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Another former University of Kentucky player wants to add his perspective on the UK football program and while he agrees with some of what another former player noted were problems with the program, he does have some different feelings.
The Kentucky native, who also asked not to be identified, listed Wisconsin, Tennessee, Nebraska, Arkansas, Boise State and Iowa as programs that make the “best with what you have got” and find ways to win.
“Could go on, but won’t waste time. Also, with UK’s tradition, it must do the little and achievable things better than programs that dedicate more money and have more in-state talent such as public relations, marketing and promotions,” the former player, who has season tickets and attends games regularly, said.
“Furthermore, I think facilities are just fine. Extending Kentucky’s football footprint could easily be accomplished by two free, achievable goals: 1. Attention to detail in all promotional matters including marketing, promotions, and public relations. 2. Having passion. I feel that most times UK’s efforts toward football are a mere mandatory must in order to check the block to move to next event.”
He vented his frustration by noting that former UK punter Ryan Tydlacka is still listed as the leading receiver in UK’s Blue-White spring game on the UK athletics website even though Tydlacka did not even play in the game — a statistical program error led to that glitch that was corrected on stats distributed to the media but apparently not on the website.
“Winning is the cure all and answer to the real problem. Hiding unhappiness and disgruntled fans by spending money on facilities is just masking the real problems that have plagued UK football for 50 years. Do and it’s done,” the player said. “Utah, Washington and Colorado, West Virginia — once championship level teams but somewhat down now — are programs from state schools that produce equal to less prospects as Kentucky.
“One could argue it’s the chicken and the egg theory, players won’t come to a non-title contending team. Well, it has to start somewhere, sometime. I don’t buy ‘it’s the way it is and always will be”’excuse about anything, including UK football. Something like 3/4 of the country’s population is within six hours of Lexington. Not sure if totally accurate, but close enough. I will never buy geography excuse.”