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NickiSue's View: Coaches, poor records make for lackluster rivalry game

NickiSue's View: Coaches, poor records make for lackluster rivalry game

by Nicole Harrell

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 23, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 23 at 2:35 PM

(BLOG) -- Rivalry is everything in college football, especially in the SEC. But with the firing of both Kentucky and Tennessee's head coaches and the terrible records on both sides, is this game even worth watching?

As a Kentucky fan and alum I look forward to the Kentucky, Tennessee football game every year. Even though the rivalry is pretty much one-sided (Kentucky beat Tennessee last season for the first time since 1984), it is always exciting. However it seems the only exciting part of the upcoming rivalry game this year is that one of the two teams will finally get their first win in the SEC.

Here is a picture of my dad and me at the historic win over "Good Ole Rocky Flop" (my loving nickname for Tennessee)

Kentucky has had only two wins this season, Kent State and Samford. Attendance at Commonwealth stadium has hit record lows and frankly Kentucky faithful have given up hope. Head Coach Joker Phillips was fired, but he will be at the rivalry game. As a fan I was sad to see him go. Phillips is a great guy all-around. He is a faithful alum who played football at Kentucky. Unfortunately the athletics department really had no choice.

On the other side of the state border, the University of Tennessee also fired their head coach, Derek Dooley. The Volunteers went 4-7 this season and are also winless in the SEC. If they fail to beat Kentucky, it will be the first time in school history the team goes without a conference win. Dooley is not set to coach the final game.

The main difference between these two schools is what the fans care about. In Kentucky basketball is king, in Tennessee it's football. I definitely take any chance I get to talk about my title winning Kentucky Wildcats and the historic tradition of college basketball's winningiest program. Part of the reason I cannot stand Tennessee fans is that they speak just as highly of their football program. I know Tennessee fans feel the same disgust.

So what will happen during the rivalry game Saturday? Kick-off is set for 12:21 p.m. in Knoxville. You can watch it on the SEC Network. My prediction? Unfortunately, Tennessee.

About me: I graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Communications. I’ve worked with ESPNU, UK Student News Network, LEX18 and now I'm a web producer at WHAS11. I’m a loyal Kentucky Wildcats, Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings and Los Angeles Lakers fan. Follow me on twitter @NickiSue456.

 

 

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