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Bonnie Raitt’s Friday News and Views

Music legend Bonnie Raitt celebrates her 63rd birthday today (November 8th). Raitt has won multiple Grammy Awards, written and performed a countless number of songs, placing her among the most well-recognized musical stars of her time. All of those accolades are nice, and are certainly worth noting– but Bonnie Raitt accomplished something with one of her songs that simply hasn’t been matched by any other song for me in my lifetime: she can sing a song that I can only describe as “haunting.” I’m not going to say that her song “I Can’t Make You Love Me” is the best song I’ve ever heard. In fact, that’s not why I’m implying at all, though it is without question a great song. When I hear her version of it though, especially a live version, I can’t help but get chills and for lack of a more appropriate term, feel “haunted.” I’m not sure if it’s the words, the feeling that everyone has probably had at some point in which they realize they can’t make someone else feel the way they want them to feel about them, or the way her voice belts out the words. Whatever it is though, it never fails to have that effect on me– from the first time I heard it, to every single time in between.

“I Can’t Make You Love Me” was written by Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin. Apparently Reid got the idea from a newspaper article in which a man got drunk and shot up his girlfriend’s car. After the judge sentenced him, he asked the man what he had learned. His response? “You can’t make a woman love you if she don’t.”

And now on to the news and views…Let’s give em’ something to talk about…

– When the news broke Sunday afternoon that Joker Phillips would no longer be the head coach of the Kentucky football program, the ever-intriguing “coaching search” took flight. Names were thrown out left and right, some that stuck, others which seemed to be pipe dreams. To be fair, the talk of a potential replacement hire had been gathering steam since the loss to Western Kentucky. But starting on Monday morning of this week, all shackles on the conversation were removed. Call-in shows, blogs, Twitter, etc. became the breeding ground for rumors and suggestions for who the next hire should be. Due to the in-season timing of the firing of Joker, the common thought seemed to be that it might be a while before any significant moves or discussions took place. Then late last night, as the kids like to say, “shit got real.”

– Bobby Petrino’s father let it leak to the press that his son “wants a job; he needs a job.” Petrino’s father continued by confirming that his son had some interest in Kentucky, stating that his life goal was to go to the SEC. Besides the fact that this tidbit of information caused an eruption among the fan base on whether or not Kentucky should consider hiring Petrino, does anyone else think this whole Petrino’s father thing wreaks a little of the, “Maaaaahhhh! The meatloaf!!!?”

– The plot thickened as the day carried on. Multiple sources tonight have started the rumor that Gene Chizek will in fact be out of a job at Auburn, only 2 years after winning the national championship, mind you. The news came just 24 hours after Petrino’s father talked about his son wanting a job in the SEC. Speculation has now started regarding whether or not Petrino Sr’s comments were being made to entice a move from a program like Auburn, if they were in fact interested in hiring Petrino. Again, nothing has come from the Auburn camp about interest in Petrino, but Auburn and Tennessee have been two other SEC schools mentioned for a while now alongside the name Bobby Petrino for next season.

– It almost seems as if there are 3 main perceptions of the Petrino/UK interest right now:

1) The interest is genuine from Petrino

2) Petrino is trying to perhaps entice other (perhaps more desirable) schools to jump quicker knowing that he could look elsewhere

3) Both Petrino and Kentucky are using each other as leverage for other jobs/coaches. 

– We may find out sooner than late which of the 3 perceptions is the most accurate. For now though, the focus in the coaching search is squarely on what happens with Bobby Petrino. As with any coaching search drama, that could all change tomorrow. But in the midst of the chatter, which has dominated the bye-week news, one trend has started to take place via social media today: gauging the opinion of Big Blue Nation on how they feel about Mitch Barnhart potentially hiring Bobby Petrino. To no surprise, the reaction was divided. While many agree that with his track record, winning would be likely to follow in the wake of his hire– the risk and the tainted track record he has left each program with in his path is enough to turn many people off.

