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By The Numbers: Butch Jones

The Kentucky Football coaching rumor mill is heating up yet again and this time a name being spit out is no other than former Central Michigan and current Cincinnati head man, Butch Jones. While there currently seems to be some dispute about whether or not contact has been made between UK and himself, he has not denied that he wouldn’t be interested in becoming Kentucky’s next coach.  Jones, who is in his sixth season as a head coach, has a career record of 48-27, including this season where his Bearcats are a very respectable 7-3.  Of course there are other aspects in coaching like recruiting, marketing, and off-field behavior that are important to a potential hiring.  One instance in particular where his positive off-field demeanor shines through would be the motivational mantras given to his Cincinnati team like “Hold the Rope” and “Represent the C.”  Things like this are certainly important in running a successful football program, but on-field performance is what the fans truly care about.  So in order to give further insight on this potential hire, I examined his most meaningful offensive and defensive statistics to see if he could shine as Wildcat head man.

As you can see, Jones’ teams have put up some very efficient rushing attacks over the years, which is totally understandable given the time spent coaching under former West Virginia head coach, Rich Rodriguez.  Jones’ offense is another version of the “spread offense” which Wildcat fans have long been clamoring for.  And rightfully so, because teams like Texas A&M and Mississippi State are running similar styles with great success against elite defenses.  Because of this Kentucky would be foolish not to at least investigate a coach who runs a similar style.  Since his Cincinnati teams run the ball so frequently one would expect a disproportional amount of fumbles to occur, but over Jones’ six year career this has rarely been the case.  The only seasons where Jones has had a team ranked outside of the top-30 in fumbles lost were his inaugural seasons at Central Michigan and Cincinnati, where he was implementing his offense.  Pair this with efficient rushing yard per carry numbers (which he consistently has) and we could have to potential for a high rate of offensive success at Kentucky.

 

When it comes to defense, Jones has been succeeding throughout the years despite what the above numbers say.  While they would suggest that he is merely an average defensive coach, that isn’t the case.  In his time as the Bearcat head coach, Jones has lead his team from the 68th best scoring defense (allowing 28 Points per game) in his first season, to the 20th ranked scoring defense in 2011 (allowing 20.3), to the 15th best in scoring defense this season (allowing only 17.9 points per game).  This improvement isn’t an isolated case either.  His three seasons in Mount Pleasant, Michigan were very similar to his defensive performance in Cincinnati.  Jones’ first team allowed 36.9 Points per game (110th), his next team allowed 30.2 (90th), and then his third and final team broke through and only allowed 18.9 Points a contest (17th nationally).  This is something Kentucky desperately needs, a man who can improve the porous defense that allows over 30 per game.  It’s rare that you can win at a high level in the SEC without a defense, much less do it consistently year-to-year, so a defense that allows progressively fewer points as team grows over time is a huge plus for the case of Butch Jones.

 

As previously stated Butch Jones’ record is a very impressive 48-27 through six seasons.  Now, one can debate on the context of those wins, but not many coaches have immediate success like Jones has experienced.  Many coaches in many sports fail frequently before they figure out how to succeed, but Jones has never experienced a long term period of failure or mediocrity.  He coaches teams that run an entertaining and effective offensive scheme in addition to teams who improve yearly on defense.  He may not be the “home-run” hire that some fans are looking for, but Kentucky would be hard pressed to find many coaches better than him at this point in their careers.

 

Article written by Jonathan Schuette

106 Comments for By The Numbers: Butch Jones



  1. kfund
    8:32 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    A criteria of his contract would be to not wear a Spurrier visor while coaching here.



  2. Cayuts8
    8:35 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    a respectable 7-3 in the big east? that is an ignorant statement after we blast louisville all the time for their 9-1 record…and they beat cincy. NEXT



  3. Canadian Refugee
    8:36 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Is this who we really want? He was left Kelley’s legacy and just did slightly better than okay?



  4. Donny Berger
    8:36 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone know how the man can recurit, cause 2 and 3 star talent will not cut it in the SEC, like it does in the sh!t conference in the Big Least,



  5. Dude
    8:37 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    I will NOT renew my tickets ever again if Mitch hires BUTCH Jones. True story. I’d rather have Joker.



