By LARRY VAUGHT
If you are anywhere as close to as old as I am, you can remember the days when most Kentucky football fans were thrilled with six wins that made Kentucky bowl eligible.
Slowly former Kentucky coach Rich Brooks started to raise the bar for fan expectations, but still getting enough wins to be bowl eligible got the majority of Kentucky fans really excited.
Not any more, though.
Kentucky has been to three straight bowl games under coach Mark Stoops and is coming off a 10-win season — the first time UK has won games since 1977 — that concluded with a Citrus Bowl victory over Penn State.
However, that has not been enough for UK to sell out the opening game in Kroger Field against Toledo Saturday — something that has not made Stoops happy.
“I’m a little disappointed in that, to be honest with you,” Stoops said Thursday. “Coming off 10 wins and these guys have worked extremely hard, we need the support out there.
“Makes a difference. We’re all trying to build this program.”
Stoops even has a fill the stadium ally in Louisville morning radio sports show host Michael Bennett.
“I’m not going to lie, I am disappointed that the first @UKFootball game is not a sell out. To top it off @UKCoachStoops made the same remark after practice this afternoon. Help fill up Commonwealth Saturday & support a team that deserves it,” Bennett posted on Twitter.
Again, I think the non-sellout just says more about the cost of attending a game versus the ease of just watching at home or another venue on TV.