It is not blind following... the only way to get the attention of an AD is to affect the wallet. Those awful home attendances to end the year was voicing displeasure. The only ones hurt by low attendance are those being paid by the university, and that certainly does not include the players. They get their scholarships and benefits regardless. There was extreme discontent with Joker and Mitch by the end of last season. Getting mad but still showing up to the games produces a situation like the Toronto Maple Leafs; nothing changes.
New Kentucky offensive line coach John Schlarman is doing what most new coaches at new schools do. He’s praising his team’s fanbase. Come to think of it, how many coaches can you remember saying, “We’ve got the worst fanbase in the world?”
“The fanbase is the best in the country. I don’t care what anybody says. That’s for all sports across the board. The Big Blue Nation, they want to be winners. That’s the main thing. They’re going to follow you and pack the place and create those environments you don’t get a lot of other places. That’s something special to be a part of.”
Now, as fired up as Kentucky fans are about their new gridiron staff — the Cats drew 50,000 for their spring game — maybe they really will start filling Commonwealth Stadium and backing the Wildcats on the road.
But it’s awfully hard to forget that a fraction of an announced crowd of just 44,902 showed up to see the Wildcats close out their home schedule just seven months ago:
Schlarman, it should be noted, played at UK from 1994 through 1997 (starting all four years) and then served as a grad assistant in Lexington from 2000 through 2002. Maybe his blue blood just started pumping a little too quickly when it came to his “follow you and pack the place” remarks.