  6. Rick
    8:38 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Winning in the Big East is like winning an arm wrestling match against a quadriplegic. I don’t mean that as an insult to quadriplegics. I mean that as an insult to Big East football. Rutgers and Louisville would likely be 4-6 teams in the SEC right now, instead of battling for a BCS bowl.



  7. Rich Madky
    8:40 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    2-Don’t be an idiot. This guy is 48-27 in 6 yrs as a DI coach. He has an identity (spread option), he could open up some recruiting in Ohio & Michigan (where he’s from) and he’s a solid, solid coach. Those pining for the “home run” of Dungy or Cowher or something similar were always going to be disappointed. We stink, Joker sucked the life out of the program in 3 years and it’s time for someone to breath some new life into it.



  8. BigBlueBrock
    8:41 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    His record is not “very impressive.” It is, at best, ho-hum or slightly above average. He didn’t achieve close to the same kind of success Brian Kelley did and his resume doesn’t make me believe he’d be anything other than “OK” at Kentucky. He certainly doesn’t strike me as the guy to get UK to the next level. We’ll win 5-7 games a year with him and fire him before we have to renew his contract if he’s hired.



  9. flysoup
    8:41 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    He’s not following Brian Kelly at UK, he won’t win here. He’s always win with Kelly’s recruits. Won’t win with Joker’s boys.



  10. Rich Madky
    8:41 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    5-Rather have Joker? So you want the guy that drove the program from 6-7 wins and bowls to 2 wins and embarrassment? Don’t be stupid.



  11. Canadian Refugee
    8:44 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    While this might sound bad, I do remember Pitino took part in hiring Mumme (who won games). Is Cal getting involved to leverage the PR factor for a higher profile coach? A hiring of Butch will further reinforce we are a basketball-first program…at least we need to act with equal efforts and $ money is being paid. We need a huge name or someone LIKE Mumme who is slightly nuts and is a big risk taker – since we will never be able to recruit against our SEC foes.



  12. BlueTexan
    8:46 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    ‘Nother “ho-hum” from sources-close-to-the-program…come on, does anyone believe Barnfart won’t screw-up this hire? IF he doesn’t go for a big name who can energize the fan base and only recruit the 2-3 star…we’re doomed for years of mediocracy. Eli – fire Barnfart and hire a professional AD who knows what he’s doing – YOU DON’T HAVE ONE NOW!!!!!!!!



  13. Bob Cobb
    8:51 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Butch Jones is no Brian Kelly. UK is not Notre Dame. Cincinnati would be bowl eligible this year even with our schedule. Jones would be a fantastic hire. Go sniff Bobby Petrino’s assless chaps.



  14. Witty Commenter # 789
    8:51 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Barnfart. Barnwart. Barnyard. Fartbarn.

    Bow before my unparalleled wit, peons.



  15. BlueTexan
    8:53 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    #13 – You forgot to take your meds again.



  16. tribialbert
    8:54 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t blame Barnhart. He is trying to sell the worst SEC football job out there, with a stadium that should have been upgraded/expanded 20 years ago, in a state that produces 0 elite high school players (compared to the other SEC schools), to a coach who will always be No. 2 to Coach Cal and basketball. That’s a job I sure wouldn’t want.



  17. Earl
    8:54 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Man, why are we talking football. KY is never gonna be a football school no matter how hard they try. But they are going to be a basketball school for ever.



  18. Kaboom
    8:54 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    I’m sick and tired of people blasting Barnhart and now the possibility of hiring Butch Jones. Seriously people this hint of an entitlement of us being worthy of a big name coach is dumb. We are bottom tear SEC, no in state recruiting, lacking facilities, and unreasonable expectations. You try to go out and sell that to a top notch coach and see what happens. Butch Jones is a good coach, not a flashy hire but really solid. He can recruit the north which is something we have never done. The only big name hire we can make is possibly Petrino and we have beat that dead horse. Go with a solid hire, a guy others are interested and hire Butch Jones.



