If you’re a Kentucky Wildcat football and basketball fan, the upcoming sports year doesn’t seem to be shining too brightly.

I was glancing through various Internet college football and basketball websites and if you go by their predictions, things are not looking too good for Rick Brooks’ and Tubby Smith’s Wildcats.

In football, about the only positive thing I can see about the upcoming season is Micah Jones. Jones could turn out to be the best football player to come out of the University of Kentucky in the past 20 years.

Yep, even better than ole Tim Couch.

You do remember him, don’t you?

He’s the guy that had an NFL career flame out quicker than a Bic lighter flame being used in hurricane force winds.

With that said, don’t be surprised to see the Wildcat football team post an unimpressive 3-7 or 2-8 record, while finishing dead last in the SEC Eastern Division.

The only good thing that might happen out of all of Kentucky’s unsuccessful season could be the dismissal of Rich Brooks, but then again, who would want the job if he were let go?

Guy Morris anyone?

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The way things are going on the recruiting trail, Tubby Smith’s hardcourt Wildcats could be hard-pressed to reach the NCAA Tournament this season.

That’s right, no NCAA Tournament invite.

Many believe the loss of players such as Rajon Rondo will make Kentucky a better team. I agree with that, but without a go-to-guy and marginal offensive weapons, this year’s team might have difficulty winning 17 to 18 games.

I’m serious folks.

I hope I’m wrong, but I really don’t see any blue chippers coming Kentucky’s way anytime soon.

It seems to me players these days love to play in an up-tempo type of style (Florida, Louisville come to mind) compared to Tubby’s boring grinding it out style.

Don’t get me wrong, you can win that way, but the times are a changin’ and Tubby hasn’t made the adjustments that other college programs have made.

Florida’s Billy Donovan must be doing something right. He won a National Championship this past season and his team is favored to repeat this season.

What about our beloved Wildcats? Well, if you go by one website, Kentucky isn’t even listed as one of the top 35 teams.

Ouch!

When you have teams such as Hofstra ahead of Kentucky, then you know something is wrong.

You can always look on the bright side. Maybe, just maybe, Tubby will finally accept an NBA job in the near future, which would allow Billy ‘The Kid’ Donovan to come to town.

That wouldn’t be too bad, would it?

Oh well, Kentucky fans can look on the bright side of things. If the NCAA decides to expand the NCAA Tournament field to 128 teams, then our Wildcats should be able to get an invite.

Les Dixon is the sports editor and can be reached at ldixon@thetimestribune.com.

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