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Wanted: More Jeremy Jarmon

Ticket sales are down 27%. The fan base is showing their disgruntlement vocally, as well as with their actions– many lifelong or longtime season ticket holders forgoing their renewal this year. The blame can be, and has been, projected in a number of directions by a number of different people. Some will be quick to blame the product on the field for the negativity surrounding the program. Others have pointed the finger away from the staff and players, instead calling the fans to action to show support for the players by filling the stands and staying behind the team. I’m not here to argue about which direction fingers should be pointed, or if fingers should even be pointed at all. I’m here with one simple suggestion: We need more Jeremy Jarmon. 

Jeremy Jarmon came on the KSR radio show a few weeks ago and literally pumped the airwaves with enthusiasm, excitement and a sense of hope. And even more so, Jarmon injected his intense pride for the program, a program he has poured sweat and time into. Jarmon did the impossible for me personally– he got me “on the edge of my seat” levels of ready for the football season. I am generally a casual Kentucky football fan. My expectations never reach too high or stoop too low. I teeter somewhere right in the middle. But Jeremy Jarmon had my blood pumping thinking about Kentucky football. Was I blinded by his words? Did I automatically assume that everything he was saying was to be taken as truth? Did I feel like we were going to go out and shock the world by winning the SEC title? No. No. And absolutely not. But his genuine passion when speaking about the program, and speaking to the fans–yes he was speaking without question to the fan base– was inspiring and killed any sense of ambivalence I had about the football season. I was fully prepared to gently fall right into the Saturday tailgate scene, with my once again “in the middle” frame of mind about Kentucky football. Jeremy Jarmon pushed me past the middle. He made me really care. He made me feel ready for whatever it is that is to come. And I mean whatever.

I’m not saying we all have to jump on the train full steam ahead and start believing this team is going to contend for a title. If you want to, by all means–do so. If you still want to hold tempered expectations, and rightfully so– by all means, do. But a well-spoken, well-informed, passionate and excited football voice such as that of Jeremy Jarmon can only do good things moving forward. Why not put him out there even more? I’m not entirely sure what his new position entitles him to do when it comes to football and speaking engagements, but I’d be letting more of his voice be heard. If he can even inspire a handful of people on the fence (such as me), or even better– a few who have fallen off the fence or might soon fall off the fence–why not let him give it a shot?

The more Jeremy Jarmon in the media, the better if you ask me. A guy like him, with his passion and emotions, simply can’t do anything but help.

In fact, Jarmon was interviewed by Larry Vaught today and was asked a question about the potential role of speaking out to the public and spreading the word about Kentucky football:

“That is something pending the direction they see me going. That is something I can’t rule out if they want to use me in that kind of role. It is something I would definitely embrace. For the time being, I am just doing the things they ask me to do and if and when the opportunity presents itself, I will take it.”

 

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

10 Comments for Wanted: More Jeremy Jarmon



  1. JDTampa
    6:09 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    When does Nerlens arrive on campus?



  2. carrico
    6:26 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    why? so he can do the same thing Tee Martin did last yr (build our expectations)? let Jarmon keep his credibility intact. we need to win the first 3 games. period. any talk off the field before that is just that, talk. when is Nerlens gonna get to campus?



  3. Dave in Bangkok
    7:37 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    What word is there to spread?

    Until UK Football does something besides run their freakin’ mouths, there is nothing to talk about. Absolutely nothing.

    Do something! Anything besides more losing.

    Then you can talk. Until then, put your head down to the grindstone and shut the [email protected] up!



  4. Ticket sales
    9:51 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    Imagine you’re an Alabama fan or Alum. Imagine you have one of your most acclaimed sports sites talking about how the latest guy hired as the Assistant Director of Player Development was an actual factor into generating interest in your program. Now imagine you hearing that about another program. What would you think of that program?



  5. MtnCat
    9:51 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    Have to have a product to sell. All UK has to sell is HOPE

    Time for Joker to RISE, lead or get out of the way.



  6. bigbluelou
    11:00 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    Just WIN starting with Louisville. Talk is cheap.



  7. HartcoCat
    10:50 am July 28, 2012 Permalink

    Im on board! Always support your team thru the good and bad. #5 Imagine the Alabama basketball team doing it. It does make since!



  8. Greg
    10:52 am July 28, 2012 Permalink

    #6 you are correct. Joker has ‘cried wolf’ for 2 years. Now he pouts because we say ‘SHOW me!’. IMO the Cats are no less bad than the River College kids….Just one difference. Joker. (That is not a compliment to the other coach, btw).



  9. CatGrad7072
    12:06 pm July 28, 2012 Permalink

    The headline is half right; more Jarmon and ……. less Joker