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COVID-19 is all over the SEC
Each Monday afternoon report was worse than the previous. Mark Stoops said Kentucky had some Covid problems, with three offensive staffers sidelined this week. “We have issues with COVID. It’s not out of control. Let’s hope it stays that way.” By the days’s end that wasn’t even a blip on the SEC radar.
Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman tested positive for COVID-19, Texas A&M temporarily shut down their facility, an LSU outbreak that stemmed from a Halloween party is putting the Alabama game in jeopardy and Miss. State-Auburn has been canceled by an outbreak in Starkville, the team that hosted Vanderbilt last Saturday. Oh, and Michigan State head men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo has also tested positive prior to the start of the season.
Monday reminded everyone that even though a vaccine is on the way, we’re far from out of the coronavirus woods.
No Starting QB Named
Mark Stoops was not willing to share who will take snaps from Drake Jackson first against Vanderbilt. Stoops did not give any indication if he’ll move on from the now healthy Terry Wilson, or let Joey Gatewood and Beau Allen handle QB duties for the rest of the season.
“The person who gives us the best opportunity to win is who we’re going with because we’re here to win games,” Stoops said. “I still think Joey and Beau (Allen) have great upside and I want to see them.”
Even though he did not share much on the QB situation, he did speak more candidly on the Mark Stoops Show about playing young offensive playmakers.
“It’s always fun to have those guys develop, that’s the future. We feel good about those guys,” Stoops said. “There’s quite a bit of guys in that true freshman class we feel are going to be really good players, but the guys in front of them are competing and playing well. We’re looking for offensive playmakers and guys to get the ball down the field, but some of that is on us, getting them good plays and putting them in position to be successful. There are plays that are there.”
Enjoy Lunch at KSBar
From 11 am-2 pm Monday through Friday you can enjoy 9 scrumptious menu items for only $9, including the BBQ burger that’s topped with fried onion straws and your choice of homemade sauce. If you can’t make it today, might I suggest making your way in Thursday and Friday for coverage of The Masters.
UK is in the Top 10
For the eleventh time in 12 seasons, John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats will tip-off the season ranked in the top ten of AP Poll. Kentucky is the top-ranked SEC team, coming in at No. 10. There are four teams on UK’s schedule featured in the preseason top 25.
|1||Gonzaga (0-0)||1,541 (28)|
|2||Baylor (0-0)||1,540 (24)|
|3||Villanova (0-0)||1,501 (11)|
|4||Virginia (0-0)||1,364 (1)|
|13||Michigan State (0-0)||820|
|14||Texas Tech (0-0)||790|
|15||West Virginia (0-0)||651|
|16||North Carolina (0-0)||465|
|18||Arizona State (0-0)||402|
|21||Florida State (0-0)||351|
|23||Ohio State (0-0)||270|
Another Louisville Injury
The season hasn’t even started and the Cards can’t catch a break. Charles Minland, a 6-foot-4 transfer from San Francisco, will miss six weeks with a sprained left MCL, setting his tentative return to the court just in time for the matchup against UK. The announcement was made just two days after UofL revealed star forward Malik Williams will miss 12 weeks or more to undergo foot surgery. If this luck continues, it could be a long year for Chris Mack’s Cards.
Hear from Isaiah Jackson
No player has received more preseason hype than the somewhat unheralded forward from Michigan. Today he’ll take his turn at the podium for a length preseason interview. We’ll be sure to share the best of the best throughout the afternoon here at KSR.
Happy Birthday Chris Oats!
Today the Kentucky linebacker turns 21 years old. It hasn’t been an easy six months for No. 22. Some well wishes on his birthday @ChristopherOats from the BBN would go a long way to make sure he has a great day.