach. To get a semblance of when you can expect a similar press release regarding Lucas, the official job posting expires Thursday.
Peevy Departs for DePaul
We can no longer deny the reports from DePaul’s student newspaper. DeWayne Peevy is officially the Blue Demons’ next athletics director. John Calipari’s righthand man, Coach Cal bid farewell to the longtime UK administrator.
“DeWayne is not only a colleague, he’s become a dear friend,” Cal said. “It’s why I have a lot of mixed emotions today. I know the impact he had here and what we are losing, but more importantly, as a friend and as someone who knows he’s long overdue for this opportunity, I’m just so happy for him. He deserves this. DeWayne is someone I trust wholeheartedly, to the point where he became the center of our scheduling and worked hand-in-hand with me on just about everything we do. It made it so that he and I talked every day, oftentimes multiple times a day. Both Mitch and I trusted him to care about these kids and be about the program, and we knew he would do it with great integrity.
Can the Reds Bounce Back?
They fell to the Brew Crew 4-2 Monday night, but things could change tonight when the first pitch is thrown at 8:10 pm ET. Enjoy all of the action at KSBar and Grille.
Anthony Davis: Still Good
The Unibrow is a freak. He was hitting fadeaway 20-footers in the first quarter to help the Lakers build a comfortable double-digit lead they would never give up, building a 3-1 series lead over the Blazers. Earlier in the day Tyler Herro’s heroics at the end of the game made the state of Indiana weep to complete a sweep of the Pacers. Unfortunately, it was the last time we’ll experience four NBA games a day during the week. This evening there are only two: the Jazz will try to close out the Nuggets at 6:30 pm, followed by the Mavericks and Clippers at 9 pm ET.
Mad Hatter: Still Mad
Les Miles or your 80-year-old grandpa six glasses of wine deep at Thanksgiving? pic.twitter.com/G2gZpbWw67
— John Kurtz (@jlkurtz) August 24, 2020