Good morning, Big Blue Nation, and welcome to a new week. Are you feeling refreshed? Our weekend at the lake was cut short by some unexpected rain on Sunday, but Saturday was so glorious I’m not even mad about it. Former Kentucky linebacker Kash Daniel and junior inside linebacker Jamin Davis also spent Saturday near the water, casting some lines and talking life and football.
— Kash Daniel (@KashDaniel15) June 14, 2020
— Jamin Davis (@jamindavis25) June 14, 2020
Hopefully Olivier Sarr can join them soon. While I cross my fingers, you read this rundown of things to look forward to this week.
UK is expected to release its fall calendar
On Friday, the University of Kentucky confirmed that it is planning to have students on campus this fall. This week, they will release their “campus restart playbook,” which includes the fall academic calendar and “healthy campus plan.” Both Eastern Kentucky University and Western Kentucky University have already announced they will bring students back to campus in August and send them home for the semester at Thanksgiving, finishing the rest of the term via remote learning.
More football players return to campus
The Kentucky Football team’s phased return to campus continues today. A week ago, football players who stayed in Lexington during the quarantine were brought back to campus for voluntary workouts. Returners who are coming back to Lexington from out of town began the screening process June 8 with the goal of beginning voluntary workouts June 15. Newcomers will begin the screening process June 15 with the goal of beginning voluntary workouts June 22. This is all significant because…
The NCAA will vote on its plan for college football in the fall
The NCAA is expected to pass its six-week preseason practice plan on Wednesday, which will lay the groundwork for college football this fall. According to the plan, strength workouts and film study with coaches can begin July 13 for teams whose seasons are set to start on September 5 (teams with season openers in Week 0 can begin one week before). Those eight-hour weeks will transition to two 20-hour weeks of enhanced training on July 24, including walk-through practices with a ball. Preseason camp will begin on August 7.
What about basketball?
As Jack Pilgrim told us a few weeks ago, the basketball team will report to campus next week for voluntary workouts. On Friday, Jon Rothstein reported that the NCAA will vote this week on whether or not coaches can have access to their players during the month of July. Considering the D-I Council will meet on Wednesday to vote on the college football plan, the vote on college basketball will likely take place that day as well. Gonna be a big ole hump day!
College coaches can start contacting 2022 prospects today
Basketball recruiting is about to heat up because at midnight, college coaches were able to start contacting 2022 recruits by phone. So far, Kentucky’s only handed out two offers in the 2022 class: Emoni Bates and Brandon Huntley-Hatfield, who is expected to reclassify to 2021.
One recruit that could land an offer from the staff very soon is Skyy Clark, a five-star guard who recently transferred to Brentwood Academy outside Nashville. On Saturday, Jack went to see him play in an open gym with and against the likes of Darius Garland of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Robert Covington of the Houston Rockets, former Golden State Warriors guard Ian Clark, and former UK forward Alex Poythress. You can read more about that here, or just watch the highlights.
After reading about how Clark is already becoming a leader in the Nashville community, I really want to see that kid in Kentucky blue.
Today is the deadline to request your absentee ballot
The Kentucky primary is a week from tomorrow, making today the final day to request your absentee ballot. All you have to do is visit GoVoteKy.com and fill out the form, or contact your County Clerk. In a few days, you will receive the ballot in the mail with a pre-paid return envelope. Election officials ask you to submit your ballot as soon as possible to help them process the ballots most efficiently, but they will accept all votes that are postmarked by June 23. For more details, click here.
KSR Dog of the Day
Meet Murphy, a Whippet/Doberman mix who lives with his mom and dad in Ohio. Even though he’s in the Buckeye State, he wears his UK jersey and collar every game day. He especially loves tailgating because the humans are in such a good mood they share their snacks. In turn, he’s rooting for football in the fall like the rest of us.
Matt Jones returns to Kentucky Sports Radio
Matt’s two-week furlough is over. Tune in to hear about his time in NYC and opinions on all the things he missed one hour from now.