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Larry Vaught has sources and they’re whispering about Neal Brown

In this morning’s edition of “What-Are-Your-Sources-Telling-You,” Larry Vaught of Verizon Droid fame is reporting preliminary talks between UK and Neal Brown. Brown, a former wide receiver with the Cats, is in his third season as offensive coordinator at Texas Tech under Tommy Tuberville. According to Vaught, the folks at UK have been talking to Brown’s agent, a Birmingham-based attorney.

Brown is a Kentucky boy; he was born in Danville and he’s a member of the Boyle County Baseball and Football Hall of Fame.

Sources confirm some preliminary contact between UK and agent for Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown

Article written by Drew Franklin

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142 Comments for Larry Vaught has sources and they’re whispering about Neal Brown

  1. omg
    11:15 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Get Josh McDaniels down here.

  2. FrigFullofBeer
    11:16 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    I really hope this guy isn’t our next coach…. Come on Mitch do better than this buddy

  3. Huh...
    11:18 am November 6, 2012 Permalink


  4. cam
    11:19 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    If we hire this guy I’m gunna throw up

  5. CatGrad7072
    11:20 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    If this is Mitch’s definition of ‘aiming high’, I think he better go back to the dictionary. Please, not another local guy with no HC experience.

  6. rnewton22
    11:20 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    I’ve been a Mitch supporter but if he hires this guy he needs to be fired on the spot. We need a home run not a foul ball.

  7. Seriously
    11:22 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Let’s get another WR with no HC experience. Good job Mitch.

  8. TexasCatFan11
    11:23 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    I go to Texas Tech. Trust me, if Kentucky hired him, us Tech fans would celebrate. Sure, the offense puts up a ton of points with the right personnel, but that’s against Big XII defenses. His play-calling in clutch situations is horrendous (running the Wildcat 3 times when you’re down in the 4th when you have a hot QB). It almost seems like we’re winning despite Brown, not because of him.

  9. Owen
    11:23 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    I like him. I’d rather we got him as an OC but he’s had some of the top passing offenses the past 3 years at TT and top 20 scoring offenses. He’s definitely an up and comer as far as coaches go, but I’m not sure he’s ready to be an SEC head coach.

  10. AaronJ
    11:24 am November 6, 2012 Permalink


  11. Hawk
    11:24 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    I hope this isn’t true. If it is, wouldn’t be have been better served to NOT have fired Joker?

  12. H.A.Milton
    11:25 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Meet UK’s next ex-football coach!

  13. jtd
    11:25 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Guys, what do you expect? The chances of us getting a big name coach are not high. Louisville was successful with their choice of a Coordinator. Brown is a Kentucky guy who might stick around if hired and successful.

    And I doubt that this is the only person that MB is talking to.

  14. 4real?
    11:25 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Is this a name that is going to put BIS (butts in seats) or put MB in the unemployment line?

  15. Aja
    11:26 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Just the type of mediocre, low-cost, not-make-any-waves-against-Basketball figurine that Joe Craft wants.

  16. bird
    11:26 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Guess Mitch thinks we are building a high school football team.

  17. Same as Joker
    11:26 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    I am officially done with UK football if we hire this guy. Joker was OC of a high powered offense and was considered a great recruiter. I agree #4, makes my stomach turn.

  18. Boogalou BBQ
    11:27 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    If Mitch doesn’t want to warm his seat up he had better find a big name with the resume to back it up, we are sick of losing. So take your time pull out the check book and get this right or we will have to revisit that Billy G hire. Don’t shit the bed

  19. 89SKIN
    11:27 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    This guy isn’t ready. Come on!!!

  20. Derek
    11:27 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Great OC. Kentucky boy but not what we need right now!

  21. Cal
    11:28 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    I will loan the football program Orlando Antigua. Deal?

  22. Please NO
    11:29 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Please God. I love Kentucky football. We came so close with Papa Brooks. Please, not this.

