Is this a sign of terrible things to come for UK football? Is it the coaches working the kinks out of inexperience? Was it just a momentary stroke of good fortune on the part of MTSU and UK overcame their mistakes to win a ball game.
I’ve been following UK football for a while now. I’ve been talking to UK football fans who have followed the program for years. One recurring theme when it comes to UK football is that every time UK starts to do well, the program self-destructs. Usually probation over recruiting violations. Most often, UK is caught at something comparatively laughable. But instead of fighting the NCAA like UT and Bama and USC, UK cooperates and is burned for their efforts.
USC gets a Reggie Bush and his agents. No problem. Ohio State gets caught paying it’s players thousand. No problem. A teacher comes out and verifies that UT is cheating academically, hell, the teacher gets fired and UT is cleared of any and all cheating.
UK gives a couple of jackets away and is caught writing a grand worth of checks. Probation time.
UK has enjoyed two successful seasons. 8-5 Bowl years. Sounds great. I love it. But I’m still waiting for the other shoe to fall. In some fashion or another.
I hope to god it doesn’t happen. I want the program to be successful. I’d love to Rich Brooks to retire with a BCS Bowl added to his resume.
Coach Brooks and company are making great gains in recruiting. This is hopeful. Signs of a program on the rise. They have beat UL two years in a row. This year they embarrassed the Cards in their own stadium. The Card fans ran out on their team before the 3rd quarter was over. Last year, Brooks had this team roaring. Defeating the #1 LSU in a huge upset. Ranked #8 in the country at one point. Then came 3 losses in a row. The Cats just didn’t have the depth to compete. Not even with Mississippi State. That’s not Brooks fault. That’s Kentucky Football.
Brooks seem to be doing everything right. He’s adding depth and talent. UK finally has a respectable Defense. A first in my memory.
I hope the end of the game is a symbol of persistance and not a sign of things starting to unravel. Kentucky plays in the SEC. If they don’t tighten up, there will be plenty of losses. UF. UGa. UT. Bama. All on the schedule. USC and Spurrier are on the schedule. the Gamecocks might be down. With Spurrier, they are never out.
UK must get at least 3 wins in the SEC. Arkansas, USC, VAndy and Miss. Those are 4 winnable games. UK has to take care of business here. That would be an 8 wins season and a good bowl game.
UT looks beatable this season. But Phat Phil isn’t going to take that last game of the season off. He’ll be ready for UK. That is for certain. In a down year like this one seems to be heading, a loss to UK would be unforgiveable. The Vols might chase him out of Knoxville. Hell, they might put him on the Big Blue Bus and tell him not to come back. So a UT win is going to be a challenge. But not impossible.
Upset one of UF, UGa or Bama.
Well, that’s a lot to hope for…but, if it happened. Oh, if it happened.