By LINDA SINCLAIR
Joker was left a good program but it did not go any farther with him as a coach and I can understand why fans were upset. But now fans are singing his praises for what he is doing at Ohio State and those same fans wanted his head served up on a cow pie platter.
Kentucky has an almost impossible task of recruiting not just against programs in the SEC, but against all good programs in college football. There are not enough 4 and 5 star players to go around and you are not going to get those players unless you let a coach do his job. It is hard being Kentucky.
Fans are use to winning when it comes to one of the major sports at Kentucky. Not all fans like both sports but that does not seem to matter sometimes. Football is not successful, basketball is successful. It is a different story but that is comparing apples to oranges when you talk about the two programs, especially at UK. That two program scenario at UK … Rupp seems to be the ghost that sits by and above, is emulated, who other coaches are following but developing their own way to success, idolized but yet the program has always had, except for a couple coaches, major winning programs.
But the Ghost of Bryant is hanging over the football program. It seems it is an excuse why the football program cannot succeed and the program being in the SEC does not help. UK ‘s program has muddled in the sewer of the SEC for so long they can’t seem to get their head above the water line long enough to see the end of the tunnel. Fans who were excited about Stoops have now turned on him, no bowl? How many teams go to a bowl? Does ever SEC team go to a bowl? Going to a bowl, does that hinge on a successful program?
“There are 128 schools in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States. By definition, all schools in this grouping have varsity football teams.” (Wikepdia0Y
There are 6 playoff bowls, Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Cotton Bowl Classic, Peach Bowl or Fiesta Bowl. That is 12 teams to go to those bowls. There are 122 teams leftover that did not go to THOSE bowl games, the biggie bowls. Those 122 teams are going to fight over going to the reaming 34 bowls. So you have 80 teams that will be bowl eligible out of 128. I supposed they could have 24 more bowls and then everyone can go to a bowl, let’s all bowl! Which bowl do you want? You don’t have to have 6 wins anymore; you can be a 5-7 team.
We could plan a bowl, name it whatever we want, play whomever we want, and make sure we pick a team we can defeat and win it. Would that make fans happy? BOWL BOWL BOWL…Not every team goes to a bowl, I know, you want a bowl, give it time.
Comment after comment over the years no matter who the coach is: UK can’t recruit, UK does not have the facilities, UK does not put the money into football and coaches like they do basketball, UK can’t win, UK can’t do this and they can’t do that.
Fire the coach and that has evolved into Stoops should resign in disgrace. Well, they have the facilities now, they have the salaries … can’t the fans let the program mature now, let it build and not switch horses again and start all over again. It is still going to be the same players and a new coach is still going to have to build his program, it will not instantly be a winning program.