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UK’s National Title Hopes Come Crashing Down In Loss To Louisville


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Joker Phillips called Saturday night’s battle with Louisville “a game of missed opportunities”.  That seems a little too polite.  What it actually was was a one-sided physical beating courtesy of his good friend Charlie Strong and the ending of a four-year winning streak over the filthy Cards.  All in all, it sucked.  That’s about all you can say.

A few notes…

 – The offensive line was awful.  Flat out freaking terrible.  Morgan Newton had fat guys in his face all night and was brought down six times.  The big guys up front failed to open any holes for the running game and the Cats never really found any sort of offensive rhythm for the third consecutive game.  The unit that was supposed to be the group that Kentucky was able to rely on this season has fallen flat on its face so far.  Sure, there have been guys injured and the lineup has been shaken around a bit, but their performance against the Cards was absolutley abysmal.  Should make for a good exchange between Mike Summers and the C-J reporter this week.

 – Along that same line, the running game completely crapped out against the Cards as UK registered only 35rushing yards on 32 carries.  A big part of the problem was the offensive line and a big part was dull and predictable rushing plays.  Did the Cats miss Raymond Sanders?  Maybe.  But I don’t really think he makes all that much of a difference.  There’s a fundamental breakdown in the running game right now that was slightly masked by Sanders and Josh Clemons churning out fourth quarter yards against Central Michigan.  While it’s a giant stretch to say that Kentucky should commit to the run to fix their problems on offense, it is 150 million percent correct that they need to establish some sort of running game if they expect to win football games.  It was beyond bad on Saturday.

 – If there was a bright spot offensively, it was the resolve Morgan Newton showed in hanging in and taking a beating and putting the Cats in a position to get a score at the end of the game.  However, Newton was again painfully inconsistent.  He missed some easy throws, most notably the final toss to LaRod King that wasn’t even close and spent the entire game again looking at only half the field.  On that final play where he overthrew King, Newton had three receivers on the opposite side that were open past the first down marker.  That’s been one of the stories of the first three games.  Newton HAS to throw the ball to other receivers and Kentucky has to find guys that are reliable.  Nik Melillo looked the part and EJ Fields caught a few balls, but they’ve got to get Newton looking at the entire field and connecting on the easy throws.

 – We could go all day and night on this, but let’s just say the play calls were predictable and boring.  The Cats don’t need to run reverses or halfback passes or anything crazy, but when the entire stadium knows what the next play is going to be, that’s a problem. 

 – On the defensive side of the ball, it wasn’t a completely awful effort, but the Cats certainly leave with a lot of questions.  The secondary was shredded by Will Stein and Teddy Bridgewater and UK spent the entire first half getting penetration – on the wrong side of the field.  It was almost like Louisville knew they could throw a formation out there and expect the Cats to attack one side.  And then they went the other way.  After the game, defensive coordinator Rick Minter, who is always good for a solid quote, said “We can’t wallow in self pity, but I like to see it hurt. … It should hurt when you fail.”  At least someone feels good about it.

 – The play that summed up the game was the second-to-last play that went to freshman Demarco Robinson.  Robinson caught the ball, picked up the first down, then fumbled it and lost about seven yards, leaving the Cats with a fourth and six.  It was just that kind of game. 

 – It’s been awhile since we’ve seen Kentucky get picked apart by a running quarterback, only because we haven’t seen one in a few games, but Dominique Brown came in and ran on the Cats in the first half.  It was clear that he was in there to run the ball and the Cats still couldn’t figure it out and bring him down. 

 – The conversation will now probably focus less on Florida this weekend and more on what the loss means in terms of bigger picture ideas like the rest of this season and the future of the program/rivalry.  Charlie Strong, who undersold his team all week, apparently already has very bold feelings about it.  After Strong admitted that he told his team on Thursday that they were better than UK, Louisville defensive tackle William Savoy shared this little nugget after the game:

“Coach said once we win tonight they’ll never win again. The Governor’s Cup is staying with us.”

 – Louisville’s Greg Scruggs Tweeted his thoughts after the game.  Not cool.

Son of a bitch.

Poor Florida.  They now have to play a Kentucky team that’s coming off of a loss and will be fighting mad.  Time for another streak to end!  Right?  Right????

Article written by Thomas Beisner

168 responses to “UK’s National Title Hopes Come Crashing Down In Loss To Louisville”

  1. Big John

    I’m sick of this football team already….wonder what i will feel like after the next 3 games.

  2. UK Wildcat

    How long before this blog joins the fire joker cause?

  3. Dude

    If we can’t beat UL, I hate to even imagine the next 3 weeks when we have to actually play GOOD teams.

  4. ukcat1

    This team is just awful! Plus their Curry boring.

  5. ukcat1

    Sorry; I was sleepy. The correct English is they are Curry boring.

  6. Duke_Football

    UK is Duke bad and that says it all!

  7. jOHN

    UK GOT NO TALENT AND STRONG KNOWS IT THAS WHY HE SAID THEY WILL NEVER TAKE IT AWAY FROM AS,,,FUTURE IN UK FOOTBALL DONT LOOK GOOD,,,,LOUISVILLE GOT A LOT YOUNG TALENT QB IS ONLY FRESHMAN

  8. Big John

    It’s a sad day when you let a team like UL punk you. Those guys should be embarrassed. I bet they don’t even care. I mean, how can u let a weak team like ul come in your house and crap on you? Just pissed tight now…

  9. Refs

    We gave you every call. Every point you scored was a result of us throwing a flag and tacking on 15 yards. We didn’t even call that obvious safety. We did all that and you still got manhadled. WTF!!!

