Saturday will be Joker Phillips last game on the sidelines as a coach at Kentucky. It is also the last home game of the season, which makes it Senior Day as well. So Martavious Neloms, Larry Warford, Collins Ukwu and friends will be suiting up for the last time in Commonwealth Stadium.
So many Kentucky fans have stayed away from the stadium this year for various reasons, most involve a protest of sorts of the coaching staff/administration/losing record that UK has produced. These fans are whom AD Mitch Barnhart was referring to with his now infamous “agenda” comments. (Technically boycotting games in order to get a coach fired is the definition of an agenda folks.) Football attendance numbers became the most important news every Saturday, folks seemed to take pride in how low attendance would get. Those that did attend the games served up a healthy serving of boos. They also choose to hide behind the ethos of “I support the players, just not the coaches”.
Well the time has come to put that to the test. Barnhart has announced that Phillips won’t coach the team in 2013. Supposedly the coaching search is under way and no expense will be spared. Supposedly the facilities upgrades that football fan have howled for will be asked for in December to the tune of $100 million. Better days are promised.
So, now you have absolutely no reason not to show up Saturday and cheer for the Wildcats. Show these players that they have fans to play for. Show Joker Phillips that he isn’t the most hated man in Kentucky. And if you have no heart and therefore don’t care about either of those things, then go to the game and show your favorite coaching candidate what the Kentucky fan-base CAN be under the right circumstances. If none of those reasons get you going, then come out to Commonwealth because it’s your last chance to tailgate for 10 months. Tickets are literally dirt cheap, going for as little as $5 on Stubhub.
Wildcat Blue Nation will be supporting Wildcat football this weekend by tailgating and attending the game. Over half of our staff will be at Commonwealth stadium on Saturday. The protest is over, now if Kentucky fans want to have a real SEC football team then it’s time for the to start acting like real SEC fans. While you attend the game, start scouting where you would like to sit during the Blue/White game this spring.