  19. new coach!
    8:54 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Check out Dave Doeren, He should be heavily favored. Check this link out. He is the new urban meyer!
    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicagocolleges/post/_/id/7652/niu-coach-doeren-making-a-name-for-himself



  20. James
    8:57 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    I say we expand the women’s soccer team roster, suit them up, and send them out there. I bet they’d win more than 3 games. And be MUCH better to look at on the yearly McDonald’s calendar.



  21. Bob Loblaw
    8:57 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Butch Jones is the latest edition of the yaaaawwwnn candidates UKAA keeps leaking. Everyone knows who is the best COACH available. Jones will win 4-5 games/year here and we will be talking about this again in 5 years



  22. Bob Cobb
    8:57 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Also, if every commenter who claims they won’t renew their season tickets if this coach or that coach is hired actually had season tickets, Joker wouldn’t have lost his job. You’re not scaring anyone.



  23. Are you serious?
    8:58 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    HE GOT BEAT BY 3 TDS BY DEREK DOOLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IN HIS BEST SEASON



  24. Dr PinDyke
    8:58 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t say I am impressed, if this is what Mitch is settling on, he might as well be fired now! , he will get his a$$ handed to him in the SEC, OH Well! We will get to do this again in 4 years, seems like each election year we get a new coach.



  25. BBN
    8:58 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    “Kentucky you are on the clock.” Tick tock…Tick tock…Tick tock.

    Barnhart will screw up this hire. I can feel it in my bones.



  26. Are you serious?
    9:00 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    JOKER PHILLIPS BEAT DOOLEY WITH A WR AT QB BUT JONES WAS THROTTLED BY THAT SAME UT TEAM



  27. Catlogic15
    9:00 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    #11. Mumme was barely .500 with Couch. Miserable without him. 2-9 his last season here.



  28. new coach!
    9:02 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Here is the coach we need. Dave Doeren. Check him out. Here you go.
    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicagocolleges/post/_/id/7652/niu-coach-doeren-making-a-name-for-himself



  29. Butch
    9:03 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    I cannot beleive how negative some of u people are. The guy is simply giving u an option. No need to get so tore up people



  30. drewsster02
    9:04 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    I am willing to stay opened minded about the search. I do believe that Barnhart knows that he cannot mess this hire up. He knows that another financial bust from the football program will hurt the entire athletics program for years. As fans, we really need to be realistic about who would be willing to come here. Furthermore, we shouldn’t act as if the sky is falling every time we hear a name mentioned. Bobby Petrino is not walking through that door.



  31. Bob Cobb
    9:06 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    30. Bu-bu-but… Bobby Petrino! He’s so charming.



  32. catcard202
    9:06 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink


  33. new coach!
    9:07 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    The last coach Cincy had was Brian Kelly. Now He is the coach of Notre Dame. The #1 team in nation. Go get Dave Doeren. Comes from the same background of Urban Meyer, Chip Kelly, Brian Kelly. This is the next one. Seriously. CHECK HIM OUT.
    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicagocolleges/post/_/id/7652/niu-coach-doeren-making-a-name-for-himself



  34. kes
    9:07 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    19. is that guy your fugging butt buddy or something? quit posting that dumbass link



  35. Thanks but no thanks
    9:11 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Mid tier big east coach? We can’t get a big name but we can get an up and coming coordinator….see Charlie strong



  36. J Cat
    9:11 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Bobby Petrino can take us to the top. Do not let him get away.



  37. mudcreekmark
    9:13 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Last 3 years of Brian Kelly
    2007-10-3
    2008-11-3
    2009-12-1 Only loss was in bowl game against Florida

    First 3 years of Butch Jones to date:
    2010-4-8
    2011-10-3
    2012-7-3

    I don’t know what happened that first year. Clearly he is not in Brian Kellys league. I’m not completely sold of him. If I were Mitch I’d take a chance on Sonny Dykes.Hal Mummy wasn’t as successful as we’d have liked here but his coaching tree is very impressive. Mummys problem was he was to loyal to his high school coaching buddies and didn’t hire a real defensive guru.Mike Leach ran the same thing at Texas Tech and was smart enough to at least play a little bit of defense.



