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Big Blue Sadness

– A game that started with hope, quickly turned sour with a Louisville 99 yard drive for a touchdown. One of the biggest plays of the game occurred on a 3rd and 9 with the ball on the 2, when Bridgewater threw a 23 yard pass that only Damian Copeland could catch. After the 3rd down conversion, Louisville’s offensive line simply dominated UK’s defensive line. What was supposed to be a strength, proved to be a weakness which turned the defense into mush.

 

– How do you put a bad defense into a deeper hole? Turn the ball over. It’s hard to win a game when you give the other team the ball, especially when you do it twice inside the 30 yard line. Raymond Sanders fumbled the ball on the 22 while UK was attempting to cut away at a 15 point deficit. CoShik’s fumble on the U of L 3 may have been worse, leaving the Cats hopeless while trying to come back in the 4th.

 

– Win or lose, you have to admire the guts of Joker Phillips when it came to calling plays. Max Smith threw down the field twice in the 1st drive (probably more than Max threw at all last year. He also came out in the 2nd half and recovered an onside kick, playing very un-Joker-like. His only dumb gutsy call- running the punter inside Uof L’s 20 on a 4th and 14.

 

The best news of the day: the offense can throw and catch now. The coaches talked all offseason about the improvements at WR and it showed. Daryl Collins finished his 1st game at UK catching 7 passes for 64 yards. SR Aaron Boyd caught 3 passes for 36 yards (2 more catches than he had last year) and La’Rod King was typical La’Rod with 8 catches, a Touchdown, and 77 yards. The no huddle offense seemed to put the team in a good rhythm while remaining effective, but they came up empty handed too often to keep it close.

 

You know it’s a bad day when Auto McIntosh misses a Field Goal. It was a 42 yarder, but we call him “Auto McIntosh” for a reason. Special Teams as a whole did well, with good returns in both kickoff and punts and an onside kick recovery.

 

– When it is all said and done, it’s hard to talk about anything but the poor performance of the defense. I haven’t seen guys tackle this bad since Hal Mumme was coaching, but we at least scored 40+ points to keep the game close. The DLine was dominated throughout, and we didn’t see anything special from Avery Williamson or Bud Dupree. Teddy got way too much time to throw the ball, and trucks could have driven through the holes the Offensive Line was making. Winston Guy and Danny Trevathan’s absence made a bigger impact than most thought, and without IMMEDIATE improvement, it will be a long season in the SEC.

 

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Article written by Nick Roush

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144 Comments for Big Blue Sadness



  1. JC
    10:07 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Agreed. Offense much better. We threw the ball much better and when we ran and held on to the ball, we did well. Just run more than 3 guys. Please. Rush more than 6. Please. Now to clean out the DVR with an episode of WEEDS and to finish, THE BIG LEBOWSKI. And I will not be drunk or stoned. Then we move on to next week.



  2. JC
    10:08 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    And if that doesn’t do it to cheer me up, it will be RAISING ARIZONA and a WORKAHOLICS marathon.



  3. STEVE BACK
    10:08 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Can’t spell sUcKs without UK!!!



  4. JC
    10:09 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    And if that doesn’t do it, I will comb the internet for info on UCLA losing all three recruits.



  5. JBR
    10:11 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Gutsy calls? Really? Have you watched much football in your life Nick?



  6. carnifex
    10:13 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    If Barney had a nut the size of an acorn he would fire this entire staff, right now, tonight, and bring in Bobby Petrino, no matter the cost. We know Mushmouth is going to be the coach for the rest of the year, and that just leaves us even further in the hole. Can his ass now and start working for the future.

    But since Barney has no nuts what-so-ever, this will not happen. And if Mushmouth gets 4 wins it won’t happen at the end of the year. Because if Barney is one thing he is cheap

    So we’ll get platitudes, and slogans, and eventually finger pointing. But the one thing we will not ever ever get, is support for the football team from the administration. Because they like cheap.



  7. JC
    10:13 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    And you can’t spell steve back has no balls without steve back.



  8. JC
    10:15 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    It’s only because “Barney” has a nut he won’t hire Petrino. That thinking makes me hate this fan base. You have no idea what you’re talking about.



  9. carnifex
    10:15 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    ps.

    Mushmouth should have been cnned last year. everyone knows it. Only the enablers deny it.



  10. carnifex
    10:16 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Barney had to be dragged kicking and screaming to hire Cal JC. Why would the leopard change his spots?



  11. JC
    10:18 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Hitler could coach. Why not hire him, if he’s available. Wait…..Mubarak for OC….great. And I’m not sure…..check on Putin for DC. Oh…he’s not nasty enough. Then check on Bin Laden.



  12. No one is hiring Petrino
    10:20 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    End of story. Think of someone else.



  13. john4uk
    10:20 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    There are major weaknesses with the football team at UK.Lack of individual strength/conditioning,amd Minter as defensive coordinator.Until these are vastly improved,UK is nothing more than a SEC wannabe.



  14. JC
    10:22 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Not true about CAL and everyone knows it. It was a matter of timing with CAL. But morons like you permeate the myth that he wants the football program to fail. Three years ago everyone bitched and said he only wanted the basketball to fail because he was a football guy. Our coach is our coach. Wait until the middle of October and we’ll talk. Acting like you are tonight only hurts the fan base, the team, the athletic program, the university and humanity. Just wait before you blow up every baby step made over the last 8 years. You help no one.



  15. JC
    10:27 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    For example of negativity….Chris Diggs….supposed UK blogger for the CJ….3 plays into the first half he starts bitching about the offense. Even after they move the ball, he bitches. He then gets several others to start complaining. Second Qtr…..Kentucky was down 8 to 7 and everyone but me was bitching about the team. Longshot we win…but if you hate it so much quit. We have plenty of people. Turn in your jersey. Odds our if we got Petrino, Saben, Gruden, or Lombardi, most of you would complain. Christ..last year many people complained after UK won in basketball by about twenty. Constantly. Makes me sick. I want to win, but let’s let us move a little bit farther down the schedule.



  16. JC
    10:29 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Now….an episode of WEEDS and THE BIG LEBOWSKI. Crybabies keep crying. Root for the team or root against it. But don’t pretend you care when you bitch in week one because it ain’t chaingin’ at this time.



  17. LA
    10:32 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Time to start focusing on basketball season! Lets start the countdown right now………



  18. Brother Michigan
    10:32 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Can someone tell me how kicking an extra point when you’re down by eight qualifies as a “gutsy” play call? To me it sounds more like a play call that a moron would make.



