With the college football regular season wrapping up, Timo's Weekly Memo takes a look at one team, the Kentucky Wildcats, that will have departing talent to replace even after a less-than successful 2003 season....
The University of Kentucky’s football team (4-8,1-7) said goodbye to 13 seniors on Saturday against Tennessee. Now, these weren’t just any 13 seniors; these seniors had been through just about everything in their careers at Kentucky.
This class has endured 3 different coaches, and of those head coaches had very different philosophies when it came to play calling. They’ve been through numerous NCAA violations, which included bowl restrictions and scholarship limits. Last year, they could have been bowl eligible if it weren’t for the violations. We all should remember the miraculous Hail Mary throw by LSU last year that won the Tigers the game and crashed UK’s goal post party. Numerous close games against highly ranked opponents but UK could never come out on top, that has been the story line for the past few years.
Now most would say things could not get much worse, but they could indeed be wrong. After this year UK loses their pre-season Heisman candidate QB Jared Lorenzen. The back up, Shane Boyd, has been less than impressive in most of the games he has played in. That includes the Louisville game at the beginning of the year when the home crowd fans booed him after throwing an interception, and UofL returned it for a touchdown. They also lose All-American punt and kick returner Derek Abney who single handedly has kept UK in some games. They already had no running game this year, and that doesn’t look to change for next year. And the fans have become increasingly more restless with the athletic director who took them on a coaching carousel last year after Guy Moriss left for Baylor. Then when he does hire current head coach Rich Brooks the fans are irate with the selection.
UK fans are lucky enough to have the basketball season to look forward to. But when basketball season is over its back to the same old football troubles in the Bluegrass State.
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