The Kentucky football team had no trouble fighting opponents last year (just ask Louisville). This fall they plan on taking it to a new level by bringing a pair of boxing gloves to the sidelines.
Jordan Griffin revealed the chained boxing gloves on Twitter during spring practice. It immediately drew comparisons to Miami’s turnover chain, but this prop shares a much different meaning.
“It originally started with Coach House,” Boogie Watson explained at UK Media Day. “It’s called ‘punching out of the gray room,’ so if in practice you had a bad play or was messing up, then later on you start making plays and start dominating practice, that’s punching out of the gray room.”
House’s phrase originated in boxing. When a boxer takes a big hit to the head, everything turns gray before a knockout. If they can still attack and swing out of the adversity, the boxer has successfully punched out of the gray room. Kentucky’s defensive coordinator wants his team to attack, no matter how bad the circumstance.
“If you do something bad one play, the next play you forget about it and make an outstanding play, that’s punching out the gray room,” Josh Allen said today. “We take that to heart and it’s an honor to wear those gloves because that means we’re really working hard, trying to be perfect.”
The gloves only came out once during spring practice. Will they be on the sidelines throughout the season?
“We have to find the gloves first. It’s in somebody’s locker,” Allen said with a chuckle. “But we’re going to get ’em back and we’ll bring them out this year.”