On Wednesday, Kentucky announced it had finished in the top five in the Big Ten Conference for the past five years.
The Wildcats, ranked in the nation’s top five, became the latest program to win the conference’s highest-profile honor.
Kentucky was the first team in the country to earn the honor since the Kansas Jayhawks in 2003.
Kentucky’s accomplishments are well documented, but the program’s record in the postseason is even more impressive.
The school won a national championship in 2010, a title it has not relinquished since, and the team went 14-0 this season.
This team is built around a player named Kasey Hill.
Hill was a first-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2016 NFL Draft and he is arguably the most electrifying athlete in the Wildcats’ lineup.
His ability to break down defenses is what sets this team apart from many others.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Hill can make defenders miss with his explosive quickness and explosive hands, as well as his long strides.
Hill’s ability to beat his man and explode through contact is something that separates him from the rest of the SEC and other SEC programs in terms of the way he makes defenders miss.
“Kasey’s the main reason I came to Louisville,” Wildcats head coach John Calipari told the team’s official website.
“Kaseys ability to play with his hands and his speed makes him an elite athlete, and I think that was something that was evident in the draft.
He’s the reason that this team has been so successful.”
This year’s team is set up for a bright future, but that isn’t guaranteed.
When Caliparays players left the University of Kentucky in 2015, they were faced with the prospect of losing two key pieces to the NFL draft.
Former linebacker and future NFL prospect Anthony Barr was among those departing, as was former Louisville receiver Marqise Lee, who is the son of current NFL star Jarvis Lee.
With a new coach and a new offensive coordinator, it seems Calipars coaching staff will have a chance to build on the team that went 15-0 last season.
Caliparo is a former head coach at the University in Georgia and spent two seasons as head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, where he helped them win three straight SEC titles.
While Caliparis coaching career has been relatively quiet, he will be looking to help his players find their feet in the NFL.
The new coaching staff has some veteran talent to work with, including offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski and receivers coach Mike Baca.
Caliperas offensive coordinator has been the head coach in Jacksonville, Florida, since 2015, and Baca spent two years with the Falcons.
Calipari was fired by the Jaguars after the team was eliminated from the playoffs by Clemson in the College Football Playoff.
It was a sad day for the Atlanta franchise and for Georgia fans.
But with Calipareas new coaching job, the team has a chance at finding success in the National Football League.
Georgia fans will not have to wait long to get a taste of that.
After winning the SEC West title, the Bulldogs will take on the winner of the Notre Dame-South Carolina game on Saturday.