We mean it this time. Really.
Yesterday, the school made the announcement in a news release, which described Whitlow as a “dynamic quarterback.” Beyond the spin, Whitlow has started 15 games over the past two seasons at Kentucky, including eight last year. He threw for just over 1,000 yards in five touchdown, completing 61.6 percent of his passes, due in a large part to quite a few screens and checkdowns. He is a “running” quarterback: He ran for more touchdowns than he threw (six, compared with five) and gained 457 on the ground.
So, Whitlow is the starter next season, right?
Well, here’s the thing. Eastern Illinois added former New Mexico quarterback Andrew Manley last summer, who will be a senior this year. Manley was solid at UNM, as well, throwing for over 27-hundred yards his sophomore season, but didn’t fit into the team’s new offensive mold after a coaching change. It should be quite the battle to choose a signal caller for the defending Ohio Valley Conference champs.
The “Breds” are no more. Murray State athletic director Allen Ward announced yesterday that the school will no longer use the alternate nickname for the school’s baseball program, instead making them “Racers” as well.
His reasons are solid: the nickname Racers, which is unique to Murray, is fairly well known. Breds, is not. A lot of schools use alternate nicknames for baseball, and more and more are going this same route, choosing to have one identity for all their sports teams.
It is kind of sad to see Breds go. Murray State also hopes the recent reputation of the program, which missed another OVC Tournament this year, goes with it.
Speaking of the OVC Baseball Tournament, it gets underway tonight in Jackson, Tennessee. The lower seeds both take the field tonight with No. 4 SIUE taking on No. 5 Morehead State, and No. 3 Jacksonville State taking on the surging six-seeded Eastern Illinois. The Panthers were swept by the Gamecocks at home in their season series. SIUE took two of three from the Eagles one month ago in Edwardsville.