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Should Kentucky look at Tennessee for guidance on Petrino hire?


Remember the ugly scene in Knoxville when then-head coach Lane Kiffin decided to leave Tennessee’s football program for the sunny shores of Southern Cal? No? Well, let me refresh your memory. Kiffin was in year one of a six-year, 14.25 million dollar deal when his former employer called to offer him the vacated job. When Kiffin ultimately decided he would take the head coaching position at USC, he first held a meeting with his players at Tennessee to let them know that he was bailing on them for, what he perceived as, greener pastures. When they realized what was going on many players began to scream and yell at Kiffin as he relayed the bad news to them. They, understandably, felt betrayed. The news of his departure quickly leaked and the Tennessee faithful was, obviously, furious. Fans proceeded to gather around the football facility on Johnny Majors Drive in a mob-like fashion, chanting “F— you, Kiffin!” at every car that passed by, hoping to personally express their displeasure to the coach that had spurned them. Eventually, the Tennessee football players joined the melee, too. Some of the current players were even quoted saying “Somebody find Phillip Fulmer (the coach Kiffin was hired to replace) and give him his job back.” After all, Kiffin invited these kids to trust and buy into his system.. and just like that, he was gone.

Tennessee football has yet to recover after Kiffin’s departure. Current head coach Derek Dooley was hired to replace Kiffin, but cannot seem to find his footing and looks to be on the verge of being fired at season’s end. Really, Dooley was never ready for the job of reviving the Tennessee football program. He was coming off of a losing season at Louisiana Tech and was pretty much an emergency hire after Kiffin decided he was leaving for USC.

Bobby Petrino’s father telling the Courier-Journal that his son would like to be considered for the Kentucky job has evoked a ton of different emotions from Wildcat fans. Some are adamant in the fact that Petrino is the best candidate Kentucky will have a chance to hire. Other are cautious because of Petrino’s past endeavors and would only want him hired if he was the absolute last option. Looking at the success he’s had at other schools, there’s no doubt that Petrino is a good coach. He would be the best guy Kentucky has had at the helm of its program in quite some time, but are the Kentucky fans that are desperately calling to hire Petrino willing to risk a similar Kiffin-type situation in Lexington?

Before you answer that, let me say that Kentucky fans would not react the same way Tennessee fans did with Kiffin. It’s safe to say the Tennessee fan base values winning football a little more than Kentucky’s does, but that doesn’t mean a quick departure would be completely dismissed. If Petrino is hired, there would be constant rumors of him being offered a better job as soon as one became available. After the Arkansas debacle, Petrino needs to show he’s able to be trusted again and Kentucky provides that place. The Wildcats will come back next year with good talent and SEC competition for Petrino to prove himself against. It would seemingly be a perfect stepping stone for Petrino to get back to a national powerhouse.

There are some pretty uncanny similarities between Petrino right now, and Kiffin when he was hired by Tennessee. Both coaches left their previous job on not-so-good terms. Petrino was fired by Arkansas after the infamous motorcycle crash and scandal. Kiffin was fired by the Oakland Raiders after a feud with late owner Al Davis, that eventually ended in a lawsuit. Kiffin was seen as a big name for a struggling program that would excite a dormant fan base, exactly what Petrino would be with Kentucky. Both coaches have displayed some questionable character throughout their careers as well. Kiffin and his current employer, USC, were just assessed a $25,000 fine from the Pac-12 after they were caught deflating balls so they’d be easier for the quarterback to throw. Kiffin wasn’t taking the fall for the hiccup so who got the blame? That’s right, a USC student manager was fired because of it. That sounds bad, but Petrino can easily top it. Petrino left his 3-10 Atlanta Falcons to fend for themselves after Arkansas wanted to make him their head coach. Petrino left Atlanta like a thief in the night, with nothing but a note in the Falcons players’ lockers letting them know he wouldn’t be finishing the season.

If Petrino would leave an NFL team high-and-dry, what makes Kentucky so special? Why risk missing out on someone like Louisiana Tech coach Sonny Dykes, a guy who is winning on a national stage right now and has ties to the Kentucky program, for a guy that changes his jobs quicker than his underwear?

Kentucky fans that are adamantly calling for Petrino’s hiring need to look at the bigger picture. The Wildcats have a real chance to build something special within the next couple of years. Quarterback Maxwell Smith is an incredible talent that can be one of the best quarterbacks in the nation with the right coach guiding him. That same coach will have Patrick Towles to mold while Smith has the reigns of the offense. The main thing that is required to shape these young quarterbacks is time, and I’m not sure Petrino is willing to give it to Kentucky.

Article written by Rashawn Franklin

142 Comments for Should Kentucky look at Tennessee for guidance on Petrino hire?

  1. the ghost of Bill Hicks
    5:03 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    I know some folks want Petrino really bad, but do we really want to have a more successful version of Billy Clyde on our hands?

  2. Sammydog
    5:04 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino’s history of disloyality at all his previous jobs is the primary reason we should not hire him. The man simply can’t be trusted.

  3. dave
    5:05 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Maxwell Smith can be one of the best quarterbacks in the nation? Shew woah.

  4. HireHim
    5:06 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    We need to take a look at Petrino. Who
    Knows if Sonny d would or leave w/ success.
    If Petrino left suddenly after 3 yrs then he
    Probably would have rebuilt our program and
    We will be in the same place we r now.
    Except we would be more attractive to a
    new coach if Petrino won here, and we
    Probably wouldn’t be competing w/ so many
    sec schools for a coach. I say we do it, what’s
    To loose.

  5. Naw Bud
    5:07 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Why do we keep comparing Petrino to Billy G.? He has not committed any NCAA violations. Joker and Dooley are both high character guys who could not win. I would much rather have a coach who wins, even if he is a jerk. All football coaches can be “difficult to work with”, especially the good ones.

  6. Sheriff Buford T. Justice
    5:09 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Forget Petrino, lets stick with 2 win seasons and dwelling in the basement of the SEC.

  7. JOhn
    5:12 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Damn KSR, get off the anti petrino shit

  8. goUKats
    5:12 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Kiffin was a west coast guy waiting for an opportunity to get a prometime positin ,and got his chance to get the Southern Cal job and took it.Petrino is an SEC coach looking to get back into the SEC.For UK to not talk with him would be very foolhardy.Right now he is the best proven coach available.Some of the names being thrown out there are coaches who have jobs and have been marginally successful in leagues outside the SEC.Petrino knows the SEC and has proven that he can be a successful coach in the league.

