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Kentucky is a basketball school, but committed to football success

Mark Stoops AP

On Friday the University of Kentucky approved plans for a new football practice facility at a cost of $45 million, which will eliminate much of the back-and-forth players and recruits need to do when it comes to campus life.

According to Herald-Leader, the plans for the new football facility will include a new two-story building with offices, locker rooms, team meeting rooms and training rooms as well as an academic center and study lounge. As it stands now, Kentucky football players have to go all over campus to take advantage of various university resources. At a school that is viewed as a basketball school, the push to improve the football facility is notable and helps Kentucky get on the same page as other football programs throughout the SEC and other rival programs such as Louisville.

“Now, recruits can pull up, park their car and we can show them where they’ll eat, where they’ll train, where they’ll study and it’s all going to be under one roof,” UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown told the Herald-Leader. “Recruiting has been positive without it, but it’s going to greatly enhance the product we’re selling.”

Kentucky just received the verbal commitment of massive defensive tackle Matt Elam, who chose Kentucky over Alabama. It was a major recruiting victory for Kentucky and head coach Mark Stoops. Without a dedication to improving the football program, would they have landed Elam? Stoops wasted little time in sparking some life in to the Kentucky football program. While it is still a major work in progress, the foundation for the potential future success of the program is evident.

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4 Responses to “Kentucky is a basketball school, but committed to football success”
  1. prov1x says: Feb 1, 2014 5:00 PM

    Kentucky has a football team? Really?

  2. teedraper says: Feb 1, 2014 5:15 PM

    Black coach = minimal support

    White coach = 100% commitment

    Karma = undefeated

  3. lbijake says: Feb 1, 2014 6:55 PM

    Previously, football players were treated like other students who had to travel all over campus to visit the library, eat meals, sleep and workout. Now the football players are shown how they will not have to associate with “normal” student except in a few classes. Nice move up. Hopefully soon you can get rid of those other students all together and have classes solely for athletes.

  4. jjohnb5393 says: Feb 1, 2014 7:50 PM

    Teedraper…..UK bent over backwards for Joker Phillips….u don’t know the half of it …..

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