No, I haven’t forgotten about you, Daily 3. Maybe I’m alone on this, but I don’t necessarily think Kentucky is going to walk all over UT Martin on Saturday. There’s no question the Skyhawks are pretty big underdogs, but having lived in the bluegrass state for the vast majority of my life, I know what Kentucky football is capable of.
And no, that’s not meant to be a positive, reassuring statement about the Wildcats in any way.
If you’re with me on the Skyhawks, there is some good news: Kentucky has suspended two players for their season opener this Saturday. Senior offensive tackle Darrian Miller and junior receiver Rashad Cunningham will sit for a violation of team rules. Every little bit helps.
As a reminder, I wrote after Week one last season about the #FeartheFCS hashtag. The Skyhawks could help bring that back this season.
Another of my personal crusades this week was dealt a blow by Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill, who host Eastern Illinois on Thursday night. Kill, in talking about preparing for the Panthers, said “It’s hard to prepare for a ghost.”
It’s statement’s like this that validate what coaches like Kim Dameron, Jason Simpson, and others across college football are doing – strategically: not naming their starting quarterback. If you’re Minnesota, you have to prepare for an offense you’ve essentially never seen, with two quarterbacks who haven’t played virtually at all with their current team, and that has a new head coach and coordinator. There’s a lot of unknowns — and making them hunt down UK and New Mexico State tape, instead of just one, only makes Minnesota’s job harder.
Strategically, it’s smart. I still hate it. But, it’s becoming increasingly hard to argue against. Doesn’t mean I’ll stop anytime soon.
In related news, Dameron seems to enjoying himself. “It’s been fun because nobody has ever asked me about a quarterback before,” the new head coach told the paper.
Coaching extensions, more often than not, come close to the end of a season, not the beginning. This is an exception.
Tennessee Tech has agreed to an extension with head football coach Watson Brown, which will keep the seven-year coach in Gold and Purple through the 2019 season. We don’t know the value of that extension at the moment.
Brown actually has a losing record at TTU: 33-46, and a losing record for his career, 127-197-1. Last year’s struggles not withstanding, during Brown’s tenure, TTU has been on the upswing over his span: The Golden Eagles won the OVC in 2011, earning the school’s first ever FCS playoffs birth.