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Guest post: Time has come to quit making excuses and go for a youth movement with UK football

By Lee Ann Herring-Olvedco

Over the past few days as I have been enduring the storms here in the Bluegrass state. I have found myself battling thoughts about how dreary this weather can make one feel. Yet, the ironic thing is I have found admiration in the beauty and the strength of the storms at the same time. I have found myself observing in wonderment as the transformative splendor of the lightning has lit up the sky and horizon while the authority of the storm’s down pour managed to drown out the visibility of anything for miles. At that moment it dawned on me, storms are inevitable, an essential release from mother nature.

Nietzsche once said, “What a person “is” begins to betray itself when his talent declines- when he ceases to show what he can “do” Talent is also finery; finery is also a hiding place.

Disappointment is a fragment of life that everybody needs to identify how to deal with at particular point. Storms are inevitable. Every so often discontent can be an instigator to move onward and strive for something else, something more.

Unfortunately, the disappointment can hover longer for more than we care to have it around. Those constant hardships will either prove to make or break you, or least that’s what I thought. Unfortunately, Kentucky Football has a different agenda this season to get through this storm, and it has proved not to be nearly enough to withstand the damage of the storm’s damage.

A few days ago I posed a lot of theories on the state of the program, and for once it wasn’t something that could be sugar coated, nor should it have been. When are we going to wake up and realize that our foundation is barely holding on in this storm, and is going to crumble? In the midst of it we are losing our talent, drive and ability to even look like an SEC program should look like, and is it really worth it?

It is quite interesting in a state that will go to financial milestones to produce the best Bourbon, Basketball and Derbies this side of the Mason-Dixon Line, but when it comes to an SEC football program there is no sign of that. If you truly want to do something you will, if you don’t want to you won’t. For this program it seems the latter is what is taking face these days.

It leaves me to think that perhaps the only thing we can do now is let the program die. Wait, I know what you are thinking, and I am not saying it should be discarded. What I mean to say is sometimes things have to die or fade away to re-emerge into something new, something better. For the past years the program clearly has lacked any luster that could remotely scream “salvage me”. At this point it’s time to move forward, let the past burn in the flames, and let the ashes be all that ever were of Kentucky Football 2012.

Not to say that we should put this season on the back burner by any means, after all there is still a hell of a lot of football to be played. However, it’s time to resurrect ourselves from the ashes into a new life. That means it is time for a new face, a new identity, and new belief. Not just a buy into something that we think can win, but we know will win.

The time has come to demand something tangible from this program and make it accountable for playing like a real SEC football team. The first tangible step I see in doing this is not just in the financial means or naming a new head coach, but in our players. This team is anchored by the reigns of youth, that’s a fact that is not going to change in the next eight weeks. The change begins with these young players.

This core of talent that has proved to have something to ignite needs to be at the forefront of our playbook. I hear time and time again excuses that they don’t have enough experience or don’t have enough play packages to put them in the mix. Of course they don’t have experience, most of these kids are fresh out of high school ball, or have been on the sidelines at UK seeing this program drown itself on things that are illusions of success.

Obviously if our team was stacked with effective experience I would say have the young kids pay their dues and wait in line. Wake up call!. We aren’t that team, and we never will be if we don’t get these young players in now. I know Joker wants to show loyalty to the vets that are 4th year and 5th years, playing these guys and getting them reps. That is noble and all, but that’s not good coaching. That only allows talent to fade and settle for mediocrity. There is nothing logical about that. Allowing a player to lose that integrity and be willing to settle is not something a program should ever want to be the poster child for. Unfortunately, this is the road Kentucky Football is heading down if we don’t burn this program now and start anew.

At the end of the day, everyone can put their two cents in about ways to make this program work. However, in the end it takes the program itself to wake up and realize that this illusion they have created of something that is effective, is nothing more than smoke and mirrors.

“Out of my ashes will rise a new phoenix. A soaring being returning from death proving once again that life is eternal. I live forever because the spirit never dies. I will return in another body in another time, but it is me. The me who is me now will always be. As long as I live, I learn. And I live forever. -CarmenĀ  Colombo

Even in the darkest of moments there is still beauty in the disarray, and that is the self-thought that there is a chance to start anew and rise from the ashes into what you were meant to be.

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  1. Ben

    Wow can you use a lot of words to say very little. You must have attended the Joker school of motivation! I agree that the more talented player should be on the field. It will take more than that for KY to rise from the ashes. if a freshman and a senior are on the same talent level, the the freshman starts!

    1. Andrew George

      Wow, you can sure say very little in response to someone who has the courage to write for a program that needs believers. Until you have a byline of your own, why don’t you go join the inbred blue people that come down from the hills. So, unless you can refer me to an AP column of your own, why don’t you stick to what you’re not good at: editing other people from the security of your own head. You twit.

