Mitch Barnhart led off the action early this morning before Mark Stoops got down to the meat and potatoes of what’s been happening at practice this week. Barnhart’s comments were geared more towards facilities and gameday atmosphere:
— For you fans of “My Old Kentucky Home,” Barnhart confirmed it will be played before and after games. The idea of playing it before the start of the fourth quarter got scrapped by the fans on the BBN First website, but it will still get its moment(s) in Commonwealth Stadium this fall.
— Roughly 1,700 fans offered suggestions for improving the gameday experience
— Alabama may have the rings, Ole Miss and Georgia may flaunt the hottest girls, and Tennessee the most arrests, but according to Barnhart, Kentucky HAS THE BEST PARKING IN THE SEC. SAY SOMETHIN’ NOW HATERS! WOOOO!!! TURN UP ONE TIME CATS FANS! LETS GO! P-A-R-K! PARK! PARK! PARK!
This is me when he said that…
@mikewpatton called us Big Blacktop Nation.
— Though Stoops favors it, Mitch doesn’t see a day when the Power 5 conferences play only Power 5 teams in the non-conference. He believes schedules should be determined at the institutional level and if a program’s strength of schedule isn’t difficult enough in the end, so be it, its their own fault. He said UK needs that FCS opponent every year because the SEC slate makes the schedule hard enough already.
— The new UK practice facility will be roughly 100,00 square feet and will house all of the team’s offices, weight rooms, meeting rooms, locker rooms, player lounges and more. It’s going to be awesome and it will be open for business Spring 2016.