  9. And another thing..
    5:13 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    If we pass on an interested Petrino, and he goes to another SEC school and succeeds, we will be an even bigger laughing stock than we already are.

  10. Pappa D Nutts
    5:13 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    I am for BP 100 percent, he is the only guy that will turn Jokers disaster around, this guy is a POS, NCAA violations out the a$$ and each week he keeps adding more, he is where he needs to be USC (University Spoiled Children)

  11. dave
    5:15 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    bobby petrino does not = lane kiffin.
    UK does not = UT.
    the situations are different and this was dumb. and i’m not even a fan of petrino nor do i think he actually wants to come here.

  12. freeksr
    5:15 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Well at least I’ll have a good excuse to never watch another UK football game again if they hire him. Or buy season tickets for that matter. Desperation makes people do crazy shit.

  13. from the sound of things ...
    5:15 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Lane Kiffin may be looking for a job for himself

  14. TheBigToe
    5:16 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    You can have character and be a jerk. But how can you expect a team full of 18-22 year old’s have any character when their leader/mentor has none? With all the success Cal has shown, and all the upstanding men he has had at this university, you really want the polar opposite of that for football? BCG didn’t commit violations while here. But he was nonetheless a shitheel with Weno moral compass, same as Petrino. We can have 6,7,8 win seasons with other people. Tubberville got robbed for a BCS title game, and proved it in their bowl game when at Auburn. He has won in the SEC, and is not Fat Phil Fulmer. Gus Malzahn won as an OC in the SEC. Yes he had Newton, but he was one of 22. Hell, even Sonny Dykes could keep us bowling. And that is the tip of the iceberg. We shouldn’t sell ourselves short for some guy whose name is eerily similar to Ricky Three Stacks.

  15. Old Henry Man
    5:17 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Kiffin is in trouble at USC. Hayden is just looking for a reason to fire him.

  16. NostraDanis
    5:19 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Posts like this one are why KSR has the reputation of supporting football less than basketball.

    Nearly every national media outlet finds the Petrino/UK pairing to be reasonable; however a few local media outlets, including KSR, can’t stop telling us why it’s such a bad idea. Why?

  17. bluebloodtoo
    5:19 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    I wonder if it matters to Petrino that UK fans aren’t even sure they want to hire him even though they know he will win. #winningisnteverything

  18. Immaidiot
    5:20 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Rayshawn…this comparison is borderline idiotic at best! These two situations are not even close to the same thing! And remember Petrino did not leave Arkansas…he was fired…..he had been there four years….

  19. Ukalum
    5:21 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    What is you obsession with maxwell smith? He is as mobile as a statue in the backfield and he is an average decision maker. Smith might be a great QB in a league that doesn’t have bulldozers for D linemen. The longest tenured coach in uk is 9 seasons and the most wins by a coach is 60. If bobby P stated for more than 3 seasons he would claim title to the most wins by a UK coach. Besides, any coach worth a dang will be mentioned anytime there is a job opening. Do you really want a coach at uk that no one else wants to hire to run their program. The answer is no.

  20. Immaidiot
    5:21 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    KSR needs to STFU…..and get on board with the fans….or they may lose some supporters themselves……

  21. Number 7
    5:22 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Number 7 says it best.
    I may come here to read what’s going on in the world of UK recruiting.. But their views here def aren’t shared by many….
    Petrino is a top 5 caliber coach and we would’ve lucky to get him. Plain and simple

  22. Truth
    5:23 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    DYKES= Medicore/Brooks pt. 2. Dooley won at LA. Tech maybe should look to Tennessee for that.

    PETRINO= NO BRAINER!!! Will win in the SEC

    We are Kentucky! we suck! we don’t have the option of picking and choosing winning coaches. when they are available. Who cares if he leaves, it will be fun while it lasts. Barnhart should be fired if he passes up on Petrino, and hires mediocre Dykes.

  23. Pappa D Nutts
    5:23 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    UT would take BP quicker than you can blink, they currently have their own Joker Phillips and his name is Dooley, and there about to lynch his A$$ and probably will hire BP, cause Mitch has been fu-ck!ng around

  24. Hypocracy
    5:24 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    If you are comparing Petrino theoretically, then you could just as easily compare him to Calipari. Tennessee was promised a return to prominence, Kiffin not only failed but bolted and they hired Dooley, an up and coming coach (similar to Sonny D) who was incapable of getting them where they wanted to be. Kentucky should take a leap of faith. Only those close to Petrino and the program know what the consequences are, but UK will definately have to sit down and think about the pros and cons. Is it worth the risk for a chance at becoming a known program, winning in the SEC, and putting people back into the stands. I don’t know, but I will say A) Calipari was worth the risk B) Kiffin apparently was worth the risk or he would not have been hired, unfortunately with all risk you don’t always get reward. I say hire the best coach possible to make a name for our program immediately, Bobby Petrino or anyone else. Things need to be shaken up in the program in any way possible.

  25. Biglaw Dawgin'
    5:24 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    The old adage applies here: If you have to think about it that much, you probably shouldn’t do it. This dude is bad news. Puck Fetrino.

  26. Support KSR but....
    5:24 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    I love KSR… But this time they are missing the boat. I really don’t understand why?? Please Someone help me understand why?? They didn’t want Cal here either though… Talked a whole bunch of smack about him as well…

  27. MusicCityCat
    5:26 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino, Pitino, Paterno – stay away from guys with Italian names that start with “P” and end in”o.”

  28. bosshogg24
    5:28 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    It’s very simple, give him a 5 year contract and tell him if he leaves before his contract is up he doesn’t get a dime! Don’t sign a stupid contract with any coach!

  29. jay
    5:29 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    The reason KSR is on the anti Petrino march is because Matt Jones is the pack leader and they have agree and kiss his ass on whatever he says…..have you ever listened to Ryan Lemond???? cant even think for himself

  30. oldcatdad
    5:29 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t believe the so called moralists out there. It was poor judgement on having an affair, hiring her and trying to cover up the mess. Give him a chance at redemption. I see a double standard as we all cheered the hiring of Cal who had the NCAA on his heels. I have lived through coaches like Curry, Morriss, Grandpa and Joker. It’s time to take a chance on a guy that actually wins at a high level. I just don’t think Barhhart has the guts to give him a call. Maybe he will be looking for a job if Auburn hires Petrino and we get a Sun Belt Conference coach?

