July 21, 2013
Kentucky's trying to remake the way it looks on the field.
The Wildcats appear to be doing the same on the way to the field, as well.
It appears Kentucky has implemented a suit-and-tie dress code prior to games, according to multiple player Twitter feeds.
Quarterback Patrick Towles: "Suit and Tie for pregame... #icandigit"
Cornerback Cody Quinn: "We're wearing suits for our pre-game now !!! You kno ya boy gone be clean #SuitnTieShit ... I love wearing suits... You just feel official when you have one on"
Linebacker Khalid Henderson: "Yeah I gotta make some calls cuz we wearing suits this season"
Players in the past have typically dressed up in team gear, as shown in this slideshow.
But I did some digging on Florida State's policies, and the team instituted a suit-and-tie dress code for all games starting in 2010 -- Mark Stoops' first year on the job.
Not saying he did or didn't have a role in that change at all. I have no idea if he was the leader of the movement or completely uninvolved.
But I am saying that he comes from a program that has a culture of presenting its players a certain way.
And he's bringing that to Kentucky as one of many changes we've seen in about eight months.