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Clifford Snow opens up about pulling a Pitino


When Clifford Snow announced he was leaving his position as Director of Football Operations at Kentucky to accept the exact same job at Louisville, admit it, you were confused. Probably even a little bit worried. Mostly, I think we all wondered: why?

As our dear friend Chip Cosby found out, contrary to popular belief, it has nothing to do with Snow’s affinity for Louisville’s burgeoning food truck movement and mediocre basketball. In the end, he just really loves Charlie Strong, with whom he worked for four years at South Carolina (he also worked there with Joker, but only for one year):

“I’ve worked with Charlie a little longer, but both of them are great guys. I got to spend a lot of time with Charlie while he was defensive coordinator (at South Carolina). To watch how he handled the defense and the players and coaches, you knew that he’d be successful and his time would eventually come. And we had talked in the past and it was one of those deals where we said, “If you ever get a head coaching job…. And the opportunity to work with him again was too good to pass up.”

Snow does admit that there were “some issues at UK that kept it from being the right fit for him,” but stressed that none of those issues involved Joker Phillips. In fact, he goes on to say that while he respects Joker and all he’s doing at Kentucky, “you want to be able to do your job to the best of your ability.” Hmmm…curious, very curious.

Snow is at least candid when discussing his “betrayal.”

“I’m sure there are fans who are thinking, ‘What is that moron doing?” he said “How could you leave Kentucky for Louisville and go from the SEC to the Big East. But the reality of the business is you’ve got to look at the big picture. Two good programs, two good coaches; two coaches you know and are familiar with. There’s only one director of football operations at each school, so opportunities to move are limited. You don’t really get to dictate when you can do that. When the Louisville job arose, it something I had to take a look at and I ultimately decided it was better to make a change at this point.”

Whatever. See you September 17th. Do us a favor–come out of the visitor’s tunnel, please.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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19 Comments for Clifford Snow opens up about pulling a Pitino

  1. Mr Schwump
    9:35 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink

    Piss on him.

  2. tdogg4033011
    9:36 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink

    so, he decided to leave UK for UL …. I never knew who he was, now I don’t like him …. lol

  3. tdogg4033011
    9:37 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink

    Piss on him

  4. TheTruth
    9:45 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink

    Who could blame him. Strong will be a good coach and eventually get a better job. Joker is, well, a joke. He will never get a real coaching job. Heck, Joke just lost a recruit to uofl today. What a surprise.

  5. winchesterheights
    9:55 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink

    really? is this guy a football player? a coach? hell, a student. no he is just some administrative guy. quit being a baby, who cares if he went to louisville

  6. StevieD
    9:59 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink

    Piss on him.

  7. UK Football Fan
    10:03 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink

    It would be great if the media folks would dig into his statement about not being able to do your best while at UK. Since its not UK basketball it probably won’t get any attention but it would be nice to know just what he ment by that statement.

  8. duhville cat
    10:05 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink

    2) Sup witcha? BTW, let it go… he’s a Tard…. it happens.
    Piss on him.

  9. Football Man
    10:16 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink

    The problem I have is if he was doing his job we should have known who he was. Now, that being said if he could’nt do the job the way it should be done who’s to say the new guy won’t have the same issues!? The Football program should get anything it wants for the money they bring in! Give the Football program everything it needs to compete in the SEC. if you 1/2 ass it you get mediocrity. I for one want to feel like I’am getting my money’s worth….

  10. Green giant
    10:21 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink

    If anyone follows Morgan newton on twitter, he killed snow on twitter saying R.I.P coach snow and stuff

    Sooo…RIP snow….piss on him

  11. Dave
    10:49 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink

    well, I hate to say it, but, this is a better move for the guy. If it was basketball. Different story.

    But in Football. Charlie Strong will have UL back in a BCS Bowl withing 5 years. Where will UK and Joker be in 5 years? 6 wins and a weak ass bowl game.

    Strong will move on to a bigger program with more possibility.

    Joker will eventually be replaced with someone else who will continue on the tradition being made now. 6 and a Bowl Game.

    The SEC is a horrible Conference for Kentucky in so far as competing goes. The SEC hurts UK in Basketball by being a weak Basketball Conference and it kills UK in Football by being a TREMENDOUSLY STRONG Football Conference.

    Joker is screwed. He’s been set up for failure. I don’t think Joker is that bad of a coach. He could probably go to a Football school and do well. Any place where he could actually recruit.

    If Joker ever takes UK to a BCS Bowl, he’ll get offered millions to take a Bigger Better Position at a real Football School. And he’d be a fool to not take it.

    Snow sees all of this clearly.

  12. Justified
    11:44 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink

    Maybe the guy just wants to follow Strongarm Charlie to Miami of Ohio, or whatever mid-Major school he ends up at after year…..kinda similar to Ava “choosing” Boyd…..when you go play with the little kids after playing with the big boys, it doesn’t take as much to impress em…….

  13. Dave in Kabul
    1:07 am June 28, 2011 Permalink

    If UK football is the “Big Boys” then…well, F*CK! I don’t even know how to respond to that. UK Football. I wonder how UF feels about the Big Boys of UK. lol

    Hell, the Big Boys at UK can’t even beat the down and out boys at UT.

    UK Football is pitiful. It’s the equivalent to UT Basketball or Bama Basketball. It will always be a third runner up for the Beauty Contest.

  14. Hoss
    9:19 am June 28, 2011 Permalink

    LMMFAO @ #11

    Strong to take UL to a BCS bowl. Good luck with that, buddy. Lightening tends to only strike once.

  15. Hoss
    9:23 am June 28, 2011 Permalink

    13- you speak your ignorance. Bama was THE SEC basketball team in the late 80’s. People used to refer to the SEC tourney as “Wimp’s Invitational” during that time. If UK football is destined for that level of success, sign me the hell up.

    Facts, man. Learn them before you spew tripe as fact. Mkay?

  16. Emmert still sucks
    9:58 am June 28, 2011 Permalink

    Dave and Dave in Kabul – I wonder how South Carolina feels about UK football, or Auburn, or Georgia, or your team – Louisville….

    UK is not there yet, but we are closer than we have ever been. Agreed, that the jury is still out on Joker and this year is critical but with a little luck and a little better coaching, we could have been 9-3 last year and then all the doom-sayers would have nothing to beotch about. Though they probably would have talked about how weak the SEC was rather than give UK credit.

  17. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
    1:07 pm June 28, 2011 Permalink

    Translation: I wanted to grow a line beard but UK would have no part of that so i had to make a move to a university that would allow such atrocities.

  18. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
    1:25 pm June 28, 2011 Permalink

    11. Nobody takes UL football seriously outside of Jefferson County. If UL was in a real football conference in 2006 you would have never went to a BCS bowl. UL could go undefeated and they would never get the vote to the championship game. Nobody wants to watch UL football. Petrino couldn’t wait to get out of that dump. Now he’s in a real football conference with the big boys.

    How soon you morons forget how strong the SEC used to be in basketball. It’s been down lately but we have some good young coaches and a lot of talent starting to come into the league. It will be strong again. The only reason the Big Least is getting so many teams in the tournament is both the SEC and ACC have been down lately. The SEC doesn’t hurt UK. We do just fine. We did make the Final Four last season you know? Sorry, i forgot UL flamed out in the first round and you all were probably watching something else.

  19. Ghostofbearbryant
    1:51 pm June 28, 2011 Permalink

    Tells me there’s not enough commitment to FB at UK. Case closed. Enjoy, season ticket buyers.