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Buzz Baker On The Florida Game…


Each week, we’re graced with the musings of Dave “Buzz” Baker.  This week, Buzz checks in with his thoughts on the Florida football game.  Check it out.


Some of the GREAT movies don’t get the credit they deserve for the life lessons they teach.  Take the classic “Animal House,” for instance.  Did this cutting edge film lay the groundwork for the defense that UK fans used at halftime Saturday night when their defense wasn’t defending?  Did UK fans follow the lead of Eric ”Otter” Stratton and decide “we’re not gonna take it anymore” ?

This defense makes about as much sense as Rick Minter’s assertion that “Lightning struck the outhouse and we were in it.”  I mean, really, after coaching at this level for decades, wouldn’t he know to put a lightning rod on top of the outhouse?  Seriously, the guy is making $325,000 and that’s the response?  In fairness, Minter did go on to say, “That was a totally unacceptable level of performance” and on that count?  He is totally right.

As for the “Otter Defense”… if the performance on the field causes people to keep walking out (or not walking in at all!) then the dynamic of this team’s struggles and how Mitch Barnhart evaluates them changes substantially.  Speaking of Barnhart, the UK AD & the University administration, in general, take a lot of heat.  It comes with the job and shouldn’t be a surprise.  Some of it is unwarranted and other gripes are spot on.

The one thing I wish the folks at UK would do, as a whole, is to speak out when they’re being unjustly targeted.  This whole thing about coal is a perfect example.  Several groups and individuals and their friends in the media have been killing UK for its association with the coal industry.  Whether it’s Joe Craft, the Kentucky Coal Lodge or the industry’s sponsorship of the UK-UL game, coal opponents have been screaming like Kentucky is taking money from drug dealers.  Sure, there are people in that business (like any other business or walk of life) who have done things that have given the industry and those who work in it “a black eye”, but should that be an indictment of the group as whole?  That would be as silly as saying the entire solar energy field was corrupt because of the Solyndra case. (Solyndra, a solar-panel maker, collapsed into Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this month after receiving a $535 million government loan guarantee from the Department of Energy in 2009.)  Or it would be like saying that every broker is a crook because Bernie Madoff was one.

It is because of coal, that we have the lowest utility rates in the country!  I just wish that UK itself would step up to the plate more for people who step up for them. Coal miners work long and hard to send their kids to schools like UK! The fans from the regions where coal is mined in eastern and western Kentucky are arguably some of the most devoted in the Big Blue Nation.

On the other side, this entire flap about the “UK Ring of Honor”, in my opinion, was TOTALLY preventable. You need those ribbon boards to raise the money that football says it needs, but there’s got to be a way to communicate the challenge to those honorees who were affected.  There’s got to be a better solution than the flags that were put up.

BTW, what is the deal with this “UK to the ACC” noise?  Thank goodness Steve Jobs never paid any attention to those folks who said he was wasting his time trying to compete with Microsoft.  And here’s something else to think about:  Would the Randall Cobb’s and others have come to Kentucky with hopes to prove wrong those who passed them over, IF UK was not in the SEC?

Sure, it’s tough now, but is that a reason to tuck tail and run?

“Nothing is over ’til WE decide it is!” Bluto 101.


I’ve had the good fortune to know Florida coach Will Muschamp since he was a member of Roy Kidd’s staff @ EKU. Not only is he a great coach, but one of the genuinely funniest people I’ve ever met. This weekend, the Gators take on Alabama and the means Muschamp matching wits with Nick Saban, the man he worked for at LSU & with the Miami Dolphins.

Will coached the DB’s (Saban’s specialty) and then was his defensive coordinator. He, more than any other former Saban assistants who have gone on to become head coaches, is the most like the old his boss. That brought up a question at the weekly Florida news conference from Orlando Sentinel reporter Rachel George who asked about the Jedi Master-Padawan relationship between the two. For those of us who know him, the answer can only be described as “classic Muschamp”.

May the force be with you.

Article written by Thomas Beisner

42 Comments for Buzz Baker On The Florida Game…

  1. SexnNursinHomes
    11:55 am September 27, 2011 Permalink

    Is coal bad?

