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Could The Curse Of UK Football Still Be Alive

By LARRY VAUGHT

After winning 18 games, including two bowl games, the last two seasons I quit hearing University of Kentucky football fans talk about the curse of UK football.

You know, the curse that seem to cause UK to snatch defeat from victory so many times in the last 50 plus years.

That was a culture that former coach Rich Brooks worked to change and had going that way before the program slid back under Joker Phillips.  Now coach Mark Stoops has done a remarkable job putting a terrific program together.

But the curse? Well, maybe it is real.

Kentucky figures to have one of its best teams in the last 40 plus years this season. The Cats have one of the Southeastern Conference’s best offensive lines and secondaries. They have an All-American punter in Max Duffy and deep group of running backs.

Then there is the expected return of quarterback Terry Wilson, who led UK to 10 wins in 2018 before missing all but 1 1/2 games last year with a knee injury.

If that’s not enough, this could be the deepest team I can remember at Kentucky. Deeper than the 1977 team that won 10 games. Deeper than the 2018 team that won 10 games.

But COVID-19 is going to — at best — shorten the season or — at worst — wipe out the entire season.\yh If the Cats can’t play this year, it will be a crushing blow to UK coaches, players and fans. No one wants football at any cost, but the expectations are so high for UK this year that it would be hard to believe the Cats are not cursed if this season is wiped out by COVID-1

Larry Vaught
Larry Vaught is a seven-time winner of the Kentucky Sportswriter of the Year award and has covered University of Kentucky sports since 1975. Larry now has a syndicated UK sports column appearing in 34 newspapers across the state as well as http://www.yoursportsedge.com/, and http://www.cameronmillsradio.com/. Larry also joins Mark Buerger and Anthony White on WLAP Sunday Morning Sports each week in Lexington as well as appearing each Tuesday with Tom Leach on The Leach Report.

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