  10. Duke_Football

    I know bad football and that was very bad. I can’t see UK winning any SEC game. The offense is a laugh.

  11. cats11

    LOL. Yes, Beisner.

  12. jOHN GotS WriTin' sKillS

    At least he types the same as he speaks. “Thas”…lol. Oh, I meant,,,,,

  13. Keith

    Hello kids, earlier this year I stated we would lose to Tenn., and go to the RICE CRISPY BOWL! HA We will no longer go to a bowl and Joker Phillips should lose his job now, due to the fact listenining to his great speeches he is so sttimulating it’s like a snail giving a slug a PEP TALK, he is way over his head with this job and I feel Randy Sanders should take his place!! I am done as a fan until he is GONE!!

  14. ric flair

    Fire his ignorant ass, yeah you know who i’m talking about

  15. rainman

    They posed to be SEC!!!

  16. Mitch Barnhart

    What are all these “For Sale” signs doing in my yard?

  17. bigbluegh

    I didn’t even realize Demarco Robinson was a QB! I assumed he was a RB. I didn’t know passing was an option when he was in there!

  18. Teddy Bridgewater

    Hey Charlie Strong. I want to renegotiate my contract!

  19. Andy

    We supposed to be sec? that kid from western had a point!!

  20. FTS

    Big John – I don’t know, because I’m not wasting another minute on this pathetic joke of a football program. Until some major changes are made.

  21. 2020

    Don’t we have anyone on the squad that we can run a Wildcat package?? I know that losing Randall Cobb hurts us there, but 115 other teams without Randall Cobb are mixing up their offense and getting key yardage from the Wildcat package.

  22. Keith

    WE ARE PATHETHIC!!

  23. HateDay

    We look stupid for having this lame hate day crap. Didn’t work out so well.

  24. Mattcat68

    They played like they were winning by 14 points for 3 quarters. The play calling is too conservative, especially for UK’s first 3 opponents. The players have no sense of urgency. The OC has no vision or imagination at all. The DC is either blind or he pulls the plays out of a hat. These coaches are in way over their heads.

  25. BigBlueSkyDog

    23) It’s never a bad time for Hate Day. There is so much to make fun of Lousyville for. 15 seconds, down my leg, turtlenecks, line beards, Karen Sypher.

  26. lpool003

    1. If we can’t even beat a garbage UofL team like this I don’t think I will be watching anymore UK football this season…
    2. Charlie Strong is prob right, as long as he is there for the next 1-2 seasons when he takes a better job, we prob won’t win…
    3. do we get the governor’s cup back if they vacate uofl’s wins for impermissible benefits?

  27. 2020

    The offensive line played like that jerk in Remember The Giants who missed the block on purpose to let the black QB get hurt.

  28. Mattcat68

    I don’t mind seeing UK lose (it’s UK football) but I really hate seeing them not play to win.

  29. Matt Roark

    Gene McCaskil, I have a warm seat for you on the bench right next to me.

  30. SEC Commish

    Look, we’re going to need you actually start trying on the gridiron, or we’ll be looking to replace you with someone who is willing.

  31. Blazer85

    For all those who think Charlie Strong is the Louisville Savior I have one question: Who starts Will Stein over Teddy Bridgewater?

  32. YouSuck

    Spread those butt cheeks real wide, Matt Jones!

  33. SEC Commish

    The chump change you bring us in March pales in comparison to that of adding another ‘real’ football school

  34. YouSuck

    The agony you hayseeds are feeling now is nothing compared to the way you are going to feel when Fat Greaser Calipari leaves you in shambles. It will happen.

  35. matt

    you guys suck balls. uk is horrible

  36. Soap MacTavish

    I’m not off the Joker train yet. A good showing next week (a performance where it looks like we’re actually trying) and I’ll hang on for a little bit longer. But if we get embarrassed next week on ESPN/ESPN2, which I have no reason not to expect, then Joker’s lost me.

  37. rainman

    One word YOU SUCK, HURT!!!

  38. Joker

    I’m going to blame the fans again because that’s what I’m good at.

  39. Hicks pick up sticks

    Please Lord let basketball season begin now!!

  40. Hicks pick up sticks

    Now!!!

  41. Redpup

    Fire Joker now and his entire court of jesters! This team is the most unprepared team in the country and the play calling is so predictable I sat next to my wife during the game tonight and correctly guessed 80% of Kentucky’s play calls. If I can do this, I’m sure defensive coordiantors can do even better. What a lousy team to represent our state and university. If Mitch doesn’t want to fire Joker then fire Mitch first and then fire Joker. Pathetic!!!

  42. jOHN

    LOUISVILLE WILL PUNK YOUR ASS EVERY TIME SUCK ASS KITTIES

  43. jan

    CRY UK CRY LOL

  44. Debo

    I will always support my team, but with that being said I’m sick of seeing “my team” with so much fan support and loyalty, not being taken seriously by the powers that be. I knew we were in trouble when Joker was named “coach in waiting” to start. Coach Brooks was a semi big name in the sport who got us pointed in the right direction, and now it’s all gonna be undone. Not because we lost to Louisville, but because we lost to a very bad Louisville team.

  45. joke

    someone please call in to jokers call in show and ask him when big blue maddness is…

  46. DooDoo

    Maybe Louisville Hate Day was a bad idea?

  47. Zack

    Hahahahahaha. Biggest turnout ive seen for a high school game. Tear down commonwealth and use the money to build a better rupp.

  48. Joker

    #firejoker

  49. Joker

    Florida 72 kentucky 0

  50. SweetWm

    Wait ’til next year….

