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10 Questions on the UK Football Coaching Search

I actually would love to write about the UK-Maryland game, as the story of Jarrod Polson and his improbable rise to star of the game was fascinating. But, since I spent the last two days in Manhattan, others have tread that path already. So we will do what will continue to be the feature every Sunday until a new UK football coach is hired…10 questions and answers on the UK football coaching search. These answers all come after a Sunday filled with conversations with those around the program and familiar with the process:

1. Why is Joker Phillips Coaching in the Final Week of the Season?

The end of the Joker Phillips era was very emotional for everyone around the UK football program. Sunday and Monday of last week saw Joker having extensive conversations with many around the University, including the President, Barnhart, Calipari and other administrators. Phillips had no desire to coach the final two games because he believed that he would be a distraction to the team and it would make things more difficult for the players. Barnhart pressed Joker to reconsider the position and asked him to take time to think about it. After getting a great deal of positive feedback from friends and those around the program, he became convinced that there was a benefit to him coaching the last two games and that his presence would not be a distraction. He called Mitch Barnhart on Monday night and let him know that he would finish out the season and immediately began work on preparing for Samford. With the leadership for the rest of the season taken care of, Barnhart began the work of finding his replacement.

2. Is There Interest in the UK Football Coaching Job?

I am told that the preliminary interest from coaching candidates has shocked some around the program. One source told me, “Matt, you would not believe the people that have come out of the woodwork at this point. They are everywhere.” However there are a couple of qualifications and caveats that must be remembered. First, many of those who have contacted the University (mostly through agents) are not candidates that UK would have any interest in hiring. As one source familiar with such searches told me, “the moment a job comes open, people who can’t get any job try to convince you that this is the right one for them.” But second, some of the people who have made contact through representatives may themselves have ulterior motives. The moment that a name is attached to the UK job as a candidate, that coach becomes a hotter commodity for other schools and his asking price can go up across the board. A name being attached to any SEC school, yes even Kentucky, is an agent’s dream and many names being mentioned (and leaked) to various press outlets are done in the hopes that of driving overall interest in the candidate, regardless of UK’s actual interest.

3. Does UK Have a “List” at This Point?

By all indications, the answer to this question is yes. While I do believe that other options may end up being considered, I am told by a source that there are “4 to 5 top candidates” right now. The folks around the program are comfortable that the final coach can come from this list and the next week or so will be spent attempting to prioritize it. I am told that there are “names that would surprise you” on the list, and a couple of names that have been bandied about in the public as well.

4. Who is On the List?

At this point, two names that I am confident are on the list are Sonny Dykes, the coach at Louisiana Tech and Kirby Smart, the Defensive Coordinator at Alabama. Both have been part of the process from the beginning and are favorites of Barnhart and those around the program. Because my source has said that a couple of names on the list are those “bandied about in public”, I think it is reasonable to suggest that these are the two that qualify. As for the other names, I have heard wild suggestions from a number of people, but no name has been mentioned enough for me to take it seriously as a credible candidate. I do think Mike Leach was at one point on the list, but the events of this past weekend have taken him off the list. As one source told me, “Look, character matters. And you just can’t take a chance at this point on having a repeat of the past.” My assumption is that the second sentence is a reference to the Gillispie years.

5. What About David Cutcliffe?

If you don’t believe the public opinion matters, the saga of Cutcliffe proves otherwise. When the announcement of Joker’s departure was first made, I, and others, suggested that Dykes and Cutcliffe were early favorites. However UK fans (and boosters) expressed near unanimous disapproval of Cutcliffe’s name as another “run of the mill, retread” coach who would excite no one. That sentiment has been felt throughout the Athletic Department and every word that I have heard about Cutcliffe since has been negative about his chances in Lexington. Creating excitement in the program is part of this hiring process and Cutcliffe fails miserably in that regard. I now think he is low on the list.

6. What About Bobby Petrino?

This is the $64,000 question and the one that has dominated fan talk throughout the past weekend. From all of my conversations, I still believe this fact is true. I would be shocked at this point to see Mitch Barnhart hire Bobby Petrino. While fans understandably are excited about what Petrino can bring on the field, worries about off the field and overall character concerns make it nearly impossible for me to see Barnhart pulling the trigger on his own accord. There are many people that have to make such a determination, including the President, and from what I can tell in my conversations, none involved in the direct hiring process are positive on Petrino. He has burned many bridges in the state of Kentucky from his time in Louisville and those chickens are coming home to roost on this hire. Barnhart knows that many in the fan base are for the hire, but there is also a vocal minority who have contacted the school against the hire, including many of the older fans who dont populate the internet. As one source told me, “people are either all in or all out…few people express ambivalence.”

7. So Does that Mean There is No Chance Petrino Ends up in Lexington?

There is very little chance that Petrino ends up in Lexington. But I can’t say there is NO chance, because there is a group of powerful folks who want to make it happen. A number of boosters and those very close to the University Administration are making their pro-Petrino voices heard and there is a lot of energy from these folks to have him considered. A number of these folks are pushing this belief through certain media sources (which has led to the various interviews you have seen from prominent Petrino supporters in local media…I expect you will see more in the coming week) and they are in contact with Bobby Petrino’s agent, family, etc. I still would be flabbergasted to see Mitch Barnhart make a hire of Bobby Petrino…but I can’t say that it is impossible he might theoretically end up the coach, because of the amount of highly influential people who are beating the Petrino drum. Bottom line, if you were creating an odds board in Vegas, Bobby P shouldn’t be the favorite or in the top 3-4…but I won’t take him off the board in case things get wild in the coming weeks.

8. Matt, Do You Think UK Should Take Petrino?

I continue to read those that believe I individually, or KSR collectively, is against hiring Petrino as the coach. That is not the case. What I will continue to do during this hiring process is report what I hear and as often as possible, leave my opinions out of it. The reason is simple…I am not sure about Petrino. Before hiring a high level coach of a major program, I think you have to do your due diligence and determine whether the person is right for the job both professionally and personally. Professionally, Petrino looks to me (an uneducated football fan) as being more than capable. But I don’t know the history of his ending at Arkansas, his relations with admins, players, etc at other schools, his demands, his willingness to compromise, his vision for the program, etc that would be required to offer him the job. Absent this knowledge, I can’t judge (beyond just yelling my opinion to the highest heavens) intelligently. I see a lot of benefits to Petrino…I see a lot of potential drawbacks. And unless I am in the room when the guy is interviewed (which I won’t be), then I can’t say for sure whether he should be the coach or not. Whatever opinions others have, I understand. But for me, on this issue I am at this point, agnostic. On the field, Petrino is a no-brainer. Off the field, it is a much harder call and I don’t have the information I need to decide at this point.

9. What is the Real Impact of this Bobby Petrino Talk?

The Bobby Petrino talk is fun, a talk radio host’s dream (because of the strong feelings) and a lot of fun to speculate about on a daily basis. But here is what it is doing more than anything…making people overlook the real candidates to the job. If Petrino ends up the coach at Kentucky, it will be because of a seismic shift in the overall landscape of UK Athletics. I don’t see it happening. What I do see potentially happening is fans and the media focusing on the Bobby Petrino windmill, while the actual coaching search goes on behind the scenes. And who knows, that might be the best possible thing for UK anyway as when names get leaked, sometimes the job becomes more difficult.

10. What is the Time Frame for a Decision?

No decision is likely to be made until at least after the regular season is over. There are coaches still coaching that UK will want to consider and the process is accelerated, but not yet rushed. I am told that the goal is to have a coach in place by two weeks after the SEC Title Game. That seems reasonable to me and would allow for consideration and interviewing of all but a few NFL head coaches. Since I believe only one current NFL coach has even been considered in the larger list of names (Rex Ryan), this shouldn’t be a problem…by Dec 15, a coach should be in place.

BONUS 11. Is There an Odds-On Favorite?

In my estimation, the odds-on favorite is still Sonny Dykes. This may change in the coming weeks as interviews/exploration continues and new names (like Kliff Klingsbury) emerge. But if you were placing a bettor’s favorite on someone, Dykes would be that guy…but the odds would still be long…like 7/2. There are at least 2-3 top candidates who I don’t know…until I do, the odds of any particular coach being hired remain long for me.

That is all for now…we will talk more about these issues (including a little more detail on those forces pushing for Petrino) and the basketball game on the radio and blog tomorrow. Have a big night folks.

Article written by Matt Jones

307 Comments for 10 Questions on the UK Football Coaching Search



  1. What about
    10:24 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Andy Reid???



  2. Ashley Schafer
    10:30 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino Petrino Petrino……If Mitch doesn’t make him priority #1 then Mitch and the University do not care about us ever being truly competitive in football….



  3. Reality Check
    10:30 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Why do I get the feeling that Petrino will end up at UT, Dykes at Auburn, and Smart stays at Alabama? Mitch will screw this up and hire the pastor from Southland Church of Christ and sign Randy Sanders to a lifetime contract. You heard it here first.



  4. MitchBetter
    10:31 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    IF Mitch does not hire Petrino go ahead and leave the state dude. This is our BIG CHANCE to finally hire a guy who can win. I will boo you and every fan will boo your butt right out of here. Petrino has made mistakes but many a man has as well and man a man has come back from ROCK BOTTOM and been a better man. The fans OVERWHELMINGLY want Petrino. I’d say it would be 85 to 15 IF you worded the question he would 100% come to UK if a contract was offered. IF Petrino is not hired and wants this job which he does then Mitch just better retire. No one in the state will ever respect the man again and its that simple. The fans have spoken and the UK football fans deserve Petrino and we are willing to accept any outcome if we get screwed. YES we are willing to take this chance. Mitch you need to realize people can change and you need to realize he is the best coach for the job. You did it with Calipari now do it with Petrino.



  5. jchall30
    10:31 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    What I find most amusing about all the negative Petrino talk is that before Cal came here he was a cheater and not for UK. Now that he is here he is the best thing that has ever happened to UK and he “gets it”. Funny how that works.



  6. Jason
    10:31 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    I’d hire Mike Leach immediately.



  7. Keinow
    10:32 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    SEAN PAYTON should coach UK. We need another HIGH Caliber COACH LIKE CALIPARI



  8. WhatAWorldWhatAWorld
    10:33 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch talking to Matt Jones? lololololololol



  9. Kentuckyloan
    10:35 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Willie Taggart?



  10. T
    10:36 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    If its not bobby I will not renew my season tickets point blank period!!



  11. jchall30
    10:36 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Oh and I am for the Petrino hire. What does UK football have to lose? We are 1-9 and will probably end up 2-10 at best. Even in the so called Brooks good years we were only 7-5. Barely 50% with just a couple SEC wins each of those years.



