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Kentucky falls to Pitt in Compass Bowl, 27-10


Well, that was awful. Not much you can say, as Pitt dominated the Cats, 27-10. The offense was terrible, the defense was worse, and the special teams might have topped them all. This game gave Kentucky an opportunity to play a team in disarray, develop their future quarterback and send out whatever departing players there may be with a bang all while building important momentum for the offseason. It’s pretty safe to say that virtually none of that happened. A disappointing performance to close the season and the basketball game can’t start soon enough.

And now, a few notes on the game…

—The Cats were anemic on offense, turning it over when they did manage to put drives together and shooting themselves in the foot with penalties and missed opportunities when they didn’t. The plan was centered around easy throws for Morgan Newton, but it failed to move the ball effectively and, interestingly, it wasn’t until late in the game when the offense was forced to open up that it started looking more like something we’re used to. Unfortunately, it was too little, too late. There were too many third-and-longs, too many dropped passes, not enough Derrick Locke and probably a few too many quarterback runs that weren’t handled by Randall Cobb to have success against a Pitt defense that was missing key players but came ready to play. Although Morgan Newton played relatively well [21-36, 211 yards] and had some nice throws, one thing the offensive performance did do was show anyone who thought Mike Hartline wasn’t the best option to run the show all season that they were flat out wrong.

—Something that we all were certainly watching was how the defense would look after their first month of practice in the ‘Nuclear’ Minter regime. Although the first half was good for the most part, overall it wasn’t much of a change. When the other team’s quarterback goes 9-of-19 for 96 yards and you get blown out, it doesn’t say a whole lot for the defensive performance. The Cats gave up 261 yards on the ground on 46 carries, good for 5.7 per carry and good to be called an abysmal showing. Pitt ran any time they wanted to, and even when the Cats knew it was coming they couldn’t stop it. There were good individual performances, particularly Danny Trevathan’s 12.5 tackles to possibly put the cap on a great career and Randall Burden’s interception and fumble recovery, but as a whole the defensive unit was, unfortunately, a lot like the one we saw for much of the SEC season, even if it was at least entertaining to watch Steve Brown talk into a headset that may or may not have been plugged in. As bad as it was, though, the offense didn’t do it too many favors.

—And neither did the special teams, as arguably the two most pivotal plays in the game came in that phase. The blocked punt set Pitt up for an easy touchdown late in the first half when the defense had actually been playing well, giving them momentum they wouldn’t relinquish until they had basically wrapped up the game. The failed fake punt also gave them good field position and a 17-point lead, which was entirely too much for the Cats to overcome. The call can be debated, and although I don’t necessarily mind it because personally I love fake kicks, the worst possible scenario followed with the Panthers turning it directly into a touchdown and it made it look like a terrible idea.

—If this indeed was the last time we see Randall Cobb in a Kentucky uniform, it was both historic and a little disappointing. Cobb probably didn’t get the ball as much as he should’ve, but it almost always seems like that’s the case. However, having him get the same number of carries as Raymond Sanders in a game where taking pressure off a fairly inexperienced quarterback is a huge key is pretty inexplicable. He finished with only eight total touches on the day, which is not even close to enough. However, he did break Darren McFadden’s SEC single-season record for all-purpose yards, so congratulations to him on that and pleasecomebackpleasecomebackpleasecomebackpleasecomeback.

Now our attention turns to NFL decisions, recruiting and addressing the needs of the team. ‘Operation: Win’ doesn’t quite have the same effect after a 6-7 season, and improvements must be made and players developed if the program is to move forward like we hoped it would this season. For now, though, it’s basketball season and nothing else and after taking a beating like that to close out the year in football, that’ll have to serve as consolation.

Article written by Hunter Campbell

I used to write here.

100 Comments for Kentucky falls to Pitt in Compass Bowl, 27-10

  1. hartline
    3:35 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    this one is on me

  2. BecauseTraditionMatters
    3:36 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    Spoken truly.

  3. locke-not-gonna-get-drafted
    3:36 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    And Moss – did he ever play?

