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BREAKING: Joey Gatewood is eligible to play this season

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Kentucky quarterback Joey Gatewood is eligible to play the remainder of the 2020 season.

This evening, UK head coach Mark Stoops announced that Gatewood received both waivers and is eligible moving forward.

“We’re excited that [Joey Gatewood] has received his waivers from the [NCAA] and [SEC] and will be eligible to play this season,” Stoops said. “We’re thankful that the SEC Presidents and Commissioner [Greg Sankey] took into account the unique circumstances around this season.”

“I appreciate the SEC and NCAA along with UK Athletics to be cleared for immediate eligibility this year,” Gatewood added in a follow-up tweet.

The ruling comes after the SEC voted to temporarily remove its bylaw that requires intraconference transfers serve a year in residence before being eligible to compete.

“In consideration of current circumstances resulting from disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, including eligibility relief provided to student-athletes in August by the NCAA, and in anticipation of changes to NCAA transfer legislation, the Southeastern Conference today approved a number of transfer waiver requests that originated from member institutions seeking exceptions to the long-standing Conference bylaw that requires intraconference transfers serve a year in residence before being eligible to compete,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey announced. “It must be stated unequivocally that these approvals are solely a reflection of the unique circumstances present and should not be interpreted as endorsement of the rationale set forth by individuals seeking these waivers. These are unprecedented times in which decisions about eligibility and competitive opportunities demand consideration of the current challenges facing our student-athletes and schools as a result of COVID-19.  In a non-COVID environment there may have been a different outcome for some of the waiver requests determined today.

“Our member institutions have been clear in the past that they oppose immediate eligibility for intraconference transfers. Given the increased number of waiver requests this year, and a changing national landscape related to student-athlete transfer issues, it is evident that the current transfer bylaw must undergo a thorough review by Conference membership in the most timely manner possible and prior to the 2021-22 academic year.”

Gatewood, the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback and the No. 36 overall player from the class of 2018, announced his transfer to Kentucky back on Dec. 5, 2019.

As a redshirt freshman at Auburn last year, Gatewood totaled 176 rushing yards on 32 carries with three touchdowns, and completed 5 of 8 passes for 54 yards and two touchdowns in eight career games for the Tigers.

Nine months after his commitment, the 6-foot-4, 221-pound quarterback out of Jacksonville, Florida is officially eligible and will suit up for the Wildcats this season.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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66 Comments for BREAKING: Joey Gatewood is eligible to play this season



  1. kyfanem
    7:12 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

    Right after the Auburn game. Definitely sounds like a gentleman’s agreement.



  2. ukkatzfan
    7:12 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

    Gentleman’s agreement for sure.



    • ukkatzfan
      7:13 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

      Now we need the WBB transfers approved. Yes Yes Yes.



  3. wild horses
    7:12 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

    I would hope this bodes well for Sarr.



    • kyfanem
      7:13 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

      Especially since he came from a different conference.



    • CJKAssassin123
      7:49 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

      It should!!! Sarr had a better case than Gatewood did and in honesty Gatewood was perfectly fine with sitting out the year he only filled a way because he had nothing to lose by doing so. It workout for him.



  4. CJKAssassin123
    7:13 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

    This is great news. It also boads well for Sarr.



  5. CJKAssassin123
    7:16 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

    Remember Stoops emphatically denied the whole “Gentlemen agreement” talk which of course he has to for a few different but related reasons. We should here about Sarr in the coming days.



  6. BigBluSoTru
    7:18 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

    Sec championship game is definitely happening now. We have the missong piece to win it all CFP here come the Cats. Yes it’s on now BBN Joey Gatewood is ready to do damage. Guess he gonna need a UK nickname J_Wood



    • dcforuk
      7:27 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

      Now that is the SoBlu we all know so well! I have heard that if a sarcastic person teases you that means they like you. I did not realize you liked the entire big blue nation! They also say it’s a coping mechanism!



    • ukkatzfan
      8:45 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

      Today i call him Joey Eligible.



    • 4everUKBlue
      9:02 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

      BBST is Slater, no doubt about it.



  7. mashman 93
    7:18 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

    Great news!!!!



  8. IrishCat
    7:20 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

    Well that settles it



  9. BowdenQB4ever
    7:22 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

    Throw-It-Away Terry might get retired after 1 game 🙁



  10. CJKAssassin123
    7:23 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

    Just so everyone knows Terry will still be the starter the rest of the way regardless. Unless he goes down again to an injury.



    • Bo T'Load
      7:31 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

      You may be correct. But, there is now – hope.



    • Keets
      7:45 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

      TW’s the starter now, but starter rest of the way…regardless? Regardless? Absolutely not. QBs get pulled. TW is not immune.



    • BBN4LIFE03
      8:21 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

      Why does people think Terry is getting benched? He didnt full contact for over a year



    • east-ky-boy
      1:20 am October 1, 2020 Permalink

      Because he made the same mistakes he made Saturday before he was injured. It’s a pattern.



    • Keets
      11:50 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

      Just disputing the “starter…rest of the way…regardless” aspect.



