So this is what it feels like to have a football schedule? Man, this is incredible. I’m not talking about the actual schedule. We can discuss the odds and ends of it for the next week. I’m talking about talking about football instead of whether or not it will be canceled. Last week was an exhausting roller coaster of bad news. Monday evening we received an SEC football schedule, the most optimistic sign yet that college football will be played this fall.
It gets even better. Today the University of Kentucky football team begins preseason training camp. That’s right, football players are practicing today at the Joe Craft Football Training Facility. Mark Stoops will speak to the media via Zoom at approximately noon before he breaks in that whistle in one of the first practices of training camp.
Football. Even if it’s not meant to last, it’s good to have you back.
It’s a beautiful sight to behold.
- Sept 26: at Auburn
- Oct 3: Ole Miss
- Oct. 10: Mississippi State
- Oct. 17: at Tennessee
- Oct. 24: Georgia
- Oct. 31: at Missouri
- Nov 7: BYE
- Nov. 14: Vandy
- Nov. 21: at Alabama
- Nov. 28: at Florida
- Dec 5: South Carolina
Now take a look at the entire league schedule. Dig deeper into the crowded blocks and you will see the majority of Kentucky’s most difficult opponents are coming off their toughest challenges of the season. The Wildcats will serve as a “trap game” for Alabama (LSU, Auburn), Tennessee (Georgia, Alabama) and Georgia (Alabama, Bye).
While you’re at it, go ahead and circle your calendar on November 14. You aren’t going to want to leave your couch. The day will open with three exceptional noon kickoffs — Miami-Virginia Tech, Texas A&M-Tennessee, Auburn-Miss. State — followed by The Masters’ and Alabama vs. LSU in primetime. Incredible.
There’s much more to discuss. Adam Luckett and I spent an hour breaking down every aspect of the schedule last night on a live edition of 11 Personnel. Miss the action? Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes to catch up on what you missed.
Behind the Facemask
Not excited enough about football yet? Hear Quinton Bohanna talk about his love for the game in the latest edition of “Behind the Facemask.”
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) August 17, 2020
The highest-profile SEC transfer not named Joey Gatewood had his waiver denied by the NCAA. Another intra-conference transfer, offensive guard Cade Mays left Georgia this offseason to attend his hometown school, Tennessee. His father infamously filed a lawsuit against Georgia after he lost part of his pinky at a UGA recruiting event. Even without a pinky, his son’s waiver was not approved. Tennessee is appealing the ruling, but the damage has been done.
In the midst of all the SEC schedule madness, on Monday afternoon Kentucky added a pledge to the 2021 recruiting class, three-star Michigan cornerback Maxwell Hairston. Like the other cornerback in the ’21 class, Adrian Huey, Hairston blew up on the recruiting scene after posting an impressive 40-yard dash at an Under Armour camp. The lengthy athlete is the seventh player from Michigan to commit to UK over the last four recruiting cycles.
Hairston’s decision came with some theatrics. About 30 minutes before the announcement, he said he was down to Purdue and Minnesota. The worries from Kentucky fans were eased and the other schools scorned when the ball dropped and Hairston was wearing Kentucky blue.
— Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) August 17, 2020
SEC West Eyes Treyveon Longmire
Speaking of recruiting, the talented athlete from Corbin in the 2022 recruiting class received SEC offers on consecutive days. Arkansas pulled the trigger on Sunday, followed by Mike Leach and Mississippi State on Monday. Virginia Tech and Ole Miss handed out offers two weeks ago. The fourth-ranked junior football recruit from the Commonwealth’s first offer came from UK. Longmire will most likely play defensive back at the next level.
NBA Playoffs Continue
Opening day was awesome. Jamal Murray ruined Donovan Mitchell’s scoring spree and MKG drilled threes. Here’s more of what we have in store for today.
- 1:30: Magic vs. Bucks on TNT
- 4:00: Heat vs. Pacers on TNT
- 6:30: Thunder vs. Rockets on TNT
- 9:00: Trail Blazers vs. Lakers on TNT
Evan White goes Yard
The former Wildcat brought his boomstick to Dodger Stadium Monday night.
Evan went back for seconds. pic.twitter.com/w7uZGvjOFN
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) August 18, 2020
Help the Martin County Community Center
The man who conquered Shannon the Dude’s 50-mile walk is now trying to help save the Martin County Community Center. Unable to remain open during the pandemic, Travis York is bringing the Hillbilly Hibachi food truck to community center Thursday, Aug. 20 at 11 am and donating all proceeds to the center. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated.
There’s a ton to discuss over the next two hours, including a spotlight on LaRue County. The action begins at 10 am.