  38. new coach!
    9:14 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    #34 you probably havent looked at the link.



  39. Bob Cobb
    9:15 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Seriously 35?! Butch Jones is the equivalent of Charlie Strong the head coach! Why settle for Charlie Strong the coordinator?!



  40. BlueTexan
    9:15 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    #18- As an alum (and, former $ supporter)I’m sick and tired of you Barnfart apologists…get used to the truth…Barnfart has not lived up to expectations of a respected AD in a conference that prides itself in attracting the best athletic ‘minds’ to lead their Athletic Departments (Foley/FL, Hart/TN, etc.) They KNOW the coaching landscape and have deep roots in a myriad of programs…thus, due to their knowledge, THEY can attract the top coaches/hot assistants…who attract the top recruits. He came to UK from TN and had to replace Morris…duh, “what-to-do” – after too unreturned calls and many turndowns, he reverted to his OR roots and talked his fired mentor out of the retirement/trout stream to coach an SEC team? Give me a break! Then, the BCG fiasco when doing due dilegence was all he had to do to know BCG wasn’t the answer. Calipari…great hire…however, he turned him down (BCG hire) and Coach Cal recruited US (thank God)…not he other way around. Olympic Sports…give old Barny an A+…however…you have your opinion and I have mine. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving (Albert Einstein)”. BBN- we’re not ‘moving’ toward football success…and, only one man is responsible – Barnfart.



  41. @woodywoodwick
    9:16 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    And to think I was getting excited about UK Football Again….. YAWN…..



  42. jarshoe
    9:21 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t understand the excitement about this guy at all. Definitely not impressed (and I would clarify that I’m not a Petrino guy nor have I ever held out hope for the so called “homerun”).



  43. new coach!
    9:26 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    just a fan. is all. Found a great future coach. There has to some realization with BBN that we have to get the right up and coming coach. Does anybody really think logically? Kirby Smart is not coming here. Petrino, I would like but he will not come here. Sonny Dykes, ok great offense. worked under mumme. Oh by the way remember Mumme? Probations and no defense. We were leading 14 to 0 at halftime in outback bowl. We lost 28 to 14.
    We need the hot new up and coming coach. Just the exact same way all the other big time sec schools are doing. Only exceptions is Alabama with Saban. Bama is to football what uk is to basketball. There are exceptions. Our program is not the exception. You want the next urban meyer, Mark Richts, Chip Kelly, or Brian Kelly? Here he is. Get realistic.
    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicagocolleges/post/_/id/7652/niu-coach-doeren-making-a-name-for-himself



  44. Dr PinDyke
    9:29 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    We are representing the SEC very very poorly, being the SEC is the richest conference thanks to football, Mitch obviously didn’t get that memo, maybe if he hires another flop, Mike Slive might personally throw his a$$ out and tell UK to seek another conference, because there isn’t any commitment to be shown from our end.



  45. Huskie Fan
    9:29 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    I’m an NIU fan. We love Doeren. You can’t have him!



  46. catfanjohn
    9:29 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    No Butch Jones! This guy will not be able to recruit in the SEC!
    We need a already established coach that can step right in and get the job done! Petrino is the man for the job but I bet we get some so called up and comer that won`t do any better than Joker did. Why is it so hard for Barnhart to understand that the fans deserve a great football coach that will at least make our team competitive and respectable. Im tired of our football team being an automatic win for every team in the SEC! If not Petrino at least give Charlie Strong a call, he has SEC experience and has turned Louisville into a pretty good football team. Lets face it, we will have to have a big name coach to get great recruits at Kentucky. Its just like everything else, you get what you pay for and we need a coach that can get the job done.



