ESPN.com just released a ranking of football facilities in the SEC and the Cats finished 13 of 14, just coming in ahead of Vandy.
13. Kentucky: The Nutter Training Facility has been Kentucky’s football home since 1987. New practice fields were added in 2005, and the complex is highlighted by a 9,000-square-foot weight room. The Nutter Center also has 11 meeting rooms, a state-of-the-art video and editing room for coaches’ film, equipment and training rooms, staff and player lounges, a sprint track, sauna and jacuzzi, an aerobics room, and three racquetball courts.
Interesting. When you look at what UT has, it's unbelievable and ridiculous at the same time. It's all meant to impress and has very little substance to it all. It's hard to believe UK has a 9,000 square-foot weight room and still is 13 out of 14.
According to this highly subjective and minimally detailed list (how did UT finish 3rd; probably because they're not winning right now like Bama and LSU are), South Carolina finished 12th out of 14th and they have had pretty good teams. The biggest difference between UK and South Carolina isn't facilities and isn't even coaching. The biggest difference is the last 3 years the state of South Carolina has produced recruits as follows: Alshon Jeffery, (2009's 13th best WR per Rivals) Stephon Gilmore (2009 6th best CB per Rivals), Damario Jeffery (7th best athlete in country) Marcus Lattimore (2010 number 1 RB and number 10 overall player by Rivals) Jadeveon Clowney (2011 number 1 player in the country by just about everybody). LSU's DE, Sam Montgomery, is also from South Carolina and he is projected as a top 5 NFL 2013 draft pick.
Kentucky has produced 5 recruits (Tim Couch, Dennis Johnson, Eric Shelton, Jeff Brohm and Michael Bush) in the last 15 years who can be compared to what South Carolina has produced in the last 3 years.
Better facilities would be nice but UK needs to recruit better nationally because Kentucky doesn't produce many elite players and the city that produces the most, Louisville, about 50% of the population hates UK. To recruit better nationally, UK has to stand out. They have to be different. Establishing a fun, pass-first offense is a good start more than facilities are. What other SEC team is doing that? Arkansas is probably the only one. From what I saw at the Spring game, Joker is trying to do that. He is also hiring assistants who will recruit.
I agree that this list seems very subjective...especially since UK's stuff doesn't seem so bad compared to the rest of the SEC.
Of course I also read where Vandy totally upgraded all their football facilities..
Sadly the ESPN write-up is a straight copy and paste from the UK Athletics website which hasn't been updated in a while. The racquetball courts were replaced by a large theater style meeting room. UK actually showed off a revamped training facility today.