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Mark Stoops expects news on Joey Gatewood’s waiver this week

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An answer is expected regarding Kentucky quarterback Joey Gatewood and his quest for immediate eligibility this week.

According to UK head coach Mark Stoops, the school is anticipating an answer this week from both the NCAA and the SEC.

“Still waiting on the waiver,” Stoops said during his weekly call-in radio show Monday evening. “It’s a two-part process with the NCAA and the SEC because we’re going from one SEC school to the other. I feel good about that, but you never know till it’s done. Hopefully we hear something this week.

“We have to move forward until we get that final waiver, so we’ll see where that goes. I do anticipate getting an answer this week.”

This news goes hand-in-hand with a recent report from Travis Graf of Rivals, who says 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, KSR’s own 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.”

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.

While Stoops did not confirm that Gatewood will sit in the season opener, the UK head coach did note that he felt all four healthy quarterbacks on the roster – Terry Wilson, Gatewood, Beau Allen, and Sawyer Smith – could play “winning football” from day one.

“We’ve got a lot of options there,” Stoops said. “I feel like we’re playing winning football with all four of our options.”

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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7 Comments for Mark Stoops expects news on Joey Gatewood’s waiver this week



  1. ukkatzfan
    9:10 pm September 14, 2020 Permalink

    Gentleman’s agreement- Joey will not play qb against Auburn.

    Reality- Joey plays RB against Auburn…..running the Wildcat.



  2. 1stkatman
    9:17 pm September 14, 2020 Permalink

    Where Auburn has a problem is that many fans there wanted Gatewood to be played as the starting choice was a political choice. Many preferred Gatewood so, how would the fans react if Gatewood beat them?
    They’d lose their minds! That’s how!



    • bigbluebg
      12:04 am September 15, 2020 Permalink

      If we’re winning late in the 4th, and get on the goalline…we should put him in for a wildcat/read-option play and score a Tuddy.

      They would be sooo pissed.

      Really we shouldn’t in hopes more players transfer from other SEC schools and give us the same deal…but it’d be hilarious



  3. bigbluebg
    12:04 am September 15, 2020 Permalink

    How terrible is it that SEC schools can decide a kids future after he leaves said school



  4. Headhurts
    9:06 am September 15, 2020 Permalink

    The “gentleman’s agreement” must have just happened cause UK wasn’t scheduled to play Auburn until what August.



  5. Headhurts
    9:08 am September 15, 2020 Permalink

    As the first game anyway.



  6. michaelb
    10:52 am September 15, 2020 Permalink

    Ewww that’s a gross answer from coach . That’s the good ole boy in mark . It’s just part of who we have . Coach knows what he’s doing, let’s just keep lookin at our season we got terry , there’s no way that Joey could outplay terry game 1