  51. Tim in Korea

    Charlie Strong’s pregame comments show he is obviously a poor judge of talent. Better team, my ass. #TGFBS

  52. SagaciousMind

    Its funny how UL lost the last 4 in a row, but yet they are goin to punk us everytime. And loser fan, please get of Cal’s nuts. I know you want him as your coach since Ricky P has done nothin but women on restaurant tables and paid for abortions, but I hope you realize envy is a sevenly deadly sin. 51, he didnt mean any of that. It was he’s way of down playin his team when he really went to them and said you are better. IMO, a defensive minded coach is better to have than an offensive minded one.

  53. Cayuts

    I’m not sure if I was the only one that noticed this but the center was lifting his head right before every snap giving the UL Dline the heads up on when to rush. If you recorded the game you can check it out but it seemed UL were jumping the snap on most plays.

  54. wldctky

    maybe the people on this blog will finally realize UK football sucks and is irrelevant, and start posting more about basketball!!

  55. KevinC

    On a positive note, UK actually looked and played better than Ohio State did tonight…and now they have matching records. That has to count for something, right? Right?? 🙁

  56. AP

    I love it how uk beats loserville at everything and when they finally win, they troll up our boards. Wish you had a decent board to troll up, but you would never have anything to post about. And some of you so called uk fans need to switch to another team, the bbn needs less complainers and “love um when they are up, kick um while they are down” fans anyway. Yea we sucked it up, that’s sports, you lose games. Quit b****ing and screaming fire joker and all that bs. Like I said if you support uk win or lose, GTFO and go cheer for Boise state or tcu since you can’t stand to lose. To the fans that were booing, really?!? Don’t come to the game if you are going to boo. Or lay off the alcohol before you come into the game. It’s one thing to get boos at an away game, you play better to shut the crowd up, but who the f**k would want to play to fans booing them at home. Stay home next time, I’m sure the team would rather play in an empty stadium then listen to there own “so-called” fans boo them.

  57. Uk jon

    What is funny is that Ul fans think we give a shit about football wait till basketball.

  58. AP

    If you don’t support uk win or lose*****

  59. Championships?

    Rise? “We play for Championships.” Yes, Joker, you play for championships of bull$hit slogans. Operation: Win (better reffered as Operation” When?) and of course this years “Rise” which should be more like a 75 year old wife on her 50th anniversary of “Rise??”. I’m not sure what I’m waiting for anymore, other than your NONE TOO SOON EXIT FROM THE UK PROGRAM. Your inepptitude and horrible play calling (pretty sure the biggest pu$$y on the planet has bigger balls than you) has erased what it took Papa Brooks forever to build as a program. Good riddance. WE WILL NOT MISS YOU.

  60. UKGoBigBlue

    UK Football: I don’t want to talk about it, only thing left to do is drink about it.

  61. CM Punk

    These CATS need to Go To Sleep!

  62. Uncle Joey

    These CATS need to cut it out!

  63. experienced

    56- If I want to boo I reserve my right to do so. Last I checked the fans pay the ridiculous ticket prices. The players don’t play for the fans buddy. They pay for a free education and a chance at the NFL. Regardless of whether or not they want to the fans doesn’t matter. They still would have won.

  64. experienced

    With that being said I’m a fan through and through but that doesn’t mean I can’t boo at Joker running the ball on 3rd and 15.

  65. SeoulCat

    #56, I think the fans were booing Joker and his play calling. They weren’t booing the players. When Joker runs a draw on 3rd and long (again), it’s time the boo birds make their presence known. Maybe it will cause Joker to grow some balls and actually go for a first down.

  66. SeoulCat

    ….but probably not.

  67. Go roundball

    My wife was watching the game with me.She knows nothing about Football..She looked at me and asked..Do they not practice throwing and catching?? She was serious and that’s what made it worth posting. I’m not sure she missed it at all..

  68. hallerballer

    63/64) i fully agree with you…if the coaches/players are going to put a shitty product on the field then they should receive a shitty ovation from the fans…for far too long UK fans have had to put up with great disappointment and mediocrity, but coming in to this year joker comes out and says they plan on competing for championships and finally have legit sec talent at multiple positions…then they go out and get ABSOLUTELY man handled by a subpar UL team in nearly every aspect of the game…are you fu**ing serious??? now i wasn’t at the game (thank god) but if i had been you had better bet your ass that i would have been booing hardcore when our o-line is allowing newton to get sacked on a 5 man rush or when our “sec caliber” defensive front was getting gashed straight through their heart for 8-10 yard runs on various occasions by an INEXPERIENCED big east o-line…now i now i’m drunk right now, but as my mother always says, a drunk man don’t tell no tales….there needs to be EXTREME backlash from the fanbase!!! you can’t come out at the beginning of the year and say we are ready to compete in the sec and then get flat out OWNED by the WEAKEST and most INEXPERIENCED TEAM in the big east…this game was an absolute travesty to all the hardwork of the previous players who put blood, sweat, and tears into building this program back to respectability…this loss puts the program back atleast another 3-4 years and will cost us a great amount of talented recruits and a chance at enhancing our status in the sec east…this hurts me to say bcuz i SEVERELY bleed UK blue, but Louisville, after tonight, has become the dominate football program in the bluegrass state for the next 5-10 years

  69. HackRichards

    LOUISVILLE HATE DAY??? Great way to motivate your opponent you bunch of immature SOB’s. Not the first time this has happened either. I remember Coach Kennedy using this site to motivate Ole Miss’s basketball team a few years back. Don’t misunderstand me – I love this site – however the bloggers need to be more sophisicated than most of their reader base. THE OPPONENTS READ THIS SITE AS WELL.