  23. Really?
    11:29 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Great call Mitch! Let’s make him the highest paid coach in college while you’re at it!…SMH

  24. No way
    11:30 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    This young man may be a fine coach…someday…for someone. He is not the right choice for UK. UK cannot afford to take chances with an up and comer. UK needs to hire someone with head coaching, recruiting, and, building experience. This guy is simply too young, too inexperienced, and too unknown. I have nothing against him and he may end up being one of the best coaches in NCAA football someday but he is absolutely the wrong person to hire for UK at this time.

  25. true story
    11:31 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Wow… well I think it’s officially time to take this coaching hire out of Barnhart’s hands too. An assistant at Texas Tech? Really? a 1.7 million dollar job (more for the right guy) as HC for an SEC school is being pitched to an assistant at an outpost?

  26. BTEAM
    11:31 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Can our Basketball team play Football? Harrow QB, Poythress, and Cauley-Stein wide receivers?

  27. AaronJ
    11:31 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Our next coach needs to be either Kirby Smart or Mark Helfrich and as a fall back if necessary Phillip Fulmer (hope it does not come to that)

  28. Shimsky
    11:31 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Rather have Sandusky

  29. 89SKIN
    11:33 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Gloom, dispair, and agony on me…

  30. Jd
    11:33 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Lol… Played football with him at Nelson County High School

  31. bigbluejay
    11:34 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    I’m fine with Neal Brown….as long as he’s the last possible choice.

  32. Levi
    11:35 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    This is not the “Big Name” coach we need. I am a season ticket holder and we need to get someone that has proven himself. Like Bobby P or J. Grouden. Come on guys, do we really want to go down this road again. Commonwealth will be empty again in 2 years.

  33. durr durrrr
    11:36 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Mitch! Why not go after Hanford Dixon!?! He’s a southern boy, played in the NFL, & currently has HC experience with the Cleveland Crush of the Lingerie League. #ditchmitch

  34. BillyTheDrunk
    11:36 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Oh GAWD….Why Why Why ????? What,Texas hires have done so great at UK?????

  35. BelieveBlue
    11:37 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    When they said swinging for the fences…..they forgot to tell us he was playing on a T-ball field!!!

  36. drewsster02
    11:39 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    I think everyone should chill out a bit on this one. My hope is that Barnhart will contact several individuals about interviews. Hopefully, this will be one of several possibilities.

  37. Dang it!!!
    11:43 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Kirby Smart or Sonny Dykes!!!

  38. Jezz
    11:44 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    This is funny.

    I have experience as a forward in soccer. Apparently that makes me qualified to be the head coach of the football team. I should expect the phone to ring.

  39. Poker Jillips
    11:46 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    A former UK player & a KY native?? Did we not learn from the hiring of Joker??

  40. Hangin#9
    11:46 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    If we aren’t going to go out and get a prominent top notch coach, then we might as well have kept Joker.

  41. CatGrad7072
    11:46 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    36: You are right but, given Mitch’s personality and the overall lack of confidence in his hiring ability, this is a bad first ‘whisper’.
    Too bad someone didn’t whisper Kirby Smart in Vaught’s ear.

  42. Burrrr
    11:47 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Damn there’s a lot of morons on this site. Ditch Mitch, you say? Look at our athletic programs. We have improved across the board under Mitch, and I’ve got faith in him that he’ll make the best possible hire for the FB team. If you think Petrino, Gruden, or even Kirby Smart is coming here, please refrain from commenting. There will be 3 better jobs available in the SEC alone. Herbstreit speaks the truth, we need a young OC/DC that can inject confidence/excitement into this program. The big names aren’t coming to a program in the shape that UK is in right now

  43. UK Fan
    11:48 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    As I said earlier Barnhart will only be able to hire someone who is either over the hill or an unknown. Looks like he’s pursuing the latter course. This sucks, but is no surprise..

  44. OwensboroDavid
    11:48 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    I give up. Mitch will hire an unknown or a retread. UK will continue to be average or losing in football. Do da dee, do da da, life goes on.

  45. Hangin#9
    11:49 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    I’m with #37… I’d take either of them before Brown, I’m sorry but his resume is Umass, Sacred Heart, Delaware, Troy and TT all in a 9 year span. To me that doesn’t scream SUCCESS or change the culture of the program type hire.