  31. Coaching Search
    5:32 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Another day, another anti-Petrino article. Geez, KSR.

  32. Bob Loblaw
    5:34 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Everyone keep in mind that Rashawn is a HUGE Joker fan…that should explain a lot. He probably still thinks Joker is the man for the job.
    Comparing Petrino to Kiffin is idiotic at best. It’s about as pointless as comparing midgets. But this is the classic UK football move: the national media says it’s a no brainer, but sure enough we’ll probably hire Jim McRandom from Podunk State to take us to 5-7 every year

  33. realistic fan
    5:36 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    I like that this is just an opinion piece, but you showed your stupidity when you said maxwell smith could be the best qb in the nation. For what its worth Petrino, when you put all the drama aside, is the best possible coach we could realistically hire. Keep your opinions to yourself.

  34. Hartline
    5:36 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    At 32, Even with what your saying the article does make alot of sense. Petrino leaving after 3 years would create a vacuum where recovering would be hard.

  35. Yngvie Malmsteen.
    5:37 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Scarf up Chiz if he’s fired by Auburn.

  36. SexnNursinHomes
    5:38 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    I bet Lace Kiffin is cheating on Lane Kiffin. Bet money on it.

  37. Han
    5:38 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    I still say we have Petrino, Tressel, and some NFL guys on the top tier. For the first two, you have massive buyouts/compliance-related clauses. If you can’t get who you want out of this group, you’re hopefully aiming for the best of the assistants at top programs, hoping one of them wants to make his own legend at a school like UK and not just use us to get a better job like people are afraid Petrino would.

  38. fireant
    5:38 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Louisville hired Pitino and every UK fan mocks them for it and what kind of a dirt bag he is. If we hire Petrino then UK is no better. Have some dignity and tell him to pound sand. Period.

  39. Han
    5:40 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    31) It is getting pretty common. It’s one thing to say that word out of the administration is Petrino won’t be approached. It’s another thing to write article after article focusing on the bad things about Petrino and saying we should try to get Dykes, etc.

  40. RYNO
    5:40 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    What an idiotic post. KSR has gone to crap so fast. Doesn’t help that their chicken little leader thinks the world of himself and only his opinion rules. Wouldn’t surprise me if mitch is telling matt what to say or have his pass removed. Mouth piece for mitch just like ryanis to matt. Just cant say no.

  41. Han
    5:41 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    What’s with Kiffykins deflating balls at USC? Why is he still cheating at USC? They get the top players every year. He shouldn’t need to cheat. But the deflated ball thing, the kicker trading jerseys, other things…dude was breaking rules the day he went to Tennessee. Why doesn’t the national sports media lay into him like they try to lay into supposed cheater Cal?

  42. bluebloodtoo
    5:44 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Media outlets broadcast opinions, KSR is a place that allows for collection of opinions and discussion on those collections. That’s why blogs have become more popular than newspapers and media outlets.

  43. thomas
    5:44 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    KSR continuing to do Mitch’s dirty work… I thought you guys were above this sort of thing after all the snide remarks you make about Jurich ordering the UL media around like his personal servants–but what does this make you? Not just as pathetic as those guys, but even more so. I mean I can sort see it with TJ (he can seem to be an intimating figure in some sense), but Barnfart?

    I am severely disappointing in Matt Jones and thIS entire blog for how they have handled this.

  44. OwensboroDavid
    5:46 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    What if Petrino has an affair with Sandy Bell?
    What if Petrino leaves us for Tennessee or Auburn?
    What if Petrino gets caught dressing in drag?
    What if Petrino wears a neck brace on the sideline for pity?
    What if Petrino point shaves?
    What if Petrino gets caught giving Tom Jurich a back massage?
    What if Petrino kidnaps Mitch Barnhart’s daughter?
    What if Petrino parties with Stone Cold Willow?
    What if Petrino gets a ton of DUI’s?
    What if Petrino gets caught picking his nose on the sideline?
    What if Petrino voted for Romney? nah, he’s to immoral for that 😉
    What if Petrino stopped coal mines from operating?
    What if Petrino added to our national debt?
    What if Petrino is resposible for Benghazi?
    What if Petrino inhaled?
    What if Petrino has sex parties with Bill Clinton?
    What if Petrino turned Rachel Maddow straight?
    What if Petrino turned Anderson Cooper straight?
    What if Petrino starts hanging out with “The Situation” and Pauly D?
    What if Petrino embarrasses UK by winning a bunch of games?
    What if Petrino actually intimidates other coaches in the SEC?
    What if Petrino makes UK relevant in football?
    What if Petrino takes UK to Atlanta for the SEC Championship?
    What if Petrino takes UK to a BCS bowl?
    What if Petrino does the unthinkable and takes us to the BCS Championship?

    **Well now, we can’t have that can we? It’s just too risky.

    Good day, sir. (or ma’am) 🙂

  45. LETSfinallyWIN
    5:47 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Can’t believe this is even up for discussion. You take the best available unless you have to go to a prison to get the guy. This guy wins everywhere and UK is at the bottom of the of that group and it will take a special coach to succeed here. If this was the basketball team it wouldn’t even be a discussion on taking the best available and I don’t know why football should be any different. Let UT hire him and that will guarantee us to be behind another SEC team for many years to come. Best thing to ever happen to old man Brooks was for Petrino to leave UofL, so he could pick up a win over Kragthorpe. What’s the worst thing that could happen? Win 6 or 7 more games a year more than we are now and the guy leaves for a better job. Pretty much any coach that comes here and wins will leave if the right job is offered. Hate to think we are using an excuse that a coach might be successful here and leave us some day, so let’s not hire him. Guess we would rather lose and not have anyone think our coach is worth going after. Screwed up enough hires over my lifetime to pass up a proven winner. This is not a morality contest, it’s about wins and selling tickets.

  46. Biglaw Dawgin'
    5:49 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    26, 30, 32, 33 – The point with Petrino is being severely missed here. No one questions his ability, he’s a good coach. Also, most people can overlook his personal indescretions–we all make mistakes, whatever. It’s his trackrecord of leaving jobs quickly that is the most disturbing. And no offense to UK, but ALL of the programs that he sold out were better football programs than ours.

