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I know not every Kentucky basketball fan likes Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings, but I’ve always found him to be almost blunt honest when he answers questions, especially about the University of Kentucky program.
That’s why I was interested to hear what his reaction was to the new SEC scheduling format that does not guarantee UK and Vanderbilt will play two games each season — one in Lexington, one in Nashville.
“I think that will be one of the disappointments to the new scheduling format but I don’t think there was any way to satisfy everyone (with the SEC adding two teams and two games to the schedule). It’s just one of the by-products of the new format,” said the Vanderbilt coach. “I know our fans will be disappointed in that, but that’s just the nature of it. If John’s teams continue to be as good as the one this year, I won’t miss playing them twice a year.”
Calipari’s team is going to be good again, but somehow I think Stallings is going to miss the UK-Vanderbilt game. He’s embraced playing UK and the Kentucky game at Vandy is one of my favorites each year.
But I also had to chuckle a bit when Stallings was asked what kind of feedback he had received from Vanderbilt fans.
“I don’t even know that our fans are aware yet. I think probably until we release a public schedule of what it is going to mean …. Again, there will still be years when we do play them twice. If we only play them once, just the way it goes. I know our fans in years we are not playing twice, I am sure our fans will be disappointed,” Stallings said.
Just like I’ll be disappointed not to have Stallings playing and talking about Kentucky twice a year.