  46. Rich
    11:51 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Former UK wide receiver, Kentucky Boy, offensive Coordinator…How’d that work out for us last time?????

  47. Burrrr
    11:51 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    And the prominent name that you beg for isn’t what wins football games. There are plenty of bright young coaches out there with tons of potential. Vandy didn’t hire Bill Cowher, they got James Franklin. I sure as hell would love to have a coach like James Franklin on the sidelines

  48. Let's be honest
    11:53 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    What did you people expect? Who else are we going to be able to get? The answer is no one. This does not surprise me.

  49. Rockfield, KY
    11:54 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    So, are we getting Tuberville and Neal Brown as a package deal? I could handle that. Don’t know about Neal as HC quite yet.

  50. be real lipstick
    11:56 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    our only shot is to pick out a coach that can sell his style to recruits cause the big names are gonna go to Auburn ,Tenn ect…. The best we can hope for is to play competive ball and go to a decient bowl game from time to time

  51. Funky Monkey
    11:58 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Come on Mitch, you might as well pick a name out of a hat.

  52. Where's he these days???
    11:58 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Houston Nutt???

  53. Chi-TownCat
    11:59 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    This is not a big name coach this type of hire leaves us in the same boat we are in now

  54. Owen
    12:01 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Just because we’re talking to someone doesn’t mean that A. it’s for strictly the head coaching position (we could very well be looking for coordinators as well) or B. that he’s even our first or fifth option for any position.

  55. Sammydog
    12:03 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    If you read today’s Courier Journal, you will see that the Cards offensive coordinator was all but asking for an interview for the UK job. Check it out.

  56. Dude
    12:05 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    This guy looks like Jake Delhomme

  57. kybigblue
    12:07 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Hey, we went for someone who had not been a head coach and how did that work out. Did it work so well that we should try it again?

  58. brb
    12:07 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    hey burrrr,,, its great mitch improved sports across the board…but those are not self supporting…sooooooo and he hired billy g…. and hasnt had the best repore with cal…. mitch would be great at a different school his time has come also

  59. joker blows
    12:08 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    NO….we don’t need another ex-wide receiver from UK to coach here! Mitch better get this one right or he should be ran out of town!
    This program is at the bottom!!!! Better put some money in it and get a PROVEN coach…not another coach in waiting crap!
    55) don’t want anyone from Louisville!!!

  60. brb
    12:12 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    54….why would uk be looking for coordinators…they dont have a coach!!!! (the coach put his staff in place)……….hey mitch ann northup is still out there…

  61. hazardcatfan
    12:12 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Go West Mitch, lets get Willie T. from WKU!!!!!

  62. Bitch and Moan
    12:13 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    You guys will bitch no matter who is hired. Fire Barnhart because football was so good at UK before he was AD.

    58 – how do you know the relationship between Cal and Barnhart?

  63. Bitch and Moan
    12:14 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    59 – Who’s gonna run Mitch out of town, you?

  64. Mitch
    12:14 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Settle down boys, the search has just begun.

  65. Mitch Rapp
    12:16 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    “Preliminary talks between the parties” could mean that Brown’s agent contacted us first.

  66. UKGrad
    12:18 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    61- As was said on the show yesterday, hiring Willie T is like hiring Billy G because he beat UofL..

  67. joker blows
    12:19 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    62) about 50,000 UK fans that didn’t show up last weekend will let the admin know he’s got to go. BS talks…Money walks! or in this case RUNS!
    If you don’t like what you read here…go somewhere else….you Joker loyalist!

  68. Hilarious
    12:22 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone else think its funny that if we hire Neal Brown, one of his first tasks will be to determine the fate of his former high school coach. Chuck better hope Neal don’t remember them Wind Sprints!!!!!

  69. putinrichie
    12:22 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Talk about a dissapointing hire. Brown failed at landing the UMass gig after last season. If he can’t get the job at UMass, what makes him SEC material?

  70. putinrichie
    12:25 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t mind getting an OC. I don’t mind getting a coach that is under 35. I’m just not interested in Neal Brown.

