Kentucky’s other undefeated college basketball team is a Division III semifinalist, thanks to a big assist from the daughter of a former NFL player.
Sydney Moss, the daughter of former wide receiver Randy Moss, has led Thomas More College, a Catholic liberal arts school with 950 undergraduates, to a 31-0 record and a Final Four game Friday against 31-0 George Fox. Moss, a junior, scored 63 points (a Division III record) in a game a year ago, but tore her anterior cruciate ligament during the regional semifinals last year. She can play all five positions and led the Saints with a 24.4 points-per-game scoring average.
Moss hopes to step out of her father’s shadow.
“I think everybody wants to get out of their parents’ footsteps and try to make a name for themselves,” Sydney Moss, who was the Division III player of the year, told the New York Times. “Through high school, I was known as ‘Randy Moss’s daughter, Randy Moss’s daughter.’ I feel like if we win a national championship, it would get me farther out of his spotlight and kind of make me into my own person, my own name.”
Moss, who was born while her father was in high school, isn’t on speaking terms with her father right now.
“I feel like we’re the same person, so we don’t really get along,” Moss said. “I think we’re both — hardheaded, I guess that’s the right word.”