Kentucky’s offensive coordinator Neal Brown was asked Friday his thoughts on the Blue-White game and what he thought it did for recruiting and he took the opportunity to poke at in-state rival Louisville. Brown concluded his answer with the following comments.
“Within the first, when I first get on the phone, or when a kid first comes here and I’m having my first conversation, that 51,000 at the spring game is one of the first things I talk about. Because I’m talking about, ‘Hey, our fan base is one of the best, if not the best in college sports because – and we talked about this the other day – there’s no NBA team, there’s no major league baseball team. There’s no NFL team. So UK athletics is it. The other team doesn’t want to hear that, but it’s it. We’re the show in town, in the state.”
I’m not as close to other rivalries around the country, but I couldn’t comprehend one fan base being so wrapped up in what their rivals are doing as Kentucky is with Louisville. Louisville comes out with L1C4 (Louisville 1st Cardinal’s 4ever) slogan and movement, Kentucky follows with “Players first” and now an even more apparent knock off, “BBNFirst.”
Neal Brown went on to say that he respected Petrino and UofL, and his comments meant more to praise UK’s fans rather than take a dig at anyone else. Well it sure doesn’t read that way, and I doubt Louisville will take it that way. Garrick McGee tweeted out “Lol” on his twitter not too long after Brown made his comments, and most people suspect that was a response to his rival’s comment. If so, it was an epic and appropriate response to what Brown said.
Louisville has beat Kentucky in their last 3 meetings and if there is any coach that doesn’t need extra motivation to beat the crap out of Kentucky it is Bobby Petrino. Petrino was 4-0 against Kentucky in his last tenure at Louisville with a total score of 158-76. Louisville is on the rise and while Kentucky’s recruiting has improved, their product on the field has continued to be lousy. Kentucky hasn’t won a conference game since 2011 and hasn’t won one on the road since 2009. Kentucky is 4-20 in their last two seasons with wins over Miami(OH), Alabama St., Kent St., and Samford; no disrespect to those teams, but the average sports fan couldn’t name what conference any of those teams belong to.
Neal Brown should have stopped at town in the above quote, because there is a much bigger show in the state and he will once again be reminded of Louisville football come November.