  2. Common sense
    11:58 am September 27, 2011 Permalink

    This coal uprise is bogus, coal is amazing to the state of Kentucky, the person starting this uprise is a member of the Sierra club, which is possibly the most extreme environmental club in the U.S. Coal keeps eastern ky jobs in eastern ky. Go Coal!!!

  3. Rajon9rondo
    12:08 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    I’m not on either side of this coal debate, but I find it highly hypocritical that the university has started this whole “Go Green” campaign on campus all while accepting millions of dollars from the coal industry and effectively advertising for them.

  4. chad spalding
    12:13 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    Saying that eastern and western kentucky fans are the most devoted is an assine statement. I would expect something like that from BTI. Just because Matt is from there doesn’t mean you need to kiss up to all from there.

  5. Terry623
    12:17 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    Likely the best post on this blog since I’ve been reading it.

    Coal is not the “evil empire” and this country would be in the dark without it. The problem I have with the coal industry today is the damage being done via mountain top removal. The coal can be extracted in more enviornmentally friendly ways, it’s just more profitable to blow the mountains to bits. Deep mine the coal and hire the workers to do it. Like many UK fans, I grew up in the coal fields and most of my family have been miners.

    #3 – Going green is a transition – similar to driving a sub-compact car; it still uses oil, just not as much. There’s nothing wrong with what UK is doing in my opinion.

  6. SoCalCat
    12:18 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    We need basketball! All this losing at football is making people ruder than normal. 🙂

  7. Tobias Funke
    12:22 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    Hey Buzz, if you really want these wacky environmentalists to get off coal’s back you might want to ask them to stop being the most pollutant-producing, regulation-skirting industry in the world. Ask the families of the murdered Massey coal miners if they just need to stop whining and get over it.

    When did it become OK for everyone to assume SCIENTISTS were bad guys and out to get everyone? Seriously? Wonder why we lag behind every developed first world nation when it comes to education, wealth disparity, healthcare, etc. Are you proud we rank behind Uganda and Rwanda in wealth inequality? Pretty awesome, right guys?

  8. Tyler B
    12:24 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    It’s pretty simple when it comes to UK football. Until we devote the money (Cal-type money) to finding a coach and staff who can put football in a position to win, why in the world should fans expect different results on the football field.

    In the past 20 years we’ve tried it all at the head coaching position to make UK a winner in the SEC. (OOC wins against FBS teams are pretty hollow.) An ex-winner – maybe a bit washed up – at an SEC powerhouse: Curry. We’ve tried the gimmick/entertainment route which never took UK to the nine-win mark and landed the team on probation: Mumme. With the next hire UK righted the ship but never would reach the next level: Morris, who left us for Baylor. We brought a coach out of retirement who gave us the best team we’ve had (’07) since 1984 and bumped UK up a few notches on the football ladder: Brooks. With follow that up with the C.I.W – who took over a program in tremendous shape – and we’re back at square one: Joker.

    Now more than ever if a program wants to put a winner on the field it’s being driven for the bottom up (fans) instead of the top down (a.d.) If we demand a winner MB should take the appropriate action. BUT if it means spending $1.75M on the next football coach we already know the results.

    Cal makes $4M a year and look at the results. What will the UK football program look like in a few years if we spend $4M a football coach? Since we’ve tried everything else, why not pay for the deluxe package? Screw the “neat” video boards that costs millions of dollars and hire a real coach, paying him what he’s worth. What’s the worst that can happen? We win six games a year?

  9. tfordstyle
    12:24 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    lol Steve Jobs never did and still doesn’t compete with microsoft.

    Apple charges 3 times what a PC costs to get a machine that MOST people still opt to dual boot windows on..
    Couple that with the proprietary nature of apple and their garbage software and you get a computer that costs too much, and does too little.

    If you want an alternative OS, RH is the only way to go.

  10. Hire Phil Fulmer
    12:25 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    Mitch Barnhart needs to grow some balls and hire a big time coach. We have a similar recruiting class/talent class as Boise State each and every year. Difference is, we suck. Our coaches are sub par. And dont give me that crap that Boise doesnt play in the SEC. Boise would easily complete for an SEC title every year if in the league. And dont give me crap that Boise runs a gimmick offense. I would take that gimmick offense every year, if it means we can win.

  11. ksr fan
    12:28 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    Completely agree with Buzz about the coal issue! I don’t think coal is the best choice for our energy needs. But, until someone can come up with something better that we can actually afford people need to back off a little.