One online sportsbook, Bovada, put out some odds today on the SEC Head Coaching vacancies, including a look at the odds for Kentucky to land a number of coaches. Take it for what it’s worth, but here’s what they had to say:

Bobby Petrino– 2/1

David Cutcliffe– 3/1

Sonny Dykes– 4/1

Tommy Tuberville– 9/2

Mike MacIntyre– 5/1

Willie Taggart– 5/1

Guz Malzahn– 8/1

Dirk Koetter– 12/1

– The other big news of the day was almost lost a bit in the Petrino shuffle. Neither Ryan Harrow (illness) or Julius Mays (knee) are guaranteed to play tomorrow night in Kentucky’s opening season game against Maryland in the Barclay Center. In a tough early season game away from home, in which many people already worried this young Kentucky team might struggle– entering the game without the services of either of those two players would be a huge blow to Kentucky. Harrow has been the starting point guard in the exhibition games, while Mays has been a steady veteran hand, first off the bench. Calipari’s current rotation is already thin, and either of these players being unable to go would signify a very short rotation or perhaps a more significant chunk of playing time for guys like Jon Hood and Jarrod Polson. Archie Goodwin would slide into the starting point guard position, but Polson said he would be ready if need be. For those who have been anxiously awaiting the first opportunity to see this team go against a bit more of a challenge in an opponent, let’s hope that both Harrow and Mays are good to go.

– Both John Calipari and Mark Turgeon had plenty to say in their comments about the game tomorrow night. Calipari continued his theme of modesty when talking about his team. “I could start 4 freshmen and you goofballs say we’re in the top 5. Are you crazy?”

– Turgeon wasn’t completely buying Calipari’s humble nature about his team, “Kentucky is still rolling out players that we couldn’t even get involved with.” I wonder if anyone reminded him that next year we will be rolling out two players he did get involved with.

– The NCAA’s decision to allow Dez Wells (former Xavier player who took a visit to Lexington before committing to Maryland) to be cleared to play tomorrow night added a certain level of intrigue to an already enticing early season match-up. Many members of the national media, as well as analysts see Wells as being a huge factor for Maryland, giving them a much better chance to compete with the cream of the crop in college basketball this season. “With Dez being able to play, it will be a really hard game for us,” Calipari admitted.

– Calipari continued, seemingly a bit unsure as to what exactly to expect from his young team in their opener tomorrow night, “We’ll see if we’re ready to beat a basketball team. I’m just not sure. They’re going to have to go show me.”

– “What are we, chopped liver?” – Transy and Northwood

– Since we are almost halfway through the news and views, let’s take a moment to have a quick blast from the past… The UK IMG Network tweeted out a great “throwback Thursday” picture of Adolph Rupp conducting a practice in Memorial Coliseum many years ago…

– And one more blast, while we’re at it… Bill Curry will hang up the whistle on his coaching career following his Georgia State team’s game on Saturday. “It’s really hard to believe. It went by fast,” said Curry as he dabbed tears from his eyes.

Over on, a few NBA scouts weighed in on the upcoming game between Maryland and Kentucky. When asked who the best NBA prospect in the game would be, one scout admitted that he’s not sure Nerlens Noel is the best prospect on Kentucky’s team right now. The NBA scout said that he believes Archie Goodwin and Willie Cauley-Stein are both better. “I think Willie might be a better prospect at the end of the day. Longer, more athletic, runs the floor better.” The anonymous scouts continued to preview the game…

“It’s really unfortunate that the game isn’t taking place in later December rather than now because there aren’t going to be many times that [Nerlens] Noel and [Willie] Cauley-Stein go against size. It will be a good test for the big guys. Noel going against that length and size will help. So [Maryland’s 7-foot-1] Alex Len, some people like him, this will be a good test for him. But it’s unfortunate that it’s early.

“My guess going in is that Kentucky will win fairly easily only because I would guess that they’re probably more jelled together than the Maryland guys are now even though they’ve been together longer. I think the talent alone [makes the difference for Kentucky].”

– A number of different college basketball experts came out with articles today on the eve of the tip-off to college basketball season. picked Kentucky as the #2 team in the country heading into the beginning of the season. Gary Parrish took the lead on previewing the Wildcats, and he had mostly positive things to say.

“Nobody is better at getting young players to buy in and play together than John Calipari. So while it might be reasonable to doubt most coaches with a roster that inexperienced , Calipari has established himself as the exception to the rule. He has a record of taking freshmen and winning big with them immediately and I suspect he’ll do the same this year…Does anyone have more pure talent than these new-look Wildcats? The answer, once again, is probably no.”

With the good comes a little of the bad, when Parrish was asked this team team might disappoint:

“Remember everything I just wrote about Calipari being great at getting young players to buy in and play together? I believe that. But the truth is that he’s never had a team this young, and that does concern me a little. Last season’s roster had a senior named Darius Miller and two sophomores named Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb to help steady things. All three had played major minutes for a Final Four team. They were experienced winners. They (and that) mattered. But this team? This team’s most experienced player — outside of transfers Ryan Harrow and Julius Mays — is sophomore Kyle Wiltjer. He only averaged 11.6 minutes per game last season. So can the freshmen really look to him for guidance? And what happens if everybody’s learning curve is wider than expected? Three of UK’s first seven games are against ranked opponents. So early losses are possible if things don’t click quickly.”

