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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Ranking the College Football Jobs


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
33. Pittsburgh
34. BYU
35. Colorado
36. Utah
37. Illinois
38. South Florida
39. Arizona
40. Purdue
41. Mississippi State
42. Washington
43. KENTUCKY
44. Boise State
45. Texas Tech
46. Arizona State
47. Louisville
48. Stanford
49. NC State
50. Ole Miss
51. Oregon State
52. Minnesota
53. Cincinnati
54. Virginia
55. Syracuse
56. Boston College
57. Washington State
58. Kansas State
59. Maryland
60. UCONN
61. Northwestern
62. Baylor
63. Indiana
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?

Article written by Bryan the Intern

25 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Ranking the College Football Jobs



  1. Buckets
    9:07 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    Silly topic but Athlon already did a ranking of best jobs in the country. UK was No. 51. U of L No. 44.
    And Athlon has Washington at No. 21, BTW
    http://www.athlonsports.com/college-football/jobs



  2. Pin The Tail On The Beez
    9:10 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    FYI: You have UK as your 10th best job.



  3. nashvillecatsfan
    9:22 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    You were calling out commenters yesterday for having a defeatist attitude and today you are saying that 9th in the SEC isn’t too bad.



  4. Jones
    9:24 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    The predominant thing that holds UK back is the lack of quality and quantity of in-state high school talent AND tradition. Schools in the south and heavily populated states like PA, OH, and Mich all have both/either high school talent and/or tradition. Schools like Nebraska just have tradition, but it is a lot to go off of. That puts a ceiling over us that prevents us from getting to next level.



  5. Bryan the Intern
    9:26 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    3) It would be defeatist to say that Kentucky can never be better than 9th. I don’t think that, I think UK can be better than that. Or at least better than Miss STate and Arkansas. The defeatists yesterday said that we need to keep Vandy in the league because that is the only team we can beat.



  6. The Beav
    9:27 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    Well, I guess the UK football coaching job is better than being coach of the Kentucky Pros. Good job Joe B. Not. The only reason you won in ’78 was because you did it with Rupp’s future recruits. Yesterday was the worst day in Kentucky basketball history. Rondo and Wall on the floor at the same time is disastrous…neither can shoot outside shots. Hang Joe B. Hall in effigy today. Kentucky’s Shame.



  7. Poco Chang
    9:37 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    You can take Wisconsin and Va Tech off the first list. There is no reason why the Kentucky job can’t be on their level or better.

    #6 I loved the game last night. Your tears just make it even more enjoyable.



  8. BoomKentucky
    9:47 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    #6 I hope you are just kidding around but if not give it a break it was an exhibition and the players were not going to run any plays. Joe b has not coach since the 84-85 season. It was for fun for he UK players and fans.



  9. Kanter Banter
    9:48 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    UK program is potentially better than UWV, Georgia Tech, Ark, Cal, Ok State, Michigan State,
    We got the facilities (top 25 in country) and incredibly stupid fan base….great job. Program has really let the state and university down over the past 50 years.



  10. DirtyOldMan
    9:56 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    What’s it going to take? Money.



  11. Ben
    10:01 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    I think that ranking is about right for now. I think we can climb in to top 25 and stay there if we give Joker time! If Joker stay 25 years, will he have to wear coke bottle glasses like Joe P? KY’s main problem over the years is lack of continuity!



  12. Powerlifter165
    10:11 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    The question about Washington vs. Kentucky atleast as far as fans go, Having lived in Seattle for several years I can tell you that most people in Seattle don’t give a rats ass about college sports.

    I remember one time the UW basketball teams was out at the mall for some sort of pep rally and maybe 200 people showed up.



  13. Crime Dog
    10:18 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    Last Recent History?



  14. uklaw95
    10:20 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    Better than Boise State? We wish.



  15. ukfan12
    10:45 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    I think a fair list, except Boise State is too low, especially since one of the categories is “JOBS KENTUCKY IS WORSE THAN NOW BASED ON LAST RECENT HISTORY”. Say what you want about it being in Boise, Idaho, but the fact of the matter is they have 2 undefeated seasons (2006 and 2009), 7 top 15 finishes in the past 9 years, and 2 BCS wins in the past 5 years. They have great institutional support that translates into great on the field performance. They are definitely in an inferior conference, but if I am a coach I’d rather be there with a chance to play in BCS games consistently than being at the bottom of a power conference.



  16. og68
    10:46 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    You got what you were looking for,CYNICAL,CYNICAL,and more.

    Stick with basketball,and let Arron take care of FOOTBALL.



  17. nashvillecatsfan
    10:47 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    5 – I think it’s defeatist to say that 9th isn’t too bad since there are only 12 teams in the league, which makes 9th well below average. Also, you actually have 9 teams above them, which would make them 10th. Only Vanderbilt and Ole Miss is below them. By saying it isn’t too bad, you’re making the implication that it is acceptable when most would consider it unacceptable to be 10th out of 12.

    Also, how is UK ahead of Ole Miss? How did you determine that? You can say that I’m being a pessimist or a defeatist or whatever, but the rest of the SEC looks at Kentucky as being on the same level or slightly above Vanderbilt in football and part of the reason they have had more success than Vanderbilt is simply because of the scheduling. This is being realistic. Losing to Tennessee for 25 plus years and Florida for almost 20 is a big part of this perception.



  18. og68
    10:52 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    You got what you were looking for,CYNICAL,CYNICAL,and more.

    Let Arron take care of FOOTBALL,and you take care of basketball



  19. nashvillecatsfan
    11:03 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    Does anybody think any coach in the country without UK ties would prefer to come to UK over Ole Miss?



  20. El Dude
    11:21 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    I think people need to take a breath. For many reasons (namely geography and basketball) UK will never be more than a middle of the pack SEC football team. Ever.

    So you can whine about it, or celebrate the successes we have.



  21. Poco Chang
    11:26 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    Wow. Look at those knockers



  22. brad
    12:13 pm August 16, 2011 Permalink

    Where is TCU? Hopefully not lumped together with the rest of the Mountain West.



  23. ColoradoCat
    3:27 pm August 16, 2011 Permalink

    How is TCU ranked below us? Should be at least up with Boise



  24. Irishhooliganx
    4:34 pm August 16, 2011 Permalink

    Kentucky could certainly be a better job than Clemson, Georgia, or Wisconsin.
    It already is better than UNC, and Zona.

    Everything else is right on track, IMO.