  12. I'm serious
    10:36 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    I just left the locker rooms of the patriots(my cousins is a PT for the team) and Mitch B and company were also there. I asked around to a few people that would talk to me, nobody important really. But they said they were talking with josh mcdaniels. They said nfl rumors are mcdaniels head coach and Wade Phillips as OC. Crazy news.



  13. We Are The New Vandy
    10:37 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    UK fired its last football coach with a winning record, Blanton Collier, in 1962, in case you are wondering if you’ll ever see one in your lifetime. I have not. For a quarter of my life Mitch Barnhart hasn’t been able to find one. You can imagine how excited I am to know he’s in charge of the search.



  14. Kelly Olson
    10:37 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    If Petrino is not hired i also will not renew my tickets. I’ve had enough. Get the best coach out there. It’s not that hard to figure this out.



  15. Keinow
    10:37 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    ^^^^@MITCHBETTERSAYS: WTF are you serious? Are you trying to threat Mitch. What is your problem Petrino is not the best hire, I can name 4 off the top of my head. Calm down little buddy, your making Kentucky Look Bad.



  16. I'm serious
    10:37 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Meant to say “DC”



  17. ChiddarCheddar
    10:38 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    2) that’s just stupid

    4) Mitch will be just fine without your support

    I’ll support Petrino if he turns out to be the choice, and I’ll support Dykes (or whoever) if he gets it. All of the demands and threats are getting a bit old.



  18. Bradley
    10:39 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Bill Cowher is one of the “surprising names” right at the top of the list. Go ahead and laugh, but it’s true.



  19. The King
    10:39 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Lets take Charlie Strong!



  20. mikey1286
    10:40 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    I hope that the search doesn’t go until december. I am less productive at work, and checking websites every hour for any hint of progress on this hire!! Make it stop Mitch, please make it stop!!



  21. Whatever
    10:40 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    You know what I heard from this thread??

    It’s that Mitch thinks he knows best and is going to do whatever the f u ck he wants n he Will miss out on big names and. Get a effing retread or loser

    Again Mitch
    If this isn’t an effing home run the ban continues from the fans

    You’re fu c k ing retarded



  22. Wildcatfanforever
    10:40 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink


  23. Ashley Schafer
    10:41 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Its very simple if Mitch isn’t doing everything in his power to hire Petrino right now then he needs to be replaced as our AD…



  24. Cannon
    10:41 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Sonny Dykes seems like a Derek Dooley type hire to me.. Expect the same results if we hire him. I’m ready to win and win big the best proven coach available to take us there right now is Petrino. I wish ksr would just go ahead and put up a poll to show everyone who the fans REALLY want as their coach.



  25. MITCHBETTER
    10:41 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    14. Umm no. He will be booed out of this state. Petrino is easily the best hire.



  26. Fred
    10:41 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    One question for any Cats in Denver – is there a UK bar down near Centennial to watch the game Tuesday?

    thanks!



  27. jchall30
    10:41 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Keinow who are the better 4 if I can ask?



  28. Head Bussa
    10:42 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Matt continues with his downplaying of the VERY possible Petrino hire. The reason Matt doesn’t want Petrino has nothing to do with Petrino, but it has everything to do with Matt. Matt has a reputation he wants to keep of knowing all things about Kentucky athletics. He would absolutely want to crawl in a hole if Petrino was hired because he will be so embarassed because he has long said “there is no chance” and made Petrino supporters feel like idiots for even bringing up the name. Matt doesn’t seem to understand what Petrino could bring to UK as far as winning and so he is going to be one of those extremely surprised when he’s hired. I’m sure Barnhart recognizes the power of a Petrino hire and that’s why it’s going to get done. If he isn’t really one of the top candidates, then why has Larry Vaught reported tht there is “high, high interest” in Petrino among the administration?



  29. Flippercat
    10:43 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    It’s funny listening to people act like the Petrino hire is the only possible way UK can have a successful football program. It’s even funnier when those same people act like all the fans have their heart set on him. I can promise you there is a significant number of people that in no way want anything to do with Petrino. I can also promise you that if a small miracle occurs, and Petrino is hired, then this fan base will be completely broken in half. A lot more will go into having a winning football program than one coach, and the current administration absolutely needs AND wants the program to be successful. We are NOT willing to “accept any outcome”.



  30. madcat1982
    10:44 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    hire petrino screw sunny dikes we need a proven winner,, sick of hearing this character crap we need a coach not a peace maker,,



  31. HashtagPetrino
    10:44 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Yep its Petrino or im boycotting next season and will non renew. Been going for 15 straight years and went all this year as well.



  32. Logan
    10:44 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    You people are crazy. If anyone of you we’re a great coach with no ties to UK, you would never come to this coaching grave yard. Why the hell would BP want to come here.



  33. Agreed
    10:44 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    20- I hear ya

    I’m ready to re purchase 8 season tickets help Mitch by a home run

    Dykes is NOT a effing home run

    Mitch will go after Dooley or that homeless guy down at phonix park that pi sses in the fountain



  34. LETSfinallyWIN
    10:44 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino’s dad coming out and saying that his son was interested is going to bite Barnhart in the ass. Pretty much anyone outside of him getting this job is going to do little for ticket sales. If people are left with the impression that Petrino would come and Dykes is hired 18,000 people may be a good number next year considering the brutal schedule we are going to play. People would give Petrino a pass considering they would know things would get better, but Dykes coming in and losing due to the schedule will kill any momentum that a new coach would have.



  35. Head Bussa
    10:45 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    7 — LOL. Sean Payton is reportedly supposed to become the highest-paid coach in the NFL when he signs his new contract with the Saints.



  36. SEASON TICKET HOLDER
    10:46 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Matt and KSR Family,
    You can tell Mitch that if he makes a hire such as DYKES, he can have my 4/100 level K fund season tickets back. I will not renew. Bobby Petrino is there for the taking and this dumb ass AD is going to screw it up again. DYKES IS MEDIOCRE!!!!
    If Mitch is going to pass on a big name coach just because he has “Baggage”, then they should have just kept Joker. Kirby Smart will not come here! You mark my words, if Petrino goes to Tennesssee it wont matter who we get, He will kick our ASSES every year. Joe B hall told Mitch very nicely today that if he does not make the right choice he will get his butt ran out of town. Count on Mitch to hire a MEDIOCRE Coach. Texas St Put up like 50 Freakin points on DYKES!!!!!
    Either Bobby P. or have my tickets back. Everyone that I tailgate feels the same. After all we could hold the football games at the soccer complex. Which will happen if Mitch screws this up.



  37. madcat1982
    10:46 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    whats the other possible way flippercat



  38. TheProfessor
    10:46 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Great!!! We take the “high road” and pass on Petrino. He ends up somewhere else (probably the SEC). Four or five years down the road Ptrino and Auburn or whoever, is winning 10-11 games a year and in the BCS mix, and we’re firing Sonny Dykes or Kirby Puckett or whoever the hell we waste our time with for winning 4 conference games in four years. Let me tell you Jones there is a big difference between Gillispie and Petrino. Petrino has PROVEN that he can win at the HIGHEST level…PERIOD!



  39. True Blue
    10:46 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Way to feed us what we need Matt Jones, this football search has me, as well as many others captivated! You’ve covered these before, we need camera shots of doors, flight trackers and people with sources. We have a chance to finally be a two sport school and I unlike others have confidence in Mitch. I think he has the experience necessary to make this a perfect hire. I’m sure he’s realized how much easier his job is with Calipari in town, football should be no different. He does it big and right, he becomes a legend in his own right (Barnhardt that is)!



  40. RaleighCat
    10:49 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    If you want Petrino to coach at UK then you’re an IDIOT. He’s toxic. It’s been proven. He’ll win some games but it’ll end BADLY. And sooner than you think.

    Seriously, if you support Petrino at Kentucky then you are really not smart. Walk away now. Seek professional help soon.



  41. Logan
    10:49 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    38. Way to use caps and exclamation points. Get a grip dude. It’s sports. Some of you people need a life.



  42. Head Bussa
    10:50 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Sonny Dykes and his La. Tech team allowed Texas St. to score 55 points in a 62-55 win yesterday. Texas St.!!!! No way we are going to hire that clown. If we do, I will just laugh at Kentucky football once again and will have no interest in coming to any games next season. I’m serious about that and I feel many UK fans will feel the same exact way. There is no excitement generated with that hire.



  43. Logan
    10:50 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    My bad I meant 36 as well.



  44. madcat1982
    10:50 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Go big or get the hell out of town mitch…………. Hire Petrino!!!!



  45. Wildcatfanforever
    10:50 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    IF YOU WANT PETRINO SIGN THE PETITION!!!

    http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/bring-bobby-petrino-to-uk/



  46. WTF
    10:51 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    We all knew Mitch woas going to F this up. I hope the boosters step in and do this retards job for him. Sunny Dyke?!? REALLY!!!! What a joke this Barnhart is. If he doesnt hire bobby he can be ready to get the hell out of town. Dykes will not put any butts in the seats and he will not go to a bowl next year and after that he will lose what little support he had.



  47. TNfan
    10:51 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    UK fans are dumber than I thought. Petrino will end up at Tenn or Auburn. He wants SEC job, but to think that he’d accept UK over Tenn/Auburn is laughable. UK first job to come available so that’s why his Dad said his son was “highly interested”. Baiting is all…



  48. ChiddarCheddar
    10:51 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    36). I’ll take those seats. It’s a win/win.



  49. 2blue4u
    10:51 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Crazy notion here, but maybe KSR is downplaying the Petrino hire for a reason. It would seem if other schools looking for a coach knew that Petrino was a hot commodity, that the stock would rise. Kentucky may have a better chance of making the hire if the outside world thinks they have no interest. I know, I’m bored and tired, so my mind seems to wander. One last thing………..Hire Petrino!



  50. madcat1982
    10:52 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    absolutley Head bussa i feel the same



  51. UKGrad
    10:52 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    I like the idea of Kirby Smart. UK needs to try something different. Get a defensive coach in here and build from that direction. Hire some spread offense OC and go to work. Not to mention, the guy is going to have ties in the south to recruit.



  52. Futballguru
    10:52 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch has one heck of a track record hiring solid coaches. He resurected baseball with Cohen, set women’s bball to heights never seen and placed his assistant ad’s in primo jobs. He will deliver us with a very good coach, but understand it is not just his choice to make. The board of trustes and your boosters run every college in America. If guys like joe craft don’t want a guy then u don’t get that guy.



  53. BobbyPetrino
    10:52 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    I have no job and would love to get back into the SEC. I have deep recruiting connections in the south from my time coaching at Arkansas, Louisville, among other destinations. I have made my mistakes in life from marital transgressions to nepotism in the work force to loyalty problems to troublesome comments about the University of Kentucky, but one thing has emerged from all my faults. I am remorseful for my actions and my time spent away from the field has truly put things in perspective. I would love nothing more than to jump start my career at the University of Kentucky. I see heavy potential in the program and decent talent to work with. I will do my best as a coach, and will try even harder to improve myself as a whole.

