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Today On KSR: Rupp’s new court and other Monday morning headlines

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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.

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.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

28 Comments for Today On KSR: Rupp’s new court and other Monday morning headlines



  1. millertim
    9:13 am November 16, 2020 Permalink

    Can’t understand why in most of the 5 on 5 match-ups, Cal has Askew as the starting point guard. It should be MINTZ!! Having watched the Pro Day, it was obvious that Mintz is one of the better players on the team and plays with great poise and control— and he HITS his shots, gets players in the right position. Handing over the keys to the Ferrari to a true Freshman that, classwise, should be a high school senior, seems INSANE! Cal says we’re going to struggle early b/c of offensive execution— well, START Mintz and you minimize that…



    • UKinIN
      9:17 am November 16, 2020 Permalink

      No offense … it was a scrimmage where we didn’t see all the action. Calipari will start and play the guy that earns the spot and gives Calipari the best chance of winning the game.



    • IndianaSucks
      9:41 am November 16, 2020 Permalink

      Glad you’re telling a hall of fame coach how to coach. We’ll be fine now with your assistance.



    • millertim
      10:03 am November 16, 2020 Permalink

      There are tons of “Hall of Fame” coaches that make inexpicable decisions— they are not immune to CONSTRUCTIVE criticisms. Those who come on here in a knee-jerk defense of Coach Cal should try thinking independently on a few occassions. Mintz, as stated before, is one of the best players on the team and is seen constantly running with the Blue team (2nd team)— for those who don’t understand the difference. I love Askew but there’s no way he’s the better option than Mintz at running the team. It would be a huge disservice to Askew and the team to put him in such a difficult starting position at the start of the season. Let him ease into D-1 play…. Mintz is simply the BETTER player and should not be running with the 2nd team…



    • IndianaSucks
      10:37 am November 16, 2020 Permalink

      Hey calm down sweetheart, I’m not defending coach cal… Simply stating that if you knew anything about coaching you’d be a coach and not a keyboard hero. Cal has dropped the ball a few times with the talent we’ve had but I’m not gonna sit here and think I know more about coaching than he does. Drink some High Life and change your panties because you’re coming after the wrong guy my friend. Btw did you forget the E on your user or is your name Tim? Asking for a friend.



    • Bluenblood
      8:00 am November 17, 2020 Permalink

      Thanks for the laughs. Made my day. Love the Cats and the passion. I missed ProDay!!! Where can i find tape on it???? Go Cats



    • Catman Dan
      11:02 am November 16, 2020 Permalink

      Agree that Mintz may be better, but the coaching move makes sense. Put the veteran guy with the 2nd team to help run their sets and provide stability. Askew can play with the better talent to give him confidence. None of this means anything until the season starts. The best guy will play…and as we’ve seen several times in recent years…just because a guy starts doesn’t mean he will be the one on the floor in crunch time.



    • millertim
      11:27 am November 16, 2020 Permalink

      Catman Dan, I understand the sentiment and sometimes did it myself, but at some point Mintz should be playing more with the starters to develop a rapport, chemistry and playing comfort. These guys must meld rather quickly and every scrimmage we are allowed to watch shows Mintz running with the 2nd squad. To me it just seems like an unforced error. Mix the units occassionally to see if there is a chemistry with some groups but, again, what we’ve seen thus far is Mintz on Blue team and Askew on White team… sorry to see that the maturity level of some of the commenters is extremely low… though we cheer for the same team, I have a feeling that is all we have in common. The common goal should be a NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP— not another group of lottery picks…



  2. 4everUKBlue
    9:21 am November 16, 2020 Permalink

    serdi
    2:27 pm November 10, 2020 Permalink

    I don’t see the big squares. What I see is Coach Rupp’s name is going to be preserved on the name of that facility as long as UK is playing basketball there. Luther Deaton has seen to it with this formal naming by his bank. All of us who have lived and have followed UK basketball during Coach Rupp’s time truly appreciate this statement.

    If you wanted to have the absolute most elegant but understated floor, they would go back to how the floor was a Memorial Coliseum pre-1971..medium blue stripe around the court with a small white stripe around it, nothing in jump circle except for the smallest circle colored in blue with a simple white K. I would be ok, since it is a league rule to put SEC in the free throw circles. That is it.



    • 4everUKBlue
      9:22 am November 16, 2020 Permalink

      Thanks Luther Deaton and thanks serdi for making us aware.



    • mashman 93
      9:25 am November 16, 2020 Permalink

      Well said my friend



    • 4everUKBlue
      9:34 am November 16, 2020 Permalink

      We have a certain group of people to thank for making this necessary. It’s a shame it had to come to this.



  3. mashman 93
    9:29 am November 16, 2020 Permalink

    Looks good to me. GO CATS!!!!



  4. 2andToodleLoo
    9:29 am November 16, 2020 Permalink

    @Drew – thanks for letting us know which team was favored by 30 on Saturday. We needed that cleared up. Well done. It made me chuckle.



    • runningunnin.454
      9:49 am November 16, 2020 Permalink

      Well, in an earlier article the final score was 31-30 so, confusing. LOL.



  5. will welty
    9:43 am November 16, 2020 Permalink

    Checkered board sidelines.
    Nice…..



  6. Bluebloodtoo
    9:49 am November 16, 2020 Permalink

    So… uk plays sc on Nov 5? Or was that supposed to be dec 5?



    • ClutchCargo
      9:57 am November 16, 2020 Permalink

      Haha! It’s like that dream where you realize too late you have a final for the class you forgot to ever go to.



  7. ekywildcat
    10:02 am November 16, 2020 Permalink

    I love the court! Everybody is entitled to their own opinion, but has KSR ever approved of anything?



  8. millertim
    10:07 am November 16, 2020 Permalink

    Hey Drew, are you upset that Rupp’s name is still prominently on display or simply hate the visual of it being off center with a commercial ad attached?



    • Drew Franklin
      11:01 am November 16, 2020 Permalink

      I hate that no one took the time to measure those two gigantic blue blocks



    • millertim
      11:30 am November 16, 2020 Permalink

      Thanks Drew!



    • Megan
      3:49 pm November 16, 2020 Permalink

      Are those removable appliques, like the ones players slip on during some tournaments, or are they painted on? Agree strongly with Drew. The asymmetric placement is sloppy. I don’t like them anyway because they’re so damn big. The commercialism cheapens the floor. That’s the name of the arena, not the name of the floor. But to have them malpositioned on the floor is inexcusable no matter how you feel about them.



    • 4everUKBlue
      5:02 pm November 16, 2020 Permalink

      Some people just can’t be pleased. Whatever it takes to keep the Rupp name on the arena is fine with those of us who’ve been around long enough to remember Coach Rupp, you younguns worry too much about what someone on social media will think and are always complaining about trivial matters.



    • IndianaSucks
      12:07 am November 17, 2020 Permalink

      4ever…. Get off my lawn!



    • 4everUKBlue
      10:03 am November 17, 2020 Permalink

      Truth pisses you off huh?



  9. Pensacola_Cat_Fan
    11:14 am November 16, 2020 Permalink

    I think we play SC December 5.



  10. natedaddy
    11:41 am November 16, 2020 Permalink

    Finally hit on my Muschamp first coach fired in SEC bet I’d been making last couple years.