  71. Boyd County fan
    12:28 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    #68, sad but true. UK has to clean house with position coaches. They all are lazy and horrible recruiting coaches. Chuck Smith may be the worst!

  72. thegr8one
    12:29 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Isn’t Brown a Tony Franklin guy? People in Lexington are going to LOVE that!

  73. mommaalwayssaid
    12:30 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Good lord is Mitch that far down in
    the barrel already? We’ve been this
    route with Joker, nice guy, not enough street
    cred to run in the SEC, we have Sabin, Miles, Spurrier, et al to compete with for choice players.

    You have to get a name, get the checkbook out, build a new facility otherwise it’s back to D2 football

  74. Youhavegottobekiddding
    12:30 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Might as well keep Joker !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  75. WildcatByTheGraceOfGOd
    12:31 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    If ol’ Herbstreit was so [email protected] smart he’d be coaching somewhere. He is flat out wrong to say we need an up & coming young guy. Kansas St. hired the guy that retired from there and look what he’s done for them. Bring back Pappaw Brooks before we go get a young guy with no experience to throw to the wolves. I grew up with Neal, he’s a very talented guy, great guy, great family…and out of friendship and love for the family I do not want to see him as the head coach at UK. Not right now.

    The big names people keep throwing around very much so need to be who we’re after…I don’t care if they’re saying no…we should at least make the deal so damn sweet for the ones we truly want and think can do the job that they really have a VERY hard time turning it down.

    I could be very wrong, but if you’re willing to make someone a top 10 paid coach in the country, ANYBODY will listen and look at the job very seriously. Money makes the world go around, and if Mitch and Co. are speaking the truth about dropping the cash on the right guy…it will be a big name. If it comes to a hire like Neal, then we all should know they didn’t follow thru with their word on making those big offers and they truly are not in support of the Football Program.

  76. Ukelele
    12:31 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    come on guys I like dreamin too, but only Petrino would come here and we all know why, gonna have to be an up and comer. Just hope we get best available!

  77. For real
    12:32 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Just rode by Commonwealth stadium. The 10,000 people that canceled their season tickets this year just heard this news and are standing in line for ticket renewal. No wait, it’s 20,000 people now because they are also giving away some free swamp land with each ticket purchase.

  78. Carl
    12:35 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    I’d be fine with him as long as he could hire Bobby Petrino as his OC.

  79. Wildcatsteeler
    12:36 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Wow, what a bold move! Please tell me this is a joke.

  80. Duke Sucks
    12:39 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    We can not win with a defensive coach. We can’t get the studs to play on that side of the ball. We have to have a offensive coach. We are blessed to have PT. put some good receivers with him and we could be back to the Mumme years. Might not win a lot of games, but be fun as hell to watch.

  81. Ryan Loftus
    12:41 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    This guy does not give me any kind of erection. Pass ever as an OC!

  82. Pancreas
    12:43 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Can totally see LV blowing this out of proportion due to the Danville connection. No doubt LV would love to see a Boyle County product take over the helm.

  83. MyOpinion
    12:44 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    I say we get everyone that is part of BBN to pitch in 10 bucks as a sign on bonus.

  84. The Hoff
    12:49 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    A local boy, no HC experience, played at UK. Isn’t that what we got now. Might as well keep Joker. Are you kidding me Mitchie?

  85. Bob Skallen
    12:50 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    I get the feeling Mitch’s plan is to get Kirby Smart as the head coach and steal Brown away from Texas Tech to be the offensive coordinator under Smart. If Mitch wants to “hit this one out the park”, getting Smart as the head coach and Brown as the offensive coordinator would certainly do it.

  86. RUPPS_rhetoric
    12:51 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Calm down people. Do you know how to advance your career as a young up and comer? You get your name mentioned for head coaching vacancies whether or not your a legit candidate or not. The kid is from Boyle County. Do you think it’s possible Mr. Boyle County Larry Vaught could be throwing the hometown boy a bone by mentioning him??? Of course he is. No way is this guy at the top of MBs list. Maybe as an OC but not HC. So everyone relax and don’t be suprised to see Neal get a raise at TT because now he is mentioned for an SEC HC job. That’s how this works and how his agent makes money. At the end of the day it’s still a business. So relax, calm down, and let this thing pan out. GO CATS!!

