This is the second article in a three-part series that will answer a question we’ve been asking for years: What’s the secret to Kentucky football success?
We have a great foundation of talent, we have great coaches, we do a lot of things right, but it’s a lot more than that.
We also have a lot to prove.
In the first article in this series, we looked at the Kentucky football program, its current coach, and its history.
Today, we’ll look at how it all began in 1948, when the Wildcats were founded in Lexington.
In a time before the internet, before smartphones, before social media, before the birth of the modern college football season, Kentucky football had its origins in a humble barn.
When the Kentucky Athletic Association was founded in 1946, its mission was to provide a platform for the men and women of the Kentucky Football Association.
That mission was a little bit different than today, but Kentucky’s mission was the same: To provide a safe, nurturing environment for men and boys to compete at the highest level of sport.
The Kentucky Athletic Club is what the men of the association are called: members of the Athletic Association.
It’s the first chapter of a long, rich history that stretches back to when the Kentucky Volunteers played the first college football game in Kentucky in 1863.
By the time the Kentucky Association began, Kentucky was the dominant state football program in the United States.
By 1869, the United Kingdom was in the process of leaving the British Empire.
Kentucky was, at the time, a national powerhouse.
It had a very high standard of living and had the resources to recruit elite athletes.
Kentucky had more players on its football team than any other school in the country.
In fact, there were about 1,500 players on the football team at the beginning of the century.
This all changed in the summer of 1865, when Louisville joined Kentucky in the Kentucky-Louisville football series.
Louisville had been the top-ranked team in the state of Kentucky for over 40 years.
The first two games of the series were against Louisville.
Louisville led 24-0 in the first half and 18-0 at halftime, but the Wildcats pulled away in the second half and won 27-20 in the third quarter.
Louisville led 27-7 after halftime.
That was the end of the first part of the story.
After that game, the Wildcats entered the next season undefeated.
In the first year of the Louisville-Kentucky football series, the team led the state with a total of 7,832 yards of offense and a combined total of 6,723 yards of total offense.
Louisville finished the year with an average margin of victory of 31.3 points per game, which was the third-best in the nation.
But the Kentucky Wildcats also had a major problem.
During the second year of their Louisville-Louisland series, Kentucky won a total number of five games, all of which came against teams with NCAA Division I status.
Those games were played at home against teams that had not won a bowl game in over 20 years.
Louisville and Kentucky did not have a good reputation for being bowl-eligible teams, and it was obvious that there was no guarantee that the Wildcats would win their games.
One of the more memorable games of Kentucky football history involved a match against Arkansas in December of 1865.
Louisville was the No. 2 seed in the SEC West, with a 1-0 lead.
Louisville won the game 24-20, with the winning score coming on a game-winning touchdown pass from James Butler.
The Wildcats also ran out the clock and had a 15-point lead before a pair of interceptions by Arkansas quarterback John Carter forced a Louisville punt.
“There was a lot at stake,” said Kentucky coach Billy Joe Shivers.
“You didn’t know who you were going up against.
You didn’t even know what the score was going to be.”
Louisburg went on to win the SEC championship and its first national championship in three decades.
The next year, Kentucky took home its first ever national championship.
A year after winning the national championship, the Kentucky players left for the University of Arkansas.
They didn’t stay.
Instead, the players decided to transfer to the University at Buffalo, where they enrolled and played the next year.
Kentucky’s future was not bright.
They were drafted in the fourth round by the New York Giants in 1867.
They played in three games and earned the No to the NFL draft.
Two years later, the first draft picks in the NFL were selected by the Cardinals.
They would eventually become the Cardinals and have the best record in the league for a decade.
The team had an outstanding season in 1869 and the Cardinals would go on to capture the first Super Bowl in NFL history.
Then in 1872, Kentucky and the New England Patriots played the last regular season