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Was the NIT good for UK football?

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If you’re anything like me, missing the NCAA tournament and the subsequent loss to Robert Morris left you embarrassed and disappointed. My disappointment wasn’t because I really believed this team had a chance to make a run, but because it killed my excitement and rooting interest for the tournament. I think a lot of UK fans felt the normally-stable floor of March Madness fall out from under them this year.

While the NCAAT scored the best ratings in years and ended with our rival winning it all, I do think that missing the tournament has yielded some positive effects for the athletics program as a whole. My hypothesis: Going to the NIT, despite the RMU loss, has helped UK football. This may seem counterintuitive, but let me explain. After witnessing the monstrous crowd of 50,831 at the spring game yesterday, it is clear that UK fans are rabidly awaiting some sports action, and in this case it is football.

I believe that because the basketball team went to the NIT and lost, that UK fans were left sitting bored and dormant through what is generally the most exciting sports event of the year to cheer on the Wildcats. Instead of spending money, time, and energy on travelling to see the basketball team or throwing watching parties/events, we were all watching and waiting for our next chance to showcase how passionate our fanbase is.

While there has been definite excitement about UK football since Stoops was hired, the spring game showcased a new level of enthusiasm for the program. I believe that the way the basketball season ended boosted that excitement from a bubbling rumble to a big explosion. The spring game became that next ‘big event’ on the calendar for us fans since the hoops team wasn’t going to the Final Four.

Right now, we as fans are so excited and hungry. For the first time in a while, I took off this March as a fan and watched solely for entertainment. I am pretty bummed UK missed the NCAAT and that our rivals have a title to shove in our face, but I think we are all channeling our fandom into football this fall. BBN can finally show the world that we can treat football with the same importance as the elite SEC schools. It shall be a beautiful thing, and I believe that going to the NIT actually did play a part in helping the football excitement reach this new level.

Go Cats!

Article written by Chris Thomas

35 Comments for Was the NIT good for UK football?

  1. Huminna?
    7:10 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink

    uhhhh what? So you r saying if UK had been invited to the tourney, there would not be this level of FB excitement? I fail to see your point. Wouldn’t the tourney, even dreaming UK advanced to the FF, have been over with plenty of time for the excitement for the Spring game to build? Methinks you were searching for a subject to post about?

  2. L1C4
    7:11 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink

    Wow, losing on purpose! Chris Thomas is a great writer!!! LOL at BBN!

  3. ?
    7:14 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink

    was WW2 good for the depression

  4. Bravo 1
    7:16 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink

    This is the most asinine far reaching thing I’ve ever heard. What is wrong with you?

  5. BBN
    7:18 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink

    Good gravy, even L1C4 is making fun of us.

  6. L1C4
    7:23 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink

    Need more Chris Thomas’ articles.

  7. Rea
    7:30 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink

    I have to agree, losing in basketball is good for football.

  8. Chappelle says
    7:35 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink

    Cocaine’s a hell of a drug.

  9. Chaz
    7:37 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink

    Nice stretch, Chris. Try explaining to Matt what a good thing it was that Middlesboro lost in the state tourney because that loss helped bring Dominique Hawkins to the forefront.

  10. Chad Doyle
    7:41 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink

    Are u serious ,2012 champs and hands on favorites for 2014 and all u can talk about is a 5-6 win football team???????

  11. L1C4
    7:43 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink

    How long before the national media will pickup this article …. 3 …. 2 ….. 1

  12. Bo Bob Baggins
    7:43 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink

    Preposterous. One of the worst articles I’ve seen on KSR.

  13. Jerry Tipton
    7:47 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink

    KSR, stop using my way of writing about UK. I think there is a spot at the H-L for Chris Thomas. Way to go young fella!

  14. Blazing Saddles
    7:48 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink

    Mongo like football.

  15. Big O (Comb)
    7:48 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink

    Wow just wow.

  16. TampaCat
    7:48 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink

    L1C4 – that’s some funny shit right there man! LOL…

  17. Swinging meat
    7:53 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink

    In 5yrs maybe talk about football ky style,but until we can beat anybody worth mentioning ,let’s worry about our stud basketball program!!! If u have a hard on for football devote another site for it ,tired of clicking on ksr for updates on our bb studs and hearing bout fb

  18. mriike
    7:57 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink


  19. L1C4
    7:59 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink

    The curse of UK Football. UK Basketball is in a decline. LOL!

  20. LIC4
    8:06 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink


  21. Some Guy in Kentucky
    8:08 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink


  22. SMH
    8:11 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink

    Shaking my head at this one

  23. Katdaddy
    8:17 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink

    This is stupid! Wait until about mid october and see if you are still so excited about FB. Losing in BB isn’t good for anything at uk. We’re use to losing in FB.

  24. L1C4
    8:19 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink

    How long before I pick up a book……3 years, 2 years……

  25. crazycatfan
    8:27 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink

    After being embarassed/disappointed with the loss to RM, I know I was looking forward to UK football season and that rarely happens.

  26. btowncatfan
    8:39 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink

    No bigger fan of UK sports or KSR than yours truly. Visited the site every day for the last five years, listened to radio show since day 1. That being said, this is the most dubious thing I have read or heard on KSR in five years.

  27. Ryan Lemond
    8:42 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink

    Even I would not write something like this.

  28. While
    8:45 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink

    Matt is tweeting away about some football recruits, his site is going down hill fast.

  29. TexasCat
    9:13 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink

    Epic fail!!!

  30. Letmehelpyouansweryourquestion
    9:19 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink

    No it wasn’t. No relationship between the two at all. Seriously?

  31. W.W.B.B.N.D?
    9:28 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink

    BillyG took UK to the NIT, 50,000 did not go to the UK Blue-White football game that year.

  32. To Daddy
    10:19 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink

    Yer an idiot!

  33. WKYblue
    11:30 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink

    I agree with #25 and I think maybe that was the point of this article. I was wanting the BB season over with n was impressed with the excitement that Coach Stoops has brought to the football program. As a UK fan I was looking for better days ahead after basketball.

  34. Johnboy
    11:37 pm April 14, 2013 Permalink

    17. The mast head of this blog is Kentucky basketball and football recruiting news my friend. Tired of people acting like this is a basketball site. So yeah you really don’t have much of an argument there. Looks like you’ll just have to deal with the football program being exciting enough to report on. Don’t really know why you’re complaining..shouldn’t any true blue fan be happy?

  35. WKYblue
    12:45 am April 15, 2013 Permalink

    #34 hell yeah. Can’t be a UK fan and support one sport over the other. Basketball at UK is my favorite sport as well as many other people’s but football at UK was as depressing for me as basketball. I just wonder how long it’s gonna be before the UL fans accuse Stoops of paying recruits too? Lil brother can’t stand being the red birded step-child.