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E-mail from a reader: “Name Calipari head football coach.”

We get a lot of e-mails from KSR readers but none stand out like the one we received over the weekend with a suggestion for Kentucky football. The anonymous reader suggests hiring John Calipari to coach the Kentucky football team. “Name him coach now!,” he writes.

See for yourself:

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Hey Matt and Drew,

What do you think about kicking this idea around on the radio show and blog…

The UK football program needs a significant upgrade, and it can’t wait until the end of the season…too much is at stake, as things are spiraling downhill rapidly. How do you accomplish such an upgrade immediately? Don’t dismiss this idea right away…don’t laugh…give it some serious contemplation.

Name Calipari head football coach. Yes, in addition to his basketball duties. Can’t possibly be done, you say…too much on his plate, you say. This guy thrives on action, and doing the impossible. The football program has problems, and he’s a problem solver. Name him coach now! Can you feel the energy and exposure it immediately gives the program? Let this guy head the program now. It energizes the players, the assistant coaches, the fans, the administration.

He doesn’t know X’s and O’s, you say. The head coach doesn’t have to know that (but I bet he’d pick them up quick if he felt it was necessary). The X’s and O’s aren’t the problem. The head coach is the leader of the program, the manager. He motivates the staff and players to get the most out of their efforts the rest of this season. Who better than Cal to do that? He is the face of the program…that’s what is needed now…someone who gets respect in the sports world.

He’s the only hope for the program this season. Imagine the sports world’s reaction to the announcement. He can run the show for the remainder of this season…calls ALL the shots. After the season (in his spare time, with the football version of World Wide Wes and others he knows) he uses his contacts to help him figure out how the program should be led in the future. Don’t say he only knows basketball people…you know that’s not true. He knows, or can quickly learn, the people to contact to discuss who out there would be the right person to head up this the program so it goes in the right direction starting next season and fans are finally given hope that eventually UK can compete in the SEC in football.

No, basketball would not suffer. All he has to do is show up at some football practices the rest of the season (and stand as the head man on the sidelines for the remaining games), speak/lecture the players and staff each day with his incredible charisma and passion. The assistants coach the players…and don’t you think they would be coaching harder with Cal staring at them!! But mainly he becomes the face of the program…and that’s what the program needs right now…positive energy, somebody at the top that commands respect. Man, I’d like to see it happen.

Tell me one other thing that instantly impacts the football program as much as naming Cal as the man in charge. It just isn’t there, is it. Come on, it’s time (way past time) to try something radical. Nothing else has done a darn thing to get the program to a consistent competitive level. Be daring…try something new. Look at the excitement it brings to the program!! There’s nothing to lose…do it NOW!!

I’m sending this from a throwaway email address, so no need to provide attribution if you move the idea forward.

Sincerely,
Loyal KSR Fan

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It makes perfect sense! Why not pull Calipari off the basketball recruiting trail and away from his team to help motivate the UK football players?!! He doesn’t have to know Xs and Os! He’s Calipari!!! He’s a genius!!! He can sell O’Douls to a Gillispie!!!

No.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

49 Comments for E-mail from a reader: “Name Calipari head football coach.”



  1. rajonknows
    12:03 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    You do know this is fake, right?



  2. Brian McNeil
    12:08 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    What about Skip Holtz from USF (formerly East Carolina and son f Lou Holtz)? Could be a good fit.
    Brian McNeil
    Orlando, FL



  3. JoeMoney333
    12:11 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    1. No, that is what you want to think. The sad truth is that there are fans out there that totally feel this way.



  4. GoCats2
    12:12 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    I was following right along and buying into all of it until you said “pull Calipari off the basketball recruiting” then you lost me.



  5. d/c cat
    12:13 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    The leadership would help, but Newton showed what the dribble-drive would look like in football.



  6. Steve Fitts
    12:13 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    As ludicrous as the idea sounds today, a hundred years ago it was very common for one coach to coach more than one sport. When Adolph Rupp first came to UK in 1930, the head basketball coaching job was considered a part-time gig and Rupp actually served for a few years as an assistant football coach and taught PE classes in order to earn a full-time salary. If you go back 100 years, many universities used the same coach in more than one sport. If this were 1912 instead of 2012, the e-mailer’s idea might actually be plausible. People laugh at that idea today, but 100 years ago that was actually a very common practice.



  7. icat90
    12:14 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    Actually, we should get rid of Mitch and promote Cal to AD in addition to his duties as bball coach. Who would you trust more to find the perfect football coach? Or to get funding for renovations to commonwealth stadium? Cal would flat out get it done! Of course, I know this is a joke… but it is intriguing to consider.



  8. Garrett
    12:17 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    This is a FANTASTICALLY stupid idea!



  9. John
    12:19 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    What about Joker Phillips?

    UK is going to pay him either way.