    Please, Mitch, please, hire me!!



  54. SEASON TICKET HOLDER
    10:53 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    44) When I pay the type of money I do for season tickets I expect to see a return, and Mitch the Bitch has done nothing to show me that. I will type anyway I want to son.



  55. kevin d
    10:53 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    i love how matt has said since before the season started that there is “no way” petrino gets hired at UK and for us fans to stop wishing or even talking about it. Now all of a sudden, it is a possiblility and he is trying to cover his butt on the issue. I wish he would just admit that he had no idea then, as he has no idea now.



  56. Brian Brohm
    10:53 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    HIRE PETRINO



  57. LETSfinallyWIN
    10:53 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    40. I guess we need to support being average or below for 40 more years. The latest coaching choice is 1-9 and that’s not a bad ending? I would rather take my chances on a winning and it ending bad than continue the path we are on.



  58. The KY Cats
    10:54 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Sonny Dykes has never had a top 75 recruiting class. Joker was a better recruiter than him believe it or not. Hiring Dykes would not bring great (if any) improvement on where we already are. We need to hire a winner and a big time recruiter anyone else will result in failure. It’s time to stop being mediocre and garner respect from our SEC peers.



  59. Ashley Schafer
    10:55 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    By the way KSR the fan base is not divided….every Kentucky fan I have talked to would love to have Petrino here….and you can bet the commonwealth would be sold out every game next year if we hire Petrino…



  60. BlueTexan
    10:55 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    AGAIN, DITCH MITCH! These KSR posts are totally idiotic…#3 you’re right-on! Matt, until you stop drinking-the-Kool-Aid, Mitch (and/or) his people will continue to use you – and, fo that, I’ve lost confidence. I sincerely felt this site would totally be professional, Matt – your comment (#8) about doing ‘due dilengence’ is right on point. However, Mitch has proven (BCG) he hasn’t/doesn’t do any due diligence as the Internet is fully of respected journalists (Houston Chronicle/Dallas Morning News) who reported the ‘problems’ with BCG at UTEP and TXA&M…but, Mitch pulled the trigger and hired him anyway. This hire is way too important to BBN football to yeild to BBN polls, etc. However, Mitch is NOT the person to make a decision so defining as this. As an alum who’s been following UK football for 38 years, I’m hoping someone credible makes the decision on thee future of our SEC football fortunes. That person is not Mitch!



  61. funny
    10:55 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    @15 – Please tell me 4 coaches in college who are more successful than Petrino let alone ones that want to come to UK.

    Saban, Meyer, Chip Kelly, maybe stoops or Brian Kelly. UK has a chance to bring a top 5 coach. They will not have this opportunity again.



  62. chad b
    10:56 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    I’m sick and tired of reading what Matt Jones thinks. Who cares what he thinks? The fan base supports the Petrino hire and I’m sick of losing. Sure, I’m sure their is plenty of questions about his character, but none worth passing on this opportunity to win in the Bluegrass. If he leaves in 3 years so what. There is no way possible he can put this program in any worse a predicament than its already in. Do you think that the defensive coordinator at Alabama won’t leave in 3 years if he were to come and be successful? Wake up people!!! This website should be pushing hard for Petrino. It seems to me like its doing the exact opposite. This is the best opportunity we’ve had in a long time. If Mitch passes on him he should be removed immediately. HIRE PETRINO BEFORE TENNESSEE JUMPS ON HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  63. UKfan215
    10:56 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    If you want Bobby Petrino, then let Mitch and the rest of the UK Administration know how you feel by signing the petition below:

    http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/bring-bobby-petrino-to-uk/

    Let’s make it happen! It is time for UK to become a legit SEC program after years of mediocrity. Sonny Dykes is simply too unproven at this point. We can’t afford another Joker.



  64. Badams
    10:57 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    I agree Sonny Dykes is not the right hire, he hasn’t proven himself among the big boys and that won’t settle with fans. However, Petrino is not the only one that can rejuvenate this program. It will take a big name SEC asst, Petrino, or proven NFL coach to make fans happy, but fans need to be realistic. As a matter of fact, fans just need to support the next coach because you never know what kind of career they will have, there are surprises all the time. As for every fan loving or hating Petrino, I’m on the fence. I see pros and cons so I can do or do without him. Btw, people sayin they won’t renew if we don’t get Petrino are being really petty and childish.



  65. Futballguru
    10:58 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Hey TN fan — Blow me!



  66. Get a life
    10:58 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    I love how you have time to analyze Matt’s comments. People are very critical of Matt and his FREE site. If I didn’t like the writing I would go else where for my news. I don’t get critics that come back to the site every day. Maybe you all are cards fans.



  67. BB
    10:58 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t think Mitch can survive the PR nightmare if his hire flops and BP succeeds at UT or AU or wherever. BTW, Sonny Dykes reminds me of Flounder in Animal House…



  68. Open Letter From Mitch
    10:59 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Looking for a head football coach to go steady with. I don’t have many friends where I live so I need my employees to like me.



  69. Yessir
    10:59 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    #3 hit the nail on the head. If UK doesn’t hire Petrino, UK care about a winning football program. Why is Sonny Dykes the favorite? The dude is in his 3rd year as HC at LA Tech! LA TECH! Dooley came from there and look at him. The WAC is just a little different than the SEC. Ties to UK are sooooo overrated.



  70. WhiteTailBuck
    10:59 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch did not hire Billy G. He had a advisory group do it. Then boosters and Mike Pratt hiired Cal. Hopefully Joe B. will go and get Bobby P. for us. We all know Mitch sure as hell wont. I guess whoever goes to the Church of Joel Osteen will be Mitches top choice.



  71. TheProfessor
    11:02 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t want a head coached named Sonny, or Dooley or Bubba, etc. etc. its bad for recruiting



  72. Nathan
    11:02 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    You people that want petrino no matter what are insane. If the guy’s a total ass we don’t need him. Also, all of the “fans” who threaten to not support the team need to give away all of your blue and find another team. Commonwealth with 35,000 fans has been a better environment without all of you negative a-holes there.



  73. BigBluesClues
    11:03 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino is playing sll you simple minded fools! He dissed us before and he’ll do it again. OBJECTIVELY LISTEN to the quotes from his father…”My dream is to coach in the SEC, IF YOU HAVE A BRAIN YOU REALIZE HE ALREADY HAS, Second I’m positive he was taking a shot at UK sayin we don’t BELONG IN THIS LEAGUE….Football wise. ANYBODY? TELL ME YOU CAN SEE PAST HIS DECEIT?! I Wish more people smoked marijuana than drank…Alcohol doesn’t agree with a lot of y’all.



  74. matt
    11:03 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Kirby Smart!!!!!! Need d in sec.



  75. TheProfessor
    11:04 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    73…NO we dont need to win…I love watching us get our ass kicked every week



  76. Futballguru
    11:04 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Cooper dr chad b



  77. Tom Leach Jr
    11:05 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    If its not Kliff Kingsbury I’m boycotting. Easily the best hire out there.



  78. tdogg40330
    11:06 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Larry Vaught just posted an article on twitter. At the end he states that
    “mutiple sources from UK said today they are very interested in Petrino”



  79. True Blue
    11:06 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    I’ll buy season tickets for the first time if Mitch hires Bobby Petrino. These comments about him calling us slapdi#ks and smurfs, he was the coach of our in-state rival. Imagine what fun he’ll have coaching against his former school and new in-state rival. If Joe B believes, so do I. Hire Bobby Petrino



  80. Aklcat
    11:06 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    For every person that says they will not renew if BP is not hired there will be 3 that purchase new season tickets.



  81. Joneboyfriend
    11:07 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Hire Bill Curry



  82. Joneboyfriend
    11:07 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Hire Hal Mummie



  83. wow
    11:08 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Some of you all need to take a step back and look at the situation. MITCH BARNHART is one of the best and most respected AD’s in the country. When some of you get your wish and he leaves you will know what I mean. chill out people and let him do his thing.



  84. funny
    11:08 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Matt,

    You’re a democrat so I’m sure you love Bill Clinton. He was able to get bj’s and probably screw white house interns, lie about it, make a mockery of the presidency yet still be looked upon as one of the most successful presidents of our generation.

    If we as a country can forgive and ultimately look past these issues for the leader of the free world….why can’t we look past them for the leader of a football team.

    Somebody is going to hire a top 5 coach in America and UK is in that conversation. If they blow this opportunity, they will not get another.

    When you get a situation that seems like destiny, a school with no real draw to a premier football coach, and a premier football coach with enough baggage to make him desperate….it seems foolish to let it pass by.

    When you need to resurrect a doormat program in the toughest league in America, you have to gamble and take a chance. If we want Hal Mumme part II, hire Dykes and watch us lose to FL and UT every year 55 – 35



  85. Joneboyfriend
    11:08 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Hire Don Knotts



  86. Hambone
    11:08 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    how long before legalized recreational marijuana makes it to kentucky?



  87. Ukalum
    11:09 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino is the only hire that has a reasonable chance to be competitive in the SEC in the next few seasons. When your starving and someone offers you a 10oz filet, you can’t complain about how it was cooked. Sonny dykes is a joker Phillips all over again. There are some names out there that will be just as good as petrino, but those names come with a price tag and better options than UK.



  88. harryknoots
    11:09 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    IF THEY DONT BRING IN WOOD F#*IN HAYES IM NOT RENEWING!!!!!



  89. catdaddy7
    11:10 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    might just give away my blue if we dont try for petrino,, tired of this joke of a football program not worth supporting anymore. Atleast show some effort.
    If you cant do that your not worth my support



  90. Head Bussa
    11:10 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    83 — That depends on the hire. If it’s Sonny Dykes I can guarantee that won’t be the case.
    Yesterday: La Tech 62-Texas State 55. Let me tell ya, that will really fire up the fan base! NOT!



  91. Joneboyfriend
    11:10 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Hire John Holmes



  92. FEED ME MORE!!
    11:10 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    NFL..mmmmmm
    Randy Fichtner
    Fichtner,(Steelers) who has two Super Bowl championships under his belt, had a ton of success as the offensive coordinator at Memphis at the same time John Calipari served as the Tigers’ basketball coach.

    Almost a year ago, Mike Tomlin and Fichtner spent a couple of days in Lexington with Joker Phillips and Cal. Not that Calipari would voice his support behind the scenes for anyone; he wouldn’t push anyone, but it couldn’t hurt Fichtner’s chance to land an interview if Calipari briefly visited with Barnhart about their background.



  93. The Guru
    11:11 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    i just looked at a pic of Sonny dykes…No Way this guy wins in the SEC



  94. Joneboyfriend
    11:11 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Hire Long Dong Siver



  95. Yab
    11:11 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    The older folks in this fan base have had 60 years to get this right. They’ve failed miserably. It’s time for them to step aside and allow others to once and for all get this corrected. Hire Petrino.



