And honestly it’s not really as catty as it should have been. Nobody called out Les Miles for chewing the cud, no one made fun of Saban’s daughter, and nobody talked smack about Petrino being unable to hold down a steady job. But still, the quotes give you a look into what other coaches are expecting from Kentucky this year – and they come from guys that know a lot more about football than we do – so they’re worth looking at.
Here’s what anonymous coaches said about Kentucky, bonus points if you can guess who said what:
“Joker (Phillips) did a nice job in his first season as head coach, getting Kentucky to a bowl game. His second season might be somewhat tougher, especially since he has to replace Randall Cobb and Derrick Locke. Cobb was one of the nation’s top wideouts and just a spectacular all-around threat. I, for one, am glad that I don’t have to face him again. People don’t understand how good that guy was.”
“The quarterback (Mike Hartline) also is gone, so I don’t know where they’re going to get their offense from. Hartline really came on last year. He wasn’t very good early in his career, but he was pretty solid as a senior. The good news is they are strong up front (returning four offensive line starters). Guards Larry Warford and Stuart Hines are the anchors on that unit.”
“The defense is loaded and returns virtually intact. Linebacker Danny Trevathan and safety Winston Guy are as good as anyone in the SEC. They could play for anyone.”
“Rick Minter, the former Cincinnati coach, was named co-defensive coordinator. Word is he’ll look to implement a 3-4 defense.”
“The key for Kentucky is a three-game stretch against Florida, LSU and South Carolina. If they could steal one of those games, I think they could have a special season. If not, they could be fighting to get to a bowl.”
“They need some skill guys to emerge. They have had playmakers over the past few years, but I don’t see anyone who really scares you – at least not yet.”
Basically what we’ve all been thinking. Kentucky is going to miss Randall Cobb, Danny Trevathan is going to be good, and they hired a new defensive coordinator. Gotta give it to whichever head coach could only come up with Rick Minter when thinking about Kentucky. Odds are huge that it was Houston Nutt.
Here’s the full article, but like I mentioned, it’s disappointingly scare of scandalous tidbits. The most interesting quotes come about Florida, where the other coaches question the Muschamp hire, talk about how tough it will be for Florida this year, and one coach (my guess is Vandy coach James Franklin) offers this jewel “Charlie Weis’ hiring as offensive coordinator is interesting to say the least. He can X-and-O with anyone, but I don’t think Florida has the Jimmys and the Joes to win the SEC this year.“