  19. Steve Back
    10:34 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Heee Heee! UK sUcKs and Matt Jones hides under his Mamas Skirt!!



  20. catfan2000
    10:35 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    I never thought I would see the day when UK did not have the talent to compete with Louisville. It was obvious that Louisville was the more talented team and we needed a perfect game and then some to win today. Some fans point to Max Smith and the passing game as a positive, but they don’t realize that Louisville is not that good on defense. Outside of WKU, Kent State, and Samford, we will face an equal or better defensive unit all season. Barnhart needs to call Chris Petersen today and offer whatever it takes to get him here.



  21. Head Bussa
    10:36 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Here is my short list for Kentucky’s next head coach (In no particular order):

    Mark Helfrich – is the current offensive coordinator for the Oregon Ducks. He was previously the quarterbacks coach at Boise State, Arizona State, and Colorado. A very experienced coach and well-versed in what may be the hottest offensive system in all of college football. As a bonus, he has also been a part of the recruitment of Trinity’s James Quick and may considerably lift UK’s chances with the program-changing recruit.

    David Yost – Is getting more attention as an exceptional playcaller after 11 years as a Missouri assistant. He has a great eye for talent and pointing out mismatches in his spread scheme. In 2011, Mizzou ranked ninth nationally in rushing (244 yards per game) and had one of the most balanced offenses, as Mizzou was one of only two schools in the country to average at least 230 yards rushing and passing in each game.

    Trooper Taylor – One of the hottest and most successful recruiters in the SEC. He brought in and trained some elite receivers at Oklahoma State and Tennessee before making his way to Auburn. He is continuing that trend and has turned Emory Blake into one of the SEC’s best pass-catchers. He was co-offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State.

    Bobby Petrino — He is a winner on the football field. Not so much of it. We all know about him and his success as the former Louisville and Arkansas head coach, but he may not even be considered based on his recent transgressions.

    Paul Petrino — The Arkansas play caller now, Bobby’s brother is one good coach in his own right. In 2010, he guided an Illinois offense that broke school records for total points (423) and points per game (32.54). The Illini averaged 42.1 points and 448.9 total yards over the final seven games of the season.

    Kirby Smart — Alabama’s defensive coordinator has been in charge of the nation’s overall best defense over the last five great years. A lot of fans say UK going for him is a pipe dream and he would never want to caoch at UK, but you never know for sure. He is certainly a coach to consider and try to talk to.

    Todd Monken – This will be Monken’s 2nd season as Oklahoma State’s offensive coordinator. Monken spent seven seasons as Eastern Michigan’s coordinator in the 1990s before moving on. He spent three seasons as Oklahoma State’s wide receiver coach before moving with Les Miles to LSU. Monken spent four seasons as LSU’s wide receiver coach before serving in that capacity for two seasons (2009-10) with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. He returned to the college ranks last season, overseeing the offense for the best team in Oklahoma State history. His predecessor at Oklahoma State, Dana Holgorsen, is coach at West Virginia.

    Bud Foster — Turns 53 in July, Foster is a perennial name on this type of list. At some point, you figure a school is going to give the Virginia Tech defensive coordinator the chance to be a head coach. He has been at Virginia Tech since 1987 and has been an assistant to Frank Beamer since 1983, when both were at Murray State, Foster’s alma mater. Foster won the Frank Broyles Award as the nation’s best assistant in 2006. His defenses annually rank among the nation’s best, especially against the run; Tech has ranked outside the top 12 nationally in total defense only once in the past eight seasons.

    Tee Martin — We know all about this guy and his star in the college coaching ranks is rising quickly. He may be too green to be hired for such a job, but he could be the type of coach who is truly able to bring many high-level recruits with him to Lexington.



  22. JC
    10:41 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Brother Michigan, what the hell are you talking about? You mean when they were down 9 at 22 to 13? And Steve Back is one of those guys that hides behind websites and name calls. Matt Jones was on the air for two hours after the game. How is that hiding. Ohhhh. I get it. Jealous card fan. Makes more sense. Just use that instead of Steve Back. You are creating what I would call an easily identifiable euphemism that relates to another name for a kitty cat. Seriously. Tomorrow when you write your name, if you can, know that it is a euphemism for kitty cat dealing with the female anatomy. Feel good little man?



  23. JC
    10:44 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Damn. Let us play another game. We should quit. Or….you all should quit. Let us get to October before we act like Louisville fans. Be ashamed. We’ll make a decision when we need to. This crap on here tonight is beyond ridiculous. We’ll know by the middle of October. You’ll be killing us if you keep this up.



  24. JC
    10:48 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Head Bussa, sorry, that might be the worst list of candidates I have ever seen or heard of. Talk about bitching. If Mitch came on the air tomorrow and announce that list most people would choose Randy Sanders. Those people are either not qualified or have lived a life that disqualifies than from the job or have been offered a ton of jobs better than Kentucky only stay where they are. I hate losing, but give us a chance.



  25. YourDadDy
    10:48 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Does anybody really expect the Joker to win a football game? Even Barnfart knows better. Worst coach in college football bar none. Period. I’m done. Finished.



  26. JC is a baby
    10:49 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    all you do is bitch about people bitching. If you don’t like peoples comments you don’t have to read them. Give these comments until October before bitching about them….or get into that weed….that should calm you down.



  27. jryan
    10:49 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    As much as i love joker as a man, it’s time to remove him and start over. I DONT GIVE A DAMN how big of scumbag P.O.S Bobby Petrino is, let’s try and get him to lexington, he needs us right now about as much as we need him. He has took shitty programs and made them winners, for example, little brother was pathetic and he made them good, arkansas was not so great until he got there, other than when they had mcfadded, i dont care how shitty of a person he is, he will get us to winning games, or is barry switzer still alive?



  28. JC
    10:51 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    YourDadDy….bet a grand they win another game. Or do you just talk crap? We don’t want you. Leave for good.



  29. JC
    10:54 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    It’s a show dumbass called WEEDS. I am amazed about how much people believe acting like a CatsPause message board will do some good. Nothing will change for a while. So why not stop whining and support the team. Or you only support winners. Which, good luck with that in life.



  30. JC is a baby
    10:57 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    I know it’s a show. That was a joke but your too busy getting ready to have a heart attack over message board commenters to have a sense of humor. Football is a business, and in business you only support winners or you fail which is why people get fired. It’s just what’s right for the program because as you can see by the comments section the fans (or customers) are getting fed up. When you lose the customers you go out of business.