  47. BlueTexan
    9:30 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino- Auburn
    “Chucky” Gruden- Eagles/USC
    Dungy- Network
    Strong- AR
    Cowher- Network/TN?
    Dykes- who cares?
    Butch Jones- who cares?
    TCU Patterson- forget
    Andy Reid- Chargers



  48. new coach!
    9:31 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    I like you #45. You know what you have. The best qb in the nation and the hottest unknown coach that knows Defense and Offense. He is also a great guy.
    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicagocolleges/post/_/id/7652/niu-coach-doeren-making-a-name-for-himself



  49. U People R Crazy
    9:31 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Butch Jones would be a great hire for UK. Very good character, solid football coach. No top tier coach is coming to UK, we are a basketball school, period. Petrino would leave after a year and the coordinators mentioned have never been good enough to be head coaches. People seriously want Duke’s Football Coach? Seriously? You people are crazy. Jones knows how to run a program and yearns for a school that can fill up a 67,000 seat stadium when UC can’t sell out 30,000. Sure we won’t be winning an SEC title every year (you are dreaming if you think that would ever happen – that is the equivalent of South Carolina dreaming of an SEC Basketball Championship every year) but we would be competitive and consistently middle of the pack with some hope and no longer a bottom feeder with Jones running the program.



  50. BBN
    9:32 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    There are head coaches and coordinators out there that could win at Kentucky. However, the only available coach that could win big and right away is Bobby Petrino. It is understandable that many in BBN do not like him and reluctant to support his hire. Petrino would eat his own children. But like it or not, tyrants win big in the SEC and Petrino fits the winning mold.



  51. BlueTexan
    9:33 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    #44 – Amen!



  52. Good
    9:33 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    We suck and he doesn’t so yes yes yes. I’d rather have BP but our supreme leader won’t hear of it so Butch Jones is not bad at all.



  53. coldspringmike
    9:36 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Please take his name off the list now.



  54. U People R Crazy
    9:37 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Take a note from UC’s AD – hired Kelly, Jones & Cronin. No Gillespies hired there. Mitch should take notice.



  55. Bad Fit
    9:38 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Really good coach! Bad fit for us.

    He’s never built a program that was in shambles and taken it to higher levels of success. In both cases he took over already successful program. He did a very good job maintaining them, but in neither case moved them forward.



  56. bobbypetrinofan
    9:38 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Boo.



  57. Cal
    9:39 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    BP is the man we need. UK is a horrible football program that used to have one thing….fan support, but we don’t even have that anymore thanks to Barney. Throw us bone and give us BP.



  58. BlueTexan
    9:39 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    #54- Barnfart didn’t get that memo either…he was on the mountain.



  59. new coach!
    9:42 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Butch Jones is an ok hire. UK needs to start recruiting in BIG 10 country. We are much closer. Obviously Texas A&M is doing well and Mizzou is doing medium. Much better than us in the midwest. With the addition of these 2 teams, our recruiting areas have grown. We need to pounce on these. This is the guy that can get it done.
    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicagocolleges/post/_/id/7652/niu-coach-doeren-making-a-name-for-himself



  60. Clam
    9:43 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    I would probably take the anti-Barnhart people more seriously if they didn’t feel the need to always spell his name “Barnfart.” Do you giggle every time you type that, thinking you are clever? Or maybe dirty? Do you expect Mitch to scan through the message boards and yell in indignation, “What? Barnfart!” I imagine the “Barnfart” people to be 45 year old men, with mustaches, thin UK sweatshirts bought at McAlpins (back in when it open), and typing in a wood-paneled den. They have grown older in all the bad ways, but their sense of humor (and insults) are locked forever in 8th grade. Sad.



  61. Lip Schziz
    9:43 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    For people to say Jones would be a good hire for UK need to up there med dosage, the man has a sub par record in the Big least, he will get his a$$ handed to him in the SEC and from a previous post I saw, he isn’t a great recruiter either, if this is what were settling on it’s time to throw the [email protected]!ing towel in and be like Villanova, just don’t have a damn football program



  62. new coach!
    9:44 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino will not come to UK. Louisville fans dont even like him.



