By Larry Vaught
Kentucky’s new $45-million football training facility should be a game-changer for coach Mark Stoops and his program. Forget about making excuses any more for UK football not being able to compete because of lack of facilities. With the upgrades to Commonwealth Stadium and the training facility, UK facilities are on par with the best in the nation.
Former UK defensive lineman Ricky Lumpkin was working out in the weight room at the new facility last week getting ready to report to the Baltimore Colts training camp next week.
“I come back and work out and see all the changes to the stadium and training facility,” Lumpkin said. “They basically have blown it up and started over like I once said they should do. There’s no more excuses. These guys (players) have everything they need. I would have loved to have had all this.
“NFL teams, expect maybe two or three, don’t have anything like this. I’m not sure any college team can have anything better. This is state of the art in every way.”
Jeremy Jarmon was at Kentucky for four years and then played two years in the National Football League with Washington. He’s impressed with the new facility, too.
“Everything is so well thought out. It is incredible,” Jarmon said.
Kentucky recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow has said the facility is easily among the top five in the nation.
“I have been to five or six (NFL) facilities and the one UK has put together is state of the art,” Jarmon said. “A lot of NFL teams are not into the business of updating training facilities. Those NFL teams are not recruiting. The NFL attitude is that if you have the basics, that’s it. In college, you have got to keep up and Kentucky has more than done that.”