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Clay Travis praises UK football (no, really)

Clay Travis and Kige Ramsey. Oh yeah.

There’s been a lot of “I never thought I’d see the day” going around here lately when it comes to Kentucky football, but I’ve got a new one fore you: I never thought I’d see a Clay Travis article praising UK for anything, especially football. Yet, one day after Kentucky football momentarily kissed the sun with a #1 recruiting class, Travis penned a piece about how Mark Stoops is using the SEC brand in Ohio to turn UK football recruiting around. Travis says that by focusing on Ohio, Mark Stoops has opened a channel to a whole state of players Kentucky (and the rest of the SEC) pretty much ignored before, and because of the SEC brand (and Stoops and Marrow’s connections, close proximity, etc.), it’s working:

So Kentucky has found a fertile new recruiting region that welcomes its SEC pitch without having to compete against very many SEC schools. Instead of being a second rate option in much of the South, the Wildcats are a premium product north of the Mason-Dixon line. As if that wasn’t enough, Kentucky is beating Louisville for recruits in Ohio because even though Louisville has a stronger team right now, the SEC’s brand is infinitely stronger than Bluegrass dominance.

While we’ve known about the staff’s connections and success in Ohio for a while now, Travis does bring up some good points. Right now, Kentucky doesn’t really have a lot of SEC competition for players from Ohio, and as a result, can sell the SEC brand and stand out from Big Ten schools. By looking north outside of the SEC footprint, Stoops has given the Cats the advantage in a state that churns out quality football players like it churns out…well, whatever Ohio is really famous for.

Read more over at Outkick the Coverage. It might be the last time we ever encourage you to do so.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

17 Comments for Clay Travis praises UK football (no, really)

  1. asdf
    2:04 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink

    Who knew that UK would become the Big Ten’s worst recruiting nightmare? LOL!

  2. asdf
    2:17 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink

    Gordon Gee knew!

  3. Gordon Gee
    2:24 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink

    That’s right. All my trash talking was just me trying to pre-empt the Cat bandwagon!

  4. Tyler B.
    2:32 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink

    Anyone who loves college sports and likes to read entertaining, smart and funny stuff is probably a regular to OKTC. I don’t see what’s ridiculous about KSR in 2013? Or back in 2010 for that matter? KSR is the BEST source for UK news by far, but when it comes to pure entertainment it’s a lot more AP Style than it is ridiculous. That’s pretty much the mission of KSR in 2013 about 80% of the time, right? Hey, I’m not complaining at all about that since I come here every single day to find out things all-UK.

  5. Mojo
    2:47 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink

    Heck, I’m here twenty times a day…

  6. franksnotra
    2:58 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink

    You call that praise?

  7. Scott
    3:11 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink

    Hey, I love Tyler (she’s the best, seriously the best) but this post makes us sound like UoL fans (little brother)……who cares what Clay Travis and UT fans think! Stoops is the man! We know that and don’t need Clay Travis to confirm it. Just a thought.

  8. Jughead
    3:11 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink

    KSR moderated my brilliant comment about Clay Travis.

    I am so ashamed. Can someone direct me to the KSR moderation support group?

  9. Jughead
    3:13 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink

    I only said that Clay Travis molests collies and has gender-neutral private parts.

  10. Boogie Fan
    3:19 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink

    I thought Clay Travis great was as Hans Gruber in the original Die Hard.

  11. WGY944
    4:50 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink

    I couldn’t care less what this guy has to say about anything. And that’s as diplomatic as I can make it.

  12. Ruppeat Offender
    5:05 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink

    I learned that Clay Travis has no idea where the Mason-Dixon line is.

  13. Jack Lord
    5:45 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink

    ok ok we get it Travis is your buddy…but WE DONT CARE ABOUT HIM.

  14. dave
    6:16 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink

    clay travis just sounds like an awful person to be around. i clicked on his site when UT was looking for a HC. at least he acknowledged dooley wasnt good, but he seems to take the making fun of fans (& their clothing) to a whole new level. it’s like he’s flener’s hero.

  15. Truth
    8:55 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink

    Kige Ramsey is too good to have that Vanderbilt Grad/UT Football Fan (weird-ass combo if you ask me) on his show. No…really.

  16. Winston
    10:49 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink

    Thanks for the report. Still never giving that douche a click.

  17. Scott
    8:55 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Where has Tyler gone? Is her twitter deleted as well? I fear that one of the blue hairs have gotten to her.