Thoughts on wording, football and basketball

Jonathan Lintner

Sometimes what you want to write and what you actually write don’t mesh. I had one of those moments a week ago today when, talking about the WKU volleyball team’s near-death experience traveling though Alabama, I said WKU officials “milked” the situation in promoting the story as a feel-good moment.

Before a valuable conversation with Head Coach Travis Hudson that Tuesday, I viewed the incident as a tragedy, as the Lady Toppers made it out unharmed while the driver wasn’t so lucky.

But Hudson suggested that the driver was going to die of a heart attack whether he was driving a bus or not, and the fact that everyone else made it out alive was definitely a feel-good story.

That was much unlike what I said, but a much better way of looking at it.

What happened last Saturday to the WKU football team was crushing to them. I wrote then that this team is entering a period where it can either keep working or give up, and both Head Coach Willie Taggart and the Toppers echoed those statements.

The same applies to WKU football fans.

WKU’s Homecoming game on Oct. 30 may skew the attendance for a program that could enter still winless and on what could be a 27-game winning streak (unless the Toppers win at Louisiana-Lafayette this weekend).

Whatever the attendance figure is at Homecoming, though, won’t truly reflect the apathy for football right now at WKU.

While the Toppers don’t have an option to give up — six games remain on the schedule — many fans will along the way.

The men’s basketball staff is on a roll.

Based upon last Friday’s showing at Hilltopper Hysteria, the Toppers’ infusion of new players this season will bring all of size, speed and talent. The best is yet to come, too.

Recruits George Fant and Derrick Gordon, who have already given verbal commitments, were on hand Friday to watch Hysteria.

Then came a roar from the small contingent of fans still in Diddle Arena over the verbal commitment of four-star point guard Cezar Guerrero, who announced via the social network site USTREAM. Not long after that, news broke that Nigel Snipes, a three-star forward, had added his commitment based on a good Hysteria experience.

This class is bringing Head Coach Ken McDonald some high praises and also taking pressure of his shoulders after last season, which fell short of expectations.

The 2010-2011 season should be one in which WKU figures to be competitive on the Sun Belt Conference level. But if the Toppers fall short of playing in March, there won’t be pressure knowing what’s on tap for next season.