  31. kentuckyjoe
    10:59 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    If only we had had two Louisville Hate Days. That would have been just the thing to get a victory.



  32. Head Bussa
    10:59 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    JC — Whatever man. You don’t know of what you write.



  33. BlueTexan
    10:59 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    What we need are two things: a new AD and a new football coach. Barnfart needs to leave at the same time as Joker (buy-one-get-one Greyhound ticket out-of-town). New AD? Try this one on for ‘size’:

    Dave Martin: Senior Associate AD-Oklahoma State

    Martin has overseen almost every aspect of the OSU athletic department; he assisted former athletics director Myron Roderick in managing the daily operations of marketing, public relations, fiscal management, fund-raising, media relations and special events.

    After serving as the interim AD for three months prior to the arrival of Jim Garner, Martin was in charge of internal affairs for the department, overseeing personnel, fiscal management, compliance and facilities.

    Martin has also overseen the head coaches while coordinating contracts and scheduling events during his time at OSU. He served as interim coach for women’s tennis in 1989 and for wrestling in 1992, guiding both teams to Big Eight titles.

    From July of 1993 through August of 1995, Martin was the school’s interim athletics director, and recently completed a stint as the interim commissioner of the Big 12 Conference from April 1998 to January 1999.

    Prior to OSU, Martin worked at National Sportswear for 12 years.

    Martin was an NCAA individual wrestling champion in 1970 and was runner-up in 1969 while competing at Iowa State. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Iowa State in speech, radio and telecommunication arts in 1970.

    Martin currently serves on the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Board of Governors and the NCAA Wrestling Rules Committee.

    He was born August 31, 1948 in Algona, Iowa. He and his wife, Toni, have three children, Lisa Cummings (30), Jeff (28) and John (24). He is an avid golfer and is active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Stillwater Parks, Recreation and Events Board.



  34. Brother Michigan
    11:00 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    JC, I’m talking about UK’s first score, when they were down 8-0. Kicking the extra point, UK is still down by a score; going for a two-point conversion, they’re either still down by a score if they don’t convert (i.e. no worse off than if they kick decide to kick the extra point) or they manage to tie the game up. There is literally NO reason to kick the extra point in that situation. If Joker (or whichever coach made that call) doesn’t understand that, I’m not sure what they’re doing on that field as a coach.



  35. carnifex
    11:00 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    @JC

    Ohmahgerd!! I’m sorry Sir! I didn’t recognize you from your initials. I don’t meet Jesus Christ that often, so you’ll forgive me.(You’re known for that) Yes who wants a coach that’s been successful everywhere he’s been with not a trouble with the NCAA? I’m sure glad you got all upset with the hiring of Calipari, or someone could call you a hypocrite.(Did I do that? Yes, yes I did) Now go back to your board room Barney(You are Mitch Banhart right?) He’s a sanctimoniuos loser too.



  36. JC
    11:00 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Look. I’ll defend all day until there needs a decision to be made. Sadly, Joker loves this program so much and with the way you guys hate….everything….and forget….about everything positive…he’ll probably resign in October if it goes the way you’re rooting. And sadly, many on here are rooting for Joker to fail. That is sickening. You’ll complain when he plays young guys that can’t pick up a blitz or don’t seal the edges because we can’t win that way. Should he try hard to lose, gaining experience for young players so you can fire him in week two of the third year of his contract. Because what you guys are saying, is that you want him to try to lose.



  37. Head Bussa
    11:02 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    JC — If you know a way to get him out by October I’m all for it!



  38. Rae
    11:03 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    I seem to remember people thinking firing Billy G so quickly would destroy the program. Besides, we are far less picky with expectations when it comes to football. Joker should have had an easier transition than this if he was cut out for the job right now, considering the players he inherited were his recruits, at least partially. He wasn’t. UK shouldn’t be the first head coaching job someone has. We aren’t C-USA. He might have cut it if he had started smaller. But it will take him quite a while to get where he needs to be to compete, and I’m not sure if the program can afford to wait that long.



  39. iusucksafat...
    11:04 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    JC I’m totally agreeing with you on this. Does anyone honestly think Joker I just trying to fail.

    As a lifelong Wildcat, its ripping my heart out.

    🙁



  40. Louisville
    11:06 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    LMAO! Tweet that! You will NEVER BEAT UOFL AGAIN! #strongwinning



  41. Head Bussa
    11:07 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    JC — All of those names I listed are some of the most popular and hottest names on the coaching market. That’s also stupid to suggest anyone would want Randy Sanders over any of those coaches. I would bet at least four or five of those coaches listed are considered, to some degree by UK, at some point or another.



  42. BigO
    11:07 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Just copy and paste this title and use 11 more time this season. Hey! UK just doesn’t have the type of D1 talent to have a good football program. Why should anyone expect more! The program continues to sign 2 or at best 3 star players and continues to get the same results. We cannot expect anymore. The only answer – sign a big name college coach who can bring better talent (outside of the state) to Lexington. Not going to happen at UK. UK is a basketball school.



  43. JC is a baby
    11:08 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t believe I have complained about Joker 1 time and I certainly don’t hate him. I definitely disagree with his coaching principals and from time to time I have expressed disagreement with it which I believe is my right as a paying customer and fan of the football program. He is a nice enough guy, a UK grad and loves program. That doesn’t make him right for the job. It’s not personal, it’s business.



  44. Head Bussa
    11:09 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    39 — Ripping your heart out? Really? Joker has been given a great shot and we have given him chances. His life will move on and he’ll be alright without coaching UK.



  45. JC
    11:09 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    carnifex……by misspelling someone’s name shows a lack of intelligence. Actually, I knew Cal hadn’t gotten into trouble himself and turned in Camby, and I trusted Mike Pratt. They hid a lot of that information on the internet. Amazing invention when you chose to use it. So, I knew where we stood and he stood in the eyes of the NCAA. Look, in addition, Cal wanted to be here and even then before UK, he had given millions to charity. Again, they hide it on the internet. But since you are the greatest College AD of all time and understand why Kentucky can’t get funding for $200 million and why UofL can (which again, is hidden on the internet) for major projects, you should do your best to apply for the job. Because you have made it clear that everyone associated with Kentucky football wants to lose and does everything they can do make your proud.



  46. Slick Willie
    11:09 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Bobby Petrino? Let’s bust Sandusky out and put him charge of the defense.



  47. Flippy23
    11:10 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t know why I get fired up every year, hoping that we will find a way to be respectable……but we are horrific……we need a change……



  48. Head Bussa
    11:11 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    46 — That’s the most ignorant post ever!



