Back in full swing after rare ‘silent’ local weekend

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A John "J.B." Holmes update

By Bobby Brockman


What an odd weekend with both local high schools (Taylor County and Campbellsville) and the hometown college (Campbellsville University) having bye weeks. However, football heads back into full swing this weekend.
The Cardinals will travel to LaRue County tomorrow before beginning the district slate at home next week vs. Boyle County in their first game on campus.
The Eagles play their first tilt on Fryrear Field tomorrow against Green County and will play at Bethlehem next week and host Danville before starting district action on Oct. 11 at home vs. Williamsburg.
And, yes, the CU Tigers will have a home game soon.
After visiting Bethel (Tenn.) this weekend, coach Perry Thomas’ club will have five of their final seven tilts on Citizens Bank Field at Finley Stadium beginning Sept. 27 against Kentucky Christian.

Look back at U of L at UK clash
For the foreseeable future, the Kentucky-Louisville football game will be the last game of the regular season, normally the weekend after Thanksgiving.
That could mean a game on Thursday, Friday (even in the morning) or any time on Saturday. It’s up to the “network boys.”
U of L is getting raked about it’s weak schedule. That won’t be the case from here on out.
The Cardinals will host Kentucky, Florida State and Miami (Fla.) next season while visiting Notre Dame (that game could be in Indianapolis) and Clemson.
That means in 2015, U of L will play Auburn in the Kick-off Classic in Atlanta while visiting Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Kentucky and Pittsburgh and entertaining Clemson.
In 2017, Notre Dame will come to Louisville.
The naysayers say Louisville can’t win or finish in the top six of the Southeastern Conference.
That being probable, could Kentucky win the American Athletic Conference or even the Sun Belt Conference?
U of L would probably go at least 8-4 against UK’s schedule while the Wildcats might go 7-5, 8-4 at best vs. the Cardinals’ slate.
The SEC might start playing nine conference games in 2016. However, U of L’s schedule will not be much weaker than UK’s since the Cardinals will play eight ACC tilts each season and Notre Dame every third year (2014, 2017 and 2020).
Louisville’s program will not die as they enter the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2014. It might get even stronger. However, U of L will lose several key senior starters (eight of 14 scholarship players), but the huge depletions could be from the junior class if quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, wide receive Devante Parker, tight end Gerald Christian, safety Calvin Pryor or any of three stand-out offensive lineman should decide to leave early for the NFL.

Holmes has 19 tourneys to earn $595,000 to keep his PGA TOUR status
Taylor County native John “J.B.” Holmes’ rehabilitation from ankle and elbow surgery are moving along quite smoothly and he should return to competitive action in the next couple months.
Holmes also recently received official notice that he has 19 events to make $595,000 to maintain his status on the PGA TOUR.
Holmes will still have to be in the top 125 on the money list in 2014 to retain his card for the 2015 season.
The 2014 season actually runs from the Frys.com Open on Oct. 7-13, 2013 through the Wyndham Championship on Aug. 11-17, 2014.
The 31-year-old Holmes played in only five tournaments before being sidelined. He also missed the end of the 2011 season.
Holmes, who has won two PGA TOUR events in the Phoenix area and was also a member of the victorious 2008 USA squad at the 37th Ryder Cup event at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville,  has earned over $10,727,005 in six full seasons and parts of two others on the PGA TOUR.