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Last night was a great night for fans of the Kentucky football program. We finally learned the NCAA’s decision in Xavier Peters’ case for immediate eligibility as a transfer, and it was a favorable one. The NCAA informed Peters that his hardship request had been granted and that he is cleared to play for Kentucky, effective immediately.
Peters announced the news soon after he learned it Tuesday afternoon, in a tweet to Big Blue Nation:
I just want to thank God for getting me CLEARED! also I want to thank the @NCAA for understanding my situation about me coming closer to my son I’m going to bring the energy and the passion to this team can’t wait to be on that field Saturday night! Go Cats!! Love my fans #BBN? pic.twitter.com/ITDk3yQc6f
— ?Xavier Peters????? (@xavierpeters22) September 10, 2019
For more on Peters’ impact on the defense, scroll on down just a little bit for our stories from when the news broke.
Or if you care about my two cents, I don’t expect Peters to jump right in and take over, but I believe he will be a very good backup to Josh Paschal and Boogie Watson on the outside, and will one day be one of the best players on UK’s entire defense. Peters seems a lot like Josh Allen in that his little man is his top priority in life, so he will attack each workout and each practice with a no-nonsense, “I’m here to provide for my family”-type attitude. With that mindset and his God-given size and athleticism, he has the makings of a star on the field. That rise to stardom with Kentucky can now begin this Saturday with his first action as a Cat.
Here’s what else is exciting these days…
We now know UK’s entire 2019-20 basketball schedule.
The SEC released its men’s basketball schedule for the upcoming 2019-20 season on Tuesday. The part of it that you care about — you know, all of the Kentucky games — can be found below on this printable version of the Cats’ entire and complete schedule, via UKAthletics:
John Calipari and his staff are out on the recruiting trail again.
With the recruiting period back in full swing, it is a busy time for Coach Cal and his assistant coaches as they travel the globe in search of Who’s Next. The Kentucky staff logged a lot of airline miles on Monday and Tuesday, and today will be no different.
Tomorrow is lined up to be a huge day for basketball recruiting with Lance Ware, a four-star power forward out of New Jersey, ready to announce his decision to the world. Ware is expected to become the third member of UK’s 2020 recruiting class, joining BJ Boston and Cam’Ron Fletcher. Calipari and Kenny Payne were in to see Ware on Monday.
Eddie Gran talked after Tuesday’s practice.
Gran’s offense is adjusting to life without its leader and its top quarterback, Terry Wilson, with the Florida game only days away.
I highly encourage you to read these two things on your new favorite quarterback, Sawyer Smith.
These two KSR links — the first from Nick Roush, the second from Jack Pilgrim — are all you need to get familiar with Sawyer Smith ahead of his first career start for Kentucky and in the Southeastern Conference. You can see how he plays the game and learn the entire story of how he ended up in Lexington, where a sudden turn of events has him starting against the Florida Gators in maybe the biggest game on UK’s 2019 schedule.
Will a star be born on Saturday? We’re far from the shallow now.
Want some fun for a good cause this Friday night in Louisville?
This coming Friday night in Louisville, Carole’s Kitchen, an organization working to end childhood hunger, will hold its Concert For A Cause at American Turners on River Road. The evening will begin with a happy hour at 5:30 pm, followed by some fun for the kids and the concert at 7 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the event’s Facebook page here.
Carole’s Kitchen’s website says it is currently serving over 1,000 Louisville area children and families by providing dinners, food pantries and working with other local charities, including Blessings in a Backpack.
No trivia at KSBar and Grille tonight.
With trivia master Matt Jones still up in New York, KSBar’s regular Wednesday night trivia will take a break this week. Stay tuned to the KSBar and Grille Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages for more events and important dates and information, like tomorrow’s Thursday Night Football giveaways and wing and drink specials.
You should blow off work on Friday and get out to KSR’s remote at Country Boy’s Georgetown taproom.
One of our biggest shows of the year is upon us as we head out to Country Boy’s taproom in Georgetown for Friday’s show before Florida comes to town. At some point today I’ll share a more thorough and detailed rundown of all of the fun scheduled for Friday’s show; for now, just know that you should 100 percent skip work and make a day out of it. Do it. Trust me. And if you don’t trust me, watch this video and then see how you feel about it:
One week away from the annual @KySportsRadio remote at the Georgetown taproom! Let us get you ready for the UK vs Florida game with delicious food from @CBBkitchen, cold beer, and a chance to win an amazing Lexington Weekend Getaway. Doors open at 8am, but get here early!! pic.twitter.com/lSIzvlA1Sa
— Country Boy Brewing (@CBBGeorgetownKY) September 6, 2019
Tell your boss you’ll work extra hard on Monday (which is a lie).
Tune in to KSR in an hour.
The whole gang will be on the show, chiming in from three different locations with Ryan and I in Lexington, Shannon in Louisville, and Matt in New York.