For the first time in 2016, Kentucky has a noon kickoff. Central time will not make this trip to Columbia any easier.
“We really gotta be disciplined this week,” Stoops said on tonight’s call-in show. Without fans ready to roll at 11:00 a.m., “We gotta create our energy and our momentum. It will be a good challenge for us but we’re excited about it.”
The team’s regularly-scheduled Saturday morning meetings and walk-throughs will be moved to Friday night. They’re normally not used to an early alarm, so Stoops is telling the players to start their day earlier all week.
“I’ve harped on it twice to the team already,” he said. “I really challenged them not just try to go to bed early Friday or Thursday. I’m trying to get them in a routine to sacrifice to go to bed early all week.”
“Everybody wants to win on Saturday, but what are you willing to do Wednesday, Thursday Friday to get the job done?”