  4. Kdog
    3:37 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    Operation: Win?

  5. T Money
    3:37 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink


  6. Stan
    3:40 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    THANKS GOD THIS FOOTBALL SEASON IS OVER!!! We look like……. well, bad.

  7. Wes Henderson
    3:40 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    hard to win when you coach like a coward.

  8. locke-not-gonna-get-drafted
    3:42 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    I turned it off after 3rd quarter. But Newton didn’t look good at all. He apparently doesn’t have the nads to play college football. Missing easy passes, hesitant, takes sacks instead of throwing the ball away…looked like a below average high school QB.

  9. Catfan83
    3:42 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    Does everyone understand why Hartline was the starter all year now?? Newton is obviously the worse of the two.

  10. louisville
    3:42 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink


  11. Whocaresanymore
    3:43 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    Now we can put forth full effort towards a winning sport. Call me a bandwagon thats fine, but ive defended this team just as much as anyone. We are moving backwards as a program so many things I thought we were over as a program like collaspes and also comical underachieving. It’ll be a long time before I watch another UK football game.

  12. Mike
    3:43 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    Newton has not looked like a 4-5* QB since he has been here.

  13. louisville
    3:43 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    if yaw would have won…newton would have been the best ha ha yaw suck!

  14. Red Lobster Gal
    3:43 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    Do we suck yet?

  15. Kywildcat_96
    3:44 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    Pitt has had 3 coaches since its last game and we still looked less prepared. Go Cats! Beat Georgia

  16. markp
    3:44 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    Moss? Newton played well, running for his life most of game and hadn’t played a down all year. He had very decent numbers against a BOWL team that had a disappointing year. Several balls dropped including a TD. Several plays he made Hartline couldn’t dream of making like the scramble for 18 yards, like the throw against his body that Roark dropped.

    It’s the coaching staff. Still calling 3 yard passes on third and 8, going on fourth down too many times due to lack of balls in TN game, out of control team getting penalties called on them at key moments. Joker is not the answer and we will have to suffer through his tenure to MAYBE get a real coach down the road. DISAPPOINTING!

  17. Pathetic
    3:44 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    Wow. For everyone who was clamoring for Newton, it is clear now that if he was starting the Cats would have been 3-8 this season. He is slow through reads, inaccurate, and can’t even fall 3/4 of an inch forward. Just pathetic.

  18. louisville
    3:44 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    yaw would have lost wit hartline 2!

  19. tenacious_j
    3:46 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    How do you get out-coached by a guy who was named the interim less than a week ago and also accepted another job two days ago???

    The Cats were not prepared at all in any phase of the game. This one is ALL on Joker.

    Morgan Newton needs to get better. A LOT BETTER.

    Sorry Randall Cobb. It is a shame your last two games at UK had to end this way.

  20. Red Lobster Gal
    3:47 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    I thought I was watching hockey with all the fighting going. Maybe next year it should be Operation Discipline.

  21. Kenny H
    3:50 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    13 We beat your ass 4 years in a row.

  22. Kenny H
    3:50 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    #4 Operation When?

  23. Catfan83
    3:51 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    20. I agree 100%.

  24. TX Cat
    3:52 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    Goodbye, Cobb…would you come back after that crap?

  25. markp
    3:52 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    17, QB sneaks are on the offensive line, always. Have you played a down of FB in your life?

  26. tenacious_j
    3:52 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    Joker and Brooks have one thing in common, a losing career coaching record.

  27. Your fat mom
    3:53 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    UHHHM!! Throw the F’in ball????

  28. ukbigblue1
    3:53 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    How fast can we get Joker out of here? He won’t put his team in positions to win.

  29. markp
    3:55 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    18 you are right. These idiots expected Newton to come in and look good against a good team after not playing for one full year. These fans are ignorant. Hartline would have been sacked several times more today and his pop gun arm wouldn’t have even reached Roark. Oh yeah he wouldn’t have been able to scramble to get the throw off anyway.

