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Donald Young’s Labor Day News and Views

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Tennis is without question the most “hit or miss” of any of the major sports. For the vast majority of the year, tennis is boring drudgery, with a neverending season that is impossible to follow and bores even the family members of those involved. Even the majors can be difficult to watch if the matches don’t involve top stars, and unfortunately for men’s tennis, those stars are becoming fewer and farther between. But when tennis is really good, it can be the most compelling of all sports, showcasing one on one human drama in ways that team sports simply can’t duplicate. A great tennis match is riveting television, with each point a battle of wills and tension building through three to four hour wars. The best of McEnroe/Borg. Agassi/Sampras or Federer/Nadal is the best of sports, no matter how rarely it takes place.

But men’s tennis especially has seen a decline in star power in recent years, especially from Americans. Since Agassi retired, we have had no one but Andy Roddick and for a variety of reasons, he simply does not count. But those of us that love the sport have long been hoping for the time that we would see the emergence of Donald Young. That time may now have finally arrived.. The 22 year old Atlanta native has already had an adventurous career. He was the #1 ranked Junior player in the world at the age of 15, when everyone assumed he would be the “Tiger Woods of tennis.” But then the early expectations combined with a series of poor decisions by his advisors to create a slow decline in potential and performance. Young lost significantly more than he won, never rose to higher than #85 in the world and became most famous for cursing the USTA on Twitter when he wasn’t given a wildcard to the French Open. But now, he seems to have pushed those problems behind him, has showcased the rare tennis trait of humility and is injecting the US Open with much needed swagger. Playing an exciting style, full of energy with hat askew, Young is now in the Round of 16 for the first time in his career and ready to play for the Quarterfinals on Tuesday night. Then, he will face Andy Murray in a match that has the potential to elevate him to one of the five most famous male tennis players in the world overnight. It will be must-watch television, in part for the potential of great tennis, but also because you may get a chance to experience that rare occurrence; the moment when one witnesses firsthand, a star being born.

With almost nothing in the way of news, let’s get to it with some football notes…

After the performance against Western Kentucky on Thursday, unfortunately many in the fan base are already to give up on the season. I expected negativity, but the way in which a minority of the Big Blue Faithful have already taken to assuming that we are headed for gloom and despair has surprised me. Most negativity has centered around four factors, each of which provide different levels of rational worry:

THE WIDE RECEIVERS

The most rational concern for any Kentucky fan after Thursday night’s game is at the Wide Receiver position. Simply put, the UK wide receivers were awful in Nashville. In the first half, four passes of at least ten yards were put right in the receivers’ hands, only to be dropped with varying degrees of incompetence. LaRod King, the player counted on to be the team leader at the position, let two deep passes go through his fingers, both of which would have changed the early field position dynamic. And Matt Roark allowed two passes directly in his grasp fall to the side, both time on important third down possessions. With the injury to Freshman Darryl Collins and the inability to get the Tight Ends involved in the offense last week, concern about the Wide Receiver position seems perfectly rational. One hopes improvement is coming in the form of greater potential playing time for Gene McCaskill and Bryan Adams, but right now the position is suspect at best.

OFFENSIVE LINE

All summer, the same refrain could be heard throughout the Commonwealth. “Well we may have questions at our skill positions, but our offensive line is the best it has ever been.” I was firmly on board, proclaiming it the “anchor that will take the team to its sixth straight bowl game.” If that is going to be the case, we have to hope Thursday night was an aberration. The offensive line was manhandled in Nashville by a mediocre Sun Belt Team and all too often, looked out of sorts. The inability of the line to create holes for a running game was shocking and seemed to suggest more problems down the line. While worry is understandable then, I as of yet am not ready to proclaim the line a disappointment. Injuries caused many of the starters to get less practice time and at least two players missed time in the game due to in-game bumps. We all assumed worry about the offensive line would be the least of our problems and it certainly seems that calling it the team’s “anchor” was a bit premature. But with two more weeks to heal and gel, I would assume we will see marked improvement in this area.