– Good news for a head-to-head match-up of former Kentucky Wildcats and very close friends, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Anthony Davis. Davis, who has been sidelined with a concussion the past few games, looks to be probable to go tomorrow night against the Bobcats. Maybe Kidd-Gilchrist can remind Austin Rivers that he needs to be his brothers keeper and quit giving his teammate Davis concussions.

– And in the Jerry Tipton “Huh?” update of the day:

I guess he hasn’t seen many NBA post-game press conferences lately…

– Now, allow me to leave you with a video of a 9-year old girl dominating in a little football.

– Last but not least, John Calipari and the Kentucky team (representing the larger team of Big Blue Nation) will be presenting a check tomorrow before the game in the Barclay Center representing the incredible outpour of support for the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. Word has spread that the donation will be “almost 1 million” dollars. That is simply incredible. Thank you to Calipari for using his resources to put together the event, and an even bigger thank you to all of those who made contributions. #BBN

That’s all. See you all tomorrow morning bright and early. Morning will come, and I’ll do what’s right. Just give me til’ then, to give up this fight. And I will give up this fight…


P.S. Shout out to the Tates Creek Girls soccer team for winning the 2012 state championship on Saturday. Go Creek!

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

89 Comments for Bonnie Raitt’s Friday News and Views

  1. Beaverlip
    11:02 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink


  2. Mike
    11:10 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    The Indiana Hoosiers got rings for their Sweet 16 appearance.

  3. Tired of Being 1 of 12 games
    11:11 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino left both UL and Arkansas in the preseason top 10 in the country the season after he left. If he left UK as a preseason top 10 team, that would be light years ahead of where Joker left UK.

  4. Sarah
    11:21 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    That girl is good, but she’s doing that against all Mormons.

  5. Blue Jesus
    11:24 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    3 raises a good point, Petrino hasn’t left programs I shambles. Louisville got Kragthorpe’d and Arkansas was ranked top 10 but John L. Smith just wasn’t up to the task, but each of those teams had potential to be BCS bound. Also, I don’t totally get the notion that BBN is evenly divided on Petrino. There are obviously some strong opinions on both sides of the argument, but based solely on the comments I have to believe he has more than 50% support. KSR should do a poll like the old days.

  6. Landongw
    11:26 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    I hope you’re joking #13, otherwise you are a bigot, Sarah.

  7. Bobby Petrino
    11:26 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    You guys would be morons not to hire me. Hell if ya’ll are against winning and having butts in the seats why did you let Joker go?

  8. Pappa D Nutts
    11:28 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Big Blue Nation on how they feel about Mitch Barnhart potentially hiring Bobby Petrino, To no surprise the reaction was almost split down the middle.

    Please let us know how you came up with this split down the middle reaction, cause everything I am seeing and reading is hoovering around 75 to 80 percent for(pro),seems to be about the same as it was during the Coach Cal search, are we getting these readings from the same people doing the attendance at CWS, the football team has had more of a buzz today, than they have in the last 10 years talking about BP, if that not an indication, I wish you a good night!

  9. Landongw
    11:29 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink


  10. Ally Tucker
    11:32 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    8– a number of different people asked for opinions via Twitter today…including KSR. It wasn’t completely 50/50, but everyone who gave some indication of the results showed a pretty close split. Certainly not a huge lean either way.

  11. Flip
    11:37 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    The fan base is split? The only fan base that matters is the one that buys the season tickets, and they want Bobby Petrino. If you don’t buy tickets, your opinion doesn’t mean squat.

  12. Well.. Your right
    11:40 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Your dead on buddy (number 11 flip)

  13. Han
    11:42 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    You’d think, of all fanbases, we wouldn’t just blindly follow the idea that Petrino leaves every program worse than it was. Coach Cal had a reputation for leaving 2 programs on probation (and being fired from his NBA job). Petrino’s got baggage, but most of the people who are against him are against him because he a) hired his mistress, b) coached a rival, and c) was superior toward us when coaching a rival.

    The first one is a concern for ethical and compliance reasons, but the other 2 are just people being whiny. Any coach we’re going to look at has probably told someone, often on camera/in print, that we’re a bad program. Because we’ve been a bad program. As far as him being at a rival, the worst that can happen there is Louisville can come after us for their leftovers, to which we can simply point out that they’ve been ignoring that little detail about their basketball coach for quite some time.

  14. Scotty Sharp
    11:43 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Official comment tally to date on KSR:

    For Petrino: 1,134 (72.46%)

    Against Petrino: 431 (27.54%)

    Carry on.

