Kentucky Football has made plenty of news this week. Unfortunately, it’s all been about the loss to Western Kentucky and the future of Joker Phillips as our head coach. Yesterday, ESPN took notice and ranked UK as #5 on their “Bottom 10” list (this is definitely not a list you want to be on).
Here’s an excerpt…
If there’s a silver lining for Kentucky fans, it’s that there are only 23 days until the first official basketball practice! That’s right, it’s never too early for college basketball in Lexington, a hoops oasis in SEC country. Tickets for Big Blue Madness are available on Saturday, which is probably a good time for Wildcats fans to start diverting their attention away from the gridiron. UK’s upcoming schedule is as follows: at Florida, vs. South Carolina, vs. Mississippi State … well, you get the idea.
Phillips knows better than most that legacies in Lexington are built from bricks made of orange rubber and nets. He played football at UK when men’s basketball coach Joe B. Hall was undertaking, quite successfully, the unenviable task of succeeding the legendary Adolph Rupp. The Wildcats named the building after the latter; on Tuesday, they unveiled a statue to honor the former.
Given that precedent of idolatry, there’s no telling what’s in store for current coach John Calipari at the rate he’s going. A statue might not be enough. They may as well name the place after him (eat your heart out, Nick Saban).
In the meantime, get in line, because tickets for Big Blue Madness will go fast. And dream no more dreams of football futility, UK fans, a new season on the hardwood will be here soon enough.
With Florida this weekend and South Carolina the following weekend, there’s not a lot to get excited about. The old saying “It will get worse before it gets better” is definitely true when it comes this football season. Makes you wonder if Mitch Barnhart will be able to wait till after the season to make a coaching change or will he be forced to do something before the end of the season.