MORGAN NEWTON

Some Kentucky fans simply cannot be pleased by whoever is manning the Quarterback position. From Dusty Bonner to Jared Lorenzen to Shane Boyd to Andre Woodson to Mike Hartline, every quarterback at Kentucky not named “Couch” has been heavily criticized over the years. All of the names above had talent and most had VERY successful UK careers. And now Morgan Newton will follow in their footsteps as the QB most likely to be given up on by a minority of fans. At this point, the tremendous improvement from Newton over the summer was not evident in Nashville. We still saw a Quarterback who seemed timid, made a couple of bad decisions and didn’t showcase a complete command over the team. BUT, I don’t put anywhere close to all of that on him. The line was porous, the receivers dropped everything in sight and the play calling was frustrating and inconsistent. Newton threw some VERY nice deep balls (most of which were dropped) and his 56 yard run won the game. So while he could certainly play better, I wouldn’t label the game a disaster and begin wondering about Maxwell Smith’s abilities. We will save that until we see what happens against Central Michigan. My confidence in Newton going into the season was relatively high and as of yet, it has not dropped significantly.

JOKER PHILLIPS

I have a great deal of confidence in Joker. I like the way he recruits, I like the coaches he has brought in and I like the way he has streamlined the program. I don’t think it is anywhere close to time to panic on the Joker Phillips era. Having said that, a fundamental readjustment needs to take place in terms of how he approaches the duties of calling a game. Kentucky needs to play TO WIN…not play not to lose. All to often, we take the safe approach to game management and in so doing, find ourselves at the short end of the stick against teams of equal or better talent. The Cats against Western looked like a team scared to try anything big, for fear of losing the game in the process. The offensive play calling was predicable and vanilla. The inability to try any unique play that was not an end around, caused those of us watching to throw our hands up in disgust. Joker has done a great deal very well during his time at the helm…the recruiting is better than ever and the defense/special teams have made a marked improvement. But the offensive approach lacked creativity and the production was stagnant…changing that quickly is Joker’s most important challenge.

There are those who are ready to give up on the season. The level of doom and gloom in Big Blue Nation on Friday was high and those suggesting drastic measures were more prevalent than I would have thought. But this is certainly no time to panic or abandon ship. Kentucky is 1-0….it was an ugly 1-0, but it is 1-0 nonetheless. My outlook for the team hasn’t changed significantly (6-6) and if the Cats win the next two games (against two teams in Central Michigan and Louisville that also looked pretty bad on Thursday night), then UK will go into the next three games 3-0, against teams that they probably weren’t going to beat in any case. Two weeks off and a Jacksonville State game will then set up the money part of the season, the Miss State, Ole Miss, Georgia, Vandy and Tennessee home stretch. That is where the season will be won or lost. If the Cats lose to Central Michigan or throw up a stinker against Louisville, we will re-evaluate. But for now, stay on board. There are many reasons to have concern, but as of yet, no reason to give up.

Have a big Labor Day, which will include coverage of Joker’s press conference, a diary of Week 1 in the KSR college football gambling world and a repeat of the “Day after UK won and Louisville lost to Morehead” KSR Radio show. More later….

Article written by Matt Jones

63 Comments for Donald Young’s Labor Day News and Views



  1. VII
    11:09 pm September 4, 2011 Permalink

    We are who we thought we were.



  2. mocha
    11:22 pm September 4, 2011 Permalink

    Hat askew. Love it.



  3. BigBlueBrock
    11:23 pm September 4, 2011 Permalink

    If you’re panicking, then you obviously thought we were going to be anything other than we’ve always been. And if that’s the case, you were foolish with your expectations to begin with.



  4. thefan
    11:35 pm September 4, 2011 Permalink

    No time to panic? Is it just me or is everyone else tired of beating the teams we should beat but getting our ass kicked in the SEC. Doesn’t matter if Joker can recruit if he has no idea on how to teach and use the players. Yes the wrs had some drop passes, but a lot was in the dirt or 20 feet over their head. It is getting old. I want to win in the SEC, not just beat weak out of conference teams and make one of the 500 bowl games. Quit making for excuses for them.



  5. Geno'sCats
    11:39 pm September 4, 2011 Permalink

    I’ll wait til the third game to form my opinion but will agreed with you for now.



