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Stoops: Kentucky has “a ways to go” to meet SEC vaccination threshold

(Photo by Jimmie Mitchell/SEC)

(Photo by Jimmie Mitchell/SEC)

Yesterday, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey stressed the importance of players getting vaccinated prior to the 2021 season. Unlike last year, the league will not reschedule games due to COVID-19, meaning that if a team has an outbreak, it may be forced to forfeit. Teams that have 85% of their players vaccinated will not be required to test regularly or wear masks inside school facilities. So far, six of the 14 teams in the league have reached the 80% mark; Kentucky is not one of them, Mark Stoops confirmed today at SEC Media Days.

“We’re going to continue to educate our players and try to reach that threshold,” Stoops said. “We have a ways to go but I believe it’s attainable. We want them to make the right decisions for themselves. I’ll let the experts come in and continue to educate them and talk to them about the benefits of it and possibly some of the negatives and let each of them make their own decision.”

Prior to taking the stage in the main room, Stoops met with local reporters and reiterated that he believes getting the vaccine is a “personal decision.”

“We just try to educate them as best we can, put the facts in front of them. It’s a personal choice and I want our experts to talk to them and show them the statistics and let the player make their own personal decision.”

Sankey said that for the SEC to have a normal football season, teams need to encourage their players to get the shot and do it now.

“Right now, 43% of our football teams, that’s 6 of 14, have reached the 80% threshold in roster vaccination,” Sankey said. “That number needs to grow and grow rapidly. We have learned how to manage through a COVID environment, but we do not yet have control of a COVID environment, and that finds us preparing to return towards normal this fall, but we see the realities around us.”

“Let me be clear to our fans, to our coaches, to our staff members, and to our student-athletes: COVID-19 vaccines are widely available,” Sankey added. “They’ve proven to be highly effective. And when people are fully vaccinated, we all have the ability to avoid serious health risks, reduce the virus’ spread, and maximize our chances of returning to a normal college football experience and to normal life. With six weeks to go before kickoff, now is the time to seek that full vaccination.”

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87 Comments for Stoops: Kentucky has “a ways to go” to meet SEC vaccination threshold

  1. Cousins Fake Tooth 2
    3:32 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

    Bahhhhhhh bahhhhhhh

    • ukyelecteng
      5:55 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      Marks gained some weight since the divorce

  2. bigbowdennation
    3:33 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

    Appreciate that stoops is making it a players choice, but damn man I hope they get to the threshold. Not having to test before games will be a huge advantage, especially with all the false positives that happen.

  3. timosee
    3:36 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

    This is complete bs. The ‘vaccine’ is an experimental injection. Putting pressure on the players to get it is unacceptable. The SEC has hooked up with communist ESPN and the rest of the mainstream media to push a narrative where opposing doctors with great credentials are being censored about the dangers of this injection. Nobody should get it with an overall survival rate of 99.98%. How does it even qualify as a pandemic with that survival rate ? I would be surprised if this even is seen. This site is known also for censoring any alternative truths.

    • 4evrUKBlue
      4:18 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      Finally someone else who knows this is an experimental injection and can’t technically be called a vaccine. Those who get the shot and all the boosters they are going to push will live to regret it. You’re right a pandemic with a 99.98 survival rate is an absolute joke and you are also right that our comments will be censored as usual, truth is not popular here.

    • UKnowMe
      4:30 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      Guess what else is 99% timosee? The percentage of people over the last month that died from Covid who were unvaccinated. I was concerned about the vaccine, I talked to my doctor, he researched it and he was convinced it was safe for him so he took it and thus said he felt it was fine to recommend to his patients. I would rather trust my doctor and avoid being sick now than worry about the unlikelihood of a complication later on from the vaccine.

    • shepdog3720
      4:42 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      UKnowMe, then you are perfectly fine if other folks, including players on the football team, listen to what their doctors say, even if they say there are too many questions out there regarding this experimental juice? Why do u think it was so important to shut down any talk of hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin, among other treatments?

    • kjd
      6:03 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      UKnowMe: Avoid being sick due to “vaccine” you say. Herald Leader is reporting 20% of cases in Lexington are the “vaccinated “.

    • UKnowMe
      6:18 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      KJD: Having it and being very sick from it are two different things.

    • 4evrUKBlue
      4:32 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      If you got those numbers from the CDC, guess what? You’ve been had.

