We all thought this couldn’t get any worse. We were wrong. If it wasn’t apparent that the team had given up on this season, it’s pretty clear to everyone now. Kentucky’s 40-0 loss to Vanderbilt pretty much puts the cherry on top of the pile of crap this season has been. Just a few years ago, the Vanderbilt game was viewed as almost a automatic victory for the Cats. Well, not anymore. The roles have reversed and the Cats have now become the laughing stock of the SEC East. This loss marks the worst to the Commodores since 1916, when Kentucky was on the wrong end of a 45-0 score. This program deserves better. The fans deserve better. And most importantly, the players deserve better.
There was nothing positive that came from today’s game, actually everything was pretty much negative. Kentucky gave up a 446 total yards, suffered seven penalties that equaled 100 free yards for Vandy, and converted a mere five times out of 17 on third down. After an interception by S Ashley Lowery that was returned to the 12-yard line, the offense found itself in the red zone for the first time all game. Still, the offensive stalled and turned the ball over on downs. It was the closest the Wildcats came to scoring.
In the post game press conference, head coach Joker Phillips sounded like a guy that pretty much knows what he fate will be after the season or sooner. Phillips expressed that he would like to be back with the program, but knows he’s putting athletic director, Mitch Barnhart, in a tough situation.
“It’s not for me to decide,” Phillips responded when asked if he should be retained next year. “I understand Mitch’s position and the things that go into it. It’s a business.”
Kentucky announced an attendance mark of 44,902. Actually being at the stadium, you would know there wasn’t even a 1/4 of that many people at the game. Matt, Drew, Nick and I saw a lot of lonely people in the upper decks and decided to go join them. It started off with a guy named Patrick, Drew, and Nick. Then Matt joined. After that, more people just kept coming. You can see the progression of #Section206 in the picture above. It was awesome.
It says something about Kentucky fans that even through tough times like this, we can all find someway to enjoy it. But, this shouldn’t be the case. We should go to a game to cheer on a team we can be proud of. What we saw today was an embarrassment A change has to be made.