  12. Rajon9rondo
    12:37 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    5 – I agree that mountain top removal is bad and going green is transitional, but I don’t understand why UK wouldn’t print out class registration forms. They didn’t want to kill trees for paper but they were okay with accepting money from people who blow up mountains? Again I’m not on either side and don’t want to start a nerd fight, I’m just curious.

  13. Lex07
    12:39 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    This post is a jumbled mess. I think this guy should stop worrying about defending coal companies and start giving some insights into Joker and all of Joker’s BS. Step up to the plate, Mr. Insider

  14. Moses
    12:41 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    This acc BULLSHIT is coming from people who thank that leaving a conference is easier than spending real coach money

  15. Moses
    12:43 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink


  16. bluesince66
    12:44 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    #10 Your name says it all. Boise has beaten middle of the pack SEC teams and only plays one or two big games a year, so yes if they were in the SEC where if you don’t come to play every week you’re going to get your ass handed to you they wouldn’t be as good. Not saying Boise State doesn’t have very good coaches, but yes it would be different for them in the SEC. Saw a great bumper sticker the other day that said quit using coal, and try and call me while your freezing your ass off in the dark.

  17. Tyler B
    12:45 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    #9 – How does your comment relate to UK football?

  18. Section 133
    12:59 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    Does anyone really care what Dave Baker thinks? Does anyone remember that bull**** radio talk show he used to have?

  19. DerbyDemon
    1:02 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    This year’s football team COULDN’T compete in the ACC. In fact, it would have a hard enough time competing with the better 1-AA conferences.

  20. Lex07
    1:09 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    18- That radio show was at least better than his play-by-play…. if only because it was easier to avoid.

  21. oldkentucky
    1:13 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    Thank you for sticking up for the good people in the coal industry.

  22. Tyler B
    1:15 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    #19 – Not sure about that. Even as bad as we are this year, and we are bad, UK would have a very good shot of beating Wake, Duke, UVA, Maryland, NCSU, BC, UNC and Miami.(Please look them up and see what they’ve done in 2011.) We don’t belong on the same field with 10 SEC teams, much less have a chance of beating them.

  23. Common sense
    1:16 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    Mountain top removal is blown way out of proportion. Dont believe everything youve heard. If you want them to go back to traditional deep mining, then see your electric bill double. One of my good friends from eastern ky (knott co) said he likes it cuz people dont know what its like to live without level land. It’s not all that bad.

  24. john
    1:55 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    I’m not a tree hugger by any means. But the first time you see the results of mountaintop removal, your love of “coal” Buzz may change.

  25. James
    2:00 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    No one wants any of your Ignorant political opinions baker. Frankly, who cares about your football analysis?

  26. UKGoBigBlue
    2:03 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    The whole coal thing is a PR move by Joe Craft & his group that turned into a predictable PR disaster; these stories about coal & UK being played in the nation media does nothing but make UK, the state, and the coal industry look like a bunch of idiots. People already think of the state of KY being a bunch of toothless idiots, you don’t go out of your way to give them ammunition.

    The whole attaching of the Coal name on the new Lodge is beyond ridiculous. This is a college & a very expensive college dorm not a shrine to coal. If they want to give money to UK great, just don’t give it when the collateral damage from it ends up making UK look stupid.

    UK Football: The coaches are melting down, they have no idea what to do to fix it, and this entire Joker experiment is going to be as successful as the Obama experiment. In other words; we’re screwed !

  27. Dandy Andy
    2:03 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    #24 What results are you talking about? Shopping malls, golf courses, airports, hospitals. The only develpment in eastern ky comes from mountain top removal.

  28. FakeDrewFranklin
    2:05 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink


  29. Derek
    2:26 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    Do a single one of you know where this nation would be without coal. Heck electricity from coal is used to make most of these green products. I just can’t understand the hate for coal. Lets go ahead and shut it off and let the rest of the world like China use it and polute the world.
    Other states embrace their industries. UK should as well!

  30. R U Fo Realz?
    2:45 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    I would gladly pay more for my electricity use if it meant not removing tops of mountains. Unfortunately I am not given that option in this “Free Market” system that we supposedly have in this country.