  49. Slick Willie
    11:11 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Blue Texan, do you really think it makes sense to fire an AD at the beginning of the year. There are other sports outside of football. UK has survived without a football program for, well forever. He I got an idea lets just fire everyone at UK, President on down because Joker sucks as a football coach.



  50. mashburnfan1
    11:13 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    2, maybe 3, win season. will not win an SEC game and may not be close in any sec game. this is bad. we do have very good recruits coming, if they stay with us, so the future should be better.



  51. JC
    11:14 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Look. If the job isn’t being done in a few weeks we’ll know for sure. And I will be sad but insist Joker must go. But several of you on here have wanted Joker gone since week 1 last year. It didn’t happen. So, watch no more games and sit home making lists of you want to be the next coach. I can think of no bigger waste of time except to maybe teach Charlie Strong better speaking skills. Let’s just wait for a few weeks. Nothing I have written is unreasonable. Firing him after tonight and screaming about it to the world seems to be a little premature. We made fun of Louisville for that a few years ago. They were a punchline nationally. But, I know you all are the greatest types of fans. Love the heart, hate the thinking.



  52. Slick Willie
    11:15 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    48 – You are probably right. A guy 40 post above want to hire Bin Laden. Sandusky is a much bigger boggy man that Bin Laden. So after your post my post is 2nd most ignorant.



  53. JC is a baby
    11:17 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Why is everyone so down on Petrino exactly? Let’s see he left Lousiville for the NFL (see Pete Carrol,Nick Saban, Cal(NBA), Pitino(NBA), and every other ego driven coach in the world) big deal.

    He left the NFL for college (see above list for the same coaches)although unprofessionally

    He had an affair (see Pitino). But he also built very good football programs at the college level and he didn’t break any rules doing it. He was fired for moral reasons not sanctions, not losing, not cheating.

    So other than being unprofessional and unfaithful (which lots of coaches have been) I don’t understand this overwhelming stigma that he is the antichrist? Sandusky? Really Slick Willie? A man who committed horrifying acts on children and a guy who cheats on his wife with a hottie? You’re a moron.



  54. JC
    11:18 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Actually the Sandusky wasn’t that….well, yeah, it was dumb. But these folks might as well look for Knute Rockne. Bear Bryant was here before, so there is a chance he would be willing to come back. Please just relax everyone. Most here tonight have wanted to fire Joker since 2010, spring 2010. Waiting another month and supporting the team and university shouldn’t kill you.



  55. Landon Foster
    11:20 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    I am an idiot kicker. I ran the ball on that fake punt like scared [email protected] I should never be allowed to post on twitter while my tampon is still in.



  56. Slick Willie
    11:20 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    JC, Petrino rub it in UK’s face and was a complete ass about it. Hitch your wagon to that prick if you wish but if he is hired half the fan base would be pissed. Look I’m sorry about the Sandusky comment lets just stick to the Bin Laden suggestion.



  57. Truth
    11:22 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Strong could have dropped close to 50 on us. He did not want to run it up on his friend.



  58. BackupScrubRunningBack
    11:24 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    I said we would beat uofl 35 to zero. I should have to lick all the jock straps for a week.



  59. JC
    11:24 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino lied to the University of Arkansas. He repeatedly lied to the greatest athletic director in the history of sports at the University of Louisville, he lied to the Atlanta Falcons. Now, if you want to be as ignorant as Louisville fans and just say yeah, but he wins, then I give up on Kentucky as a state. He lied to wife, his family, the media, himself, and his team. He won’t necessarily be the savior, either. Worry more about getting Greg Williams of the Kentucky State Senate to work with the University of Kentucky. That to me, is the biggest issue for the future of the program. He can say that he hasn’t stopped legislation, but I know bills and phone calls have been made and presented and he said never.



  60. Slick Willie
    11:25 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Of course I remember about 90% of our fan base wanted Rich Brooks fired after a couple of years and were head over heals for Hal Mumme. Let’s face it our football fanbase is full of mental midgets. Just spend money and we will win. Get a recruiting room. If we had better scoreboards. Why don’t we spend the money and hire Urban Meyer or Nick Saban? UK football sucks and always has. Any success is catching lightning in a bottle. Learn to deal with it.



  61. GoCards
    11:26 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Glad all you mullets are out of our stadium. Go back to the holler hicks.



  62. Slick Willie
    11:27 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    57 – Strong isn’t stupid he wants Joker to stay around as long as possible. Wouldn’t you?



  63. JC
    11:28 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    At least some jackass hasn’t gotten on here to pull Mike Leach down off the cross. Maybe I won’t have to read that for a couple of weeks. But I prefer reading that over Petrino. Nothing is getting changed today, tomorrow, or three weeks from now. And if we need to make a change, fine. Since it won’t be today, let’s try to act like a fan and root for the team. Not work on destroying it.



  64. Slick Willie
    11:28 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    61 – What is a holler hick?



  65. WKU
    11:28 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    The posed to be SEC.



  66. Joker
    11:29 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    We aint losin brah.



  67. JC
    11:31 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Glad Louisville got to celebrate male tramp stamp day. You guys can all go and turn in your rented rims. Because it’s a three day weekend though you probably don’t have to turn them in until Tuesday. Question: Why the hell can’t you buy black and milds more than one at a time? Makes no sense.



  68. JC
    11:33 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    I work with a dozen Lousville fans in a bank Weird, they all buy black and milds one at a time, they buy a forty before we go out, and they do all have line beards. It is strange. That is why they hate KSR so much. They read it and they know it is true.



  69. JC
    11:35 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    I like to lick Cal’s manboobs and jam my pinky in his rectum.



  70. Truth
    11:37 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Man, we have some moronic players who talked smack on twitter. The should be publicly humiliated. I guess playing for the joke is humiliation enough.



  71. kfund
    11:37 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    “without IMMEDIATE improvement” – wasn’t that the mantra for the articles after each of the first few games last year?



  72. Charlie Strong
    11:38 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    (These are the sounds a retarded Dekembe Mutombo makes) ba en Flurda nxt sieson. No rapin’, no druggin’, no readin’, no ansern kwestious ba the Powleace, und hide tha gunnnn. You wonder why he interviewed fourteen times and was never hired.



  73. JC is a baby
    11:38 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    What? Petrino lied to his school and family???? Oh no, this is the first time a coach has ever done that (Pitino, Mike whatever his name was at Bama, Carrol, Paterno) How will we get past that?



  74. JC
    11:40 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    It’s cute and so witty when someone takes your screen name. Pure genius. Way to show some intelligence. Intelligence is a word that means smarts.