  87. Jarvis Redwine
    12:53 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    What about Brown as OC with Belotti as HC?

  88. UKfan86
    12:56 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Need to Hire a Defense coach as the head coach. Defense of coaches make the best head coaches.

  89. ukalum
    1:04 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    If MB has a single ounce of strategy in his body he will offer a coach like Chip Kelly ALOT of money(like 4-5 million). Then LEAK that offer to the media. One of three things would happen: 1) he says yes(highly unlikely) 2)he politely says no immediately(Then MB can atleast show candidates that he is willing to pay for quality) or the most likely scenario 3) he “considers” the UK offer in order to get Oregon to out bid UK. In the last case UK wouldn’t get chip kelly but would likely reel in bigger fish that were unsure about taking the UK job. Like the old saying says aim for the stars that way if you come up short, you still land on the moon.

  90. Youhavegottobekiddding
    1:10 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    WOW, it must be April 1st

  91. KDH1716
    1:11 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    I would prefer this guy to some of the retreads that are being talked about but I would still like to Butch Kelly at U.C. approached.

  92. Hal
    1:12 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    isnt this guys is like 31 years old?
    why not go after kliff kingsbury at texasam? he lil older, HAS UNMBER ONE OFFENSE IN SEC and is full of texas recruiting ties…

  93. Bobby P
    1:12 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    How about my brother?

  94. UKBlue
    1:16 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    UK football is truly the definition of insanity, making the same stupid decisions over & over again.

  95. Breal1515
    1:18 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    What a surprize! back to the same bullsh!t choices, when we have a guy like BP and KS out there.

  96. Breal1515
    1:18 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Dooley 2.0 and another wasted 3 to 4 fing years!

  97. g-unit
    1:21 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    You ppl that are expecting Kirby Smart are crazy! Only schools I see him considering would Be USC if they get rid of Kiffins and maybe Texas. He is not going to make his first HC job UK. That’s a resume killer.

  98. Head Bussa
    1:22 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    86 — Exactly. A young guy like that tries to interview for any head coaching job he can. You get your name out there and build connections. Eventually, all of those connections will really help out.

  99. Head Bussa
    1:23 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Only two legitimate choices in my mind — Bobby Petrino and Mark Helfrich

  100. g-unit
    1:26 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    99- I’d give my left nut for Helfrich!

  101. Bunzz
    1:36 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Hire a darn Head Coach! Stop trying to make one. We don’t need a Coordinater…we need a Head Coach….

  102. Smart thinking
    1:45 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink


  103. Kevin Janeway
    1:47 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Brown is a Kentucky boy with great credentials. However with that being say..I would like to see someone with NFL experience as well. The kids today want to go to the NFL. Just like UK basketball has benefited from all those players into the NBA, UK football is coming up short because of it.

  104. RUPPS_rhetoric
    1:57 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Thank you 98.. Nice to know someone on these comment boards has some common sense. It cracks me up seeing the people on here that rant and moan about MB as if this guy has already been named head coach. I love the #BBN, but Cal is right: “YOU PEOPLE ARE CRAZY!”

  105. Swimdawg
    2:02 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Only way I’d want this guy is if he comes as the OC with Tuberville. Forget this up and comer BS. UK needs a proven veteran guy and staff who can recruit, develop and coach on saturdays. We dont need a Sunday through Friday type of guy. Tuberville would be great here, SEC experience, 13-0 at Auburn and now has Texas connections for recruiting purposes. Go get him… not his OC.

  106. Ed has Tickets
    2:06 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    #99 nailed it.

  107. Dr. Tom
    2:17 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Way to go Vaught. You sure know how to get a lot of people’s drawers in a wad!!! What’s going to happen on this site when it is known who MB is really considering for the job. Really good entertaining reading while I wait for election returns later tonight.

  108. HogTown
    2:25 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    MARK HELFRICH would be a red hot hire from the asst coaching ranks. UK can get him with big time offer & help from Rich Brooks.

