We are 12 days from kickoff of Kentucky vs. Auburn and there is still no official word on the eligibility of backup quarterback Joey Gatewood. There are, however, a lot of rumors. Here’s the latest.
Rivals’ Travis Graf is reporting that Gatewood, who transferred from Auburn to Kentucky in December, has likely been cleared for immediate eligibility by the NCAA, but the matter is now up to SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. On this morning’s radio show, Matt Jones said he has also heard the same.
“I can confirm that report,” Jones said. “That’s what I was hinting at last week. That has been true for a while, that the NCAA [has cleared him] but they’re waiting on the SEC.”
This is where it gets juicy. Graf is also reporting that Kentucky has a “gentleman’s agreement” with Auburn that Gatewood will NOT play on September 26 as a way to show thanks for Auburn’s cooperation with the waiver request. KSR cannot confirm that report, but what an interesting concept. On one hand, it’s one game out of ten in exchange for the Tigers helping Gatewood get immediate eligibility, but on another, it’s the one game that Gatewood probably wants to play the most. We’ll see if football really is a gentleman’s game in 12 days, I guess.
Listen to the guys talk about it at the top of Hour 2 of today’s show: