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Spring football turnout

KSR’s Rashawn Franklin is at the spring football game. Take a look at the place, it’s packed!

Still a half an hour to go, but it doesn’t look like Joker Phillips’ year three is getting off to a very good start.

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

92 Comments for Spring football turnout

  1. MojoRisin
    5:30 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Possible preview of fall home games….

  2. Mitch Rapp
    5:30 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Thats because no one cares!

  3. UPSCat4080
    5:34 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Ummm….is this not year “three” of the Joker Philips demise of the program….I mean the Joker Philips era?

  4. Go Cats
    5:35 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe we should expand the stadium?

  5. Red Bird
    5:36 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Should look down below the press box where the camera cuts off, I’m sure there is a couple of more.

  6. SECOnNotice
    5:38 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    God, our football program is depressing right now.

  7. uk
    5:40 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    We play football at UK?

  8. nerlens noel
    5:43 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Dude I’m here

  9. ExcusesExcuses
    5:44 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Thunder over Louisville > UK football practice.

  10. Believen 2012
    5:44 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    My son is on the team and I cant believe things that are said on this site. He choose to come and be a part of #BBN, not all this negativity

  11. WereUK
    5:45 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    That picture was taken at 5, an hour before the game,why even post it?

  12. nerlens noel
    5:46 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    There are still more people here than a home basketball game at UCLA!

  13. SuperTroy
    5:47 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    I’m really ashamed I didn’t find a way to get to this. Our football program seriously needs us as fans right now. Whether I am a fan of Joker or not, I am a die-hard fan of UK; and I really want the football program to get to the next level. Whether or not Joker is or isn’t the coach to get us there is a moot point. We need to rally around this team and do our best to support them. I used to laugh at and scold U of L fans for their lack of attendance at the football games. This is only a Spring game and I hope we are able to sell out for any and all home games, but this is still a very bad sign. I had more fans at my high school football scrimmages. And we REALLY sucked.

  14. cattastic
    5:51 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    #BBN cares about all things Kentucky. If you are a fan, act like it. Negativity is not conducive to a successful year!

  15. JBR
    5:54 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    @10…first, thank you and your son for being part of the BBN. You are correct, that many uninformed UK basketball fans have unnecessarily slammed the UK football program for years. I am a die hard UK football fan…something that is rare. But, I must be honest with you, Joker has sucked the life out of this program the last 2 years and undone everything that Coach Brooks built. When you combine that with this being a basketball school, well, it leads to disaster. I have had season football tix for YEARS..and I am not renewing this year. This is solely because of the economy AND the fact that I see absolutely nothing on the football field that shows me that Joker will improve any at all. He is simply not a D1 coach at this level. I am truly sorry that your family has to be a part of this mess.

  16. James K
    5:55 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    I think Rashawn is the ONLY one there.

  17. Robbin
    5:55 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    #10, #13 and #14 thank you for your comments. People on this site really suck with their comments about football. More than likely they never have went to a football game and just sit at home and trash everything about UK football.

  18. munson
    5:57 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    This is what it will take to get rid of Joker no ticket sales and they will run him off.

  19. Beepthacreep
    6:00 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Uk football doesn’t exsist

  20. Beepthacreep
    6:01 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    We want bobby petrino

  21. cattastic
    6:01 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Robbin, thank you to your son and family for the hard work and dedication it takes to play a sport in college. The negative comments come from such a small percentage of Kentucky fans. The majority of fans don’t take the time to leave positive comments. Please continue to make BBN proud!

  22. Big Daddy
    6:01 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    We want to thank Joker’s family for being here to tonight…..

  23. listentome!
    6:03 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Stuart Hammer channelling his inner NotJerryTipton.

  24. stan
    6:05 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks for your efforts and your son’s #10.I will always support our team and players. Not so much the coaches,hate to say it but it could be a LONG,LONG,year. Well said #15,my feelings exactly.Thanks for the post!!

  25. bbn
    6:06 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    I think some people have a warped view of what it means to be a fan. Why would you want our program to suffer because YOU think you know so much about coaching. Bobby Petrino and Kentucky should never even in jest be mentioned in the same breath. Football is also about teaching these young men how to behave OFF the football field.

  26. JC
    6:11 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Stuart Hammer needs to quit. Please quit. You kill the live blogs and I’m sure you’ll kill this. I’m sorry you didn’t get enough hugs as a child, but that’s no excuse for your attitudes and opinions.

  27. Beck
    6:12 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Let’s make it our goal to have the lowest home attendance in UK football history. I usually make 3-4 games per year, sometimes more. I will not attend a game this year. Men it’s our only chance to get this high school off our sideline.

  28. JC
    6:18 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Beck is not a fan. Why would someone go to UK with people like you claiming to know the solution? Makes me sick.

  29. Joe
    6:19 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Wow, they could have had this on a high school field. It won’t be worth turning the lights on at Commonwealth.

    Joker: please resign now

  30. ukcat1
    6:22 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    I would have thought the trophy would have drawn more people than this…

  31. Head Bussa
    6:22 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    We suck. What do you want me to do? Lie about it?

  32. Katdaddy
    6:23 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    This football program stunk before joker and it will stink after joker! Don’t know if any coach could do well at uk in sec football! One year ago when the BB team was losing to teams like ole miss, arkansas you guys was jawing on cal also! Now yall are swinging on his n_ts!

  33. Head Bussa
    6:30 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    32 — Absolutely wrong. This program did not stink at all before Joker. We were a very solid program under Brooks and that took tremendous amounts of effort to make happen. Joker has pissed all of that away.

  34. Katdaddy
    6:35 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Brooks couldn’t beat vols!

  35. mores
    6:43 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Matt has gotten much better about the football on this site. It’s a shame that Stewart and Rashawn go to extreme lengths to screw it up. Moping is one thing. Neverending complaining is another. Do you even go to games?

    I wish we had the fanbases of the scores of other programs with much worse traditions than ours who don’t complain at every opportunity.

  36. STEVE!
    6:44 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    33 – I am no fan of Joker, and I think the program has regressed since he became Head Coach, but to state we were a very solid program under Brooks is to just totally ignore the facts of his career. In seven years, his record against Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee was 2-26! He had an overall losing record and the only reasons for going to bowls was that he was usually 4-0 against the non-conference teams and the SEC had ties to 10 bowls. It was almost impossible NOT to go to a bowl under those conditions.

  37. SteveM
    6:45 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    We are all fans but we are also consumers and the product the administration is putting on the field does not deserve our support. Boycott UK football until a commitment is made to upgrade the program.

  38. Bald Guy
    6:46 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    You mean planning the spring game on the same day as the Coolmore and Thunder was a bad idea? Throw in the gloomy weather and great season last year and I am completely shocked. Fans are dropping like UCONN bball players.

  39. Bald Guy
    6:48 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    37# nailed it to the wall. For some reason the economic logic we run other businesses by is being disregarded when it comes to our football program.

  40. Bigblueoffuture
    6:55 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    #10, my son also is on the team. It is interesting that the owner of this website continues to allow bashing of the UK football team with articles such as this. I am real tired of listening to bashing on his radio show on the way home from games. We are the BBN. The players on this years team are giving more than 110%.Why would any player chose to play at UK with this type of bashing on the so called website of the BBN?

  41. WKY Dude
    6:58 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    #35, I’d love to hear some examples of “…fanbases of the scores of other programs with much worse traditions that ours who don’t complain at every opportunity.” The UK fans have showed up to Commonwealth Stadium since the mid-80’s and supported the program like we’re a top 25 program. I had season tix from 90-99…there are a LOT of losses in those 10 season!

  42. Dennis
    7:01 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Joker fails AGAIN this year he he’s GOT TO BE GONE, simple as that with no ifs ands or buts!

  43. WKY Dude
    7:04 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    #41 (bigblueoffuture)…honestly, you should be amongst the angriest. Your son is busting his hump for an organization that’s not serious about their “business”. In the business world, the “employee” (your son) should start submitting resumes to businesses (other football programs) who are serious.

  44. Head Bussa
    7:05 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    36 — In my opinion, to act like we weren’t a solid program is just ignoring the facts. We were a very competitive team in nearly every game over the last couple of Brooks’ seasons. We pulled off an upset of the No.1 team and eventual national champion under Brooks. We also had some nice bowl wins, especially a victory over a very talented Clemson team. Also, barely anybody beat Florida during Urban Meyer’s time there. So to bring them up is just unfair. Also, the gap between us and Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee was closing as nearly everyone of our games with them were close under Brooks. So keep dreamin’ if you don’t think we were a solid program under Brooks.

  45. macsauce13
    7:06 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    40. MORE than 110%?? Holy crap, they must be superhuman!! :-O The only control we have as fans to affect the football program is to support/not support it. You can’t honestly tell me that you are happy with the program? By not supporting the football program we beg for change. We WANT to support the team, but the athletics department isn’t willing to change anything. Why should we support something so mediocre? My money can be much better spent elsewhere…

  46. Big Blue 66
    7:06 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    40 and 10. The bashing is deserved. I can appreciate you sticking up for your sons, but be competitive. It is absolutely crap that BBN should blindly support a poor product and our support over the years has probably perpetuated our mediocrity.

  47. Honest
    7:11 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    My advice to the parents whose children are on the team.. Coming to message boards or websites like these are only going to upset you.. Why are you all not at the spring game instead of here in the comments section? I’m glad your children are playing here and I will sure be at every game cheering them on, however… Coming here (websites, etc) will only bring you pain.. People are fed up with the program and we expect more… It has nothing to do with your children.. The BBN that they wanted so bad to be part of…. We demand and expect excellence! And of we can’t get excellence, we at least expect effort and improvement…

  48. IRONY
    7:12 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    UK fans are fans of Basketball and nothing else. Funny that many of you were giving UofL fans crap last week for only getting 15k to their spring game. LMAO You guys don’t even have 15 people. 🙂


  49. Han
    7:14 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    46) Yup. The site itself doesn’t bash the team per se. They point out when things are going badly (like recruits and players bailing right and left). Comments may bash the team, but that’s just us fans, and to act like the site is hating on the program for allowing fans to bemoan the state of the program is foolish.

    Joker hasn’t shown us yet that things are going to improve. That’s all we’re looking for. The “we can’t expect to compete in the SEC” line rings hollow.

  50. kywildcat
    7:21 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    wow even ksr has jumped the joker ship.

  51. WKY Dude
    7:23 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    #48…UK was #27 in the NATION last year averaging 60,007/game. Your pathetic Cardinals averaged 48,538. Run along. Imagine what UK could be if we were actually serious about football. BBN is much more than just basketball. You, being a Tard fan, wouldn’t understand. And if you care to fact-check…

  52. MemphisCat
    7:24 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    I appreciate the parents of players on here, and I appreciate your sons for playing for the CATS. No one on here dislikes any of the kids, they are only displeased with the coach and administration. I’m sure our kids would be a lot better if we had Saban, Miles, Meyer, etc….. as the head coach of the CATS. I’m sure the old days of Bryant .vs. Rupp would never happen at UK again and both programs could be dominant. Mitch “GO GET US A BIG-TIME COACH”!!!!

  53. WKY Dude
    7:25 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    My post about attendance was directed at “IRONY”.

  54. Celticben
    7:30 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    UK Football is a Road to Nowhere. It brings in the lion’s share of UKAA’s income. In return it does not get the support needed in facilities, recruits, coaches, etc that it needs to succeed and compete at an SEC level. I wish the media would bash UK football. Someone needs to take a stand for the fans. Today’s poor and embarrassing attendance continued into the season is the only fans can communicate their disapproval to the University that they will actually listen to.

  55. Jake_GOCATS
    7:30 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    48. There were over 15,000 Kentucky fans at the spring game today. I’m just now leaving. This picture is misleading. It’s probably because most fans were still over at Cliff Hagan supporting our baseball team and whooping the crap out of the number one team in the nation, LSU, 8-1. I went to both today. KSR needs another picture up during the game.

  56. WKY Dude
    7:30 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    By comparison, in Papa Brooks’ last year we averaged 69,594 and were ranked #22 in the country.

  57. Katdaddy
    7:30 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Medeocre at best uder brooks!

  58. Jake_GOCATS
    7:32 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Oh, and UK has finished top 25 in attendance on football nationally 6 out of the past 7 seasons. So never question the BBN’s support of all things University of Kentucky related.

  59. WeissHai
    7:36 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    IRONY- A quick reminder: Kentucky has had a 57,000+ seat stadium for 40 years now, and was averaging sellouts in it back when your team was struggling to get 15,000 to that sandbox in the fairgrounds. Currently, Kentucky fans are voting with their feet, much like you did when you got Kragthorped. You seem gleeful about that, but if you had more than one brain cell, you’d be a lot happier to see the place full. Borrow another brain cell from one of your comrades and think about that a while.

    Who knows, you may even get it.

  60. Section 140
    7:41 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    How many people are at the game??

  61. Andrew
    7:45 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    #40, If your son is on the team I do not want to be disrespectful. However, when players do not catch balls that hit them in the hands, that is no where near 110%. Not only that,but on offense and defense players do not make plays on the ball like other SEC schools do. If there was a tip ball or one you had to dive or slide for, these kentucky players do not go after them.

  62. UKfanFelicia
    7:52 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    If that’s about how the turn out for the game was, yikes but maybe everybody is still on a high from the Championship then again thats a sad excuse

  63. Jake_GOCATS
    7:58 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Everyone just look at my comment number 55. It explains everything about the turnout for the game.

  64. Genoscats
    8:00 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    13,17,14,21, and 26 I’m with you. A proud member of the BBN!!!

  65. big tim
    8:02 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    there wasnt alot there but there was alot more then in that picture

  66. Andrew
    8:02 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Wait, do we have any numbers to what turn out the game usually gets?

  67. Andrew
    8:03 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    and Cliff Hagan stadium only holds 3,000…

  68. Bigbluecalizone
    8:06 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    There are goofballs who are going to make goofy comments. Some think you should win every game in every sport, and that would be nice, but not realistic of course. But the reality is, that the program is going in the wrong direction. It’s not the kids faults, I’m sure they give their all, or I’d at least hope that’s the case. I certainly have nothing against Joker personally, but it is, what it is. The kite just ain’t flying, the boat ain’t floating, the mule ain’t kicking,,well you get the point. I certainly hope I’m wrong when I say this, but I look for this season to be a very, very low point in the program, and changes will come as a result. But in the meantime..Go Big Blue.

  69. Jake_GOCATS
    8:14 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Cliff Hagen stadium comfortably fits well over 4,000. And I have been coming to the spring game for the past 10 years (I’m 18) and this was not any less than a normal year. At least 10 to 15k or more. I have pictures but KSR never checks their email.

  70. Andrew
    8:16 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    #69 Well than you know something that the school doesnt…again 3000.

  71. Jake_GOCATS
    8:16 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    And I look to the fact that we almost beat the best team in our division on the road last year and then beat a team we couldn’t beat for 27 years just one week after that. I believe this team should win 7+ games and compete for top 6 in the SEC, assuming they get rid of the divisional standings this upcoming season.

  72. Jake_GOCATS
    8:17 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Well I was there today and the ticket office sold over 4,000. So are you gonna believe an estimate made almost 8 years ago or the reality of people present today?

  73. Jake_GOCATS
    8:18 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    The official count for last night’s attendance was 3,725. That’s obviously quite a bit more than 3,000.

  74. UK FAN
    8:23 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Only way to get rid of JOKEr is to stop showing up for games. Hit Uk in the pocket book and they will turn and send JOKEr packing fast. I gave my tickets up after his first year. I seen the writing on the wall.

  75. Andrew
    8:25 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Well this LSU fan says it was 3,200.

    Either way, point being people being at the baseball game didn’t take alot of people away from the football game.

  76. Dave in Kabul
    8:42 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    I’ve been to quite a few UK football games at Commonwealth and to the Music City Bowl as well.

    If UKAA wants people to get hyped at UK Football, they need to field a competitive team. Instead, UKAA fields a perennial loser for a team and a Coach who can’t.

    Do you truly expect fans to be upbeat for a season that everyone knows is a train wreck coming? Seriously?

    Joker is a joke. I’m tired of morons telling me that I should support Joker simply because he’s the coach. Sure, I wish the guy would be successful. The problem is that the guy doesn’t have a clue as to how to do it.

    From what I understand, he spends most of his time chasing trim instead of developing a football team.

    There are quite a few football programs out there that are using ingenuity, motivation, strategy to overcome weaknesses. TheJoke doesn’t have a clue how to do any of this. TheJoke simply wants to go with unimaginative football that is simply duplicating the SEC powers strategy. TheJoke does not have the talent to go head to head with Florida, LSU, Bama, Ark. They don’t have the talent to win over the lesser powers of the SEC either. That’s why theJoke scheduled such powers as WKU AND ALMOST GOT BEAT!!! This year, he schedules even weaker. TheJoke knows that he can’t get it done and it shows in his scheduling.

    I seriously doubt that UK Football would defeat Trinity or St X in Louisville.

    If you are a parent of a UK Football player, make sure he studies. It’s highly unlikely that he’ll be going on to the NFL.

  77. BBN for life
    8:49 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Total bs and uncalled for picture! Take a picture during the season a half hour before the game, where is everybody, in the parking lot tailgating. What a joke picture. How about supporting the team. This just shows the ignorance of people that post stories on blog sites. Go BBN!

  78. Bidg O
    8:51 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Sad. Glad the mommies showed up!

  79. Goblue
    8:53 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Why weren’t you in your seat Rashawn Franklin if you expect eveyone else to be in theirs?

  80. gottodoit
    9:21 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    The people on this site who post such stupid and hurtful comments about any member of the Kentucky sports family should be exposed. Come on you naysayers . . . have the guts to tell us who you are.

  81. Ashley Scoby
    9:27 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    This is a REALLY misleading picture… Attendance was announced at 4,500, and that’s not stretching it at all. There were many late arrivals due to the baseball game’s finish time, as well as Keeneland going on today. This wasn’t even CLOSE to what it looked like for the actual game.

  82. Tee Jay
    9:32 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    The picture above should be taken off. It is totally misleading. I showed up 15 minutes before the game and there were much more than that picture. This site has updates for many other things but keeping that picture up is unecessary.

    On another note, I sat in front of a past UK football letterman who can’t stand the way this site/Matt Jones downs the football team. He was very angry over the attitude of KSR. Another lady piped in and said she called your show the other day when you were praising Coach Strong in comparison to Joker. Your are entitled to your opinion but know that there are many others that don’t feel your way.

  83. Bob the Replier
    9:36 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    That pic is crap. I was there about 4:30 and there were a lot more people in that picture. I would say the visitor lower arena was about %75 filled and the home side (facing into the very cold wind) was about 25% filled.

    Our tight ends looked great today, especially Tyler Robinson. Receivers dropped way too may balls. 3d string QB can run.

  84. Bill
    9:57 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    I do not know why this site bashes the football program. I was there and I believe this photo was taken at 4:30 not at 5:30.

  85. Jim
    10:05 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    @83 and 84, then look at the picture that John Clay took 15 minutes before the game. There were only 3700 people announced at the game.

  86. KSRHasAnAgenda
    11:18 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Why even post this and embarrass Big Blue Nation and our players and recruits? Does the editor of this site even care? They did the same thing all last season, with pics of the cat walk, and empty stadiums. Its like they want to give other schools more ammo to make fun of UK. Keep kissing Mitch Barnharts rear end though and telling him how great a job hes doing.

  87. I'm just saying
    11:36 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Fact our football team is at the bottom of the SEC and getting passed by historically less programs.This is a fan site and our football sucks.If that hurts your feelings grow up.The fans keep coming tp the games so we do support the program we just aren’t getting a return for our support.Joker earned the chance to be our coach and to this point he has failed.Dont expect others not to have a option because your kid chose to play here.KSR is reporting a well known fact UK football is sucking it up and change is going to happen.

  88. has the answer
    12:01 am April 22, 2012 Permalink



  89. Jimmy Tailback
    1:37 am April 22, 2012 Permalink

    The sad part…there may not be a single player on the team that is saying to themselves, “boy, I sure am glad I decided to play football at Kentucky.”

  90. bigbluelife
    9:38 am April 22, 2012 Permalink

    I’m like some others- why even post this picture? The football program has enough problems without you trying to create even more- VERY CHEAP SHOT

  91. 1984
    10:13 am April 22, 2012 Permalink

    Bashing is deserved. I am/was diehard fan but tired of it. Will not renew season tix this year. Might invest the money in womens basketball or baseball. Football is a joke(r)..

  92. Burger
    11:06 am April 22, 2012 Permalink

    KSR has an agenda now.

    To post this picture an hour before game time is devisive and reaks of agenda.

    What crap!