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Bowl game? Team to meet Sunday to discuss.

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It’s unclear if Kentucky will accept a bowl invite or shut it down for the remainder of 2020.

Mark Stoops decided against bowl talk in the locker room Saturday night, he admitted to the media, rather focusing on the big win and allowing his players, his staff and himself to soak it all in for a night.

The bowl decision will be a balancing act, Stoops said, when the team meets Sunday morning to discuss its future and gauge the interest around the room.

“I think there’s some obligation there for myself and our team and our league,” Stoops said, while also acknowledging his team is completely gassed and in need of some time off. “If it’s expected of us, I’ll do what I’ve done all year, we’ll put one foot forward and keep pressing on and be excited about the opportunity.”

“You can’t take those things for granted,” Stoops added. “It wasn’t always the case when I walked in the door here, and it does mean something to have maybe the first time in the history of this school to go to five straight bowls.”

Senior running back AJ Rose’s vote will go toward playing in the postseason. Following a 100-yard night that moved him into UK’s top 10 career rushing list, Rose took the bowl question and told reporters he’s in.

“Most definitely,” Rose said. “We got a meeting tomorrow to meet and talk about it to see what we’re going to do, if we’re going to go to a bowl game or what it’s going to be. But if the opportunity comes, why not? It’s an extra game, you got another chance to go out there and get a win.”

Fellow seniors Boogie Watson and Terry Wilson weren’t as forthcoming about their intentions past Saturday’s win over South Carolina. Watson said he will enjoy this one tonight and the team’s bowl game answer will come following tomorrow’s meeting.

Wilson has the same plan. Asked if he will be back for a bowl game, Wilson replied, “We just want to enjoy this win as a team. We’re going to meet tomorrow and we’re going to talk about those things and go over it as a team, just see where we’re at. But we’re definitely going to enjoy this win and see where we go from there tomorrow.”

Tomorrow it is.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

14 Comments for Bowl game? Team to meet Sunday to discuss.



  1. makeitstop
    12:49 am December 6, 2020 Permalink

    Maybe I am old fashioned, but aren’t the adults who get paid to make these decisions on behalf of their employer, and who sign the checks to the employees, and the scholarships for the players, aren’t THEY supposed to make the decisions? My employees get input, not votes. I get that it costs a lot to go to Bowls – but we pay for ads at the Super Bowl, the most expensive ad in the world, isn’t a Bowl game an ad? We bemoaned not enough practices this year… isn’t a bowl game more practice? If they don’t go, are they safer in the gen=pop at school than the athletic bubble? How hard is this?



    • Hi Im Reality
      12:32 pm December 6, 2020 Permalink

      How many times do we have to go through this?You realize the Super Bowl ads are not national ads, right? They are local market ads, only seen in a portion of Kentucky. The cost of those ads aren’t close to the Super Bowl national rates you hear about.



  2. kuhlkat
    12:54 am December 6, 2020 Permalink

    Pretty sure the university makes money by going to a bowl game.



    • satcheluk
      8:23 am December 6, 2020 Permalink

      UK lost money at the Citrus Bowl according to Matt.



  3. BBNBRIAN
    5:48 am December 6, 2020 Permalink

    I can’t imagine any bowl wanting a 4-win UK team. The invites in the past were because our fans travel…….. Welcome to 2020, the year of limited seating. Meanwhile, people are losing their lives, businesses and livelihoods because of a virus and were discussin sending 100 players and coaches out of town?



    • 4burgoo
      8:02 am December 6, 2020 Permalink

      So I am guessing you have held tight to your convictions and haven’t watched a single football or basketball game since last March, right? Otherwise you are simply a hypocrite like all of the politicians forcing shutdowns and then lining up to eat out before they close down. There are certainly inherent risks by playing at this time, but it can be managed safely and probably will keep these players safer than being in the general population.



    • DaaaaCats
      8:46 am December 6, 2020 Permalink

      One win shy of 0.500 this year is better than 0.500 other years. We didn’t play Directional Michigan or any Poop State teams, but we did play 3 teams in the top 8.



    • DaaaaCats
      9:01 am December 6, 2020 Permalink

      Whoa! So I just looked it up on ESPN and we had the hardest Strength of Schedule in the nation! Lol 8 of the top 10 are SEC teams



    • makeitstop
      10:59 am December 6, 2020 Permalink

      Brian – do viruses proliferate at bowl games more than dorms, and student centers? Maybe we could practice at big box stores where the virus doesn’t spread. If they promise not to work out in virus-riven churches would u be ok w them traveling on their own plane to their own sanitized rooms? SMH. I travel every single week, 4 flights a week usually, 2-3 hotels, and live in the free state of Florida, so the sky is falling fears of our team traveling and practicing seem to me absurdly over-reactive. Hopefully they go to a Florida bowl where sanity reigns.



  4. millertim
    9:15 am December 6, 2020 Permalink

    YES!!! Play a bowl game! 4-6 in SEC is better than most above 500 teams in the nation! When you play 3 Top 10 teams on your schedule (Alabama, Georgia, Florida) and still win 4 games in the toughest league in the nation… PLAY A BOWL GAME AND BEAT WISCONSIN— pay back for 2015 FF game!!!



  5. sprtphan
    9:31 am December 6, 2020 Permalink

    I believe they will play in a bowl game because the athletic department has lost so much money that they can’t pass up this big pay out.



  6. Pensacola_Cat_Fan
    10:05 am December 6, 2020 Permalink

    Play a bowl game but let the players that are not coming back sit.



    • Pensacola_Cat_Fan
      10:08 am December 6, 2020 Permalink

      Let Gateway play the entire first half and Allen play the entire second half and see what you have going into next year. The practice and reps would be invaluable. Of course Stoops would NEVER do this.



    • Bluenblood
      11:15 am December 6, 2020 Permalink

      You’re an idiot