College football is 6 Fridays away

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By Bob Watkins

College football season in Kentucky is six weekends away, right? Wrong.
Tis half-dozen Fridays away. In Bowling Green, Western Kentucky Hilltoppers host Bowling Green U., August 29.

Six-feet-11, 240 pound bundle of man-child talent, Karl Anthony Towns will be 19 years old in November. The kid has the right stuff to be a Kentucky basketball poster boy on fan-love plateau with Jamal Mashburn, Kyle Macy and the Unforgettables.
A Gatorade athlete of the year in 2014 and rated the nation’s fifth best high school prospect, Towns is grounded, well spoken in interviews and his best numbers are not preceded by points, rebounds and blocks, but GPA: 3.96.
And so, I hope: Welcome to Willie Cauley-Steinville.
Best case scenario: Towns becomes less Cauley-Stein’s platoon partner on court and more his protege` off it. By his action, Cauley-Stein shunned his coach’s idea of success, passed on the NBA draft this year, saying he wanted to enjoy “more of the college experience.”
Let’s hope Towns’ 60s-style black-rimmed glasses are but the first imitation of his, uh mentor.

1,643. Number of words an internet writer devoted to ‘How to replace John Calipari.’ last week. It was about 1,400 too many.
The writer’s summertime circle-talk meander:
• “If Cleveland’s season goes awry, Lebron continues to control the world by exercising his opt-out clause after one year, Kentucky wins another national title and Calipari decides he has absolutely dominated the world of college basketball, would the president/coach offer from the Cavaliers re-emerge? ... Conceivably, Cal may receive his chance.”
• Top Four Hypothetical Replacements. 4. John Pelphrey, 3. Steve Masiello, 2. Brad Stevens, 1. Orlando Antigua.
And so it goes.