  109. Duke Sucks
    2:29 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Think every one needs to remember, we are looking for a football coach not a basketball coach. We are not going to get a top guy. Does anyone think Cal is going to leave UK to go coach Ole Miss. Then why do some think Chip Kelly would leave Oregon for UK?
    Belotti is the guy Mitch should send feelers to. See if he maybe is thinking of returning to coaching the maybe Brown could come and be OC. That would be the slam dunk we all want.
    I’m tired of hearing about paying the money for a coach. Barnhart has said time and time agian that money wouldn’t be a factor.UK would pay a a coach like Belotti top dollar to get him. He would have given Joker more money had he won. UK is not going to give any young unproven coach big money untill they prove worthy. Didn’t Mitch tell Guy Morris if he stayed and won for anther year he would give him the big pay day.

  110. Anything but Gatorade
    2:30 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    I should know better than to wade into a KSR comments section to find rational people talking about football, but y’all are nuts if you think some “big name hire” is going to come to Kentucky. Out of your minds. Find the next James Franklin at Vandy – that’s what Kentucky needs. A young guy with the balls to demand the tools for success from the administration who’s too dumb to know that you can’t win here. Neal Brown fits the bill, even if he’s not my first choice.

    Kirby Smart is waiting for Mack Brown to retire and he’ll be at Texas. Jon Gruden is not leaving his cush job doing nothing to come here. Just scratch out any NFL guys you might be dreaming of unless he’s a colossal failure. Chances are high that the guy who comes here is someone (a) you hadn’t heard of before Week 3 of this season and (b) is a young Air-Raid disciple. Accept it and be satisfied; that’s the kind of guy who will do well here. Go Cats.

  111. Old Pogue Bourbon
    2:34 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Mike Leach has spawned some of the greatest offensive minds in College Football, most of which are being named on this site.

    He got screwed at Texas Tech, with the help of Craig James at ESPN, by an administration that didn’t want to pay him a longevity bonus.

    This is the same administration that has hired Bobby Knight, Pat Knight and Billy Gillispie. Let that soak in for a second before you pass judgement on Leach vs. Adam James.

    Leach taught Mumme the Air Raid offense, not the other way around. He has head coaching experience. His coaching tree is pretty impressive (Dykes, Dana Holgorsen at WVU, Art Briles at Baylor, Ruffin McNeill at East Carolina plus a bunch of offensive coordinators who are running his offense)

    He’s quirky, interesting, passionate and competitive. He would jump at the chance to get out of Pullman (PAC 12’s version of Starkville)

  112. rainman
    2:35 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    PLEASE, just get someone with head coaching experience!!

  113. Chuck
    2:37 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Hopefully the Rev.Mitch is just putting “feelers” out there and one happens to be Brown. I hope he sends “feelers” out to Smart and Helfrich at Oregon.(Brooks and Barny should have connections with Oregon.) I wouldn’t mind Hudspeth at La.-Lafayette either. The guy is really enthusiastic and obviously a great motivator with a career record of 75-25. He happens to be from Louisville, Miss. Also Dykes would be a good fit also. He would work the state for the best talent.

  114. Uh
    2:41 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Hire him I cancel my 6 season tickets
    And I encourage others to keep the ban on uk FB

    Mitch you stupid f u c $. You only keep or won’t your programs guys if your program is good! That’s like saying I wanna be better than a pile of sh it like we are now! I know I’ll hire someone that came for that pile of sh it….., that’ll work

    If u don’t get a name your as$ is out the door next Mitch ok with HC bangin news casters while married Barnhart

  115. Wtf
    2:45 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Hahahaha hahahaha

    Uk FB will always suck and this is why

    I hate uk FB but guys, if your dumb as$ AD makes a hire like this do yourselves a favor and continue to not support them!!!! Let the stands stay empty for four yrs… Don’t let them hide like punks by saying ‘you’ the fan are not supporting the students

    Cause it’s actually the admin not supporting them


  116. CatsFan
    2:56 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    This is UK’s problem. They don’t have to hire someone with ties to the university. Get someone with ties with another SEC power program that has the gonads to come to UK. It is going to take that to turn UK into a good football program.

