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There are two quarterback battles worth your attention: Murray State’s battle is down to KD Humphries and South Alabama transfer CJ Bennett, whereas Kentucky transfer Jalen Whitlow and New Mexico State transfer Andrew Manley are the frontrunners for the starting role in Eastern Illinois. Of the four players mentioned, only Humphries has more than a year of eligibility remaining.
At yesterday’s OVC Media Day, neither coach really gave us a clear view of which way they might be leaning. Chris Hatcher says that “consistency” will determine who wins the starting role, and new EIU coach Kim Dameron summed up his battle by saying he’s looking for a quarterback that doesn’t turn over the ball.
So, essentially, they told us they want their quarterback to be good at quarterbacking. That’s good to know…
A lot has been made about the new NCAA rules that allow “unlimited snacks” for players starting in August. While waiting for one coach to finish up an interview, I began talking with one team’s players about it, and their response was surprising.
“We’re not getting it,” one of the players told me. “It’s a budget thing. I don’t think we have the budget.”
I also asked if there were times they were hungry, and they explained how they had to use a combination of flex spending and their meal plans just to get one “full” meal each night.
With the NCAA all but ready to begin playing players, or at least increasing the value of players scholarships, the idea that an OVC school doesn’t even have the funding for more snacks for players is interesting, and worrying. We fully expect the divide to grow between the have’s and have-not’s, but I didn’t expect that to begin now.
While the focus is on football, I do want to give a shout out to Isaiah Canaan‘s NBA summer league play. The Rockets finished second in the Vegas summer league after losing last night, but Canaan had a spectacular run, averaging 19.4 points per game over the Rockets final five contests. With one fewer guard currently on the Rockets roster, the possibility of the former Murray State star playing a more significant role in the year ahead is rising.