    Just wikipedia his coaching resume. Since he began coaching in ’83 he’s been with 15 organizations. That’s 1 team every 2 years. His longest stint was at Louisville and that lasted just 4 seasons. Add that to the fact that his dad just said “he’d jump at the first job he was offered” and it’s clear that this guy is desperate just to get back into coaching. He left UL 6 months after signing a 10-year $25M contract. What makes you think he would treat us any differently?

  47. Lip Schitz
    5:50 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch Barnhart will hire a retread or an up and coming coach that will last another 3-4 years and the process will start all over , he will let the best coach pass by that UK has had a chance to get in 30 plus years, if it wasn’t for BP issues, this wouldn’t even be a discussion, he would be at ARK or Auburn, I am a UF fan and don’t give a sh!t either way, but I know if UK hires BP, that our streak is looking a little better to be broken, dont let us down Mitch, because we know the route you will take,LOL

  48. Biglaw Dawgin'
    5:51 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    44, 45 – you guys are missing the point as well. Same argument I made in #46. Everyone can agree that he’s a good coach, he just won’t stick around long enough to win at UK.

  49. bluebloodtoo
    5:52 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Ok, I just don’t get some of the people on here. How can you come on here and say that Matt’s opinion is crap and yours is gold? He gave you the place to say that and isn’t charging you a dime to use it. For the record, I have never met Matt or any other writer on this site, but I like being able to read everyone else’s opinions and state my own here for discussion. The writers on this site are supposed to write things that make people think and feel; that’s exactly what a good writer does. Since they have 10 posts a day on here and each of them get 50 to 100 opinions posted under them, I’d say they are doing a pretty damn good job of getting you retards to come on here and complain about everything.

  50. Disappointed
    5:53 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    What’s with the full-court press from all the local media? Did little Mitchie threaten to revoke your basketball access if you didn’t publish negative posts about Petrino? You guys are no better than Dick Gabriel if you keep schilling for little Mitchie. BOOOO, KSR!!

  51. Dee Sanders
    5:54 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    There is a HUGE difference between being “difficult to work with” and being a GROWN MAN that is the leader of YOUNG MEN that cheats on his wife with an unqualified and engaged employee. Do we all make mistakes? Ofcourse we do, but when you are an established name with team that has national title hopes and you pull a stunt like that then there are some serious questions of character, self discipline, etc. By all accounts Nick Saban is a hardass and is difficult to work with at times. HOWEVER, Saban has never had his ethics questioned and his players love him. We don’t need to be associated with Petrino. Hes a great coach, no question. Maybe top 10 coach in the game. But dont hire him out of desperation

  52. OwensboroDavid
    5:55 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    48- That’s why you plan on him leaving. Let him come in, build us up and win games. While he’s doing that, seek big time donors (individual and corporate) to build our facilities. You do that in preperation for him leaving. If he does bolt, you have a winning football and the facilities in place to go out and make a big hire that we couldn’t get right now. You ALWAYS have to plan for the future. We don’t let Petrino use us, we use him.

  53. Brandon B
    5:56 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Wow, most of you guys have lost your minds. This is a free site that we all come to read about opinions. If you scroll down, you will see various posts that are full of Pro-Petrino information. I don’t agree with Rashaen in his comparisons but its silly to say KSR will lose readers because of Anti-Petrino posts. Just like the scores of Republicans vowing to move to Canada… Oh, what’s that? You’re still here? Why? Because Canada is no better and you won’t find another site on all things Kentucky as entertaining as KSR.

    And let the AD do his job. No one wants to make a better hire than Mitch. It will be a big time coach that maintains the reputation of our beloved university. It’s going to have to be to keep up with Cal. No question, the new coach will have to be just as big as Basketball, if UK football will ever move up the ranks long term.

  54. The Lawyer
    5:57 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Any concerns about him bolting are easily resolved through proper contract terms. It’s a red herring issue. KSR needs to stick to basketball.

  55. Tickle
    6:00 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    I dont understand some of the people worried about him leaving in 3-4 years, what is the difference in Mitch hiring a retread or another KragThorp or Joker, at least in those 3-4 years BP will win 8, 9,10 games, last I checked our record is 1-10.

  56. LETSfinallyWIN
    6:01 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    48. No point missed here. He gives us the best chance to get on the national radar. Do you really believe that if one of the other candidates being mentioned for the job wouldn’t have other offers if they get us to even a seven or eight win season? Cal left a top 5 team for the UK job and no one could really blame him for taking a better job. Don’t think there are better jobs than UK football out there and if we get lucky with one of the other hires that they wouldn’t do what’s in their best interest. One thing going for Petrino is that he has already tried to jump around for the “better” jobs and may finally be ready to stay somewhere for a while. If not at least you hired a top 5 coach and showed that you’re finally serious about winning at football. Way too many losing seasons to not try and get the best available. We are not picking a pastor for a church, we are trying to win a football game.

  57. capt.
    6:01 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Ultimately, we need not discuss this matter further. Mitch Fartbarn is going to hire whoever the hell he wants. It might be someone decent. Probably not, since I’m convinced he’s the enemy. He hired BCG, Joker, and even Calipari. At the time, Cal was controversial, and that was Mitch’s best chance at sinking the program even lower. Hire a coach that the NCAA hates. Is it true that Cal and Fartbarn don’t really like each other that much? Go figure….

    I hope Mitch proves me wrong. He can’t be trusted.

  58. Wildcatsteeler
    6:04 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    I’d much, much, much rather have Dykes. Petrino will leave after 2 years. He’ll have a decent season, then a better next one, then take a better offer.

  59. Biglaw Dawgin'
    6:06 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    54 – Riiiight, like he’d be the first coach to breach a contract. Remember in 2006 when he signed that 10-year, $25 million extension with Louisville? He breached that in six months. This is an employment K, brah. A school has to prove it’s damages when a coach breaches and since damages are so speculative to the school, the schools rarely go after them (liquidated damages clauses aren’t allowed). You need to stick to something other than lawyering.

  60. lip det
    6:06 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    38). can you even read? seems a majority of uk fans are begging for petrino, not mocking louisville for hiring him

  61. Ron Wagers
    6:07 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    He.s a winner, Thats all we need!!!! Any one who don’t want him as our coach, is not a UK fan!!!!!

