Kellton Hollins is one of the best people you will meet anywhere.
Hollins emailed athletic director Jeremiah Donati and chancellor Victor Boschini a couple days later, pitching the idea. They both approved and a month later Hollins was leading a group of athletes Thursday in painting the message just outside Schollmaier Arena.
“For me as a Black male, as a Black student, as a Black student-athlete, it was just very powerful to be a part of something like that [downtown], especially in today’s climate,” said Hollins, a senior offensive lineman. “When I realized the impact it had on me, I was like, ‘I’ve got to bring it back to the campus because it may benefit my brothers, my teammates and my sisters on this campus in the same manner.’”
Sorry to all of you hoping that this year’s cancellation would be the final nail in the coffin.
“(TCU athletic director) Jeremiah (Donati) and I both expressed our mutual commitment to ensuring this is a one-year disruption,” Hart said in the interview, where he said he offered to have SMU play at TCU this season. “Right now, both of our focuses are on this season and some of the challenges in front of us. We will circle back at the appropriate time to just revisit — does it alter anything about how the future games are laid out or do we continue with what’s scheduled?
“It’s difficult because it’s a long-time series and so both of us scheduled home and away in alignment with the rotation. We’ll talk about other things we can do or creative ways we might do differently in ’21. But we don’t anticipate any additional disruption in the series.”
Wow, what an incredible thing for Doc to do.
According to the New York Daily News’ Manish Mehta, Doctson, who became the third Jets player to opt-out of the 2020 season, is traveling to Africa on a humanitarian mission in an effort to help the needy. Mehta reported that COVID-19 concerns weighed heavily on Doctson’s decision to opt-out, but he also told people in the Jets’ organization that he “feels that his calling is to help the underprivileged at this time.”
“We went to the genocide museum and we saw a lot of things I wasn’t really aware of,” Doctson told the Washington Football Team’s website. “How the genocide started, what happened in the genocide and what’s going on now. [Rwanda] is a very, very safe place. Infrastructure is amazing, they rebuilt everything, people moving, energy’s high. We loved it. I really don’t know what other trip can top Rwanda right now. I really want to keep going back and back and try to figure out how to give opportunities to these people who are in need.”
Finny seems primed for a Big League return when things get back to normal.
“I’ve been very impressed with how Brandon has looked this summer and I know he will make an impact soon,” Skoug said. “It’s always great to learn from him to hopefully help some pitchers in my organization.”
For Finnegan, he hopes to get back to the big leagues for another extended stay as soon as possible. He knows he has the talent and ability to pitch at the highest level.
It just might take more than 13 relief appearances to showcase that again.
“Everyone’s dream is to be in the big leagues and be a big league pitcher or catcher or first baseman, whatever their position is,” Finnegan said. “But in the grand scheme of things it’s very hard to do. There’s a ton of guys who play this sport and a ton of guys who don’t make it to the big leagues. I was in the right place at the right time. I just happened to do what Kansas City needed me to do at the time. They needed a left-handed reliever and I went out there and threw really well for them. I’m very fortunate for that.