  70. F..ing CLASSIC!!!

    Wake up. You NEVER got respectable in football.

    You still got punked in the sec the last 4 years!!!!!

    U of L just got bad because of a bad hire by TJ.

    I’ve been watching for years how this delusion has set in with uk fans.

    Guess what? Krapthorpe is gone. You were only going to bowls because U of L sucked because of HIM.

    You’ve been on a trip for 4 years.

    Welcome home.

  71. CatsHomer

    WOW. Whats to like about last nights game?? Nothing! Horrible play calling is the least you can say, it looked like Bill Curry all over again! When Hal (dummy) Mummy was here at least the game was exciting, yeah he called fake punts from his own 20 yard line, yeah we lost alot still, but you know what, we scored points, it was fun to goto games and watch an offense put up 500 yards of offense, of course the defense gave up 500 yards to but who cares. Kentucky will never be good in football being in the SEC, its a FACT!! Maybe we could just send the football team to the big east and leave all our other major sports programs in the SEC.

  72. UKGoBigBlue

    The fact that Joker would call a running play on 3rd and 15 on our own 5 yard line means he is either crazy, clueless, incompetent, or just plan has no idea what he is doing. Joker is a whole didn’t kind of crazy than what we experienced during the Gillispie experiment.

    Run the ball more? UK had 32 rushing attempts & we averaged 1.1 yards per rush totaling a whole 35 yards for the entire game. Statistically Joker is an idiot if he really believes we should run the ball more when we were only averaging 1.1 yards per running play.

    Passing: 42 Attempts – 27 Completions – Average Yards Per Pass of 6.1 yards for a total of 255 yards.

    Statistically UK entire offense happened in a space less than 10 yards.

    Right now Nationally UK is 109th in Passing Yards & 92nd in Rushing Yards; clearly UK offensive scheme is nothing short of a pure disaster. UL is 49th PY & 72nd RY

    This is going to be a very long season.

  73. Chuck Strong

    F the CATS!

  74. LOL'er

    71} why would we want to move to Big East, so Joker could let them all embarass us too? Hell this team wouldn’t finish in the top half of the OVC or Sunbelt. What are the chances we don’t get beat by 50 or more in our next 3 games. I’ll wager on that but gonna need odds!

  75. Buckets

    Well it’s almost basketball season. Mitch Barnhart will only get the picture if people stop showing up to watch this pathetic excuse for a football team. I’m sick of this crap and it’s only three games in. This is the most boring offense I’ve seen since Bill freaking Curry was running the option. Can’t even beat U of L and they are TERRIBLE. PATHETIC!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m done with this garbo!

  76. windfare

    Phillips body language and expressions only inspire defeat. UK was outcoached again and not prepared. People you have been laying the lack of offense and defense on the players, who basically change every year, its coaching that make a difference. You will not see LSU, Ala, or Florida ever play as ineffective. When Tn had a coach, when GA had a coach same. It is the coach that makes a team, from the players he has, KY is not even a naia team.

  77. Cats in Northern Kentucky

    Cats had a tough night. Matt, The bashing you gave the Cats and the future of Joker on your radio show was not good for recruiting of players who listened on their journey home throughout the state.

  78. Lester

    It was a beatdown plain and simple. The cats are painfully slow. Until the program gets the players no coach in the world can be successful.

  79. JRA

    For more than 50 years I have gone to, cheered, supported in every way, the UK football program. At 65, I am retiring. It has been a waste of emotional effort for far too long.

  80. Marine

    Who can’t out run Newton.Who can’t out pass Newton. Who can’ out coach U.K. staff? We can’t go on trying to be something we are not. Time for a change.

  81. Dennis Weaver

    36) You are officially on crack.

  82. ka4uk

    Love the headline , I got a good laugh thats about all you can do watching this offense. I think I will schedule my next dentist appointment to coincide with the gator game.October 14th please hurry.

  83. Dennis Weaver

    77) Oh shut up. It’s people like you who make excuses why this program can never make the next step.

  84. markp

    Joker is not the man to take us to the next level. Unfortunately, like in the case of Tubby, you are UK and to fire a black coach right when you need to can’t happen. The media will eat them up. So we are stuck until the point of his mediocrity is in cement.

  85. Ghostofbearbryant

    Expect more of same. This staff would not hold similar jobs anywhere else in the conference. The school spends on the low side on football vs rest of conference. It is madness to spend more on basketball than anyone in the nation in a conference that cares very little for it while you starve your other sports.

  86. NKCat

    Forgot to DVR game. Damn!

  87. Hambone

    I mean, who really cares? UK sucks somethin’ big and we all knew it was happening before our eyes as Randall Cobb, Derrick Locke, and many of our interior D-Line departed to the pros over the past few years. We are who we are. Not good. I do see us being able to pull off a couple decent wins (as I think many SEC teams are overrated) this year but we are just not good. Over it.

  88. Ben

    The only way to get rid of Joker is for the fans to stop going to the games! Joker will be here for 3 more years, because KY will be scared to fire a black coach. Joker is over his head and is only really good at marketing! We have to suffer three more years of this! Three years of losing seasons and unrealized promises will be Jokers demise. Get used to losing to UL, they will own us as long as Joker and Strong are competing against each other. Strong has no respect or like for Joker, it was obvious in his comments.

  89. Still

    I still hate Louisville!

  90. Hambone

    Basketball starts really soon. How f’in awesome is that?

  91. FU of LOL

    Why no Bookie in the Wildcat? Oh, that’s right. Joker would rather call another draw or a run up the middle. You know, 35 yards rushing on 32 carries. WHOOHOOOO!!!