  15. Fence
    11:43 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Bonnie Raitt is a blues artist. I never considered her to be country.

  16. Linda Taylor
    11:52 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    14 – That is nice except for the fact that counting comments in the KSR comments will not give you an accurate representative sample of the entire UK fanbase. Only the die hard extreme fans usually make comments in the comment section. Not only that, but many people comment numerous times under numerous names. Not accurate at all. I really would like to know an accurate percentage of pro/con Petrino support. The comment section is not the proper vehicle.

  17. Stevie Ray
    11:52 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Bonnie Raitt is Country?

  18. Tired of Being 1 of 12 games
    11:52 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Dave Baker was on the Joe B. show today and he said that UK should hire him if they can. He has dealt with him for years covering the SEC, and knows basically everybody invovled in football in the SEC.

  19. Poop Tooth
    11:53 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Ally I know you looked at Matt’s twitter poll this morning when you came up with the 50/50 split but if you took ten minutes to read over any of the comments from the Petrino posts on this site since last night I am sure you would not have written that. I’m not trying to hate but come on do better than that. Good post otherwise and go cats

  20. Blue Healer
    11:54 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    If Mitch thought the heat was on him a week or so ago Wow is he mistaken. The fans are in a real up roar over the potential of Petrino coming to Lexington and I really think if Mitch screws this one up he might as well stay hidden under his desk the remainder of his time here. For the first time KY fans are truly fed up with the football program being treated as the red headed step child for the last 50 plus years. We can credit this to the power of social media that gives us a platform to apeak. It’s also very evident this is Mitch’s chance to either alienate himself for good or be our next “saviour” no religious puns intended. This is real and it’s all on Mitch to make it happen or allow many thousand of us to walk away from UK football for good. We have been the doormats, jokes, mild cats, etc… But Mitch never minded because he could count on 60 to 70k in the seats and happy folks glad to see a game. The money was good and all was well until this year. Now Mitch is the laughinhg stock to other SEC schools and even worse the local businesses are ticked becuase no one is staying in hotels, eating in their restaurants, buying gasoline ,etc…And to top it off even more for Barney there’s now not enough money to pay for his beloved sports like soccer, Archery, volleyball and many others that are 100% dependent on football revenues for their continuation. The problems are plenty and the answer is one: And the answer is Bobby Petrino. Mitch you are on of the most stubborn AD’s in college but you are also smart and know the right thing to do. We UK fans will be watching and will be ready to welcome you back in IF………………….One more thing I like you am a Christian and our church teaches forgiveness and second chances for people like BP.

  21. Ally Tucker
    11:57 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    19– Thank you for the compliment, but I am not sure that the comment section on this blog is the most accurate. Obviously Twitter isn’t perfect either. A much smaller percentage of actual readers of KSR use the comment section than you’d think. Again, I don’t think it’s a 50/50 split….but I have heard enough rumblings from both sides to know that it’s a major topic of debate.

  22. Yab
    12:02 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino is playing UK? Wishful thinking KSR, about as wishful as your supposed split poll results. His best friends are current UK Assistant Coaches Nord, Cassity and Summers. I highly doubt Petrino is playing UK. In truth, those four have been working to make this happen for awhile.

  23. chad b
    12:02 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch has an opportunity to show how much he wants the football program to excell. He made the comment that he was prepared to make the next football coach at Kentucky the highest paid in the US. Its time to put up or shut up! I’m tired of losing! I used to go to football games all of the time. Now I won’t accept free tickets because I know its just going to be a thrashing. I want to pay my hard earned money to go watch a team compete…THATS ALL I’M ASKING FOR! A TEAM THAT CAN COMPETE WITH OTHER TEAMS. Not 40-0 I know the man has baggage, but think if your employer refused to hire you because you cheated on your bf or cheated on your wife , or any moral issues for that fact. Not many of us would have jobs. Give the guy a chance and put it in the contract that if he leaves he’ll owe the university the money back. He’s an offensive genius and we can’t afford to pass on him. Imagine if he hadn’t of got caught with that lady. Would you want him at KY? I think so because he’s a top tier coach. Do the right thing Mitch!!!! HIRE PETRINO!!

  24. andrew h
    12:06 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Whoa whoa whow didn’t take time to read the article or above comments but Bonnie Raitt is one of the greatest blues singers of all time. She is in no way shape or form a country singer. I can’t make you love me is a good song, but she has many more:
    “nick of time”,
    “Hear Me Lord”,
    “Something to talk about”
    “Love sneakin up on you”
    “I can’t help you now”
    “Thing Called Love”
    “have a heart”

    So Bonnie Raitt is not a country singer she is singing about her emotions in all of these songs thus blues singer is what she is.

