Over the next few weeks, you’re going to hear a lot of names as potential new head coaches. Mitch Barnhart will be burning up the phone lines, putting out feelers to some big names, many of which will likely turn him down. But, if you were Mitch Barnhart, how would you sell the UK coaching job?
Right now, Kentucky is one of the least desirable jobs in the toughest conference in the country. Three other SEC schools (Tennessee, Arkansas, Auburn) will likely be searching for head coaches in the coming months. The program is at its lowest point in recent memory. With this hire, Mitch has the opportunity to show the school’s commitment to the football team and its future. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of the job, and how Mitch could present it to potential prospects:
— We’re in the SEC. Everyone wants to coach in the SEC?
— In his open letter to the Big Blue Nation, Mitch was hopeful about the program’s chances at getting funding from the Legislature, the University President and Board of Trustees:
We have invested in football specifically and have high hopes there will be the opportunity to do major work in our stadium with some financing opportunities in the very near future.
If Mitch can guarantee funding, this will be a pro, not a con.
— Mitch has said that money is not an issue, and he is prepared to make the next coach the highest paid coach in the country
— The fan base has shown that they will support a successful team (just ask the hotels and bars in Nashville)
— Not a ton of pressure to win big. The majority of Kentucky fans just want to go to games, have fun, and make it to a respectable bowl game.
— Decent young talent to work with already
— We’re in the SEC. It ain’t easy to win in the SEC.
— As of now, facilities are in need of major improvement. Again, this will be a non-issue if Mitch can guarantee funding.
— Lack of in-state talent in recruiting.
What else would you include in your sales pitch?