  63. Lip Schitz
    9:46 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    #59) For the Love of God, if anyone hasnt clicked that link yet there not going to, you have posted it 50 [email protected]!n? times



  64. catfanjohn
    9:48 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    63-Well put



  65. Bob Cobb
    9:50 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Sub par in the big least (so clever)? He is Charlie Strong’s equal even without the benefit of the Bridgewater recruiting fluke. Strong is probably going to a much better SEC school than UK. We would be very lucky to have Butch Jones!



  66. new coach!
    9:50 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    #63 you are right. should I post some Petrino sites?



  67. dh
    9:50 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Hey guys….Trigg Co. Kentucky here. I have 8 tickets to UT-UK game Saturday….I am selling them 30 dollars a piece….below face value…I teach and coach school down here….live in Cadiz KY…..call me 270-608-4295….I will have them Friday.



  68. UKfan
    9:52 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    I know of one unemployed coach that would be better than this one, and I’m sure over 75% of BBN would agree. Dont screw this up Mitch.



  69. LeeW
    9:52 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    He would be a FANTASTIC hire.



  70. Assman
    9:53 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    I agree with #33 and 43. Take a look at Dave Doeren. His Wisconsin defenses were really tough during those years when they were going to some major bowls like the Rose. Even at Kansas his defense was one of the better ones in the nation. His record at Montana was really good. His QB at No.Ill. is being touted for the Heisman. Remember the MAC has been considered the hotbed of coaches.



  71. Pappa D Nutts
    9:58 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    #66, Yeah! I am for a Petrnio hire, like #63 said, if someone hasnt clicked that link yet, there not going too.



  72. new coach!
    9:59 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    thanks #70



  73. Deputy323
    10:01 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    We can hire a top notch coach but none of this is going to matter if we don’t have the backing of the admin with the money for such things as recruiting and facilities to be on par with the top dogs in the SEC. Are we ranked almost last in those kinds of categories in the SEC that’s why I think we are going to be disappointed with the hire bc potential coaches know that they will not have the backing of the admin with money. Just look at Tenn. they are throwing the kitchen sink at Gruden-that needs to be us. Ky will never be more than 6-7 win team(if that) bc the admin thinks basketball is the money maker here



  74. dave
    10:02 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    70- he aint coming here. almost guaranteed. cal, arky, UT, auburn all better jobs. and that doesnt include if maryland, BC, USF end up firing their coaches too



  75. BlueTexan
    10:04 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    #60- No, idiot! You are sad for being an apologist and not facing reality. WAAAAY past 45, no mustache, embroidered UK gear and ‘den’ is not wood-paneled – overlooks the pool w/fireplace.
    YOU grow up…I probably supported($) UK football before you were even thought-of…so, keep you asinine comments to where this football program is headed and not personal assasination of those who’ve supported (what recent check have you written?)the program for over 50+ years. DITCH MITCH – better for you?



  76. catcard202
    10:08 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Guys, Y’all crazy.

    Butch Jones is a rising star in the profession. IF IT HAPPENS…UK will be getting him right as he’s ready to hit his career stride. He has a world of experience & has shown he can win w/ less than a stellar program to sell and do so on a shoe-string budget.

    YEAH…WE ALL KNOW 10-8 in the BE & 4-8 his 1st yr at UC…(DUH! His spread attack is different that Brian Kelly’s in schematics & terminology. There was a learning curve at UC.). And what about YR2??? UC’s 10-3 & Co-BE Champs w/ Jones as the BE COY! 7-3 in 2012 & a likely Belk Bowl birth waiting in the wings. Jones is 2-1 vs UofL/Strong. Has beaten James Franklin/Vandy. As well as out recruited UK (as per RIVALS) 2 out of 3 classes (and nearly did his 1st yr – w/ only 6wks to sell UC!)…And he did that recruiting to 7th best FB facilities in the Big East(per ESPN)!!!

    Plenty will be eatin’ crow if he gets/takes the job…He’s going to win the players over. He’s going to energize the fan base. He’s going to get the students involved. He’s going to sell the program’s greater vision to the masses. He’s a keeper, if we can get him.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/bigeast/post/_/id/39235/big-east-awards-tracker-3



  77. SteveM
    10:09 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Looks like I’ve been deleted for saying KSR is being used by Barnhart to vent his #1 choice for coach. What pals he must be with Matt Jones for allowing KSR to be used liked this.



