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August 15, 2006

Rumor & Innuendo: Rumblings From the World of Sports

Mission Statement The fall/winter sports season draws nigh, a good time to reiterate this column’s raison d’etre. This is purely and simply a gossip column. Period. It is for entertainment purposes only. I tap into a network of sources (or alleged know-it-alls), some insiders, some not, and pass along provocative palaver of interest to Kentuckiana sports fans. I have no intention to print personal information or information intended to be hurtful. This is meant to be fun and I reaffirm my intention to make it so. Sometimes my sources and I get it right. I named Mitch Barnhart as UK’s new AD before Larry Ivy left. I told you Steve Spurrier would leave Florida months before he announced. I correctly predicted another U of L hoops change weeks before Brian Johnson’s departure. Often my sources and I are dead wrong. Rich Brooks and Tubby Smith still coach in Lexington. So read, enjoy, argue, take my name in vain, cheer for your favorite team, but don’t take anything here as gospel.  Except, of course, the verbiage of His Schnellness, the Shakespeare of the Sidelines, the fellow before whom we all genuflect. Which brings me to ...SchnellSpeak of the Week. Here’s how the FAU Fighting Owl mentor articulated his DL’s need for some extra work at the end of last Thursday’s practice: “We ran gassers, and then we had a little special period. Then we had another 10-minute period. We vary 10 minutes. We were 10 minutes long today, (Friday) we may be 10 minutes short.” Which logic I haven’t heard since a PE teacher once told our class to line up alphabetically by height. Speaking of a Fort Lauderdale kid who went to Boston College, then transferred back to FAU, Schnell thesaurusized: “It’s always good to have a prodigal son.” It’s scriptural rhapsody, I tell ya.Forewarned is forearmed. Wagering William would be distraught if I didn’t mention that former U of L coach Ron Cooper is now assistant head coach to Steve Spurrier at South Carolina in addition to mentoring the secondary. Speaking of former coaches ...None’s the number ... ... for New Mexico State’s Hal Mum’s The Word. The former UK coach enters his second season there still looking for victory numero uno.BY SEEDY Kseedyk@culturemaven.com