They claim one national title in 1950. Bear Bryant was the coach.
OT: Kentucky Football Pulling It Together
That is the question that many of the B1G schools had better start working on. Coaching can overcome talent to a point, but many of the B1G schools really need to start getting some talent on board. I hate the Fing SEC, but when you look at the talent level year in and year out, it makes sense why they get the rankings that they do.
Definitely agree on point #2. Was down there for the 2012 Natl Champ game, and it was an amazing atmosphere with gorgeous girls. In addition, MSU needs to send a few of their bros down to Lexington to learn a thing or two about rioting. Watching two guys carry an already on fire couch to the middle of the street and then being chased away by a phalanx of riot police was definitely entertaining.
We're a long way from NSD, and there's no way in hell Kentucky will finish with a top-10 class, much less the #1 class overall, but there's several factors playing into this:
1) Stoops just must be a great recruiter
2) Kentucky is an SEC bottom feeder, but its still in the SEC.
3) New coaches bring change and excitement, and some kids want to be the foundation of that new program. Some kids would rather be remembered as the guys who toiled and busted their asses not just to win football games, but to help lay the foundation for greatness down the road and build a program's identity, rather than just being another cog in an already stable and successful war machine, like Alabama.
They're all mostly from Ohio. I think like eight of them.
That's something no team in the SEC has been able to do yet... Kentucky's done a great job of expanding their recruitment north.
Maybe the state of Kentucky is a great place to attend college for athletes. One could argue that Louiville has one of the hottest athletic departments in the country. They currently have top 10 programs in football, baseball, and basketball.
That is definitely a true statement. Both Louisville and Kentucky are very competitve schools, but a lot of this situation relates to the job that Mark Stoops is doing at the program. Both aren't bad academically either, and I guarantee you that a lot of these 2 and 3 stars going to Kentucky aren't just going there for the football either and probably have bigger plans after school.
Totally legit. Has to be.
I'm sure they're acting completely ethical too, lest they be the first to stain the SEC's current reputation.
Great job Stoops. If he keeps this up I could see Kentucky being the SEC equivalent of Northwestern. A decent squad that can surprise the big boys.
They may be off to a better start than usual, but their ranking is mostly due to the fact that their class is almost done already. They have 18 commitments, while we have 11, ND has 11, LSU has 10, Ohio has 10, and Alabama 13.
If you look at their average star ranking, it's nothing special (3.22). Ours (3.55) is significantly higher.
I never understood playing for a terrible SEC team when you just get the shit beat out of you game in and game all season. So they can say that they played in the SEC conference?
Having played opens up doors for jobs in the future. UK guys know they are not filling the first three rounds of the draft for the most part (talking football not basketball) so the players tend to be more strategic.
Besides it is not like Southerners are above glorifying the guys on the losing side. ;)
This newfound mojo will last for (at most) two years. When Kentucky puts their usual shoddy product on the field in 2013 and 2014 all of this new coach bounce in recruiting they are enjoying now will dissipate.