Our football program's largest problem isn't Joker - it's facilities. They are below par for FBS schools at all, let alone an FBS school that must compete in the hyper-competitive SEC. But there is a solution, a uniquely Kentucky solution that might work by making use of our unique situation instead of fighting it.
The answer lies in Syracuse. Like us, a perennial basketball power. Unlike us they don't have to try to compete in a football mad conference, but still their football facilities lagged to the point to where they where told to build better, or get out. Thus the Carrier Dome was built.
Why can't Lexington do the same? Instead of just building a new basketball house, why not build a stadium for both? As an example the Carrier Dome seats roughly 33,000 for basketball and 49,000 for football. Surely we can do better! And since the basketball boosters are keen on one upping the Yum center why not build something that can handle both needs, and would also be the largest Division I basketball stadium by a large factor - nearly twice the size of any other.
I propose an 80,000 seat football configuration / 90,000 seat basketball configuration stadium designed for double duty that would be a source of pride for both programs. Let us take advantage of the fact we have perhaps the only fan base in the country that can fill an 90,000 seat stadium for a basketball game. And 80,000 is a respectable number in the SEC for football and larger than Commonwealth's current number by quite a bit.
Also, since its indoors and would be artificial turf anyway, why not invest in some blue smurf turf a 'la Boise St. (a darker Kentucky shade of blue of course). That should annoy the snot out of the SEC old guard when they come to play.
The plan is crazy yes - but I think it could work - Thoughts? Would you attend football games with smurf turf? Would basketball games feel right in such a cavernous venue?