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Like you, Gilgeous-Alexander thinks UK’s uniforms are awful

Kentucky’s checkerboard basketball uniforms are not a hit among the fans of Big Blue Nation. Many of us have been crying for change since they debuted two seasons ago, but Mitch Barnhart won’t budge. Barnhart once told KSR, “Our players love it, our athletes like it and they like it on their uniforms.”

That’s not entirely true, though, because not all of the players love it. De’Aaron Fox said, “I’m not gonna lie to you, I don’t really like the new uniforms,” prior to his one season as a Wildcat.

Devin Booker tweeted a thumbs down when they were unveiled prior to the 2016-17 season:

Trey Lyles responded to Booker’s tweet with the trash emoji:

Now we have input from a player on this past team, thanks to Gilgeous-Alexander’s appearance on KSR. He did not hold back about his opinion of the unpopular threads when asked if he likes them.

“No, not at all,” he said. “I don’t like the checkerboard. I’m not feeling it. At all.”

Mitch, if you won’t listen to the people, listen to the players who wear actually them.

Stop the checkerboard.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

73 responses to “Like you, Gilgeous-Alexander thinks UK’s uniforms are awful”

  1. HashtagNoseWhistle

    Even taking the checked board off the jersey part would be way better.

    1. BBNDan7

      Honestly if the stripe was just two rows instead of 4 i think they would look nice

    2. Luether

      Doubt that doing so will impact the outcome of any game…

    3. UK Big Board Update

      I actually agree with Luether – and I’ll also add, our uniforms won’t impact our banners being vacated for providing hookers, either.

  2. Cmstew502

    Did we sign a contract to wear checkers? Seriously. What’s Barnhart’s deal?

  3. drew_123

    When do the people in charge pull their head out of their a$$ and change them then?

  4. JTHinton
    1. suppie

      these were dope.

    2. Mathlete

      complete with extremely subtle checkerboard

  5. ClutchCargo

    Mitch doesn’t seem to listen to anyone who doesn’t blindly agree with him.

  6. lexslamman

    In my mind, there are only 2 uniforms we should be considering:
    1) The canvas/denim ones from 96
    2) The “Cat scratch” ones from 95

    All others just pale in comparison to the awesome awfulness of those uniforms.

    1. chris43

      Please don’t bring back the denim!

    2. unbridled

      Agreed. The checkerboard are phenomenal when compared to the years you’ve listed.

  7. Angelo

    Can we also add another (third) color? How about metallic silver? I don’t like white. You know we used to be blue and yellow…

    1. UK Big Board Update

      No, Walmart gear was “blue and yellow”. Weirdo.

    2. ukbradstith

      Isn’t yellow officially (or formally) our third color?

    3. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      I believe frequent commenter runningunnin454 has said many times that yellow used to be one of our colors. It may have been a hundred years though, granted. I wouldn’t want it, but I believe it was a trim color at least. I may be “misremembering”, or it may be that some believe yellow was a color because the logo that was adopted in the late 80s or early 90s had yellow in it.

    4. UK Big Board Update



    5. ClutchCargo

      The original unofficial school colors were blue and light yellow before the school officially made it blue and white.

    6. UK Big Board Update

      When was that, 114 years ago?

    7. ClutchCargo

      Nope, even earlier than that.

  8. IAmTheDanger

    Go back and look at the 2014, 15 uni’s, they aren’t bad if they insist on having the checkerboard.

  9. BobKYCats

    Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing the classic uniforms worn under Rupp updated for today’s generation.

    1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      Yes! We wore classic unis under Tubby that were great too. Regardless, if the players hate them they should be ditched.

    2. ClutchCargo

      But please, no nut huggers.

    3. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      *laughs* Agreed. But I prefer “grippies”.

  10. cats646

    I like them.

    1. Luether

      Most of us do…

    2. unbridled

      The majority of uk fans like them. Matt jones is just trolling and it’s laughable.

  11. Mathlete

    What year did we have the subtle shading of the state on the back? Those were fantastic

  12. BluKudzu

    I hate the checkerboard pattern. It is without a doubt the worst look, with a putrid image and the standard for punch lines to awful jokes. why not add a matching blue clown nose and clown shoes, then the look would be complete.

    Change them, everyone hates them. Tying UK to a race horse that was stabled in Virginia is not a great idea for a Commonwealth of Kentucky theme. Horse racing is crooked and not friendly to the horses, as well as, related to gambling. Yeah, that is an image we need to reinforce.

    Why not do bourbon and tobacco as well? We are known for that too, right? Maybe because at the track, all three of the vices are observed?

    Go Cats.

    1. UK Big Board Update


    2. dballrb

      Good one Big Board..

    3. cats646

      Thanks for your comment BluKudzu, now excuse me while I go take a shot, put a dip in, and beat a horse in your honor.

    4. PillsburyThrowboy

      Secretariat retired and is buried in Kentucky. He holds the record for the fastest Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes. In fact, his time at the Belmont Stakes was the fastest 1 and 1/2 mile time in all of dirt racing history. He also won the race by 31 lengths, another record. He also was inspirational because America had just gotten out of the Vietnam War and just got through the Watergate scandal. That is why Secretariat is so beloved by horse racing fans from all over America.

      As far as not being friendly to the horse, you are partially wrong there as well. Yes they taking drugs before races but there is actually a very strong movement currently (within the industry) to ban this practice. Other than that, race horses are taken care very very well.

