There isn’t much to worry about when it comes to Kentucky sports lately. The future looks bright for both basketball and football. I didn’t think I would say that at any point in time, but it is true.
Not so long ago it was Florida who had nothing to worry about when it came to the major sports. The reason I even bring Florida up is an article I read today from Dana O’Neil on being the replacement “Billy Donovan”. There wasn’t a lot of news to cover today, so I had to dig into other schools. The article sparked my interest because, in a way, the Florida basketball job is comparable to Kentucky football, at least when it comes to popularity.
What Billy Donovan did at Florida was amazing, he did the impossible with the program. O’Neil said this about him:
“No one thought it could be completed, not under the immense shadow of football at the school, in the conference and really within the entire geographic corner of the country. Instead Donovan defied convention and logic by making Florida into a basketball power.”
Florida’s new coaches shouldn’t have to worry about being the next Donovan or Meyer. They should have worry about coaching to the best of their abilities. If we always compared Cal to one of our past elite coaches we might not even like him when it comes to national championships.
Switch out a few names and you could say the same about Kentucky football. There is just one thing that separate’s Kentucky football from Florida.
Fans who care.
Billy Donovan built the Florida fan base from the ground up and it has obviously severely decreased over the years. Florida fans just don’t care unless you are winning and even when Florida was winning championships in the late 00’s the fan base was mediocre at best. Now with both programs lacking, you’d probably find more Kentucky shirts in Florida (probably mostly tourists to be fair) than UF.
Florida fans don’t like change. They don’t want White. They want Donovan. They don’t want McElwain. They want Meyer. And they want(ed) them to win. They just don’t like change. That’s it. And that is why the fanbase has been dying and will continue to in the future.
Kentucky has fans who have stuck through 2-10 football seasons and even the Billy G era. Even though those times the Big Blue Nation has stood strong. I think that is what makes the fan base so unique. Whether it be a new coach or a fan, Kentucky fans are always waiting with their arms open to let anyone new enjoy the University of Kentucky. No questions asked.