  62. wally
    6:07 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Hmm. Why would kentucky want to hire an “opportunist” like bobby petrino??? Lets see. By definition someone who is an opportunist only seeks to improve themself by whatever means necessary. If this means bringing a team out of the dumpster in their respective conference then so be it. Who cares if he comes and goes after a couple of seasons just as long as he brings us to national acclaim. Otherwise we can remain the same old Ky football program and our neighbors to the south at UT can reap the benefits of kicking our butts year in and year out for a few more years. Also. If he brings our program out of the depths to which it has declined and bolts it will be much easier to hire another highcaliber coach. College sports revolve around ticket sales and money snd without an sctive and supportive fan base you gain neither of these. Hire Bobby P while there is still time and bring excitement back to commonwealth on Saturdays. My prediction: We hire petrino and season ticket sales will go up at least 50 percent overnight.

  63. LETSfinallyWIN
    6:08 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    57. Should of hired Cal the first time, but screwed up and got a guy that had ten times more baggage the Cal even supposedly had.

    KSR has a right to post whatever they want, but kind of strange that everything written is pretty much anti-Petrino. Keep on throwing up evenly split although everything pretty much showing at least 70-30 pro-Petrino. Makes you wonder if UKAA wants the Petrino push to be pushed back and using KSR to do it?

  64. Fred
    6:10 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    UK has been in the situation that he referenced of Kiffen leaving before, it was when Guy Morris did the same thing. Arkansas structured the contract so that it was impossible for Petrino to leave for another team, UK could do the same thing.

    Also something else to consider, the revenue from Arkansas football doubled during the time that Petrino was coaching there. Thats right Doubled, those that are clamouring for the commitment to football, you would have it as the program would be raking in money hand over fist. Yep thats right I said doubled and it wasnt like Arky was having attendance problems either.

    Something people need to remember is that everyone of us work for a living, if you had gotten a job with someone and another company came along and offered you almost twice your current salary, you would take the job in a heartbeat, even after getting a raise from your current employer. I have been in a similar situation to where I left a company for more money, but once I got to the new company, I started seeing warning signs that the new company was actually struggling to make it and went to cash my paycheck on payday and it bounced. I was contacted by another company that had an opening a week prior to this and ended up calling them up and took their offer after being with the my new employer for only 4 months.

    Moral of the story is we all are only trying to better ourselves financially and what Petrino did is not uncommon at all in corporate america.

  65. Bob Loblaw
    6:13 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    This whole “Petrino will leave us in 1-2 years for the next best job” is weak. He spent 4 seasons at Arkansas and there was never any rumors of him bolting. IF he were to come to UK and experience some degree of success, I don’t see him leaving unless it is a significantly better position.

  66. Matt Jones Hugs Barnies NutSack
    6:13 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Matt Jones needs to get off Barnies nut sack and stop being a tool Petrino wins – bring him in.

  67. Rixter
    6:13 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino was in Louisville for 4 years, and left when he was offered an NFL head coaching job. A LOT of guys would jump at that chance. Now, he did leave the Falcons in the lurch to go to Arkansas, where he stayed 4 years before he was fired.
    Other than Atlanta, where has he voluntarily left from quickly? I’d take him for 4 years…..

  68. Hilbert
    6:17 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    He deserves another chance and surely he knows that this one of his last chances at making a real name for himself that isn’t frowned upon. He isn’t that young and he has some baggage that will obviously take time to shed, lots of time and or wins. He can’t get much of a legacy at two or three more coaching stops. He can behave himself and tenure himself at one school and it makes him and everyone else feel better.

  69. High Energy
    6:18 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    If they’re going after the likes of someone as Neal Brown, why not take a shot at Kliff Kingsbury. He air-raids everything, high energy, high powered, knows how to recruit, can develop young 3* talent. Has a marketable face, personality the whole 9. A year older than Neal Brown, but with 6 yrs. pro experience. And an obvious game plan that works in the SEC. I go after anyone, screw the big names, take a shot! 5 things KY needs in it’s next coach; 1.)Ability to recruit 2.)Connections to the North & South 3.)An in-check ego 4.)Track record of success 5.)Flashy offense, strong defense. Don’t waste your money on a big name, slow & steady wins the race.

  70. LETSfinallyWIN
    6:20 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    If UK hires football coaches based on who is least likely to leave then we need to fold the program. It will prove to everyone that we will settle for average. Anyone that comes here and is successful will leave if the right opportunity presents itself. I even think that someone that has not experienced the success of Petrino (NFL-top 10 college) would be even more likely to bolt for a high profile job. Petrino has already been at the top (NFL), so not as many places going to have a wow factor with him as maybe some other hires.

  71. oldcatdad
    6:21 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    I like 64’s comments. I really don’t care if Bobby P sticks around for 10 years. Just give me 4 or 5 and I will be thrilled. Have we all forgotten how he beat the crap out of us for 4 years in a row with the Dirty Birds? There is a reason he is the best play caller in all of football. Let’s go get him Mitch.

  72. BLUE BLY
    6:21 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    I think we should give Jo Paterno a look……

  73. John
    6:22 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Shut up Rashawn…

    Petrino or bust..


  74. KSR loves Barney
    6:24 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Geeez guys what’s with the Petrino hate? Like Mitch said you seem to have a personal agenda? Bottom line we are SICK of losing!!!!! Petrino has no NCAA violations and he’s not a drunk so quit comparing him to Kiffen and Billy Clyde. Who cares if he’s a jerk? He’s a football coach not a preacher.

  75. TJ
    6:24 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Get off this hate on Petrino thing. This makes me sick. You do remember that Cal had revoked wins right? Actual NCAA sanctions on the school then he left. Now that doesn’t bother me and I think it was a great hire. Petrino has never had NCAA issues. The Billy G. issue is BS too, considering if he won games I’d put money on he’d still be here. So he’s a jerk? Big deal. These guys who win have big egos. You think Saban is a kind man? Seriously get over this crap. And the Max Smith thing is a horrible arguement. The kid sent video to UK because NO ONE offered him. National talent level? Come on man. This is the worst article I’ve read on here in a while if not ever

  76. Fred
    6:25 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    The thing that keeps getting left out of why Petrino left the Falcons is that he was led to believe he was inheriting a solid team, when in reality he inherited a team in the midst of major turmoil over the Mike Vick Dog fighting scandal. I believe he had Chris Redmond as his starting QB. He didnt like the NFL, sure he could have left them differently, but that isnt reason to not hire him at UK. Dennis Franchione did the same exact thing at Alabama when he left for Texas AM.

