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.