  6. Bulldawg
    11:43 pm September 4, 2011 Permalink

    Obviously I can’t forsee how the season will turn out but the WKU game did not do anything to instill confidence. If anything, the air was let out of the balloon a little bit. I was hoping for some playstation-type stats after this one, but…a reality check may be exactly what this team needed. Because of the stinker of a season opener the Wildcats may come out with fire in their eyes and play with the passion required to reach the next level. The bottem line is UK NEEDS TO BEAT TENNESSEE THIS YEAR!!!!!!! As long as they beat the Vomiteers the season couldn’t be all that bad. GO BIG BLUE!!!!



  7. kaboom!
    11:43 pm September 4, 2011 Permalink

    i just dont get the “a win is a win” talk. we’re not in nfl where there’s a somewhat level playing field or in ncaatourney where its do-or-die playoff time. getting worked by wku & almost losing means expectations of a 6 win season in the SEC are overstated. injuries may have played a role but that was embarassing. not sure how anyone cannot see that.



  8. Shawon
    11:47 pm September 4, 2011 Permalink

    I want to panic over the wide receivers, but its my understanding that Brian Adams was not 100% healthy on Thursday night so if true I will begrudgingly reserve judgement until he gets a chance to show what he can (or cannot) do.



  9. Bulldawg
    11:47 pm September 4, 2011 Permalink

    uk



  10. Catsfan
    12:03 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    I believe KSR pumped out too many negative posts about UK football last week. BTI’s “This is ridiculous” post would make Pat Forde proud. I understand other sites like ESPN making fun of UK football’s performance with Andrew Jackson’s comment but this is a UK fan site. Shouldn’t they leave the UK bashing to the other UK bashers like Clay Travis?



  11. BlueBald
    12:11 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Joker’s all ready said expect to see more Demarco at wideout due to the ‘old guys’ dropping passes against WKU. Sit Roark down as a starter, ’cause he should only be used in 4- or 5- WR sets. While I agree it’s too early to give up hope for the season (and yeah, it does kinda suck that 7 wins is all you can hope for with our team), fears of winning only 3 or 4 games are justified with the effort shown last Thursday. Truth is, our supposed best unit (O line) got manhandled…by Western. The opposing D lines only get bigger, stronger, and faster from here.



  12. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me!
    12:30 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Matt: The UK football team will be lucky to win a single game in the SEC this season. I say they finish 3-9 or 4-8 tops, Joker is fired and hopefully Barnhart can find a quality coach to replace him and the program moves on to see better days. Joker is way over his head and was so from the start. As the Offensive Coordinator during his last two seasons under Rich Brooks, UK finished 98th & 103rd in the nation in total offense. What a joke! And Barnhart was stupid enough go along with the whole “Coach in Waiting” BS.



  13. Says me
    12:40 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    If you’re a tennis fan, men’s tennis has been fantastic for at least the last 5 years. Just not for American players.

    I’ll root for Donald Young, but the reality is that he’s highly likely to get crushed. Beating a top 25 player is just vastly different than beating a top 5 player who consistently makes Grand Slam semis.

    Far more likely, though still a longshot, is that Mardy Fish just might be able to pull the upset on Federer in the Quarters, if Fish can make it there.



  14. Nathan
    1:06 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    4. You need to change your name. “thefan” doesn’t fit your whiney comment.



  15. CatFanNLville
    1:16 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    The wide outs case of butter fingers and the O lines inability to…..well perform as an O line are my two major concerns. As far as Joker and Newton go I will give both time and patience to. If the O line had done half their job and the wide outs caught half their passes I don’t think so many fans would be pounding Newton for his performance. Newtons young he’s gonna have lots of bumps and bruises but we saw several glimpse of great arm strength and accuracy down field by Newton that were ruined by slippery hands. Sure he made a few bone head mistakes but for the most part his mistakes are forgiveable for such a young QB. Second full year of Joker and only about a half a season for Newton I think both deserve more from the fans than what they are given. Joker himself has new staff to try to mesh with, plenty new players to start molding, and is trying to form his own team you have to give him time to do that before you go saying off with his head. We have VERY talented coaches on the sidelines and now due to Jokers recruiting we are getting the talented recruits, getting both to click takes time and game time experience. Thursday was awful to watch as a simple football fan let alone as a Cats fan, but we are still 1-0 at the end of the day and I can’t help believe that these kids will get it going. I’m not saying 9-3 but I still think 7-5 is out there for the taking. Maybe I’m just drinking too much blue Kool-Aid or have my blue shades on as many on here say, but ultimately I’m just a Cats fan that always stays optimistic and looking forward to the opener this Saturday. GO BIG BLUE!!!