    • Miller45
      3:52 pm October 1, 2020 Permalink

      Terry is going to do fine. He just needs to show out this week



  11. DoubleB65
    7:33 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

    Fishy as hell. Gentleman’s agreement was certainty. Maybe play him last Saturday and we have a chance.

    How long til he is the starter? Over/Under? I say 2 games.



    • dcforuk
      7:50 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

      You guys act like the administrations of Kentucky and Auburn have the authority. Just to be clear are you all saying that both administrations as well as the commissioners office were in on this? I don’t think so. Go back and read it again. There were multiple waivers approved. Certainly Kentucky’s was a big one but there were several big ones and Kentucky’s was not the only one. You would be disappointed if you knew how infrequent people really thought about you Or your program…..



    • bigbluebg
      10:23 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

      Auburn legit had authority. NCAA approved the transfer weeks ago. The SEC requires the school you leave from to approve the transfer after NCAA approves…so in this case literally Auburn allowed it and bingo eligible…that’s why everyone knew he’d get approved this week. Why don’t ppl know this? It’s common knowledge



    • dcforuk
      11:18 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

      Then, maybe what you are saying is that we would not be disappointed with the level of frequency that the commissioners office thinks about our program? That would be surprising that they would hold up a whole list of waiver transfers just for ours but I guess anything is possible.



  12. BigBlueFoo42777
    7:39 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

    If we are 0-3 Terry will no longer be the starter. I hope if he struggles next week we put Joey in.



    • CJKAssassin123
      7:45 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

      Who is it to say Stoops just won’t just as easily go with Allen?



    • bigbluebg
      10:24 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

      Cuz Joey fits the system better. Imo. Also, he older and bigger. Idk. Feel like Allen has to wait and will RS.



    • satcheluk
      6:05 am October 3, 2020 Permalink

      No RS this year or rather this year is an automatic redshirt for everyone no matter how many games you play.



  13. Bluebloodtoo
    7:43 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

    At a minimum, Terry has pressure to perform now. Not that he didn’t have pressure before, but this is different. Honestly. I think Terry will settle in. Starting a season on the road against a top 10 team is significant any year, and this year has been quite the year.



  14. Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert
    7:45 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

    Good. Turnover Terry wouldn’t start for Toledo. Hopefully, Stoops puts him the bench sooner than later.



    • CJKAssassin123
      7:56 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

      Dude Terry was just rusty!!! He was out for a year and came back without an off-season,and without spring training. What did you expect was going to happen? Terry will be fine.



    • BBN4LIFE03
      8:22 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

      He actually played pretty good other than the turnovers



    • Kentuckiana
      8:30 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

      I agree 100%.



    • WKY Cat
      8:47 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

      CJK sorry dude but you’re 100% wrong. He wasn’t just rusty. He’s the exact same QB we saw two seasons ago. Can’t throw the ball vertically accurately, scared to get hit and makes bad decisions. Let’s be honest here, he simply hasn’t improved. Let’s just assume Gatewood knows the offense. Big assumption. But even if he can’t throw vertically(so that’s a wash between them) hopefully he’s not scared to get hit and will run with aggression. At that point he’s a better option than Terry.



    • michaelb
      12:28 pm October 1, 2020 Permalink

      Terry has 16 starts at Kentucky , Rust should be in the rear view mirror more than it is .



    • Trekkev
      9:41 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

      WR’s didn’t help. No separation for most of the game. We need WR upgrades.



    • runningunnin.454
      9:15 am October 1, 2020 Permalink

      Yeah, he had help; but, do you remember this one?
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6IWPvdi8Jg



  15. CJKAssassin123
    7:49 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

    Waiver not way.



  16. dcforuk
    7:51 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

    Thankfully, the coaching staff and the quarterbacks are not as cutthroat as we are in these blogs. It’s not a zero-sum game for them. They are for each other not against each other!



    • CJKAssassin123
      7:53 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

      You are mostly right, but not 100% right trust me in the back of thier minds they have the NFL in thier mind.



    • dcforuk
      7:55 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

      There is a fine line and if you have a good coaching staff in place and a credible coaching staff in place that has control of the locker room then the desire to compete and the desire for excellence and the desire to win trump zero sum game mentality. I believe that’s what our locker room looks like Sure, everybody wants playing time. If you’re a competitor there’s a problem if you don’t.



    • CJKAssassin123
      7:59 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

      That right there is exactly what I was saying when I said they have the NFL in thier minds the want to show everyone what they can do and to do that you may have to step on your teammates toes. It’s a grind.



  17. dcforuk
    8:01 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

    Here’s the reality. We do not know whether we will finish four and six or eight and two. Nor do we know how many games Terry Wilson will start at quarterback. It could be all ten. You don’t know and I don’t know because the coaches don’t even know. I don’t want a coach like one that was down the road from us not too long ago that would script an entire first series of offense of plays. Blessed are the flexible for they will not get bent out of shape is the ninth be attitude. I am glad that our coaching staff is willing to make adjustments When the invisible hand writing on the wall requires it. I know I just opened up a proverbial can of worms about adjustments but I’m about ready to go pick up a kid and then watch a bunch of Kentucky guys play in the NBA so I’m signing off anyway.



