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Anatomy of a Streak

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.

Article written by Jonathan Schuette

23 Comments for Anatomy of a Streak

  1. BlueTexan
    5:37 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    The “change at the top” should begin with firing Barnfart.

  2. The Waterboy
    5:40 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    Curry did a poor job at UK. No questioning that, but he has forgotten more about football than Joker ever knew.

  3. BlueTexan
    5:43 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    Hire a professional AD, let him assess the status of UK football, allow him the latitude and give him the financial resources to FINALLY solve this continuing problem. Talk all you wish about UK going to the legislature for $100 million in bond money to renovate Commonwealth – there has to be a revenue stream to re-pay…with season ticket sales continuing to decline, the revenue just isn’t projected to be there.

  4. TheJokesOnUs
    5:47 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    Until the fans speak up with their wallets, and stop going to games and watching them on tv, we’ll never compete in the SEC. For the last 50 years, we have been the laughing stock of SEC football. There is no excuse for this lack of effort by past and present a.d.’s and UK administration. I will not watch or attend another game until the university’s effort and passion for football matches the effort and passion put forth by the fan base. Color me utterly disgusted.

  5. Billy G
    5:47 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    Brooks 22.9 is even more impressive considering Florida won 2 national titles (almost 3) during his tenure. Those Florida teams had Tebow. Joker is playing a down Florida program and getting curb stomped.

  6. Stan
    5:49 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    If football doesn’t recover amd fan support continues to die,all the programs,minus basketball,will suffer. Get rid of Joker now before the athletic dept. self destructs. Send Mitch with him if he doesn’t have the sack to do it. Hire the pee wee coach from any team around here,give him a shot. How much worse can anyone do? He has lost all respect from the fans and National media.

  7. Rixter
    5:49 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    That next to last caller had it right..instead of continuing to get out recruited in Florida and Georgia, bring in somebody with connection in Ohio and Pennsylvania..we stand a fighting chance of out-recruiting Penn State, Pitt, WVU, etc

  8. Rixter
    5:51 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    Right now, the ONLY people supporting Joker are his mom, Barnhart, and Louisville fans.

  9. markp
    5:51 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    Bobby Petrino

  10. Mike
    5:55 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    It is impossible to listen to Joker in postgame comments anymore. It would be hard to find a more mono talking guy than he is, and he always says the same thing on all the postgame comments. The team takes on the personality of it’s leader and eventhough Joker is no leader, it is easy to see why the teams shows little emotion as well. The whole FB world knows that Joker is overmatched in this position and is on very tenuous life support. When will Barney have the cuhunas to make a change??

  11. Mike
    5:57 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    Conner Shaw has hit 19 straight passes, but I am sure he will not stand a chance to duplicate in Lexington. This will be another 30-40 point loss.

  12. BlueTexan
    6:09 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    Let’s quickly examine the facts: Barnfart was an Associate AD at TN when he was hired. Morris disappeared and Barnfart needed to hire a FB coach…so, because he’d never had to conduct a national search, he turned to an old mentor (when MB was at OR) who’d left OR and then fired from the Rams, talked him out of the trout steam and tomato patch and *POOF* we had the “Brooks Era”. Bleak years still remained but numerous visits to various “Toilet Bowls” keep the BBN satisfied. The mentor wished to retire (again) but leave a legacy…so, why not name a ‘great recruiter’, K-Man and current assistant as Coach-In-Waiting? Barnfart fell for it…no need for a national search and subsequent costs involved…AND, Barnfart wouldn’t show his lack of acumen in the collegiate coaching search. (After all – he did run-off a national championship BB coach, didn’t do his due diligence and hired a out-of-control ‘hot’ BCG!). He did, obviously, choose a good Rifle Team coach.

    Also, Barnfart did pass over Cal (in the BCG hire) and could have had Leach for a ‘song’ last year. I do appreciate Cal swallowing his pride and recruitng us (again)!

    Barnfart, like several ADs prior, is the core of our football problems. Cut him.

  13. JDH
    6:10 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    Is UK going to actually pay Joker and his staff for that game?

  14. Williamsburg
    6:21 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    Kentucky has NEVER been an SEC contender (discount the Curci era and we were on probation). The only reason we went to the “5 straight” shit bowl games was due to the NCAA putting in a 12th game. Winning 1/2 of your games in a season is not something to celebrate. We usually win 2-3 SEC games MAX in a GOOD year (Music City, etc). Was a season ticket holder for years, glad I got rid of em. Let’s face it, UK does not take football seriously.

  15. Me
    6:43 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    Florida actually looked beatable today…too bad we continue to lay eggs. These guys don’t even look prepared, Joker need to learn how to motivate. No 1st quarter TD in 20 months is insane.

  16. Joe Dan Gorman
    7:28 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    I wish I had a job where success was optional… and I could expect to keep my job regardless…. Actually, no I don’t. I have pride and integrity.

    Only in Academia…

    By the way… one thing that all of the coaches on that list have in common? Losing Career Records.

    Hell… I’d hire the Hottest High School Coaching Commodity out there….one with multiple ‘Championships” [from either TX or FL—> where they should have some recruiting success based on their own rep.

    Just hire a coach w/ a WINNING record… PLEASE.

  17. Big Daddy
    7:32 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    5 and 17 said it. Florida has been down (relatively-not like UK) the last two years and we havent one close. Joker is in way over his head and that’s been obvious from day 1.

  18. Big Daddy
    7:33 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    Correction – 5 and 16

  19. Wildcatsteeler
    9:18 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    By the time we get to Samford (6 more loses and most of them blowouts) morale will be so low we may not even win that one. A 1-11 or 2-10 at best. Attendance will be dismal and that’s what will end it for Joker.

  20. ukdave
    10:46 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    I love all the “just hire a new coach” solutions. That’s worked really well for us in the past, huh? Brilliant! Keep Joker!

    10:17 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    #16 IF Florida “looked beatable today” WHAT does Yew Kay look like after being azz raped by 38 points????
    You CLOWNS are REALLY stupid HillJacks!!!
    Go back to your girley man campout tents and wait for sissy round ball.

  22. Chuck
    1:51 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t have the answer on a new coach, high school, college assistant or head coach. Remember Bill Curry was national coach of the year before he came to UK. As for as recruiting how do schools like Kansas St, Boise St., Oregon, keep getting the players? Kansas, Idaho and Oregon aren’t known as hot beds of high school football. But one thing I do know is: Clean house in the entire football program and the athletic director as well. Tell me one good hire made by Barnfart, not Cal, we all know he was pressured by the boosters to hire him.