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What Gator Fans Should Know About the Kentucky Wildcats

Sep 20, 2012 -- 10:28am

By: T. Miller

 

It’s time we took a moment to learn about our conference rival, the Kentucky Wildcats. I’ve never even been to Kentucky, except that time I stopped at a Chick-fil-a in Bowling Green on the way back to Gainesville following a national championship in basketball that our team won (and Kentucky did not) in Indianapolis. It was the first of two national championships that Kentucky didn’t win in 2006 and 2007.

University of Kentucky
Colors: Blue, Blue
Mascot: Wildcats
Interests: Basketball, horse racing

We all know that Kentucky hasn’t won a football game against the Florida Gators since 1986. Penn State used to own the nation’s longest active win streak over a single opponent, but five of their wins over Temple have been vacated, so now the Gators own it with 25 consecutive wins over the Wildcats. But you know what? Kentucky fans don’t care.

If Kentucky really cared about Football, do you really think they would have let Florida win three games before the Gators even had a football team? I don’t think so.

Kentucky is a basketball school, and that’s all fine and dandy because we don’t really care about basketball and they pretty much dominate that sport.

Since Kentucky hired away former Florida head coach Billy Donovan in the early 2000s, the Wildcats have won two national championships. Donovan’s Wildcats were the first to win back-to-back national championships since Duke in 1991 and 1992. In his Kentucky career, in addition to his two national titles, Donovan has won four SEC championships, has appeared in 11 NCAA tournaments and three Final Fours. He is the winningest coach in Kentucky history.

WAIT A SECOND! No, Kentucky TRIED to hire Donovan, like, six times, but he is still in Gainesville. The Gators are the ones who have done all of those things and, despite a 2012 Kentucky national championship, it is Florida that currently owns the nation’s top recruiting class for 2013. Kentucky does not appear to be in ESPN’s top 15.

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