When Jojo Kemp came to Kentucky, he was given the opportunity to change the culture of the Kentucky football program. As time ticked, the recruiting pitch changed even though the product on the field had not dramatically changed.
After consecutive five-win seasons, the product on the field dramatically improved in 2017. Few expected this team to win seven games and play in a New Year’s Eve bowl, but that’s exactly what Courtney Love expected.
“I did envision it once I transferred in,” Love said. “This is what Coach Stoops told me we were going to do.”
Love was recruited to Kentucky a year before Stephen Johnson, but the expectations were the same. For a while, those expectations looked out of reach, but the team never flinched.
“It wasn’t like that at the beginning of the year, but I’m glad on how it all unfolded,” Johnson said. “Our goal was to go to a bowl game and get this extra 13th game.”
Even though they envisioned this moment long ago, it has exceeded their wildest expectations.
“I think it’s very special for this program to take another step within the history of this program. We really changed it,” Love said. “It’s been awesome and I love being here.”