Stop rubbing your eyes. You don’t have to squint or pull the screen closer to your face. It’s not you, it’s the court. The two bumper stickers are off centered. It’s bad. The Greatest Tradition in college basketball has a court only a Division III weekend holiday tournament sponsored by a local restaurant could love. It is what it is, so get your jokes out now and we’ll pretend we don’t notice when the season gets started. All we can do is hope Twitter takes it easy on Big Blue Nation when that first home game airs on national TV.
We put the guys through a game simulation today. Had them go through many of the things we would normally do on a game day since we won’t have any exhibitions this season. We finished with a scrimmage at @Rupp_Arena. The guys competed & were fiery. @deemintz1 hit a bunch of shots pic.twitter.com/SzzRCabbCv
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) November 16, 2020
Now that we got that out of the way, the rest of the day’s news…
Will Muschamp’s time in South Carolina is up.
The university parted ways with Muschamp following a third straight loss for the Gamecocks, the fifth this year and the 14th loss in the last 20 games under the 49-year-old from Rome, Georgia. South Carolina is currently 2-5 in 2020 after a 4-8 losing record in 2019, the school’s second losing season since 2003.
Muschamp likely enjoyed the luxuries of being South Carolina’s head coach a little longer than his results warranted, thanks to a pricey buyout attached to his contract. At one point his buyout was over $18 million, but it had dropped to $13.2 million, low enough for his employers to finally bite the bullet and cut the check to send him packing.
That is $13.2 million in the middle of a pandemic, I’ll add. Hopefully no one in the athletic department loses their job to pay for Muschamp losing his.
Interim coaching duties will go to first-year offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, a former UGA QB and former Colorado State head coach.
Kentucky hosts Bobo’s South Carolina in the season finale, November 5.
Mark Stoops, who still has his job, to address the media at noon.
Stoops may miss Will Muschamp at South Carolina more than anyone in the world and he will speak to the media today at noon, as is tradition on Mondays in the fall. Stoops will hold his Monday press conference luncheon on Zoom to recap what he saw on the film from the Vanderbilt game and how he sees the week ahead before Kentucky travels to Tuscaloosa to face No. 1 Alabama.
Kentucky-Sports-Radio-dot-com will bundle up all of Stoops’ comments for you throughout the afternoon.
There’s a big point spread for UK-Alabama next Saturday.
The opening line on that game is 30 points.
(Alabama is the favorite.)
Dustin Johnson took the fun out of the November Masters.
DJ took the suspense out of the Masters by running away with the tournament on his way to meet Tiger Woods in Butler Cabin for Sunday’s green jacket ceremony. Johnson finished with the lowest score in Masters history, a 20-under 268, to win by five strokes.
Kentuckian Justin Thomas finished fourth, six strokes off the lead.
We should keep a close eye on the Rams’ kicking situation.
Former KSR podcaster Austin MacGinnis is in Los Angeles waiting for his turn as a member of the Rams’ practice squad, and on Sunday the Rams’ starting kicker, Kai Forbath, suffered an ankle injury that may force MacGinnis into action.
Forbath’s long-term status is unknown the morning after L.A.’s win over Seattle, but head coach Sean McVay will have to address the issue later this afternoon. Could it be that Austin is now the starting kicker for the Rams? Let’s hope!
UK to celebrate John Schlarman with private ceremony today.
The current players, coaches and staff of the Kentucky Football program will welcome former players, coaches and staff of the Kentucky Football to Kroger Field later today to celebrate the life of John Schlarman. Schlarman’s friends and family will also take part in the ceremony, but it is closed to the general public due to COVID-19.
However, video of the ceremony will available via live stream on the Kentucky Football social channels. We’ll provide the link later today.
Have a nice Monday, everyone.