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BREAKING: Rhyne Howard and Tatyana Wyatt suspended ahead of season-opener

Photo by Eddie Justice | UK Athletics

Photo by Eddie Justice | UK Athletics

This is weird timing.

With exactly one hour before the No. 11 Kentucky Wildcats was set to take the floor for its season opener, it was announced that two of the team’s best players were suspended. According to a release sent out by the University, interim head coach Kyra Elzy suspended Rhyne Howard for two games and Tatyana Wyatt for three games. Howard’s is due to not upholding the standards of the program while Wyatt’s is due to a violation of team rules. Both suspensions will begin today. Kentucky is set to take on Murray State at 1 p.m. on the SEC Network+.

Elzy isn’t wasting any time making her mark as the head coach, setting an early tone in the locker room by suspending the reigning SEC Player of the Year an hour before the season-opener. Wyatt, a senior forward, was a major contributor a year ago and expects to do the same again this season. Kentucky’s first three opponents are against Murray State, Belmont, and Kansas State, so missing Howard for the first two and Wyatt for the first three isn’t a huge blow in the long run, but it’s interesting that Elzy made this decision at this time.

We’ll see how the rest of the team responds.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

37 Comments for BREAKING: Rhyne Howard and Tatyana Wyatt suspended ahead of season-opener



  1. Cokely53
    12:09 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    That’s not a good sign of leadership from your projected all American



    • 2andToodleLoo
      12:12 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

      Truth. Has all the accolades already gone to her head. Sure hope this is a wake up call.



    • IrishCat
      12:56 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

      Great sign of leadership from a new coach in Elzy’s situation though.



  2. mashman 93
    12:09 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    WOW!!!!



  3. ukkatzfan
    12:10 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    Glad Coach is being Coach. Go Kyra !!!



  4. bigblue98
    12:11 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    What in the world did they do? They’re basically on lockdown right now.



    • bigbluebg
      12:25 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

      Probably violated the lockdown rules.

      My guess, went to a house party and/or had someone over (to dorm/team housing).



    • bigblue98
      12:40 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

      You’re probably right. If did this risk other players catching from outsiders and could bring whole team down. Strange times that were in when kids can’t hang out (if that’s what the issue is).



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      2:05 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

      It used to be (it seemed like anyway) that these generic broad “Broke team rules” were assumed to be smoking pot. Now it’s Covid violations.



  5. kykid16
    12:16 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    Wow, she’s only the best player if she’s playing!



  6. peaches76
    12:31 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    Coach has nothing to do with the timing! Good grief. That’s on the player(s). Best one or not. I commend the new coach as it seems she is being tested.



    • UKFanSC
      12:56 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

      Well said



  7. Wade
    12:33 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    Standards are set for EVERYONE! Not just 1



  8. UKFanSC
    12:51 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    WTF…….



  9. U22JBK
    1:09 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    I’d fire the whole coaching staff. The hip-hop dances at BBM embarrass the whole university.



    • Bluehender
      1:48 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

      Congratulations. The most ridiculous post of the day…



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      1:58 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

      I hope that was just a lame attempt at a joke. If not, you must be a barrel of laughs at parties. I don’t like hip-hop, but many do.



    • ClutchCargo
      3:05 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

      Obvious troll.



    • WILDCATS1968
      3:36 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

      Agree 100%, clogging probably would have been the better look. Maybe a little line dancing or Cotton Eye Joe. You know, really get the festivities bouncing. Please leave your racist BS away from everyone else who doesn’t agree with it Let me guess, you probably thought they should have been wearing long denim skirts with their hair in ponytails also ??? I actually think the staff should be commended for setting rules and holding EVERYONE accountable equally for said rules.



    • wyatts1
      11:09 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

      Wildcats68, your hypocrisy is showing through those skinny jeans. Nice how you condemnd racism while showing your ignorance with stereo typing a group of people yourself, aka racism. The comment above was a lame attempt at humor, and of bad taste. However it wasn’t no more racist then your comment, so please ignore dum and stupid comments next time before you try to condemn them with almost the exact same type of rhetoric.



  10. Stop Hammer Time
    1:16 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    Has Cal ever openly suspended a player since he has been here? I’m sure he has low key suspended a kid. But can’t remember the last time he publicly announced a suspension.



  11. Dave C
    1:30 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    That takes balls. Wait….Maybe not



    • Megan
      3:10 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

      Hate to admit it, but I kind of liked that.



    • UKFanSC
      3:29 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

      Me too …..



  12. kydrummer
    1:36 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    What channel is this game on? It’s not on the SEC network.



  13. zoupman
    1:48 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    Makes me lose interest on them.



    • Bluehender
      1:49 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

      Well you can always read a book.



  14. clarks
    1:51 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    Want to fire coach when have no idea why was suspended. Gotta show she is in charge and I’m sure it would be egregious or would have been handled in house. Kyra knows what it takes since she is 2 time national champ and we want to take that step. We gonna b fine and kudos to kyra to having conviction it what she believes.



  15. kykid16
    1:52 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    She’s not missed today! 51-26 halftime!



  16. UKiyaoyas
    2:53 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    I heard through a reliable source it’s because they weren’t wearing masks…



  17. TBW3011
    2:58 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    Hilarious how far the chairs are spread out on the bench. So dumb. Right before you check in and go lay on someone.



    • Megan
      3:28 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

      It’s about minimizing risk. Like drinking a diet cola with your hamburger and fries, accepting some risk doesn’t mean you should go all-in.

      You say it’s hilarious and dumb, but you’re the one who doesn’t get it. So that’s embarrassing.



    • UKiyaoyas
      4:11 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

      You spelled Karen wrong on your name..



    • Nickerbocker05
      4:14 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

      Now that is funny Megan



  18. Nickerbocker05
    4:16 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    Megan made tbw look like a silly goat



  19. bbn606
    5:15 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    Number one pre-season player or not, her draft stock just went down.