  75. where is hal mumme
    11:40 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    if anyone really watched the no huddle offense, all it did was keep them from subbing players. we go no huddle and with 20 sec. on the play clock the line and the QB look to side for the play, well guess what, ul looked over ther also, and adjusted their defense every time. IF YOU GO NO HUDDLE CALL 2 PLAYS AND RUN THEM DONT LOOK TO THE SIDE AND GIVE THEM TIME TO READ YOUR CALLS. JUST SAYIN!!!!!!



  76. carnifex
    11:42 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    @JC

    Oh geez, the “I’ve got inside knowledge that if you knew” meme. Just spar us okay. Here’s a simple question for you. Is UK getting better under Joker? That simple. If you say yes, then we know you are either crazy or lying. Because the only people defending Joker is Barney and the sunshine pumpers who think 6-6 is tops for us, and to try for anything better is just wishful thinking. Again, you have no problem with Cal, but you do with Petrino, that makes you a hypocrite. And if I do mispell somethings I am not going to make you feel bad about my having a stroke earlier this year.(I do try to proof read my stuff, but some of it still slips past. It’s funny, I can’t speel worth a damn anymore but I can read perfectly well)



  77. Joker Phillips
    11:42 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    I sound like Mush Mouth from Fat Albert. I make Eric Bledsoe sound intelligent. That speaks volumes considering Bledsoe can’t put three words together and talks like he is from a third world country.



  78. JC
    11:43 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    And I’d rather lick Manboobs from Cal than the sack of Rick Pitino. He went to the Todd Akin school of Biology. He thought Sypher would shut that thing down. Also the same school that believes birds have teeth.



  79. carnifex
    11:44 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Ps.

    Joker doesn’t have to try to loose. He just does it naturally.



  80. JC
    11:46 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Forgive me, my [email protected] still hurts from losing tonight. Without Kragthorpe, we would never have beaten uofl. Thank God he coached for uofl for a few years.



  81. JC is a baby
    11:46 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Carnifex – What does “try to loose” mean? Like Joker is a good dancer or he has a lot of sex? Just Curious.



  82. JC
    11:51 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Got to go guys. My sister is calling me to bed. Anyone who makes a post under my name after this one is a fraud.



  83. JC
    11:51 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    carnifex…..just let the season play out. I’m not a hypocrite with Cal and Petrino….Petrino admitted several times lying to the fanbases of both, admitted his wrongdoing, and is a total douche to boot. How is that being a hypocrite. Tell me where the talent will come from for Kentucky to compete. Christ….under Mumme we cheated like we were Oklahoma, threw the ball like Houston in the 90’s, and still only won, what, at the most 7 games? I want to win so, so bad. And I hate Louisville more than anything. It is actually something I need treatment for. (Guess what, none of them know their history.) It does hurt me greatly to lose. But I try to be human about it as well. I know our past, even the forty years before I was born. Guess what, we weren’t that good then either. I do not champion mediocrity. But I like something we’ve improved on early on and I clearly do not like others. But most people on here would act this way if we played Alabama today. That I know as a fact.



  84. carnifex
    11:54 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    Errrr…JS is a baby. I wan’t kidding about the stroke. It’s not funny. I have lost the ability to spell. I literally have to re-type everything a cpuple of times. Things slip past. 😉



  85. DirtyDutchMantel
    11:56 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    We will win 3 games at best. Not sure why anyone ever thought this was more than a 3 or 4 win team. Just look at the game tonight. uofl was bigger, stronger and faster. Just wait until SEC play starts.



  86. JC is a baby
    11:57 pm September 2, 2012 Permalink

    I’m aware, I just thought it was funny. My dad had a stroke too and I make fun of him also. If you can’t laugh about it what else would you do?



  87. JC
    12:04 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Yup. Grammar. It will get you every time. But as you can see I must be the only fan left on hear because everyone else has assumed my name ran with it. Shame there couldn’t have been a good discussion. But, we as a state are 46th in education. I am having to respond to eight or nine different people. Worn out from trying to fight the good fight. Horrible people win. You win. Fire the entire athletic department and drop football until we can get a coach in here who has won at least one National Championship. That would solve all our problems, for sure. No one go to the games. Write letters asking for your money back for the last fifty years for football. I have my stubs in a frame. Should be easy to do and damn them if they don’t capitulate. I’ll get money for my grandfather’s tickets as well. In fact, we should all write letters asking the players to leave immediately for their benefit. They clearly aren’t good enough to be on scholarship and they can’t get any development under the current staff anyway. Actually, kick them all off the team until Joker quits or Petrino comes. That will show everyone in the country just how serious we take our football.



  88. SweetWm
    12:04 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    DITTO (2012 season)



  89. JBR
    12:06 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    If Joker had half of the love he says he has for our program, he would resign tomorrow.

    And yes, JC, I was one of the people calling for Joker’s head after the WKU game last year. And yes, I am a football first person…your man crush or family relation with Joker is amusing at best…but anyone that knows football can see that Joker is taking this team in the wrong direction. Football has been my life, and I was on Joker last year because there has been NOTHING that I have seen from this program under him to give me any confidence anything will improve.

    I was a Brooks supporter when everyone else wanted him out…because I saw the intangibles and things that gave me hope…Joker is the exact opposite…every game, every lie, every screwed up sentence he tries to utter…all points in one direction…he has no business being where he is. Players do not respect him, they do not play hard for him, they have no heart under him. Every spring we hear how his recruiting classes are better than we have ever had, every fall apologists like you throw the players under the bus and say we don’t have the athletes to play with these teams. ANY coach that Head Bussa listed earlier could take this exact same team that we have and win 7 games this year, and a couple may win more. Joker does not have the mind for the game, the emotion, the heart…all of it.

    Again, give me something that you see that we should be positive about. I keep hearing the same thing…give him one more month, one more year…what is enough? Do we have to hit rock bottom and have zero wins before people like you will believe? It is pathetic that our fanbase in football has been dulled down to the point that anyone thinks this guy, who has regressed for 3 straight years, should deserve more time.