  30. Mark Liptak
    3:55 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    With respect Joker needs a new slogan for next season. “Operation: Win” rings hollow when you go 6-7 on the year and lose seven of your last ten. That’s anything but winning.

    Mark LIptak

  31. BPsycho
    3:55 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    #18 Our crappy team rocked your team.. You’re on here trash talkin? lmao You lost in football just like you did in basketball… Louisville fans are a joke.

    Try winning a game against us before you start running your trap.



    Kentucky baby. You lost both of them Uhahahhahaahhah

  32. bung
    3:56 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    Trade Barnhart for Issel

  33. tenacious_j
    3:56 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    25, Two things misfired on that play. The o-line did not get a lot of movement. Also, it looked to me as if Newton turned his body and hesitated, giving the d-line and linebackers a shot at surging. If he had just taken the snap and lunged forward, the Cats probably get that 1st down.

    The UK’s line on both sides of the ball sucked all afternoon.

  34. tyson
    3:56 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    as bad as this season was, next season is going to be worse. hartline was an average qb, newton is below average PLUS he won’t have ANYBODY to throw to next year with cobb and matthews gone. we finish next year 5-7 at best, maybe even 4-8. good chance joker is gone after that.

  35. Bagonmyhead
    3:56 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    Not looking forward to the direction of this program under Joker. Safe to say Charlie Strong will be making Joker his b!tch over the next few years.

  36. Pathetic
    3:58 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    25) Yep – I have. Have you? Sounds like you have, as saying sneaks are ALWAYS on the O Line
    is the most moronic thing I have read today on KSR. Have you ever seen the line hold, or the line get a push and the QB misses the hole, or falls down, or fumbles the snap?
    You are clearly a Newton fan, and that is fine, but 95% of the comments here agree with me, that he was awful today. The whole team was awful. From Joker on down.

  37. bung
    3:59 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    Trade Barnhart for Pratt

  38. Bash me all you Want
    4:00 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    4 wins if that next year. Kentucky is crazy not to go after another coach after next year. Barnfart will let joker stick around and then hire someone no name.

  39. BlueMike
    4:00 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    Next season prediction: 3 wins, 4 or 5 at the most if Cobb returns. Honestly, why would he? He goes, we win 3 games tops. This coaching staff is lost, confused and in way over their heads.

  40. Patdaddy
    4:01 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    33. The lines sucked all Year!!!!!!!!!!!And ony got worse!!!!!!!!

  41. TonyB
    4:01 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    Locke sounded like a total ass after the game. He kept criticizing the play calling because he didn’t get as many runs as he’d like, but he kept trying to emphasize that he was a team player…what an ass. Defense sucked as usual.

  42. bc
    4:01 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    how long before we start questioning Joker’s effectiveness?

  43. markp
    4:05 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    36, Newton did not fumble and tried to move forward. There was nowhere to go because the Oline got pushed back. Out of the three QBs at UK Newton is easily the best. Do you not think he would have looked better today if he would have started all year? I find it hard to believe we do not go at least 6 and 6 with him at the helm and how much better would we have been for next year with that scenario? Yes, he needs work and especially coaching but how good did Woodson look his sophmore year? And remember he was a redshirt sophmore so he was more mature mentally and physically then Newton was this year, but he got to play. Joker SUCKS, period.

  44. davidv
    4:05 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    how long will Matt Jones admit that the bad BIG EAST is not as bad as he thought

  45. Drew
    4:08 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    operation 5 yard crossing route

  46. davidv
    4:08 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    HEY MATT how is the great Wildcat football team now did you not say that Kentucky would beat this Pitt team badly LOL LOL

  47. locke-not-gonna-get-drafted
    4:09 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    Joker is a very weak coach, unfortunately. I’d love to see him do well, but aint gonna happen.

  48. Lando Griffin
    4:12 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    Cobb, could come back and be on a team that will underachieve as they always do and individually accomplish no more than he already has or, go the NFL and at worse be special teams player making millions. Hmmmm, tough decision.

  49. bluetexan
    4:12 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    #42. Where have you been? What ‘effectiveness’? He was a weak OC and has proven he is not HC material. Losing to a weak, coachless, Big East team…Barnfart sure made another great choice. HL- “It was the worst bowl loss in 15 post-season appearances for Kentucky (6-7) and also wrapped up its first losing season since 2005.” So…how do you think that OPERATION WIN season worked out for us?

  50. Flyingfishman
    4:12 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    We should send Newton to Iran to OVERTHROW their government.

  51. El_Duderino
    4:15 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    It’s really sad to watch “so called” UK fans crap on our program, coaches or players. I feel like we have a .500 football program supported by the worst fans in the nation!!

    Before this game was even played, our fans were laughing this bowl game off, calling for more Enes info and more concern about basketball match ups vs. Coppin State!

    Now, everyone is suprised their was a lack of focus from our football team!

  52. Easy
    4:27 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    I just feel sorry for the idiots that drove down there to watch spectacle .

  53. markp
    4:28 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    36 oh yeah 95% of the folks agree with you. Most of those folks are saying stuff like ” it hurts when I pee ” or ” Free Enes”. That really qualifies what they say as smart, so go ahead and claim those guys in your corner. PLLLLEASE!

  54. Mike
    4:32 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    Maybe Newton will decide to transfer…be nice if he would take Joker with him.

  55. Mike
    4:46 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    Lumpkin and McChord only 1 tackle ea….shocking for DT’s…been that way all year long though.

  56. randy hardwick
    4:56 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    thanks hartline

  57. Doug
    5:00 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    As awful performanc as i have seen in years. Joker, do us a favor…. quit now; spare us the pain. Take Steve Brown with ya!
    That’s why we don’t give a %^%& about football..

  58. mint
    5:01 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    uk suck..get some of that big east football..talking trash about big east yall got whoopinggg

  59. boss
    5:02 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    big east footballl got yall busted

  60. Libby
    5:03 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    I think Wannstadt needs a job.

  61. Bash me all you Want
    5:05 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    Dear Matt, Strong at UL is showing you today that when you hire a coach that has proven himself from a big time program geographical location doesnt matter. Tired of hearing that excuse get someone in here that is actually a coach and not someone who impersonates one.

  62. markp
    5:09 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    Reality is this Pitt near the cream of the Big East in football and UK is near the bottom of the SEC. Barnhart hire the coaches and the wins will come.

  63. RDT Fan
    5:11 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    If Kentucky is to become a respectable team in the SEC, a new offensive coordinator would be a great start. We have an All-American
    all purpose bank and a all SEC running back with 4.21 speed and we
    run most of the plays in the 1st half with a qb with no experience in 2010. QB sneak with a 1/2 inch to go and we have run off taclke with a pulling lineman and fb lead all year long and we give it to a slow, inexperienced kid. If Sanders is an offensive coordinator-play caller we should try to get in Division 3-a. The offensive coaches lost that game, pure and simple.Thanks

  64. AfterDinner Minter
    5:27 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    Operation 3rd Down and 5 in full effect. Pitt knew UK didn’t have the touch to burn them on long passes and we never proved them wrong. I’m starting to think Newton looks a lot like Shane Boyd. Also, dropping a sure fire touchdown pass on a nice play call is a great way to inspire confidence in a young QB.

  65. ribin
    5:36 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    Glad we got the extra practice for the redshirts – why the heck didn’t they redshirt newton – all year, we heard that newton and mossakowski were ‘even’ – but moss never got any time. Newton (if he ever gets good) has blown a year of eligibility and Moss has wasted one. I guess we’ll fix it by raising prices again –

  66. uk7
    5:45 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    the reality is u could score 10 pts a game without 40 days to prepare by running the wild cobb all game, i promise. so joker and this staff are terrible, had 2 weeks for tenn = 10pts……. 40 days for pitt = 10pts. as urban meyer said, “kentucky is the easiest sec team to prepare for” operation joker gets a big paycheck, operation get back to the bill curry days, operation joker blows.

