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Welcome to the Bye Week
Howdy, friends. This week will be different for a myriad of reasons, but specific to us, there is no Kentucky Football game. The bye couldn’t come at a better time for Mark Stoops’ squad, which fell to 2-4 on the season after a 14-3 loss to Georgia on Saturday; the Bulldogs are the No. 5 team in the country, so that’s nothing to be ashamed of, but the Cats’ woes on offense continued despite the switch at quarterback. After the game, Stoops did not commit to Joey Gatewood as starter, leaving everything even more in limbo moving forward.
While Stoops will not hold his weekly press conference this afternoon, he will do his call-in show tonight, so tune in to 630 WLAP at 6:00 p.m. to hear his take on the Georgia game, or simply check the site afterwards for a recap.
We’ll get a kickoff time for the Vandy game
We won’t be completely devoid of football news today. Around lunch, we should find out the kickoff time for the Vanderbilt game on Nov. 14. In the SEC, only one game time has been decided for that week, No. 2 Alabama vs. LSU, which will air at 6 p.m. on CBS. Here are the other options for Nov. 14 if you’d like to predict which slot the Cats vs. the ‘Dores will draw.
|No. 5 Georgia||Missouri|
|No. 7 Texas A&M||Tennessee|
|Arkansas||No. 8 Florida|
|No. 24 Auburn||Mississippi State|
|South Carolina||Ole Miss|
|No. 2 Alabama||LSU||6PM ET, CBS|
This game has noon or 4 p.m. on the SEC Network written all over it.
We’ll hear from Jai Lucas
With football on bye, this is a great chance to catch up on basketball. Today, Kentucky’s virtual preseason interviews roll on with newly-minted on-court assistant coach Jai Lucas. In just a short time in Lexington, Lucas has already made an impact in recruiting, most notably leading the charge for 2021 five-star forward Daimion Collins, who committed on Saturday. Collins’ commitment is the most recent coup for the staff, which has received pledges from 2021 four-star power forward Bryce Hopkins and 2022 five-star guard Skyy Clark in the last two weeks. Lucas is a big part of that and will chat with reporters on Zoom just before lunch, so stay tuned to the website this afternoon for updates.
While you’re waiting, check out all of the preseason interviews thus far on our YouTube page:
Joel Justus Practice Update
How are things going in the Joe Craft Center? Let Joel Justus tell you.
This group loves to compete. They love to play hard.
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) November 2, 2020
Madness at Memorial?
In a normal year, we’d be two exhibition games in and preparing for the Champions Classic right about now, but instead, we haven’t even gotten to see this team on the court. That could soon change. Last night, Matt Jones tweeted that he’s hearing Kentucky will try to hold a form of Big Blue Madness in a few weeks at Memorial Coliseum with no fans. The hope is that the event will be televised by the SEC Network.
Sign me up. Madness has gotten a little stale over the years, so this could be a great way to shake it up in a year where we could all use the help getting to know the new guys.
Karl Towns opens up in a new interview
It has been a difficult year for Karl Towns, who lost his mother Jacqueline to COVID-19 in April. Karl has kept pretty quiet in the months since, but is opening up in a new interview with Natalie Manuel Lee this afternoon. Here’s a preview:
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KSR Dogs of the Day
Today is the last day to early vote in Kentucky
Lines will be long on Election Day, so save yourself the trouble and get it done today. To find your polling place, click here.
It’s Breeders’ Cup week and we’re celebrating by giving away money
There may not be a football game this weekend, but the eyes of the horse racing world will be on Lexington for the Breeders’ Cup. We’re partnering with the event to give away $7,000 to faithful listeners of the radio show, including $5,000 on Friday and Saturday at KSBar and Grille. To find out how you can win, tune in to the show, which starts one hour from now.