By LARRY VAUGHT
One reason many speculated that Kentucky might have got the TaxSlayer Bowl invitation was because of the way UK fans supported the team.
Even though UK lost Saturday, Big Blue fans did their part and future bowl officials will notice just like Kentucky coach Mark Stoops did after the loss to Georgia Tech.
” I thought it was an absolutely incredible environment. So pleased for our team and for our fan base to see that kind of support. It’s just fun to be a part of,” Stoops said.
“I’ve said it a long time, I feel an obligation to put a product on the field that our fan base is proud of. We’re going to build on this. We need the stadium filled. We have a bunch of good players that it means a great deal to play at a high level for them because they feel the effects, they feel the positive energy. How can you not?
“You walk around this city this week, you walk around our hotel, our luncheon the other day, our fans are exceptional. I thank them for coming. I wish we’d have played a little better. I promise you we’ll get back at it and we’ll have a very good football team next year. I thank them for their support. They’ve been phenomenal.”