  96. Great Idea
    11:12 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    We need someone who has NFL connection cuz that what gets recruits not just if you can win anymore…Sports eras have changed. In football, it’s not about “smash-mouth, don’t care what my uni looks like on the field.” It’s about how good I look and how a coach can make me shine on the field for the pro scouts. These kids nowadays don’t really care about rivalries because you can blame conference re-alignments for that and kids aren’t stupid…they watch espn like we do…UK needs to go after prime NFL-connected candidates. NO PETRINO!!!! He’s burned his NFL bridges a long time ago…and are you serious BBN???!!!! Begging for someone with a UofL stain on their back??!!!! C’mon!!!! There are way better candidates better than Petrino



  97. Joneboyfriend
    11:12 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Hire the Easter Bunny



  98. Futballguru
    11:12 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Kirby Smart is the right hire, if you can’t get him then we should go the NFL route. Petrino may be alright because he has hit rock bottom, but he will need the blessings of the big boys. (Money)



  99. Sladet87
    11:12 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    You could line up a group of 25 mentally disabled chimpanzees in a room, place in front of each of them a typewriter, and at the end of a 5 hour period of typing, you would have a more intelligent conversation than the ones that occur in the KSR comment section. I pray that the majority of these posts are from middle schoolers. One’s that especially enjoy using exclamation points!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Pure entertainment.



  100. UK Alum
    11:13 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Folks, I’ve been on the Petrino bandwagon before it hit the mainstream. But even as Matt has eluded to, Petrino expressing interest in UK may be nothing more than a smoke screen to another SEC program. I think Mitch owes it to the fanbase to at least interview the man….who knows, he may have genuine interest and possibly a good fit. But as any good AD will do (and I do believe he is doing a fine job at UK), he must also consider and interview other “viable” candidates before making a decision.



  101. JetsFireRyan
    11:14 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    When I come to UK may I grow my hair out and be cool like my brother, or do y’all not take kindly to hippies?



  102. RedFox
    11:15 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    I am must so tired of it all.



  103. BB
    11:15 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Just read Vaught’s new article. Seems that there’s more of a division within the admin. and media than there is in the fanbase. Clearly, Matt is talking more to people who don’t want Petrino, and Vaught is talking to more pro-Petrino people.



  104. Zookeeper
    11:16 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    The gorilla has spoken (#103)



  105. Good riddens
    11:16 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    I hope everyone promising to not renew tickets if Mitch hires anyone but Petrino lives up to there promise. Probably the same idiots yelling snap the ball when our QB looks up for the call from the sidelines even though this has been our offense since Woodson was QB. Plus maybe I will get the seats of my choice, less of a line at the bathroom, easier to get in and out of orange lot, seems to be a win, win for the rest of us. The list of reasons not to hire Petrino can be debated, but the fact that he seems to be an enlarged a-hole is the only reason I need. I want to like the guy we hire, needs to pass the “I would like to drink a beer with him” test .



  106. notbillyg
    11:16 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    ATTN: IDIOTS
    Like him or hate him (I’m on the fence) Mr. Jones just provided the most informative, well written explanation of the state of the hiring process, and published it to each of you for free. If you think this guy’s information isn’t valid and correct you’re only fooling yourself, just look at his popularity and recent rise. He’s obviously liked within the circles. Does it appear he is somewhat against the petrino hire, yes. But in the bottom of our stomachs, aren’t we all. Were already a laughing stock, do we really want to entertain the thought of petrino hooking up with a KY debutant the likes of a one, karen sypher? Do we want to go down the billy G road again? If billy G #didntexist, petrino would have already gotten an offer. But, looking back now, how does the billy hire look on mitch and the univ? These are the things keeping petrino from being the top of the list that those of you screaming “just win” don’t think about. “Just win”, I agree, but if were right back at square one in 3 years, then we have another new coach, and a new AD. It is mitch’s job, to assure that doesn’t happen. Let him do his job, let matt do his, and in all honesty (since the state of UK ath. are at a great high) STFU.



  107. FEE ME MORE!!
    11:17 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Another possible hire…mmmmmmmmm
    John Chavis
    (LSU – defensive coordinator): Chavis (56) has never been a head coach, but he was honored as the Broyles Award winner last season, which goes to the best assistant coach in the country. Before joining Les Miles’ staff, Chavis coached at Tennessee from 1989 – 2008.



  108. BlueTexan
    11:18 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    #86- You missed taking your meds again!



  109. Ed
    11:18 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    83, you have a compelling argument. Must be why Commonwealth was full every game. All those people just waiting to get in…

    I realize there are a ton of stupid comments in this post, but your reply might top the cake for being the dumbest. Well done.



  110. ukclint73
    11:20 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Sean Payton would be a great hire. (#7)



  111. Head Bussa
    11:23 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    I’m pretty much of the assumption this deal is about to be complete and Petrino is hired. I wouldn’t be surprised if the announcement came before Friday. Joe B. Hall coming out in support of Petrino was done on purpose, as a favor to the administration, to help prepare fans for the announcement. Hall’s words are meant to help those fans against hiring Petrino to be able to easily digest it.



  112. By George
    11:24 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Guys and gals as long as Mitch is calling the shots we are in trouble. If he did try to appease us by hiring the former Louisville coach he would mess it up and hire Cooper or Kragthorpe by mistake. We better hope the boosters Matt is referring to have some real influence.



  113. Head Bussa
    11:24 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    111 — LOL. Sean Peyton is reportedly about to be made the highest paid coach in the NFL by the Saints’ owner Tom Benson.



  114. Rodney King
    11:25 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Jeff jagodzinski



  115. Ukalum
    11:25 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    109) you can drink a beer with Mitch and the idiot coach he hires in 3 seasons when they are both unemployed and petrino is going to SEC title games at Tennessee.



  116. Head Bussa
    11:26 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Matt and Larry Vaught paint two different pictures of the hiring process going on at UK. Who to believe?



  117. Head Bussa
    11:27 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    109 — I’d rather drink a beer with my friends while watching my coach and his team in a major bowl game.



  118. Principal
    11:27 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    KSR Commenters, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone on this site is now dumber for having read it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your souls.



  119. Who in the Hell Is
    11:30 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Sunny Dykes? I just looked up his schedule this year. Texas St. 55 point. Really!?!? How in the hell is that any better than Joker Phillips? Kirby Smart hahaha, he is going to Auburn. If David Cutcliffe was seriously even considered Mitch needs someone to throw cold water on him, and towl whip his behind. Wake the F up Barnhart! There is a proven winner right in front of us and you want to hire these less than appealing coaches. WTF is wrong with this AD. The fan base has obviously made a statement with attendance this year. David Cutcliife and Sunny Dykes will not have anyone running to buy tickets.



  120. FEED ME MORE
    11:31 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Possible hires… mmmmmm the list
    Randy Fichtner Pittsburgh Steelers quarterbacks coach
    UL-Lafayette head coach Mark Hudspth,
    San Jose State head coach Mike MacIntyre – MacIntyre has a connection within some close to Barnhart in the athletic department. The third-year San Jose State head coach is 7-2 and still alive for the WAC championship.
    LA Tech head coach Sonny Dykes ( doubt he comes)
    Cincinnati head coach Butch Jones
    LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis



  121. WishIhadATan
    11:31 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    No Gingers! (South Park reference) no Petrino



  122. tdogg40330
    11:33 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    If Auburn or Tennessee are already on the phone with Petrino … does UK have a chance??
    just wanting to know peoples thoughts



  123. Sam
    11:33 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    126…you think just because you provide the link that it proves anything?



  124. Jonv4ky
    11:35 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Sonny Dykes would equal Dooley for UK
    Kirby Smart might talk to UK but in the End he will wait for a better Job Auburn or UT
    Chavis would be a ok choice, but needs an offense to move the ball
    The real Choice here is Bobby P.



  125. BB
    11:35 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    tdogg- I still think we have a chance- IF the admin. makes an aggressive move. We can sell the young offensive talent and the funding for facilities that is coming soon. Plus, he still has children in Louisville. Maybe just wishful thinking on my part…



  126. Brandon
    11:36 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    I do not understand why everybody is so pro-petrino. I fully understand the guy is a proven winner, there is no denying that. However, he has also never had as much baggage as he currently has and really the best case scenario he comes in here does great then leaves us for another school in 2-3 years and we are sitting here having this same conversation again. I’d rather take my odds elsewhere.



  127. True Blue
    11:36 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Addressing #8, belief is that you are doing very little to promote or pass along an increasing sentiment to hire Petrino



  128. Sam
    11:36 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    130…you have no idea what you are talking about. do you?



  129. Head Bussa
    11:37 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    128 — Ummm…….yeah. I mean, CBS reported it on NFL Today on TV as well. Do you want that video? What else do you want me to prove?



  130. True Blue
    11:37 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    #132, who are you betting the program on…?



  131. By George
    11:37 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    #117 I think both are right in what they are reporting. I think the UK bosses are divided on who to go after so the “sources” are all over the place with their info. The good news is that both Jones and Vaught are at least saying Petrino is being considered to some degree. I don’t think Tenn will even consider Petrino after the Kiffen mess. Who knows with Auburn.



  132. Chi-TownCat
    11:37 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Dykes = Joker



  133. Karma
    11:39 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    132… Notice anything from earlier Sam???



  134. Reality Check
    11:39 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    132) anybody who has success at UK will probably leave. Whats your point? As long as we have a few entertaining years, and we win who cares.



  135. Sam
    11:40 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    You, CBS, NFL, PBS are all liars…makes me sick…you and your propoganda machine trying to deceive everyone…im sick of it!



  136. BBB
    11:40 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    I swear I just went through all this crap trying to tell everyone what a moron of a President Barack Obama is….and no one listened…..and I got Baracked. Now we’re looking for a football coach and I’m telling everyone Petrino is the best choice and I feel like I’m going to get Dyked.



  137. funny
    11:40 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    132 – Once again, it’s called a non-compete clause. From his Arkansas Contract:

    As part of the new agreement, Petrino will receive an increase in his average annual compensation to a total of $3.56 million a year during the length of the agreement. The increase to Coach Petrino’s compensation package will be paid with athletic department-generated revenues and private gift support and will not include any taxpayer dollars or student fees. The new agreement will also expand the non-compete clause in Coach Petrino’s current agreement to include all Southeastern Conference institutions, rather than being limited to western division institutions only.

    This means he can’t leave in 2-3 years. Put that in the contract and move on.



  138. Bobby P Baybee!!!!!!!
    11:40 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Hire Petrino. Pay him so much money he will not look elsewhere. Clause him in his contract so he keeps his arse in line. Give him the tools to win and he will deliver. If he’s such an egomaniac, don’t you think he’d like to hang around at KY for a while and whip Arkansas and the rest of the SEC at a perennial sub 500 school.



