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Tim Tebow to KSR: “The (Kentucky football facilities) have definitely made a huge improvement”

Prior to Kentucky’s matchup against Florida back on September 8, Tim Tebow managed to rile the Big Blue Nation up like no other. The former Kentucky rival became the enemy of the fanbase once more.

“Kentucky’s facilities aren’t good enough to compete,” he said on SEC Nation at the time.

He immediately received backlash from the Kentucky fanbase, with the official UK Football account even calling him out for the comments.

The Wildcats made a 713-mile trek to Gainesville and dominated the Gators on both sides of the football, pulling off the 27-16 victory. In case you forgot (you didn’t), it was the first time in 31 years Kentucky defeated the almighty Florida Gators.

Kentucky star running back Benny Snell couldn’t help but call out Tebow after the victory, either:

After the loss, Tebow didn’t take the time to congratulate the Wildcats for their efforts against his beloved Gators. Nothing about Benny Snell’s 175-yard performance or Terry Wilson carving up the UF defense through the air and on the ground.

Instead, he criticized Florida for being cocky and taking Kentucky lightly.

Here was his interaction on ESPN’s First Take:

Tim Tebow: First time in 31 years, you can’t do that! You can’t do that.

Molly Qerim: “Come on, you’re supposed to be the inspirational one.”

Tim Tebow: “Not always! Listen, it was tough. 31 years… I wasn’t even born the last time Kentucky beat Florida. Are you kidding me?

I think Florida’s [moving] in the right direction. I think Dan Mullen’s going to get them there. I think it’s going to take a change in mindset. I was at practice Thursday before the Kentucky game and I spoke to the team, obviously that didn’t do a lot of good.

There was a confidence, but in my opinion it wasn’t the right type of confidence. It was a confidence of ‘hey we’re Florida, we’re talented, we’ve got a lot of draft picks.’

Listen, draft picks don’t win games. Great players win games, OK? There’s a difference between being a great player and being a talented player. Florida’s talented players need to be great players.

Fast forward two months, and Kentucky is competing for an SEC East title and SEC Championship bid against the Georgia Bulldogs. With so much on the line, Tebow and the SEC Nation crew have set up shop in Lexington, Kentucky to break down one of the biggest football games in program history.

And you better believe the players and coaches went out of their way to show off the Kentucky football facilities with the former Heisman winner and national champion in attendance. 

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After the tour, Tebow talked to KSR about his experience, where he backtracked on his negative opinion of the facilities.

“I actually just came from seeing a bunch of the facilities,” Tebow said. “So many people, holy cow. They are very nice, definitely parts of the facilities. The weight room, I really like it. The locker room is really sweet.”

Tebow wanted to clarify his comments a bit, saying he was more referring to the stadium size, not necessarily the quality of the facilities.

“I was more referring to the size of the stadium when I was talking about the facilities,” Tebow said. “But they’ve definitely made a huge improvement to the stadium, I think especially to be able to show recruits that piece of it is a big deal. It gives them a fighting chance.”

The former Florida quarterback said the vibe around Lexington just feels different than past years. The program isn’t built on hope going forward like when Stoops first arrived, there is tangible success in the form of wins.

“There’s a really good vibe here,” he said. “People are really excited. This is probably the most excited they’ve been in over a decade. There’s real belief and real optimism. I think the good thing for Kentucky fans is that it’s not just this year. In the past, it’s been good for the first five games, but they hadn’t played anybody yet. In the past, they’ve had a big upset, but how do you sustain it?”

Tebow says player development has separated Kentucky from the rest of the SEC, and it’s a big reason why they’re in the position to win the division this afternoon. They’re “special.”

“Now, how Coach Stoops is developing players, everyone is like “Well Josh Allen, we’re going to lose him.” Josh Allen came in at 210 pounds and now he’s 260 and he came in because no one else wanted him. Now he’s going to leave as a top pick in the draft. It’s not just about getting recruits, it’s about developing these young men. And that’s where I think Kentucky has done a better job than most everyone else in the SEC, developing young players that a lot of other people didn’t want and making them better and making them better players. Also, the chemistry, bringing them together. They also play hard. That’s that mixture that makes Kentucky special right now,” Tebow said.

