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Florida game in jeopardy with 18 Kentucky players sidelined by injury or COVID-19

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Kentucky was short-handed against Alabama with ten players sidelined by either injury or COVID-19 contact tracing. If the Cats are able to make the trip to Gainesville they will be without even more players.

Mark Stoops said Wednesday evening that Kentucky will be without 18 players and 10 staff members due to injuries and COVID-19 contact tracing. The Wildcats will have one more test before they board a plane to Florida on Friday. The game is in danger of being postponed based on those test results.

“We can’t afford anymore,” Stoops said. “We get tested again tomorrow morning and let’s hope — we can’t afford any more.”

He added: “To say it’s not strange, that’s an understatement because everyday you’re holding on. Every time my trainer and Dan Brezowitz are walking down my hall, ‘Please, stay away.’ I’m trying to keep my distance from those guys and we’re getting people dinged a couple times a day.”

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

16 Comments for Florida game in jeopardy with 18 Kentucky players sidelined by injury or COVID-19



  1. TBW3011
    4:57 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    Injury is irrelevant right? At least it should be.



  2. sharpshooter81
    5:00 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    Probably better for UK to not play this game as it could be another beat down.



    • UKFanSC
      5:02 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

      That may be the most understated observation in modern history. But I agree with you.



    • VinDatuk
      12:20 am November 26, 2020 Permalink

      You mean playing a team we beat two years ago at their place and had the game won last year if not for a missed chip shot kick…yes a certain beat down. Go watch basketball you clown.



    • MoreheadCatFan
      2:39 pm November 26, 2020 Permalink

      VinDatuk, have you actually watched a game this season, particularly a Florida game? Yes, UK has been competitive with them the past few years. But the Wildcats weren’t missing EIGHTEEN players. That’s more than a fourth of their permitted travel squad. And Florida didn’t have the betting favorite for the Heisman the past few meetings either.



  3. Southky
    5:02 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    Blessing in disguise???



  4. bbn606
    5:07 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    UK should still be quite away from the mandatory 53 scholarship players. Suck it up like Vandy did and play your game.



  5. WILDCATS1968
    5:13 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    NO. If we have THAT many, especially if they are 1st and 2nd stringers, postpone it. Not CANCEL, just postpone. No need making the trip down to the Swamp to get even more embarrassed. It would just make it even tougher on the kids mentally. It has been a very tough year (for every one not just UK) but after the beating last week, they do not need anymore embarrassment. Not fair to them. They have put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into this year. At least let them have a fighting chance against the tougher teams. Before we let them go down there severely under manned, I would rather cancel if we can’t reschedule. I mean, I do not want to see the guys be in a replay of last week, they sure as hell do not want it.



  6. Stop Hammer Time
    5:16 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    Sounds like Stoops is trying to avoid another ass pounding.



  7. neat1ky
    5:54 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    Should rescheduled because that many not playing or coaching affects the game. Also we have beat talented teams in the past and will again but need everyone on board and I for one have enjoyed the stoops years because we have had great games and yes we will lose some but it sure beats the hick out of Joker and Curry years



  8. Ryan Lemonds Toupee
    6:03 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    What’s the chances Eddie Gran has COVID? Asking for a fan base



  9. Wade
    7:06 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    No excuses next man up! Like we have anything to lose.



  10. bbn606
    7:30 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    They can’t reschedule Florida. They have a game already on the 12th and will be in the championship game on the 19th.



  11. blueballs80
    8:12 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    Health above all. Cancel it. Why go with the cupboard bare.



  12. east-ky-boy
    4:47 pm November 26, 2020 Permalink

    We know we are gonna get smacked. Why not allow this to be an opportunity to get young players some reps