Whether or not there is snowfall in Grayson, Ky., at this time of year, there has been a flurry of activity on the campus of Kentucky Christian University.
Last week, Mike Furrey resigned as the Kentucky Christian head football coach and joined Doc Holliday's staff at Marshall University as the wide receivers coach.
Among those affected by the news was Williamstown graduate Lane Knost, who just completed his second season as a starting tight end for the Knights and happened to be Furrey's first recruit at the NAIA institution.
"Actually, there was a lot of talk and rumors spreading before Christmas break," Knost said. "When coach Furrey held a team meeting, he told us it was a job he couldn't pass up. It's like a business and he is doing what is best for his family.
"As a team, we were upset at first but we were able to get focused again. We love coach Furrey and we know he will be around to see us grow. He is a great Christian guy and cares about us."
Last season, the Knights won five games in a row for the first time in program history, finished 7-4 and earned a No. 25 ranking. After being moved to slot receiver in midstream, Knost finished with 257 yards on 14 receptions and one touchdown.
Since his high school days at Williamstown, the 6-foot-3 Knost has bulked up 30 pounds and now hits the scales at 225.
"Even though I've gained the weight, I feel a lot quicker," Knost said.
Combined with Furrey's departure, Knost made certain his role wouldn't deviate now that Kentucky Christian quarterbacks coach Gene Peterson was in charge. Peterson is a native of the area and has more than 30 years of coaching experience, including 26 years at Fleming County High School (Ky.).
"Coach Peterson is kind of a local legend, and the meeting I had with him made me feel real good," Knost said. "When Furrey decided to leave, I wondered whether I should transfer or go somewhere else. But once I came out of the meeting with coach Peterson, that changed my mind and I knew I needed to be here."
Kentucky Christian won't back down from any opponent as next season's opener attests when the Knights travel to Indianapolis to play top-ranked Marian University.
"We only lost two to three starters on offense and two to three starters on defense - we practically bring back everybody, so I assume we should start in the top 25 in terms in rankings," Knost said.
As a side note, Knost's father, Brian Knost, is doing better health-wise after suffering a minor heart attack during the middle of the football season. Days later, Lane Knost enjoyed his best performance of the season with 92 yards on four receptions in a 15-14 loss to Campbellsville.
"Once I saw him before the game, he looked fine," Lane Knost said. "He even gave me an inspirational speech."