By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky has unveiled new football uniforms as well as new logos that some like, some don’t. I got an e-mail from the wife of a former football player — who asked not to be identified so UK officials would not be upset with her — and she is not a fan of the new uniforms at all.
“My first reaction was sadness. The more I’ve thought about it I’m mad and embarrassed. I understand that Coach Stoops feels the need to change the culture and mindset of UK football since we do not have a storied program. Can he not do it in an original fashion?” she said.
“It really bothered me when we added the checkerboard to the uniforms and then the field. I get that it is supposed to represent jockey silks. The problem with that is that it looks an awful lot like we’re copying the University of Tennessee. I’m sure this is even more of a fact for all the people who don’t follow UK and don’t get the press releases to know the story behind it. There are plenty of other jockey silk patterns we could’ve pulled from to instill that vibe.
“Staying on the topic of copying Tennessee let’s visit the power K the band does. I think I’ve heard the announcer say something about they’ve brought it back. For anybody who hasn’t followed the football program for years it looks like we’re copying Tennessee again. I can totally over look this one but it’s another example to prove the point I’m trying to make. In and of itself it’s not a big deal but add it to the others and well …..”
Wait. She’s just getting started.
“Next let’s finally talk about the new unis. The wildcat on the pants is really cool but our attempt is pitiful! It looks like a cross between the Northwestern wildcat and the Kansas State wildcat. The part that makes it so bad is the controversy we had with Kansas State over the block K that led to us now using the UK. Heck, the new wildcat even looks a tad bit like we’ve used the Oregon State beaver and crossed it with the Washington State cougar for a bit of inspiration,” she said.
Wait. There’s one more “rant” on the new K Club log.
“Am I the only one, that upon first glance, sees the PAC 12 logo? It really bothers me that for the student-athletes who gave their blood, sweat and tears to be apart of the athletic programs at UK, an SEC school, that once they become alums this is the best representation they get. I could rant on that subject all day,” she said.
“Change is an inevitable part of life. Change can lead to many positive outcomes. I guess I’m concerned we’re not trying to be original. That we’re saying there’s nothing special enough about us to stand on our own so we have to copy others. This is very sad to me.
“I get that we’re trying to be flashy and stand out to lure players. It seems to me we’re doing a lot of ‘fluff’ type things but not following through on the substance. The meat of the matter is we need to produce on the field. Our recruiting class is ranked 29th in country. YAY!! We’re still 12th in the SEC.
“New uniforms are wonderful and something fans can spend money on trying to be current. How about being relevant where it truly counts, on the football field?”