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Kentucky is currently without 3 offensive coaches

Not great news for an offense struggling mightily.

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The Kentucky Wildcats are fresh off their BYE week and are starting their preparations for the upcoming game against the Vanderbilt Commodores.

However, they are a little shorthanded in those preparations as Mark Stoops announced on Monday that three members of the offensive coaching staff are out. Stoops didn’t confirm nor deny that their absence was due to COVID-19 but shared the news when he was asked about the impact Coronavirus has had this season.

“We are dealing with some situations here right now,” Stoops revealed. “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.”

One of the issues they are currently dealing with is offensive line coach John Schlarman, who has missed the previous two games due to his ongoing battle with stage four cancer.

As for COVID-19, Stoops didn’t go into specifics but did note that the team has had issues with it this season.

“We have had issues...I don’t think I’m allowed to get into specifics on that...but yeah, we have issues with COVID,” he said. “It’s not out of control. Let’s hope it stays that way.”

Due to three coaches being out, Stoops also noted that the team will rely on grad assistants this week to help get the team ready.

Despite being without a few of the coaches this week, the team will look to get back on the winning side of things and hopefully we see a much-improved offense when the team takes the field Saturday.

The Cats will play the Commodores at noon Saturday on the SEC Network.

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