MAUI — If Jon Hood had any doubts about pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice, they were put to rest yesterday in Hawaii.
The Cat’s sophomore forward cites one passion he has held above all else, even basketball, since the days of Cowboys and Indians in the wilds of Madisonville: the Hunt of Bounty.
With the help of his academic advisor and friend of the program William Wesley, Mr. Hood was able to get within striking distance of making his dream a reality when the Adolph Rupp of bounty hunting, Duane “Dog” Chapman, invited him to job shadow yesterday.
“It was awesome,” said Mr. Hood.
Mr. Hood, who intends to become a part-time bounty hunter even if he makes an NBA roster, manhunted next to Dog for a grueling twelve hour shift yesterday in a special uniform designed by Nike for the occasion.
When Mr. Hood arrived at 7 a.m., the extra mace and cuffs waiting for for him in Chapman Family’s SUV/Rolling Death Machine. Both Mr. Dog and Mr. Hood were tight-lipped about any spoilers.
But, Dog wryly suggested that if Hood’s three-point proficiency were anything near his ability to “wing an iced-out haole on a dead sprint,” he’d be an “sure-fire All-American” this year.
Not many basketball may fans realize it, but Hood is not only a sharp shooter on the court for Kentucky, he’s also a rising star on the university’s beloved rifle team, “The Deadly Cats.”
At yesterday’s shoot-around press conference, Mr. Hood said he was impressed with Mr. Dog’s ability to take down the bad guys, and do it with the ones he loved.
“It shows me that when you combine doing what you love with those you care about, anything is possible. It’s just what Coach Cal is always saying about us bonding as brothers and achieving our dreams together.”
As for the new skills during his first stint at hot justice, Mr. Hood says he is hoping to apply them during the season.
“Louisville game. If Scratch were to mace and arrest Steve Masiello at midcourt during tip-off and rip his head off to reveal himself, that guy would have to be awarded the ‘K-Y Triple on the spot.’” Hood said.
“Kentucky Colonel, Duke of Hazard, and Major of Madisonville, probably at a combined ceremony. From there I plan on working my way through ‘til I’m governor and can really clean up the state.”
At this point in the press conference, the national media attempted to shout questions to assay extent of Hood’s hubris, but they were all drowned out by the hoots and applause of a man standing on a folding chair.
That man was later identified as the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Commissioner of Agriculture.
Fans will be able to see all the action with guest star Jon Hood on this season’s premiere of Dog’s show on A&E and purchase his uniform on the UK Athletics website.