  92. mawoods15

    Before i begin let me first say that Morgan Newton is way down the list of reasons why we suck. My question is why doesn’t anyone ever talk about how he seems to “lock in” to a specific receiver with guys wide open at times. This seems to happen a lot.

  93. Al's IndiCats

    I don’t think the fans were booing the players, just the play calling. Back in the Third quarter, Stevie Wonder called me and told me he sniffed out the next play. Yep, sure enough at 3rd and 15 he ran a draw.

  94. LOL'er

    You cannot lay this at the feet of the players, bless their hearts! This begins and ends with Joker Philips, this team is not schemed for success. They are not prepared in anyway that even remotely resemble success, the offensive line has no pass blocking scheme, they have no run blocking scheme. That Louisville team is loaded with freshmen on both sides of the ball, hell we knocked out their starting QB, and their “true freshman” backup looked like a 1st team all-american against this totally unprepared team! They line up another “true freshman” at wildcat and we can’t even slow him down until he rips off 10 yds, knowing in full what play has been called! The Big East is 1 of the worst DIV. 1 football conferences in the country and U of L isn’t even in the top half of that conference. Our next 3 opponents are against top 15 teams in the country in the best conference in the country! “FUGLY” isn’t appropriate for the “beatdowns” that are coming against the worst coached team this side of the Mississippi!

  95. Mark

    Joker is inept. He has to go. Name a successful black NCAA Division 1 coach. It’s OK, I’ll wait

  96. Ira Tatum

    Season’s over.
    Shmacked down by Lil’ bro, Commuter U, Big Least.
    It will only get worse.

  97. Ocean View

    Is it true that Bill Cowher would return to coaching if the UK job would ever open up?

  98. St

    We really need a new coaching staff. Look at bandy. They r going to kill us. We r now the worst in the sec. We r a cupcake. This UL team got beat by FIU. I mean wow! Can we please now hire a coach. This sport is where the universitys make money. Act like it.

  99. SexnNursinHomes

    can’t wait to hear next weeks excuse.

    Interview after Florida wins 342-0

    Joker: err, ummm, uhh, Florida was really good.

    Reporter: But Joker, you ran the ball up the middle 67 times.

    Joker: errr, ummm, uhhh, Florida was really good.

  100. St

    I would take Houston nutt! At least he has experience and he can recruit. I was going to drive 4 hrs. To come see a game but not now. No way I am supporting this coach. He is clueless. He looks lost all the time. Look at strong, how he works his sideline and looks like he is in a fight. Our sideline looks scared and like what do we do next. Sanders is good, everybody else sucks!

  101. Holden McGroin

    Disappointed doesn’t begin to describe it. I had hopes of this being the year we beat TN. Obviously, that ain’t happnin. Even Vandy is no longer on my short list of beatables.
    I feel bad for the players. Booing at the game (even thought i’m sure is was at the play calling by the coaches) is totally uncalled for. Those are someone’s kids out there, and i’m glad i don’t have a kid playing in front of a home crowd that would boo them-(even though i don’t feel the boos were directed at the players)-they don’t know that.
    I almost made the two hour trip to the game, but at $162 for just the two of us, i’m glad i didn’t. I can’t see the next few homes games even being close to a sellout either. As much as i hate to admit it, I believe the fanbase will begin speaking with absence. Empty seats will bring about change. It’s a shame that’s what it’s come to, but the handwriting is on the wall. I’m certainly not looking forward to the next few games. The Florida game will be embarrassing. I won’t be there, and i kinda doubt i will even watch at home. I’d rather get beat by interceptions, than to average 1.1 yards per carry going up the middle on 3rd and long. It doesn’t take a really smart person to figure out after a few plays-geez, that ain’t workin.
    There again, i hate it for the young men that play for us. I can’t imagine how bad they feel.

  102. St

    We can surely find a high performing I-AA coaching staff that would kill to come to an sec school. Even ky. A winner is a winner. Also, they might have some loyalty.

  103. SexnNursinHomes

    101- well said

    I’ve seen more life in a funeral than I have in UK’s offense. Terrible. just terrible play calling.

  104. Former Alum

    This is hilarious. Everyone is acting surprised that UK Football is terrible. Mitch Barnhart needs to grow some balls and hire a coach worth a shit…..just like he did in basketball (after of course his great well thought out decision to hire good ol’ Billy G). Pay someone the amount of money that GREAT coaches get paid. Stop making excuses like “we can’t recruit in the SEC and never will be able too”. Stop accepting mediocrity Mitch. Be accountable and admit that you messed up YET AGAIN hiring an inadequate coach…and we all know the reason why you HAD to hire Joker. We have now taken 5 steps backward from where Rich Brooks was able to get the UK program (which still wasn’t where it should be but at least it was becoming respectable). Its embarrassing to live in Louisville and be a UK Football supporter. I said before the season that UK would win 4 games this year if they were lucky…unfortunately I was counting on this UL game to be one of them…..My vote? Fire Mitch and Joker.

  105. markp

    All the momentum this program had under Brooks after the LSU win, the bowl wins, and we are now going to go back to Bill Curry bull. Get rid of him and hire someone who is an innovator.

  106. Not JDHarmon

    Daddy Likey UL

  107. Jarvis Redwine

    Mike Leach.

  108. DW

    Let’s face it folks, we have lost all the energy from the Rich Brook era. It’s only going to get worse. Cut our losses now. Can we impose the death penalty on our own team for poor performance? Also, look what Vandy did to Mississippi yesterday. The beatowns will be frequent through the rest of this year. Any one know Mike Leache’s phone number?

  109. JohnBaja

    Louisville Hate week turns into Joker Hate Year….

