— Photo courtesy of Josh Hopkins, hope you all exercised your rights today —
It’s election night, and I am sure you all are glued to your TV and/or computer screens to keep up to date on what’s next for our country’s future. Despite all the social media posts you see that may drive you crazy, this day has been brought to you by the colors red, white, and blue. Gotta love ‘Merica.
However, this post isn’t about a new name for the election. Instead, let’s briefly talk the football coaching search. KSR-alum Tyler Montell penned this piece advocating Kliff Kingsbury as UK’s next head football coach. To be fair, I hadn’t even considered this option, but I think Tyler makes an interesting case — Let’s look at his reasoning before you switch back to MSFOXNBC or what have you. Tyler gives us three reasons to select Kliff:
(*faux-hawk is not listed as one of his reasons)
1) He’s 33 years old: Kliff Kingsbury is not an old person. He wears V-Neck tee shirts and Oakley Wayfarers (questionable) and styles his hair like from Charlie Tweeder from Varsity Blues. The last time Kentucky gambled on a young, up and coming coach from A&M, it didn’t work out so well. It’s risky, I get it. But let’s own that.
2) He Develops Talent: Joker Phillips was promoted in 2010 in part because of his ability to recruit and develop talent. In 2013, Kentucky will have just fifteen Seniors on a very young squad. Obviously, Kentucky needs to bring in a guy who can cultivate and develop young players and, at least in the beginning, develop 2 and 3-star recruits.
3) #AirRaidEverything: Kliff Kingsbury played under the head pirate himself, Mike Leach at Texas Tech from 1998-2002, where he passed for over 12,000 yards and 95 touchdowns. Kingsbury was drafted in 2003 by the New England Patriots where he won a Super Bowl.
Tyler clearly left off the very important reason #4 to hire Kliff: he landed both Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson. And that, my friends, deserves a Citizen Kane clap.
This rest of his blog post elaborates on the reasoning. Check it out, even if just for the sake that he used to write for your beloved KSR. I am not educated enough to say this is the right call, but I think this is another very interesting idea to keep in mind. However, I am sure Mitch and company are already knee-deep in candidates and they aren’t looking to our website for ideas. Or are they…?
Nah. Go Cats. And an obligatory “U! S! A!” for good measure.