Can the University of Kentucky be a football school?
02/06/2014 03:51 PM
Is UK a football school now?? OK maybe I am getting ahead of myself here…the Commonwealth’s team is still known for the hardwood sport, but the tides are changing ever so slowly. This is not to say that UK won’t be a basketball school anymore, more to say that maybe, just maybe UK could possibly be a basketball school AND a football school.
We all know where the big money comes from, FOOTBALL! Although the University of Kentucky pays for basically all of their sports programs with football money there is still room for exponential growth. As of the 2010-2011 season the University of Kentucky football program ranked 19th in profit margin, just beating Oklahoma State and falling behind Texas A&M.
I say all of this in light of the future of UK football. While finishing in the top 20 in profit margin is great, Texas (at #1) holds a $69 million to $18 million difference in profit margin over UK. It can all change from here on out. I am not trying to make the point that the University of Kentucky football program will ever be as profitable as Texas, nor am I saying UK will be at the tops of the SEC every year. What I am saying is that after yesterday the fate of the UK football program looks very bright!
After yesterday’s signing day UK football has begun the steps to football relevance in the most powerful football conference in America; sorry Louisville fans it’s not the Big East, AAC or ACC. With a recruiting class rated as high as #17 (Rivals) the job Mark Stoops, Vince Marrow and company have already done is nothing short of amazing. The staff at UK’s #1 priority when first hired on was to keep all of the top in-state guys playing for their state school. That includes the fact that last year Stoops and co. kept 2 of the top 3 guys and this year 4 of the top 5. Last year it was Jason Hatcher and Ryan Timmons, both of whom made huge impacts in their freshman year. This year they landed highly rated nationally guys Quarterback Drew Barker, (5*) Matt Elam, Lloyd Tubman and Adrian Middleton. Barker and Tubman are rated as 4* recruits. Keeping top rated guys like these at home is essential to building a program.
In all yesterday was a huge success for the University of Kentucky, Mitch Barnhart, Mark Stoops and every fan of the Commonwealth’s team. I’m sure I’m not in the minority when I say I am more excited than ever about the future of Kentucky football and will be supportive 100% of the way. Go Cats!