  25. Papa D Nutts
    12:09 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    #20) Nice post, I’m still scratching my head on these so called split polls for and against BP hire, everything I have seen and been reading is about 70 percent for, Mitch fu€k$ this one up he is history.

  26. Kaler
    12:11 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Matt and his boys are all for their buddy Barney hiring who ever he chooses. It reminds me of Elvis and his Memphis Mafia yes men back in the 60’s and 70’s.Heck at least Elvis offered a chance for the guys to be with someone famous, money, women….what do you guys get with Elvis Barnfart? Media passes and an occassional lame interview? wooohooo! The fans want Petrino, the national writers say we are morons not to go after him. It’s time you guys do the same. Your KSR Radio show and website would be nothing without UK fans so remember who your audience is. Come on now you are better than this guys.

  27. jtd
    12:18 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    I’m not for Petrino to UK, but this was an interesting article. Also read the link about executive search firms.

  28. Badams
    12:18 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    2, lmao that is truly pathetic!

  29. Linda Taylor
    12:24 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    20 – Do you not know that UK gets tons of revenue from the SEC contracts no matter whether the football team stinks or is great? Are the ADs at Auburn and Tennessee also laughing stocks? They are both having terrible seasons also. Most people recognize that having a successful head coaching football hire in the SEC is not an easy thing. Two years ago Auburn was at the top of the mountain. Now with that same coach they are at the bottom and ready to get rid of him. Was the Auburn AD any more successful two years ago than he was this year? Same coach, different outcome. You are assuming that Petrino really does want the UK job and that is a big assumption. Only Petrino and those close to him really know if he actually wants the job or is just using UK as a ploy to get the other SEC schools to get off their rear ends and give him an offer. UK could very well offer him a king’s ransom and he could very well turn it down because he really doesn’t want to be here and intends on accepting an offer from Auburn or Tennessee. There could be nothing Mitch could do to entice him to accept a position at UK. Then again they may be hammering out the terms of the deal at this very minute. We can only speculate.

  30. Good Grief
    12:30 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch the last few times we have trusted you we got a mentally off balance drunk BB coach that cost the school 3 million dollars to fix and then you gave us a nice but incompetent coach and proceeded to run the program down to the point we lost 40 to 0 at home in front of 18,800 people. And Oh yeah, that will slo cost the school 2 million more dollars. You owe us BIG and it’s time to get off your high horse and bring us Bobby Petrino. Do it and all is forgotten and forgiven…don’t and our next act is to run your butt out of town.

  31. UKus2012
    12:33 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    So what are you guys looking forward to the most vs Maryland? For me its to see Mays goin off for 5 3’s in this one.

  32. name
    12:34 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    One vote here solidly against Petrino. He did not only have a mistress (an ethical violation in regards to his family) he also broke state laws in unfairly hiring her to a university job, and then lied to his employer and actively worked to cover up his lawbreaking and misdeeds.

    If it was your company and you were hiring someone, would you hire someone recently fired for breaking the law, covering it up, and lying to his employer about it?

    I know I wouldn’t.

    Petrino is a short-term fix likely to win for a few years and then leave disaster in his wake. He is not the solution to building a long-lasting successful football program, which is what we need.

  33. Andy Taylor
    12:39 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    We all know about the SEC tv money but the school has lost millions of dollars this year on lost revenue from ticket sales, concessions and others. Yes Auburn and Tenn are laughing stocks this year. Simply see what their fans are saying and you would think we are a pretty calm bunch. I agree we don’t know Petrino’s intentions but no one will be mad at Barn if he genuinely tries and fails. It’s the not even trying that miffs us to no end.

  34. Linda Taylor
    12:43 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    31 – We can hope to see Mays go off for 5 3s, however he is considered doubtful because of his injury from the Transy game. Personally I love seeing WCS steal the ball and head up the court, pass the ball to a teammate, then receive it back for a monster dunk. He is so agile for such a big man and has such quick hands. I also want to see Archie block some shots against the backboard like he’s been doing in the exhibition games. I hope Kyle gets his shooting untracked. We need him stroking the 3, especially if Mays can’t play. Of course some Nerlens blocks and dunks would be nice to see too.

  35. UK/is/broke
    12:44 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    30. agree
    UK if broke!!!!!
    Barney has to hire Petrino!