  139. BB
    11:41 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    If Dykes comes here, he would have left La Tech after only three years…who’s to say he wouldn’t leave here in three years. With the way things have gone recently, we shouldn’t count people out because they might leave in 2-3 years. That’s like playing not to lose instead of playing to win. Plus, it would be nice to have a f’ball coach that other schools are interested in.



  140. Sam
    11:41 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    131…You, CBS, NFL, PBS are all liars…makes me sick…you and your propoganda machine trying to deceive everyone…im sick of it!



  141. Head Bussa
    11:43 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Sam, I think it’s time to take your anti-psychotic meds. I’m pretty sure you missed your last dose! Weirdo!



  142. Here We Go Now
    11:43 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    No Bobby Petrino!



  143. BluesClues
    11:43 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    LEADBUSTA? EVERYONE’S BALLS ARE BLUE FROM YOUR HATE, JUST CHILL GO find a vagina and release…You’re too angry . GO SKYDIVING…FIND GOD….SOMETHING.



  144. tdogg40330
    11:44 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    127) I’m thinkin the same way. He wants to coach in the SEC,
    maybe he also likes living in KY. If the deal is good enough I
    wouldn’t be shocked if he took it over UT or Auburn.



  145. Sam
    11:44 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    143…douchbag



  146. Head Bussa
    11:45 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    147 – Learn how to spell and get professional help for your mental issue.



  147. Crump Seed
    11:46 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    The thing about this website is that it is full of fans that are passionate about our University, if we didn’t come here to read the posts and the comment section/ post comments here (excepting others you know who you are) then we could consider this somewhat of a moot point. However, consider the fact that EVEN the TALK of Petrino coming to KY generates this kind of “buzz” should be indicative of the kind of coach this program should strongly consider. That being said GO CATS! It’s basketball season beat Puke on Tuesday!!!



  148. FEED ME MORE
    11:47 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Ok posters here how it might go down in Arkansas
    Arkansas goes after Tommy Tuberville. In his third season in Lubbock, Tuberville brings instant credibility as a proven winner in the Southeastern Conference. He knows how to beat Nick Saban and Les Miles.
    Dykes would get the call from Texas Tech. Because he targets the Texas area.
    Willie Taggart could get the LA tech job



  149. Big Brother
    11:48 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    How come all of our boards rapidly evolve into 3rd grade shouting matches???



  150. BB
    11:48 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    tdogg- Me either. UT isn’t the job it once was. Terrible recruiting base and over the top expectations based on history. Here a guy can average 6-7 wins a year and have job security. AU is definitely the best job, but maybe the local family ties would put us on top.



  151. Sam
    11:49 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    148…you need to know your role…you werent put here to make this decision, so stay out of it



  152. ChiddarCheddar
    11:49 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    134) in no way is that true



  153. Head Bussa
    11:49 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    145 — BluesClues — You don’t know of what you post. Have you read why I posted to that to Sam? Read back through the posts and you’d understand.



  154. tdogg40330
    11:49 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    149) PISS ON DUKE !!!



  155. Bobby's neck brace
    11:49 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Who is Matt jones exactly?



  156. Sam
    11:50 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    151…none of your damn business



  157. Reality Check
    11:50 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    I think SAM is one of those college kids with skinny jeans and colorful shoe strings. He goes around and protests coal, and other things that he has no idea what he is talking about. He is majoring in philosophy or organic ecology, and will bitch when he cant find a job.



  158. Chet Steadman Poked Henry's Mom
    11:52 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    ALL CAPS = LOUD NOISES!!!!!



  159. BluesClues
    11:53 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    I’m going to play Need For Speed Most Wanted on my phone…if y’all don’t have it yet it’s beyond fun. Go Cats



  160. Bulldawg
    11:54 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    hire PETRINO please?!



  161. Sam
    11:54 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    159…Head Bussa has been on this board for years spreading his lies and propoganda. He never knows what the hell he is talking about. Wants us to thnk he is a liasion between this board and the main stram media…makes me sick



  162. JB
    11:55 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Butch Davis….knows how to win….and a lot of what he was accused of at UNC seems to be what the entire athletic department was up to….may be more of a lack of institutional control…that won’t happen at UK



  163. tdogg40330
    11:55 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    152) If nothing else, I found out 1 thing about this coaching search. All KSR
    has to do is write an article with Bobby Petrino in it and the comments keep comin …lol



  164. Bulldawg
    11:55 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    keep preachin Head Bussa!! Let ’em have it!! Hire Petrino!!!!



  165. snarkster
    11:55 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Dykes could be a solid hire if he can find a defensive guru to come along as his DC. If he were to come to Uk with the same level of defense as he has now, he would be an utter disaster.



  166. El Guapo
    11:56 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    All you asshats who hate Petrino: think back on Calipari’s hiring. How many of you loved him when he coached at Memphis? I don’t see many hands. You all thought he was a slimy cheating bastard, just like the rest of America still thinks. And what did he do to Memphis? Bailed like a thief in the night when Barnyard flashed the $$$ at him. And now? He’s the greatest thing since sliced bread! He GETS IT, by God. Shakes hands and kisses babies. And when he leaves us, as he one day must, you will hate him again, just like they do now at Memphis. Let’s face it: if other teams and their fans hate you, it means you are probably a pretty good coach. The kind we need. We’ve bad a ton of nice guys that every other SEC coach wanted to stay at UK forever. We need a prick.



  167. Twill84
    11:57 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t believe all the Sonny Dykes haters! Have you all even looked the guy up?! Has 8-1 at La Tech with their only loss at 54-52 to Texas AM who might I remind you just beat #1 Alabama!! They average 53 points a game and he will win at UK if hired! I’d take him or Kliff Kingsbury over BP!! BP a jerkoff!!



  168. Reality Check
    11:58 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Sam) I was unaware of that. Sorry for those harsh words. NOW FINISH HIM!!! (mortal kombat reference)



  169. Chet Steadman Poked Henry's Mom
    12:02 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    KSR needs to bring out the live blog for Sam and Headbussa. 3 10 minute rounds of pure typing hate to settle this. May the best commenter win!



  170. funny
    12:03 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    169 – He gave up 55 to Texas St. The SEC is about defense. See Hal Mumme…He cheated and couldn’t win big at UK



  171. Crump Seed
    12:04 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Tdogg, he gets it



  172. Chet Steadman Poked Henry's Mom
    12:04 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Why in the hell would we want Willie Taggert? He had to go into overtime just to beat us.



  173. Sam
    12:04 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    170…you think im gonna finish him because you say so? how bout i finish you…you’re no different then he is…you get on here beating the drum of your on personal agenda…deceiving and lying to the good people looking for information on this board…damn you



  174. Fecesforbrains
    12:05 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    99 you and those chimpanzees now have me trying to Explain my hysterical laughter to My wife and the guy driving me to the looney bin.. My god that struck the funny bone tonight thank you I haven’t laughed like that in so long.. Was certainly long overdue and much needed/appreciated .. Go Big Blue..



  175. Goat
    12:07 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Dykes could actually be a good hire. But who says we still don’t go after Tuberville, Dykes well get recruits from Texas. TCU’s coach is high on Arkansas’s list.



  176. Chet Steadman Poked Henry's Mom
    12:09 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Sunny Dykes went to the store and bought a bunch of french ticker condoms. The lady at the check out asked him if it really makes the girls scream. He said ” I dont know about any girls but it sure make them billy goats jump about 5 feet off the ground.”



  177. eric
    12:12 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    178…i oughtta punch you right in the mouth



  178. Kliff Kingsbury
    12:12 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    If I get offered the job I’m taking Johnny football with me



  179. tdogg40330
    12:13 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    173) huh??



  180. BE SERIOUS
    12:13 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    IF UK DOESN’T GET PETRINO WHO WOULD YOU WANT THEN? AND BE SERIOUS PLEASE.



  181. Twill84
    12:14 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    172.) yea I know his defense is bad but I think if be could get a good DC and bring in the right players that could change. Look at his recruiting classes at La Tech. All under the radar players. His classes are worse than UKs has been in recent years yet he’s winning big with what he’s got and I think he could do better at UK. If they hire BP ill support him and he’ll do good I’m just tired of hearing that he’s our only chance. Their are good coaches out there



  182. Firechief
    12:15 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    What are we worried about? Are we afraid Bobby Petrino will damage UK football? UK football is a dumpster fire.Hire him NOW!!



  183. Floyd
    12:15 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    I doubt Dykes would come to UK. Saban knows UK IS NOT the place for an assistant to cut his teeth coaching. Petrino’s the best option.



  184. tdogg40330
    12:25 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    182) Kirby Smart, Mark Helfrich or Kliff Kingsbury … but Bobby P would get 1st offer



  185. coach search
    12:31 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    My bad my source was confused, actually our new coach WILL NOT BE PETRINO. The agent sent the truck to Anderson Co. as a diversion. Petrino is using UK to get another SEC job. Probably the Auburn gig. Strong to Ark, Dukes to Tn and Dooley to UK.
    That’s just what I’m hearing. Matt Jones has a date with Dooley’s sister in law “just for lunch”



  186. Twill84
    12:31 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    185 – Dykes is not an assistant at Alabama he’s the HC at La Tech. Kirby Smart is who ur thinking of



  187. Loyal Fan
    12:32 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    If they don’t bring in Big Claude Bassett I’m done with the prpogram!!



  188. Harnyqh
    12:33 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    KIRBY SMART DC OF THE BEST DEFENSE OF OUR LIFETIME WHY NOT ALSO KLIFF KINGSBURY IS YOUNG AND HOT HE COULD HAVE SEX WITH THE SORORITY GIRLS WITH BLONDE HAIR THIN BLUE DRESSES NICELY TANNED LEGS AND BROWN BOOTS HE WOULD HAVE A LOT OF SEX WITH THEM AND IT WOULD MAKE ME SUPER HORNY



  189. Sam
    12:34 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    189…no one cares if you’re done with the program…who are you?



  190. Welllllllll
    12:35 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Even tho Mitch thinks Petrino is a shady person, He will still be considered. And don’t forget about Tuberville. CATS can also go after the Steelers offensive cordinator Randy Fichtner . CATS wanna make a splash, You never know who they might get, they have the money.



  191. Hazel
    12:38 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    These sexy sorority girls are going to have a lot of sex with KLIFF. He’s gonna rip off their thin blue dresses And then make rough love to their slender tan bodies. They’ll moan.



