UK fans squirm with Louisville in SEC expansion discussion

Now the Associated Press is reporting that “a source” is saying the University of Louisville “makes the most sense to join the SEC.” We have to assume that the AP has a lot of respect for this particular source because there are others indicating Florida State, Clemson or Virginia Tech would be next in line after Texas A&M.

The day before that it was Missouri. And whatever happened to the idea of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Remember Georgia Tech. Even Central Florida has been mentioned in the conference expansion discussions.

Louisville is the school they love to hate. For them, that trumps any advantage of the state having two schools in the SEC.

We doubt there have been any dialogue between anyone at U of L with the SEC. More likely, it’s a trial balloon to gauge the reaction of fans in the SEC, including the state of Kentucky. Not that conference officials really care what fans think but it’s always good to include them in the process, if only on the periphery.

UK fans would have a difficult time accepting the fact that their fiercest rival would be a candidate for the SEC. Being Kentuckians and all that implies, they have managed to convince themselves that U of L is not worthy of membership in their exclusive club. That’s the one thing a haughty and boisterous segment of UK fans has going for it. Don’t expect them to ever embrace U of L as an equal.

Strange, they sure get excited about playing U of L. It’s the one game in basketball, football, baseball and soccer that they have to win. Louisville is the school they love to hate. For them, the hate trumps any advantage of their state having two schools in the SEC.

Whether U of L should or would accept an invitation to join the SEC is a topic for another day. For now, it’s interesting to be a part of discussion … and watching some of those nervous UK fans squirm, even if for a day or so.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

3 thoughts on “UK fans squirm with Louisville in SEC expansion discussion

  • August 15, 2011 at 9:38 pm
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    I don’t know if I could stomach being in the same conference with UK. I’m afraid their image would rub off on us being from the same state. I enjoy being from the Midwest and a part of the Big East. Getting away from the Southern image has its advantages.

  • August 15, 2011 at 11:40 pm
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    Not me I’m from the south, KY is a southern state, I was born IN KY and not in Jefferson County. I am a Louisville grad and a UK grad, but a UL fan first and a football fan first! The SEC is the King of football!

  • August 17, 2011 at 10:22 am
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    All personal nausea associated with this idea asside, I believe any Big East team would be plain nuts to join the SEC as long as the BE has an automatic BCS Bowl bid.

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