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KSR Trend Watch: November 9th

It can be hard to keep up with all the changing trends in Kentucky sports these days. Therefore, I’m debuting a new segment in which I chart the trends of the week, from basketball to football to every ridiculous little thing in between. Keep up with what’s hot and what’s not with KSR’s Trend Watch!

Rising faster than Kevin Stallings’ cholesterol count

Bobby Petrino – It takes one heck of a person to overshadow Kentucky’s first official basketball game of the season, but somehow Bobby Petrino has done it. After his father spilled the beans that Petrino is interested in the Kentucky job (or, any SEC job), it’s all you guys have talked about. For the first time in recent memory, readers on the site favored Petrino updates over basketball posts, which with mere hours left until the Cats’ opener, is mind boggling. Whether or not Petrino’s interest in Kentucky is sincere (many think the comments were a ploy to entice Auburn to make him an offer), he’s certainly on fans’ minds this week.

The pressure on Mitch Barnhart — The news about Petrino being interested in the job put Mitch Barnhart in a corner. The fan base is divided about Petrino, with some calling for Mitch to hire him on the spot to others basically holding up crosses and throwing holy water in Petrino’s general direction. It is widely known that Barnhart does not want to hire Petrino because of his baggage, but the outcry from the fans this week forces Petrino to at least talk to him. Further, rumors of Gene Chizik’s upcoming departure in Auburn speeds the situation up to the point that if Auburn snatches Petrino up, many fans will resent Mitch for not doing it sooner. Right now, Mitch is in between a rock and a fanbase.

Joker Phillips — “Wait, didn’t he just get fired?” Yes, but the past week has shown that no one has handled a firing with more class than Joker Phillips. After the news broke that he would no longer be Kentucky’s head coach, Joker Phillips had a decision to make: finish out the season or let someone else coach the final two games. Intially, Joker didn’t want to coach the last two games in fear he would be a distraction to the players, but after the outpouring of support and gratitude from the BBN in the days following his firing, he changed his mind. Joker bravely faced the media on Tuesday and showed nothing but love for the Big Blue Nation, calling Kentucky the place that “made him a man” over his career as player, assistant coach, and head coach. Joker said that although he’ll no longer be on the sidelines, he will continue to buy season tickets and cheer for the team regardless of who takes his former job. Unfortunately, Joker as head coach didn’t work out, but once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat. #PackCommonwealth

Hurricane Sandy Telethon — Sometimes, we are reminded that life isn’t all about basketball. Wednesday night was one of those times. Cal and the team helped WKYT put together the a telethon to raise money for the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, raising near $1 million dollars, a check for which Cal will present today at the Barclays Center. Cal’s decision to help out with the telethon mere days before the Cats’ opener against Maryland in NYC demonstrates the program’s commitment to charity that we’ve seen time and time again, going back to the Hoops for Haiti telethon back in 2010. I’d say he “get it,” but that doesn’t even begin to cover it. Also, kudos to the Big Blue Nation for answering the call and whose contributions will help thousands of people in need.

Nerlens Noel — Nerlens had his best game as a Cat so far against Transy, leading the team in scoring with 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field. Even better, it wasn’t all off dunks. Noel showed off the newest weapon in his arsenal, a silky smooth hook shot that he must have learned from Kyle and the boys down at the YMCA. Cal said Noel has become the hardest worker in practice, which is clearly translating on the court during games. Let’s hope he keeps it up tonight against the Terps.

Nerlens Noel’s hats — Another week, another awesome hat:

I’m sure @NoelsFlatTop appreciates that.

Julius Mays — Mays had a great game against Transy until he knocked knees with a defender and had to come out. Thankfully, the injury looked far worse on television, and Mays will play tonight against Maryland. That is excellent news, because the Cats will need his “veteran” presence and shooter’s touch more than ever.

Kentucky football — Nothing says a fresh start like a coaching search. Even better? Thanks to Bobby Petrino Sr., Kentucky football has received a fair share of publicity from the national media, which is never a bad thing. Brent Pease and David Cutcliffe have told reporters that they haven’t been contacted by the Cats, with Pease going as far to say that he sees a lot of potential in the program. Sure, we may not be the best job in the SEC, but the fact that we’re being talked about at all by the national media is a good thing.

Kentucky’s second half against Transy — Let’s face it: the first half against Transy on Monday was U-G-L-Y. Transy was hitting their shots, the Cats looked out of sync, and paint probably peeled from the locker room walls during Cal’s halftime speech. Fortunately, the second half was as pretty as the first was ugly. The Cats held Transy to only ten points and finally found a groove on offense.

Brandon Rash — Someone get Willie Cauley-Stein the helmet, please:

Darius Miller – Miller got his official first start in the NBA, stepping in for an injured Austin Rivers on Wednesday night. Miller may have only scored five points, but he gave Cal another talking point: “Darius Miller went from our sixth man to a starter in the NBA. Come on, that’s crazy!”