  110. what gives

    I figured I would log on this morning and see a picture of the fist. You know the one Matt and the rest of the village idiots who run this site promised. They said it was going to be five in a row. Looks like Matt was the only one who got fisted. The again, I bet he enjoys it.

  111. DW

    Best way to get rid of Joker? Don’t show up at the game. UK will not lose $$ for long. There has to be something else the fans can do next week.. watch paint dry, watch clothes spin in a dryer, sit on the front porch..

  112. Don

    UK is a basketball school. It’s stupid to get bent about football.

  113. R Truth

    UK just got got!!!

  114. Raiderbird

    I seriously hope Patrick Towles decommitts and goes somewhere else. I don’t want to see him get killed and win 4 or 5 games a year..

  115. Just saying

    MOve UK to the ACC!! We could atleast compete with the middle of the pack in the ACC in football, and basketball doesnt worry me. Get out of the SEC, we dont belong. Speaking of dont belong, Joker has to go

  116. Jarvis Redwine

    I am normally patient. Held the line while Papa Brooks was bringing us back to respectability. This is not respectability. At least give us something like the Mumme era, with defense and without cheating. Sounds like Mike Leach.

  117. Al's IndiCats

    Like #100 said, I want to see a coach who’s MORE fired up than his players. I want to see a coach who gets after his team when they make or don’t make plays. I think he (Joker) may think he has the Tony Dungy persona of keeping cool along the side lines with no emotion, but Joker is definately no TD by any strain of the imagination. Sorry, when I heard Joker was going to be the coach in waiting when PaPa Brooks stepped down I was all for it, now I see this could be just another mistake. If there is a bright side, at least none of the players have had to sit in a bathroom stall during halftime!

  118. Bmac

    No way Florida will have time to prepare for our two offensive plays. You see the brilliance of uk’s playcalling is that you never know if it’s gonna be a 1 yard screen pass or a 1 yard draw up the middle. By the time you figure it out we’ve already moved the ball 2 yards.

  119. Hoosier Wild Cat

    Forget last night. Start looking forward to Ole Miss. They are the only team left we MIGHT beat.

  120. Mad Wildcat Fan

    Coaching killed us again. Ive never played football in my life, except in the back yard and I was calling the next play before we lined up and got it right. I can see why Charlie Strong was ready for them each time. Our offense is just as vanilla, this year as it was last year. 3rd and 12, draw up the middle or a 5 yard pass. We never once threw the ball down field to stretch it.
    Our offensive line was suppose to be our strength and they were terible, again. Louisvilles offensive line started 2 freshmen, one was a true freshman and they man handled our defense all night. Co shik Williams looked good catching the ball out of the backfield, where has he been for the first 10 quarters of the season?????
    Im sorry, but coaching and gutless play calling lost this game and this is why Kentucky fans say every year, I cant wait until basketball starts.
    We had around 20 recruits there and they saw the gutless play calling, no no no no no pass plays to stretch the field, except 5 yards or less, fans booing again because of the coaching and us getting man handled by a poor Louisville team. They saw our coaches being out coached, they saw a lifeless performance and they are thinking, do I want to be a part of this??? Their answer would be the same as mine………no.
    Until we open up the offense, be a little bold in the play calling, show some enthusiasm, we will never start pulling in the good recruits. Joker has been there for several years and these are his recruits, so hearing it takes 3 to 5 years for a new coach to build his team is ludicrus and just an excuse.
    We were manhandled by a horrible team, simply out coached…………will we ever beat them again???? If we dont have the recievers who can catch, run the correct routes or cant seperate themselves from the defense, whos fault is that???? I call that recruiting errors. Then the most important play of the game is thrown to a true freshman and he made a true freshman mistake and fumbled it.
    Morgan Newton played well, but he cannot look at the entire field, only the play that was called and he does not look off that side of the field. On the last play, there were 2 open receivers and 1 of them may have scored the tying touchdown. He is a junior and plays like a red shirt freshman, expecially when it comes to check offs and looking the field over, but when our strength (offenive line ) doesnt give him much time, maybe thats why. Injuries happen to offensive linemen, but if 2 injuries causes us to use a true freshman as a tackle, then we go back to recruiting, that should never occur.
    I dont want to hear Joker say it was a game of miss opportunities, I want to hear him say the truth, it was a game of poor coaching, place the blame where it belongs. Vanilla play calling is an understatment, extreme understatment. Especially when I was calling the plays before they were ran and was getting them right…………….pitiful and again, this is why we cant recruit and why we will be lucky to go 3 and 9 this year.

  121. Fig Newton

    Thanks for booing us. Really helps when our own fans boo us along with visiting school’s section. Nice. Oh yeah, before you boo us, actually sell out the stadium first.

  122. Duke_Football

    Part of the problem is KSR. Every UK game is broken down here like a Super Bowl, and the football program is a joke. Further, you dismiss an equally inept opponent like Louisville, when they had a very solid chance of winning.

    The joke is on Joker and the UK fans who haven’t a clue how bad things are. UK can’t compete in the SEC, just as Duke cannot compete in the ACC.

  123. Cat fan in Gainesville

    To think I actually thought we had a chance to beat UF and I could really rub it into the masterbater nation. Guess I fell victim to the the Rise slogan.

  124. JW

    i will not attend another UK football game until we get a real coach!!!!!!
    I called it when joker was hired. If you know football, you knew he was a terrible offensive coordinator with a lot of talent. He is way over his head in this job.
    Let’s play basketball….

