Stallings upset over Kentucky's SEC slate

January, 18, 2012
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Nothing like a little Wednesday morning drama to start the day. Vanderbilt’s Kevin Stallings has questioned the SEC’s scheduling practices, which he says appear to favor the Wildcats, according to the Tennessean's Jeff Lockridge.

For the second consecutive season, the Wildcats will not play a Thursday-Saturday slate with one day of rest in between. Stallings’ squad, 3-0 in the SEC, faces Alabama on Thursday and Mississippi State on Saturday.

Stallings wonders why Kentucky has avoided the same two games in three days stretch. Plus, the Wildcats play four Saturday games against opponents competing on one day of rest. Stallings ain't happy about the situation.
Stallings said he is not bothered by his team’s one day of rest between games at Alabama (Thursday, 6 p.m.) and at home against No. 18 Mississippi State (Saturday, 6 p.m.).

But the league’s second-longest tenured coach wants to know why Kentucky will not play a Thursday-Saturday combo for the second consecutive season. And it’s not just that. The Wildcats have Saturday games with four SEC opponents that are coming off Thursday night games -- the most of any team in the league.

“Go figure that one out for me, would you?” Stallings said. “We all agreed to do it, so if you have one, like we have one, I’m not going to complain. To not have any and to be able to play four teams that have to do it to play you … that’s not right.”

Kentucky does have one Thursday game, on March 1 vs. Georgia, but it’s followed by a Sunday game at Florida.

The only other SEC teams not dealing with a quick turnaround this season are Auburn and LSU. Ole Miss was dealt the Thursday-Saturday combo a league-high three times.

It’s a legitimate scheduling concern and not only because the Wildcats are the No. 2 squad in the country.

Kentucky lost to a second-ranked Tennessee team during the 2009-10 season on one day’s rest. So the Wildcats know how tough a quick turnaround can be.

Mark your calendars for Feb. 11, the first matchup between Kentucky and Vanderbilt this season. I’m guessing that Stallings will address this issue again.

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