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Get a dose of professionalism from Dave “Buzz” Baker below as he shares his post-Louisville thoughts on what UK football fans deserve…
Losing to your in-state rival is NEVER good. Losing to a Louisville team in the middle of a building process on your field is BAD and the way it happened does not bode well for the rest of this season and certainly beyond. Is it fixable? Yes! Will it be easy? Absolutely not.
In the couple of days since the defeat, I’ve heard various people talking in person (and over the airwaves) about what UK fans “deserve”. Let me say this, some of them deserve a swift kick in the backside! It’s been reported to me that after Saturday’s loss, when Offensive Coordinator Randy Sanders and his family came home, there were “For Sale” signs in his yard. Good Gosh–grow up people! Now this certainly doesn’t rise to the level of that darn guy who poisoned the Auburn trees, but really? It’s one of those stories you hear on the news and the last line the anchor reads is: “Officials believe alcohol was involved.”
It was Sanders who could’ve put out the moving signs himself after the year he had with Andre Woodson in 2007. All Woodson did was lead the SEC in passing yardage, total offense, and touchdown passes, including an SEC record of 40 TD strikes. LOTS of folks wanted Randy Sanders then. So what’s the difference now? Players and their supporting cast. That’s NO disrespect to Morgan Newton, but he ain’t no Andre Woodson and again no disrespect, but he’s not throwing to Dicky Lyons or Jacob Tamme.
Sure the coaches are ultimately responsible and they’ll be held responsible for what’s happened. Sanders didn’t tell me about this incident and he might very well deny it, but that’s ONLY because he’s one of the classiest people I’ve met in this business. He went through a situation like this in Tennessee and handled it with more grace than most of us could’ve dreamed of having. Unfortunately, it’s part of a disturbing trend from UK fans. Mike Archer blitzed too much, Steve Brown didn’t blitz enough. If you truly want an example of a coach who should’ve been fired for the way he used his talent, then raise your hand if you remember Bill Curry and Offensive Coordinator, Eliot Uzelac, having Tim Couch run the option of bad artificial turf field in Cincinnati.
Randy knows this is part of the deal in his chosen profession and so does his wife. His two daughters don’t. I’m sorry they were subjected to that foolishness and hope you realize that’s not how adults deal with conflict.
This time next year, the SEC will be in the process of putting together its own TV Network. I believe West Virginia and Missouri will join Texas A&M as new SEC members and I believe that Mike Slive is quietly trying to reel in the biggest prize in conference realignment: Notre Dame.
A number of schools have now hired outside firms (Tennessee has contracted IMG) to sell tickets to its sporting events. I don’t think that’s a bad idea.
What’s the BEST way to improve pre-game atmosphere at Commonwealth? How ’bout TV cameras and having the UK version of College Game Day from the parking lot? You could play it on the Video Board and distribute the audio on one of those low frequency carriers like the ones around airports. Drew Franklin could be roving reporter. (Oh yeah, that’s where the phrase “officials believe alcohol was involved” is the news anchor’s last line!)
Best way to improve fan attitudes at Commonwealth? How ’bout another cell tower & infrastructure? In this “technological world” that place has the worst wi-fi and cell service of any similar facility I’ve been to.
Sign of the apocalypse? Not the Louisville loss and not Nancy Grace on “Dancing with the Stars”, but 67 year old @WildcatNews (Oscar Combs) tweeting about seeing the Glenn Miller Orchestra in concert! #OMG