  67. da vill sux
    5:55 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    And we hire a def coordinator form Indiana State ? WTF ?

  68. da vill sux
    5:57 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    Well looks like we lose to UGA now too. What a shitty day, could be worse I guess, at least Im not a Tard fan.

  69. Old Henry Man
    6:33 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    Joker is not what UK needs. Give him next year, and then he may have to go.
    The players did not give a effort today.

  70. ukaltheway
    6:49 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    There are no excuses. The Cats sucked and by extension the coaching staff sucked. This performance was a result of pathetic, undisciplined, unimaginative coaching, plain and simple. If Oregon can do it (not exactly a football powerhouse in years gone by) UK can do it. If Stanford can do it (as Ivy-League as they come outside of the Ivy League) then UK can do it. If Boise State can do it, UK can do it. What’s the common denominator? Great coaching. UK needs a great coach and should spare no expense to get one. That is if the administration is really serious about having a program that is truly competitive at the highest levels. Failure to do that is………..failure.

  71. radmankd
    7:06 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    Defense has not stopped the run all year. Can’t expect Minter to turn it around in a month with same weak defensive players.
    I stopped watching after opening second half with 2 crappy efforts, and fake punt was the worst call of the year.
    Newton did not look a bit different than last year. Does not throw down field. Only throw down field I remember, he missed an open LaRod King. If he is the best option at QB, we’re not going to a bowl next year. I assume Moss’ recovery from shoulder surgery was not a success. Can only hope kid out of CA is something.
    Very disappointed with this game. Leaves NOTHING to build on for next year; no boost for recruiting. A very poor job by Joker & his staff. Team was completely out-coached & out-played by Pitt.

  72. Mike
    7:10 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    Man, it is tough listening to Joker’s postgame comments…he is just so bland and unemotional…he thought that Morgan played much better than before…not sure he was watching the same game we were. He had a good % but only because they gave him the short ones. Phillips just does not get these guys to play inspired FB..nor does he coach them up either.

  73. dgtuk
    7:13 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    Like most games, the battle was decided up front. UK’s offensive and defensive lines were manhandled consistently throughout the game. Couple that with a QB who “stares” his receiver down for 4-5 seconds before throwing and a special teams group that was as bad as bad can be and you have the result we got.

    Let’s pledge right now that if UK is 6-6 next year, they will refuse to go to a bowl game. This was awful and sad. Of course, based on the performance today….6-6 may be too much to expect.

  74. bluetexan
    7:33 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    With Joker & Company running the ‘show’…Cats will be fortunate going 4-8 this Fall. With plenty of time to prepare for a team who have had injury issues and lost their coach…we flat-out were embarassed. I’m amused by the ‘Joker-Lovers’-sure, give him another year-or-two-or three…all it will do is further erode the program. He was NOT a good OC and has proven he is certainly NOT HC material…Barnfart (as inept as he is) should remember that “when your dreams turn to dust – vacuum.” FREE MIKE LEACH!

  75. citycat
    7:36 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    Newton did not look great or awful but I dont understand why Moss does not get any reps at all. Alle we heard in the off season and spring ball was that they were neck-n-neck. I do think that Joker and his staff are in way over their heads. Hire Mike Leach.

  76. ebell55
    8:04 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    I back Joker 100%. However, this was a tough one. We needed this win bad. This season was a disapointment, but this was a low point. I was in the start Newton club at the first of the season I now see that Joker was right to start Hartline. The Florida game, 4th and 2 at UT, and this Pitt game are on Joker. We competed in all of our games except UF and today. 70 Oregon, Standford, and Boise St don’t play in the SEC and they recruit out of Cali were they don’t have to compete against SEC schools for recruits. If you think kids from Cali are lining up to come to Kentucky, I want some of that stuff you are smoking. That is the weekest arguement there is!

  77. Rev Al Sharpton
    8:06 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    If Newton is the answer we need another question.

