Vaught's Views: Web site targets UK football

November 01, 2004|LARRY VAUGHT

People and things.

* Kentucky football.

If you are a disgruntled University of Kentucky football fan, and there seem to be more and more each week, then this new Web site might be for you. bills itself as a "grassroots website inspired by years of mismanagement by the University of Kentucky's Athletics Association." Organizers say the Web site has not been designed to "promote bashing of the program and players that we love," but to make UKAA accountable for its failure to make "wise football decisions."

The Web site notes that ESPN recently named Kentucky one of the 10 worst football programs in the country and that UK's offense is now ranked last in the country.


The site targets offensive coordinator Ron Hudson for "wasting talent by attempting to squeeze players into his inflexible system." However, the long-time Kentucky fans running the Web site also emphasize that they don't blame only Hudson for UK's offensive failures.

The fans who have put the site together feel that for Kentucky football to become a winning program, change is required and they hope this will be a forum for instituting the change.

There's good and bad news here for the Kentucky football program. The bad news is that this Web site is going to point out everything that has gone wrong the last few years for the Cats and possibly add to the growing negativity about UK football. The good news, though, is that this Web site also shows the passion for football in Kentucky and that fans really do want a winning football program just as much as they do a championship hoops team.

Check out the site. It's new and still under construction, but it should attract a lot of hits in the weeks ahead as the losses continue to mount for Kentucky and fans speculate on what, if anything, can be done to help Kentucky football.

* Danville girls soccer.

Tonight the Admirals play at Woodford County in the state soccer quarterfinals. They've already reached the elite eight of the state for the first time by winning regional and sub-sectional honors.

They might be overmatched tonight, but with the young talent on this team, the Admirals could be getting a taste of what could become an annual tradition the next few years.

Danville has relied on a strong defense and timely scoring in postseason play. Tonight the Admirals face their biggest test of the year, but win or lose, it certainly has been a memorable season.

* Montgomery Gentry.

If you missed seeing Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry highlighted on CMT's Outlaws concert Friday, then just plan to get your tickets for their New Year's Eve concert in Rupp Arena.

Just as Montgomery promised several months ago, the show should be one that makes Rupp Arena vibrate just like a big UK basketball game does.

Joining Montgomery Gentry will be southern rock icons Lynyrd Skynyrd, country hitmaker Trace Adkins and country newcomers Blue County.

"Lynyrd Skynyrd and Montgomery Gentry on New Year's Eve in Rupp Arena ... Lexington will never be the same!" Montgomery said.

He might be right, too.

Tickets are $51.50 and $38.50 and go on sale Nov. 13 at 9 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Rupp Arena box office or by calling the office at 859-233-3535 or at TicketMaster outlets ( or 859-281-6644).

It still seems to me that we need billboards welcoming everyone to Boyle County featuring Montgomery and coaches Chuck Smith of Boyle County and Sam Harp of Danville. A "Welcome to Title Town" billboard with those three only seems logical to me because of what they have done and how well known all three are.

Of course, Montgomery has one wish of his own.

"I just wish Kentucky could beat Tennessee in football. Those Tennessee guys are killing me because of what has happened this football season," Montgomery said.

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