It would appear the Kentucky Wildcats’ clash with Vanderbilt may not happen this week.
According to KSR’s Matt Jones, Kentucky’s Saturday home game vs. the Dores may be postponed due to COVID-19 issues with both programs.
A source a few minutes ago tells me— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) November 10, 2020
“I would say right now it’s 50-50 the game with Vandy gets played. They have major Covid issues and we have some as well. Could go either way”
Vanderbilt has had COVID-19 issues for several weeks now, which led to their matchup with Missouri being postponed to Dec. 12. That’s the week the SEC is using to have makeup games that were previously postponed.
So if this game gets delayed, it will be hard to make it up since the Dores already have a Dec. 12 game. The SEC would likely need to rearrange several games to accommodate another postponed Vanderbilt game since they don’t have another bye week, which is also the case with Kentucky.
On Kentucky’s side, the reported COVID-19 issues they’re having may have something to do with the three offensive coaches not with the team right now due for unknown reasons.
“We are dealing with some situations here right now,” head coach Mark Stoops revealed Monday. “I am down three offensive staff members right now who are not here, so we just have to deal with it the way it comes at us and do the best we can.”
While Stoops wouldn’t say it was related to COVID-19, he did his team has had issues with it.
“We have had issues...I don’t think I’m allowed to get into specifics on that...but yeah, we have issues with COVID,” Stoops said. “It’s not out of control. Let’s hope it stays that way.”
My guess is the SEC will push hard to have the game played this week so they don’t have to significantly reshape the remaining schedule for other teams.