It is UK Football Media Day in Lexington as Mark Stoops’ new team kicks off its 2019 fall camp by facing the toughest opponent it will see all season: the media.
Questions of How’s Terry? and Who will step up in the secondary? and How much will you miss Josh Allen? will be asked over and over throughout Kroger Field. Players will do their best to relay Stoops’ message and avoid making headlines, while Kash Daniel will say whatever Kash Daniel wants to say, to the delight of everyone holding a microphone in front of him.
Football is in the air and we have a ton of football content coming your way today and beyond, so stick around throughout the day. It isn’t quite time to start tailgating, but today means we are much, much closer.
LIVE STREAM: We will hear from Mark Stoops and his coordinators at 9:30 a.m.
Stoops will lead things off with an opening monologue beginning at 9:30 a.m., followed by questioning from the world-class reporters seated in front of him, bellies full from the free breakfast. Once Stoops unloads enough quotes to satisfy the working press — expect around 30 minutes of talking — his two coordinators, Eddie Gran and Brad White, will get their turn to speak.
We will have the live video of the entire press conference, every word from all three coaches, right here on Kentucky-Sports-Radio-dot-com. Check back at 9:30 to tune in.
The KSR radio show will be live from Kroger Field.
Ryan Lemond and I will host two hours of KSR from the Media Day sideline at Kroger Field. We will bring on as many guests as we can grab while sitting awkwardly next to the team’s photo shoot at 10 a.m.
We will attempt a live video recap of Media Day.
Once the players clear the field, the dust settles and all the memory cards are full of content, KSR’s team of Media Day correspondents will attempt a Facebook Live (or maybe YouTube Live, whatever works) recap of the entire day with stories and reactions. I seem to remember us trying it last year and it being a complete disaster, so we are going to do it again without doing anything different. Second time’s a charm.
In Case You Missed It: UK said no to public alcohol sales at athletics events in 2019-20.
Mitch Barnhart announced the decision in a press conference Thursday afternoon:
“After consultation with President Capilouto and our partners on campus, including the campus safety officials, we’ve decided to not have public alcohol sales at any UK athletics events during the 2019-20 season. It is our goal as well as our responsibility to create a safe, secure, positive engaging environment for fans of all ages and from all walks of life.
We believe we have an outstanding college fan experience at our games, though we recognize we can always find ways to do better. We also care about disrupting what we have currently in place.
We’ve made the decision with that in mind, recognizing there’s strong feelings on both sides of the issue, and I get a lot of emails regarding all of it on both sides.
In closing, I want to thank everybody for their patience and for those folks that reached out to give us their thoughts, understanding we’ll continue to listen, but at the end of the day, that’s where we are, and we think that it’s the best decision for the University of Kentucky at this juncture.”
When asked why alcohol available is available in some areas but not others, Barnhart said:
I think there’s experiences that you have in different areas of your stadium, and I understand that that’s a concern. We’ve got a fan experience in the public areas of our stands that I think is sort of where we want to be right now. There’s an availability in the premium areas that is different, and we recognize that, but the overarching 55,000 people in the stands, we feel like we’ve got an experience that feels like we think at this point in time a college experience should feel like and that we feel like gives families still an opportunity to enjoy Kentucky Athletics.
It isn’t a money issue. We don’t want to get into the money issue. Is there money to be made? I have no idea. That wasn’t a decision point for us. The decision point was what we wanted it to feel like, what we wanted it to look like. At this point in time, we want it to feel like — we feel like it’s a pretty solid place and a pretty neat experience at the University of Kentucky. So we’ll leave it at that.
He also called it an “availability issue.”
Get ready for more football talk with “35 Fun Facts About The 2019 Kentucky Football Team.”
Click here to read Mrs. Tyler’s annual recap of all the fun facts in UK’s football media guide. You can learn neat things like one defensive lineman loves The Notebook, another used to fence, and another puts syrup on his spaghetti.
It’s football time in the Bluegrass!