  90. carnifex
    12:08 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    My point JC is every second wasted under Joker Philips is time wasted by our players,and our administration. He wasn’t head coach material. He never was. Did you see how quick we got rid of Gilispie(who at the time I was happy we did hire) But after so many Gardne Webb games you KNEW he was a mistake. Well, Joker has been a disaster. He does have a few good wins. USC when the OBC got stupid when Lattimore got hurt. UT, who we beat without a quarterback(hint to UT: Gardner Webb) But at least every other team has an AD promoting its football. Barney was too busy climbing a mountain to represent at one of the crucial functions for the team. He sent the tennis coach instead. And don’t tell me it was for charity, he KNEW the date of the Governors Cup dinner a year ago, but he planned to be out of the country. If Barney and company think they can piss on the fans and tell them it’s raining, the fans get tired and tell Barney to take a flyingyou know what at a rolling tire. Hence, very low season ticket sales.

    Ps. I don’t blame Joker for being in this predicament, I blame Barney, who takes the easy way out for everything. I do blame Joker for the losing though. We don’t pay Joker 1.7 milliom a year for him to tell us “Call me when I’ 2 and 9” I got a better idea. Barney can call me when we bet serious about football. I’m through withthis shit. I am gonna’ root for ‘Bama…least theyhave a coach.



  91. BlueTexan
    12:25 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Hey! Hey! This is ridiculous. The truth is evident. In it’s first three possessions, Looserville went 99, 85 and 93 yards to score. Joker had over a year to prepare the (young) Cats to respond to Looserville/SEC teams. He didn’t. He was annointed by Brooks and confirmed by Barnfart. Other than the TN game (maybe SC) wins…we haven’t exactly been the scourge of the SEC. Joker is NOT building a team, he’s building a retirement nest-egg (buy-out) as things aren’t going to get any better. He needs to leave as does Barnfart. This is damn embarrassing! If it weren’t for BB, I’d say we should leave the SEC…we’re a frickin’ joke. Even Vandy should be looking forward to coming to Commonwealth November 3rd. We have an AD who made a bad choice. We have a football coach who can’t coach. This ain’t ‘rocket-science’ BBN…let’s stop the bleeding.



  92. Blue Jesus
    12:35 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    I’m hesitant to commend the play calling when we had multiple 3rd or 4th down and long plays where we threw a short screen or a dump off that wasn’t even completed past the line of scrimmage…



  93. BlueTexan
    12:42 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Read it and weep: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/ncaaf–from-recruiting-coup-to-college-star–louisville-s-teddy-bridgewater-lives-up-to-hype.html

    “Kentucky is bad enough that Phillips is on very thin ice, but it also is a Southeastern Conference member. And if a Big East team can blow out an SEC opponent — even Kentucky — it counts for something. This was the Wildcats’ worst non-conference loss in six years, since being blown out by a Louisville team on its way to the Orange Bowl.”



  94. Jimmy
    12:53 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    I was holding reserved hope until today. 0-12



  95. JC
    12:56 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Did we beat S.C. from behind two years ago? Did Spurrier decide he wanted to lose and the players called the plays? Did he take a team to a bowl with Mike Hartline when everyone said Hartline was the worst quarterback we had in a decade? Did he beat Tennessee? Obviously, Derek Dooley wanted us to lose. Kentucky moved the ball more today than they have since Woodson was the quarterback. Guess who was the the OC then? Joker. Kentucky was a freshman fumbling the football at the 8 last year from tying the game with Louisville. The team has had the three best recruiting classes for three straight years in the history of the school. Not coaching but it is included in the job. If he doesn’t win this year we’ll adjust. But kicking him out now would do no good at all. It would destroy us, not help us. People calling Barnhart names do not look at all at the entire department. And they are ignorant for calling him names. But if you’d fire Barnhart and Joker last year after week one, he could win out and you’d still find a reason to complain. Your kind always do. I just wish we could go until we find the cliff and not try to jump off it before we do. Kentucky has tried to hire a “big name, big money” coach. They all turned us down. It broke my heart too. But they didn’t want the job and we offered more than 1.7 million for two of them. They didn’t want the job. We can no longer sell the fan base. We are turning into a liability instead of an asset.



  96. JC
    1:08 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    You did know Bill Curry was a big name coach, right? ESPN went on and on about what a coup it was for Kentucky to steal the coach from Alabama. They all said. Fran Curci? Big name coach….cheated, put us on probation and killed the momentum we had. Try hiring a guy who will only run the offense you want run as fans, where the uniforms you want, play the music you want, play the defense you want. Ignore that you’ve been hamstrung by the Kentucky legislature for any kind of substantial improvement. Ignore that you will always be second to basketball. Embrace the fact that 5 to 7 guys a year in the state can play any level of DI, much less high DI. And ignore that the fan base believes everyone involved from the AD down tries to do everything in their power to kill the football program. Sounds like a dream job. Who wouldn’t want to come here.



  97. JBR
    1:25 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    JC, just give it up man…watch some other football, some real teams, and then watch our defense. It is one thing to not have talent and get beat by superior teams…but the play of these guys on the field…the lack of heart, the lack of aggression, the players joking and dancing on the sidelines after they just got their asses handed to them. My season tix were right behind the UK bench…I watched those things closely, and the management and respect on this team is a complete disaster. You can make all of the excuses you want…Joker is a HORRIBLE coach. This program sucks. He has one good win…that South Carolina game. Tennessee last year looked like a couple of high school teams playing out there. If you want to live in the UK football history, fine…but when you open your eyes and look at other SEC teams playing, you will see why the TV commentators WERE MAKING FUN OF US today…pathetic. Keep your man crush on Joker…but it is getting to be a money issue now…the fans have spoken, and now Joker has continued his slide…Barnhart has no choice now, it is only a matter of when…to continue our suffering and appease underachievers such as yourself when it comes to football expectations, or will he do the right thing and try to right this ship now.



  98. CaliCatFan
    1:40 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Pete Carrol.



  99. Cherith CuteStory
    1:57 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    I hate the feeling of losing to UL…sucks even more to know the whole season will probably be like my golf game. Awful with a couple bright spots.



  100. Joker Sucks
    2:11 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Goodbye Coach Joke. You were a pathetic excuse for a coach from day one. I didn’t even like you as a coordinator. You could leave this program, and move to Hawaii, and you wouldn’t be far enough gone. Brooks handed you a program on a platter, and you’ve driven it into the ground faster than Bill F”’ing Curry. I hate you. I hate you. And 20,000 other season ticket holders that said “no thanks” agree. The faster you are gone, the better off we will be. You make a Big East team look like a contender, and on ESPN look like a deer lost in the headlights. You CANT GO AWAY SOON ENOUGH!!



  101. iucansuckabigblue....
    2:15 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOxqbd8aIMQ&feature=related

    This for all us real Wildcats. This always makes me smile. UK nation up in this sum [email protected]$!



  102. Eddie C
    2:50 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    I didn’t like it when Coach Strong called off the dogs. I’ll get over it though.