  36. Linda Taylor
    1:04 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    33 – The problem is that people will write things on message boards that have no basis in fact and the fan base will get all up in arms. Mitch might try very hard but not be able to bring Petrino to UK but get zero credit for it. The negotiations are usually supposed to be done secretly. I followed a link on twitter tonight that Matt May put up. It told the exact story of how Cal came to UK. It completely debunked the myth that Mitch had to be forced to take Cal, that Mitch didn’t want Cal. Yet there is a significant portion of the fan base that hates Mitch and they claim that he was pushed aside to bring Cal in. It had direct quotes from Mike Pratt. It was Mitch that did his homework and he was the one who brought Cal to UK. I don’t know if I am supposed to put a link like that here or not. If anyone wants to find it you can go to twitter and search for Matt May. Then you will scroll down to find the tweet that has the link to Did Mitch want Cal, etc. Click on it and it will take you to the correct page.

  37. Manbearpig
    1:05 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    The problem I have with Petrino is the fact that he has left every program on bad terms. He is like the hot girl everyone wants to date even though they’ve heard bad stories about them. When it’s finally your turn the sex may be great but the relationship is short lived and before you know it she’s banging someone else and your caught with syphilis. Do we really want to get syphilis?

  38. lip set
    1:30 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    37). name me a coach that has ever left a team (for another) on GOOD terms? was cal leaving memphis on good terms? pitino leaving uk on good terms? so you are saying you would trade the pitino yrs and championship years because he left on bad terms and turned out to be a womanizer?

  39. Whodeycat
    1:37 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    I hope Barnfart isn’t really considering little brothers old coach. We are UK! We don’t take their leftover motorcycle, home wrecking weirdo. C’mon man!!! The creep left a note on the Falcons locker room door that he left, and he will cream his jeans in the parking lot of Commonwealth after one season to go to yet another job. Don’t do it Mitch. Anyone but that creep.

  40. Manbearpig
    1:44 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Did Pitino or Cal leave a more on their players lockers as the way they were leaving? You realize Arkansas could have faced lawsuits because of Petrino as well right? If you are the AD and your job depends on Petrino keeping his nose clean are you willing to bet on that?

  41. Manbearpig
    1:45 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    *note not more

  42. Blueprints
    1:55 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    If Petrino is interested I say get him.

  43. Buckets
    2:10 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    If Petrino is sincere about wanting then job then I say hire him. But include a $10 million buyout for the first five years of the deal to make him prove he wants to be at UK, and is committed to the university and community.

  44. deadfetus
    2:17 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Simple fact: Its time for UK to grow a pair and make some bold moves. Hire Petrino! Just win baby!

  45. Women Everywhere
    2:18 am November 9, 2012 Permalink


  46. tdogg40330
    4:12 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Bobby P COME ON DOWN !!!!!

  47. thomas
    4:59 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Divided? All polls on rafters have shown about a 90/10 split in FAVOR of Petrino. That is probably higher support than any other coach would get. IN that sense, BNN in “divided” on every coach on our list, but they are most united when it comes to Petrino. BNN’s preference is well known, they want Petrino. I don’t know where you get off saying they are “divided” on this. Then again maybe that is just he official KSR line and you have been told to stick to it…

  48. KYStout
    5:26 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    If anyone believes Petrino shouldn’t be the #1 target of this coaching search, please go get your head examined. He must be considered above all other candidates because he is the best available coach and I’m not sure it’s even close. The way I see it, (and assuming Petrino is interested)three things need to happen here:

    1. Kentucky needs to put a rock solid contract together that protects the program while still being lucrative for Petrino.
    2. A press conference where Petrino shows he is humble wants sincerely to be at Kentucky and is committed to excellence.
    3. Kentucky then needs to announce facility upgrades to be on par with the bes in the SEC.

    Get that done and 99% of Kentucky fans are on board with Petrino.

  49. ibpoe
    5:44 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    What’s a Bonnie Raitt? It appears to be in the snookie family, but that’s all I can gather…

  50. williamtitan
    5:58 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    last time i checked ky football was ranked 8th at one point in andre woodson’s senior year? always been in the dumps for the past 50 years? please. i love kentucky but lets be honest here. kentucky will never win the sec in football. not that it shouldnt happen, its NEVER going to happen. i wish we could but not likely at all.yeah we can be competitive but all of you guys have big expectations. thats cool and all but all your going to get is get disappointed again, again, and again. next time when ky football wins 7 or 8 games. enjoy it and savor it cause history tells us that cant continue for 10 + years. face reality and accept it. we are kentucky not the alabamas or the lsu’s. get that through your thick sculls.

  51. Joe
    6:05 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    I wouldn’t mind having Petrino, but UK won’t get in a bidding war for him. UK would offer $1.75 million a year, and Auburn will go $3.5 million. We probably need to temper our expectations.