  192. Fecesforbrains
    12:40 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    WTF am i doing reading this stuff at 1230 when I have to get up at 6 and do the important stuff work get kids dropped at school.. I have said several times this whole mess reminds me of HOOSIERS the movie.. Coach down on his luck and a Mysterious back ground makes some marginal talent heroes.. Sound familiar? And the quote from 04 ? Ought to be in the college football hall of fame … That folks was good stuff and took balls to say .. Some no guts wet behind the ears kid can’t right this ship. It’s gonna take an egoManiac workaholic with a chip on his shoulder and a football mind between his ears… All you do gooders tore up over a piece of @$$ on the side.. Bet you never parked next door to the strip bar out on Athens road and prayed to god your wife didn’t smell the $3 a gallon cheap perfume all over you after a night of overpriced drinks and lap Dances … What’s the saying about casting the first stone and the other about glass houses?
    I personally don’t have one vote in who is hired but a guy like petrino can most likely get the job done so could kingsbury and the pro route ? Questionable at best 2 diff styles of football and gathering person ell is a lot different.. Looking forward to watching all this unfold hit I would certainly like to see papa john turned into papa smurf … Go big blue



  193. Eric Dickerson/Craig Jame
    12:41 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch is talking about someone with baggage?!?! HAHAHA!! He was paying us more at SMU than we got paid in the pros. He was working at SMU at the time.



  194. Blue Jesus
    12:43 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    12) I hope you’re serious, I’ve been hoping McDaniels would get a call



  195. Hahha
    12:44 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Re tweet if you would like to fantasize bout KLIFF having sex with these ridicously slutty college girls parading around their nice legs tight butts in their yoga pants and their thin blue dresses



  196. Loyal Fan
    12:46 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    191…I am the program…just who are you sonny?



  197. Hahha
    12:47 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Someone respond to my sex posts. Horny



  198. Loyal Fan
    12:47 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Hire Barney Fife…we already have Goober and Gomer as OC and DC.



  199. Hahha
    12:49 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    SORORITY GIRL SEX



  200. Dee Sanders
    12:53 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Kliff Kingsbury wont consider the job because of Johnny Football. With Johnny Football at qb for at least the NEXT two seasons, Texas A&M will compete for the SEC championship maybe the National championship. Manziel will make Kingsbury look like a damn genius, and he will bolt A&M for a HC job at a top program during the same off-season that Manziel is drafted #1 overall.



  201. Clint
    12:53 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    I think this hazel guy is really stone cold willow.. Twitter after dark



  202. To Hazel
    12:57 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Shut up about sex. Don’t you know there is a coaching search going on? Get your priorities straight.



  203. Ashley Schafer
    12:58 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    38) too funny, Kirby Puckett…



  204. Hazel
    1:09 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Semen leaking out of my penis. Masturbation has occurred. Thank you all for being a part of it. 🙂



  205. Buckets
    1:17 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Bring on Petrino!!!



  206. burger
    2:10 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    We don’t want 6 win seasons. We want a chance to win more than 8…

    Ricky Bobby is the only man on the list who has proven he can do that at multiple places

    Matt Jones downplays Bobby…
    “I am not sure about Petrino. Before hiring a high level coach of a major program, I think you have to do your due diligence and determine whether the person is right for the job both professionally and personally. Professionally, Petrino looks to me (an uneducated football fan) as being more than capable. But I don’t know the history of his ending at Arkansas, his relations with admins, players, etc at other schools, his demands, his willingness to compromise, his vision for the program, etc that would be required to offer him the job. Absent this knowledge, I can’t judge (beyond just yelling my opinion to the highest heavens) intelligently. I see a lot of benefits to Petrino…I see a lot of potential drawbacks. And unless I am in the room when the guy is interviewed (which I won’t be), then I can’t say for sure whether he should be the coach or not.”

    Matt Jones is a Mitch Barnhart’s tool at the moment. Mitch let Matt in, now Matt’s lost his voice. What a crock of $#!+



  207. chief_cat
    2:12 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Want a lightning rod that would bring 4 and 5 star recruits to UK by the droves? A guy who has forgotten more football that most will ever know? A guy with unmatched passion and someone who ESPN, et al will line up to cover? Hire a completely untested yet likely to succeed guy. Hire Ray Lewis!!!



  208. burger
    2:17 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    The beauty of Petrino is YOU KNOW what to expect.

    Wins, Wins, Wins, players aren’t abused, GPA’s remain above NCAA levels, coach isn’t arrested for DUI while playing night golf, players aren’t locked in bathroom stalls.

    Since his mistakes are leaving programs quickly, and having an eye for a young legal blonde you simply make the contract so that it’s costly if he repeats his past.

    Any other hire is the unknown.

    Mitch is just afraid to give up so much control of the athletics since Calipari has so much already.

    Hire Petrino Mitch or get lost. You didn’t graduated from UK> Your not one of us.



  209. RC
    2:33 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    I find it amusing and ironic that people come on to Matt Jones’ website and bash Matt Jones – the quality of this forum to discuss UK athletics would not exist without Matt and his crew.

    I think it would be great if Mitch can make a homerun hire so we don’t have this type of disgruntled fan base, but the reality is that whoever comes in has to earn respect (ala Rich Brooks, or hopefully better) to be successful.

    On the BP subject I will simply put it this way, I trust MB’s integrity much more than I trust BP’s. If Mitch evaluates and thinks it’s ok, I will reluctantly accept…my bet is that he finds someone with far greater integrity. Threatening your season ticket purchase at this point is senseless…if UK starts winning, your threats are irrelevant…if they don’t, all the admin guys will be gone anyway, so no impact to them.

    I love my UK peeps, but everyone needs to simmer down and let the process run it’s course.



  210. John
    2:42 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Wow KSR is a joke…

    They deleted my comment about Petrino and how KSR is beaing biased.

    http://vaughtsviews.com/having-petrino-at-top-of-uk-search-makes-sense-to-joe-hall-and-maybe-to-others-as-well/

    WE WANT PETRINO

    #Petrino2UK



  211. burger
    2:43 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Answer this Matt (without trying to protect Mitch)…

    Let’s be real here. How could a Bobby Petrino hire be riskier than John Calipari?



  212. John
    2:45 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    November 12th, 2012 at 2:42 am

    Wow KSR is a joke…..

    They deleted my comment about Petrino and how KSR is beaing biased.

    http://vaughtsviews.com/having-petrino-at-top-of-uk-search-makes-sense-to-joe-hall-and-maybe-to-others-as-well/

    WE WANT PETRINO

    #Petrino2UK



  213. REALITY
    4:21 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    petrino sucks. he’s never built a program, but has helped to destroy a few. only idiots that know no better want him.



  214. JOhn
    4:29 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Are you intentionally trying to drive away your clicks Matt ? Your doing a pretty good job of it



  215. Franky
    4:33 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Having 100 people post and refresh to see their comments all day isn’t true stats.



  216. Too much risk
    4:37 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    …way too much risk in candidates like Dykes (see Dooley, Krafthorpe), Kingsbury has proven to be a good play caller but can he RUN a SEC program? That’s a stretch. Kirby Smart has proven to be a capable DC, but keep in mind he’s had some of the best defensive teams in the history of college football…sure does make that job easier.

    It’s clear to me that we need a proven coach that’s done it on his own at the highest levels of competition.



  217. SEC MANIAC
    5:23 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    For starters, this search is proving just how clueless most of our fans really are:

    Petrino – For starters, I don’t 100% believe that we could get him even if Mitch paid him more than he was making at Arkansas. I think he does want to coach in the SEC and UK is an SEC school, but I don’t think he wants to coach Kentucky. He would probably come here if he wasn’t a candidate at UT or Auburn, but I guarantee he is using UK as leverage to get one of those jobs. Some of you fell for his dad’s comments and post things like “get it done Mitch”, or “I won’t support the program if we don’t hire Petrino”, or “i won’t contribute anything if we don’t get Petrino” are just a waste to this fanbase.

    Dykes – He is an “OK” hire, but I agree with those that would not be thrilled overall about getting Dykes. He has never coached at a big time football program even as an assistant or associated with a program that had a great recruiting class. After being a Mike Leach assistant at 7 years at Texas Tech, he was the OC at Arizona for 3 years before replacing Dooley at La Tech. I also think that if he does well here, he will jump at the first opportunity to go back to Texas Tech. He grew up in Texas, his father is the all time winningest coach at Texas Tech, he is a Texas Tech alum where he played for his father, and he’s also been an assistant there for 7 years. Once Tuberville leaves Texas Tech, Dykes will be the next coach there unless he falls on his face before then.

    Smart – He would be as close to a homerun as possible. The only downside with Smart is that hes never been a HC and if he did well here, he would probably leave down the road and will definitely be a candidate at Auburn, Tennessee, and Arkansas too so we do have competition. That said, he grew up in Alabama, played at Georgia, and has been a coach in the SEC for 9 years. This guy knows SEC football, how to game plan against SEC schools, and has been a Nick Saban assistant for 8 years (7 in the SEC + 1 year with the Miami Dolphins). He’s learned from the best in the business and I would love to see him here.



  218. Musehobo
    5:57 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Geez, 2 weeks ago the message boards were 50/50 on Petrino. The dude shows a little interest and now everyone’s going crazy. We got the “ugly girl at the dance” complex. One good looking guy shows interest in we are blubbering all over ourselves. It’s simple, Petrino is a bad hire. And if you think he’s the next Cal, you’re a moron. Stop talking like you represent everyone, there are still a few intelligent fans left in the bluegrass.



  219. Yab
    6:19 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    When Forbes, USA Today and ESPN all came out with articles saying we should hire Petrino, most understood what a no brainer this hire truly is. This guy will elevate our football program to heights previously unimagined.



  220. Floyd
    6:39 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    #188 I know. IMO Saban will advise Smart that UK is too toxic due to UKAA lukewarm support, & schedule.



  221. LETSfinallyWIN
    6:53 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    I think Mitch is at the point (unless we really hit a home run) that it at least has to be leaked that Petrino turns us down. If the next guy is an average hire and there is a perception that Petrino could have been here then support for the program is not going to improve much over the mess we are in now.



  222. Punter U
    7:04 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    UK hiring list should be:

    1: Bobby Petrino
    2: Kliff Kingsbury



  223. wow
    7:07 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    I assume no one wants the Tressel thing to gain steam. The guy wins and would bring different Talent along with attracting SEC talent. If Petrino can be considered I am not sure why Tressel can not be.



  224. Logic
    7:10 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    I am 110% behind Joe B and Bobby P!!!

    Suckit Mike Pratt



  225. FB Hero
    7:13 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino is the answer. All other coaches = lots of empty seats for a long long time.



  226. Openyoureyes
    7:22 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Matt: the IS a Vegas odds board on the matter – Petrinos the 2-1 favorite.



  227. bigd
    7:35 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    I say go for a homerun. Call up Nick Saban at Alabama, call Lane Kiffin, call every coach that has a proven team in the top 25. If the statement is true that UK can make someone the highest paid coach in the NCAA. I would almost promise you that one would say yes. Money talks. I mean all they can do is say no!!! Then you are out what, a phone call or a meeting. Swing for the fences. As far as Petrino goes, everybody messes up, you learn the best lessons in life from some of the worst mistakes you make. No difference in him and Pitino!! Go CATS!!!