    • UKnowMe
      4:50 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      Shepdog: As long as it is a medical professional they trust that has researched it, absolutely! I have no clue about what treatments have been tried for Covid, I was lucky enough to avoid it. 4evrUKBlue: Actually the Fayette county health department reported that number for local cases publicly last week. Or are they in on the global conspiracy too?

    • kycatshoops
      4:55 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      Put down the FoxNews people. It’ll be ok.

  4. wildcatdon
    3:43 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

    Timosee, are you 8? These players need to get the vaccine. It’s not some sort of conspiracy. Check with a family that has had a relative die from Covid and see what they tell you. Get on their ass Stoops. These players need to step up. Wow.

    • timosee
      3:49 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      Wildcatdon, I’m 62 and I don’t trust when our government and mainstream media get together to control what people think and feel and censor anyone who questions a narrative. You’re a prime example of brainwash media zombie. You should be ashamed.

    • gollygeeB
      3:56 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      So where do you get any information at all? Right wing radio and websites? Non sourced Facebook posts?

    • 4burgoo
      4:24 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      The Pfizer and Moderna options are mRNA-based vaccines, which is an approach that has been used since the early 1990’s for many therapeutic treatments. So 30’ish years of safe usage history is not sufficient? What do you need, 50 years? Good grief, get over yourself

    • Shagaris Sock Puppet
      9:06 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      Ummmm literally one of the creators of mRNA vaccines has stated the drug isn’t proven. He said it is an experiment. Everyone is so quick to decide to take the Jab based off of what testing? It’s approved by an emergency situation for a pandemic that is based on PCR test that have been clearly proven to be wrong. Some test nearly 60% effective, but keep believing the media who is bought and paid for. Drs are blocked and de-platformed by Facebook, Instagram, YouTube etc. Real pioneers of their field with proven scientific results, yet we are suppose to trust a government that has lied to its people about numerous instances in the past 120 years, it’s disgusting that we allow this medical tyranny so easily with zero approval by the FDA.

    • pappageorgio
      4:13 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      Well said Wildcatdon! Get the shot, don’t be selfish.

    • 4evrUKBlue
      4:22 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      The truth is out there but you will not find it on any mainstream sources, get the shot and stay ignorant. You will regret it in the long run. I’m right there with you timosee, people who watch the news are seriously brainwashed, tv is the most powerful weapon for brainwashing ever invented. Why do you think they call it programming? Words have meaning.

    • VirtuousPawz
      4:55 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      4burgoo Why you don’t go look up what the inventory of MRNA vaccines says about these vaccines. It might be hard because the government and tech oligopoly is actively trying to censor him. I’ve seen countless drugs pulled from shelves for horrible side effects because pharmaceutical companies want to shorten their payback period as much as possible. If you have taken this vaccine, you ARE the experiment; there is no disputing that. We have no idea what the long term effects are and the short term effects are being actively memory holed.

    • kjd
      6:07 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      wildcatdon: Ever talk to a family who had someone die after taking the “vaccine”? It does happen.

  5. 8 god
    3:51 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

    If Stoops doesn’t mandate the vax and we lose/forfeit games due to positive tests, he should be sacked. Simple as.

    • timosee
      4:06 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      8 god, that is an idiotic statement. Are you a communist?

    • kycatshoops
      4:57 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      Vaccine is not a conspiracy but should be completely optional. Insurance companies should be able to exclude unvaccinated adults from coverage at this point though.

    • timbo
      10:14 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      Insurance companies should be able to deny coverage to non-vaccinated people? Like prior conditions, obesity, etc? You spew the same arrogance and ignorance in those scenarios?Some of these uneducated, self-righteous comments…

    • timosee
      7:32 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      If he ‘educates’ any player to take that shot. He should be arrested. None of his business. These players are adults.

    • njcat
      11:24 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

      Everyone who disagrees with timosee – probably about anything- is a communist.


  6. jack8291
    3:55 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

    Not arguing for or against the shot , but ‘mandating’ is edgy with public / taxpayer funded schools . State legislatures have nixed mandates in some states . The first lawsuit would tie it up in court longer than a football season .

    • timosee
      4:14 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      jack8291, between the medical establishment and the mainstream media, they have violated all 10 of the Nuremberg Codes. Just committing one of them gets you charged with crimes against humanity. Result: death penalty

    • 4evrUKBlue
      4:23 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      The only people the governor, the POTUS or anyone else can mandate are the people who work directly under them. Look that up.

