By LARRY VAUGHT
When I found out I would be hosting the Leach Report for the vacationing Tom Leach today, I thought it would be great to get Big Blue Nation favorite Shannon Spake on the show to talk about her move from ESPN to FOXSports.
She readily agreed — and then I found out she would actually be on her first day of a family vacation. Not only that, but she was in Seattle, Wash., getting set for a Disney cruise.
So that meant she would be joining me at 6:30 a.m. in Seattle — and she still did it.
As usual, she was charming and informative. But I hope what really came across is that she wanted to be on the show to personally let UK fans know how much she would miss her regular ESPN trips to Rupp Arena or other places covering Kentucky basketball. She even revealed how last season’s UK at Kansas game was one of the games she’s enjoyed covering the most during her career.
She’ll be returning to NASCAR and the welcome she received from NASCAR folks and fans when the announcement was made reminded me of the way UK fans always welcomed her.
It’s not going to be the same not having her around all the time, but we’ll still get to see her on college football, NFL, NASCAR and some college basketball games.
Here’s a few of the Twitter messages I got after show.