SERDI, on 29 May 2014 - 08:27 AM, said:
The way the SEC office has screwed it up with this rotating schedule etc. They make it so what little interest there is outside the Commonwealth has been reduced even more. In fact whatever interest the Commonwealth had in the regular season has been greatly diminished with the SEC offices. If you are over 50 years old, and a Kentucky basketball fan, you know that if we were to be assigned a historical permanent opponent it would be Tennessee. If we were going to be assigned a second historical permanent opponent it would be Vanderbilt. Those schools using the entire life of the SEC from 1933 to 2014 would confirm that. Of course ESPN only looks to the time Donovan has been at Florida and tells Slive, Florida is your permanent opponent. Fans in their teens, 20s, 30s think Florida is UK's rival. It is not. It has been its biggest competitor since Donovan. Before that UK had a few year run where Arkansas was with Nolan Richardson, LSU was with Dale Brown, Mississippi State was with Babe McCarthy, but they come and go Except, for Tennessee and Vanderbilt. UK should play Tennessee and Vanderbilt home and home every year. The SEC should take care of that like they take of care of Alabama-Tennessee and Georgia-Auburn in football. Nothing else matters. In basketball. Nothing really matters to any of the schools except to have UK-Tennessee-Vanderbilt playing home and home every year and the other 11 schools can do whatever they want.
I guess im one of those fans. The question is, how long before Tennessee is relevant again. They just lost 70% of their roster and are bringing in a new, unproven coach that hasn't even seen the NCAA tourney yet.
Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas