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As schools, conferences, and the NCAA dither and wring their hands over sports this fall and spring, events seem to be lurching towards a season for both football and basketball. Subject to change, of course...

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Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Tuesday Morning Quickies.

Finally, the SEC has released the schedules for the 2020 football season, and as you might expect, Kentucky’s is a tough one, with the Wildcats facing five top-25 foes this year including Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Auburn and Tennessee. But to be honest, most of us are just hoping to have a season. I second Jason’s opinion that even if we don’t make a bowl, just playing this fall would be a victory worthy of celebrating.

Moving on to basketball, two bits of news came out last night that cast some doubt on the eligibility of Joey Gatewood and Oliver Sarr — both in football. Two football transfers were denied a wavier to their year-in-residence requirements in their bids to play immediately. Jason has all the details here if you haven’t seen it, but the player profiles are very similar to Gatewood and substantially similar to Sarr. Sarr’s loss of his coach could help his case, but the NBA draft postponement might offset that positive. Keep your fingers crossed.

Finally, more on the basketball front. The NCAA has said it will decide on basketball season by mid-September. The first games are currently scheduled for November 10th, but the NCAA said it is developing contingency plans in case the pandemic forces a delay. Given the fits, starts, and understandable but annoying hand-wringing we have seen so far, this is probably about the best we can hope for.

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Rest in peace, Boyd Grant.

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1. Auburn is not a bad first week opponent for Kentucky

Read that one again, it’s not a frequently-expressed opinion. But it may be right in this case.

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