Astronaut Can Watch College Football in Space
Barry Wilmore gets NASA to offer games
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2014 6:24 PM CDT
In this file photo, space shuttle Atlantis commander Charles Hobaugh, left, and pilot Barry Wilmore are seen.   (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

(Newser) – Barry Wilmore blasts off for the International Space Station on Sept. 25 for a six-month mission, which is great for him as an astronaut but lousy for him as a college football fan. Solution: NASA has agreed to provide the new SEC network on the ISS so Wilmore can get his fix, reports the Tennessean, which adds that the 51-year-old Wilmore played college ball himself at Tennessee Tech. (NASA, in fact, seems sympathetic to its sports-loving astronauts, making sure that the ISS crew could watch World Cup games this summer, notes USA Today.)

"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 tells the Tennessean.