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Football staff getting creative to keep 2014 class on board

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With a 1-6 record, it’s more crucial than ever for the staff to keep the 2014 class on board. One way they’re showing the commitments the love is creative mailings like the one above, which Mike Edwards received last week. It’s the latest in a line of clever letters the staff has sent out, which has included bulk handwritten letters, puzzles, and now, apparently mock Gameday sets. Here are some more from your future Cats:

Kobie Walker got a hilarious photoshop of Mark Stoops as Drake on the cover of his new album “Nothing Was The Same.” Looking good, coach:

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Drew Barker also got a Gameday pic, as well as a puzzle with his face on the side of Commonwealth. How long before that’s reality?

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Speaking of Barker, he’s got a big game against Scott High tonight in Covington. Who will be in the stands? Mark Stoops and Neal Brown. Something tells me they’ll like the message he sent to fans after last night’s loss:

“Keep Calm. Everyone has to realize that we have made steady improvements every game all year. “It’s a marathon not a sprint..” We will get there! Also to all of the negative fans.. “If you are absent during our struggle, don’t expect to be present during our success..”

Drew will be by next week to tell us more in his latest diary entry.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

18 Comments for Football staff getting creative to keep 2014 class on board



  1. special eddie
    5:08 pm October 25, 2013 Permalink

    Drew Barker is definitely going to be something special!!!! That whole class is tough.



  2. Scott HS Alum
    5:22 pm October 25, 2013 Permalink

    Why would Conner play Scott County in Covington? Oh, you mean Scott High School…



  3. Friday night football
    5:25 pm October 25, 2013 Permalink

    Scott is located in Taylor Mill, not Covington. .
    It really is a shame how no one in Central Kentucky really knows anything about football in Northern Kentucky.
    Reminds me of how happy another quarterback from Northern Kentucky was just a couple years ago..



  4. CATSCATSCATS
    5:37 pm October 25, 2013 Permalink

    Pretty cool but also kind of sad that we have to make up ways to keep the interest of guys who have already committed. This season needs to end already.



  5. Darkest Before Dawn
    5:40 pm October 25, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t know about everyone else but it seems to me most Kentucky fans have accepted that this season is going to be, and has been, pretty awful. I don’t hear the “fire Stoops” talk that I’ve come to expect from a small number of irrational fans that shout loudest. This season has done nothing to shake my faith in this coaching staff and once they get their players in place I think we will all be glad they are around.



  6. C....A....T....S....CATS!
    5:48 pm October 25, 2013 Permalink

    I have NO IDEA what kind of career Mr. Barker will have at UK.

    However, he is correct about “perspective”. This season was NOT suppose to be measured by wins: it was suppose to be measured by improvement in being competitive and effort.

    For my eyes:

    * I’ve already seen a Kentucky Football team this year playing with more heart and effort than at anytime under the Joker era…
    * Kentucky finally has a head coach with FIRE. Can’t remember when a UK Coach called a time out and got in to the face of a UK player who made the wrong decision. It MATTERS to our coach…
    * Our recruits, this year alone, stand out as a beacon to what next years class, and the future holds for UK. If any can’t see this difference, then they are probably focusing on basketball already.

    To our UK Football Team and Staff: a fantastic improvement so far. It’s very evident you have us pointed and moving in the right direction.

    To our future UK Football Recruits: you selected a tremendous university, and an extremely tough mission. However, you have the best fan base in all college sports is behind you, a tremendous coaching staff, and an opportunity to play in the best college football conference in the country, and build a successful program like no other… NONE. See you next year… and the years after.

    On…On…U of K!



  7. Brian
    5:51 pm October 25, 2013 Permalink

    What the above poster said…..go cats!



  8. explorer
    5:57 pm October 25, 2013 Permalink

    Ditto!



  9. Duuuuuude
    6:09 pm October 25, 2013 Permalink

    Need a like button for #7.



  10. schwing
    6:16 pm October 25, 2013 Permalink

    wow. complete, complete desperation, and there’s got to be a problem for them to do something like this. and drake gives an ish about the football team. he’s cal’s friend, not kentucky’s.



  11. tippytoe
    6:24 pm October 25, 2013 Permalink

    I do like Stoops, his fire and his ability to recruit in many regions. After all, he is not going to win, no matter how good a coach if he doesn’t have the horses. However, I do not understand the redshirt situation, especially with Barker coming in. This season is now lost because of his refusal to do burn one. If Barker bails or is not the starter next year, that season will be lost as well. (Sorry KSR, I know you think Whitlow is the next Heisman winner)



  12. JoeMoney333
    7:02 pm October 25, 2013 Permalink

    11. It’s 7:00… shouldn’t you be drinking alone somewhere?



  13. catfan4life
    7:31 pm October 25, 2013 Permalink

    Tippttoe, I kinda-sorta agree with you, but my take on the redshirt situation is after this year Smith will most likely be 4th string and Whitlow will most likely play multiple rolls but very little quarterback. So that means the starting quarterback will be between Barker and the two redshirt guys. Towels has already burned a season for no reason and Stoops doesn’t want to do it again. Phillips just may be the better of the two and if so he would be available for 4 years after this one.

    While it would have been great to have won the game yesterday (and I feel they should have), but as coach says look to the future. They aren’t going bowling this year anyway so if they end up 2 – 10 so be it. They are showing improvement every game with the exception of quarterback so next season they should have more options at that position!



  14. JJ
    8:07 pm October 25, 2013 Permalink

    Drew Barker is a major tool…he should keep his mouth shut as the fans have a reason to be disappointed with a 1-6 start.



  15. Northern Kentucky is one city...
    10:57 pm October 25, 2013 Permalink

    #3,4 – You’re really getting picky over the difference between Covington and Taylor Mill? TT, don’t worry about NKY geography (mainly Kenton Co.) as it’s all a crapshoot. You can run a 5K and go through five towns.



  16. YourTeamLostToUCF
    11:33 pm October 25, 2013 Permalink

    #15, really? Nothing better to do than troll this site?



  17. UKFAN197TONE
    10:55 am October 26, 2013 Permalink

    #15, he took ANOTHER girlfriend from you???