  125. mike

    Un….Fnnn..believable that we would let UL come to town and run on us like they day especially since they couldn’t run in their 1st 2 games. It is also just as unbelievable that they could come in and control both lines of scrimmage when we had more experience. I can’t think of anything more motivating or inspiring than for a UK player to have to show up at practive today and LOOK AT or LISTEN TO our “missed opportunities” Coach Choker.

  126. HBD

    Why would you complain about fans not selling out the stadium? Tickets are $75 and they should be about $25. I think the fans should boycott the remaining home games. An empty stadium will get results. The only thing Mitch Barnhart understands is dollars signs. KSR is not the problem.

  127. idiots

    Do some of you honestly think that a fan who doesn’t get up in arms and boo and yell “FIRE CHOKER(see how clever that is…) is the reason this team is mediocre at best and bad other times? If you do then you lose your right to speak.

  128. Quick at Trinity

    Yo, me and my boys over at Trinity saw the game and we ain’t playin for a fan base that boos it’s player. We also are not going to a school that mocks Trinity kids like Matt Jones does. Can’t wait to catch passes from Teddy and torch you all in two years.

  129. Jonah Hex

    What about Charlie Weis?

  130. Mad Wildcat Fan

    We will pay a basketball coach 4 million a year , but only 1.5 million for a football coach. this shows where the adminstration interest is. Football is the cash cow in college sports and as long as were in the SEC , where they share the bowl money, we will never pay a good coach the money to come here. In the SEC we get the same for not going to a bowl, as anyone who does go bowling, so why should we win and spend the money to travel to a bowl game, outside of Nashville. Just save our money and stay home, get richer by doing nothing.

  131. Jonah Hex

    I agree with #129. When Matt spends time making fun of the fan base at the best talent pool in the state, it doesn’t go unnoticed by them. I KNOW this for a fact.

    Now the Crown Royal picture was idiotic but he shouldn’t take a swipe at Trinity every time he gets a chance to when they have half a doze MAJOR D 1 players in UofL’s backyard.

  132. bung

    Macy or Pratt for AD. Couch for Coach.

  133. Jonah Hex

    half a dozen* sorry.

  134. Obrzut

    They weren’t booing. They were saying, “Wooooooooooooooo…”

  135. Eddie C.

    Steve Kragthorpe isn’t walking throught that door cat fans. Get ready for four in a row for the Cards, again. You saw a glimpse the future last night and it’s only going to get better for the Cards. Look on the bright side cat fan. You still have Cal and he hasn’t gotten yall on probation yet.

  136. KING REX #3

    Worth UK team I have ever seen in a lifetime. The fact Joker uttered anything about Championships makes me laugh. Not watching them again EVER until they do what needs to be done!

  137. gcat4496

    2-12 will be this teams record.

  138. Good Grief

    Joker got paid, he can find another job. Go get Leach!!

  139. Robster

    The SEC thanks you Joker. Now every road team will treat Commonwealth like a home game. Nice!

  140. Joe

    If I see another quarterback keeper I may kill myself

  141. JPhelps

    101 and 103 are now off the ship! They’ve been telling people all year how stupid it was to give up on this team. Now, they’ve given up. I kinda feel bad for you guys. You actually had hope before the season that this would be the year. I remember how that felt. It sucks to be in the place you are in right now. It doesn’t excuse you calling everyone who already smelled the crap Joker was selling and calling it out for what it is fair weather though. But, alas, the UK fan in me can’t hate a brother that long… You are forgiven. Sorry it had to come to that to get you to see it!

  142. Tuesday Night at the Louisville Gardens

    yep, the only way to get rid of joker is to stop attending the games….if people show up they make money and thats what its all about…

  143. Jokerhastogo

    Matt,,pls stop taking up for Joker so much,,he’s making you look stupid buddy!! HAHA,, The play calling last night was terrible. He really needs to be an offensive coodinator for a team like LSU. They don’t need offense to win,,LMAO!!

  144. Incalwetrust

    The coach in waiting, is the Joke at hand. joker just doesn’t happen to be a great judge of talent. Joker is not seasoned enough to be a great head coach. UK has a choice to make. We could stick with Joker and in 8-10 seasons he will start to have a body of work that he will that would allow him to make some good Head Coaching decisions. Or we can start to look for a Head Coach that could turn this thing around in 3-4 seasons. We are back to pre Rich Brooks performance levels and sliding fast. Decision Time is now not 10 games from now.

  145. Hero

    Sorry ass football! Someone in charge better get a clue or 2 or 3 wins a year will become the norm! Terrible football…just terrible. I’ll not pay another $75 to watch UK play again unless something changes!

  146. smart ky fan

    who cares if we got beat. anyone can lose a game. but it makes no sense why our o-line is so terrible when almost all of them are seniors.

  147. Dennis

    Joker cannot cut it plain and simple. A team with the worst coaching since Curry and I mean top to bottom. NO offense, No defense, No line either side of the ball and a game plan that says run against an 8 man front , unfreeking real. I see 3 loses by 30 or more points each in the next 3 games with only 1 winnable game left. Three win season here we come and thank you very much Joker.

  148. fufumurphy

    Hey #79 agree with you. I’m done. Been watching this crap for 30 years. Every home game is an away game for me since I drive up from Louisville. Mitch could give a crap about the money this year-we’ve already paid for our season tickets,but he won’t get my money next year. I thought Curry was back. How embarrassing.

  149. SexnNursinHomes

    142- I haven’t given up on this team, but I will say, it was very apparent last night that Joker’s offense hell bent on running up the middle where there was ALWAYS a blockade of cards. Why keep trying that? If we run that scheme against Florida we will get eaten alive. Just being real.

