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Totally understand that.
Financial reasons make sense...poor home schedule makes sense...having tixs since or before 2000 and now suddenly becoming sick of the product on the field doesnt make much sense. There have been some awful teams through those years.
Partially acceptable.......If you are available for our tailgate this year......Then, it becomes a TOTALLY acceptable response.
Thanks 1st Sgt... I'm looking forward to it. Especially, your chili.
Well, maybe I thought the future of the program was in pretty good hands with Guy Morris. When Morris took the $$$ and ran, Brooks came along. After some staff changes, you saw what happened with his leadership. I said I did not want to get into this stuff, but there are things missing with this leadership that was not an issue with Brooks. And alot of this stuff is off the field items, not to mention the on the field results we have witnessed. Not everything makes the paper, nor should it but people in every position should be accountable for their actions. We will just have to wait and see what happens. Hopefully we will get things straight one way or another and reunite this fragmented fan base.
Agreed. Assuming you can afford it, there is very little reason to not have season tickets if you are close enough. Being one win away from a bowl game after 5 straight bowls is not a good reason for people to be giving up on the team like that. I am just as frustrated as anyone with the lack of commitment to football at UK, but if I lived anywhere near the area, you couldn't keep me out of CWS and from watching the team and players that I love to follow and discuss on here year round.
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So Brooks gets a free pass for a couple seasons to make staff adjustments after being a HC for 20 plus years? However Joker does not deserve the same time? I think that is what you just said.
And what are these things that dont always hit the paper?
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The renewal deadline has passed, unless they extended it again...lol, so you better get your seats before all the pumpers buy up the good ones.
What is the proper way to express frustration? History has shown they don't respond until bottom line has been affected.
I see no reason not to go Joker or no Joker It is still UK
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All of my friends who have season tix renewed. Hell I just moved to OKC and renewed mine.
Btw 1st Sgt, since I'm making quite the haul to ho to games I'm expecting the red carpet at your tailgate. Lol.
Also, isn't it Prince who has the sweetest alcohol dispenser known to man? (I apologize if I have he wrong dude) if so, you promised a brotha a drank!!!
Ill see you and that beautiful invention very soon! Lol
GO CATS! and except for my man having a baby, who cares whether you renewed ot not. Id rather some fans like JJ be here with us and actually SUPPORT our men in blue
Hey btw, I think I deserve some credit for you getting season tix being that I took you to your first game which just happened to be the UT game which you hot to tailgate with the guys AND storm the field.
Damn I'm awesome! Lol
Already in motion... I called months ago to apply and was told I'd be notified around this time, so hopefully, they'll be calling any day now.
No doubt about it bro... I owe you BIG TIME!!! When I think back on that day... I can't thank you guys enough.
The one thing that grabs me the most is that Joker is a perfect fit to coach for UK. He would neaver leave UK and build it to the likes of Fla state or VTech. Both schools that were nothing before there coaches were given time to build those programs. Joker is a great recruiter. And yes this is his first head coaching job. That is a fast learing curve. He has better talent on board now. How ever this sch this yr is tuff. Very tuff. I hope to give him one more yr after this and then flip the coin. Do we give him time to try and build UK up. Or do we spend a ton of money on a coaching staff who has to recruit the same grounds as Joker. I don't know the answer, but one thing is clear no matter who the coach is at UK he has to coach in the SEC. And until the state of KY HS football ranks get better, UK will be at a huge dissssssss-advantage for ever.
Wow Frustration over one losing regular season out the last 6 and you are throwing in the towel. That is a reason to cancel season tickets? ARE YOU A Front runner and a quitter??
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The problem is: what response are you expecting?
Administrative support: The administration went and sought bonding capacity for upgrades. Denied. Private funding is now being sought, since the legislature has approved the expenditure. Players and recruits are talking about how nice the upgrades (locker room and Nutter renovations) that were quietly done look. New video and ribbon boards. Survey of fans regarding gameday experience. New uniforms from Nike, including player-requested black.
The support isn't what I would like to see, but to be honest, I wouldn't be satisfied unless UK built a football palace. There is probably more administrative support now for the football program at UK than there has been in a long, long time. Given the long history of administrative neglect of the football program, choosing now to take a "stand" is likely more detrimental than helpful. Especially because now is when the administration is finally trying to get funding and make upgrades. Lack of fan support will quite possibly be the reason funding/bonding is denied. Will the non-renewals who are making a "statement" man up and take responsibility when upgrades aren't done and waning or fickle fan support is cited as a reason?
Results on the field: If you (or anyone else) thinks that non-renewal will improve the results on the field, either directly or indirectly, you are delusional. If our biggest problem is talent and coaching, what great talent or coach is going to come to a historically bad program with a fanbase willing to drop their team after two poor seasons, even though those poor seasons saw a win over a top 10 team and the ending of two embarrassing streaks? Even more poignant, the last two seasons aren't even in the running for "worst seasons" this decade.
To answer your question: Express your frustration by communicating with the administration and decision makers, because that is a constructive action. Even better, it's a constructive action without detrimental effect on the players who sacrifice for the program. If I were a current UK player, trying to host a quality recruit, I would be embarrassed to have to explain empty seats in Commonwealth when we try to sell our program on fan support.
Limiting the communication of your concerns to nameless low-level employees who work the ticket phones is cowardly.
I've never had season tickets and probably never will. I go to games sporadically. Never know when I will or when I won't. Its not like I'm missing anything by watching the games on TV. Personally if the seats aren't fantastic I'd just rather watch it on TV. HD is awesome, Almost all the game are on TV and in HD, and the economy is down. Believe it or not those things factor in. Its not just about people not wanting to pay for the current product on the field.
Its overreaction plain and simple. I can't believe how negative some people are towards Joker Phillips and the state of the program. It really makes no sense to me.
I hear you tWhit, maybe you would understand people's dissatisfaction with the state of the program if you actually had some skin in the game by supporting the program with season tickets. Try committing about 30 years of premium football tickets (my two and parking now run over $1700 a year), watch the decisions Joker and Mitch have made and then get called a microwave fan by the administration while they put the bare minimum into the program. Travel a few hours to the games, maybe a decade from out of state, throw in away games, 110% donations and lower tier bowls and it adds up. On the other hand, you can just invest nothing into the program and watch from the couch when it suits you and save the money and effort. Hey, more people are deciding to join you than join me.
Wow. So if you gave for 30 years you must be pretty happy about the last six...
For whatever reason I just never understood the mindset of those that are fans of a program/university yet when things aren't going great they respond by bad-mouthing the staff and administration and withdrawing financial support (which makes their job that much more difficult).
I understand you want UK to keep improving and attain a level of success that will make our program competitive with the rest of the conference. I just don't understand acting in a manor that makes that goal more difficult for those running the program.
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I renewed my two tickets and will be traveling to the away games at Louisville, Arkansas, Missouri, and Tennessee
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Great post! I hope everyone contemplating dropping their tix reads this post.
The only thing that I would add is that the last two seasons not only don't qualify as the "worst" two seasons of this decade, but don't qualify as the "worst" two seasons of any of the FOUR decades that I've followed UK football. That's not to say that I am happy with the results of the last two seasons, but I've seen way more seasons than not in the past where I would have taken that in a heartbeat.
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