  78. davidv
    8:07 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    by the way blow hard Matt you were wrong with you usual arriggront remarks about the awful BID EAST and how the Wilscats would win in the BIG EAST I am glad you are eating crow today

  79. Columbia Cat
    8:23 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    47 – I completely agree. He reminds me of Tubby doing interviews – horrible. Joker lost me on 4th and 2 in the Tennessee game. So what is next season, Operation: grow a set?

  80. Critter
    9:01 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    What has happened to the Cats since we beat LSU??? It seemed like up was the only way to go. Finally, we were working our way out of the SEC basement. And yet, 3 years later, here we are, in the cellar.
    I HATE that. There’s a lot about UK fb I’m hating right now. I hate not having a QB that can throw a deep ball- or even halfway deep. I’m tired of third and long downs where the QB throws only to the line of scrimmage. I’m tired of sucking. And I’m tired of worrying about it.

  81. ringkitty
    9:31 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    We are in for several bad years of football. Joker shows way to many signs of being a sorry coach. Cobb should have had the ball many more times than he did. I predict we will not see a bowl for at least four or five years. Thats after a new coach comes in here about three years from now. Oh the pain, the pain, it is beginning again. The South Carolina game was our only significant win but that was only because their running back was injured in the second half. I thought we had turned the corner. I thought we were headed in a new direction. It is back to the same old same old. Coach Brooks would have gotten more out of this bunch than Joker did.

  82. Steve Fitts
    9:55 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    This means we have NO momentum going into next season. Joker will start the 2012 season on the “warm seat,” which will quickly turn into the “hot seat” if he is unable to beat U of L in Commonwealth next September. That game against “little brother” looms awfully big once again!

  83. chokecal
    10:03 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    The Kitties lost to a Big East team that didnt’ have a head coach!! UK sucks!! lol

  84. UKoverALL
    11:58 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    The finale for Operation Choke can be summarized as follows:

    – The offensive game plan was awful
    – Pitt was running through our defense with minimum effort
    – Cobb and Locke did not get the ball as much as they should have. UK did not play to its strength.
    – The special teams were anything but special (kicking punting, etc.)
    – Too many penalties.
    – Newton was OK, but the offensive line really did not help him out. He was scrambling all PM long.
    – Without sounding cliche or like a sore loser, the refs sucked.

    Our coaching staff was awful without a doubt. If UK wants to be a top notch football program, they have to get a top notch coach.

  85. UKoverALL
    12:00 am January 9, 2011 Permalink

    81) the only reason we beat South Carolina is because their coach made a stupid mistake. They could have kicked the field goal and spared UK the embarassement of losing to a Big East team in a lowly bowl game.

  86. UKoverALL
    12:06 am January 9, 2011 Permalink

    It turned out that the famous win against SC is infamous. A loss would have avoided us the embarassement of getting beat by a Big East team. Damn you Spurier!

  87. DENNY
    12:23 am January 9, 2011 Permalink


  88. Jimmy Buffett
    1:16 am January 9, 2011 Permalink


  89. Jimmy Buffett
    1:24 am January 9, 2011 Permalink

    86. You are right. Spurrier did it to us once again.

    Our effort yesterday would have allowed us to lose to most anyone, not just the BE.

    Oh well, bring on next year’s OOC weaklings and prepare for number 27 against UT.

  90. Jimmy Buffett
    1:30 am January 9, 2011 Permalink

    … and another observation from a long time fan (since 1965). You just witnessed another season of vintage UK football. Don’t be alarmed.

  91. byoung
    2:11 am January 9, 2011 Permalink

    i believe joker’s UK coaching career has “one foot in the bucket & the other on a banana peel”

  92. droppedpasses
    8:24 am January 9, 2011 Permalink

    71: Throw in WVA, UCONN, VA Tech, etc. Hell, even Kansas got to a BCS bowl. I’m so tired of the argument that UK can’t recruit the best outside football talent and our state doesn’t produce loads of talent from within…BS…the talent that is bred here leaves when the opportunity arises…we’ve had KY boys at UT, USC, Ohio St., etc.

