WBN Nightcap: Things Looking Up for Kentucky Athletics

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Jan 26, 2013; Mobile, AL, USA; Senior Bowl south squad offensive lineman Larry Warford of Kentucky (67) against the Senior Bowl north squad during the first half of the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Well, with the basketball regular season over and the post-season beginning, a tough year for Kentucky Wildcat fans is winding down. No, I didn’t forget the baseball Cats, they look poised for another banner year. But there is no denying the toll that the 2012-13 season has taken on football and basketball fans. Luckily we have baseball season to look forward to and both football and basketball expect to improve for 2013. Coach Cal’s umpteenth top recruiting class will take the floor sporting more talent than the Derby Classic and Mark Stoops inaugural season in Lexington has to be better than what we witnessed last year. So buck up, there is still the SEC tournament and the NCAA’s or NIT to watch, and as a fan your job is to cheer for your team regardless of the letters in front of the tournament. If that doesn’t cheer you up, here are some assorted news and notes:

  • Four-star wide receiver Thaddeus Snodgrass took another visit to Kentucky today. It’s a great sign considering he has already named UK his leader and plans on deciding soon. Snodgrass is close friends with fellow 4*s Drew Barker and Darius West, as well as tight end Darryl Long. As Kyle pointed out recently Snodgrass could have a snowball effect on this recruiting class among local players.
  • As for my snowball-effect player candidate, Kentucky’s own Drew Barker, he did an interview with KSTV this week. I came away impressed with Barker and the distinct feeling that he will be a Wildcat when he commits this Spring. The only school standing in the way is South Carolina, whom he will visit before deciding. The most interesting thing that Barker said about his UK recruitment was that the coaches told him that he has no reason not to choose Kentucky. I think they are right.
  • Kentucky is going to have some more alternate uniforms for next season besides the black ones. The base blue/white uniform set will stay the same, Coach Stoops has said that he likes those jerseys. Traditionalists can complain all they want but these coaches realize that sweet uniforms help recruiting. However stupid you think it is, jerseys are a big part of some kids decision making. If nothing else it’s an attention grabber or foot in the door. Oh, and the power K isn’t coming back, ever.
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