    • beauleonard
      7:00 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      Every citizen in this country has a right to choose if they get vaccinated, period. For that matter the vaccine doesn’t prevent you from getting and/or carrying Covid, it just suppresses the symptoms.

  7. DelrayCat
    4:10 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

    Unfortunately, the ignorance, stupidity, and cultist devotion to the orange clown present a major threat to our children’s health and an economy struggling to emerge from shut-down, will over-burden our health system, and provide an incubator for the evolution of even more dangerous variants. Trump, his party of anti-Americans grifters, right-wing media, and his base of idiots are a menace to our democracy, our economy, our national health, and the sanity of every decent American.

    • jack8291
      4:16 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      I think it goes deeper than that . Some don’t feel they need it , some don’t want it , some are scared . Not as easy as ‘left versus right ‘ or ‘smart versus dumb’ . Kentucky has waaaay more registered Democrats than Republicans. Europe has areas that aren’t highly vaxxed. The largest concentration of registered Democrats in the country is the Detroit City limits …go drive thru there sometime

    • timosee
      4:16 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      Another brainwashed clown who makes it political. This is about good vs evil. Nothing else.

    • 4evrUKBlue
      4:27 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      timosee is right, this has nothing to do with either political party, one is just as guilty as the other, this is about complete control and the new world order/one world govt. Remember their job is to serve us, they do not own us and we do not serve them.

    • jack8291
      4:36 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      Biden says it’s Facebook ‘killing people ‘ and causing vaccine hesitancy

    • kjd
      9:29 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      DelrayCat: no known cure for TDS.

  8. wildcatdon
    4:16 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

    8 god is correct. Stoops needs to let these guys know how important this. The young ones think they are invincible. No one is trying to control anyone. The proof is in the pudding Timosee. I am older than you and have had both shots. Again there is no conspiracy.

    • timosee
      4:19 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      You don’t believe in conspiracy that’s obvious, which makes you a fool.

    • 4evrUKBlue
      4:30 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      I’m 69 and have taken no vaccines since childhood when I had no choice. No conspiracy?

  9. ohiokatfan
    4:25 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

    It is unbelievable how many idiots believe this is a government conspiracy. I’m guessing very few if any of them are college graduates. We are living in the age of the willful ignorance.

    • jack8291
      4:26 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      I don’t think there’s all that many . Many believe it’s a choice ( vaccine ) , and aren’t as trusting of government , for sure

    • 4evrUKBlue
      4:28 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      And you’ve just shown yours, I believe cognitive dissonance is the operative phrase.

    • timosee
      4:30 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      I am. You people have been zombified by the brainwashed media . Stop watching them, They have been lying to us our entire lives. Learn about operation paperclip. Yes the intelligence agencies have been creating reality for the world your whole life.

    • 4evrUKBlue
      4:42 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      Ask yourselves why is germ theory STILL just a theory and not a law?

    • kycatshoops
      5:01 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      Governments primarily want one thing. Healthy workers to drive the economy. Vaccine killing citizen conspiracies don’t align to those goals.

  10. timosee
    4:40 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

    Also check out operation mockingbird. The infiltration of the mainstream media and government positions.

    • 4evrUKBlue
      4:44 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      Some people are unreachable timosee, they would rather not know because it’s too inconvenient.

  11. 4evrUKBlue
    4:46 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

    “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.” William Casey, CIA Director 1981-1987

    • timosee
      4:59 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      Yep, the people are gullible and need to wake up before it’s too late.

    • njcat
      11:28 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

      You two need a bunker to escape all the commies.

      Two fine examples of KY’s bottom 5 education system.

  12. 4evrUKBlue
    4:51 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

    How hard do you think it would be to control the 6 corporations who own almost all mainstream media?

  13. timosee
    4:53 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

    Nuremberg Code: 1 Voluntary consent is essential 2 The results of any experiment must be for the greater good of society 3 Human experiments should be based on previous animal experimentation 4 Experiments should be conducted by avoiding physical/mental suffering and injury 5 No experiments should be conducted if it is believed to cause death/disability 6 The risks should never exceed the benefits 7
    Adequate facilities should be used to protect subjects 8 Experiments should be conducted only by qualified scientists 9 Subjects should be able to end their participation at any time 10 The scientist in charge must be prepared to terminate the experiment when injury, disability, or death is likely to occur

  14. madarchitect
    4:58 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

    Why don’t you two just exchange phone numbers? The rest of us are on here to discuss Kentucky football. If you need to post multiple times on a single article, you are probably wrong.