    What sucks is we all know next season will be worse than this season…regardless of what happens, I bet Joker gets 2 more years since our athletic director considers our 2010 losing season a success because of the bowl streak, which is a joke.

    Did anybody hear the bowl game attendance? It looked like a HS game.

  93. wingbutt
    8:51 am January 9, 2011 Permalink

    Same ole UK, good one down horrible the next. The fact of the matter is we need bigger faster players. How do we get them? Hell I don’t know but that’s what the coaching staff is for, get out there and work your ass’s off!! We need to get real with ourselves and this program. Look at Danny Travathan, a very good player led the conference in tackles. The only problem most of them were after a 5,6 or 7 yard gain down the field!! But thank god we had him, or otherwise you could tack on another 5, 6 or 7 yards before anybody else would have made the tackle!! This team has got to be the worst blocking team in the SEC, I didn’t see
    anybody get a helmet on a guy when Locke did get loose. Terrible!!! Things had better start changing or it’s gonna be a short tenure for Joker! And that’s no joke.

  94. markp
    9:00 am January 9, 2011 Permalink

    Joker is the problem. If you geniuses think Newton would look dramatically different from last year after SITTING for one year there truly is no reasoning with you. Again look at Woodson’s sophmore year stats, not good. If there was a better offensive plan, coaches who could coach and an offensive line the kid would improve. He has a good arm but needs reps in real games to learn to connect. The dropped TD was a great play, he scrambled from pressure, Hartline couldn’t have done it, and Roark droppped it. The eighteen yard gain on third and 19, does Hartline get even close? He was pretty accurate on the 4 yard passes on third and 8, just like Mike, and several were dropped, even by the great Cobb. If he were being COACHED instead of sat down in favor of a managing QB we would be looking much better for next year. His stats for yesterday’s game were very Hartline like and Mike would have been sacked several more times than he was because Pitt’s Dline wipped our Oline all day.

  95. KYStout
    9:18 am January 9, 2011 Permalink

    I think I’ve seen all I needed to see from the football program this season. Next season is going to be difficult to watch.

  96. Mike
    10:20 am January 9, 2011 Permalink

    Newton’s fumble on the first drive…his attempt on 4th and short reminded me of ULs lame attempt on 4th down against WVU, didn’t think I would see that from us…the worst punt formation, running before kicking it???…I had nightmares of them blocking a punt with that formation and it happened. He lined up over the end and ran straight up field into the oncoming punter, pitiful…the botched fake, c’mon man…but the worst of the day was the overturned lateral call that would have completely changed the direction of the game with the cats taking over at the 10 yd line looking to go up 10-0!!!=nightmare

  97. ray ray
    10:20 am January 9, 2011 Permalink


  98. Tej
    10:26 am January 9, 2011 Permalink

    It was a poor performance yesterday by the football team. But, one season does not make Joker a bad coach. One game does not mean we have bad players. These naysayers are the same people who ripped Coach Brooks then jumped on the bandwagon when he succeeded. We have good coaches and changing the guard now would be dumb.

  99. bluetexan
    12:09 pm January 9, 2011 Permalink

    #98-Must be a UT or Loserville fan…Joker has put together numerous poor coaching seasons. He was an inadequate OC and now an inadequate HC. As long as he has Barnfart as his boss -Joker will be fine…he still will be clueless and not be able to coach those “great recruits” coming in. As in years past (ie. Curry, et al), the program is in total disarray, we are leaderless with Barnfart/Joker and 0-27 (and 4-8) is but 11 months away. FREE MIKE LEACH

  100. Trucker Ron
    12:39 pm January 9, 2011 Permalink

    I told you all earlier this year that I was done with this program after watching this crap for 35 years. Hit UKAA were it hurts…. in the pocket book than you will see some changes. If it starts hurting the BB and Olympic sports from not getting the FB revenue; than things will start to change.