Good morning, everyone, and Happy Veterans Day to all those who served in the United States military. We never say it enough, but thank you, thank you, thank you. I shudder to think where we would be without your sacrifices; we definitely wouldn’t have the freedom to complain about things like Kentucky’s playcalling or the new “Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center” sticker on UK’s court, that’s for sure.
It’s a very busy day around these parts, so let’s hop to it.
COVID, COVID, COVID
While we’ve seen minor COVID issues in the SEC throughout the season, this week, it’s really hit the fan. So far, Mississippi State vs. Auburn, Alabama vs. LSU, and Texas A&M vs. Tennessee have all been postponed due to coronavirus outbreaks, and sources tell Matt Jones that there’s a chance Kentucky’s game vs. Vanderbilt on Saturday could be pushed back as well, although there is optimism the game can be played as scheduled. Adding to the mystery was Eddie Gran’s absence from last night’s media opportunity. Kentucky’s offensive coordinator was scheduled to talk to reporters after practice, but Darin Hinshaw subbed in at the last minute, fueling speculation Gran is one of the three coaches Mark Stoops said he was without on Monday. Hmm.
In terms of actual football news, Hinshow did not reveal which quarterback will start vs. Vanderbilt, instead praising both Joey Gatewood and Terry Wilson, even addressing rumors that the latter was considering opting out of the remainder of the season. Check out Nick Roush’s practice report for more, or watch Hinshaw’s appearance below.
Today, we’ll hear from Stoops on the SEC Teleconference around lunch and Brad White and members of Kentucky’s defense after practice tonight. As always, stay tuned to KSR for updates.
Could the Kentucky vs. Alabama game be moved?
As you might expect, COVID delays are creating quite a mess when it comes to scheduling. LSU already filled its Dec. 12 makeup date with Florida after that game was postponed due to positive cases in the Gators’ camp; with the Alabama game now delayed, the SEC is considering allowing teams to make up games on Dec. 19 as well. The SEC’s athletic directors have reportedly agreed to that proposal, but the league’s presidents and chancellors must also approve it. Once they do, there is a scenario in which the Kentucky vs. Alabama game could be pushed to Dec. 12:
The only way I see Alabama and LSU playing.
Bama @ LSU on 11/21
UK @ Bama on 12/12
LSU @ Arkansas 12/19
Three moves that could easily be made.
— Adam Luckett (@AdamLuckettKSR) November 10, 2020
Hopefully the SEC will provide more clarity today.
Lance Ware will meet the media
One hour from now, freshman Lance Ware will take his turn in front of the media as UK’s preseason basketball interviews roll on. The 6’9″ 223 lbs. forward from Camden, New Jersey may not be as hyped as some of his teammates, but Isaiah Jackson raved about him yesterday.
“That man, he’s tough,” Jackson said. “He’s competitive, he talks, he does everything right and, I mean, he’s tough. He’s tough to guard against. He’s like Olivier [Sarr]. He’s a smaller version of Olivier. Plays defense, he scores, he can go get a bucket, he can knock down jump shots. He can block shots and can do everything I can do. That’s one of the many reasons practices are so tough, because of him and Olivier.”
To catch up on all of our 2020-21 Basketball previews, click here or check out our YouTube playlist for all of the interviews so far. Remember, we’ll get our first chance to see the team tomorrow night on the SEC Network’s Pro Day broadcast. Tom Hart finally gets to leave his basement to cover it, and shared these observations while watching film last night:
Seven footer Olivier Sarr absolutely glides down the court. Like Boston, he can be an impact player on both ends.
— Tom Hart (@tom_hart) November 11, 2020
I won't go over the entire roster, but Isaiah Jackson stood out as a dude who is always making plays. High motor doesn't begin to describe it.
— Tom Hart (@tom_hart) November 11, 2020
Basketball Early Signing Period begins
The early signing period for basketball begins today, meaning Kentucky’s three 2021 commitments — Daimion Collins, Bryce Hopkins, and Nolan Hickman — can make their pledges official. Jack Pilgrim is working the phones to figure out who is signing when, so keep your phone handy to see photos of future Cats signing their LOIs.
Also, just in case you needed a reminder, Daimion Collins is ridiculous.
— Fau (@F3Fau_) November 8, 2020
For an update on Kentucky’s plans for the rest of the 2021 class, check out Jack’s post from Monday night:
Gregg Marshall is reportedly OUT at Wichita State
Late last night, Jeff Goodman broke the news that Gregg Marshall and Wichita State are expected to part ways by the end of this week. Marshall is under investigation for alleged misconduct, with multiple players coming forward with claims of physical and verbal abuse and racist behavior, including Shaq Morris, who said Marshall punched him twice during a 2015 practice, once just hours after Morris informed his his mother is battling cancer. Real gem, that Gregg Marshall.
Treat yourself to one of KSBar’s 9 for $9 lunch deals
There are plenty of reasons to come to KSBar today. Not only do we have our Wingsday special (25 wings for $20) and live trivia tonight, our 9 for $9 lunch deals are back! That sounds way better than canned soup or whatever you planned on piecing together.
KSR Dog of the Day
Meet Bentley, a rescue dog from Lexington that now lives in Mayfield. Like all of us, he’s more than ready for basketball season (and would like his owner to please take him out of the laundry hamper). Two more weeks, Bentley.
KSR, live from NYC
Matt’s in New York for a few weeks, but that’s not stopping him from taking the airwaves. Tune in to the radio show to hear the latest on the Kentucky/Vanderbilt game and much more.