Football-loving astronaut gets NASA to set up SEC Network in space
AUG 03, 2014 6:00p ET
It's been said that college football fans will go to the ends of the Earth to get their gridiron fix.
Sometimes, you can take that literally.
As The Tennessean reports, astronaut and former college linebacker Barry Wilmore is set to travel to the International Space Station late next month along with two Russian counterparts. Wilmore -- who grew up in Tennessee and played for Tennessee Tech -- also enjoys watching SEC football, but since his mission lasts until March, the college football season will pass him by while he's in space.
But remember, this is a college football fan. In Tennessee. Naturally, he's made arrangements. Per The Tennessean:
Because of his love for football, Wilmore had NASA arrange to provide the new SEC Network in the space station and plans to watch Tennessee Tech's games on the Internet.
"I don't watch a lot of sports -- my wife might not agree with that -- but I do like to watch football, the SEC Game of the Week, and I try to catch Tech every chance I get," Wilmore said.
So what accounts for Wilmore's football fandom? The Tennessean notes that he played both offensive guard and linebacker in high school and was even recruited by Vanderbilt. The paper says Wilmore ultimately chose Tennessee Tech "because of the engineering program and walked on with the football team."
Obviously, Wilmore went on to excel in other pursuits, but he wasn't exactly a slouch on the field either, according to The Tennessean:
As a senior, Wilmore recorded 143 total tackles, which ranks third on the school's all-time single-season tackles list.
He made 21 tackles in a game against Austin Peay, which is the second-most in the program's history.
So there you have it. Apparently, the SEC Network will make it to space so that an astronaut can watch games while aboard the ISS.
Out of this world, huh?