  78. knowitall
    10:10 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    i say we open our arms to “any” coach from the MAC. those guys can coach and do more with less than any coaches in any conference. put them in a hat and we will be fine. MAC coaches are awesome.



  79. BlueTexan
    10:18 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    #78 – AGREE!!!!!!!!!!

    Jeff Tedford- “Tedford engineered an impressive turnaround for the Bears after taking over a one-win team following the 2001 season. He won a school-record 82 games, churned out numerous NFL prospects and was a major factor in a $321 million stadium renovation.”

    DITCH MITCH!



  80. BlueTexan
    10:19 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    #77 – sorry



  81. Clam
    10:20 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    #70. If what I wrote about you is “personal assasination” [sic], then how should we define you repeatedly calling UK’s Athletic Director “Barnfart”? Why is simplistic slander OK, unless it is pointed at you?



  82. new coach!
    10:21 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    #77 you are right, i like Butch Jones. I just think others have been looking at him just as much. I would say get Charlie Strong. I just know its not going to happen. BBN needs to realize who we are, Administration has to give the next coach the resources to compete. The 100 million dollar bond coming up next month is humungous. That is what all this revolves around.
    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicagocolleges/post/_/id/7652/niu-coach-doeren-making-a-name-for-himself



  83. Bob Cobb
    10:21 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    78. Well, if someone didn’t at least poke holes in the box Butch Jones would suffocate. Even if you don’t want him to coach here, that would be cruel.



  84. Clam
    10:21 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Whoops–I meant meant to direct comment #81 at #75 (not #70). Sorry for the mistake.



  85. Bob Cobb
    10:22 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    ^77



  86. BlueTexan
    10:22 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    #81- Grow up.



  87. hoof hearted
    10:25 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    i love the idea of getting butch jones…as someone already stated, mac coaches can flat use what they got and win with it. plus he has a super fun offense to watch..ill take him ..and I WILL renew my tickets no matter what..#diehard



  88. KSRmissingbig
    10:25 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    KSR is absolutely NOT being used by Mitch, they are so far off that it’s comical. When the process is over you will see that KSR was a day (or two) late on everything. BUT it isn’t their fault. This has been one of the tightest searches ever. No one (except for a few people obviously) know what is going on.



  89. Bob Cobb
    10:27 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    77. Well, if someone didn’t at least poke holes in the box Butch Jones would suffocate. Even if you don’t want him to coach here, that would be cruel.

    Numbers changed on me.



  90. new coach!
    10:28 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    hopefully all of us bleeed blue fans opinions will take notice. Everyone posting tonight or ever are true BBN.



  91. Booger
    10:29 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Phil Fulmer spotted at Burger King tonight. We followed him and has room at Campbell house!!!



  92. JeffB
    10:29 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Surely we can do better than a average, at best, Big East coach. Plus he inherited a very nice set-up. I wouldn’t call the current situation in Lexington anywhere close to that. He can’t be the first choice, or the second, or even the 8th. Take a shot at the Miami head coach(Fla of course), he’s not happy there, Tuberville comes to mind as well. Gary Anderson at Utah State would be better than Butchie. Shoot, Phil sounds better than Jones.



  93. new coach!
    10:32 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    #92, I saw a crashed motorcycle on 64 east exit 58 towards lexington. maybe petrino



  94. Please Anyone But Petrino
    10:43 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    I think Butch Jones would be a great hire for UK. In his time at UC, the Bearcats have been ranked in top 25 every year. They’ve made a bowl game every year. As John pointed out, they play an uptempo version of the spread. He out-recruits Kentucky, presumably to his deep ties in Ohio. If he can be successful in the Big East, imagine what he can do at an SEC school.



  95. mitch b
    10:46 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    You Petrino guys are such microwave fans! I’m sick of you hooligans and your “agendas”



  96. jhnny
    11:03 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Rivals has UC last two classes (2012 and 2011) #50 and #49. Yea, that was better than Joker’s recruiting classes, but not by much. #94, hiring the guy who has the #50 recruiting class does not make him a great recruiter…



  97. ksrmissingbig
    11:13 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t worry, BJ is not our coach and will not be our coach……
    yoursourcesarebad……..



