With the spike in Covid-19 cases in Kentucky and across the country, a regular start to the fall and winter sports seasons seems to be becoming more and more unlikely.
Today as UK Head Coach John Calipari met with the media via Zoom as his team ramps up voluntary workouts, he addressed the fluid situation currently surrounding sports as we deal with the Coronavirus pandemic. The Kentucky coach did not mention when he thinks the basketball season will start or how the schedule will look as nobody has a for-sure look that far ahead into the future, but he is hopeful that a season at some point will be played.
“My opinion on this is a guess,” Calipari said. “My hope is that we tamp down this virus and we’re able to come back and play but if you’re asking me — and let me say this, my hope is pretty strong for basketball because I have a really good team so I want us to play basketball in the worst way and be in that NCAA Tournament and make a run but we’ve got to go with the science.”
Calipari once again called onto Kentuckians to protect each other from the continued spread of Covid-19 by wearing masks and abiding by rules recommended by health officials.
“The great thing, and I come back to, and I hope you guys all print this, our state has done a great job, and we’ve got to turn it up. It may not matter because there are so many other states losing their minds and things are going haywire, but our state, and it’s four million of us, let’s protect each other,” the UK head coach said. “Wear the mask. It’s not a statement. Just wear a mask. It protects you. It protects somebody else.”
He also later said, “I would tell everyone, we’ve got to get through this and unless things start to change, what everybody’s hope is is going to be hard to happen.”
A less important situation that is currently being monitored by UK fans across the state is the pending decision by the NCAA as to whether or not give Wake Forest transfer Olivier Sarr a waiver to play next season for the Cats. Lately, more and more transfers have been deemed eligible that might otherwise have not in the past, which is a good sign for the 7-footer.
UK Head Coach John Calipari addressed the suspenseful wait to hear a decision on Sarr’s eligibility from the NCAA, saying he feels cautiously optimistic that in the end the waiver will be given.
“We feel confident, but you never know til you hear he’s good to go. He’s got a great case. We’ll wait to hear,” Calipari said.
The Kentucky coach alluded to past players transferring from Kentucky like Quade Green and Jemarl Baker who were deemed eligible to play the next season as good signs for Kentucky, and whether it is a good thing or not, he feels because it is a high profile case that the NCAA may be taking a longer time because they’ll be looking closer into it as they attempt to make the correct decision.
Kentucky could definitely use the big man as they would be lacking frontcourt depth without him, and he could play a crucial role in another chance at a title if the season is played.