Falling like Fireball shots at Jack Demsey’s

Indiana’s self-respect — Indiana made rings for making it to the Sweet 16. Even more embarrassing? On one side, they engraved “27 wins, defeating #1, #2, & #5.” Just when you thought they couldn’t be more pathetic, they go and do this. #IULOL

Mitch Barnhart’s street cred — You could argue that Mitch informing fans of the decision to let Joker go in an open letter was a bit cowardly, but even worse was the emo picture he attached to it:

We get it, Mitch. You like Joker and it was a tough decision. You don’t need to get all Lones Seiber on us.

Kyle Wiltjer — Kyle had a tough night against Transy. His threes weren’t falling, and he didn’t seem to make much effort to score any other way. Cal was so unhappy with Kyle’s performance in the first half that he benched him to start the second, along with Ryan Harrow. In comments to the media, Cal said that he’s been on Kyle to broaden his game offensively and be more aggressive on defense. Hopefully Kyle rises to the challenge tonight.

Ryan Harrow’s immune system — Harrow was sidelined from practice on Wednesday due to flu-like symptoms, and was listed as questionable for tonight’s game on Thursday. His condition has improved to the point that he is now probable, but that hasn’t stopped me from sending Vitamin C and chicken noodle soup to Brooklyn.

Austin Rivers — Last Friday night, Rivers accidentally elbowed Anthony Davis in the head, giving him a minor concussion that forced him to sit out Wednesday night’s game. Karma clearly has a unibrow, because Rivers also sat out the game due to a sprained left index finger. Both will play against MKG and the Bobcats tonight.

Maryland’s fashion sense — Here’s a tip: don’t use concrete as an inspiration for anything.


Bobby Petrino Sr.’s ability to keep a secret — Bobby Petrino’s dad took his son’s job in his own hands on Wednesday by telling The Courier-Journal about Petrino Jr.’s interest in the Kentucky job, which apparently caused some drama in the Petrino camp. Petrino Sr. was about to tell us more, including which school Petrino has already met with, until his wife scolded him and made him hang up the phone. Hope you like sleeping on the couch, buddy.

TREND OF THE WEEK: The coaching search rumor mill — News of Petrino’s interest in the UK job really got the rumor mill churning on Wednesday, sparking alleged Bobby Petrino sightings and secret meetings. Like with anything, pics or it didn’t happen, but the rumors have been endlessly entertaining so far.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

39 Comments for KSR Trend Watch: November 9th

  1. Champ
    2:36 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    For some reason those Maryland unis are growing on me.

  2. KYStout
    2:41 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Nobody puts Mitch in a corner!

  3. Pappa D Nutts
    2:43 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch Barnhart will hire a retread or another Derek Dooley, he will let the best coach pass by that UK has had a chance to get in 30 plus years, if it wasn’t for BP issues this wouldn’t even be a discussion, he would be at ARK or Auburn, I am a UF fan and don’t give a sh!t either way, but I know if UK hires BP, that our streak is looking a little better to be broken, with the retreads that Mitch will most likely hire(Fat Phil, Tommy Turtleneck) or a la Derek Dooleys not so much, so we are waiting on you Mitch in the sunshine state to Fu$! this one up.

  4. speaking of lol
    2:43 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    V Ms Tylers Street Cred

    – She just used the word “emo”, need I say more.

  5. Bobby Petrino, Sr.
    2:49 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    If Pet-Reno were to get hired by Kentucky, and the Auburn job became available, my boy would of course jump over to Auburn.

    He has no loyal bones about him. In fact, he is spineless. And, a big ole Bass Tard.

  6. JohnHogan
    2:50 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    College football on espnu is reporting that UK and Petrino are in prelimanry talks a deal could come as early as tonite. And that Auburn has a former Nfl coach going to take that job. Great news BBN!

  7. JohnHogan
    2:52 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    That expalins why Mitch has been in seclusion.

  8. ok ok
    2:54 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    5. Just this once on a technicality.

  9. Wildcat Blood
    3:00 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    ESPN just reported UK close to hiring Petrino!!! Wow never thought that would happen!!!

  10. RYNO
    3:11 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    That’s exactly right! I don’t think that’s exactly right #1. According to me, everyone is exactly right, but I guess I’m not exactly right about being exactly right. I guess being exactly right is not always exactly right even if it is exactly right that I’m not exactly right.

  11. Biglaw Dawgin'
    3:19 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    “You don’t need to get all Lones Seiber on us.” Hilarious. I’m going to have to say TT is my favorite blogger on here.

  12. Yngvie Malmsteen.
    3:20 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino is in no way over shadowing the BB game and it’s really stupid to say it.

