Since Mark Stoops was hired last year Kentucky football has been on a wild ride of positive momentum. It seems like nearly everything he and his staff have touched has turned to gold. For a school that beat one FBS school last season and had to fire an alum head coach,Kentucky fans should, and have for the part, be extremely grateful. But as the doldrums of Summer have crawled by fans have started to find things to complain about, most of which are piddly things. But it’s natural asKentucky football fans to start wondering when it’s going to go wrong. Most offseasons have positive talk but when the fall rolls around it’s been a different story. And this Fall won’t be much different,Kentucky simply isn’t very good at football…yet. With that being said, I wanted to address some of the common gripes I’ve heard lately:
Fan Day on Friday?
This is one is somewhat puzzling, even to me. Why move it from the weekend to Friday? I don’t know. But I will say this, there is likely a good reason.Kentucky’s public relations and Marketing staff have been smashing home runs for the past eight months, and I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt on this one. Yes it will likely cause some issues for folks with long commutes to attend, but I expect a good turnout for the event.
New jersey and helmet
I covered this last night. The jerseys are pretty in my opinion but even that doesn’t matter. What matters is how recruits like it. And if Twitter is any indication, they like it a LOT.
7 on 7 Performance
Last week Kentucky played a friendly scrimmage with EKU and lost. The actual score isn’t certain but it wasn’t a blowout. People are in a tizzy about it. It’s disappointing but not that big of a deal. We don’t know who even played. 7 on 7 isn’t football. If UK played EKU on the field this season, they would absolutely smoke them. They would have last season as well. This is like UK basketball losing a game of HORSE, it doesn’t mean anything.
Noon kickoff for Louisville
I am disappointed by this as much as anyone. As well as Stoops’ first home game againstMiamiOhiobeing anoonkickoff. I would love for fans to get a chance to get wild and crazy for both games. But the thing that fans have to realize is that Kentucky doesn’t control what time the games are. The SECs television contracts decide when and what channel games are broadcast on. Sometimes we as fans forget that this is a business and money talks.
Wide Receiver recruiting
Apparently some fans thought that bringing in the Air Raid would lead toKentuckylanding multiple James Quicks per year or something. Well, it hasn’t worked that way so far. But the thing about the Air Raid is that you don’t need a dominant receiver, you need several capable ones and that’s what the coaches have signed so far. And hey, Thaddeus Snodgrass is the highest-rated receiver to ever commit toUK.