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Latest Barnhart Comments on Coaching Search

 

Petrino allusion? Make of it what you will.

Article written by Kristen Geil

140 Comments for Latest Barnhart Comments on Coaching Search



  1. JR
    11:44 am November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Sounds like he’s gonna take a chance on someone other than Petrino. Better get his resume ready!



  2. Quick Fix
    11:44 am November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Long term fix has worked very well for us in the past



  3. kevin higgs
    11:47 am November 24, 2012 Permalink

    well barnhart is stupid we begoing thourgh this again in 3 years if so then they need to fire barnhart



  4. Bob Loblaw
    11:47 am November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Well that is just poop



  5. John
    11:47 am November 24, 2012 Permalink

    I guess you got what you wanted Matt, no BP!



  6. Magloire the Professor
    11:49 am November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Well, that’s good to hear. Long before the blonde-and-motorcycle events that led to his demise at Arkansas, Petrino has been a snake — not in a good way.

    Louisville – Auburn – Louisville – Atlanta – Arkansas, his actions, just since becoming a head coach, speak loud, clear volumes about that dude.



  7. TampaUkFAN
    11:51 am November 24, 2012 Permalink

    If thats how Mitch is handling the search then his tenure will be coming to end soon.



  8. Funky Monkey
    11:51 am November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Means he has made little to no progress unfortunately and Petrino is out.



  9. Bluerthanu
    11:51 am November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Yeah the slow and steady approach has always worked well with Kentucky Football. We are well on our way to competing in the SEC in the next 150 to 200 years easy!!!



  10. Trevor
    11:51 am November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Basically what he just said was that Petrino is not a candidate! 🙂



  11. Bob Loblaw
    11:52 am November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Regardless of whether or not it comes to fruition, this JR Greer stuff is the 2012 version of Les Smith and “The Door”



  12. Colten
    11:53 am November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Mr Geitner for next AD
    Budgets and deficits dont matter-
    Let the next generation of UK fans pay for some wins today!
    Thats after B Obama next coach:). Force better teams to give us their fair share of best players.



  13. Goober
    11:54 am November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch is simply carrying over the same tradition of all the former UK AD and that is we are a basketball school. Why is that so hard for folks? We have sucked for 50 years. 50 years! Give it up folks. I used to like UK football as well and attended lots of games but no more. UK is a basketball school and our own administration is seeing to that and have been for the last several decades.



  14. East Kentucky Infidel
    11:56 am November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch is correct, he has no quick fix, he’s been doing this for eleven years and no where near fixing the football program. Find an AD who can build this program and make us something other than the laughing stock of the nation.



  15. Joe
    11:57 am November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Oh really? What about all of those rumors of Joker and MJP?



  16. Mitch Barnfart
    11:58 am November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Be patient. We will be 5 and 7 again in no time.



  17. Old Cat
    12:00 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Sounds like a quote from the Captain of the Titanic we don’t need just any lifeboat but a clean one. If anyone ever needed a quick fix it is UK football. Anything but a quick fix means more 20,000 crowds.



  18. Catfan4444
    12:02 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    With Petrino we could become a legit football team again with some nice recruits hint hint another Randall Cobb?
    O



  19. njCat
    12:03 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Yep Mitch. Joker’s character is the best. What did that accomplish???



  20. explorer
    12:04 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    What makes you guys think MB is going to get fired? Just because you said it on an internet blog? Unless there is a major disagreement between the President and MB, he will be at UK as long as he wants.



  21. njCat
    12:04 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    If the next coach is not competitive in the SEC w/in 3 years, the fans should carry Mitch out of Lexington on a platter.



  22. Catfan4444
    12:06 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Gee,are you are you surprised?? Mr Rogers wants a squeaky clean coach. That’ll show em. To heck with football he says.



  23. And all the Fans
    12:09 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    BOB PETRINO! clap-clap clapclapclap!



  24. Houston Nutt
    12:12 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch I’m available and so is Gerry Dinardo if you want a very slow fix



  25. BBN
    12:15 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Football coaches are hired to win FOOTBALL games. Point blank period!!

    Mitch Barnhart’s Hiring Criteria = A coach who will keep quite and go along with Barnhart’s continued bleeding of football revenue for his Olympic sports programs.

    Anybody out there in BBN still doubt whether Barnhart will screw up this coaching hire? Barnhart himself is part of the problem with the losing that has plagued Kentucky football.



