Is Kentucky a better job than Washington?
We are reaching that point near the football season where I really start looking at the team this year, and the program in general. And for me, I continue to hold out hope that Kentucky can sometime be a serious competitor on the national scale in football. But, for that to happen, the actual job of UK head coach has to gather more prestige. Maybe Joker Phillips will elevate the job into a top tier job, and then stay for 25 years. Who knows? But as of today, it is hard to say Kentucky is a high level football job. But, just where does it rank on the national scene? Below, I ranked the Top 65 jobs in the country, and put the crappy ones in a big group. Tell me where I am wrong and what it will take for Kentucky to elevate itself.
JOBS KENTUCKY WILL NEVER BE BETTER THAN (20 teams)
Florida, Alabama, Texas, Ohio State, Oklahoma, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State, Notre Dame, USC, Florida State, Georgia, Clemson, Tennessee, Miami (FL), Virginia Tech, Texas A&M, Wisconsin, Auburn
JOBS KENTUCKY IS WORSE THAN NOW BASED ON LAST RECENT HISTORY (11 teams)
Oregon, South Carolina, Iowa, West Virginia, California, Georgia Tech, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Michigan State, UCLA, Arkansas
KENTUCKY’S LEVEL OF JOB RANKED BY CURRENT PRESTIGE (34 teams)
32. North Carolina
38. South Florida
41. Mississippi State
44. Boise State
45. Texas Tech
46. Arizona State
49. NC State
50. Ole Miss
51. Oregon State
56. Boston College
57. Washington State
58. Kansas State
64. Wake Forest
65. Iowa State
JOBS KENTUCKY WILL ALWAYS BE BETTER THAN (55 teams)
12 Conference USA teams, 13 MAC teams, 7 Mountain West teams, 9 Sun Belt teams, 8 WAC teams, Army, Navy, Duke, Kansas, Vanderbilt, Rutgers
I put Kentucky 43rd in the country, and 9th in the SEC. And overall, I don’t think that is too bad. What are your thoughts? Is that too low or too high, and can Kentucky ever break into the Top 30, 25, or 20 on a national scale?