We need to talk, UK football….
Longtime University of Kentucky football fans say they are changing their relationship status with the football program.
Instead of “It’s complicated” many fans are saying “It’s over” to the program after suffering through the sixth straight losing season of the Wildcats, according to a story in the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Fans say they are frustrated with the football program that is coming off back-to-back 5-7 seasons and while recruiting top notch talent, has yet to produce the solid results fans were hoping for.
This is definitely not a “it’s not you, it’s me” scenario – fans told Mark Story the reason for leaving is certainly UK’s fault.
Fans say they are tired of the abuse of getting their hopes up only to watch signs of promise dwindle. After all, the Cats had a 4-1 start only to finish the season 1-6. Couple that with tensions in locker rooms, confusion on the field and the departure of Patrick Towles and you have yourself one complicated mess of emotions tied with UK football.
It’s not just the Cat’s season collapse that has the veteran fans down, the $120 million renovation that reduced Commonwealth’s seating capacity by 6,000 seats and the shuffling of parking passes and the “priority ranking” instituted on season tickets have also contributed to some hard feelings.
“(UK) has taken all the fun out of it for me,” Wade Cunningham told the Herald-Leader. “All that’s left is the bad football- that hasn’t changed- and that’s not enough.”
Many fans say the good aspects of the games- sitting next to longtime friends, tailgating in familiar lots and the nostalgia of taking your kids and grandkids to the same seats you watched Kentucky play with your dad- are now gone thanks to the redistribution.
The renovation, which brought Commonwealth out of the dark ages and into the high-tech and flashy new millennia, was designed to attract better recruits and create a better atmosphere for fans.
However, according to some fans, the atmosphere was already there thanks to good friends and a lifetime of memories. Promises of a better tomorrow just aren’t going to cut it anymore.
For some in the Big Blue Nation, it’s just time to say goodbye James Blunt style.
Are you willling to give UK Football another chance or are you ready for the #BigBlueBreakup?