    • DoubleB65
      9:04 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

      I can pretty much bet you my house we won’t be 8-2. LMAO. We DO know that much. If you think this team is beating Two of the three out Alabama, Georgia and Florida you’re fooling yourself and have simply drank too much blue kool aid.



    • CJKAssassin123
      2:22 am October 1, 2020 Permalink

      We ain’t winning any of those three games.



    • dcforuk
      10:42 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

      Of course I did that on purpose. I threw gasoline on your fire of criticism of all things UK football. You took the bait!



  18. cathatter
    8:28 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

    A gentlemans agreement applies only if JG was allowed to play and Stoops held him out of the Auburn game per said agreement. This was a block – but can’t blame Gus cause he’s paid to win games. Now get JG in the backfield asap!!!



  19. slam212121
    8:52 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

    Our downfall is player loyalty from the current staff. I’d be surprised if Gatewood sees a down next game.



  20. Big Sexy
    9:38 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

    If you wanna win, put B?o?o?b?i?e? Joey in!!



    • Big Sexy
      9:40 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

      Well that strikethru text on Boobie didn’t work.



  21. channell
    9:39 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

    We finally have a SEC quarterback but will he get to play? Hoping Terry has a bad first half and stoops is forced to play Gatgewood. Terry definitely is not the future. Sick and tired of these mediocre QBs at Kentucky.



  22. UKFanSC
    9:40 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

    This bodes well for Sarr.



    • ClutchCargo
      1:22 am October 1, 2020 Permalink

      It means nothing for Sarr. Completely different rule in play in his case.



    • CJKAssassin123
      2:35 am October 1, 2020 Permalink

      Actually It does when Greg Sankey is saying the following:“In consideration of current circumstances resulting from disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, including eligibility relief provided to student-athletes in August by the NCAA, and in anticipation of changes to NCAA transfer legislation, the Southeastern Conference today approved a number of transfer waiver requests that originated from member institutions seeking exceptions to the long-standing Conference bylaw that requires intraconference transfers serve a year in residence before being eligible to compete,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey announced. “It must be stated unequivocally that these approvals are solely a reflection of the unique circumstances present and should not be interpreted as endorsement of the rationale set forth by individuals seeking these waivers. These are unprecedented times in which decisions about eligibility and competitive opportunities demand consideration of the current challenges facing our student-athletes and schools as a result of COVID-19. In a non-COVID environment there may have been a different outcome for some of the waiver requests determined today.

      “Our member institutions have been clear in the past that they oppose immediate eligibility for intraconference transfers. Given the increased number of waiver requests this year, and a changing national landscape related to student-athlete transfer issues, it is evident that the current transfer bylaw must undergo a thorough review by Conference membership in the most timely manner possible and prior to the 2021-22 academic year.” Sarr’s whole case is about being suckered into returning for wake Forest my former Wake Forest coach Manning who was fired after the original nba deadline had passed so he was stuck at Wake Forest with a new coach which he was not interested in so he elected to transfer to UK. Factoring in the pandemic I think we should be getting good news tommorow about Sarr.



    • UKFanSC
      8:34 am October 1, 2020 Permalink

      Of course it does, when you have a Conference president utilizing the uniqueness of COVID-19 as part of the rationale to approve Gatewood‘s application it can’t help it set a precedent for other athletes. Why would you even assume they are not related? Seems pretty obvious.



  23. bbn606
    9:41 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

    We will be needing him this year.



  24. kjd
    6:06 am October 1, 2020 Permalink

    He got beat out as the starter at Auburn.
    All this means is, UK has a QB available behind TW with a tad bit of SEC game experience.



  25. cathatter
    7:07 am October 1, 2020 Permalink

    auburn was using JG as their redzone qb. Politics forced Gus hand to pick Bo Nix – but joey was actually a better fit for au’s hurry-up-spread offense. Not saying Joey is an overall better qb than nic, but he’s got some wheels and can take and dole out some licks. definitely would qb sneak with JG.



  26. cathatter
    7:11 am October 1, 2020 Permalink

    If Calipari was coaching football – Gatewood would start thus week. That’s the diff between stoops and Cal!!!!



  27. CahillsCrossingNT
    7:16 am October 1, 2020 Permalink

    They still won’t beat Tennessee, Mississippi State, Florida, Georgia or Alabama.



    • Skooms
      9:18 am October 1, 2020 Permalink

      I don’t think I’ve ever agreed with you Cahill. Unfortunately, I think I might this time.



  28. Trackcat
    8:03 am October 1, 2020 Permalink

    Terry Wilson is the guy! You all relax, he will be fine.



  29. jaws2
    3:33 pm October 1, 2020 Permalink

    People have been saying that for 3 years. Give it up man! If Wilson is the best we’ve got then this staff either does not evaluate QB’s very well, or can’t recruit a really good QB to play here. It’s that simple.