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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Kentucky On The Brink Edition

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Football season is coming. Can the Wildcat finally break out?

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Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation. I hope your summer is going well. For my money, its been way too wet.

We all know that football is coming up in just about one month, and today’s lead story is by Bill Connelly of SB Nation, who points out that Kentucky’s rebuilding plan under Mark Stoops has not exactly gone by the numbers:

Mark Stoops hit every right note when he started out at Kentucky. There was that moment in Summer 2013, for instance, when he had the top recruiting class in the country. While mid-summer recruiting rankings are only useful with many large grains of salt – that top class ended up ranking 22nd in the 247Sports Composite, powered mostly by early commitments – it was supposed to signify something. Kentucky isn’t supposed to sign even top-25 classes unless the sport involves a round ball.

In the two seasons that followed, Kentucky has twice started quickly, then crumbled. The Wildcats were 5-1 in 2014 before losing six straight by an average score of 44-22. Last year, they were 4-1, then lost six of seven. (The only win was over Charlotte.)

This is a long article but well worth the time. It presents in stark relief the struggles Kentucky has had getting over the hump, and the big reasons why. Connelly points out, rightly, that 2015 was much worse than the 5-7 record would indicate, and to be honest, I didn’t realize just how unfortunate we were last year, statistically, until I read this.

Honestly, Kentucky has a very tough nut to crack this year. It has the potential, if things go well, to get it done, but I doubt if any objective observer would be surprised to see Kentucky go 5-7 again, or even worse if things go south.

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