WKU football blog: K.J. Black to transfer

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The K.J. Black era at Western Kentucky is over.

            WKU coach David Elson announced in a statement Monday afternoon that the school has officially given the sophomore quarterback a release from his scholarship, and permission to transfer.

            “We have been contacted by two schools that have received a release from K.J., and we will enable him to pursue his football career elsewhere,” Elson said in a statement. “I met with K.J. and his family last week, and I met with K.J. again today. We wish K.J. all the best and thank him for his contributions to our program as a student-athlete over the last three years.”

             Black began 2008 as the team’s starting quarterback before getting injured in a week-two game at Eastern Kentucky. Senior David Wolke then started the next two games before Black returned to start two weeks ago at Kentucky.

            Citing poor overall performance, Elson then announced last Tuesday that Black would no longer be the team’s starter – and that Wolke would take over the job for the remainder of 2008. Black then skipped practice later that evening – for reasons unknown – and failed to inform the team. 

            As reported in the Daily News last Thursday, Kenneth Black Sr. – K.J. Black’s father – said in an e-mail that Elson informed him on the telephone last Wednesday that Black “needs to find another school.”

            Elson confirmed Black Sr.’s comments early Monday afternoon.

            “Whatever his father said, I’m sure it’s precisely accurate,” Elson said.

            Elson would not go into further detail as to why he informed Black and his father that he needed to seek a school change.

            Black saw action in three total games as a starter this season for the Hilltoppers, throwing for 277 yards and one touchdown and running for another 68 yards. In 2007, Black saw action in all 12 games – starting two. For his career at WKU, Black went 115-of-182 through the air for 1,284 yards and nine touchdowns. He also ran for 392 yards and two scores.

Read more in Tuesday’s Daily News 

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