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UK Fans of the Day Want a Couple of Notes

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With the Thunder and Spurs on, lets make this thing quick:

— The big news this week involves the various proposals being bandied about at the SEC Meetings in Destin, Florida. In football, there is some movement to make the schedule harder for the teams in the conference, in large part as a way to maximize appearances in the new playoff format. It is very likely that the SEC will soon adopt a policy that forbids teams from playing FCS opponents in future years. Those games are usually a guaranteed win (unless you are Florida playing Georgia State) but can take a huge hit on strength of schedule for the team and the conference. IF that happens, it will make the scheduling alter a bit as all games will need to be against teams in conferences like the MAC and Sun Belt, both leagues that UK usually goes up against. However another change being talked about could be of even bigger importance. If the league continues to stay at eight games (which it looks like it will), the current requirement of playing one other “Big 5” team might go up to two other “Big 5” teams (Nick Saban wants all Big 5 teams but that seems unlikely). If that happens, Kentucky will be forced to add another major program besides Louisville to its schedule. It is likely this would only happen if the leagues decide that 5-7 teams will be bowl eligible, thus minimizing the pain of a loss to a second power team. Does that mean another renewal of the Indiana series? Who else would you like to see Kentucky play?

— Another thing to watch from the meetings is just what the league’s opinion is going to be on the continued move towards autonomy from the big 5 conferences. The Big Ten, ACC, Pac 12 and Big 12 have all talked about the possibility of creating their own set of rules along with the SEC and it will be interesting to see if the league comes out of this meeting with an opinion on the issue. IF that happens, the Power 5 could start giving more benefits to players (potentially including cost of attendance type money), which could further separate the leagues from the rest of college sports. It is the biggest potential change in college athletics in my lifetime and is worth paying attention to. If it were not for the NCAA Tournament, that probably would have already happened. With the amount of money involved and the pressure hitting the leagues from all sides, it may end up happening anyway.

— One rule being talked about that could have a very positive impact on UK football is the creation of an early signing period in football like in basketball. This could be huge for Mark Stoops and his staff, who have shown a real ability to identify talent early and be able to get commitments to the Cats from guys that other schools have not yet found. An early signing period could help them get those players locked up and not be at the behest of late poachers at the college football powers. My guess is that Stoops and company are definitely in favor of the plan and the SEC will take a league position by the end of these meetings.

So there is much to watch in the days ahead as the league takes a position on some issues that will define the next couple of years. In other news, I am taking two weeks off starting Friday and thus we will have some radio fill-in hosts during my time away. It really is a great lineup and I hope you will make sure to check them out while I am gone:

KSR RADIO GUEST HOSTS

Monday JUNE 2: Replay of the UL Pregame/Wisconsin Post game Shows

Tuesday JUNE 3: ESPN’s Seth Greenberg

Wednesday JUNE 4: “Cougartown’s” Josh Hopkins

Thursday JUNE 5: Tony Vanetti and Drew Franklin

Friday JUNE 6: UK Women’s Coach Matthew Mitchell

Monday JUNE 9: The comedians The Sklar Brothers

Tuesday June 10: CBS Sports’ Gregg Doyel

Wednesday June 11: CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein

Thursday June 12: Former UK Quarterbacks Tim Couch/Jared Lorenzen

Friday June 13: UK Offensive Coordinator Neal Brown and Assistants Vince Marrow and Jimmy Brumbaugh

Article written by Matt Jones

13 Comments for UK Fans of the Day Want a Couple of Notes



  1. Wayne Campbell
    9:34 pm May 27, 2014 Permalink

    Schwing!

    Schwing!

    Schwing!



    • Jay_Postoasties
      12:45 pm May 28, 2014 Permalink

      Agreed, but they wouldn’t spit on me if I was on fire.



  2. Buckets
    9:43 pm May 27, 2014 Permalink

    I’d like to see UK football play Cincy or West Virginia if they have to add another game against the power 5. Though, IU would be a likely win 9 out of every 10 games.



  3. Big Blue Earl
    9:43 pm May 27, 2014 Permalink

    Indiana, Duke, and Kansas… I’ll take any of those three.. Anytime, Anywhere



  4. Greg
    9:48 pm May 27, 2014 Permalink

    West Virginia and Cincinnati both have more appeal to me than Indiana and would probably boost UK power rating.



  5. Rockin Ron
    11:03 pm May 27, 2014 Permalink

    I know facts are optional but it was Georgia Southern that beat Florida, not Georgia State. Southern has a great football tradition and moves up to the FBS this year. Georgia State made the mistake of hiring Bill Curry to start their program and after a 10-23 three year record and coming off of a 1-10 mark, Curry stepped down with the cupboard bare and paved the way for new Coach Trent Miles to go 0-12 last year. Georgia Southern plays Georgia State this year and will destroy them. The Cats will be hard pressed to win more than 4 games but should be much improved and offer a good entertaining lead in for what’s going to be an unbelievable basketball season. OK my Diet Mountain Dew’s wearing off so I’m out.



  6. World Cup
    11:04 pm May 27, 2014 Permalink

    Florida lost to GEORGIA SOUTHERN, not Georgia state!!!



  7. TheBlueRanger
    12:44 am May 28, 2014 Permalink

    2,1,3 in a photo finish.



  8. Dandy Don
    8:25 am May 28, 2014 Permalink

    Pretty solid lineup. So is the 24 hours of Lemond officially on permanent hold?



  9. ky logic
    9:25 am May 28, 2014 Permalink

    Anybody but Western Ky. They own us some how, no if’s and’s or buts about it.



  10. Blonde Bomber
    10:15 am May 28, 2014 Permalink

    I’d like to see UK get away from scheduling traditonal basketball rivals for football games. Why not play Illinois, Northwestern, Virginia, Baylor, etc…



  11. nunya
    2:21 pm May 28, 2014 Permalink

    Ilinois, Northwestern, Maryland, UVA or Va Tech would be the most logical choices. All Power 5 schools and all in places UK is either expanding recruiting into or would like to get into.



  12. sportsfan
    6:25 am May 29, 2014 Permalink

    Are you guys kidding me right now?????? there is a pic of some hot ladies here and you all are talking about UK horrible football team…Typical UK fan… I mean I understand if we was Alabama…….No not really that girl in the middle be like WOW…