  16. bluetexan
    1:18 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    “The offensive play calling was predicable and vanilla.” Nothing has changed since Joker arrived in Lexington…he’s afraid of his ‘shadow’ (job)…so get used to it if you haven’t by now. This is a sub-par SEC team that will go 4-8 or MAYBE 5-7…face the facts, we have a weak AD, a weaker HC and a president that doesn’t know what a football is. Nothing will change unless change occurs…FREE Mike Leach – NOW!



  17. citycat
    1:34 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    You came into the season with a high opinion of Morgan Newton and nothing has changed? Are you crazy? I think he should have taken to heart some of those tweets he put out this summer about his team mates.



  18. Catscratch
    1:35 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Time to rally ’round the family….and kick some Central Michigan azz! One game at a time, people. One game at a time.



  19. boxvic
    1:35 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Matt Jones cares less about football than he knows about football… pretty much nill.

    Something needs to change, because what we put out against WKU will lose to every other team we play this year including Jacksonville State.



  20. JBR
    1:36 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    While I agree with most of your comments, there is plenty to be nervous about with Joker. You have the same people, saying the same things…give him a few games to make an opinion, our guys were hurt, WKU was better than we though…and on and on. The bottom line is this, Joker has been here for some time, that whole “coach in waiting” thing is supposed to contribute to continuity and not missing a beat. Since Joker started, this team has had a weak, non-aggressive attitude, like his. His game preparation and planning is horrible. How many games have we come out completely flat? Lacked emotion and aggression? It has been a consistent theme. And, his infatuation with Newton and running off Moss was something that will be debated, but never be able to be proven. The fact is, the proof of this infatuation can be seen last year in the play calls made for Newton when he was in the game. He is a big, Byron Leftwich type QB that can scramble and run when he needs to…he is not a running QB. Cobb was a running QB. Vick is a running QB. But Joker, last year, put Newton in the game, got to the red zone, and promptly calls running plays to him like he was Eric Dickerson, even though he is not quick at all. Joker has recruited decent to this point, but we dog this season, and see how many current commits stick, and how much we drop next year. Winning is the only sure thing in recruiting, and Joker has not proven he can do that whatsoever.



  21. ..
    1:39 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    .



  22. JDaws
    1:42 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Freakin forget Mike freakin Leach. Don’t trust him, and the man doesn’t know what D is. Good luck with that in the freakin SEC. You stupid morons.



  23. JDaws
    1:45 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Joker called running plays for Newton in the red zone last year. FREAKING WHEN AND WHAT PLANET WERE THESE CALLS MADE ON. FReaking stupid morons.



  24. thefan
    2:03 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    14, you keep on being settling for crap.



  25. Patrick
    3:31 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    The Joker era needs to end. His position coaches are better than he is. He wasn’t even a good coordinator. The mark of a good candidate for Head Coach is that other programs are interested in hiring him, but no one was knocking on the door to steal Joker away. What we need is a coach that has balls for one, but has a system that is exciting to play and watch, and a defense that is attacking. I believe Minter may be the right D Coach in that respect but our Offense is hampered by a gutless coach. I have seen this same conservative crap fro too many years in a row to believe it is gonna change. We are Kentucky, a football doormat in the SEC playing conservative is not in our best interest. Go for broke, we got nothing to lose.



  26. BFrey
    5:29 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Our WRs are what they are. They dropped passes in the spring game and they dropped passes in the first game. If they couldn’t improve over 5 months, what makes you think they’re going to improve over one week?

