Good morning, friends, and welcome to a new week. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m over bad news, so let’s start today with some good. If you missed our earlier post, the entire Kentucky Football team and staff has tested negative for COVID-19. Last night, Chance Poore’s father Lewis spilled the beans on Twitter, giving us at least one thing to smile about as we venture into another week of depressing stories about how the coronavirus is taking over our country.
More to see, so grab that football and let’s tackle today’s agenda.
John Calipari is teaming up with fellow coaches for a “special announcement” tonight
The final episode of “Coffee With Cal” is tonight and it’s a big one. At 7 p.m., John Calipari will go live on Facebook for a “special announcement” alongside Tom Izzo (Michigan State), Mark Few (Gonzaga), Bob Huggins (West Virginia), Rick Barnes (Tennessee), Jeff Capel (Pitt), Cuonzo Martin (Missouri), and Frank Martin (South Carolina). The press release doesn’t give any more details than that, but a week ago, Calipari postponed “Coffee With Cal” to put the final touches on a “minority leadership announcement” and before that, talked about developing an athletics executive development program for minorities at UK. Jeff Goodman doled out this hint last night:
Not gonna spoil it, but love what John Calipari is gonna announce tomorrow night with a bunch of college hoops head coaches to try and help with minority opportunities.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) July 12, 2020
We’ll find out what it’s all about tonight, but one thing’s for certain: after some time at his house on the Jersey shore, Calipari is rested and ready to roll. Look at that flow:
SEC athletic directors meet in Birmingham to discuss the season
Last week, the Big Ten shook up college football by announcing it is moving to a conference-only schedule for the 2020 season. The Pac-12 followed suit, and today, the SEC’s 14 athletic directors will meet at the league offices in Birmingham to discuss what’s next. A final decision on the season is still expected in late July, but today’s meeting will likely give us a good idea of where we’re headed.
ICYMI, on Saturday, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey admitted he’s not optimistic about football happening this fall. Ugh.
The NCAA’s six-week preseason plan for football begins
Regardless of conference decisions, the NCAA’s six-week preseason plan for football in the fall is underway. Beginning today, summer activities for football may commence, meaning players can start strength workouts and film study with coaches. UK released this teaser video yesterday commemorating the milestone:
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) July 12, 2020
The Washington Redskins are looking for a new name
Late last night, multiple outlets reported that the Washington Redskins will announce today they are officially retiring the “Redskins” nickname. According to Sports Business Daily, a new name is in the works, but won’t be announced yet due to pending trademark issues. For now, the club’s burgundy and gold colors will remain.
Any guesses as to what the new name will be?
Life in the NBA Bubble continues
Training camps are underway at the NBA Bubble, and we’ve already got an injury to report. Over the weekend, former Kentucky Wildcat and current Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo fractured his thumb in practice and is expected to be out six to eight weeks, leaving open the possibility of returning during the playoffs.
Elsewhere in the bubble, players are still complaining about the food and finding ways to stay busy outside of practice. For some, that means shotgunning beers. For others, it means golfing and fishing.
— NBA Bubble Life (@NBABubbleLife) July 13, 2020
? sunday funday in the bubble ? pic.twitter.com/uUGnSF0U4i
— NBA Bubble Life (@NBABubbleLife) July 13, 2020
Shingles suck, but COVID-19 tests do not
A week ago yesterday, I took my husband to the ER for what turned out to be an acute shingles outbreak on his face and eye. Shingles typically occur in people 50 years or older, but cases among younger people are on the rise (as if we didn’t have enough to worry about). Thankfully, my husband is on the mend, but spent over five hours in the ER waiting to see a doctor so we thought it would be prudent to get tested for coronavirus even though neither of us have shown symptoms. Yesterday, we went to one of the free mobile testing sites in Nashville and after an hour in the car and four nasal swabs (one in each nostril for the both of us), it was over. After seeing the videos of people getting their brains probed during tests, I was a little nervous, but it really wasn’t bad at all. The swabs are smaller now, and, if anything, it just felt like a very thorough nose cleaning. If you’re on the fence about getting tested, I encourage you to just do it. I won’t get my results until later this week, but either way, it will just be nice to know.
Also, shingles suck. If you’re 50 or older, you can get the vaccine, which I very much recommend. I don’t wish that pain on anyone.
“Palm Springs” is worth a watch
Four months into quarantine, I feel like we’ve watched all of the good television and movies that exist. Pickings are getting slim out there, but last night, we stumbled upon “Palm Springs,” a bizarre romcom starring Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, Peter Gallagher, and J. K. Simmons. The premise isn’t exactly new — it’s kind of like “Groundhog Day” times two with more debauchery — but it’s fun. Definitely better than “Floor is Lava.” You can stream it on Hulu.
KSR Dog of the Day
Meet Oakley, a six-year-old pup who bleeds blue and can’t wait for football season. Me too, Oakley. Me too.
It’s Hardin County Day on the radio show
Today, the gang welcomes Ryan Lemond back on the show and shifts the spotlight to Hardin County, home of Elizabethtown. Here’s the schedule for the rest of the week:
- Monday – Hardin
- Tuesday – Harlan
- Wednesday – Harrison
- Thursday – Hart
- Friday – Henderson
The fun starts one hour from now.