Even a football coach can't help but want to get a glimpse of the nation's No. 1, unbeaten basketball team.
And Kentucky's Mark Stoops admitted that he hopes to see some of the same fight he witnessed in a recent basketball practice from his players on the football practice field.
"It's impressive to watch them practice, and it's great to see the competition and what Coach Cal does," Stoops said Wednesday, after what he called a "very average" return to spring practice for the football team.
He saw Kentucky's basketball team as "a well-oiled machine.
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"To see those players work exceptionally hard and see the competition that's out there, that's what we need to get to, to some level of that," Stoops said.
The football coach, who spent part of his spring break watching the basketball team win the Southeastern Conference Tournament title in Nashville, said of UK football's practice: "We haven't been out there for a few days, and it showed. Very inaccurate throwing the football; we're not very clean in catching the ball. Neither side, really. Just an average day. We've got a long way to go."
The team held a long discussion after practice Wednesday about developing a sense of urgency.
"I always try to be very truthful," Stoops said. "I'm not one of those coaches that looks down at my planner and on the planner, it says, 'Get on them today.' I'm very — I wear my emotions on my sleeve and I tell them good and bad and try to be very truthful with them. Just not good enough."
Defensively, it was quite evident that players Bud Dupree and Za'Darius Smith have moved on, Stoops said.
What's not clear is who will take their place.
"I kind of called (the team) out a little bit on that, too, because honestly, we don't have the leadership we need right now," Stoops said. "We need to continue to see who emerges in the leadership role."
Saturday's practice open to public
Because of Commonwealth Stadium renovations, Kentucky will not have a Blue-White Spring Game, but Stoops said he still wanted fans to have a chance to see the team this spring.
So the Cats' coach is opening practice on Saturday morning at 10:30 for media and fans. The practice also will serve as an unofficial visit for several recruits.
"Without the spring game, I said I wanted to open up practices," he said after Wednesday's practice.
The gates to the practice fields will open at 10:30 a.m. No chairs are permitted and fans are asked to stay behind signs, painted lines and ropes.