    • timosee
      5:03 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      We are discussing the big elephant in the room. No one should be pressuring anyone to take that injection. No coaches, no one. The Constitution was created to give everyone their ‘individual’ rights. A pandemic does not overrule the SUPREME law of the land.

    • kjd
      6:05 am July 21, 2021 Permalink

      This post is about the football team’s “vaccination” %, madarchitect.

  15. Eddiemcwildcat
    5:02 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

    Whole lot a sheep and guinea pigs in here. Delray is the sheephearder

    • CahillsCrossingNT
      5:12 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      It’s herder.

  16. Eddiemcwildcat
    5:03 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

    Liberalism is far worse than covid ever was.

    • Ryan Lemonds Toupee
      7:41 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink


  17. CahillsCrossingNT
    5:12 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

    Get ready for a long, long mask mandate in all 50 states. It’s coming because of all of you clowns failed to follow the science.

    • timosee
      6:11 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      Fake science

    • timosee
      6:15 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      In fact the man that created the mrna test said himself it should never be used to test for covid. After so many cycles it would create false positives. In fact, he is being censored for his comments and has been told to get security for himself.

  18. T-Town Cat
    5:15 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

    You can be vaccinated and still test positive for COVID. The vaccine doesn’t prevent it, but it does decrease the effects if you do test positive.

    • UKnowMe
      6:20 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink


  19. kentuckybackupplayer
    5:42 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

    I and everyone who got the vaccine is going to die, just not from the vaccine.

    • timosee
      5:56 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      Wait a couple years and let us know how you feel.

  20. RogerW
    6:31 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

    Kentuckybackupplayer, i know several people who truly believe that everyone that got the vaccine will be dead I two years. You can’t fix stupid.

    • timosee
      7:40 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      Wait 2 or 3 years and see if you end up eating your words.

  21. Dr. Tom
    6:31 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

    Coach said the experts are talking to the team about the benefits and negatives of getting the vaccine. WHAT THE HECK ARE THE NEGATIVES??

    • Jambluehue99
      7:21 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      Blood clots, death, unknown side effects from an experimental mRNA vaccine.

    • timosee
      7:52 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      If the mainstream media would quit censoring good doctors and experts you would know the answer to that.

    • jack8291
      8:55 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      its Little known that US law requires side-effects in drug commercials ( we’ve all seen them ) . That’s why there’s no mass TV marketing of the free vaccine. It’d have to devote some time to known side-effects and probably do more harm than good

  22. Ryan Lemonds Toupee
    6:40 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

    If masks worked, they would be wearing em at SEC media coverage.

  23. wildcatdon
    8:54 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

    Kjd, yes it does happen but way less than the ones who don’t get it.

  24. timosee
    9:27 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

    Here is the inconvenient truth about covid and and the ‘vaccine’ experimental injection. LISTEN to all of it.

  25. shepdog3720
    10:06 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

    DelrayCat, Trump wrecked your soul, seek help.

    • njcat
      11:42 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      Nah… he’s spot on.

  26. timbo
    10:09 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

    Seems strange to put only the words “personal decision” in quotations, does it not? Why not give the whole quote? Makes it appear as if you disagree with the premise that a vaccination for anyone, a medical action, is not a personal decision. Surely that’s not the case?

    • njcat
      11:41 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

      This particular ‘personal decision’ effects the team much more than it does the individual player. Self-centered people don’t seem to understand that concept.

    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      9:18 am July 21, 2021 Permalink

      I did include the entire quote. It’s literally right there below that line.

  27. njcat
    11:28 pm July 20, 2021 Permalink

    Simple answer… get the shot or play somewhere else. Incredibly selfish to put your conspiracy loving self above what is good for the team.

    • timosee
      3:55 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

      You’re a moron communist. Just stomp all over each ‘individual’s’ Constitutional and God given rights.

    • njcat
      11:19 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

      lol… you idiots are so predictable. No one said they didn’t get to make a choice. It’s just that most times choices have consequences.

  28. runningunnin.454
    1:45 am July 21, 2021 Permalink

    Just one last comment, I think that this is

  29. secrick
    9:16 am July 21, 2021 Permalink

    Stop testing . The shot killed a friend.

    • njcat
      11:31 pm July 21, 2021 Permalink

      I’m sure hundreds of thousands have died from the vaccine… probably more than died from Covid, which of course is a complete hoax… at least right up to the point when they put your sorry ass on a ventilator.