The Kentucky football team saw $120 million in Kroger Field upgrades and built a $45 million dollar practice facility. In fact, Florida visited Lexington to model their own facility upgrades after Kentucky’s.

And considering they’re 7-1 with a shot at the SEC East crown this afternoon, I’d say those investments did more than enough to help the Cats compete.

Let’s take it one step further with a division championship against the Bulldogs.

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Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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21 Comments for Tim Tebow to KSR: “The (Kentucky football facilities) have definitely made a huge improvement”



  1. CatsandPats
    9:16 am November 3, 2018 Permalink

    Josh Allen towering over Tebow like say something about MY facility now!



  2. BluKudzu
    9:22 am November 3, 2018 Permalink

    Tuck Febow.
    Go Cats!



  3. Dusten
    9:29 am November 3, 2018 Permalink

    With almost everything he’s had to say nice about Kentucky this week, it all feels like he’s very reluctant and he’s been forced to eat crow. I love it.



  4. CATandMONKEY
    9:31 am November 3, 2018 Permalink

    Whatever, Tebow.

    How cool is it to click on ESPN’S NCAA football page and see UK featured?(!!!)



  5. BigBlue4Three
    9:33 am November 3, 2018 Permalink

    Don’t blame Tebow, he still has flashbacks of getting knocked the f out in Commonwealth. Go Cats !!



    • runningunnin.454
      10:18 am November 3, 2018 Permalink

      Did you see him peeking around every corner looking for Taylor Wyndham?



  6. yourfriendcasey
    9:37 am November 3, 2018 Permalink

    His backtracking excuse for saying he was referring to stadium size is dumb. At the time he played, commonwealth stadium had a seating capacity of 65,000 and has actually decreased due to the renovations to about 62,000 (I think). That is still bigger than some of the top football stadiums.



  7. Catwagon
    9:40 am November 3, 2018 Permalink

    Funny how the subpar facilities helped the other guy in the first pic to still be in the NFL while those great UF facilities helped Tebow to a seat next to Paul Finebaum…



  8. nicky
    9:56 am November 3, 2018 Permalink

    I’ve got 2 words: Taylor Wyndham



  9. bigbluejon
    10:03 am November 3, 2018 Permalink

    Still seems like most of these things he is saying with a caveat. Almost backhanded

  10. Go easy guys. He said some nice things, and even if he didn’t, you win it on the field.

    C-A-T-S, CATS CATS CATS!!!



  11. zoupman
    10:28 am November 3, 2018 Permalink

    Tebow is a good guy. Leave him alone. It was great publicity that he toured facilities and spoke highly of them.



  12. ClutchCargo
    11:06 am November 3, 2018 Permalink

    Those expecting a real competitor like Tebow to surrender when being repeatedly asked about this, that’s not going to happen. Let’s get over our insecurities and focus on the only thing that matters today: beating the Dawgs!



  13. ukkatzfan
    11:07 am November 3, 2018 Permalink

    Tebow talked about gators as having wrong type of confidence. Tebow is Cocky Christianity which is putting his ego above his Christianity. Good luck with that dude.



    • CombatMedic_98
      1:02 pm November 3, 2018 Permalink

      Nah he is a competitive Christian…Humblest Athlete to ever play the game from a public arena…he was the first PRO QB to take a knee too…!



    • CombatMedic_98
      1:03 pm November 3, 2018 Permalink

      And for something bigger and better than ALL things on Earth



  14. michaelb
    11:32 am November 3, 2018 Permalink

    It’s funny because doing broadcast from the uk weight facility (that he ridiculed) wasn’t his idea & it was someone else’s (aka production/president of the show) that said “here tebow eat this”



  15. notFromhere
    2:09 pm November 3, 2018 Permalink

    Benny looks like he’s not accepting anything less than a flat apology with no caveats (and maybe a phone number from the broadcaster on his right). Use it on the field, Cats! Make em eat their words!