    Make Joker a Head Coach in Waiting for 50% of normal pay, contribute the difference lump-sum into an annuity for him this year so that the money isn’t on the books into the future, and bring a quality, seasoned, proven head coach with 5 years left in the gas tank that would prove mutually beneficial to him, Joker, the University, and a combination of the new guy and Joker’s staff.

    I think Jimmy Johnson would make a lot of sense. Barry Switzer. Parcells. Those names are irrelevant though, the real plus would be continuity, which is what Coach Brooks was hoping to leave the program in the first place.

    5 years keeping a remnant of Joker and his staff on board would provide continuity with the program, continuity with recruiting, and would lend the opportunity for Joker to continue learning the skillset necessary for head coach. When the wise football seer (whoever that may be) determines to ride off into the sunset, then Joker would be ready for round 2. The University would have given Joker a fair shake. Joker would get to stay at home. The fans would have the opportunity to show generousity and thanks to a guy that has bled for the program with the expectations that round 2 would have a higher chance for success than round 1 has shown thus far.

    Joker has so much allegiance to the program, I hate to throw that loyalty away at such a young age. If Joker catches fire one day, that’s many years of loyalty that will have been thrown out over early term hiccups.

    Thoughts?



  10. chas
    12:20 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    Our wonderful AD is paid big-bucks to fix Kentucky football. We are getting ready to find out just how out of touch Mitchie-boy is!

    I do think that Calipari would actually do a much better job than Joker!



  11. I Say
    12:21 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    THAT IS F***ING STUPID.



  12. DREWBLUE
    12:25 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    Can’t believe Coach Cal actually sent that email to Matt.



  13. wickedgood
    12:27 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    lou tech coach dykes off cord is tony franklin he would not be welcomed back at uk i do not think so maybe i am wrong . rich brooks hired kan st off cord [hudson]and oline coach dunn 2003 .they lasted 2 yrs. in sec . it really hurt bill snyder he retired after 2 losing seasons after being dominant with these 2 coaches.so the kansas st experiment had been tried it will not work also brooks hired steelers linebacker coach archer to be def cord . the best option is willie taggart his system is modeled after harbaughs stanford and is based on creating mismatches and controling football by being physical so def can play as few as plays as possible . the positions he covets are off line , qb , and tight end is the most important because he can recruit the best athletes their and be competitive. on defense he recruits the safety position the hardest then corner back its really brilliant what they did at san diego ,then stanford and now 49 ers



  14. barn
    12:30 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    great idea, but could a football program function successfully with all the one and dones leaving every year?



  15. St. Paul Raiders
    12:33 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    Jesus H. Christ



  16. westerncat
    12:34 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    STUPID !!!



  17. STOP HATING ON BARNHART
    12:36 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    STOP HATING ON BARNHART



  18. Linda Taylor
    12:36 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    All hail King Drew of Photoshop.



  19. greg
    12:37 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    Michael Bolton: “That’s the worst idea I’ve ever heard in my life.” Samir Nayininaja: “yes this is horrible, this idea”



  20. RIP Mel Turpin
    12:37 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    Cal for AD might make sense in a few years, but priority #1 at UK must be to not harm what we have going so well in basketball.

    Perhaps what we need to think about for football is hiring a former NFL coach. Sounds unrealistic? If Larry Brown can go from Knicks, 76ers, Nuggets, etc. to coaching SMU…don’t count out a wild idea that could be a game changer for UK’s program. It’s happened before.



  21. Bevo
    12:37 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    @ #7…I am in no way, shape, or form wanting Cal to leave the UK bball program anytime in the next decade, but I do think he would be a great hire as UK’s next AD.



  22. greg
    12:44 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    “He doesn’t know X’s and O’s, you say. The head coach doesn’t have to know that (but I bet he’d pick them up quick if he felt it was necessary). The X’s and O’s aren’t the problem. The head coach is the leader of the program, the manager. He motivates the staff and players to get the most out of their efforts the rest of this season. Who better than Cal to do that? He is the face of the program…that’s what is needed now…someone who gets respect in the sports world.”

    Are you crazy? If it were this easy Joker would be winning. Being a college level football does require knowledge of the “X’s and O’s” I’m sure anyone could come up with plays and know when to use them correctly and just randomly show up and make a motivational speech and suddenly 3 star athletes are beating up on 5 stars. You sir are ridiculous and have no idea what you are talking about. And if this absurd idea did happen, the thought that it wouldn’t effect basketball in recruiting or preparation is insane….this would result in a 2-10 football record and a disappointing mediocre basketball team. I’d rather just go 2-10 in football and do well in basketball then suck at both.



  23. UKBlue
    12:44 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    We really need to get serious, and stop f’ing around with stupid ideas.

    Something Cal could do; as connected as Cal is, he has to know football coaches or coaches that are clients of the same CAA Agency that he belongs to that he could call. Something else Cal could do; Cal sees & understands the bigger picture, especially when it comes to money; let Cal work his magic & be the salesman on selling the program, the fans, and the potential future to a new coaching candidate. Cal knows the SEC & future super conferences is going to be built around football, so let him have some say in recruiting a new coach. If there has always been a belief that we can’t have a football coach with an ego because of the basketball coaches ego, let Cal be one of the people out front & center. Cal has a hell of an eye for picking talent, so why not let him help pick the football coach.



  24. Trevathan
    12:45 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    Wow, this is the dumbest thing I’ve seen allowed on this site. Especially considering I sent a RATIONAL piece to all the powers that be last week and only got an anonymous mention on the radio show. This is where we’re at now, KSR??

    http://sharpsquares.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-rise-and-fall-of-uk-football-as.html



  25. JesusHernando
    12:45 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    #13 – Capitalization, punctuation, full words… please. That is all.



  26. kyle heavy
    12:49 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    You people are crazy.



  27. BillyGillispie
    1:00 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    I would buy O’Douls from Cal, he said if I drink enough of them I would still get a buzz, plus he said he would throw in a free round of night golf.



  28. Linds4UK
    1:01 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    #24 don’t think Drew and Matt are taking this seriously. I think it’s on here for entertainment value.



  29. NoNoNo
    1:13 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    Can’t happen – that headset would ruin Cal’s signature ‘do



  30. wickedgood
    1:17 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    # 25 if you have any substance to add or if you want to play word police from daddy’s basement that would be helpful .



  31. Stevie Wonder
    1:23 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    Even under the Gillespie debacle fans filled Rupp to the brim and cheered for the players…

    I do not support mediocrity but I am a diehard football fan so call me what you will. This is our team and they need our support. If you don’t want to be there for the down times then please keep yourselves away from CWS when things get better.



  32. theSkinny81
    1:24 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    30 – dude, that’s nearly impossible to read. trying to get your underlying points after deciphering your shorthand/codes is tiring.



  33. Brent S.
    1:26 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    We’ve all heard worse ideas than this. Though in the high pressure world of big time college sports this would never work, its not been so long ago that coaches of one sport also coached the other or held simultaneously the head coaching position for one sport and the AD position.



  34. BusterBrown
    1:37 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    its easy just make a couple cal clones…



  35. JIM BEEZEMAN
    1:41 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    just wasted 2 minutes of my life



  36. 2BannersDown1ToGo
    1:46 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    Most idiodic article and mail I have ever read.And on KSR that’s saying something.



  37. BobKYCats
    1:47 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    Butch Jones (Cincinnati)

    The only candidate in my mind.



  38. 44 Stitches
    1:51 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    “He can sell O’Doul’s to Gillispie” BWHAAAAAAH HAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!



  39. YourFault
    2:03 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    35 that’s your fault. If you read the headline you should’ve known the rest was going to be dumb.



  40. 17 is a troll
    2:19 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    Here trolly trolly trolly



  41. Biglaw Dawgin'
    2:25 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    In the writer’s defense, Calipari couldn’t be worse than the current coach. If basketball season got cancelled for some reason and no recruiting was allowed during that time, then it’d be a pretty fun sight to see Calipari on the sideline and I bet the team would pull out an inspiring win somewhere. But, basketball season is still scheduled as a go and since football would undoubtedly take away from his bball responsibilities (writer is crazy on that one), and add to the fact that we care much more about bball, it’s not even going to be considered.



  42. Gogh Big Bleu
    2:48 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    Blaming the AD is such a lame move. For anyone with any sense, you will notice the innumerable improvements in the whole of UK athletics, which is credited to Mitch Barnhart.



  43. YES
    3:04 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    he can coach football in the morning and basketball in the afternoon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  44. TyE
    3:17 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    As crazy as it sounds this would 100% work ( for football) this guy just isn’t thinking about how bad it would hurt basketball..he’s just a bigger football fan..you can’t say it’s a horrible idea



  45. Trevathan
    3:38 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    But what happens when national outlets pick this up and choose not to see the sarcasm?? You’re a major Kentucky media player now, KSR. If KSR didn’t matter so much now, this article wouldn’t matter. You have to view yourself as an influence on how the rest of the state and nation views our program. THAT’S why this is embarrassing. In the same way you choose not to recognize all the details in a funny Louisville or Tennessee article, people will do the same to us. This is exactly how the idiotic, uneducated portion of our fanbase will take it as well. Matt Jones claimed that blaming KSR for at least part of the negativity that surrounds our football team was “absolutely ridiculous.” But be sure to report back when you hear at least one person at tailgaiting this weekend mention something about Calipari as the foobtall coach. THINK. That’s all I ask.



  46. Rae
    9:21 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe Cal could recruit us a coach?i



  47. ColoradoCat
    10:05 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    Why the hell not?



  48. It's fake dummies
    8:20 am September 26, 2012 Permalink

    Ummm…this is clearly tongue-in-cheek. My guess is Clay Travis wrote this last night making fun of UK fans’ worship of Coach Cal.



  49. RW
    9:56 am September 26, 2012 Permalink

    Get ’em, MBZ!!