  150. Bledsoe's Biceps

    1) Is the o-line really that bad or maybe, just maybe, it has to do with the fact the play calling is so predictable it gives the opposing defense an edge?
    2) Why would anyone be surprised by the poor offensive play calling. Have you forgotten this is the same coach who didn’t let Cobb touch the ball, when we had 1st & goal and a chance to beat Tennessee.
    3)I think the boos were directed at the coaches and the plays they called. It must suck to be Morgan Newton when they keep asking you to run rushing plays into the middle, when they haven’t worked all night. I think that was the conversation he & Woodson were having on the sideline, after the 3rd & 15 draw play. I truly feel for the offensive players having to deal with the poor and ultra conservative play calling.

  151. Jd

    Gatorade bath for beating UK…. Seriously…lmfao. The used car salesman Jurich on the sideline jumping up and down with Strong just speaks volumes on how irelevant UL football really has become.

  152. Jay Shidler's hair

    Barnhart needs to move quickly and fire Joker before its too late. Randy Sanders needs to go too. Pay what it takes to get a real coaching staff. I quit watching Major league baseball after the lockout and I’m going to do the same with Kentucky football until they get a new coaching staff. This administration has taken advantage of the football fanbase for too long. This was a wakeup call.

  153. JPhelps

    151. Right! Exactly. And we knew Joker’s play calling was predictable last year with Hartline. Third and long and we pass the ball for 3 yards. It’s the knock on him. He’s predictable. And the way the game is analyzed today, you can’t be predictable. Now, take an offense that clearly sucks, and add predictability to it. Its a wonder we’ve gained a yard. You may not have given up on the team, but surely you’re conceding the fact now that this isn’t an 8-9 win season, like you were saying preseason. And you have given up on Joker, so clearly, your hopes for this season can’t be far behind. Its not a bash to your fan hood man… I won’t take a shot at you for being fair weather. Its not being fair weather, its being smart. You are just being realistic.

  154. Carl

    Those of you not on the “Fire Joker” train yet. Look at the last five games.
    1. Slow starts. (Lack of mental preparation)
    2. Lack of imagination in offense. (How many times have we seen a draw or off-tackle on 3rd and long).
    3. Unable to stop teams on defense.
    4. Record over those 5 games in which we were supposed to be equal or better: 2-3
    5. Lack of ability to exploit the other team’s weaknesses.

    What we saw last night is what we will see every game with Philips as the coach. He doesn’t open it up and challenge the defense until he’s down by 10 points or more and it’s the 4th quarter.

  155. Lindsey

    will everyone please go to facebook and like my UK baby picture so i can win tickets to th UK v KU game in masison square garden?!! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!! im losing right now to someone whos picture is in MSG! Ive never been!

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10100312441855940&set=o.146913988694757&type=1&theater

  156. Hire Jim Tressel

    #131 – Given his performance to date, I would say that we are paying The Joke about $1.45 million too much! Time to start hirejimtressel.com

  157. Zack

    At least we didn’t lose to FIU.

  158. SexnNursinHomes

    155- actually I predicted 13-0 and a national championship. guess I’m off huh? not fairweather, just pissed.

  159. Joe

    The cards looked terrible last night. The cats just looked 1 touchdown worse. I bet these two teams end up with the same record. 3-9.

  160. Ky in Tn sadly

    Call me fair weather or maybe a fan who will not drive from Nashville any more to see a team who is probably the worsed coached in USA. Joker is super nice but hey can he be a head coach as I say no. Wright brother could fly a plane but they would have hell of time getting a 747 off the ground. So sad to drive up and see the program going down. I say only way to solve this coaching probleem is for the seats to be empty until the powers to be make a seriopus decision to be a big time program

  161. UK4LIFE

    UK basketball is all we have now! Lets just toss out the football program.

  162. JPhelps

    160. And that’s how I’ve been the whole time too. Not fair weather. Just pissed, that they think I’m that stupid. What’s the difference. Turns out I was right!

  163. Defense

    Let’s see how many more years of Joker on us.
    Vandy will show us who is the doormat.

  164. Holden McGroin

    142. If you go back and read my past posts, i wasn’t telling everyone how stupid they were for giving up on this team. I was simply saying how it did no good to beat up on the kids when they are 2-0. A Win is a win no matter how ugly it is. You may say they are men, but i say they are still young kids. For them to win 2 games, be 2-0, and then come here and read the trash our fans write about them-there’s no way that could help them get excited about playing the next game. To trash the coaches is one thing, but to berate and belittle the young players (by name) on a public forum is another. I still say that’s wrong-and i won’t be convinced otherwise, even if they don’t win another game.
    I’d rather let my money do the talking and just not go to home games. I’m not old, but i’m old enough to know the best way to REALLY get someones attention, is to get in their pocket. I’m not wealthy by anyones standards, and i had considered going to the game yesterday until i found out the tickets for the two of us would have been $162 plus driving two hours+ each way.
    I do agree with you on one thing, though. After last nite, i agree that the coaching has to change in order to see any sort of measurable improvement. I still say-it’s not the kids.
    I’ll probably still watch the games on TV, but my hard earned money won’t be spent on being there in person. I’m not jumping ship, but i’m walking towards the lifeboat, my friend. Save me a seat?

  165. CardsFan

    1st loss of the season and UK fans start the ‘fire the coach’ chant.. Some of you post/replies here are flat out embarassing. So glad Im not a cats fan. The hate consumes you. All over a game, too. Pitiful fanbase. Known nationally for being classless.

  166. Jimmy Buffett

    more of this

  167. SweetWm

    We are being coached by a Joke’r. Please cancel the rest of the season and let us play BB.

  168. Holden McGroin

    almost forgot, Go Cats