Today is the last day of the Thanksgiving weekend, and my last day at home in Western Kentucky. I have a lot to be thankful for this year, as always, but before I get to that I want to give my Kentucky football wrap-up since they closed out their not-so-ideal season yesterday.
Being a true Kentucky fan I have always loved the football program and I always will. Through attending UK and working with media this semester I have met many of the players and coaches in the program. This made watching them have a 2-10 season even harder to watch, because I realize now exactly how much goes into the program and how hard they all individually work. Like I said, everyone is aware that this season was less than ideal. I see many fans take to the Internet to bash the team and coaches, making lame jokes and complaining, and to be honest even I take it a little personally. This season was a series of bad events that can’t be entirely pinned on one person.
As Kentucky football looks to the future I hope the BBN gets behind them like we did last year when they beat Tennessee, or when we took down LSU. We stood behind basketball through Sutton, and Billy G and we can do it now. There are positives to be taken from this season- many true freshman Wildcats (on offense, defense, and special teams) got a ton of experience on the field this year and it will show with time. Many of the older members of the team stepped up and became leaders, or learned how to lead and will assume that role next year. Kentucky football does have a bright future in the SEC.
Also, as a member of BBN and the media, I want to say thank you to Joker, the coaching staff and players- the seniors especially. I got my first media opportunities this semester and the first thing I covered was Kentucky football. I was there for every game, but I covered losses to South Carolina, Mississippi State, Georgia and I was there for the win against Samford. I covered Joker’s first press conference after it was announced he would not return as head coach for next season, also. I have seen footage of press conferences at other schools, both after wins and losses and I can honestly say that no program or coach handles themselves with more class than at UK.