In a season full of upsets, you would be hard-pressed to find a school that can wear the Cinderella slipper better than Kentucky. In a conference where football is king -- but at a school where basketball rules -- the Wildcats have been the SEC's doormat for as long as anyone on campus can remember. It's surprise, then, that the football team's rare success is being savored by the Big Blue Nation.
This year, the Cats began to "Believe in Blue" after an early season upset of rival Louisville. When Cardinals wide receiver
The wins and celebrations haven't come for free, however. The university was fined $50,000 after breaking SEC rules that prohibit fans from rushing the field after a game. This fine comes after UK has already paid $30,000 to the SEC for similar violations. It's a small price to pay for watching Kentucky stand toe-to-toe on the gridiron with SEC powerhouses.
This year, a record 6,000 students purchased season football tickets at UK, selling out the allotment of student seats at Commonwealth Stadium, and the annual student buzzing about preseason basketball has taken a backseat to all of the hype surrounding the football team. Indeed, the excitement was apparent at Big Blue Madness, the hoops team's first practice. Mid-ceremony, football head coach,
Even the national media has jumped on the "Believe" bandwagon. Prior to last weekend's Florida game, ESPN's
More than 11,000 fans showed up to welcome ESPN to campus. And with a backdrop of the William T. Young Library and a giant "UK" logo painted on the lawn, the bowl played host to an unprecedented campus atmosphere that rivaled that of a traditional football school. "It's been one of the best [atmospheres], with plenty of enthusiastic fans and good school spirit," said former Heisman Trophy winner and current
That spirit has never been higher, and things have never looks so promising. After eight games, the Cats have already racked up six wins, securing bowl eligibility, but they have plenty left to play for.
Who said Kentucky was a basketball school anyway?