  13. lexslamman
    3:21 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    The junior U.S. Senator from Kentucky Ashley Judd has a nice ring to it. I think she’d beat McConnell.

  14. I Am Spartacus
    3:21 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Can someone please POST A LINK to this espnU statement?????????????????????

  15. dave
    3:27 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

  16. I Am Spartacus
    3:30 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    #16 – Thanks for the link, but that is yesterday’s news………I read #10 and #7 as saying something “just happened”
    today on espnU.

  17. Jj
    3:32 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    My guess is 10 and 7 are one in the same and trying to mess with minds

  18. dave
    3:33 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    15- espn didnt mention anything at all about UK/petrino during college football live…..

  19. I Am Spartacus
    3:34 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    18/19 – Thanks…I probably jumped the gun on that one.

  20. DesignatedDrinker
    3:39 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    If the fan-base is split 50/50 on Petrino and the 50% that don’t want him are also mainly the people who don’t complain about Barnhardt, why would he even consider him? I like Barnhardt, I don’t care for Petrino. So if he hires him and he fails or bolts, then I won’t support MB. See? And the people who already don’t support will flip-flop and blame MB anyway. Dykes!

  21. chad
    3:39 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    ESPN is on in front of my office all day long. Nothing about Kentucky football has come across all day.

  22. Catlogic15
    3:45 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Figured #7 bogus immediately by including “former nfl coach to Auburn”. Chizik hasn’t been fired yet. Go away trolls and fools.

  23. Rick Pitino
    3:47 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    If you sign Bobby Petrino, as fans, you’re no better than your little brother.

    You’re hiring one of their former great coaches.

    And, you are embracing Benedict Arnold (Ziffel).

    Opening the door for when CAL departs, and you take me back – like JoAnne.

  24. MustangCat
    4:11 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    C’mon Auburn, hire Petrino already!!! Please!

  25. SeoulCat
    4:14 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    #21, 50/50? Try about 75-25 in favor of hiring Petrino.

  26. Tired of losing
    4:15 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    I just think it’s a no brainer bringing BP to the commonwealth. We are not Tenn or Auburn what in the world do we have to lose? We are already a garbage program so can he make us worse? No. We have nothing to lose. Mitch make it happen and we won’t blame you if it goes bad.

  27. Duke Sucks
    4:26 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    If Dicky V hadnt got on tv and told the BBN that Cal was interested in UK I don’t think Mitch would have went down that road. Hopefully Patrinos dad will have the same effect.
    50/50 no way. Try more like 90/10. And most of that 10 doesn’t follow UK football anyway. If Mitch misses on this he better get a huge name that works out. If not I don’t think he can make it threw with his job. If he hires BP and he fails he can tell the fans he just done what they wanted. If Patrino wants this job(which I dought) he will be the next coach with in a week.

  28. Duke Sucks
    4:31 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    #27 the facts are the facts and your 100% correct. We aren’t UT or AU. If we hire Patrino though we will pass them up. UK is actually in a better spot then we have ever been in. If we make the right hire we can pass UT, auburn,miss.,Vandy, and Missou over night. That would be hire then I’ve ever seen UK in the SEC. The wrong guy and we will stay at the bottom for a long time. I don’t see us ever having a chance like this agian. UT and those teams are not going to miss agian.

  29. UKGrad83
    4:35 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    We’re going to end up with Cutcliffe or Dykes and we’ll be having this same conversation 4 years from now. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

  30. barn
    4:35 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    29–go sleep it off

  31. Davetv
    4:58 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Get of Wiljer’s butt.

  32. TheBigToe
    5:08 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino–Vomit. He’s a classless asshole. We are better than that. If he and BCG were here at the same time, they would have been big buddies. We have been football losers for so long, I know. But you want to sell your soul and sully the image of the University by hiring this shitbag? Hell no.


    One of the 18,000 at Commonwealth last weekend at the Vandy game

  33. Jpo
    5:57 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    30) dykes would be amazing hire, and we’d be lucky to get him

  34. John
    6:36 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink


    or we riot!

  35. Duke Sucks
    6:39 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    #31 Sleep it off? What is wrong that I put in there? Everything in there is plain to see.

  36. Lisa
    6:50 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Love this Tyler! very good and entertaining. hope you do more of these.

  37. BBB
    7:48 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Why so many negative KSR articles about Petrino? Perhaps a little UK administrative pressure? The sound I hear is an energized fan base! Petrino is the best coach available and probably the best chance to win since we ran off Bear Bryant. Why are we discussing this Mitch? This is the chance of a lifetime. Hire him before someone else does. (and they will). Hire him or step out of the way and let someone else make the call Mitch.

  38. PPat
    7:11 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Hey, good call on that whole Wiltjer stock falling stuff. You all were on point.