Situation Between Black & WKU Football Gets Cloudier

By: James Brandenburg Email
By: James Brandenburg Email

Kenneth Black Sr. agrees with Western Kentucky University football coach David Elson on at least one point - that Black's son, sophomore quarterback K.J. Black, is still a member of the Hilltopper football team.

But Kenneth Black Sr.'s agreement with Elson appears to end there.

Kenneth Black Sr. sent an e-mail to WBKO and the Bowling Green Daily News on Thursday indicating he doesn't believe Elson handled the replacement of K.J. Black as WKU starting quarterback properly and that the WKU head coach suggested in a telephone conversation with Kenneth Black Sr. that K.J. Black needed to find another place to play college football.

According to the e-mail from Kenneth Black Sr., he called WKU's football office Tuesday night and requested a meeting with Elson on Wednesday to discuss the circumstances surrounding K.J. Black being benched. According to Kenneth Black Sr., "Elson called me on Wednesday morning to discuss the issues. During this conversation Elson stated to me, 'K.J. needs to find another school.'"

Kenneth Black Sr. said he then came to Bowling Green with his wife and daughter because, "I was thinking that I had to load K.J.'s belongings and bring them home." According to Kenneth Black Sr. he and K.J. Black and the rest of the family met with Elson while on campus to discuss the matter further.

Kenneth Black Sr. declined to discuss specifics of that meeting when reached by telephone on Thursday.

Elson took part in his normal Thursday afternoon media availability but began the session by saying, "There's been absolutely no new change or information whatsoever so (it would) probably be best to just focus on Virginia Tech because there's nothing going on."

The Hilltoppers visit the Hokies on Saturday - a trip Elson said on Wednesday he didn't expect K.J. Black to make. Kenneth Black Sr. said his son will be in his hometown of Louisville over the weekend - a four-day break for WKU students for fall break.

Elson named senior David Wolke the starter on Tuesday, saying, "(Wolke's) more of threat to run, he's throwing well, he's a fifth-year senior who's shown great leadership and toughness and we just decided that's what we needed right now." K.J. Black had started three of WKU's first five contests, missing games at Alabama and at home against Murray State because of a dislocated non-throwing shoulder.

After learning he was no longer the starter, K.J. Black skipped Tuesday night's practice - an absence Elson called unexcused and one that Kenneth Black Sr. said in his e-mail was a mistake his son should be punished for, but not banished from the program.

Kenneth Black Sr. also took issue with the program's handling of the situation, saying in his e-mail that no member of the coaching staff contacted K.J. Black to learn his whereabouts when he missed Tuesday's workout - only an assistant trainer contacted K.J. Black, according to Kenneth Black Sr.

"Our family will survive this devastating and unfortunate incident through faith and perseverance," said Kenneth Black Sr.


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