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Thursday Quickies: College Football Edition

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College football has a full slate of games this week.

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NCAA Football: Kentucky at Missouri Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

College football has finally returned! We already experienced a couple games last Saturday, with No. 14 Stanford defeating Rice and No. 19 South Florida defeating San Jose State. But today kicks off the first week with a full slate of games. Tonight, Tulsa will play No. 10 Oklahoma State, and No. 2 Ohio State will play Indiana.

We’re left waiting until Saturday evening for Kentucky-Southern Miss.

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Your quickies

Kentucky football: Shannon Dawson wild card Saturday vs. Southern Miss | Lexington Herald Leader
For the second straight year, Southern Miss offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson faces Kentucky, who fired him after one season. Can Dawson win again?

Zion Williamson basketball recruiting about to heat up | The State
Recruiting is about to heat up for basketball phenom Zion Williamson of Spartanburg Day. A key step in deciding on the schools to visit is determining which schools offer the playing style that fits Williamson’s multiple skill set.

UK Football Word of the Day: Revenge | Kentucky Sports Radio
The UK football program is gearing up for Saturday's matchup against Southern Miss, and they haven't forgotten about last season's tough loss.

Jeff Badet loses starting WR job to freshman | Kentucky Sports Radio
Oklahoma freshman WR CeeDee Lamb has been named starter on the outside, taking Kentucky transfer Jeff Badet's job in the process...

Kentucky offensive line building depth as season nears -CatsPause
UK offensive line coach John Schlarman wants to increase his rotation as the season approaches. - VIDEO: How Are Cats' DBs Looking Entering Opener?
Steve Clinkscale talks about the performance of his position group on game week. - 2019 Kentucky football recruiting preview: The defensive linemen
Cats Illustrated takes a look at the top 2019 defensive linemen who should be hearing from Kentucky starting on September 1.

Former Kentucky basketball star Jack Givens has surgery after injury in Alumni Charity Game | Lexington Herald Leader
Former UK star Jack “Goose” Givens tore an Achilles tendon while playing in the Alumni Charity Game Friday night in Rupp Arena. He had surgery Tuesday. Despite the injury, Givens said he was happy for the chance to play again.

True freshman defensive lineman Quinton Bohanna has Kentucky's coaches excited | Lexington Herald Leader
Athletic, speedy, smart freshman nose tackle Quinton Bohanna has Kentucky coaches excited. Mark Stoops: “Hopefully he can get in there and be a little more disruptive.”

Joe Haden Signs 3-Year, $27M Contract with Steelers After 7 Years with Browns | Bleacher Report
Former Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden reportedly reached an agreement Wednesday with the Pittsburgh Steelers on a three-year free-agent deal.

Isaiah Thomas says "I am not damaged" in ESPN interview - SFGate
Isaiah Thomas believes he will fully recover from his hip injury. Woj reports that the Cavs have stopped asking for greater compensation for the trade.

Vontaze Burfict of Cincinnati Bengals has suspension reduced to 3 games - ESPN
Vontaze Burfict's five-game suspension has been reduced to three games, after an appeal by the Bengals linebacker.

Browns ship Cameron Erving to Chiefs for fifth-rounder -
The Cleveland Browns continue to wheel-and-deal and churn the roster ahead of their regular-season opener. After cutting Joe Haden, the team traded Cameron Erving to the Chiefs.

Amid floods, Astros to return home Saturday to face Mets - USA Today
The Houston Astros will return home Saturday to face the New York Mets

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, unmasked and still searching - ESPN Mag
Winning isn't everything. After Super Bowl XLV, Green Bay's hero QB has been on a journey to find out what is.