Yesterday was one of the most bizarre days in sports in quite some time, highlighted by the surprising news out of Columbia: Steve Spurrier is done.
The Head ‘Ball Coach is hanging it up at South Carolina, leaving the Gamecocks six games into the 2015 season. He told his players and staff he will retire, effective immediately. An interim head coach is expected to be named today, rumored to be G.A. Mangus, Spurrier’s quarterbacks coach since 2009.
Spurrier leaves college football as the SEC’s second most winningest coach, with 228 wins over the course of his 25-year career. A nine-time SEC Coach of the Year, he made Florida the program it is today and took South Carolina to a level it had never seen, leading the team to 86 wins, the most in school history. He never had a losing season at any of his stops on the college level, including his brief stint at Duke to begin his career.
The HBC’s retirement was predicted by many, but no one expected an abrupt ending at the halfway point in his season. The Week 2 loss to Kentucky, the first of four consecutive SEC losses, is likely a major factor in that decision. The loss, his second to UK in two years, marked the end of Spurrier’s dominance over the Wildcats and a downward spiral in 2015.
Let’s say goodbye and celebrate his career this morning with our Great Moments In Steve Spurrier History.
And then on to the other stuff…
UK is shutting down the media availability until the Auburn game.
Everyone’s schedules are all out of whack this week with Kentucky’s Thursday night football game throwing everything off. We heard from Mark Stoops at his Monday press conference and then from the entire staff after yesterday’s practice, but that’s it for the week. There will be no practice reports today or tomorrow, only brief comments from Stoops on tomorrow’s mandatory SEC Coaches Teleconference.
Auburn to name its starting quarterback today.
We should learn who Gus Malzahn will send out to QB his football team Thursday night after today’s practice at Auburn.
“We’re going to make a decision after practice, more than likely, just to let our guys know,” said Malzahn on his radio show last night.
Freddie Maggard wonders if Auburn’s quarterback controversy is reality or gamesmanship.
It’s not crazy to think Kentucky can contend in the SEC East.
I am in no way, shape or form predicting a trip to Atlanta, but it’s not crazy to think Kentucky has a shot at the SEC East, after what happened Saturday and yesterday’s news out of Gainesville. Unbeaten Florida is still the favorite, although it will play LSU and Georgia in its first two games without Will Grier. Then there’s Tennessee and Georgia with two losses apiece, leaving Kentucky in control of its own destiny against those two teams.
Again, I am not making the absurd prediction UK will win out and take the SEC East, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility after what we’ve seen from around the league these past couple of days. That’s all I’m saying, and none of it matters without a win over Auburn.
So, let’s beat Auburn.
Bud Dupree danced in the end zone on Monday Night Football and it was awesome.
Dupree showed off his moves following a Steelers interception return for a score.
— Steven Borden (@StevenBorden85) October 13, 2015
I don’t know what that is, but I’m for it.
John Calipari will visit a 2017 big man today.
Cal is expected to be in New Jersey to watch Nick Richards at St. Patrick, the former home of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Dakari Johnson. Richards is 6-foot-10 center, ranked fifteenth overall and second at his position. UK assistant Tony Barbee was in to see him just last week, according to Adam Zagoria.
Playboy is ditching nudity.
Beginning next March, Playboy will no longer show full nudity in its magazines. In related news, Roush will no longer have to hide the magazines under his bed, so that’s good. This may also save him from going blind.
UK Sports Network will air a pre-Big Blue Madness special.
Dave Baker and Christi Thomas will host a 90-minute special for UK Athletics leading up to Friday night’s Big Blue Madness. The show will begin at 5:30 pm and it will feature exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes content from the men’s and women’s basketball teams.
Baseball season is almost over!
With each new win in the MLB Playoffs, we are one step closer to the end of baseball season. Go Cubs and Mets!
That’ll do it for now. Listen to KSR in an hour and I’ll be back around 10 am or so with a photo of KSR’s new billboard in Lexington.