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 November 26 Timo's Weekly Memo
"Kentucky a Program in Distress"

By: Timothy Columnist
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Timo's Weekly Memo 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....

[ Updated December 3 ]

Kentucky WildcatsThe 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.

Derek Abney, WR/PR/KR, Kentucky - courtesy ukathletics
UK WR/KR/PR Derek Abney
Derek Abney was the first player in NCAA history to record 2,000 yards receiving, 2,000 yards in kick-off returns, and 1,000 yards in punt returns during his career.
There was a bright spot for a UK senior though. Against Tennessee Saturday, senior Derek Abney was the first person in NCAA history to record 2,000 yards receiving, 2,000 yards in kick-off returns, and 1,000 yards in punt returns. Abney has been a very emotional player on the UK sideline. After the Florida game earlier this year when UK lost by only 3 points Abney was in tears explaining how this was how his whole career at UK had been, always tough, close games but UK could hardly ever come out on top.

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.


  • The bowl picture is beginning to take shape, but we will have to wait one more week to see if LSU gets the deserved spot in the Nokia Sugar Bowl.
  • Following the Florida/Florida St. game this past Saturday, a fight broke out among the players, which became pretty violent. The fight had to be broken up by school officials and police used pepper spray to subdue the players.
  • Basketball season is in to full swing, and the Kansas Jayhawks are playing the best ball in the country. In the latest top 25 polls, they took over Connecticut’s #1 spot after the Huskies were slaughtered by Georgia Tech.