  98. hillbillywildcat
    11:13 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Another mindless post. Considering our TWO best players are pocket passers, a spread offense with a running qb would be a waste (see Tim Couch running the triple option). We need a coach with a system to maximize our best talent in a balanced way. No 50+ passes a game. Six of the top current eight teams run a pro offense, mixing run and pass. Unless we want Smith and Towles running around, a spread option attack would not only be a mismatch with our talent but also set back our rebuilding at least a few years until we could find the right qb (unless you think Whitlow is the answer).



  99. Logic
    12:12 am November 21, 2012 Permalink

    He’s a coach that has gone 10-9 in the Big East, despite being handed a team that just went undefeated. Dude is going to rock the SEC! Sign him up now!

    I’d rather take a risk on an up and comer than a guy who has already proven to be mediocre.



  100. alwaysaUKfan
    12:26 am November 21, 2012 Permalink

    hey guys,it is ok to be passionate but how about a little civility (know what it means?)! When no one knows who you are you can say anything and get away with it. Name calling and hateful insults are over the line, but then again no one knows who you are. Maybe you all should apply or the job, see how hard it is. By the way Calipari, Mitchell and the baseball coach (can’t) think of his name) were pretty good hires and my alma mater is SAMFORD, not Stamford!



  101. Wellll......
    4:15 am November 21, 2012 Permalink

    I have also checked out things about Jones, Some fans say he would be a good hire. I don’t see it, don’t get me wrong he seems like a guy who gets his kids fired up and works his butt off. But this is the SEC, Defense is what you need to start with. UK always seemed to suck really bad in defense no matter who the coach was. I guess my choice would be Kliff Kingsbury I love his offense, but I think the guy could find a great defensive cordinator, The guy is young, was drafted by the Patriots, so could have some kinda ties with some guys in the NFL. JMO. If not him I hope a good well known from the NFL. But everyone don’t hold your breath it could be a while before they hire anyone. I actually hope it does take a while and they just don’t hire someone fast just to fill the spot.



  102. Big Whoop
    8:16 am November 21, 2012 Permalink

    Based on his stats, I don’t want Jones. If you look at the national ranking for each year, it is pretty pedestrian. In the SEC, those numbers would be far worse. Success in the MAC and the Big East do not translate into success in the SEC. Our new coach, no matter who he is, should have a record of success, in whatever form (HC, OC or DC), in the SEC or Big 12.



  103. dewskilowe
    11:10 am November 21, 2012 Permalink

    Jones will not take the UK job, look at the last 2 coaches and look where they went. To many good jobs for him to choose from and there are schools of hire status that has him on their radar! Also I know people knock louisville and the Big East but for UC and UofL the coaches that left went to better jobs and did quite well. The darkhorse name in this entire deal is Bob Stoops! He said he would entertain a new job where it’s in a strong football conference with a good fanbase and recruiting base, but he would ask for a 8 year deal. Don’t be surprised by the hire!



  104. Ryannkysports
    10:48 pm November 21, 2012 Permalink

    4* qb to me earlier tonight : “If Butcher Jones were coaching in the SEC, I would’ve already committed to play for him.”

    Some of you really need to get your facts straight before bashing UC and their Coach. He’s obviously good enough to coach in the SEC or teams like UK, Auburn, and UT wouldn’t be courting him.

    He turned down UCLA, Illinois, and UNC last year….all better programs than UK. Butch would never leave UC for UK and he said himself…twice…he wasn’t interested in the UK job. Move along.



  105. Ryan
    10:50 pm November 21, 2012 Permalink

    Matt needs to get first hand info before posting garbage he “heard” on here.



  106. Ryan
    10:52 pm November 21, 2012 Permalink

    And for the record…Butch has brought more 4* recruits in one year to UC than Kelly did during his entire tenure. But let’s not let facts get in the way or anything.