    Joker is in year 4 of this job (IMO). There are two sides to the head coach in waiting: the benefit (for the coach and program) is that you have continuity, the HCIW gets to put his stamp on the program before being the HC, and the transition is seamless. With those benefits comes expectations. Because we went the HCIW route, there should be a shorter leash when it comes to on field performance. You didn’t need to install your offense/defense or recruit your players.

    If you agree with me, it seems that this is a make or break season for Joker.



  27. SexnNursinHomes
    7:27 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Just wanted to say Happy Labor Day to all the knocked up chicks about to give birth today. I hope that lil’ b-tard slides right out. I hope that you and your baby making man have jobs. Those kids are expensive and we don’t want to pay for them.



  28. disgruntled
    7:52 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    How can you like the way this man recruits. His recruiting class will be among the bottom three in the league every year. That is totally unacceptable. Why not fire him and bring in someone who can attract talent that will be competitive?



  29. Tej
    8:01 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    26 makes some good points but I don’t think this is Joker’s make or break year. UK made big steps the last few years under Coach Brooks. Expectations rose. When Joker took over. Joker has a good staff and he is recruiting better than we ever have. If this year ends up 3-9 or something disastrous like that, next year could be a make it or not time. But, this is only 60 minutes into the season. It can turn around quickly and I hope it does. The sky hasn’t fallen yet.



  30. Holden McGroin
    8:13 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    10. i couldn’t agree more.



  31. MtnCat
    8:37 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    The on the field passion and execution has yet to meet the improved recruiting and administrative moves Joker has implemented and has not met the expectations of a frustrated BBN.

    Passion and detail come from the top, cut loose Joker and ignite the passions of BBN! We need a field general that refuses to lose and has the heart to battle. Momentum is an ally, Rise is a cause, Passion is the will to win. Infuse the passion Coach and lead the BBN out of this frustration. Rise Joker!



  32. crackerhillbilly
    8:39 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    I think it is fair to compare Joker and Charlie Strong’s tenures this year. Neither team looked great week 1, but UL looked better and would have beaten us. Let’s watch this week as we play an 0-1 and they play a 1-0 team. I suspect you will see an improved UL team – they had a reasonable attacking game plan, they just did not consistently execute. We not only failed to execute, we also had a ridiculous game plan (what, 11 out of 14 first down plays were runs into the line for basically zero?). I did not see a UK team on Thursday night that has the athletic ability to overcome the poor game plan against a solid team, certainly not ANY SEC squad.



  33. Boggie
    8:56 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    The most worrisome thing for me was that the team appeared like they really didn’t want to be there. They didn’t seem ready to play, just like in the bowl game last year. Just sayin’



  34. KYStout
    8:58 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    It sends chills down my spine to think what a real team and real program like LSU will do to this group. Right now the only two SEC teams these guys could even stay on the field with is Ole Miss and Vanderbilt.

    Are you prepared to enjoy watching the losing streaks against Florida and Tennessee (the two longest in the nation) continue into their 3RD DECADE?

    We suck again, and it’s embarrasing and disappointing.



  35. stevem
    9:05 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Anyone as old as I am realizes nothing has changed at UK. The football program is terminally mediocre in every way and every summer it’s the same hype all over again only to be followed up with a piss-poor performance. Will they get better? Most likely, but so will every one else. The UK football program has been what it is for 50 years…lacking in talent, less than adequate coaching and little or no incentive to improve by the UKAA. Bring on basketball and quit worrying about football. It is what it has always been….irrelevant.



  36. Rickpitinoshairplug
    9:05 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Mentioning the word panic after a win in our first game is absurd.



  37. Not A Clue
    9:06 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    The above comments had to be written by a person who has not a clue what it takes for winning football in the SEC. Instead of supporting Joker Phillips UK fans must rise up and demand more for their money. Until the UK administration makes a commitment to win in the SEC will be the same Kentucky we all have grown up with and learned to accept. If you are a UK fan and you like the way Joker recruits, God help you. The man is always 11th or 12th in the league. When Texas A&M shows up and another football power join them we drop a few more spots in recruiting. Joker’s recruiting would not be accepted at any other SEC school, except of course Vanderbilt.



