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Joker Thinks A Change Is Coming

Despite guarded optimism and a general feeling of uncertainty from fans heading into this years football season, the feeling is not being echoed by head coach Joker Phillips.   Which is a pretty good thing, because if he was as uncertain about next years team as we all are, it wouldn’t bode well for Kentucky.  Nevertheless, Joker is optimistic about the future for the football cats, and with the recent string of commitments may be a warranted feeling.

Joker took a minute to catch up with Edward Aschoff, ESPN NCAAF blogger, and shared that feeling of optimism.  But Joker claims it’s not just him that’s feeling a change in the Kentucky program, the outward perception is changing, too.  “The perception is changing. We’ve beaten some of the traditional powers in this league.  The thing we have to try to do is do it on a consistent basis.”  The article then goes on to talk about the many question marks Joker will face in the upcoming season, most notably replacing nearly all of his offensive weapons.  Oh, and needing a new quarterback and losing Derrick Locke.  You can check out the full write up here.

While there are certainly a number of questions surrounding next season, there is one certainty.  No matter what happens, it will be a crucial season.  One that Joker will need to help cement his perception of a rising football program in the SEC.  Now let’s hope that perception becomes a reality.

Go Cats.

Article written by Will Lentz

14 Comments for Joker Thinks A Change Is Coming

  1. nintendo
    12:10 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    This is the same thing I hear from the coaches every year, things are changing, perception is changing, yada yada yada. However we haven’t been able to beat either Florida or Tennessee 20+ years.

  2. KevinC
    12:19 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Beat UF and UT this year, THEN maybe I’ll take notice. So far, you haven’t won more than 3 games in the past several…including when you were OC, and Brooks was coach…that you weren’t “supposed to”. By comparison, you’ve lost a SH*TLOAD of games, in that same time, that you WERE expected to win. THAT is what has to change…and it starts with the coach.

  3. ebell55
    12:20 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    1 did we not take last years national champion down to the final play of the game. I would agree that the perception of UK football is changing! We are getting more exposure, better recruits, and more competitive! This year is crucial for Joker! IMO not due to his ability to turn the program around but his abilitiy to passify fans like you who have an unrealistic idea of what UK football should be and how easy it is to get there with our limited resources! The program can’t be built over night! When we have four or five future NFL picks in both our off and Def lines then we will be on the right track! Get behind Joker and in 4 years you’ll be glad you did!!

  4. Boss
    12:24 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    3 – Great point. I heard these same fans rumble and grumble about Coach Brooks then when it was all said and done, everyone was sipping the kool-aid.

  5. Pretty simple
    12:29 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    3. I agree, BUT the key is the “limited resources” part. Our resources shouldn’t be so limited. As long as they are get used to .500 seasons.

  6. Hold Up
    12:30 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    We got 1 photo of the new recruits comming into lex…1 photo really?!? Come on…Feed me KSR, FEED ME!

  7. blue_kentucky_boy
    12:44 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Never heard this version before. I love it.

  8. BravoBigBlue
    12:44 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Joker likes to talk, but doesn’t back it up most of the time. Last year’s team underachieved and I don’t have great expectations for this year’s either. Get it done on the field, then you can crow about it. We have gone down every year since Woodson, Little, Tamme, Burton, and Woodyard left. Same old Same old. Starting to remind me of the Bill Curry days with all the hollow talk coming from the head coach.

  9. Al's IndiCats
    1:09 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    It wasn’t that long ago when we were barely eking out 2 or 3 game wins a year. I agree Joker is no John Calipari for a turn around for the football team, very few football coaches could turn a team like that. For football I’d have to give him at least 3 years to be competitive in the SEC….”THE” baddest conference in the nation in football. Pa Pa gave him the tools and taught him how to use them, it up to him to correct the mistakes. Give Joker some time and see what happens. We may be expecting a tad too much too early!

  10. DJ
    1:14 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Bob Dylan and KSR, what the PERFECT COMBO!!!!!

  11. Powerlifter165
    1:20 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Look it’s the coaches job to be optmistic about his team and I’m willing to give Joker a chance here. He’s only in his 2nd season and it at least looks as if he is getting higher ranking recruit’s to visit and look at UK. If he’s smart he will be all over some of those guys that will end up leaving OSU.

    He has got to end the UT and UF losing streaks and there has never been a better time than now with each team with new coaches and with UT still being down. Honestly I would be willing to see UK lose to UL this year if they could at least win one of those two games.

  12. Megan
    2:53 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Bob Dylan’s the reason I started experimenting with tea.

  13. Forth and Two
    3:09 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink


  14. tyrus
    4:37 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    We’re entering a third season in a row (I think) with our starting QB haven played very little or no college football at all. I hope after this year, that changes. UK can’t compete in the SEC when there’s a new starting QB every year.