      1. Jerry Adams

        INBRED BLUE PEOPLE FROM THE HILLS? You have an address, dirt-bag?

          1. King Ghidora

            I forgot to mention it isn’t inbreeding. It’s a genetic fault similar to other defective gene problems like sickle cell anemia. Two people with the defective gene married in Kentucky almost 200 years ago and a lot of the defective gene was dispersed in the region. The story is told on the link I listed.

      2. King Ghidora

        Please try to be civil here. And those blue people are “not” blue because of inbreeding. They are blue because two people who had the defective, recessive gene married and they produced a lot of offspring that had the gene. And with the limited travel of the eastern mountains there was a lot of marrying of distant cousins but that doesn’t make for inbreeding problems. It’s a recessive gene problem, not an inbreeding problem. I really don’t think we should be promoting the idea that Kentuckians are any more apt to be inbred than any other isolated cultures. And of those other isolated cultures it is almost unheard of to have so many blue people. It happened in Kentucky because two people with the defective gene married each other a very long time ago. The Fugate family was ground zero for the start of the gene being spread.

        It’s not much different than sickle cell anemia among blacks as far as how it spreads. It doesn’t mean they were inbred. It means the defective gene was passed on to a whole lot of people. There are other isolated cultures. They don’t produce blue people because the rare, defective and recessive gene isn’t present a lot.

        And as much as we would all like to think so, it isn’t because they bleed blue either. People with methemoglobinemia actually have brown blood because it isn’t well oxygenated.

    2. lee ann herring-olvedo

      Well of course it will take more than this to make the program rise. This article is actually a follow up to my article addressing the various facets of what this program needs to do to turn things around. This article is a part of series were I will take one aspect and address it this week it was about playing and developing the young talent. I am the last person who would even want to go to the Joker school of motivation because that will get you nowhere. Like I said there is alot that needs to change with this program!

  2. johnl

    You have written a very interesting article,one that gives all a pause to think.

    Youth should never be an excuse for losing or playing the game as it is being played at UK.Ohio State has 15 starting freshmen,and they are currently 4 and 0.Other successful teams have numerous underclassmen and that tells me it’s more about preparation than youth.It seems at UK ,youth is an excuse for losing and mistake laden football and at other schools,it’s a reason for success.

  3. Recoup

    When does Operation Win begin?

    1. King Ghidora

      It’s going on tonight apparently. UK blew a gigantic chance to score again before the half because of the BENCH, not the freshman QB who the tv kept trying to blame. Someone on the bench stopped play for some stupid reason and took away UK’s chance to get off two plays. It was an astounding coaching blunder IMO. Even when the team shows up someone on Joker’s staff seems to take away their chance to win. It made me sick to see it. Why on earth did they distract the players at that point? There needs to be a good explanation given or Joker should be fired just for that alone. It was horrible. The players played incredibly well and the coaching staff stabbed them in the back. That’s just sick.

      1. King Ghidora

        I have to say I think Joker took away their momentum by his big mistake at the end of the first half. The Cats never recovered and we see the consequences.

  4. Mark

    It’s funny how you all continue to prove your lack of knowledge and stupidity. In order to understand what a team goes through and why certain players play over others, you have to be a coach.. Coaches evaluate a player’s performance throughout the week during practice and makes decisions based on how well they understand the gameplan and how well they perform. If that player is a freshman, he will play. If its a senior, he will play.
    So my advice to you all is go out and SUPPORT the team you love to talk shit about or, go get off your fat asses, earn your credentials in order to be a coach, and go do something about how “bad” UK Football is..

    1. King Ghidora

      Is this the same person who knocked down the level of civility on this site in a post earlier? Maybe you should take notice that people respect each other here. And I believe I know a good bit about the game of football. And yes there are those who make outrageous comments about players and coaches who know very little about how a team works. I was once told I wasn’t any good because my jersey was too clean after a game. I didn’t bother explaining the idea was to knock down the other guy. I was playing tight end in that game and I was the guy knocking down the other team’s players. The guy still standing wins the last time I checked.

      At the same time a lot of people here do know the sport and I don’t think we need to attack each other especially on the level you have. I just saw a monumental mistake by the coaching staff and there’s no two ways about it. So please keep your offensive comments to yourself and if you have criticism I ask you politely to state it without bashing people. It serves no useful purpose.

      1. King Ghidora

        BTW I don’t think that only coaches have insight on who should play. If I believed that I would have accepted that Michael Porter was playing and starting for the UK basketball team. He started while far more talented players sat the bench. If those players weren’t motivated that was a failure of coaching as much as a failure of the players. So why would I accept the coaches singluar view of that situation? I’ve seen all sorts of reasons coaches started the wrong people, believe me and I saw it as a player and as a fan. I could spend a week detailing just the outrageous moves made by coaches that I’ve seen. But that would take a week.

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