  228. RYNO
    7:56 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    I saw that this post was up last night and then taken down for a couple minutes before being reposted. Did mitch not proofread well enough? Can’t believe you screwed up his words so much that he would make you take it down.



  229. Survey Monkey
    7:58 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    I did an unscientific poll last night, which was posted in a couple of different KSR blogs, asking BBN which coach was their top choice. The results show that, at least among the KSR faithful, there isn’t much of a divide. More like a mandate.

    After about 12 hours of voting, we had 108 responses:
    Petrino – 89
    Smart – 9
    Dykes – 8
    Cutcliffe – 0



  230. Survey Monkey
    7:59 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    sorry, my math is good, it’s my fingers that don’t work. 106 total votes.



  231. Rixter
    8:02 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    ++ the next week or so will be spent attempting to prioritize (the list)++

    Thne WHAT were they doing LAST WEEK???????????????



  232. Blueprints
    8:04 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    On wave3.com there is a poll.
    Who do you think should be UK’s next football coach?http://www.wave3.com/category/1181/sports



  233. Rixter
    8:05 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    “And you just can’t take a chance at this point on having a repeat of the past”
    – Matt Jones

    THANK you, Matt.. finally, you’re on the Bobby Petrino bandwagon, even if you don’t know it.



  234. Survey Monkey
    8:06 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Hey, it’s hard work, but a labor of love.
    I do because I care about you guys first and foremost. I gotta go now, I’m starting to get emotional.



  235. Rixter
    8:08 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Unfortunately, Wave3’s poll left out Tony Dungy and Vince Lombardi



  236. oldcatdad
    8:11 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Give the movement for Petrino another week. Mitch will have no choice but to hire him. If he chooses someone else, or another school takes a chance on Bobby look out. Mitch will see the backlash and the new coach will never be a favorite of the fanbase.



  237. Rixter
    8:19 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    “(on the subject of Petrino) people are either all in or all out…few people express ambivalence.”

    So, Mitch is searching for ambivalence? That sounds about right.



  238. Jared
    8:23 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    ” A name being attached to any SEC school, yes even Kentucky, is an agent’s dream ”
    Just FALSE!!



  239. Rixter
    8:25 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Sonny Dykes would be quite a coup for UK.
    It’s not every SEC school that can steal a coach away from Louisiana Tech.



  240. Rixter
    8:26 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Cal is leaving. He’s headed to Atlanta.



  241. I'll be honest with you
    8:26 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    229 (bigd) – you lost all credibility at Lane Kiffin. That guy is a joke and I’m sure we can all agree about that.



  242. Rixter
    8:27 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Sorry, Kats (Cards) faneverywhere…. it’s already been announced that Mike D’Antoni is taking over the Lakers.



  243. KentuckyHouse
    8:28 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    59…funny that every UK fan I’ve talked to, including season ticket holders, have told me they DON’T want Petrino, me included. I think the fan base is more divided than you think it is.



  244. Rixter
    8:28 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Got anything else? Let’s talk about where Charlie Strong will be moving to…..



  245. Rixter
    8:31 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    I stand corrected. Apparently, Tennessee DID steal a coach from LA Tech already. And Dooley is working out well in Knoxville.



  246. Scotty Sharp
    8:32 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Matt, stop categorizing elderly folk. I turned 78 this fall and routinely surf the internet. We may be old, but we’re not dead and completely out with the times. I’ve been pro-Petrino from the jump along with most of my friends who draw social security, including the Grandfather of Kentucky athletics – Joe B. Hall.



  247. Rixter
    8:32 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks for clearing that up for us, Katsfan. We’re all on pins and needles.



  248. I'll be honest with you
    8:34 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Why are are we wasting so much time and energy talking about a guy who is just using us to get a better job? You’re really fooling yourselves if you think Petrino would come here. Let’s talk about people that are realistic and stop wasting everyone’s time.

    But before we do, I’ll join the party as well: I’m not renewing my 30 season tickets if they hire ___________________. Do you hear me Mitch?? (That will teach him! Ha!)



  249. Rixter
    8:34 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Damn, Matt..why do you always want to insult the elderly?



  250. Rixter
    8:35 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    265, you’re right. let’s talk about Tommy Tuberville vs Phil Fulmer. Which one really brings the most excitement??



  251. Rixter
    8:36 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Part of the current crop of leftovers from Brown’s staff are expected to be retained by D’Antoni, along with “one or two” new coaches that he will bring in with him, according to a source. Two candidates to join D’Antoni are his older brother and longtime assistant, Dan D’Antoni, as well Phil Weber, another longtime aide.
    – ESPN

    Now go away



  252. Mess038
    8:37 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    She’s currently in 2nd place. Vote for Ashley! http://www.seniorclassaward.com/vote/DI_volleyball_2012/



  253. Belgium
    8:38 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    A big problem with Petrino- he has to go into the houses of kids, and the parents, and tell them he is not the liar that every person in college football says he is.



  254. SammyB
    8:46 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    JOE B SAYS………..“This is a very unusual opportunity to have a coach out of a job who could be the guy that you want here,” Hall said. “I would think it is an unbelievable opportunity to get a coach that maybe you would never ordinarily be able to approach. With the situation here, you could not get a better coach than Bobby Petrino. This is a chance for Kentucky to bring in a very predictable successful coach.”



  255. ThatsAShame
    8:47 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    All this talk about what the fan’s want is silly. Mitch does not and should not care who the fans want as a coach. All the blowhards talk about giving up their tickets, boycotting games, etc. If the new coach wins people will show up. Plain and simple. It is not a popularity contest



  256. I'll be honest with you
    8:52 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    I love how people are relying on Joe B. for football coaching search wisdom. Does anyone know why he would be in favor of Bobby Petrino? Hmmmmm….I wonder. Maybe because it would likely mean that his daughter would stay in Lexington!! Seems like a good reason to campaign publicly for someone and say whatever it takes.



  257. cdc_uky
    8:52 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino never had an interest in UK. Those comments by his dad were to raise his stock for other jobs coming open. That hat alreday fell at TN so they can get in the mix with Petrino. Next will be Auburn.

    Everyone needs to stop yelling at Mitch to hire a guy who he has no chance of getting. Get back to reality and start pulling for a coach we may actually be able to get!



  258. Rixter
    8:54 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Katsfan, what is KRS? Kentucky Revised Statutes?



  259. Rixter
    8:56 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    I agree, 276…Joe B Hall has always been a master manipulator, and a guy who will stretch the truth to serve his own selfish needs.

    Please.



  260. Twill84
    8:58 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Why don’t everybody that hate on Matt and the writers of this blog quit coming to the site? Why do u continue to read if u hate it so much? This site would b a lot better without your stupid comments. Go start ur own blog and see how good it does



  261. Joe B. Hall
    9:05 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    If Kentucky wants to be successful they will follow my advise and hire Petrino….then again Mitch said last year after UT game that Joker was the right man for the job, that didn’t last long….If only we had a competent AD….



  262. Jo
    9:06 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino or Sonny one is a proven winner one is just starting as a head coach.



  263. Dr. Tom
    9:11 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    1. I hope everyone who has commented the last 11 hours does invest as much passion into their families and/or jobs today!!
    2. Please quit all the bashing of Matt Jones who provides this free forum for your ridiculous opinions.
    3. And finally, let AD Mitch Barnhart do his job.
    4. Go CATS…beat dook!!



  264. Funtucky
    9:17 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    So what was Joe B’s story about Petrino’s motorcycle wreck….some blonde chick just jumped on the back of his bike which caused him to wreck and the woman claimed they were having an affair.



  265. eric
    9:19 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    holy comments



  266. SammyB
    9:29 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    @272…Let me put a spin on what Petrinos pitch…”I have made some mistakes in my life in which I am not proud of and I have paid dearly for them, but son I have seen the error of my ways and I am ready to make a CHANGE. WE at the University of Kentucky, are ready to make a CHANGE. I feel so blessed to be given another chance by this University and I will not let them down, I will not let you down. Rarely in this life are we given Second chances, and now is the time to seize this opportunity and to Prove ALL THE DOUBTERS wrong. Come play with me, come play with us,..The University of Kentucky and together we can make a CHANGE, these fans they are starving for it, they want so bad to be on top. This is my time,..OUR time to show the world that CHANGE can happen,..that CHANGE will happen,..together we can SHOCK THE WORLD lets make it happen,,,



  267. Dickie
    9:30 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    A simple “I have no clue” would have saved a lot of typing



  268. bbmike
    9:34 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Wow-KSR has more than its fair share of idiots posting about fball. You all should stick to complaining about the height of ryan harrows flat top compared to noel’s. Some of you are stuck in a microwave that is only cooking petrino pasta. Open the door and look at the other qualified candidates that don’t have all the mold growing under the box.



  269. Goofdru
    9:35 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Everybody needs to take a chill pill. If you are a true fan of UK you will support whoever the AD chooses. I would prefer not to have Petrino, but if that is who is choosen then I will support him.

    Everyone bashing Matt Jones is just jealous of his dream job that you all wish you had and would have thought of it first. But you didn’t.

    Matt and everyone here at KSR do a great job. If you don’t like it, go read a UofL blog or something. #BigBuckWC



  270. bbmike
    9:35 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Ps-What Dr Tom said too.



  271. Belgium
    9:36 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Here is how the opposing recruiters will spin that:
    “Liars lie.”
    Would it be so hard to find a winning coach that has a shred of integrity and is the least bit likable?
    I know this is Kentucky football we are talking about, but it can’t be that hard.



  272. Drew
    9:43 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    @289 I have to agree. This post was useless.



  273. cats1068
    9:51 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    I like Petrino, but don’t kill the messenger. Geez! If you don’t like Matt, go somewhere else. Matt isn’t the only outlet for UK sports. The rest of us enjoy the site and come here every day for entertainment and info. It’s sports, not our real lives.



  274. Assman
    10:12 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Let’s cut the speculation and get to the real answer. If UK really, really wants to compete year in year out in the SEC I feel the one guy that can make that happen is Boise State’s coach, Chris Peterson. Look at his record. Also he went to Boise from Oregon as an assistant. Wherever he’s been he’s been successful even as an assistant. Is there any chance with Boise going into the Big L-east that he might be interested in coaching in the SEC? Why not go for it and see what happens.



  275. Petrino
    10:15 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Do you guys actually think Petrino would stay here even he took the job? We need someone like Fulmer who has coached at a high level and will stick around build the program the right way. Petrino will leave and we will be doing the same thing in a couple of years, if that.



