Greetings, friends. Congrats on making it halfway through another week. Have you stepped outside this morning? It is absolutely glorious. Five days into August and it feels like fall out there. At least we’ve got that going for us.
There is actually a ton of sports news this morning, so let’s jump right in.
Surprise: The NCAA didn’t decide anything yesterday
Yesterday afternoon, the NCAA Board of Governors met to determine the fate of fall sports outside the FBS, and — shocker — they adjourned without really deciding anything at all. NCAA president Mark Emmert said the board plans to “provide and update to our membership and the public” today, and according to Brett McMurphy, that plan could be letting each division decide how to handle fall sports.
This is huge news for potentially having FBS football in fall because Division I schools have more resources – & more at stake – to try and play fall sports than Division II & III schools, sources told @Stadium https://t.co/A19VO8G2oJ
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 5, 2020
The Division I Board of Directors meets today, so I guess maybe we’ll find out?
UConn becomes first FBS team to cancel football season
Meanwhile, there are reports this morning that UConn is canceling its football season, the first FBS team to do so. The Huskies are independent in football, so it’s a bit of an easier call to make, but still, a bad sign for those of us praying to see the sport this fall.
“After receiving guidance from state and public health officials and consulting with football student-athletes, we’ve decided that we will not compete on the gridiron this season,” athletic director David Benedict said in a statement. “The safety challenges created by COVID-19 place our football student-athletes at an unacceptable level of risk.”
Big Ten releases schedule
Minutes ago, the Big Ten released their schedule for the fall. Games will begin the week of September 5, but Weeks 1 and 2 can be moved back to open dates if need be.
We’re still waiting for the SEC to release its 10-game, conference-only schedule. Fall camp was originally supposed to start today, but yesterday, the league pushed it back to Monday, August 17.
Big BBNBA Showdown
Yesterday was a fun day for former Cats in the NBA Bubble. Devin Booker hit a game-winner over Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, De’Aaron Fox posted 28 points in Sacramento’s overtime loss to Dallas, and Bam Adebayo turned in 21 points and 9 rebounds in the Heat’s win over the Celtics while his teammate Tyler Herro put Grant Williams on skates:
— NBA (@NBA) August 4, 2020
Today could be even better. At 4 p.m., Jamal Murray and the Denver Nuggets take on Keldon Johnson’s San Antonio Spurs, and at 6:30 p.m., the Oklahoma City Thunder, led by a trio of former Cats, face Anthony Davis, LeBron James, and the Los Angeles Lakers. You can see that on ESPN.
- 2:30 PM: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Utah Jazz
- 4:00 PM (NBATV): Philadelphia 76ers vs. Washington Wizards
- 4:00 PM: Denver Nuggets (Jamal Murray) vs. San Antonio Spurs (Keldon Johnson)
- 6:30 PM (ESPN): OKC Thunder (Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo, Nerlens Noel) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (Anthony Davis, Rajon Rondo – injured)
- 8:00 PM: Toronto Raptors vs. Orlando Magic
- 9:00 PM (ESPN): Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics (Enes Kanter)
Zack will have even more on last night’s games and today’s action in the BBNBA roundup.
The Battle for Ohio continues
The Cleveland Indians evened the series against the Reds last night with a 4-2 win. You can read a complete recap here courtesy of Brandon Ramsey, but it sounds like the Reds bullpen crapped the bed again. Today, the series moves to Cleveland for the final two games. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. ET. If you watch at KSBar, you can enjoy our amazing specials:
Game 3 of Predators vs. Coyotes
After a disappointing debut on Sunday, my Nashville Predators bounced back yesterday in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers with a 4-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes. Today, they can take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. The puck drops at 2:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network. If you need me, I’ll be screaming at my television and probably terrifying my dog. I forgot how stressful live sports are.
Even though there are no fans in the stands, the Preds are doing their best to put on a good show in their “home” games. Yesterday, Old Crow Medicine Show performed the national anthem live from an empty Bridgestone Arena, which was piped into the bubble in Edmonton:
Let’s go Preds! ? Game 2 is on! Thanks for having us open with the National Anthem, Nashville Predators! #ForSmashville
New episode of “Love Lines With Lemond”
How are the Lemonds surviving Week One of their new diet and workout plan? Ryan’s complained about it plenty on the radio but hear from the other side tonight on “Love Lines With Lemond.” The episode will go live at 9 p.m. on our Facebook page, but you can also watch right here on KentuckySportsRadio.com.