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Patrick Towles dedicates season to gorilla killed at Cincinnati Zoo, plus more random notes

Patrick Towles celebrates a touchdown in Kentucky’s 21-13 win over Missouri last season. The former Ft. Thomas Highlands star is a graduate transfer at Boston College this season.
Patrick Towles celebrates a touchdown in Kentucky’s 21-13 win over Missouri last season. The former Ft. Thomas Highlands star is a graduate transfer at Boston College this season. Lexington Herald-Leader

Random notes:

▪ Ex-UK quarterback Patrick Towles announced on Instagram he is dedicating this season to Harambe, the gorilla who was shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo in May. Towles, a grad transfer at Boston College, played his high school football at Fort Thomas Highlands, just across the river from Cincinnati.

▪ Not even one week into fall drills, sounds like redshirt freshman Eli Brown is making his presence felt at linebacker. The former Warren East star has moved from second team to first.

▪ Considering Jordan Bonner wasn’t on campus this summer and he has three years of eligibility remaining, I’d be surprised if the junior-college linebacker gets on the field this season. On the other hand, it’s early.

▪ Down at Western Kentucky, Chad Bishop of WBKO reports that Mike White and Tyler Ferguson are still rotating at quarterback with the first team. Head coach Jeff Brohm had said he wanted a week to 10 days to pick a successor to the ultra-successful Brandon Doughty.

Get more news at Jennifer Smith’s UK football blog

▪ Another name that keeps coming up when talking to UK’s coaches is true freshman tight end Justin Rigg from Springboro. With Darryl Long transferring, Rigg could be pressed into action behind C.J. Conrad and Greg Hart.

▪ Kentucky is not the only Southeastern Conference team to lose an important defensive lineman in the first week of fall camp. LSU lost starting senior defensive tackle Christian LaCouture and his backup, redshirt freshman defensive end Isaiah Washington to knee injuries. Both are expected to miss the season.

▪ One spot that has been overlooked in the UK preseason: Punter. New special teams coordinator Matt House has to find someone to replace four-year starter Landon Foster.

▪ World’s best female athlete? If Katie Ledecky continues her Olympic swimming domination, might give her the nod over Serena Williams.

▪ Meanwhile, ex-Mississippi State running back Josh Robinson claims Bulldogs Coach Dan Mullen called the police on him for running at MSU’s athletic facility on Tuesday. Mullen denies he made the call, but Robinson did get a citation for trespassing. The Clarion-Ledger reported it was the track coach that called the police.

▪ If you missed it, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who is in favor of moving the league’s age limit from 19 to 20, says that won’t happen anytime soon. The league and the Players Association are about to start negotiating on a new contract.

▪ Yes, Gregg Marshall is wrapped a little tight. The Wichita State coach has been suspended by the school after he charged an official during an exhibition game in Montreal on Tuesday. An exhibition game.

▪ Jon Solomon of CBS Sports did a study of the Power Five coaches to find out who has the best record in one-score games. Mark Stoops ranked last in the SEC with a .416 winning percentage, having gone 5-7 so far. Considering Stoops’ overall record is 12-24, don’t think that mark is awful. And it’s a pretty small sample size.

▪ Give the Reds credit. After giving up five runs with two outs — and on just two singles — in the bottom of the ninth to lose 5-4 to the host Cardinals on Monday, they did bounce back and win 7-4 on Tuesday. Despite their record, they haven’t packed it in.

▪ Used to be coaches jumped from school to school. Now it’s athletic directors. Just this week, Jim Sterk left San Diego State for Missouri and Mike Bobinski left Georgia Tech for Purdue.

▪ Tim Tebow’s attempt at 29 years of age to play professional baseball has all the makings of a publicity stunt or a reality television show. Or maybe those two are the same.

▪ The Cincinnati Bengals had a training camp practice rained out this week. Unlike college teams (like Kentucky), the Bengals don’t have an indoor facility.

▪ Seeing Seattle’s James Paxton strike out Mike Trout four times on Sunday makes you think that if the Canada native had been allowed by the NCAA to pitch his senior season at UK — Paxton’s contract with agent Scott Boras was considered a no-no by the NCAA — Gary Henderson might still be the Kentucky baseball coach.

▪ I’d love to see the new Los Angeles Rams go back to the old blue-and-white color scheme.

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