  103. ohhai
    3:00 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    what happened to that common sense dude that spent the entire offseason telling us joker was the man for the job and needs like 15 more years to get recruits? strong in his 2nd year has us completely outclassed in talent and playcalling. call me when we are 2-9 brah!! will do…



  104. gottodoit
    5:08 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    We know how bad we are because we play against the best in the SEC.

    Louisville will never, never know if its a good football team or not because it plays in the Jell-O land of the Big East.

    I think if I were a Louisville fan I’d be mad about that.



  105. Buckets
    6:07 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t believe how upset people are. We’re Kentucky. We suck at football and pretty much always have, and always will. There is no recruiting base inside the state, so we will never, EVER be good. Just accept it and move along. Nothing to see here. Basketball season is around the corner.



  106. barn
    7:02 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    JC–if you’re so agitated and disgusted with UK fans then why don’t you join some other fan base that is not as passionate. like ucla bball or florida bball, or even dook fball. they never bitch and complain or call for change just because their team is sucking.



  107. Marine
    7:30 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Just talked to the Turtleman.He said he would take the coaching job at UK and promised a lot more LIVE ACTION.yeyeyeyeyeyeyeyeye.



  108. Dawood Khan
    8:17 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Steve Back.

    Can’t spell stUpid Loser piece of shit without UL.

    You also can’t spell assinine fcUktarded Lobsterheaded moron without UL.

    Holy shit! There’s a bunch of stupid shit that you can’t spell with you UL.



  109. smoke and mirrors
    8:19 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Screw you #108. One thing you can spell is-WE BEAT THE SHIT OUT OF UK!!!!!!!



  110. just saying
    8:20 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Things I saw:
    1. opening drive for 99 yards
    2. RBs running to the goal line without being touched
    3. Hurry up to the line only to fake the snap and then stand there for 20 seconds on EVERY offensive set
    4. Being down 32-7 Strong pulled his starting QB and stopped playing blitz/aggressive defense (trying not to run up the score)
    5. The two “strengths” of the team (according to Joker) the RBs and DL were absolutely horrible
    6. This game could have EASILY been 55-7 and everyone in the stadium (including me) knew it

    Joker took over a team coming off 4 bowl games , and Strong took over an absolute horrible UL program 3 years ago. After 1 game in their third seaon UL is a top 25 team and could easily go undefeated and play in a serious BCS bowl, while UK will likely not win a D1 game this year, and is headed toward an embarrassing SEC season. Both of these teams are inside this “state with no football base to recruit” and yet as the ESPN announcer said yesterday “these are simply two programs going in opposite directions”.

    Is it honestly that hard to see? I can not believe a single UK fan could watch us get blown out by Vandy last year, barely beat WKU, and tems like S.Carolina simply play their third string by the third quarter, can watch that game and not ask for a change. Louisville was a horrible team and within 2 seasons is top 25, Vandy was a doormat of the SEC and after firing a new coach are now pulling top 25 recruits and expanding thier stadium with hope for a great season, yet UK fans have not accepted that Vegas only has UK favored to win two game (Kent State and Samford. The WKU game is a push AT HOME). If UK shocks the world this year, we will win 4 games.

    As a UK grad, and avid supporter, I can not accept this and not only did I not renew my season tickets, I wont go to a single game. I dont give my money to the homeless man I pass everyday on my way to work and I wont give my money to a foot ball program that has no interest in competing.



  111. markp
    8:28 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    39 No I don’t think Joker is trying to lose. That’s the sad part and that’s the reason he needs to go. He’s trying and the product really is bad.



  112. mr. white guy
    8:31 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    U of L is not a top 25 team. The Big East sucks and if U of L makes it to a BCS game, they will be easily beaten.

    As for UK. Joker will be jobless by the end of year.



  113. SexnNursinHomes
    8:36 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    ul is a football school now. just like Alabama, Texas, and Ohio State.



  114. Steve Back
    8:40 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Khan- Why all the swearing? Is your vocab that limited? On behalf of the state of Kentucky i apologize for the education system failing you.



  115. JayCee
    8:41 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Please note that I am not the same guy hijacking this thread with endless ignorance.

    Bill Curry had a losing record at GT, for cripes sake.



  116. barn
    8:42 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    112–agreed. i wish somehow joker would be shown the door now. the longer mitch waits the longer the rebuilding will take. joker’s had 5 or 6 yrs (counting his time as oc) to get his people and his ‘system’ (whatever that is) in place.



  117. 4thStringRB
    8:43 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    I am a freaking moron. Right before the game, I tweeted that we were going to win 35 to zero. I should be forced to was and sniff every jock strap on the uofl team. The fact is I would not even be able to dress for a game if I played for uofl. I am even dumber than the idiot punter on our team.



  118. Steve Back
    8:45 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Nursinhomes- I’d rather lose recruits to those schools than Tulane,Alabama st, or WKU.



  119. Wow
    8:47 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Someone on another UK site is calling Joker…Blackthorpe.



  120. mymite
    8:47 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    The ONLY WAY UK beats Kent St. is if they outscore them. The defense just does not exist. UL could have thrown the ball every play and won by a much larger margin.



  121. SexnNursinHomes
    8:52 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    118- like I said, you guys are now The New England Patriots of college football. Sorry you lost your basketball cred, but I’m sure you guys are happy being a football school again.



  122. SexnNursinHomes
    8:53 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    I had a ul buddy tell me yesterday that ul could beat Alabama and the 85′ Chicago Bears with Walter Payton. Seriously.



  123. JayCee
    8:54 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    120- Same with Western. THey dropped 49 on Austin Peay Saturday.

    And before we eschew Austin Peay’s defense, I’m pretty sure UK couldn’t post 49 on a HS team’s defense and I wouldn’t be surprise to learn that UK’s defense is only marginally better than Peay’s.

    WKU will beat UK this year. I’m convinced.



  124. Head Bussa
    8:54 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Again, this is a list of a few of the possible coaches to replace Joker:

    (In no particular order):

    Mark Helfrich — is the current offensive coordinator for the Oregon Ducks. He was previously the quarterbacks coach at Boise State, Arizona State, and Colorado. A very experienced coach and well-versed in what may be the hottest offensive system in all of college football. As a bonus, he has also been a part of the recruitment of Trinity’s James Quick and may considerably lift UK’s chances with the program-changing recruit.

