Big Blue Linkapalooza: Out Of Africa Edition

There is a great story in the links today behind Joker Phillips and some of his players taking a trip to Ethiopia for some goodwill and good works.  A2D2 reported this back in May, and the press are just getting around to it.

Also, as a bit of a follow-on to my post just below about players like Brandon Knight dodging workouts with other players in the draft, there is a rumor now that may wind up costing him draft positioning.

Now, for your links:

  • Trip to Ethiopia by Joker Phillips and Kentucky football group opens eyes, hearts | University of Kentucky Sports News | Lexington Herald-Leader

    That proved especially true for Trevathan. A meeting with a woman he guessed was about 35 years old moved him. The football linebacker was carrying food into what could loosely be termed a tent when he noticed the woman lying on a cot and shaking. She gestured that he wanted to touch his hand. The woman took Trevathan's hand and squeezed. She spoke a few words that the UK player guessed was an attempt to say thank you.

    "I turned around and shook my head," Trevathan said. "Then somebody was telling me that that was her last breath."

    The woman died.

    Words fail me.  I had known about this trip for a while because A2D2 brought it to my attention, but this story just shows the depth of human tragedy and experience that the football players had on this trip.

    I thought the blurb at the end about the trip costing the UK athletics department $9,000 was kind of unfortunate.  Then I read te byline, and understood it a bit better.  Tipton has an odd way of trying to balance pieces like this, and I think it leaves something of a negative impression needlessly. 

    But that's just Tipton being Tipton.  God knows he couldn't stand the idea of being accused of a puff piece.

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