  77. browsdown
    6:28 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Who cares about all this….basketball starts in 2 hours

  78. markp
    6:28 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    If Petrino is willing to come he would take us to a higher level in the SEC than any of the other candidates. He’s already done it. If he leaves in 3 years so what? Then you have a good team and another talented coach will come. Besides it will make some recutums tighten in Louisville if he goes to UK because they know what will happen next. Ass whoppins! I say either him or Mike Leach.

  79. BobbyPetrinoorbust
    6:29 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink


  80. markp
    6:30 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Reckon I’ll spell it rectum.

  81. barn
    6:35 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    63–bcg didn’t have baggage when UK hired him. he was the hottest up and coming coach in college basketball at the time. if you think most of UK fans want petrino, remember most UK fans probably don’t even visit ksr, just a select number of fans who enjoy expressing themselves on a blog venue. fans on ksr don’t necessarily reflect the opinions of the majority of UK fans

  82. Head Bussa
    6:36 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Too much hate from the writers on this site directed at Petrino. I don’t get it. I really don’t. We want him to be our coach. Stop hatin and help us make it happen by letting Barnhart know there is no other choice with Petrino available!

  83. Wildcat24
    6:38 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    I’m starting to get fed up with Matt and this sites anti Petrino stance. Matt back tracked a bit today on the radio but needs to take a role in motivating the fan base for this hire. This guy is a winner we should be throwing 20 year old coeds in his face as I type. This is a real chance to be a legitimate football power and not just 8 wins and a music city bowl.

  84. sean
    6:41 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    a kiffen situation? so your saying we would have 4 more wins then we have now?

  85. John
    6:44 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Ok as idiotic as saying “Maxwell Smith could be one of the best quarterbacks in the nation” is….

    If we hired Petrino, he legitimately could be… That’s the reality of hiring Petrino. He could make Max Smith one of the best QB’s in the nation…

    Without Petrino, this statement is ludicrous.

  86. Logan
    6:46 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Lot of Petrino hate from KSR… #AllAbouttheW’s

  87. wildcatfan52
    6:47 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Whats with all the name-calling. Little Meechie, Farnbart, Barnfart. Have the 12 year olds taken over the discussion thread.

  88. Scotty Sharp
    6:48 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    If Sonny Dykes comes in and has immediate success here at Kentucky, what’s to stop him from leaving for a better job? Let’s face it, Kentucky will be a stepping stone for any up-and-coming young coach we bring in. #Petrino2BBN

  89. filbert
    6:50 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    who cares about the baggage!!! Calipari had plenty of it too! Lets just get a coach already while the getting is good before we get all the f%#king leftovers! ##QUITDRAGGINGYOURFEETMITCH

  90. ohhai
    6:52 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    what a PATHETIC attempt at a spin piece. ksr knows our dipspit ad does not want to hire petrino so we get some yellow journalism. Acting like petrino leaving uk for greener pastures would hurt our program. HA!!! take a look at our f’n program. 1-9, get blown out every week and lose to western kentucky!

    and 28 that is too much logic. barney cant even get a coach to sign a contract much less one that would ensure he stays for the duration of it. he needs to start his coaching search at bluegrass airport for flights boarding africa as he obviously cares a whole lot more about that than the “football part”

  91. Rashawn Franklin
    6:55 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    In no way is this concentrated KSR hate towards him. Some of our writers want Petrino, others don’t. I’ve been around this team for two years and I just don’t think Petrino is the right hire.

  92. General Betraeus
    6:55 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Go ahead.
    Hire Bobby Petrino.
    He will betray U(K).
    He is betrayal.
    He is Judas.

  93. thomas
    7:08 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Sounds good Rashawn. I can’t wait to read their rebuttals. When can we expect them to be posted?

  94. Jw
    7:09 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Good article. I don’t like petrino as a person, although he is a good coach. Met him while he was at UL and he is a complete jerk. Hopefully we can get someone else.

  95. BBN
    7:18 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    NO PETRINO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HE HAS TO MUCH NEGATIVITY!!!!!!!!!! I DO NOT WANT UofLS LEFTOVERS!!!!!!!!!!! THINK OF ALL THE TRASH TALK WE GIVE UOFL FANS OVER OL RICKY P!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DO NOT HIRE HIM MITCH!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  96. BBB
    7:29 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    HIRE PETRINO NOW!! Enough about the baggage. 1). Mitch hired Cal with all of his “supposed” baggage. RIGHT? 2).Mitch hired Billy Clyde and stipulated a driver to drive him around because of his “habit”. Hows that for baggage. RIGHT? 3) It would give us a possible step up to above mid-level SEC football on a consistent basis. (move over ol’ball coach)RIGHT?. 4). BALONEY on the baggage issue. We may have an opportunity to hire a coach who we would never be able to have, except in this circumstance. Hiring Petrino would energize a fan base to basketball levels and cause recruits to give us a look who would never look our way before. Mitch has said this is a pivotal moment for UK football. Is Pease or Neal a pivitol hire????NO WAY!!!!HIRE PETRINO OR DITCH MITCH!

  97. Biffswitters
    7:31 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Well said! Try to get Sonny Dykes.

  98. Biffswitters
    7:37 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Also trying to equate Billy Clyde or Bobby P. baggage to Cal’s baggage isn’t fair
    Unfortunately a lot of people don’t like Cal, but I’ve never heard it said of him that
    he’s a jerk. The same can’t be said of the other two.

  99. We Need Petrino
    7:45 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch must have told KSR to keep slamming Petrino so when he doesn’t hire him we won’t be shocked or upset.

  100. LETSfinallyWIN
    7:56 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    81- Did BCG just become crazy when he came to Kentucky? BCG had to be mistreating players at A&M just like he did at UK and Tech. He just didn’t become crazy overnight. BCG baggage was not public knowledge, just not a good enough background check to know that he was crazy.

    As far as the majority of fans not wanting Petrino. I know UK football fans want an winner and Petrino has proven to be able to do that at a high level. Don’t screw up a chance to get a guy that has taken mid-level programs to top 10 status. If the only argument you have is that he may leave after a year three or four years is the only argument you have then that is weak. As far a morality goes I didn’t know he was being hired to lead a church.

  101. LETSfinallyWIN
    8:04 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    As far as morality goes, we have a basketball coach that probably does more charity work than anyone in college athletics, yet the media portrays him at times to be one of the biggest scums in all of sports. Cal has done nothing but great things here and still gets slammed on a regular basis nationally. Heck, if the media wants to write an article about Petrino’s affair let them. It would be the first time UK football has been mentioned nationally in about five years.