    David Yost — Is getting more attention as an exceptional playcaller after 11 years as a Missouri assistant. He has a great eye for talent and pointing out mismatches in his spread scheme. In 2011, Mizzou ranked ninth nationally in rushing (244 yards per game) and had one of the most balanced offenses, as Mizzou was one of only two schools in the country to average at least 230 yards rushing and passing in each game.

    Trooper Taylor — One of the hottest and most successful recruiters in the SEC. He brought in and trained some elite receivers at Oklahoma State and Tennessee before making his way to Auburn. He is continuing that trend and has turned Emory Blake into one of the SEC’s best pass-catchers. He was co-offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State.

    Bobby Petrino – He is a winner on the football field. Not so much of it. We all know about him and his success as the former Louisville and Arkansas head coach, but he may not even be considered based on his recent transgressions.

    Paul Petrino – The Arkansas play caller now, Bobby’s brother is one good coach in his own right. In 2010, he guided an Illinois offense that broke school records for total points (423) and points per game (32.54). The Illini averaged 42.1 points and 448.9 total yards over the final seven games of the season.

    Kirby Smart – Alabama’s defensive coordinator has been in charge of the nation’s overall best defense over the last five great years. A lot of fans say UK going for him is a pipe dream and he would never want to caoch at UK, but you never know for sure. He is certainly a coach to consider and try to talk to.

    Todd Monken — This will be Monken’s 2nd season as Oklahoma State’s offensive coordinator. Monken spent seven seasons as Eastern Michigan’s coordinator in the 1990s before moving on. He spent three seasons as Oklahoma State’s wide receiver coach before moving with Les Miles to LSU. Monken spent four seasons as LSU’s wide receiver coach before serving in that capacity for two seasons (2009-10) with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. He returned to the college ranks last season, overseeing the offense for the best team in Oklahoma State history. His predecessor at Oklahoma State, Dana Holgorsen, is coach at West Virginia.

    Bud Foster – Turns 53 in July, Foster is a perennial name on this type of list. At some point, you figure a school is going to give the Virginia Tech defensive coordinator the chance to be a head coach. He has been at Virginia Tech since 1987 and has been an assistant to Frank Beamer since 1983, when both were at Murray State, Foster’s alma mater. Foster won the Frank Broyles Award as the nation’s best assistant in 2006. His defenses annually rank among the nation’s best, especially against the run; Tech has ranked outside the top 12 nationally in total defense only once in the past eight seasons.

    Tee Martin – We know all about this guy and his star in the college coaching ranks is rising quickly. He may be too green to be hired for such a job, but he could be the type of coach who is truly able to bring many high-level recruits with him to Lexington.



  125. JayCee
    8:56 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    122- Alabama would prison rape UL. I’d actually pay to see that game for comedic value alone.



  126. SexnNursinHomes
    8:58 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    125- I know. But they seriously think they can beat Alabama. He was gushing that ul’s offense is waaaaaay better than Alabama’s defense and that is how they would win the game.



  127. Joe
    8:59 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    We tried to tell Barnhart to fire Joker, and he didn’t listen. Now we have this. I feel sorry for all the season ticket holders. I will find other things to do when UK plays. I can already predict the record 4-8, and already know that we will win the other three non-conference games and 1 SEC game. Too predictable.



  128. letsroll
    8:59 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Step up Joker or step down,your killing fan base one by one.



  129. Jman3715
    9:02 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Imagine if you read these same type of complaints on a LSU message board about their basketball team? You would just laugh and realize their fans expectations were out of line. Maybe I’m just beat down after 45 years of watching UK football but the reality for me is, we are who we are and I’m not going to get bent out of shape because we suck, yet again, in football. My hopes of us making something of ourselves in football vanished long ago. Now, as in in years past, I await the start of basketball once again!



  130. JayCee
    9:02 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Tried to tell you folks. UK lost 60% of its tackles from last year and nearly 400 of those tackles came from only 4 defensive players that are now gone.

    “Next man up” is what I was told repeatedly. You don’t replace 400 tackles with one class. Not even at Bama. I hope that’s clear now.



  131. No way
    9:19 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    How much do we wish we would have lost to UT last year? THAT game was what encouraged THIS season.



  132. SevenT
    9:20 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    I have been a Joker supporter, but I am about done. As for a new Coach If I could wave my magic wand I would go after a Coach with some baggage that is a proven winner and recruiter who wants to get back in the game and would love a shot at the SEC. My short list

    1. Jim Tressel
    2. Bobby Petrino
    3. Butch Davis
    4. Geroge O’Leary
    5. Mike Leach



  133. Louisville blows
    9:20 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    See line beards out in full effect. If you play UK at enough sports enough times, you’re eventually going to win one. Congrats



  134. SexnNursinHomes
    9:25 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    132- Petrino is a program jumper. If he had not of effed up his job due to his personal problems, believe me, Petrino would have jumped to a top tier job from Ark. Yeah, he’s an awesome coach, but he has no loyalty. He’d leave UK after 1-2 good years (re-establishing resume for elite school).



  135. JayCee
    9:28 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    132- Tressel was 1-5 against the SEC while at OSU. 2 of those losses were to USCjr back when they still sucked.

    You really think he’d do better at UK?



  136. Steve Back
    9:43 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Nursinhomes- Thanks for seeing our potential. 🙂



  137. markp
    10:20 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    134. So what? He gets us back to being better than we have a shot at a coach who can win. Right now no great coach in their right mind comes to UK. It’s a win for both Petrino and UK. If he leaves for an elite school than we’ve used him to get back to respectable. Do you not get that? We have a freshman QB that would highly benefit from Petrino’s type of offense.



  138. markp
    10:22 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Tressel did good at a powerhouse Big Ten school. He would get eaten alive at UK in the SEC.



  139. Pierce Buster
    10:42 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    GUTSY play calling?!? How about not calling timeout when we stopped them on 3rd down with nearly 2 minutes to go in the first half… then kneeling on it. We looked like cowards!



  140. jq
    10:44 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    There is a reason they have a JOKER heading the football program it is a, JOKE!



  141. Rex Chapmans Calves
    11:41 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    HEY JC #63! BUCK YOU!! FREE MIKE LEACH!!! You ignorant, tattoo laced, bong suckin, pink wife beater wearing LOSERVILLE TROLL!!!! Now go to trixys and ask your mama to buy you a nickel bag!!! BIG BLUE FOREVER!!!!



  142. edrnm
    1:33 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    This is what happens when you cancel the last day of fall training camp due to rain and end practice with an ice cream truck in the end zone.



  143. Dent44
    1:50 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    We just plain suck.



  144. Eddie C
    1:56 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Well said 143.