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Sunday Quickies: Rodger Bird Edition

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We lost a legend this weekend.

Rodger Bird played football at Kentucky from 1963-1965. He was a first team All-American in his final season, and went on to play professionally for the Oakland Raiders in the American Football League.

In 2005, Bird was inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame behind his career 1,699 yards and 21 touchdowns. Unfortunately, on Saturday afternoon he passed away at his home in Henderson, Kentucky.

The Corbin native was a special talent coming up in the 1950’s, and he will always be remembered for his career at Kentucky and his legacy as a Kentuckian.

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Quickies

Mark Stoops in Chasing Kentucky Football History - KSR

With just four wins, Mark Stoops could move into second place in the all-time wins list at Kentucky. He is also on track to become the first Kentucky coach to finish his career with a winning record since 1961.

MLB safety proposal includes thorough testing, social distancing, no spitting - ESPN

Major League Baseball is putting in guidelines for starting the season. Will players be able to avoid spitting? Only time will tell.

Summer basketball recruiting is likely lost. What does that mean for Kentucky? - Herald-Leader

The dead period is extended through June 30th. How will that impact Kentucky, especially the basketball program?

No DeAndre Williams, so what are Kentucky basketball’s options now in the frontcourt? - Courier-Journal

Is Kentucky’s roster set? Or will they still be looking for another big man?

Former Raiders player, Kentucky football legend Rodger Bird dies at 76 - USA Today

The Oakland Raiders made an official announcement about Bird’s passing.

‘The Last Dance’ updates: The untold story of Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls - ESPN

The finale of The Last Dance is tonight. Read hear to see what current and former NBA stars are saying about the goat.

Phyllis George, former Kentucky first lady and a pioneer in sports broadcasting, dies - Herald-Leader

The former Kentucky first lady made a big impact on everything she touched.

Michael Jordan didn’t have the flu during the ‘Flu Game,’ according to longtime trainer Tim Grover - CBS Sports

Did Jordan really have the flu? Was it a hangover? Or something else entirely? Find out here.

Mark Stoops expects “big things” out of Jamar “Boogie” Watson - Vaught’s Views

Watson has a lot of preseason hype. Does the coaching staff feel it is justified?

Isaiah Jackson ‘ready to go’ - 247 Sports

A lot of factors could impact Jackson’s role next season. No matter how those circumstances play out, he will be ready to contribute.