  52. Jack isaacs
    6:15 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Get Jim tressl for the new football coach

  53. Ridge Runner
    6:20 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Always like the late night write up when it’s your turn, Ally. Fun stuff mixed in at just the right time. Good job.

  54. kes
    6:26 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    52. great idea! lets just hire a coach who got fired for cheating. lets just see if we can get sandusky out of prison to be our D-coordinator while we’re at it!

  55. GrumpyOldDude
    6:42 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Songwriter Mike Reid = ex-Cincinnati Bengal D-lineman

  56. Jerry Tiptons Meds
    7:07 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    I was doing my weekly sift of Cals trash cans and Sandy Bells shredded documents when I came to a conclusion. Hidden within an empty Orange Leaf cup was clear evidence that Mitch will not hire Bobby Petrino. It was a note from someone named Brad saying he loved Cal and thanked him for the gift. This is obviously a recruiting violation, and a clear indication that Cal may be in breach of his ethics clause. Sandy Bell did not have a copy, so she is obviously in on the coverup. Mitch will have a mess on his hands and cannot afford to take a risk with Bobby P. follow me on twitter at @jerrysmeds

  57. SexnNursinHomes
    7:07 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    I know Petrino is our main concern, but does the carpet match the drapes on Bonnie Raitt???

    and Jerry Tipton, you observant bastard you.

  58. Gone Country
    7:36 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    To the person who said Bonnie must be “blues” because she sings about her “feelings”…
    uhm, have you ever heard of Hank Williams Sr.?

    Yes, yes. I know. All the little music talking heads through the years have said that blues and country
    are two different things, because elite rich hipster white people appreciate the blues because hipsters
    are so sensitive and outcast, and stupid lowclass white people like country, because it’s stupid and
    low class.

    In the real world, it was the music marketers who created those genres. The genres themselves
    are not actual entities that people and their music exist within.

    “Country” became “country and western” over time, but in the early days of “country” it was just
    as much of what we call “blues” today, as it was anything near Jason Aldean, Toby Keith, and so on.

    I know everyone loves to correct KSR writers for this, that and the other thing. And I know that
    Bonnie is considered by music marketers to be a blues singer. But anyone with any real appreciation
    of the roots of music in America, will see that down where the Mississippi Delta birthed All That
    Is Good in American music, the distinction is not so simple, and not even required.

    #57– May God have mercy on your soul. How childish. How crude.

  59. RealCatsFan
    7:46 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    SNH, I would say yes, the carpet most likely does match the drapes, although bare hardwood seems to be the trend these days. Still, there is many a man who savors the opportunity to worship at the altar of the burning bush.

  60. Elvis
    7:48 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    #58, I was also an early “crossover” artist between blues, rock n’ roll, country and even gospel. There are no hard lines between the genres in music.

  61. Larry
    8:04 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    32. Welcome to the real world buddy. Reality check- affairs do happen and they happen in the workplace between bosses and their subordinates. As far as bosses hiring their mistresses- look at the course of our history. I don’t condone this behavior but I do believe that people make mistakes and remain good people.

  62. SexnNursinHomes
    8:21 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    58- So I take that as a “Yes”.

    59- Perfectly stated. haha

  63. jkljkl
    8:22 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    63, Bonnie Raitt generally has self-identified as “blues”, though obviously her biggest hit was her version of Mike Reid’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me”, which never charted when he recorded it himself. It does work better with a woman singing that song somehow…

  64. knowitall
    8:27 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    did anyone see how great Malzahn’s Ark State team looked last night? what an offense. that guy can coach and would be great at UK. those kids play hard and he clearly has a system that is current. players would love him.

  65. coach serch
    8:29 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    We are Petrino’s Bit h. He is using the UK job as ploy to get other SEC schools to contact him. The best sales job is to create urgency. If the other teams contact him he goes there, if no one shows interest then he takes the UK job out of necessity. He is an artist when it comes to this sh!t.

  66. UK fan in SC
    8:39 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Bleacher report saying that we have tried to talk to Rex Ryan?? And that it is a real possibility that we could get him!! Sorry Petrino but if we could get Rex, I’d rather get him. Also why haven’t we talked to Kirby Smart yet???

  67. cracka
    8:44 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    chizek is out, but it has nothing to do with petrino … recently, the cam scam has started to come back to the forefront … it will be coming out soon

  68. Yab
    8:50 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    What are the chances that Petrino’s Dad said what he said, because they are squeezing Mitch for more money?

  69. knowitall
    8:58 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    68 very possible you are right as it has been noted they have already met. i expect a contract signed in which the first year/two he will be paid below market value due to his past. mitch will include incentives for later in his contract depending on behavior/production/staying put at UK etc.