      And for the gambling comment, HA! Give me a break. There is some sort of gambling in just about every state, except probably Utah. Be careful traveling out of state next time, there might be a casino there!

    5. unbridled

      Blukidzoo clearly doesn’t understand history, horsemanship, horse racing, or literally anything about the state of Kentucky. Thanks for your very informed opinion though. Hahahaha

  13. KYjellyRoll

    Need uniforms with claw marks across the chest

  14. Alleykat16

    I have never liked the checkers, game or uniform. When I first saw them the first thing I thought of was Tennessee, and I dont give a flip about tennessee. Please lets clear our own path something when seen says WOW, not oh that looks like Tennessee. WE ARE UK people ought to be copying us not the other way around

    1. unbridled

      I’m had the checker board on the uniforms first.

    2. unbridled

      *uk had the checker board on their uniforms first.

  15. Cat68

    bring the black uni’s back…puh-lease!!!

    1. MadScientist

      The black uniforms were a one time thing for Bill Keightley, and he probably wouldn’t have liked them because they looked like Puke’s jerseys!

  16. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

    I don’t hate the checkerboards, but I hate the feminine V-necks. Either way, Mitch is listening to Nike I guess, which is weird because no matter how much some deny it, some kids are influenced by which shoes the team wears. One would think Nike would change the unis themselves if players hate them.

  17. ukjaybrat

    I wish Zion would come out and say “I didn’t go to UK because those jerseys are hideous”

    Then we can blame all the recruiting woes on Mitch.

  18. MadScientist

    The checkerboards are bad, it looks too much like rockyflop!
    Bring back the dark grey (platinum jerseys) from 2012 as a 3rd color!

    1. UK Big Board Update

      Meh. People hated those too, remember?

  19. catsfan1995

    Anyone want to start a petition? I’ll post the link in here!

    1. IAmTheDanger

      Just tell me where to sign.

  20. ukkatzfan

    If it has to do with the Derby and horse racing, then why do the orange people south of us have it. I don’t know them for horse racing. What major race they have? I think it has more to do with Chex cereal… old person thing.

    1. Atg2112

      We can start one for free at, or numerous other sites that allow a petition to be started for free. We maybe need someone well versed in language to write it out though just to be safe. I’m sure we could nab a ton of signatures on KSR alone.

      We doing this??

    2. ClutchCargo

      They actually stole it from us! Stoll Field had the checkerboard in the end zones before UT did.

  21. catsfan1995

    Anyone down to start a petition? I’ll make the link and post it in here, then everyone can send it out on social media. Maybe Mitch will actually listen when he realizes that no one likes them….

    1. Atg2112

      Sorry, replied to the wrong comment above

    2. chris43

      I’d be willing to sign it.

  22. michaelb

    Nike took the reins whenever U.K. Accepted them as such a large contributor to the program. It’s kind of sticky situation now . I’d say it’s more of a corporate Nike call over Mitch despite what Mitch says

  23. a21CATSfan

    What makes them worse is that Kentucky has wore them (white home or blue away) EVERY SINGLE game since they were introduced. No Nike Elite jersey, no alternate, no third option at all for the past two years. I wish Cal would have played in the PK80 just to get a different jersey. Maybe they would’ve been entirely checkerboard. But, to be honest, two strips of checkerboard instead of four would look much better.

  24. michaelb

    I guess I’m the only person that’s not big on the new logo , the interlocking “U.K.” I just can’t get use to it still . I’d rather them overhaul the whole thing than to see that weird looking image . I make a lot of hand made memorabilia and actually paint the logo a lot during the course of a year & that’s my take

    1. MadScientist

      I hate the new UH logo!
      I’ve gone out of my way to NOT buy anything with it.

    2. IAmTheDanger

      Looks too much like University of Houston and our new wildcat logo is too much like Kansas St…..Mitch, we’re giving you a mulligan.

    3. ClutchCargo

      That dead horse has been beaten a ton already, hasn’t it?

  25. Atg2112

    I started this legion of anyone wants to sign. In sure a better one could be made by someone smarter than I am, but hey…it’s a start!

    1. Atg2112

      Petition^ not legion…unless we make it a legion!

  26. NoMoreCheckerBoards

    Here is a petition to get rid of the checkerboards! Lets get some signatures!

  27. UK8286

    I love the CheckerBoards. Just sayin’

  28. DrSayre

    The thing about the checkerboard, is our biggest SEC rival has been using it for years! Why in the sam hill would a college go out and copy their rivals? Weather you like the design or not, that just doesnt make sense.

  29. ScottGreene22

    They look pretty bad compared to recent uniforms for sure.

  30. ScottGreene22

    Someone put a link up for the Whole uniform ghost uniforms back in 08 or 09 those were pretty sick.

    1. ScottGreene22

      Checkerboard ghost uniforms


    Under Barnfart, we have had the ugly uniforms, the stupid and unnecessary change of the UK logo that looks more like a UH now, as well as the horrible Wildcat logo change to an ugly mix of K-State and Penn State….neither of which UK should EVER want to be confused with or compared.

    In short, yes the checkerboard needs to go, but so does Mitch. #DitchMitch

    1. UK Big Board Update

      Shut up.

  32. HashtagNoseWhistle

    Anyone remember the black Keightly uniforms?

  33. ukwildcat2323

    mitch is a bitch

    1. UK Big Board Update

      Feel better about yourself, now…?