Annie Dunbar is a junior journalism major at the University of Kentucky. She is a Kentucky Campus Rep for College Spun, the producer of Kentucky Sports Zone and has done work for ProCamps and WRFL. She is from Lexington and hopes to continue sports reporting once she graduates. Follow her on Twitter @AnnieDunbar14
By ANNIE DUNBAR
Today was my first women’s clinic with Kentucky football and it definitely will not be my last. The clinic started off with head coach Mark Stoops introducing himself to over 500 women. Yeah, it was a sold out crowd.
After Stoops, the ladies of the BBN heard from each coach individually. Overall, hearing the coaches speak was fantastic. It is evident that these guys are passionate about their jobs and the BBN, and are here to win. They all brought energy and for the first time in years, had me excited for football season.
My favorite part of the day was Avery Williamson announcing the players that were there to sign autographs and take pictures. Williamson had way too much fun with a microphone in his hand and had everyone entertained. I lost track of how many times he said “turn up, ladies” which of course, got everyone on their feet cheering. We even got serenaded by walk-on offensive lineman, Bill Davis, who has a great voice.
Another aspect of the clinic that I thoroughly enjoyed was being able to connect with other women who are just as passionate about UK athletics as I am. I met an older woman who has had Kentucky football season tickets for 30 years. She’s someone who has definitely seen it all and it was easy to tell that she was a die-hard fan just like me. It was a great experience to hear her insights on the new era of UK football.
The only thing I was disappointed about was not actually playing football — I was ready to go. Last year, they had the opportunity to punt and/or kick a field goal. This year, we didn’t even make it on the field. Then again, that might have been a challenge with 500 of us …
There were also two secrets the coaching staff shared with us. First off, the BBN can expect to see an awesome video that shows Kentucky football’s past, present and future. We got a sneak peak and I can guarantee the rest of the BBN will love it. The other secret came from Coach Marrow, the tight ends coach, who said we will getting another “Yahtzee!” soon so keep your eyes opened.
Overall, I loved going to the women’s clinic and would recommend it to all the ladies of the BBN. The clinic proved to me that these coaches and players mean business. I can’t wait for August 31st and a new era of Kentucky football. Buckle up BBN because we’re about to go on a wild ride with Mark Stoops in the driver’s seat.