Kentucky football received rings today, touting its 2016 Governor's Cup win over Louisville, and the TaxSlayer Bowl appearance. UK lost that bowl game to Georgia Tech, and has gotten roasted on the internet for the rings.
Now, ESPN's Danny Kanell—the network's most notable ACC homer—has joined in on the chorus of people chiding the Wildcats for giving out rings after a 33-18 thumping at the hands of Georgia Tech.
Kanell has a pretty good point. If you want to make rings for the big rivalry upset over Louisville, that's one thing. It was a big one for Mark Stoops' program that looked like it might've been stalling a bit. However, having that 41-38 score on one side and then having the bowl on there is pretty goofy, considering how lopsided the result was. And the program's Twitter account calls them "bowl rings," so clearly the Louisville win isn't the focus, even if it definitely should be.
To me, this is another glowing example of a program looking to spend money wherever it can, while players themselves go unpaid. It's definitely not as extreme as the $10,000 Texas lockers, but are the Wildcats really going to get excited about rocking "we lost to Georgia Tech 33-18" rings? Very, very doubtful.