  26. ChiddarCheddar
    12:15 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Glad to hear this. Hilarious that some mock Mitch’s character and defend BPs character.



  27. Funny
    12:15 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Heck with the football coaching search, who would be a good AD here?



  28. Han
    12:16 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    In other words, all the fans calling for Petrino want the quick fix for quick wins and aren’t thinking long term.

    Of course, we just had a strong character guy who made the team worse, so I hope Barnhart is remembering that.

    5) What is with all you idiots (like the ones at RR) that keep accusing Matt of championing the anti-Petrino movement when all he’s been doing is pointing out, over and over, that it’s not going to happen because Mitch won’t let it? Is Matt supposed to slobber over Petrino like the rest of you?



  29. GMAB!!!!!!
    12:17 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Matt “No Stones” Jones
    @KySportsRadio

    Fans say that they are looking for a “quick fix” in terms of a competent AD and brains matter in the search.



  30. Fans
    12:17 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    I’m done with uk football until Mitch is gone I encourage all to do the same regardless of who he hires

    Keep the stands empty!! You wanna play mitch fine we’ll play!!! Try million dollar short falls due to lack of FB interest! See how your other programs do when their budgets cut by 50%

    Second ill watch uk basketball on tv and cheer for them but will give zero off dollars to anything uk until Barnhart is gone



  31. Uncle Pappy
    12:21 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    I actually agree that Petrino is not a good choice for off e field reasons. That, of course, does not change the fact that Barnhart is a sanctimonious moron with no respect for the fans. He does not understand nor ones he seem to care that no one in college athletics would have a job but for the fans of the program. I think he will completely screw up this hire largely because of his completely misguided faith in his own ability.



  32. Balls
    12:24 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Agree #30 – eff Mitch and uk if that’s how they treat supporting fans for 50 years

    Ill find another program to support with my $$$ and time

    I hope uk FB never wins again hahahahahaha



  33. Whoredonger3000
    12:27 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    I’m out to! Ill support Louisville I guess until Mitch is gone!?

    I’m sure old Jon es will delete this once he’s done servicing mitch



  34. Casey Johnson
    12:30 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    I sort of honestly enjoy the fact that Petrino is interested in the job because his wife wants to be here, etc, and he wants to do it to save his marriage; however, now the boy gets to come to the realization that his past behavior when it comes to general ethics and his overall blatant disrespect to UK in the past is biting him in the butt.

    Petrino’s getting exactly what he deserves…..I hope he never works again.

    That said, Barnhart will screw up this hire. Not because he makes a bad “choice.” It’s a bad assumption that he will even have a choice. The “choice” will be a result of 20-50 flat out rejections from other candidates before someone less qualified than Joker actually takes it.



  35. Axe Cop
    12:31 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    I love all the gd idiots who killed Pitino for his affair but are now obsessed with Petrino coming here.



  36. BBN
    12:32 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    I also will not provide any financial support to UK athletics (basketball included) until Barnhart is fired and replaced with a competent AD. I’ll watch the games on TV but will not attend or buy any merchandise.



  37. Casey Johnson
    12:33 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    35…..exactly.



  38. Doubting :Thomas
    12:35 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch must feel extremely secure in his job to play the character card at this point. Let’s see, in the past there are two coaches with great character that Mitch held on to, Tubby Smith and Joker Phillips. These guys really made a difference with their character didn’t they? He brings somebody in to rekindle the football pride at Ky or he will suffer the consequences. It doesn’t matter what Matt thinks, it does matter what the majority of the fans think. Be careful Mitch, lose the fans and you lose your job!



  39. tyson
    12:35 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    #30, I agree with you 100%. I really, really do not understand why most UK fans on the internet are so short-sighted. They will take a coach that will almost certainly screw us over the first chance he gets at best, at worst get UK in a lawsuit and embarrass us (more than we already have been) over someone who might build a long term program.

    Of course with that being said, UK fans better get ready for Tommy Tuberville. That looks like who it is going to be.



  40. TrueBlue
    12:35 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Hard to believe that we are choosing mediocrity over excitement, CWS full and challenging for an SEC east title…., anything but Petrino has a 90% chance of failing…. I’ll keep pulling for my Cats… With Petrino I’ll renew my season tickets (I didn’t renew this year) immediately with someone else they’ll have to earn my support (I’ll stay home and watch them on tv) …. Never before have I seen our football fan base so upset because of Barnharts ignoring the obviously best hire in Petrino… Arrogance like this ultimately cost Mitch his job…..



  41. Eric K
    12:36 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    # 35 THANK YOU!! NO Petrino PLEASE!! GO CATS!!



  42. Jimmy
    12:39 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    If Mitch makes a bone head hire ,fire him



  43. Casey Johnson
    12:46 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    #39 – I would be PUMPED. You realize Tuberville coming would probably mean Neal Brown coming and Ron Zook as the DC? I’d be thrilled to death with that situation.



  44. Eldog7995
    12:51 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone have a link to the game to share?



  45. aaron
    12:51 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    sounds like he going to the assistant coach somewhere and we have never heard of him. barnhart needs go.



  46. aaron
    12:57 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    This is coming from a ad who hired billy drunk boy gillepie



  47. Garbage
    1:03 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Could you imagine a successful company with a guy like Barnfart in charge? The SEC ought to kick our football program out. We are the Florida Marlins of the SEC in football.



  48. Done
    1:12 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    I have been a UK football fan for the last 30 plus years and I am packing it in. I am to old to be reading blogs and message board rumors. I have spent thousands of dollars on tickets, etc but no more fellas. Life is to short and there are real causes and people that could put that money to good use . Good luck Cats and I will still catch a game now and then on the boob tube.



  49. barn
    1:15 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    butt hurt fans whining because mitch won’t go after petrino. i’m glad he’s taking his time.



  50. Kevin
    1:18 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Fire Mitch and ban Joker from the state of Kentucky.



  51. Big Blue Fan
    1:20 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    I’m so happy UK will bring in another “maybe” coach who is going to take 5 year’s to get this program back to 500% and no better… I would hate to bring in a guy who won 10+ games at Arkansas because he has some moral baggage in his past geez… This is why UK football will always be UK football because we have a bunch of dumb @sses who expect it.



  52. Big Blue Fan
    1:20 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Except



  53. barn
    1:25 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    accept



  54. Moment of Clarity
    1:25 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    I am 100% certain that Mitch Barnhart is (a) a moron and (b) will completely screw up this coaching search. I hate UL more than any other school, but Tom Jurich is 100 times better an AD than Barnhart.



  55. Casey Johnson
    1:27 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    “Accept.” Which I find it funny that you call a significant portion of the fan-base “dumb @sses” in the process of misspelling half of the drivel. ha ha.



  56. Old Cat
    1:28 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    I’ll bet we could get Dooley under contract tomorrow, but it would be a gamble because it could end up being a quick fix, 10-15 years.



  57. ChiddarCheddar
    1:30 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    51) 500%? Yep, we’re the dumb ones.



  58. UKFirst
    1:35 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino The Adulterer has been nixxed..Now we move on to hiring someone that will stay and build a program..We have to have some morals or we are just like Little Brother..Petrino would not stay more than 2 years..



  59. Dr. Uk
    1:36 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    What about a package position head coach and athletic director? That could raise the quality of candidates and get rid of the guy who hired both joker and Gillespie. Itch should get no credit for hiring cal…who basically campaigned for the job after the Memphis lossinthe second tourney round game.



  60. Dr. Uk
    1:36 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Imho…a package position head coach and athletic director? That could raise the quality of candidates and get rid of the guy who hired both joker and Gillespie. Itch should get no credit for hiring cal…who basically campaigned for the job after the Memphis lossinthe second tourney round game.



  61. big man
    1:38 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    listen, you inbred, toothless, hilljacks! petrino was NEVER going to come here. doesnt want this dumpster fire job, and was never seriously considered. NOW MOVE ON!



  62. H to the G
    1:43 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Matt doesn’t want petrino because that would mean no access. It’s obvious matt was told to spew the anti-petrino stuff because mitch told matt to do so while matt was on his knees. Can’t say no to daddy



  63. Ziggy Kat
    1:44 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    The mindset is #BasketballFirst Sorry that is true.
    Jon Gruden, Petrino, Fulmer, would get the program going.

    Sorry guys, but as much as we love Cal and da boys, football brings the revenue.
    Stupid not to bring the big guns. Two power profile coaches can exist.



  64. Casey Johnson
    1:44 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    62 – why blame a media guy? Fact is, Petrino was never any more than boosters / blow hards puffing out their chest. He was never going to be a candidate and never should be.



  65. H to the G
    1:49 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    64 – because matt is an ass to anyone who mentions petrino. His non-stop spewing aginst petrino pisses people off. Matt is nothing but a yes man anymore. He went away from what made him popular to begin with. His ego knows no bounds. How does mitch’s ass taste, matt?



  66. I'm in Mitch's pocket too
    1:52 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Why would we want to hire the best available coach available? That would be crazy. UK might get sued (I still have no idea what this means. Matt you could get sued Monday morning for impersonating a radio host). He is hard to get along with (have any of you people ever seen Saban on the sideline? Football coaches are jerks). He was an ass to his wife. People, his skeletons were exposed. If you think he is the only idiot when it comes to his personal life youre off your rocker



  67. H to the G
    1:53 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    66 – agree. And everyone just turns the other cheek while joker is banging mary jo perino. Don’t care because he is a ky boy i suppose.



  68. Hey
    1:53 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Not sure why my comment was removed. All I said so many rumors going on, and if he hires a coordinator Kingbury would be my choice not some washed up NFL coordinator.



  69. Ziggy Kat
    1:55 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    We are we too damn worried about , “Oh shit,he might embarrass UK?”. HELL, even Matt Jones was against Cal coming to town.



  70. Big t
    1:56 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Solution: hire paul pertino as head coach and he brings in his brother as offensive coordinator……..done



  71. H to the G
    1:56 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    68 – whoever deletes the posts is biased against certain people/topics. They let many things stay while tamer posts get removed. Just the other day, tyler thompson deleted a couple comments because people said she wasn’t attractive. That’s pathetic.



  72. H to the G
    1:58 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    69 – matt jones is a black eye for uk. Hates on cal and then loves him. Will do the same thing if petrino gets hired. He is nothing but a snake and can’t stick to his guns.



  73. Hey
    1:58 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Is UK suppose to make an annoucement Monday? Just wondering if thats true?



  74. TrueBlue
    1:58 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    I’ve never seen so many self righteous people…. For those have never sinned cast the first stone… If you are Mitch you should interview Petrino… Give him a chance to say I’m wrong or I messed up, your looking for that along with the discussion of his personal life saying he and his wife have worked through his bad choices….(you already know the guy can coach, discuss the only thing hanging up the obvious hire)…. If he seems sincere hire him! If not move on, but not talking with him will most likely be Mitch’s Little Big Horn, fixing our football program isn’t for the unproven! Petrino is the guy,to most of the fan base. Tubberville or Fulmer might get it one, Smart and Dykes have said no, Jones is not the answer!



  75. Paducah Fan
    1:59 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Look Mitch if you strike out on your tier 1 coaches and are having to work your way down the list to find a coach then just hire Petrino. I’m not a Petrino fan, but would rather have him then someone who is hired for his character. Already seen it happen, dont need to go through it again in three years.



  76. Stigall
    2:04 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    72, if you hate MJ so much, then why the hell do you come to KSR? Kinda makes you the definition of a moron



  77. H to the G
    2:05 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    76 – I didn’t know jones was the only writer on the site. Does he just go by a bunch of different names? Good logic, moron.



  78. Ziggy Kat
    2:11 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    74 .. Totally true
    71 .. Just saying thanks man. Matt was scared, as many of ghosts from Memphis & UMass traveling with Cal to UK. I was there for Sutton and Mumme, we survived .

    Time is right for all UK Sports on the “Rise” (sorry Joker), but true. #KentuckyEffect

    Get some balls Barnhart, listen to Coach Joe B. Hall. Time is now, not tomorrow.



  79. mwgocats
    2:13 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    In other words we are going to hire a project.



  80. BBN
    2:14 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    “There is no quick fix.” = Barnhart has no clue concerning how to hire the right coach.

    Good character does not win football games. An understanding of college football wins games. All you have to do is listen to Barnhart speak to realize he is incompetent to hire a football coach. He’s a fool. A dangerous fool because he really believed that he knows what he’s doing.



  81. Badams
    2:15 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Yeah I guess we should have fired Barnhart a long time ago. That way there would be no Coach Cal, no contract extension for Mitchell, and so the baseball, softball, tennis, soccer, and volleyball programs would still be irrelevant. I understand football brings the money, but he has UK competing for titles in multiple programs now, he’s not going anywhere. And if you all don’t think he’s a good AD, then you are what you call him. PETRINO IS NOT THE ANSWER! You hire him you never know when he will bolt on you or embarrass the program. Some of you dont seem to care about that but I do. I will support whomever the next coach is and if you think he doesn’t care about winning, then why did he finally can Joker? Some of you kill me. I’m sure when Pitino was hired many didn’t want him, they wanted Lute Olsen…how did that work out? Get real people!



  82. J Cat
    2:15 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch has to go if he does not make Petrino an offer.



  83. H to the G
    2:18 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    81 – don’t be naive. Mitch had nothing to do with Cal. Boosters, specifically RJ Corman, had everything to do with it. Joker already embarrassed UK by sucking so much as a head coach. Also, embarrassed his wife by banging mary jo perino. Get off your high horse.



  84. Zac Oakes
    2:19 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Likely, Petrino was never interested in the UK job. Probably looking at UT or AUB to get back in the SEC. If Mitch wants to go the coordinator route, I like Kingsbury out of A&M. Good offensive minded coach. Young and energetic. But most likely, we’re looking at Tuberville or Dykes as the next head coach.



  85. Pat
    2:21 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    It sure would be nice if he made a statement that “winning” mattered in the selection.



  86. Matt g
    2:21 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Fire Mitch!!!!!!! I also agree Mitch had nothing to do with Cal bring hired. Dr. Todd and the powers that be was the reason cal was hired.



  87. BBN
    2:25 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Matt Jones: Are you getting excited about having Tommy Tubberville? His hire will be partly your fault.



  88. DR PinDyke
    2:26 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Feel sorry for the poor bastard they bring in (Mitch’s lame duck that will be here for 4-5 years) fan base finally spoken up that they’re tired of a sh!tty product that is being displayed on the field, the “quick fix” leads me to believe he has struck out on everyone and will get a guy from a sh!t conference(Dooley, Dykes) and praises he succeeds in the SEC, I am currently watching his coach with character get his ass beat by a terrible UT team, looks like we will have a Joker or Dooley 2.0 folks, Mitch Barnhart A.D. (Arrogant A$$hole)



  89. Whorebanger2000joker'sintheslutmsryjo
    2:26 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Uk under Mitch 2-10, 3-9, 5-7, 6-6, 2-9

    Better get used to it

    Me? I’m done supporting uk FB. Diff them



  90. Ziggy Kat
    2:28 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    81) Just watched “The Blind Side” during Turkey Day. Let’s see,
    Saban was at what school recruiting? LSU?

    There is no long term dynasty Coaches today, sorry.
    You do not want Petrino, understand, but do you really want a winning program now, or sometime?



  91. putinrichie
    2:34 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    43 – 100% Agree….If you can get Neal Brown as an OC and Ron Zook as the DC than I would take anyone as the HC……for all the Zook haters, he is an incredible recruiter and DC(just wasn’t head coach material)….I would take this in a heartbeat.



  92. Ballsuckinmaryjotheho
    2:34 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Boycott uk FB until Mitch is gone



  93. barn
    2:34 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    mitch isn’t going anywhere. he’s the best ad i can remember, and that’s a long time. he’ll get it right



  94. TrueBlue
    2:34 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    81….. Coach Cal was hired by Pratt and Todd and with arm twisting Mitch signed on… His choice for Kentucky bball coach was Billy G., Cant give your boy Mitch (minor sports) Barnhart credit on that one. I’m glad the minor sports are doing fine! But a. Not at the expense of football or b. it’s not minor sports that pay the bills and if football suffers they will too… If you are in the SEC you must hire the proven football. coach======= Petrino! If you are pleased to be in he basement lets hire an up and comer or someone close to being an AARP member!



  95. Cayts
    2:42 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Did he mean he’s not looking into the short term or that he isn’t looking for a fix?



  96. JackRabbit8
    2:55 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    URBAN MEYER WILL BE THE THE NEXT HEAD COACH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY!!!!
    WRITE IT DOWN!!!!!!



  97. Go blue
    2:58 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    70…I like what your saying. That would solve the character issue of the head coach by bringing in the best offensive mind in the game as his assistant who also happens to be his brother. Intersting proposition.



  98. Shelbycat
    3:00 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    That’s why he hired Billy gillispe. Lol



  99. Dan
    3:00 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    @78,81…..idiots. 78 for bashing Sutton. Everyone with a clue knows Sutton was the scapegoat numbnuts. And Pitino 81? Really? Let me ask you one question. As much as pitino did, accomplished in his time(8-9) years at UK he’s done far more since he decided to forfeit the title in ’97 and leave than he ever did for UK. If you can’t see that I wouldn’t be questioning anyone’s ability to reason if I where you.



  100. I want
    3:01 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Bring in Kingsbury I am telling you guys this guy he can be a heck of a coach. Watch Texas A&M tonight.



  101. kingrex
    3:02 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    I am sorry, but Mitch hired Billy G. He was the worst hire in the history of college basketball. I talked to a few people in another state who were familiar with Billy G and found out things which pointed to BCG’s inability to speak in public, his affinity for young coeds, his problems with alcohol and his bizarre coaching ideas. If I could discover these things from my home in Atlanta, how could Mitch have not known these things after an “intensive” coaching search and vetting process? To me the first day you discover BCG is going to hold intensive, all out practices on game days, you jettison him. You add to this the rest of his cancerous and psychotic behavior and he should never have been considered. The fact Mitch was in charge of that hire to me means he is not capable of making sensible decisions. Let him hire the soccer and badminton coaches, but keep him out of the big meetings. Period.



  102. LansingCat
    3:04 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    I am 34 years old. I grew up in Lexington. As a small boy, and then young man, I always wondered why UK was never good at football. As a grown ass man, I am still wondering. Please, Mitch, don’t let me die with my fondest UK football memory being the ’07 season, followed by kissing a girl in the upper bleachers back in 8th grade. I spend HARD EARNED MONEY to travel for basketball. Make me poor, Mitch. Make me spend even more of that money on UK football. Until then, they will forever be akin to my NFL Lions. Straighten up, and I’ll go to the ATM and gladly buy some tickets.



  103. ChiddarCheddar
    3:06 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    100) do you think someone that young can put a quality staff together? If so, he could be a great get.



  104. kingrex
    3:08 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Is it common knowledge that Joker had an affair with Mary Jo Perino?



  105. Jbcruse
    3:11 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Barnhart is an idiot!



  106. I want
    3:11 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    103. I think he could, I really do. UK says they have the money to spend you bring him in and let him get who he wants. I;m telling ya this Guy is going to make a great coach, He can get Texas recuits and he has proved he can develop top QB’S. Whitlow could be a star under him.



  107. Joe
    3:12 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    kingrex Says:
    November 24th, 2012 at 3:08 pm
    Is it common knowledge that Joker had an affair with Mary Jo Perino?

    It’s common knowledge to Petrino supporters…of course they never actually produce any evidence. Just like the Barnhart Haters always tell us he never hired Calipari, either….again no evidence, just assertions.

    It makes both groups feel better in their passions.



  108. pump4uk
    3:12 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Character does not win ball games-Mitch! No one questions Joker’s character just his ability to coach football games along with his staff.



  109. Han
    3:13 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    100) When they brought him up again on the telecast, it made me think about it. Assuming Mitch will not hire Petrino, do we want a pretty decent coach like Jones (assuming someone else like Tennessee doesn’t get him or he doesn’t stay at Cincy), or do we take another flyer on Kingsbury, a potentially exciting hotshot?

    I don’t think Mitch will take the chance since he’s got so much scorn already from BCG and Joker. He probably goes for a recognizable coach like Butch, but if he’s going to gamble, but still won’t take the baggage (Petrino, Tressel), might as well gamble with the kid with an exciting offensive approach.

    Might land us that top WR prospect and be able to do a lot with our variety of QBs. Would just need some good support in his coordinators, guys with experience but who won’t undermine his authority since he’s so young.



  110. Han
    3:14 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    106) Assuming he doesn’t leave, Max would start over Whitlow with Whitlow maybe being a Wildcat type QB behind him for change of pace. Towles would factor in, too.



  111. Stigall
    3:18 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    77, so you come here for other writers besides MJ??? Yeah right. You come here to bash thats all. Fans like you should root for UL, moron



  112. Joe
    3:18 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Han, why would anyone choose Tressel? I doubt he’s on anyone’s list, IF the KSR reports about the NCAA sanctions are correct. That is, hiring Tressel makes you the subject of an open-ended NCAA investigation into ANY program.

    I don’t claim Ky. Basketball or any sport is “dirty,” but given the numerous picayune rules in re: recruiting and eligibility what program is truly “Clean?”

    Anyone who hires Tressel might as well expect the NCAA to “ding” them, even if it’s Wrestling or Fast Pitch Softball. It’s the brutal ingenuity of the Tressel sanctions, he could be hired, but no WILL, because he brings too much scrutiny.



  113. I want
    3:18 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    109. Reason I take Kingsbury, he already coaches in the SEC. Can develop 3 star players a few 3 star players are top in stats in the SEC, he brings an exciting offense, he put an offense together to score on Alabama and beat em. The guy is young not some old fart. Jones seems like he has motivation, but he isn’t coaching in the SEC. I believe UK has great young talent, Joker never knew how to develop it.



  114. Rixter
    3:22 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    if we dont hire Petrino, I hope Tennessee does..and we get Cutc;iffe. I hope Cutcliffe goes 12 – 32 over the next 4 years, while Petrino leads UT back to the top of the SEC, including multiple championship games, all the while BP behaves like a boy scout. Kentucky announces their search for a new AD will begin immediately.



  115. Han
    3:27 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    112) I’ve gone over the Show-Cause here before and what it actually means. I mention him because he’s a championship-caliber coach, and while it is a compliance burden, of all schools, ours is used to scrutiny because of everything that follows Cal.

    113) The QB he coaches is in the running for the Heisman, too. If we can’t have Petrino or some ridiculous homerun (like Cowher, Gruden, Payton – pie in the sky), I’d rather have the potential hotshot than some hum drum solid hire.

    114) I’d rather whoever we hire do well. I’d rather have a successful program, even without Petrino, than root for a situation just to get rid of the AD.



  116. Joe
    3:28 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Rixter Says:
    November 24th, 2012 at 3:22 pm
    if we dont hire Petrino, I hope Tennessee does..

    You are an outstanding fan. Pray for disaster, but good things for your rival. Are you SURE you’re a UK fan? Why don’t you just do the smart thing and become a UT fan. That way you can pull for Petrtino honestly.



  117. Joe
    3:31 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    112) I’ve gone over the Show-Cause here before and what it actually means. I mention him because he’s a championship-caliber coach, and while it is a compliance burden, of all schools, ours is used to scrutiny because of everything that follows Cal.

    The difference is, as I understand it, is that the NCAA does not/cannot investigate without an allegation…UNLESS you hire Tressel, in which case, they don’t need an “allegation” they can just investigate, any program, Track, Wrestling, Fast Pitch Softball, any program…would you, as an AD, want to swear that the 50-plus programs you oversee are COMPLETELY free of NCAA violations?



  118. Han
    3:34 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    117) Even so, I maintain that the attention we already get with Cal here leaves me confident. And if our programs are cheating, screw em. I don’t care if everyone does it, too. Everyone should get caught.

    Fact is, as people point out with Petrino, even though I don’t think we’re as repulsive a program as some doom-and-gloomers, we cannot get a championship caliber coach unless they have major baggage, or we take a chance on an unproven and they grow into a star here (the idea behind taking a Kingsbury).



  119. Pappa D Nutts
    3:38 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    #114) A Men, or Auburn



  120. Trantic
    3:39 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Good news. Barney wins



  121. Han
    3:40 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    118) Yeah, even though he lacks head coaching experience, he has recent NFL experience, albeit as a journeyman, which would help him recruit in the SEC. (How many NCAA coaches both have NFL experience and aren’t old and out of touch?)

    I’m wary of his lack of experience, but I don’t see a Jones as a homerun. So if we can’t hit a homerun, rather than go for a double, we should draft the potential all star with the exciting potential.

    Try to snag some quality coordinators from smaller schools as his coordinators here (a lateral move technically, but not when you’re moving into the SEC). Give him a 2 year contract with options for more (I know 3-5 is standard, both for their security and for recruiting, but he has no experience, and we have some decent talent for him to show an improvement with and earn a new contract.). Otherwise he’s going to go to some other small-time school as head coach for a few years while we get a so-so coach for 3-5 (or longer if Barnhart doesn’t want to pay off another coach to leave).



  122. Pappa D Nutts
    3:43 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch Manure for brains will speak to the media after the game, per John Clay… Oh sh!t here it comes UK fans! get ready for Phat Phil or Dooley announcement



  123. billy
    3:51 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    81 You are right. It appears to me that football at UK just isn’t as important as basketball for sure.
    I think that Barnhart should hire an assistant from a winning program in the SEC. Like Georgia, Florida TAM. Hire a good defensive coach for sure.



  124. billy
    3:52 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    I heard that Bryant left because football was not as important as basketball at UK. Some things never change they say.



  125. Fired up in Pre season
    3:53 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    We play for moral victories at KY!



  126. billy
    3:57 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    While I am on here I would like to say that the most overlooked player on the basketball team is ALEX POYTHRESS!!!!! Goodwin is great for sure but Poythress is hardly mentioned. He scored 15 points in the first half friday night on 6-8. How many did NOel score in the game. Besides Poythress has scored at least 20 points in four straight games. The only player do that since Jody Meeks.
    All the announcers talk about is how he should do more. I remember when JOnes played and if he scored 17-18 he was wonderful.



  127. bluristhurr
    3:57 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Shut up about Kliff Kingbury please and go ahead and try to grab the Cincy coach. We got to go North and stop with these SEC leftovers we take



  128. Carl
    4:12 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    If Mitch doesn’t make a super hire, he may be looking for a job because ticket sales will continue to spiral downward. Making flaky off the cuff comments like a quick fix isn’t needed isn’t doing nothing to bring back some enthusiasm to our football program. If he is looking for Joker, then why let him go?…………….Integrity? YOU HIRED GILLISPIE ! GET REAL !



  129. BigJHagan
    4:17 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    That statement is either preparing us to not have Petrino, or is a precursor to Mitch getting Petrino and trying to spin that he has “changed” and will stay for a while!



  130. Thin30
    4:30 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t you people remember the mess Petrino left in Louisville. Players did not go to class, some were arrested for drugs, and some even committed armed robbery. The new coach had to clean house. Petrino even had problems at Arkansas. I have never seen a bunch of so-called fans criticize someone for something they haven’t even done yet. It’s like being guilty before a crime has been committed. Give Barnhart a damn chance!



  131. Usefulijit
    4:31 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    I just want a coach who can pronounce “performer”



  132. Stigall
    4:34 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Everyone of you writers sucks except for Drew Franklin. Matt Jones is a little bitch who runs to his daddy, Mitch. You are such great yes man, Matt. Making your mommy proud by spreading lies just because daddy told you to.



  133. Old Cat
    4:45 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Integrity? Is adultry allowed in some definitions of integrity?



  134. barn
    5:47 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    why do the comments go from 116 and start at 1 again?



  135. BBB
    7:40 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    DITCH MITCH. The only place we need a quick fix is at AD. Petrino is the only name that can take us past 6-6 or 7-5. Anything else is a Barnhart fantasy. If Petrino goes to Tennessee or back to Lousiville he will beat the crap out of us every year.



  136. true story
    9:20 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Matt, I’m sorry for you bro. You’ve become the errand boy of an idiot and that’s not the MJ we all came to this site to see so many years ago. I’m hot saying I don’t understand it; opportunity is opportunity… still, it must be tough sometimes, getting your teeth pulled for a press pass.

    Barny has to go. I’m starting to think he’s a Jurich plant.



  137. Joe B. Hall
    2:49 am November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Is Jurich available as an AD?



  138. Bluegrassjimmy
    1:20 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Someone is gonna be shocked when “HE” hires a coach that wants a 4 to 5 year building plan to get HIS players on board!
    When the fans stop going to games SOMEONE is gonna get their A– FIRED! You reading this Mitch??? We, the fans, are not going to pay the prices we pay for season tickets, parking, drinks, food, to watch teams hand us our ass every year! We do not want 4 or 5 wins for 3 years and THEN maybe get a 6 win season, that is B.S. When you start seeing our 70,000 seat stadium filled with 8,000 or 9,000 people things will get “HOT” very fast!!
    HIRE PETRINO “NOW”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  139. Old Cat
    1:46 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    We could probably get someone at minimum wage and they could go 2-10. Spend the money for a quick and long lasting fix. Anything less will mean more empty seats which is the worst thing that could happen. If football does not improve then basketball will suffer too as will the other sports, football is the keystone to everything else.