Today Joker Phillips’ Kentucky Wildcats were defeated at the hands of Will Muschamp’s Florida Gator squad by a margin of 38 points. This marks the 26th consecutive season that Kentucky has fallen to Florida. Over the course of this streak there have been numerous Wildcat coaches who have failed to take down the Gators in Lexington or Gainesville, but who has been the worst? To find out, I researched the past 6 Kentucky Head Coaches to see which one has been the worst at playing against the Gators in terms of scoring margin. Below is a table containing average points scored, average points allowed, and finally the difference between points allowed and points scored.
None of the outcomes are even close to ideal, but our current skipper has been by far the worst at prepping and executing a game plan against Florida. While previous coaches have managed a few games where the score has been competitive, Joker has had no such luck as Kentucky’s head man. Even Bill Curry managed to play competitive with Florida in three games during his tenure at Kentucky. It should be understood that this is only one series against one team, but this incompetence against Florida cannot continue if the Wildcats ever want to be taken seriously on the gridiron.
Is it fair to judge a coaches performance solely on how he coaches against a single opponent? Probably not. But is it fair to judge him on his overall body of coaching work? Absolutely. While this series is only a singular gauge to measure Joker’s performance, it’s more of a reflection on his coaching ability than most would probably think. This streak is only one of the many problems facing Kentucky’s football program at the moment, but there needs to be a change at the top in order to attempt correcting it.