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+.
Interim head coach Kyra Elzy has announced that Tatyana Wyatt has been suspended three games for violation of team rules and Rhyne Howard has been suspended two games for not upholding the standards of the program. Both will begin their suspensions today.
— Kentucky WBB (@KentuckyWBB) November 25, 2020
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.