In the immortal words of Chris Berman, “Tiiiiiick, tick, tick, tick, tiiiiick, tick, tick tick.”
The SEC announced on Thursday that the league would play a ten-game schedule exclusively against conference foes starting Sept. 26. Where and who will the teams play? Well, that’s still anybody’s guess. All we know is that there will still be two divisions, guaranteeing at least six of Kentucky’s 2020 opponents. As for the other four, we’re all on Sankey time.
The fans aren’t the only ones growing impatient. Tomorrow was supposed to be the first day of preseason practice for Mark Stoops’ football team. Those practice plans are in limbo until the SEC makes an official schedule announcement.
Monday evening we received a little more schedule clarity from the last Power Five holdout. The Big 12 announced they will follow a 9+1 model, allowing schools to play one nonconference opponent to open the season, leaving only three Group of Five conferences without a determined fate for football this fall — the American, MAC and Mountain West.
- C-USA – 12 games (8 conference)
- Sun Belt – 12 games (8 conference)
- ACC – 11 games (10 conference)
- Big 12 – 10 games (9 conference)
- Big Ten – 10 games (conference only)
- SEC – 10 games (conference only)
- Pac-12 – 10 games (conference only)
Tons of SEC Basketball Talent Returning
While we wait for clarity on the SEC football front, we do have a better idea of what the SEC will look like on the hardwood this year. Monday evening was the delayed deadline for pro prospects to withdraw from the NBA Draft and most of the SEC’s biggest names are coming back for one more year. Robert Woodard will return to Miss. State, John Petty is back at Alabama, Tennessee’s Yves Pons will be one of the league’s top defenders and LSU will be one of the conference’s top teams with Trendon Watford, Darius Days and Ja’Vonte Smart back in the fold.
Elsewhere, Illinois and Iowa were big winners with Luka Garza, Ayo Dosunmo and Kofi Cockburn returning to start National Player of the Year campaigns in the Big Ten. Aaron Torres broke down the most impactful decisions in his updated preseason top 25.
Positive COVID News from UK’s Campus
NBC News was on Kentucky’s campus Monday morning as students began undergoing coronavirus tests ahead of the fall semester. An estimated 1,500 people received nasal swabs outside of Kroger Field and picked up care packages that include face masks, hand sanitizer and a thermometer. Testing is required and available for free over the next two weeks.
As students, parents and teachers across the country wonder what the new normal for schools will look like, one of the first universities welcoming students back to campus is taking extraordinary efforts to keep everyone safe. @ellisonbarber has the details. pic.twitter.com/nKydwokjrG
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) August 4, 2020
— NBC News NOW (@NBCNewsNow) August 3, 2020
Anthony Davis: Still Good at Basketball
Last night the Unibrow dropped a casual 42 points by making 12-of-15 field goals in only 39 minutes of action to lead the Lakers to a 116-108 win over the Utah Jazz. A look at what’s in store for today’s NBA Bubble action.
- 1:30 — Nets vs. Bucks (Eric Bledsoe) on NBATV
- 2:30 — Mavs (MKG) vs. Kings (Fox)
- 4:00 — Suns (Booker) vs. Clippers (Patterson) on NBATV
- 6:00 — Magic vs. Pacers
- 6:30 — Celtics (Kanter) vs. Heat (Adebayo, Herro) on TNT
- 9:00 — Rockets vs. Trail Blazers (Wenyen Gabriel) on TNT
Reds Win Game 1 in the Battle of Ohio
Sonny Gray gave up only one earned run and four hits in six innings before Joey Votto unloaded with a go-ahead, two-run home run to propel the Reds to a 3-2 victory. Game 2 against the Cleveland Indians at Great American Ballpark is this evening at 6:10 pm.
A Haircut for Charity
Ryan Bryant, a sophomore walk-on Kentucky offensive lineman from Ashland, grew his hair out for more than 18 months before taking out the shears. Bryant cut the impressive mane of hair and donated it to wigs for kids. “I did this in memory of my mom’s bed friend, Beverly, and also to be an inspiration like Coach Schlarman is to me,” he Tweeted. “I’m glad I can help and am able to do my part.”
One More Week till Hard Knocks
HBO released a new trailer ahead of the highly-anticipated event that features TWO teams in 2020, the Chargers and the Rams. It’s an excellent 60 seconds of editing, but HBO still doesn’t get it. If they want big ratings, they need more MacGinnis.