  38. Bro Greg
    9:10 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    This UK team will be lucky to win 3 games this year. We will not win a single SEC game. Vandy will even beat us this year.



  39. KYStout
    9:17 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    To say the defense has shown marked improvement during “Joker’s time at the helm” is an insult to everyone who pays attention to KY football. If you are really lazy then just look at one defensive stat: what is the average ppg scored by SEC teams coming into commonwealth stadium over the last 6 or 7 years??

    What is our record against these teams? Marked improvement?

    How has the rush defense shown a marked improvement over the same time period?

    It is fair to say that Minter’s defense did indeed show a marked improvement over last years group in their respective preformances against WKU. I’m hopeful that this trend continues throughout the season because by god that offense needs all the help it can get.



  40. KYStout
    9:23 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    #37 wrote: “Until the UK administration makes a commitment to win in the SEC…”

    ^^that really is the bottom line right there^^

    That’s what people need to be talking about.



  41. 3 fan
    9:33 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Wonder if Mitch has Mike Leach’s phone number yet?



  42. Jimmy Buffett
    9:39 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    35: The football program is terminally mediocre …..

    That’s a perfect description. Perfect, that is, if we get a few lucky bounces. Otherwise, mediocre becomes really bad – again.



  43. Lw
    9:44 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    It is a major problem in the world today. Lack of loyalty, lack of true care about people. That is the problem with sports today. Fandom has gotten way out of control and has lead to lack of true knowledge. Number one is the myth that uk has had a conservative offense over the last 8 years. As matter of fact the offense has been more far from that. Look at the numbers in that time. (sec if you want) The next major lack of loyalty has been in scheduling. The sec has without argument been far in a way better then ever before in this 8 year time. Better top to bottom with a major arms race in place. Uk has been out spent in the last 8 years like never before, why would you even dream of a harder schedule morons. What we truly have as a fan base is a bunch of un loyal truly football ignorant so called fans!



  44. Lw
    9:46 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    It is a major problem in the world today. Lack of loyalty, lack of true care about people. That is the problem with sports today. Fandom has gotten way out of control and has lead to lack of true knowledge. Number one is the myth that uk has had a conservative offense over the last 8 years. As matter of fact the offense has been far from that. Look at the numbers in that time. (sec if you want) The next major lack of loyalty has been in scheduling. The sec has without argument been far in a way better then ever before in this 8 year time. Better top to bottom with a major arms race in place. Uk has been out spent in the last 8 years like never before, why would you even dream of a harder schedule morons. What we truly have as a fan base is a bunch of un loyal truly football ignorant so called fans!



  45. Aren'tyouforgettingsomething
    9:57 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    First time I’ve ever agreed with everything Matt has said. And he knows little about football.



  46. kyfan32
    10:13 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Joker can not offensively call a game. I honestly don’t understand why people are shocked, he isn’t going to change, I have said that since it was announced he was a coach in waiting. Go back and look at his play calling when Papa Brooks was here. Horrible, what, you think just because he is promoted to Coach means he can now call the plays. Wake UP!



  47. Andy P.
    10:18 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    I think the problem at wide receiver is Matt Roark. The kid just has bad hands. On that long pass to LaRod King, the DB was all over him and the ball was slightly under thrown.

    The O-Line has to work as a unit. If the starters can practice together this week, they will look much better on Saturday.

    Joker has hitched his wagon to Morgan Newton. I hope that doesn’t turn out to be the decision that gets him fired.



  48. Lw
    10:27 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    #46, just don’t get it. Play calling is about production. Have you done your homework? Joker called the plays for 2 of the best offenses that have ever taken the field. Lack of play calling is not the problem. Lack of money and lack of instate high school talent is the real problems. We are a very poor state both financially and talent wise. Support, support and be loyal! That’s what football needs is support.



  49. kyfan32
    10:32 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Lw Says,

    Your wrong. We have the most loyal fans you could ever ask for. I disagree. Commonwealth Stadium is sold out every game. The stands are packed, and most fans go to the game knowing we are going to lose, (talking about SEC games)and lose big. Name any other school that has the fan base UK has. In my eyes the UK football fans are one of the most loyal in the entire country.



