College Football: Kentucky Hopes to Be More Competitive in the SEC

New head coach Mark Stoops hopes to rebuild Kentucky football. Photo: ESPN

It’s basketball season in Lexington, KY…wait, it’s basketball season everywhere right now, right?

Well, whereas in most SEC states it’s all about two seasons: 1) football season and 2) waiting for football season, it’s the opposite in Lexington; college basketball rules (whenever the horses aren’t racing) and football is a pleasant distraction for a few months until round ball returns again.

Unfortunately for the Kentucky Wildcats, however, football hasn’t even been a semi-pleasant distraction over the last few seasons, and most agreed that drastic changes were necessary to get the program back to some level of respectability.

That said, a new coaching staff has already been assembled and now the state legislature is looking for support on a substantial overhaul to Commomwealth Stadium.

Governor Steve Beshear and the leaders of the Kentucky House and Senate will announce support on a bonding request from UK for $110 million renovation of Commonwealth Stadium.

That will allow for upgrades including luxury suites, a recruiting room and other amenities to try to bring the stadium more in line with others in the SEC.

The state leaders are expected to announce joint support for the measure and their desire to have it pass in both the House and the Senate. 

The hope, of course, is to reignite some of the dissipating excitement around the football program, I’m sure, but that’s going to be a tall order given how far the Wildcats have fallen since former quarterback Andre Woodson led the way. However, with an excited new staff leading the way, the ‘Cats are at least off to a good start.

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