Well, in a perfect world, those words would never come together unless the Kentucky Football Wildcats were doing the shutout. But, here we are. In a season that I personally thought held a little bit of promise and little bit of hope, we now see that there are neither at the Nutter Football Training Facility. At this point, the players seem as disinterested as the coaches which is a shame. I tweeted out during the game that the players have a “let’s just get this over with” look about them. And I can’t blame them. Not one bit. How would you feel to be asked to execute plays that you know very little chance of success?
And so Vanderbilt University, the might Commodores have come into Lexington and shutout the Cats. I’m not sure how things could be much worse for the football program. UK was already a step behind in facilities years ago, but after the SEC’s dominance over the last few years, the arms race amongst the football programs has reached ridiculous heights. And the question on the mind of the Big Blue Nation: “Will the UK administration do what needs to be done to make UK competitive?” And based from Twitter and Facebook and conversations with all sorts of UK fans, most don’t feel that UK President Eli Capilouto or Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart will. And that is how hope dies.
It’s taken a lot, but I think it’s safe to say that no one, not anyone, has hope for the success of the football team. Now, some folks have taken to calling the fans that have avoided Commonwealth Stadium this year as not being loyal fans. Given what UK football has produced over the years and the way the crowds have packed home games for years, how can that argument be made? I think the fans have finally reached a breaking point. The Big Blue Nation is demanding a top-to-bottom culture change. The players and fans deserve better.
At the very least, they deserve hope.
“Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”
-Andy Dufresne, The Shawshank Redemption