The media line formed outside the entrance to the locker room. There was not the usual conversation amongst the crowd. Many were making travel arrangements on their phone others scribbling on note pads. There wasn’t much to talk about. The season was over.
Ten feet away Kansas State media were lined against the wall. Their cameras ready to capture the moment. Shouts of victory could be heard from the Kansas State locker room.
The line against the wall was the tale of two teams. Two levels of emotion, one extreme to the other.
UK does not allow media access in locker rooms following games. Players (3) are brought to the press conference area following Coach Cal’s post game press conference. However, the NCAA requires teams to allow media access to locker rooms during the tournament.
The locker room was small. Players were seated in front of individual lockers. The cameras and recorders were in their faces. Bright lights made it impossible for players to focus on the crowd surrounding them. It was hot. It was crowded and it was sad.
I am not a journalist. I have been blessed to have the opportunity to write about my passion, Kentucky Basketball. I don’t have deadlines and I will never be the first to get a breaking story. This is not my job that pays the bills. I respect those that do this for a living. That being said…I could not stay in the locker room.
I don’t know if my mind heart went into mom or fan mode. All I wanted to do was give them each a hug. The teary eyes, towels over the heads and the emotion was more than this writer could endure.
It is time to say goodbye to this team. I’m not ready to do that just yet.
I need a few more days to get over…the locker room