Kentucky Wildcat Football: Should Fans Celebrate Franklin & Strong Departures?

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Jan 11, 2014; State College, PA, USA; David Joyner (left) and James Franklin (center) and Rodney Erickson (right) pose for a photo after James Franklin is announced as the Penn State Nittany Lions new head coach during a press conference at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O


In the past week Kentucky has seen Louisville and Vanderbilt lose their head football coaches, much to the chagrin of the respective fan bases that supported them. Both situations were monitored closely by Kentucky fans and most thought they happened a year late. With James Franklin becoming the next head coach at PennState and Charlie Strong taking over the Texas Longhorns, two teams that Kentucky is constantly jockeying for position with took a hit this week. The question is whether or not UK fans should be excited about that.


There has been an open debate on social media and message boards this week about the topic. Some fans are elated to see two strong coaches leave rival schools. While others have taken the attitude that Kentucky should just worry about getting better, regardless of the quality of their opponents. Both sides of the argument have their merits and everyone really just wants to see Wildcat football built up to the level of it’s SEC brethren. But the only correct answer is that YES you should be happy that Vanderbilt and Louisville lost their coaches this week.


Kentucky is starting from the bottom and trying to build a winner in the toughest league in college football. Top to bottom, no conference is more stacked than the SEC. If UK were in the ACC, they would have gone bowling last year. That’s the difference. So when you have to play a murderers row schedule every year in conference and your traditional rival builds a quality program, it becomes really hard to climb the ladder. If Kentucky gets a lucky break here or there, then it’s about time because they haven’t gotten many during the years that I’ve followed this program. Whatever hurts our opponents helps us.

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