  276. Bluegrassjimmy
    10:22 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    OK< let me say this ONE MORE TIME!!! We don't need to hire someone that wants to BUILD the program for 4 or 5 years!!! I think Mitch got the message OR should have, when there were 18,000 people in the stands of OUR 70,000 stadium! If he hires someone that wants to have 4 or 5 years to get their system in place, fine, you will see the 18,000 go to 10,000 or 12,000 per game!
    The big blue nation NEEDS a coach that KNOWS HOW TO WIN!!! HIRE PETRINO NOW!!! I am telling you straight up that Auburn, Tennessee, or Georgia will hire him in a minute if we miss the boat!!!



  277. UKNation
    10:23 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    If you UT or UA is available Petrino is not going to sign on to UK until he knows the other schools are not interested. If you think UK is a better option then you probably think that Ole’ Miss is a better coaching position than UK in basketball.
    If they can get Kirby Smart I would be thrilled. Perhaps he builds UK into a powerhouse and this becomes HIS legacy and decides to stay.



  278. UKNation
    10:25 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    278 you can’t hire petrino now, you moron. Petrino is going to wait and see what his choices are.



  279. bigcat76
    10:31 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino has coached 14 different places since 1983, that’s an average of 2 years each. No place longer than 3 years. So let’s just say he stays at UK longer than ever before. 4 years! At best we’ll be right back to looking for a new coach in 4 years. Do you really believe he will deliver the program fans want in that amount of time? That’s an at best scenario. NO THANKS.



  280. UKNation
    10:37 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    #281 AGREED



  281. Plain Truth
    10:44 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Well if you’re talking about Petrino, I would not worry about any bridges being burned at Louisville, they did not worry about any bridges at UK, with Pitino. That being said I think he will be looking at Tennessee, wasn’t he sneaking out and sending out messages to Auburn before he even sat down at his desk at U of L, he may want to give them a second try.



  282. Aja
    10:45 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Here’s another scenario. Petrino comes. Mitch goes.



  283. SEC MANIAC
    10:49 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    276 – Not only would this not happen, but its not even worth the call. How is UK an upgrade for Peterson? Peterson will go somewhere that he can win right away if he ever leaves Boise.



  284. Tony
    10:49 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Hey 281 & 282…he has turned Loserville & Arkansas around in one year….. If you guys don’t want Bobby for 4 years you need to suffer with the other uninformed fans on here pulling against a proven winner….Hope you enjoy watching Tubberville or Fulmur going 2-9 for the next five years before they are fired!



  285. SEC MANIAC
    11:04 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    281 – Very true……I don’t think Petrino will get hired by UK and I don’t blame them. I’m not looking for someone with a squeaky clean image to be our football coach, but there are more red flags with Petrino than just his character.



  286. Big J
    11:08 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino is the best available coach to turn this program around “period”. We will live to regret it if we let him get away. (Most likely Tennessee or Auburn) If this happens without making him an offer, then we need to remove Mitch. I trust coach Hall’s explanation and judgement.



  287. Wanna win
    11:09 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Kerry Coombs is coming to town.



  288. burger
    11:13 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    #265 – Dr. Tom – Let Barnhart do his job? He’s been at UK since 2002.

    That’s 10 years in a row of failing to give UK a chance to win the SEC East.

    He’s 0-10.



  289. SEC MANIAC
    11:21 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    286 – Louisville was in the Big East and he had Brian Brohm and Michael Bush who both grew up UL fans fall into his lap. I think even Joker could win in the Big East if he had those two.

    The Arkansas job wasn’t a one year turnaround. He went 5-7 and missed a bowl in his first season at Arkansas and still had a losing record in conference the next season. He did end up getting to 10 wins each of his last two years at Arkansas, but he has also had 16 jobs in 26 years. What makes Kentucky the one that he stays at?



  290. CharacterMatters
    11:26 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    I dont care about his issues with leaving Lousiville or Atlanta, I care about what happened at Arkansas. Did not hear Joe B defend this. The link below is to an article including adjacent articles that provide great detail on the issues at Arkansas that led to his firing. He did not resign, he was FIRED FOR CAUSE and forfeited an $18 Million dollar contract…That is Baggage we DO NOT NEED!

    http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/7798429/arkansas-razorbacks-fire-bobby-petrino-coach



  291. funny
    11:41 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    281 & 287 – It’s called a non-compete clause. From his Arkansas contract:

    As part of the new agreement, Petrino will receive an increase in his average annual compensation to a total of $3.56 million a year during the length of the agreement. The increase to Coach Petrino’s compensation package will be paid with athletic department-generated revenues and private gift support and will not include any taxpayer dollars or student fees. The new agreement will also expand the non-compete clause in Coach Petrino’s current agreement to include all Southeastern Conference institutions, rather than being limited to western division institutions only.

    When will people be educated enough to understand what this means. It means he cannot leave to go to another SEC school. He wouldn’t leave to go to the big 10 or 12, he wants to be in the SEC.



  292. Hal
    11:52 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    sonny dykes
    dave doeren
    butch jones
    todd berry
    kliff kingsbury
    kirby smart



  293. Bill Cowher
    12:04 pm November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Here’s a scoop for you, I met with representatives from UK this weekend. They promised upgraded facilities as part of the package to bring me to UK. More to come…..



  294. notv
    12:31 pm November 12, 2012 Permalink

    What about the Franklin issue that comes alone with Dykes?

    Also, Kingsbury’s stock skyrocketed this Saturday.



  295. 8&Counting
    12:34 pm November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Really Sonny Dykes is the favorite. This is supposed to bring excitement? A coach from a LA school that isn’t LSU. I don’t see that as a homerun hire or even a triple as you said on the radio. He might be the next Saben. Doubt it though.

    Petrino has exhibited success by taking 2 schools to big time bowls but he is not the front runner and we the fans as supposed to take this replacement process seriously. I am not a huge financial donor, but I do spend some of my extra cash buying apparel and going to games both home and away. Have went to the last two Final Fours and the 2010 First/Second rounds in NOLA spending a chunk of change to watch the CATS and will cut out all of my spending and watch UK FB and BB from TV without buying any new gear if the hire is a joke/er again!!



  296. Txjacwil
    12:46 pm November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino has done and had all the requirements the nay sayers on here have said he doesnt. Experience… both college and NFL.. not just with the Falcons. I guess not supporting M Vick is a bad thing. His leaving has been pretty well explained.
    He put 21 players in the NFL in his time at AR, 3 in the first round.
    His contact at Louisville had a buy out clause, which he excercised. Many coaches do that to go to the NFL. We had that in a basketball coach.. No problem.
    The AR blog is that he brought a winning culture to AR and they are now looking for a coach that can restore that. BTY on their list is K Smart, S Dykes, C Strong, along with Pete Carroll.
    To hire B Petrino could and probably would instill a winning culture at KY. If he leaves early, a number of quality coaches would welcome the chance to continue that culture. It would not be tradition for a while, but would get there



  297. J A Brooks
    12:48 pm November 12, 2012 Permalink

    It is truly sad that ul fans are thinking petrino or nothing. It is more sad that fans are comparing petrino to cal. Cal has zero major infractions and has left most schools on good terms with the ADs and players. Petrino has burned bridges and lied to players and to be honest that’s not something that devastates me… but he hired his girlfriend to a high paying job and basically paid her to screw him around the clock… a job she wasnt qualified for and didnt deserve and he lied to Ark about it. There’s stuff you just can’t do.

    Please stop comparing him to Cal. That is very insulting to Cal.

    There are a lot of great coaches that started at small schools (90% of all coaches) and there are a lot of coaches who’ve had great careers that were top assistants first. Helfrich Dykes and Smart would be amazing hires but instead of being excited or grateful we could get such a coach our fans want to cry about not gettting the one guy who has made himself almost impossible for Mitch to hire. Petrino made a lot of bad choices but we blame Mitch? Other great young coaches that have done everything right so far get spit on?

    Please rethink your coaching criteria because you lot are hopeless.



  298. J A Brooks
    12:50 pm November 12, 2012 Permalink

    *** Uk fans first sentence



  299. R. Smith
    12:54 pm November 12, 2012 Permalink

    there are some names that could eclipse Petrino as the coach here. The question is – what kind of chance does UK have to land them?

    The reason Petrino is so appealing is that he is a great coach that needs a second chance. If Petrino’s availability is the reason other coaches are being fired at higher profile programs, then UK isn’t going to get him anyway.



  300. Hey, hay, hey
    1:26 pm November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Am I going to need to post this on every blob post from here on out?

    Anyone bother to do any research at all on Bobby Petrino? I’ll save you the trouble. In 4 seasons at Louisville, he brought in 32 3-star recruits (Nice job by the way, getting a Brohm to go to Louisville.). Steve Kragthorpe had 31 in 3 seasons. Of the 32, 15 were in the 4th year that Bobby Petrino was at Louisville. From that final class, 21 of those recruits never played football at Louisville. Only 1 even ended up playing Division 1 football. Seeing a trend? He was at Louisville for 4 years, same as Arkansas. Left a mess at both places.



  301. SEC MANIAC
    1:27 pm November 12, 2012 Permalink

    293 – There are both ways and money around clauses like this. If another SEC school wanted Petrino, they would just have to up the ante and give UK a piece of the pie. People understand what this verbiage means, but some are educated enough to know that it doesn’t keep him here. Also, he may want the SEC, but don’t think for a minute he wouldn’t consider a school like Clemson, FSU, Virginia Tech, WVU, etc….



  302. MackyBrown
    2:51 pm November 12, 2012 Permalink

    299 – Thank You! I am so tired of hearing this “well you hired Calipari” argument. Calipari’s reputation is largely undeserved and anyone who has watched him here in KY knows he is a man of compassion, commitment, and loyalty. Read the Sports Illustrated article before betraying your ignorance. Also, Cal leaving Memphis cannot be compared to going on secret mid-season job interviews or abandoning your team mid-season when it has become apparent your stock value is about to plummet. There may be some Memphis who feel betrayed, but my experience with Memphis fans is that they know that UK is the premier job in the country and that Cal stayed as long as one could expect him to stay on a C-USA campus. Not the same!



  303. bigcat76
    3:02 pm November 12, 2012 Permalink

    293 – When will you become educated enough to read and think. I’m well aware of what a non-compete clause is. The point I clearly made was this. He doesn’t stay anywhere long, for any reason. See #303 for more and add NFL to the list.



  304. Chad T
    10:30 pm November 12, 2012 Permalink

    HIRE PETRINO IF WE DONT HE GETS HIRED BY TENNESSEE OR AUBURN AND WE STAY AT THE BOTTOM OF THE BARREL. MITCH THIS IS OUR CHANCE TO BE RELEVANT



  305. thegr8one
    11:01 am November 13, 2012 Permalink

    Hey, if you want to see how 2 coaches that won’t be at UK next year (Dykes and Franklin) run their “system”, tune in to ESPNU tonight at 6:00 to see an All-Access of Louisiana Tech.
    #tonyfranklinsystem