  70. knowitall
    9:05 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    i am sure, with Petrino’s ego, he is not keen on being paid below what he percieves to be his market value.

  71. bbmike
    9:06 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    I think any SEC school that hires Petrino is beyond dumb. Too many other solid options out there. He does nothing for me. I say Dykes, Smart are better choices. The falcons OC(former boise st coach) sounds good too.

  72. BlueTexan
    9:11 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Believe it BBN…IF anyone could screw-up an SEC football HC hiring…it will be Barnfart. DITCH MITCH before he makes fools of us (again).

  73. Bob Loblaw
    9:23 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    I’m surprised the good Dr. didn’t ask Alex where he got those glasses.

  74. Rixter
    9:24 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    PLEASE stop being naive. The way coaches let ADs know they are interested, and the way ADs let coaches know they are interested is all done under the table. A ‘friend of the program’ talks to an agent. They do not let the word out thru their parents. Come on.

  75. Rixter
    9:27 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Somebody mention to Jerry Tipton that Alex Poythress NEVER wears a bel when he plays basketball. And yet, he’s been spotted with a belt holding up his pants as he walks around campus. I think a full investigation should be launched

  76. Rixter
    9:27 am November 9, 2012 Permalink


  77. Head Bussa
    9:42 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Rixter — Do you not understand the idea of making it public so that fans will get worked up and start to build pressure from the outside? It seems like a very logical move if Petrino felt like he wasn’t getting any interest from Barnhart. He could be thinking, ‘fine, if Barnhart doesn’t want me let’s see what happens if I can build up fan support for my hiring. I got nothing to lose. The fan support could be my only way of getting this job.’

  78. barn
    9:45 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    the only way i would want petrino as our coach is if mitch could guarantee all us fans that every single one of those pictures of petrino in the neck brace with a peeled face have been destroyed. i’d even delete the one i have saved in my pictures.

  79. Head Bussa
    9:49 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    I just find it funny that people like myself have often been criticized by Matt for backing Petrino because he said the possibility of hiring him as coach was non-existent. Now, it may not happen but I’d say the possibility is far greater than non-existent. Especially because Vegas has him listed as the current favorite to become the next head coach. It would seem prudent for Matt to start to listen to the fans a little more and stop acting like he is the know-it-all about UK sports. Some of us are little more in touch with the current state of UK sports than Matt gives us credit.

  80. Head Bussa
    9:53 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    How awesome would it be if Petrino was named the UK coach today, tomorrow, or whenever? It would make me so freakin’ fired up!!!!!!!!!!!! Louisville fans wouldn’t know what to do with themselves.

  81. Chorro
    9:57 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    I’d like to know the contact M itch has had with Petrino (if any.) Ol’Mitch has certainly been put in a tight spot because everyone knows that if Bobby P isn’t hired, the first UK loss will be accompanied by “If only we’d hired Petrino.” That is unfair, but it’s reality.

  82. coach search
    10:01 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Rixter, I love your all of your posts, you always BRING IT!!!

  83. RealCatsFan
    10:13 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    78, you know as well as I do that multiple Louisville fans have already saved off a copy of the ol’ Bobby neck brace picture, and are in the process of photoshopping a UK cap and blue jacket on him as we speak!

  84. Carl
    10:25 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Whether she sings blues or country Bonnie Raitt’s real skill is with the guitar. She is considered to be one of the best slide guitarists of all times. But she can’t coach football so let’s hire Charlie Strong away from UL. You know he doesn’t want to define his career by winning in a back waters football league. He won’t be considered part of the elite coaching fraternity until he wins in the SEC.

  85. THE Soccer Ninja
    10:34 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Too much baggage with Petrino. Would rather have Kirby Smart, Dirk Koetter, Sonny Dykes.

  86. lexslamman
    10:35 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Bonnie Raitt is the best slide guitarist not named Duane Allman.

  87. barn
    11:09 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    did you know nashville singer/songwriter/classical pianist mike reid was an all pro defensive end back in the 70s with the bengals? how can a guy have such varied talents. if only i could just play ‘heart and soul’ on the piano.

  88. JVice
    11:23 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    86 – I’d put George Harrison above her. He played a much more melodic style as opposed to her bluesy approach, which in my opinion is more difficult and he pulled it off flawlessly. Also, she’s turning 63? I thought she was 63 thirty years ago.

  89. KBF
    12:43 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    I never liked Bonnie Raitt. Her hair is TERB. If she wanted to give everybody somethin to talk about – it’s her hair.