In the last five or ten years, both major Kentucky programs have seen major highs and lows. But what is the lowest of the lows? The football team once knocked off the No. 1 ranked team in the country and Rich Brooks had the Cats locked into bowl games for multiple seasons… Then Joker Phillips. The basketball team was suffering under Billy Clyde… Then John Calipari came along and the rest was history. But were those ugly periods among the biggest disasters in Kentucky’s history?
A Sea of Blue asks the question, and nominates several of the biggest catastrophes in the athletic program’s history…
1. The loss of Bear Bryant (1954)
2. Hiring of Billy Gillispie (2007)
3. Loss to Gardner-Webb (2007)
4. Loss to Robert Morris (2013)
5. “Bluegrass Miracle” (2002)
Not included was the controversy surrounding the Eddie Sutton era, including the Emery Worldwide package from Dwayne Casey addressed to Chris Mills’ father that popped open in California to reveal $1,000. Also not included was the 1952 death penalty season, cancelled by the SEC.
In the end, what is the biggest disaster in Kentucky’s history? You can vote at A Sea of Blue. The early lead favors the loss of Bear Bryant, with a close second to the hiring of Billy Gillispie.
What do you think?