They don’t call him Joker for nothing. When asked whether or not it was unfair that his name was on the hot seat lists circulating around the media, Joker smiled and got a little cheeky with reporters:
“I’m not sitting down right now, so there’s nothing hot (smiling).
I don’t have time to listen to that stuff. All we have time to think about is doing all the productive things in our program that we need to get it back to the level that we want to. I don’t have time to think about those things.
Again, it’s like negative recruiting. The time that I got to talk about somebody else’s program, I’m losing time when I got to sell the great state of Kentucky and what we have to offer there. It takes away from the time for me to sell our basketball program. It takes away time for me to sell our 40 guys that we’ve had sign in five years. It takes away from me to sell that we have unbelievable, unbelievable fan base that stick with us through thick and thin.
I don’t have time to deal with those things either. All I need to do is make sure we’re putting a product on the field that can be successful.”