Good morning and happy Friday to you and your kin. Friday’s are awesome but this is no ordinary Friday as we’re one day out from Halloween and one day out from Kentucky hosting No. 5 Georgia in a reduced-capacity Kroger Field. Let’s get through today and then tomorrow the fun gets going at high noon in Lexington.
#ButFirst, some news regarding that game and more things to know…
Joey Gatewood officially named the starter for the Georgia game.
The speculation is over. Joey Gatewood is Kentucky’s starting quarterback for the Georgia game. Mark Stoops announced Terry Wilson is unable to go against the Bulldogs, therefore Gatewood, who took the first team snaps this week in Wilson’s absence, will make his first career start against America’s fifth-ranked team.
Freddie Maggard wrote what it will be like for Gatewood in his first start:
This also means true freshman Beau Allen out of Lexington Catholic is QB2 for the game.
UK Basketball announced its second game for next season. And it’s in Cleveland!
On Thursday the UK Basketball program announced the second game on its 2020-2021 schedule, a Dec. 18 run-in with Mick Cronin’s UCLA Bruins. The game is of course part of the CBS Sports Classic doubleheader and this year the games will be played in lovely Cleveland, Ohio.
Cats and Bruins earned the 4:15 p.m. start time. The series is tied 1-1 in the round-robin event, now in its seventh year.
UK’s entire non-conference schedule should be released soon.
Walter McCarty’s tough times are getting tougher.
McCarty is in trouble again, this time with the law. The former Wildcat no-showed a civil court appearance for the second time yesterday and a warrant was issued for his arrest, all in his hometown of Evansville, Indiana.
Just think, it hasn’t even been a full calendar year since McCarty’s Aces upset No. 1 Kentucky in Rupp Arena. The former Cat’s life has taken a significant turn, and unfortunately McCarty has no one to blame but himself. Let’s hope he can find his way back.
KSR Game of the Week
As I write this Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond are almost to Paintsville for this week’s Kroger KSR Game of the Week between Johnson Central and Belfry. They’re doing this morning’s show from Johnson Central High School and then tonight the Golden Eagles will host the Pirates in a battle of defending state champs. We’ll have coverage from that game once it’s over.
Shout out to Midnite Rooster CBD products.
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Check out the brunch menu at KSBar this Saturday.
We’re opening KSBar’s doors early for a special pregame brunch so fans can stop by on their way to Kroger Field for the game. Doors open at 9 a.m. for the early crowd; however, if you’re staying for the game, tables are reservation only from 11 a.m. through the UK-UGA action.
Then at night, we’re inviting Ohio State and Penn State fans to take over the bar for the Big Ten’s marquee showdown, although we’ll still be celebrating Kentucky’s win while it’s going.
I’ll leave you with this week’s hype video from UK Football’s video team.
High Noon Halloween showdown between Cats and Dawgs.
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) October 29, 2020
Just a little over 24 hours away!