By LARRY VAUGHT
For over 10 years I’ve been on WLAP (630 AM) in Lexington every Sunday morning talking University of Kentucky sports with show host Mark Buerger and former UK football star Anthony White.
Buerger, as anyone who has ever listened to the show knows, can often get on rants. Usually White is the voice of reason and the one on the show who can logically and intelligently break down what he sees on the football field without letting his emotions dictate his answers.
Or at least White could until Sunday when UK’s 24-7 loss to South Carolina Saturday night was more than he could take.
He was blunt honest about his assessment of UK’s poor play and for the first time was genuinely perplexed by what he saw.
“They don’t seem to have heart,” White, a player who always played with heart, said. “We played terrible but the problem is that it was acceptable.”
White said he was “disgusted” with UK’s overall play.
“We missed two or three tackles per play. I don’t know what happened. We absolutely were not prepared and it showed,” White said. “Not a lot upsets me. If you fight and get back up, I can accept that. Yesterday was despicable.
“The most depressing thing is that we did not fight back. Only thing that could have made it worse is if players had just said take me out and let my backup play.”
White didn’t blame injured quarterback Sawyer Smith for his lack of effectiveness. Instead, he wondered why Stoops didn’t give sophomore quarterback Walker Wood a chance when it was clear Smith was physically hurting and could not put any zip on his passes.
“When you get down to point that we can’t put you in and we got nobody else (to play quarterback) that is just disrespectful (to Wood). You give me another word to describe it,” White said.
Stoops said after the game he had “faith and confidence” in Wood but yet couldn’t play him. If he’s not going to play him, move him to another position. Wood got Lafayette to two state championship games in high school and certainly would at least given UK quarterback who could have run if Stoops didn’t want to go all-in with Lynn Bowden at quarterback.
But White believes UK has much bigger problems than who is playing quarterback from what he saw at South Carolina — and I agree as do most UK fans.
“I think we underestimated what we lost (off last year’s team). I thought we would be fine without them but obviously we are not,” White said. “I don’t see much positivity. A team doesn’t get that bad over night. First half against Florida looked really good. Second half took foot off the gas but still good. Last night it did not look like we were even interested in playing. We played a terrible game and it was like nobody cared or fought back. Something is going on in the football office. I don’t know what is going on but right now it just does not look good.”