Apparently ESPN the Magazine realized what Big Blue Nation can do for its numbers after last month’s Jared Lorenzen piece became one of the top read articles in the history of the magazine. This month they decided to stick with Kentucky history by doing a piece on Hal Mumme titled “Yoda of the Air Raid Offense, he is.”
Arguing the thought that Nick Saban is the greatest coach in recent history, the main focus is on the development of the air raid offense. It goes through Mumme’s entire history as a coach, including his time spent at Kentucky. With interviews from Mumme and Tim Couch, they talked about the start of Kentucky’s 1997 season, Mumme’s first year.
Kentucky’s first game under Mumme in 1997, against state rival Louisville, feels like the first tremor of an earthquake. Couch threw for 398 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-24 win. “Everyone — the players, the fans, the coaches — was looking around after I threw my first touchdown like, ‘Oh my god, this is awesome,'” Couch says. Three weeks later at Indiana, Couch tied an SEC single-game record with seven touchdown passes. He threw for 355 yards in an overtime victory against Alabama, the first time Kentucky had beaten the Crimson Tide since 1922. “Early on, it was easy,” Mumme says. “No one knew how to defend it.”
Although we heard a great interview from Mumme through Couch and Lorenzen when they hosted the radio show over the summer, Mumme has not really been open to interviews about his time at Kentucky since he left. So it is nice to see him opening up in this interview now.
For more from Tim Couch, Mike Leach, the life of Mumme and his time at Kentucky make sure to read the article. It’s a good one.