Back in December, 247Sports listed Kentucky’s facilities as the 15th-best among all college football teams in the nation.
Today, the Wildcats jumped two spots, coming in at No. 13 overall in the popular media outlet’s latest facility rankings.
“See what funneling more money into football brings to the Bluegrass?” 247Sports said in their justification of UK’s ranking. “Kentucky might be considered a basketball school, but the Wildcats’ $45 million upgrade to its football training facility in 2016 totaled 100,000 square feet and proves the administration believes in Mark Stoops and his steps toward the future. It paid off in 2018 as the Wildcats won nine games and earned a New Year’s Day bowl berth. Every player’s locker is ventilated with a cell phone charger, lock box and cup holders. For a cool price tag of $120 million, renovated Commonwealth Stadium saw its first fans in 2017 and initial reviews have been extremely positive.”
At No. 13 overall, Kentucky finished seventh in the SEC, behind only Texas A&M (No. 3), Alabama (No. 4), South Carolina (No. 6), Tennessee (No. 8), LSU (No. 9), and Georgia (No. 11).
The Wildcats also finished ahead of the likes of Notre Dame, Auburn, USC, Florida State, and Florida, among others.
Check out the entire list:
- Texas A&M
- Ohio State
- South Carolina
- Notre Dame
- North Carolina
- Florida State
- Oregon State
- Texas Tech
Not too shabby at all.
Following the program’s historic 10-3 season and a Citrus Bowl victory over Penn State this past year, it’s pretty apparent that good things happen when you pump time, money, and resources into something.
UK Athletics did just that.