Looking back, Saturday night’s bizarre football game seems even worse. 49-7 against a team that lost to Louisiana-Monroe. Three hundred yards of offense by Arkansas in the first quarter. Three quarters of “fundamentless” football before Mother Nature and the SEC decided to grant mercy on our sad, sad souls.
I have been a Kentucky football fan my entire life. Sometimes, more so than basketball (thankfully, age breeds wisdom). I cut my teeth on the depression that was the Bill Curry Era. One of my first vivid memories as a Kentucky football fan was sitting in the stands at Commonwealth Stadium during Curry’s last season, or as the t-shirt of the guy in front of me said, “The Bill Curry Farewell Tour.” As fans, we’ve used that season as the measuring stick for bad football. After Saturday night’s cluster-eff, even those look like more optimistic times.
There is nothing even remotely positive about what’s going on with the program right now. We’ve regressed from a somewhat respectable mid-tier SEC program in Brooks’ last years to the cellar-dwelling running joke to something that people pity at this point. The point of naming Joker the “head coach in waiting” was to provide continuity. Think of Rich Brooks’ last team and think of the team you saw on Saturday night. Arkansas made us look like a high school team, which isn’t all that surprising since half of our starters seem to be freshmen these days. If you can judge the players’ attitudes by their tweets yesterday, it seems as though they are giving up.
Change isn’t an option at this point, it’s a necessity. Morale is at a low point, attendance is abysmal, and the future is even bleaker. How do you sell that to recruits? Joker’s a nice guy, a proud and honorable alum, so for his sake, let’s hope it all goes down in a classy manner.
Here’s my question for you long-suffering UK football fans: Is this rock bottom?