  102. puuullleeeeaaasssee
    8:04 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Big Big difference between f…ing kiffin and Petrino. Bobby will win and win big. Kiffin has never won anywhere(including this year @ SC where he was supposed to be in the Hunt). Let’s just hire a maybe will or maybe won’t. That has really worked so well in the past. This is a defining moment in UK football history. Do we go comfortable (Sonny Dykes, Bill Curry, Joker Phillips) or do we step on the ledge of greatness (Howard Schnellenberger(sp?), Petrino). We have absolutley nothing to lose. We suck. It reminds me of the saying in business you can have 2 out of 3…Good, Fast and Cheap. In coaching you can have 2 out of 3…Clean with the NCAA, Clean off the field and Winning. At UK we can’t have all three. Not many out there not named Saben are perfect. Wake up people.

  103. Gen. Betraeus
    8:04 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    When was the last time a coach left KENTUCKY for another program?

    Was it Paul Bear Bryant?

    ‘Har’ Petrino, and he’s gone in a year or two.

    AX yo sef: DO YOU WANT THAT, SIR?

    Hail naw.

    FOK him.

    There is NO righteousness in that hire.

    Think about what a deeper HOLE BP will create if hired but departs – for ANOTHER SEC team / enemy – as soon as his greedy narcissistic ass is sneakily provided the opportunity.

    It is a no brainer.

    Hiring Petrino is assinine.

  104. puuullleeeeaaasssee
    8:06 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    99…You hit the proverbial nail on the head.

  105. jp7
    8:10 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    For years, UK fans have pounded Petrino, first for comments he made about UK when he was UL, then for leaving UL and then Atlanta, then for his shenanigans at Arkansas. The guy has no morals,no class, no loyalty to anyone but himself and if UK hires him he will be on the first flight out as soon as a better offer comes along. Who needs him? I don’t care if he can win or not, he won’t win here if he’s gone somewhere else and UK will be back to square one. He’s had plenty of chances to prove himself as a person and he’s failed miserably. UK doesn’t need the baggage.

  106. Jaw
    8:13 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    If Mitch could tie him down with a “we can fire you but you can’t leave unless we agree” contract , I say YES. . Tie him to 5 years with no coach walk away clause and ler er rip

  107. Cal @ Memphis
    8:15 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    #105—I would love to see what people used to say about Cal when he was at Memphis. I’m sure it was all “That guy is a really good coach who toes the line”. “Upstanding guy who just wants best for his university”. People’s perceptions are dependant on where they coach. Are they Your coach? We now say “Well Cal is a great guy. Look at the fundraising. He’s never been in trouble with the NCAA. His guys go to class.” I can promise you that the reason for accepting Cal on his first day was out of desperation. Well as UK football fans, we are desperate.

  108. rick
    8:25 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    So whats the worst that could happen here, we could have something embarrassing happen with the football program?

  109. Dedication to suckery
    8:27 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    This “article” is so flawed it’s not even funny. So what if he leaves in 3 years. If the guy has won enough for other schools or the NFL wants him then guess what. We had a great 3 years. We had 1 good year and couple of decent years with Brooks. How much fun was that. Beating LSU, Gameday, whipping uofl… Give me 3 years or even 1 year of fun. Then we go get a Dykes or whoever else. We suck so bad. Why not have 1 or 3 or 7 years of fun.

  110. LETSfinallyWIN
    8:35 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    105- Not too many on here pounding Kragthorpe when he was at UofL. Want to guess why that was? Because he sucked. Slam Petrino just like they do Cal because he beats your a&&.

  111. larry
    8:49 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    I would think you would be smarter than this. You really can’t be serious about comparing Petrino’s career to Kiffin.
    If this B.S. continues, I may have to consider just taking KSR off my bookmark page.

  112. Truth
    9:06 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Matt Jones. Tell the truth. Even if Bobby Petrino was a saint with no baggage, you STILL would look for any reason for him not to come here because you don’t want a football coach that will take one molecule of attention off our basketball program. You don’t want a football coach that will earn more money a year (inc. extras) than the basketball coach. You like UK football, but only in its “rightful” place–on the back shelf, so youin your speech can wryly shift to basketball as if you’re experiencing a messianic sense of euphoria. Let me let you in on a secret–the nation is laughing at UK because of:
    a) Our continued lack of football success.
    b) Our idiotic AD who parades a Capital Cup around the SEC as if anyone else outside of the state cared.
    c) We crater any great hires in football because we’re afraid of a coach (ala Schnellenberger) having too much control–all the while we hire Cal who is knocking down UK campus buildings with his penis for exercise–yet have no issues with it.

    Tired of the BS. This site blows monkey chunky.
    If Petrino wants to come here, I hope he comes and wins games…then those who have been holding back any success of football at UK can sidle up to the table and eat a nice, healthy portion of my big, white ass.

  113. Well #112
    9:34 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    If I would have read #112 a week ago.. I would have thought it to be out of touch
    After this week…. I sort of agree with it…
    It’s really weird how KSR is handling this…. Like a bad dream

  114. Well #112
    9:35 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Have you noticed they compare Petrino to Billy Gillispie instead of Cal…
    Lol.. That’s what cracks me up…
    Petrino at U of L and Arkansas… Cal at Umass and Memphis.. But they compare him to Billy Clyde because they know that any mentions of his name instantly insight anger …
    It’s like a dang conspiracy

  115. Schwinny
    9:43 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    I think we should look at it as if we hire Sonny Dykes he’s from the same place Derek Dooley is Louisiana tech so just because you can win there don’t mean you can win in the SEC prime example look a Derek Dooley..Everybody wants to get a coach from a small school here’s another exams Steve Kragthorpe had Tulsa rolling he comes to the big east with a top 10 school and couldn’t even win there…There is a lot of people that should just stay at there small schools…If we’re going to go after them small school guys we might as well just get Mike Leach or Petrino..

  116. Catlogic15
    9:46 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Jones doesn’t want Petrino here because he knows Petrino won’t give him the time of day. Period. Sum total.

  117. Dr do little
    9:52 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    UK football fans writing “if he succeeds here.. He will just leave.”
    Those posters crack me up the most….
    No one has ever really “won” consistently here… Make him prove it
    Let him give us 3 years of success.. If he leaves for a better job..
    We had some great years! Not 1-11 with losses to Vandy and western Kentucky at home

  118. Duke Sucks
    10:21 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Smith a incredible talent????
    SEC back up at BEST…
    Towles will start first game next year. He is the future not Smith. A real coach like Patrino will see that.

