Well last night was fun. The rest of the season has been a hellish grind but last night was a good time. I was able to attend with Kyle and Daniel from WBN. Several others from our site were there as well, Josh, Lyndsey, Corey and Terry were all at the game. The Cat Walk was emotional and it was great to see fans come out to support the team. There were a lot of smiles amongst those young men and Joker Phillips. We got to see a comfortable victory and a big man touchdown (Tristian Johnson). Good cheer was available in abundance. So much so that, when a chubby Samford cheerleader felt the need to congratulate me on our 2-9 record, I could look her in the eyes and say “Scoreboard.”
It was just a relief to go enjoy myself at a football game with a good crowd that didn’t bicker and boo all night. Hopefully this momentum carries over to next year, assuming that the Athletic Director makes a good hire. Big Blue Nation, at least the football portion, has been fractured for a while. Now is the chance to heal. We can go back to looking forward to Saturdays and we can go back to being a Top 25 attendance school.
It sounds like no proven head coach is going to take the sidelines at Commonwealth next year, so we have to learn a bit of patience for the next guy. He isn’t walking into a great situation and building things will take time. Meaning that it will be unreasonable to be calling for him to be fired 3 games into his 2nd season. Expect recruiting to finish near the bottom of the SEC this year regardless of who is hired due to the small class size. (Though that may change if transfers become abundant following the coaching change)
That being said, we need to support our team but we also need to demand excellence if we are ever to achieve it. If the administration makes a poor hire, don’t make excuses for them. So many are willing to give Barnhart and Co. a free pass for football failures. Many would disagree, and I understand that if you are just a fan of UK in general, Barnhart has done a good job raising the university’s standing in the Capital One Cup. If you are a Kentucky football fan, then you likely already have issues with the AD. (The boos when he was on the Jumbotron last night made that pretty clear) Kentucky has an opportunity to make a move over the next few years, several teams are replacing coaches and the school will supposedly approach the state for $100 million in bonding authority this winter. We will find out how UK feels about football in the next 2 months. We can all hope they feel the way us fans do, if not they may see an emptier stadium in the future.