Kentucky players make sales calls to fans offering football tickets

Members of the 2014 Kentucky football team who called UK fans asking them to purchase tickets

Asking coaches and players to lend their voices to pre-recorded calls to fans in an effort to boost ticket sales is nothing new, but members of the Kentucky football program went above and beyond this week.

A handful of  Wildcats actually dialed up fans and sat and talked with them hoping to convince them to purchase tickets to games this fall or thanking them for previously buying tickets. This seems like another great argument for why student-athletes around the nation deserve a share of the revenue they generate for their schools and the NCAA.

Freshman quarterback Drew Barker tweeted about the experience.

The Louisville Courier-Journal reported Barker, Alex Montgomery and newcomer Mikel Horton were among those who participated in the calls made Tuesday night. Coach Mark Stoops was there in spirit in the form of a cardboard cutout the players posed with for a picture.

Stoops is off to a good start in rebuilding the Wildcats in terms of recruiting with two consecutive solid recruiting classes, and he and his players are doing little things like making live sales calls to get out of the shadow of the basketball program.

Now they just need to build on those efforts with a few more wins this fall. The Wildcats went 2-10 last season, including an 0-8 mark in the SEC.

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Kyle Ringo is the assistant editor of The Dagger on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!