  119. Lexloublue2
    10:42 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    I agree with those saying that KSR is negatively influencing the coaching pick. I don’t get it either. Matt shuts down anyone on the radio show that says something he doesn’t agree with, it’s really getting obnoxious.I congratulate Matt on building his empire, but don’t forget who got you there…WE WANT, WE NEED PETRINO, period.

  120. Pappa D Nutts
    11:03 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    #115) spot on

  121. markp
    11:07 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    118 Yep!

  122. CorinthBrent
    11:13 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    I DO NOT want petrino anywhere near Kentucky!I hate Petrino!

  123. Twill
    11:16 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Good article, Sonny Dykes please

  124. I want to suck 4 ever
    11:18 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t want Petrino here. I want the status quo!

  125. Twill
    11:33 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Derek Dooley did not do what Sonny Dykes is doing now at La Tech. The best he did was 8-5 his second year and his final year he went 4-8. Why Tenn hired that guy is beyond me, the AD completely dropped the ball. Sonny Dykes took over went 5-7, 8-5 the next year and they’re now 8-1 ranked at #19 and headed to a pretty good bowl game in his third year. Yea they’re not playin the schedule we are, but the guy knows how to win and if you look at the recruiting classes, he’s doin it under the radar talent. He could come in and make an impact right away. And if we get him, watch. He will

  126. Floyd
    11:35 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    What’s the next article “How Petrino compares to Adolph Hitler”?

  127. Alan Cutler's Mustache
    11:59 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    The good folks that run this site obviousl have an agenda against Petrino. The neck brace pic is the most damning evidence.

    I don’t give two shakes about Petrino’s past. Kentucky is not the plum job that some may think it is. UK will be flat out lucky to get Petrino to bail them out from Loserville.

  128. Patrick
    12:07 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    It will take years for anyone to offer Petrino a better job if UK is the one to take a chance on him. Plus Lane Kiffin hadn’t done squat when he was hired by UT. SUre he was on Pete Carroll’s staff and coached the Raiders to a losing season and got fired very quickly there. But as the main man zip. Petrino meets all the requirements of a home run hire but for some reason, Dykes or Cutcliffe is the only two guys KSR is interested in.

  129. Patrick
    12:08 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Another thing who says Dykes would stay if he had success here? He could be gone in three years as well.

  130. SevenT
    7:37 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino is the best Coach out there available. Why not bring him in? I suppose Boy Scout Mitch is afraid of Petrino’s past. That is anchient history. Fans want to WIN

  131. R. Smith
    8:38 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    When UK tells KSR to push an agenda, they go for it at 110%

    We all understand you have to stay in the good graces of the UK administration.

  132. R. Smith
    8:40 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    worse case scenario is he leaves after one year but we actually have a rebuilt football when he leaves.

    and then we can have our pick of the second tier, never will have a chance to win more than 6 games motley crew of coaches this site is pimping

  133. B Howard
    9:10 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    When the news came about Pitino and his affair, I heard many UK fans attack the Louisville administration about the decision to not get rid of Pitino. Funny how many UK fans now SUPPORT the hiring of Petrino. Would we call that hypocritical?????

  134. SammyB
    9:33 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    #Petrino2UK,#Petrino2UK,#Petrino2UK,#Petrino2UK,#Petrino2UK#Petrino2UK,#Petrino2UK,#Petrino2UK,#Petrino2UK,#Petrino2UK,#Petrino2UK,#Petrino2UK,#Petrino2UK,#Petrino2UK,#Petrino2UK,#Petrino2UK,#Petrino2UK,#Petrino2UK,#Petrino2UK#Petrino2UK,#Petrino2UK,#Petrino2UK,#Petrino2UK,#Petrino2UK,#Petrino2UK The MAJORTY HAS SPOKEN, Mitch WE PAY YOU to run OUR PROGRAM,……….DO YOUR JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  135. AL O'Bama
    9:44 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    If/When Charlie Strong leaves the ‘Ville for the SEC, ask yourself: Would Jurich (re-) hire Petrino?

    Most foolish is Mitch hiring the guy for a guaranteed 1-3 year stay.

    Makes zero sense.


  136. markp
    9:48 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    133. Everyone, including Petrino, deserves a chance to become a better person. U of L should have fired Pitino, but that doesn’t say he wouldn’t have deserved a chance elsewhere. Petrino has not done anything wrong to UK and if administration is interested in him put a lot of clauses in his contract that would control him in all aspects of his behavior. We suck in football and he is the best option, coaching wise, to change that. Go after him or Mike Leach!

  137. WildcatFanNVaBeach
    11:07 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Screw Petrino…..Hire Sonny Dykes or try like heck to get Kirby Smart to leave BAMA!

  138. shawncat
    11:08 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Name one college team Petrino has left after one year as HC. You can’t because he has never stayed less than 4 years! To compare him to Kiffin is irresponsible reporting and a flat disregard for the truth!

  139. edrnm
    1:50 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Hire the guy already. It was alright with rumors of an affair with our head coach to continue his job despite crummy performance. Besides Patrino, Parino, Pitino has a certain ring to via an Italian organ grinder with a monkey on the side walk

  140. Head Bussa
    1:51 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Would you rather be embarassed off the field or a team that embarasses you on the field? I’d pick off the field. That stated, I don’t even think that would happen. All in all, Matt doesn’t want this to happen because it prove that he was completely wrong about this. He has scolded fans who have asked about Petrino all season long and have made them feel like they were stupid. If Petrino is hired, it will be a very embarassing moment for Matt.

  141. funny
    3:14 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino is arguably one of the top 5 coaches in America. When is UK EVER going to have a chance to hire a top 5 coach again? The answer is never. If they don’t hire him, it will be as big of a mistake as letting The Bear go.

    BTW Rashawn, look up his contract at Arkansas. There are ways to ensure your coach doesn’t leave, with no compete clauses. How can you be a football “writer” and be so clueless.

    Also, lol @ “Max Smith is an incredible talent”

    But alas, our AD is a doofus. From “I’ve spoken to sources close to and inside the Kentucky program who’ve told me the only way AD Mitch Barnhart will hire Petrino is if new UK president Eli Capulouto forces him to. And that’s not likely.”

  142. If u don't agre.......
    6:51 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    I hate to be censored. Won’t work.