Well, in case you’ve been under a rock, the Patriots pulled off the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history last night, erasing a 25-point deficit to force overtime and bring home their fifth Super Bowl title. Like the Pats or not, you have to give them and Brady credit; at halftime, it looked like the Falcons were on their way to a rout, but Brady led his team to 31 unanswered points, cementing his legacy as the greatest quarterback in history. It feels weird to write that sentence after everyone said the same thing about Peyton Manning a few years back, but with five Super Bowl rings and four Super Bowl MVP honors, it’s hard to argue against Brady’s case.
Meanwhile, let’s turn our attention to matters at home, which are, well, not ideal. Here’s today’s agenda:
1. First, Calipari will be on the SEC Coaches Teleconference
With three losses in the last four games, Cal has some ‘splaining to do about his young squad, and we’ll see how he responds to reporters on today’s SEC Coaches Teleconference. Cal’s up around 11:35 a.m. ET, so check back around lunch for a recap.
2. Tony Barbee will handle the pre-LSU presser
Cal is handing his pre-LSU media opp to Tony Barbee, who will give his spin on Kentucky’s downward slide around 2:45 p.m. this afternoon. Calipari was blunt Saturday night about his squad’s shortcomings, telling reporters he sensed trouble coming after the Tennessee game.
“Sometimes you gotta hit bottom, and maybe we have hit bottom, maybe we haven’t hit bottom. But I knew after Tennessee we had an issue. I said, ‘You’re going to lose the next two or three if you don’t change. We’re not passing the ball, we’re turning it over, we’re making hard plays, we’re making cute plays. We kind of got away, and we gotta get it back. At the end of the day, we know how they can play because we’ve all seen it. Now we see them at their worst. OK, now it’s a choice: do you want to be at your worst, do you want to be at your best?”
As someone yearning for the fun, fast team we all grew to love in the non-conference, please oh please want to be at your best, Cats.
3. Calipari will be back for his call-in show
Thoughts out to the call screeners, because this one could be interesting. Saturday night opened a Pandora’s Box of complaints from fans who have been waiting in the wings to gripe about Cal and the downfalls of the one-and-done system. Megan Calipari didn’t hold back while addressing those critics on Twitter yesterday:
— Megan Calipari (@MeganteCalipari) February 5, 2017
Tune into WLAP at 6 p.m. for fireworks.
4. Who’s sick now?
If you’re like me, you’ve somehow convinced yourself that maybe the entire team has just been sick with the virus going around the Lodge, which would explain (but not excuse) their funk the past two weeks. De’Aaron Fox was able to play Saturday night, but wasn’t 100%, and Calipari said Sacha Killeya-Jones and Tai Wynyard were also ill. Hopefully, the virus hasn’t claimed any new victims this week.
5. ICYMI, the Georgia game will tip off at 6 p.m. ET
Mark your calendars for the February 18th showdown in Athens for 6 p.m. Considering the Bulldogs forced overtime in Lexington and Kentucky has lost its last two road games, that game seems way scarier than it did a few weeks back.
6. How far will Kentucky fall in the Top 25?
The Cats are currently eighth in the AP Poll and sixth in the Coaches Poll. How far will they fall after an overtime win over Georgia and a 22-point drubbing at Florida? Even though the rest of the Top 10 also struggled, I have a feeling the voters won’t be nearly as merciful to the Cats as they were last week. I predict they’ll wind up somewhere around 15th.
Let’s switch to something positive…
7. Did you see Kentucky Football’s Super Bowl commercial?
Pretty awesome. Unfortunately, there was bad football news last night, too…
8. Jimmy Brumbaugh is leaving for Maryland
247 Sports’ Ryan Bartow broke the news last night that UK’s defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh is leaving Lexington to go to Maryland, where he’ll be the Terrapins’ new co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach. Brumbaugh helped develop some of Kentucky’s most successful players in recent years, such as Bud Dupree, Za’Darius Smith, CJ Johnson, and Donte Rumph, so the news is discouraging to say the least. He’ll join fellow former UK assistant Andy Buh on the Terrapins’ staff.
Crab cakes and stealing UK football assistants; that’s what Maryland does, apparently.
9. What did we think of this (now-deleted) tweet from De’Aaron Fox?
This, of course, was probably a reference to Malik Monk laughing at the Florida student section singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to him in the final seconds of Saturday’s rout, which didn’t come across well on cameras. Fox deleted the tweet, but honestly, I thought it was pretty harmless and funny.
10. Today is also UK Baseball and Softball Media Day
Nick Mingione and Rachel Lawson will preview the upcoming seasons this afternoon at the Commonwealth Stadium media room. We’ll bring you any big moments.
Radio in an hour…