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Former Kentucky player Greg Nord shows Wildcats no respect in talking about Saturday’s matchup

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Even though he is a former Wildcat player and coach, Nord pulled no punches in backing his Gators.

NCAA Football: North Texas at Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Do you remember Greg Nord? Me neither. But apparently, he played football for the University of Kentucky in the 1970’s, and then served as an assistant coach from 1979-1989 and 2011-2012 before being asked to leave Lexington along with former head coach Joker Phillips.

Now a member of the Florida Gators coaching staff, Nord recently commented to the Orlando Sentinel on how he views his new team’s winning streak.

"Now as far as programs growing, where we're at now, we're one of the elite programs in the country and they're not. So it probably means more to them than it does to us as far as the streak."

Nord was a part of four victories against the Gators when he was at Kentucky, including the Wildcats last win in 1986 when he was an assistant under Head Coach Jerry Claiborne. Although he has been heavily involved with both programs in the decades since that game, it seems his memory is foggy when it comes to Kentucky beating Florida.

"That's a long, long time ago," Nord said. "I don't know if I had any kids yet or not and I've got grandkids, so it's been a long time. When I played there, we had a little bit of success when I was playing, but there haven't been a lot of happy Wildcats when the Gators come into town."

To be fair, not everything Nord said was negative. After discussing Kentucky’s impressive new facilities and the sell out crowd coming to Commonwealth Stadium Kroger Field on Saturday, he had this glowing compliment for his alma mater: “I guess they are making some progress."

So is this extra bulletin board material for Stoops’ Troops, or just a cranky old man trying to catch some headlines?