  31. Poker Jillips
    2:46 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    Solution to the “Ring of Honor” problem…

    Put billboards (or something similar) in the corners of the stadium above the press boxes with the names of all glorious members proudly displayed. There is nothing there anyway and with one in each corner, it still (barely) keeps the ‘ring’ feeling alive. This also eliminates the lack of ‘feng shui’ and eye sore of the white rooftops.

    Replace all the new flags with American flags.

    btw, coal is awesome, so is America. Enough said.

  32. Flyrock
    2:50 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    The state of Kentucky gives out more in subsidies to the coal industry every year, than the total federal subsidy to Solyndra. ($642 million in 2006.) The talking point that our utility bills are the lowest is kind of crazy. We are the fourth lowest. The fifth lowest is Washington which uses a variety of ways to put power on the grid. They do not have to destroy east Kentucky to fire up their computers in Seattle. But the argument that laying waste to this area is helping out people in central Kentucky by giving them a few bucks off their juice bill is hardly a winning argument. Who really cares if we save them five or ten bucks a month?

  33. JBR
    3:05 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    Coal is like a drug, except it not only destroys lives, but our planet as well. Marijuana farmers work hard too, as do cocoa (cocaine) farmers in Columbia, but that doesn’t justify its use. The whining about what would we do without it is bogus, too…if it weren’t for politics and the dirty money used to buy them, we could have developed better and cheaper energy sources decades ago. Plain and simple, people are backwards, and want to continue to live in the dark ages…and our state leads that charge in more ways than one. People are just getting dumber, that is all.

  34. JorgePancho
    3:11 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    The problem with coal supporters is they only see dollar signs in the present, and neglect to see the additional costs later on down the road. How convenient. Studies prove coal is actually the MOST expensive producer of electricity – when health care for miners and local citizens is factored in, when infrastructure costs like roads and railroads to transport coal is factored in, when irreparable damage to air, water, and mountains is factored in. In the meantime, the rest of the civilized/industrialized world is moving on from coal. Coal no longer keeps the lights on in these places, and it is we who remain in the dark. Baker is a shill for coal, and his radio show was time from our lives we will never get back. Any time Baker cares to “buzz” off isn’t soon enough for this Kentucky-born, Appalachia-loving friend of sol.

  35. bb88888888
    3:18 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    Just how hard is it to program those ribbon boards to show the names of the players they replaced on a revolving basis, when they’re not being used for advertisement, that is? A ribbon board hall of fame, if you will. You’re no longer limited by the amount of physical space on the face of the walls that used to be there.

  36. ohhh my
    3:39 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    30. If you would gladly pay more for your electricity then you can easily purchase a configuration that will power your home using solar panels. The cost to purchase and install a system is outrageous, but at least it is a free market and it gives you that choice. So don’t say you don’t have a choice when you clearly do. Simply unhook your electricity and use solar power. There are several choices for people to get electricity to their home using solar and/or wind power. You can buy those very easily in this ‘free market’. Why don’t you consider doing that? Well, probably because it costs between $30,000 and $50,000 (depending on the size of your home) to do this. So, please stop being a hypocrite. If you would “gladly pay more” if it meant not removing tops of mountains (which are replaced with just as many young trees) then do it.

  37. rick
    3:45 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    Why doesnt every one just stop crying. We lost one game we were suppose to have won. Please pull up your big boy panties and stop whinning.

  38. Standard and Poor must be racist, right?
    3:58 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    Is it basketball season yet?

  39. knows better
    5:14 pm September 27, 2011 Permalink

    Joe Craft doesn’s strip mine. No mountin top removal!!!! Deep mine only. Average pay for high school graduates at one of his mines $70,000.00 a year, counting benefits. 600 employees at just one of his mines. Where else could you find a job like this in your home town? If you don’t like coal stop using electricty.

  40. Fort Worth Cats Fan
    12:23 am September 28, 2011 Permalink

    We get it. Dave Baker has shown KSR(Matt Jones) some love. I know this “Buzz” Baker, and bruh, he is no Alan Cutler. A. Greenfield, Transy ’93

  41. thetoe52
    1:21 pm September 28, 2011 Permalink

    mountian top removal is evil, uncalled for and dangerous

  42. John Whitaker
    2:08 pm September 28, 2011 Permalink

    Why not make a Blue Marble Cat Walk and engrave the names of the Kentucky player’s in it….