  117. TheRealHambone
    3:15 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    It never ceases to amaze me, the sheer imbecility of the majority of posters on this website. Have the ones of you who are crying about Barnhart ever held down a job or for that matter any kind of responsible position… unbelievable.

  118. KurtNMia
    3:29 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    I sure hope we get a top tier guy who has a recruiting base in Florida, Alabama, and/or Texas. We need someone who has been a head coach before… Not someone who is about to give it their first shot. C’mon Petrino, Tuberville, Chizik, Ryan… Anyone with a lot of experience and a winning record!!!

  119. mashburnfan1
    3:50 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    why is everyone so down on this guy. all coaches started as no name guys. this guy obviously is creative with the offense. he would need a top notch def coord. i remember when uf hired a guy named urban meyer, yes he had head coach experience but not at major school. i would rather get a young guy with potential who has proven himself as a coord. meyer, kelly, peterson etc. all worked out. he is in texas and been in bama so mayeb he could recruit the south, maybe hire a def coord with florida ties to get kids out of there.

  120. MarkHelfrich
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  121. bigbluefan4ever
    3:59 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    I think this would be a great hire. Not bc he is a KY boy though. I like it bc he really is a top notch offensive coordinator. Young, with energy and fire. I feel like people are being closed minded on this one.

  122. bigbluefan4ever
    4:00 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    charlie strong was a coordinator too. Just saying.

  123. Rommney in 2012
    4:08 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    We are hiring a football coach not a pastor at our local church. Patrino should get the first phone call. He might not take the job, but this a unique situation he is in. It very well could be the only chance UK has to land a elite coach. We have seen with Joker that your personal life doesn’t cross over to the field, if I did joker would have won 10 games a year.

  124. John from London
    4:14 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Neal Brown would be a great choice! Then we’d get all the recruits who come out of Danville. That’d be great!

  125. Joe
    4:16 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    I have been a life long uk football fan and hope the best for the program. But I am so tired of most of our delusional fans who just love to bitch about everything uk football related. Whoever the next coach is give him a chance! No big name is coming here, face facts! Would coach cal go coach ole miss basketball? Of course not! Folks that’s what we are. It ain’t happenin, gotta catch lightning in a bottle & get lucky. Gruden, smart, none if those guys would give us a whif! Don’t give me that money bs either, it ain’t everything. Just be glad joker is gone we can do no worse. Remember that

  126. We Are The New Vandy
    4:16 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    #111 I think I love you

  127. Dufus
    4:30 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Dufus says: Barnhart by pass Texas Tech and go straight to Washington State then “REACH 4 LEACH” and on your way back stop at the stadium and turn the “AIR RAID SIRENS” back on. Wow Coach Cal and Coach Leach on the same campus!!!! Now I’ll step up for a suite for that!!

  128. No way
    4:34 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Brown might be a great hire if we were turning back the clock three years and hiring a replacement for Brooks, at a time when all thought the program had made progress and was in solid shape. Now, after three years of Joker Phillips, the program is back where it was when Jerry Claiborne took over in 1981. UK must hire a proven winner not a kid. UK is a big time school in a big time conference. It can and will attract a solid coach to take on the challenge. Someone like Brown may be the right choice next time…if the next coach succeeds…but this time, we need someone with experience and someone the kids will fear and respect…not another buddy that they call by his first name.

  129. Dufus
    4:36 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    By yhe way did I mention this team is built for an explosive offense already!!!!!!!!

  130. Duke Sucks
    4:57 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    This coaching search is simple. We need someone who can build a program with a name that brings respect on the field. We should try for leach or Patrino first. Neither will probably come but they should be the first 2 calls. If leach wants we should do construction to CWS to make it look like a big damn ship or give Patrino a staff of cheerleaders.
    If they decline go from there.

  131. Jubrho
    5:06 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    If we’re not going top flight, why ditch Joker? Another “feel good” Kentucky roots young guy with potential? If we only have enough gravitas for potential, then I’m going to tune out. Roll out the red carpet for an insanely good coach, with a proven track record. Don’t keep making the same mistake. Gillespie had potential. Joker had potential. We need marquee.

