Sep 14, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops gives instructions to his team during the game against the Louisville Cardinals at Commonwealth Stadium. Louisville defeated Kentucky 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The University of Kentucky Wildcats will be known as a "football school" in the Mark Stoops era

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I heard somebody say it again this past weekend after our loss to the Louisville Cardinals in football and every time it gets on my nerves.  You know what I’m talking about, right?

“Well, you know, we’re a basketball school.  I don’t care about football because we are a basketball school.”

That kind of logic tears right through me, especially when it comes from someone who claims to be a fan of football.

Listen, I’m a basketball guy and what my friend said has some truth to it but the reason behind his statement was because we got beat by a Top 10 team who happens to reside about 80 miles North West of Lexington.  Anyone who didn’t expect us to lose I could classify as a bit of an optimist but to turn your back on this team who, were it not for a couple turnovers, could very well have won that game.

As a fan, it’s not OK to be fair weather.

In 2007 when UK was ranked #8 in the nation, where were all the “well we’re a basketball school” comments?  Exactly.

Listen, I understand that we have endured a great, an inordinate amount of football inadequacy for a long time, including the beginnings of the Rich Brooks era as he brought us out of probation, but that is no longer the case.

Yes, we are 1-2 in Mark Stoops first season with losses to Western Kentucky and Louisville but don’t overlook the fact that our best playmakers are four (4) recruits he brought in.  Javess Blue, Ryan Timmons and Jeff Badet lead our WR corps in receptions and yards while Jojo Kemp is our leading rusher.


Mark Stoops knew what he was doing when he brought these recruits in and isn’t afraid to rest his first season the shoulders of true freshmen.   We need to trust that and support the football team like we do the basketball team if we want UK to be known as a football school.

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  • diverdown48

    Kentucky can be called many things. A state, the dark and bloody ground, the bluegrass state, the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, home of Mammoth Cave, home of the most famous horse racing venue in the world, the home of Daniel Boone, home of Bourbon Whiskey, a state who’s number one cash crop is marijuana, etc.
    Kentucky is many things to many people. Those who know and understand the University of Kentucky, the university that bears the state’s name, know it will never in anyone who is alive today’s lifetime, be known as a football school.
    I would say never but they say never say never.

  • Paul Jordan

    I tend to disagree. Kentucky basketball will always be king, but for many years, Kentucky was Top 25 in attendance in the NCAA and may get there again this year.

  • diverdown48

    I am very happy UK is called a basketball school. What is wrong with being called a basketball school? We have over the years had excellent teams on the gridiron. One of if not the most famous college football coaches in the history of the sport coached at UK. He couldn’t get people to call UK a football school. So Mark Stoops whom I greatly admire and am encouraged with his and his assistant coaches efforts at UK, he will not be able to do something Paul “Bear” Bryant couldn’t. That said, I would not be unhappy if UK were know as what it is, a basketball school, and a football school. GO BIG BLUE.