The final morning of SEC Media Days is generally quiet, but it will be anything but in Hoover today.
Yesterday, the Houston Chronicle published a report saying Texas and Oklahoma may leave the Big 12 to join the SEC, with one “high-ranking college official with knowledge of the situation” saying the deal may be done in a matter of weeks. Neither Texas nor Oklahoma shot down the rumors, releasing vague statements about the shifting landscape of college athletics and SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey only said he wouldn’t comment on reports from “unnamed people.” Later in the evening, more reports surfaced that the SEC was open to the move, and getting 11 of the 14 teams on board was possible, despite Texas A&M’s strong objections.
That led to a night of speculation on College Football Twitter, with fans and pundits alike guessing what a 16-team SEC might look like. Would Alabama and Auburn come to the East? Would the divisions go by the wayside altogether, like basketball? What does this mean for Kentucky? Vince Marrow isn’t worried.
Bring it and let’s see what kinda butt whooping you get. Trust me on that I bet you this you will know you played Kentucky buddy. Go Big Blue. https://t.co/uUsIHWAgYb
— CoachMarrowUK (@vincemarrow) July 22, 2021
The talk will surely continue today as the SEC’s annual extravaganza wraps up. Adam Luckett and Nick Roush are on the scene for one more morning of fun before heading back to the Bluegrass. Here’s when each team takes the main stage, which you can watch on SEC Network (all times EST):
10:05 a.m.: Missouri — Eliah Drinkwitz; Akial Byers, DL; Case Cook, OL
11:30 a.m.: Arkansas — Sam Pittman; Myron Cunningham, OL; Grant Morgan, LB
1 p.m.: Auburn — Bryan Harsin; Bo Nix, QB; Owen Pappoe, LB
Potential realignment talk will likely dominate the day, but hopefully someone asks Sam Pittman about this picture from a recent vacation in the Bahamas:
— Coach Sam Pittman (@CoachSamPittman) July 16, 2021
ICYMI, Roush and Adam (aka Nick Saban’s new best friend) have been putting out Grade A content from Hoover. Catch up on all of their stuff right here and don’t miss the “Four Questions with KSR” series featuring On3 senior football writer Ivan Maisel and the SEC Network’s Peter Burns, Cole Cubelic, and Paul Finebaum:
They also have recaps of each SEC team Kentucky will face this fall:
For even more SEC Media Days talk, listen to the latest episode of 11 Personnel, which dropped last night. After Adam’s banter with Nick Saban, I think they need to consider a name change.
The Peach Jam heats back up
The regular season of the Nike EYBL wrapped up on Sunday and teams have been playing preliminary rounds all week ahead of this weekend’s Peach Jam finals. Today, Jack Pilgrim is making the trek back to North Augusta to make sure he’s in place when coaches are allowed back in the gym tomorrow, the start of the final evaluation period of the month.
Here’s today’s schedule. You can watch games live for free on the Nike EYBL website.
- 12:30 PM: Team Final (Jalen Dure, Dereck Lively II) vs. Team CP3 (Jaden Bradley)
- 12:30 PM: NJ Scholars (DJ Wagner) vs. Expressions
- 12:30 PM: NH Lightning vs. Houston Hoops
- 12:30 PM: Mokan Elite (Felix Okpara) vs. Brad Beal Elite (Brandon Miller, Nick Smith Jr.)
- 2:00 PM: Team Takeover vs. Albany City Rocks
- 2:00 PM: Pro Skills (Cason Wallace) vs. JL3
- 2:00 PM: Team Durant vs. Boo Williams
- 2:00 PM: Tema Melo vs. UPlay Canada (Shaedon Sharpe)
- 2:00 PM: Meanstreets vs. Drive Nation (Vincent Iwuchukwu)
- 3:30 PM: E1T1 vs. Team Thad (Brandon Gardner)
- 5:00 PM: Phenom U vs. Georgia Stars
- 6:30 PM: NY Rens (Kyle Filipowski, Chance Westry, Simeon Wilcher) vs. Indy Heat
Speaking of Kentucky recruits…
Reed Sheppard picked up an offer from Virginia
Buzz around Reed Sheppard and Virginia has been building for a while, and yesterday, Tony Bennett finally extended a scholarship offer to the North Laurel star.
Blessed to have received an offer from The University of Virginia! pic.twitter.com/JGOv3r4fRE
— reed sheppard (@reed_sheppard) July 22, 2021
So far this summer, Sheppard has received offers from Kentucky, Virginia, Arizona State, Clemson, Indiana, Louisville, and Ohio State, among others. Earlier in the week, 247 Sports’ Travis Branham hinted the Cavaliers would be a major player in Sheppard’s recruitment.
“He has received eight Crystal Balls for the [Kentucky] Wildcats but, in my opinion, this one is more open than many think with Tony Bennett in pursuit.”
Long way to go in this one, of course.
One day closer to the Opening Ceremonies of the Tokyo Olympics
The Opening Ceremonies of the Tokyo Olympics start less than 24 hours from now. A school record 20 current and former Kentucky Wildcats are set to participate, including track superstar and current 400m hurdles world record holder Sydney McLaughlin and men’s basketball players Bam Adebayo, Devin Booker, and Keldon Johnson.
We’ll have a thorough breakdown of the Cats in the Olympics for you later today, including a schedule of when you can watch them compete.
Reminder: Ted Lasso Season Two premieres tomorrow
We’re also one day closer to the Season Two premiere of the most delightful television show in recent memory. If you haven’t watched Ted Lasso yet, I encourage you to stop what you’re doing and binge away. I’ll write a note to your boss. He or she will understand. Hang on while I watch the Season Two trailer one more time.
If you need something to tide you over until tomorrow, Never Have I Ever Season Two is pretty great.
Tyler Herro will be a guest on today’s show
The Bucket will grace the KSR airwaves to catch up on life after leaving Kentucky and tell us about his youth basketball camp, which comes to Lexington August 5-6. The fun starts one hour from now.