  50. JPhelps
    10:36 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    And I don’t understand all the love for how he recruits either… He doesn’t recruit any better than any other coach when compared to SEC talent. And ultimately, that’s what we are comparing it to right? That’s where we have to get our wins… Now Josh Clemons will be a huge pick up. So will Patrick Towles. But 1 big pick up a year will never do it in the SEC. It is the reason why we are 11th and 12th in SEC recruiting. We have to get 10 Patrick Towles caliber, or 10 Josh Clemons caliber athletes to make huge strides in the SEC. And you know this, all of you do! So why all the love for his recruiting? If we improve our recruiting, but so does everyone else, are we really improving our recruiting in the long run?



  51. Jimmy Buffett
    10:48 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    .



  52. Mr Schwump
    10:48 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Please, Jones doesn’t know his ass from a hole in the ground when it comes to football.



  53. barn
    11:09 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    –29–Tej. joker recruiting better than we ever have?? are you serious?? rivals has this years class ranked 11th in the sec. that’s 11th out of 12. his recruiting is no better than any other uk class over the past 10 years. according to rivals the highest uk recruiting classes out of the last ten has been 10th. we’ll be lucky to win a game in the sec this year.



  54. Jimmy Buffett
    11:25 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    We’ve building momentum this year!

    Unfortunately, it’s the same downhill mo we had last year.

    We shouldn’t panic. The search for a new coach should begin in a calm and rational manner.



  55. Lw
    11:34 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    #49! Check the facts, Mississippi has very fertile recruiting grounds. With all the football talent in state the miss schools have done well with lack of money. Miss state and Vandy are the schools we have had the most success beating. ( duh, they have the poorest facilities) If ya gonna beat the next tier (South car, askansas, tenn)’ then you are going to have to spend comparably. They outspend us dramatically. Football for us is our lifeline, football has allowed us to up the performance of all of our non revenue sports dramatically. Football is our savior, but for football to ever get back what it has given then the toll has to be paid. Up the support and the product will be lifted. You can’t win a NASCAR championship with a super modified.



  56. rj
    11:49 am September 5, 2011 Permalink

    typical liberal comments from one mj……



  57. citycat
    12:04 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Sometimes its just as easy as an “eye test”. Morgan Newton does not even look like a good QB. I wonder how long Joker will keep up with the lie that Max will see some time? Just like he lied and said Moss would see time in the bowl game last year. Joker has hitched his wagon to Newton and its unfortunate for us.

    Bring on Mike Leach



  58. JackNicklaus
    12:55 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    No confidence in Joker. Running our single-back off guard routinely on 1st downs is not exciting or aggressive or imaginative or confident. We play not to lose. Only fans not showing up will bring a change. Remember..Curry stunk it up for years before the fans forced the change. We are being Kragthorped!



  59. JPhelps
    1:24 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    So I guess wasting a post to update is a common occurance on here. I don’t understand why this isn’t fixed.



  60. Pistol Pete
    1:52 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    watch Boise St’s offense compared to UK’s. ’nuff said. how can you recruit to an offense as uncreative, predictable and passive as our’s. ain’t happening under joker and I’m truly sorry to see him go down.



  61. john
    3:21 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Matt- the reason the offense was vanilla is because UK doesn’t have the players to execute anything else. Did you not see the few times we tried to throw the ball down field? Either the ball was thrown poorly or it was dropped by our receivers.

    This team is HORRIBLE. Its one of the worst UK teams I have seen in years. We will have a losing season. And Matt its time you stop listening to the “insiders” who feed you information so you will publish their propaganda. This year’s recruiting class wasn’t “the best ever seen at Kentucky” (still can’t believe you said that) and Morgan Newton has gotten “night and day” better.

    Joker is a decent recruiter, and I’m afraid by making him head coach we have promoted him beyond his abilities. Trust me- 5 wins is the high this year- but 3 is more likely.



  62. JPhelps
    4:21 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

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  63. Wayne
    6:19 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    What a shocker, Jones loves Donald Young. Jones loves any up-and-comer charismatic black athlete (actual success not required). I guess now that National League pitchers figured out Jason Heyward, Jones had to find a new crush.