By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky got little respect from the media when it was picked to finish sixth in the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division at the recent SEC Media Days.
For UK coaches, players and fans that lack of respect for last year’s 10-3 record or three straight bowl seasons was not really a surprise and has just played into extra motivation for the Cats going into this season.
However, the Cats are going to have to admit that they did get some “love” in the first Coaches Poll released this week. No surprise that Clemson was No. 1. No surprise that Kentucky was not in the top 25 after losing Josh Allen, Benny Snell Jr. and its entire secondary from last season
The coaches did not ignore UK, though. Kentucky was 31st in the preseason poll.
Maybe that doesn’t seem impressive but only two SEC East teams — No. 3 Georgia (who can argue with that) and No. 8 Florida (still seems too high to me) — were picked ahead of UK.
South Carolina was 42nd. Tennessee got one vote. Missouri did not get a vote. All three teams were picked to finish ahead of UK at SEC Media Days. Throw in Vanderbilt and the college football coaches, who one would think should know more about the best teams, picked Kentucky to finish in front of four SEC Eastern Division teams.