  132. Jubrho
    5:10 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Let Cal recruit the next coach for Barnhart.

  133. Cats in the NBA
    5:33 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    That picture looks like that guy on “Lost” who killed people.

  134. JeffCat
    5:55 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    A couple things in response to a bunch of commenters;

    A: money talk. This is true, but you have to look at potential future earnings beyond the UK guaranteed money. Many coaches believe Kentucky to be a “coaching graveyard.” Say we hire Kirby Smart (we won’t, he’s waiting for UGA or BAMA in the next 5 years). We offer him 5 years, 4 mil. Comes out to 20 million. If they believe this is a coaching graveyard where you can’t succeed, that’s it for career earnings. If he waits a bit for a better job, say even 4 years from now. He’s making 1 a yr now, he loses 16 mil immediately. BUT he gets hired at a UGA or BAMA because Saban or richt quit. He will be at one of those jobs for potential 10-15 years at 4 mil. 40 to 60 million in career earnings.

    B: contact with coaches. Just because we either made contact or were contacted with ANY coach does not mean they are our top choice or even in our top 10. MB, like all ADs in a coaching search, is puttin feelers out there and setting up his own personal rankings of who he would like and who would take the job if offered.

    C: my opinion. Which means nothing, just makes me feel better to vocalize it. You must TRY to make a splash with a big name to invigorate the fan base. This may not succeed. And it would be no fault of MBs. If it fails, I believe you go with a up and coming OC/DC or young small college/university coach. You take the money saved from the cost difference between big name and up and comer and invest big time into the best coaches we can find to help support the young guy. As for style of play background of the coach, we have two options in my opinion: defensive oriented or gimmick offense. the defense will give us the best chance to get over that elusive hump and get to 9/10 wins. We have defensive guys in the NFL right now! We can find those guys. Or if that style coach isn’t out there/doesn’t want to come here, we go with a gimmick offense type guy like Leach/Dykes. I believe we will never win big with this type consistently in the SEC, but I will enjoy watching every game. The fan base will be entertained. We may lose 45-60, but not one person will turn that entertaining game off.

  135. Waterboy
    6:12 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Oh no….we suck again….

  136. Say it ain't so .
    6:17 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Let’s just go get a high school coach . What the difference ! Same old shit . Hello go get a real coach !! Why is that so hard for AD to understand .

  137. What
    6:37 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    The sense of entitlement from some UK football fans is unreal. People need to wake the hell up and realize we are NOT getting a big name coach. This is UK football. The Tennessee job will be open and is a thousand times better and has every advantage we dont and remember last time they went after EVERY possible big name they could and ended up with Dooley cause NO ONE wanted to coach their. You REALLY think that they had THAT much trouble that WE are going to do any better? That job, Arkansas, and Auburn are going to be open. They will get the coaches that people think we should get. It is amazing that some people want Petrino. Desperation will make you do stupid things and he would be one. Do you really think HE would come here with THOSE jobs wanting him? Some people need to open their eyes and realize you are NOT going to get the coach you want because chances are that coach would NEVER come here.

  138. Football Man
    8:46 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Gruden!Gruden! Gruden! His brother is O.C. @ Bengals would like to coach together. T-shirt says “CHUCKY’S CATS”! M.B. make an over they can’t refuse!

  139. Kevin C.
    11:02 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    @ #5, yeah I think if Mitch were a sniper, he’d be the worst ever; aim for the head…and hit ’em in the balls.

  140. Scott
    12:58 am November 7, 2012 Permalink

    does this really surprise anyone…? #42….what program do you think pays for all the other programs….? Moron!

  141. jcat
    6:12 am November 7, 2012 Permalink

    Larry has no sources at UK and just pushing a Danville guy.

  142. Dutch
    7:52 am November 7, 2012 Permalink

    Why not get John Y. Brown…..! Wake up! Get someone with a track record…..I’m tired of experiments! Barnhart should take his time on this hire!