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Enough about you, let’s talk about me. If you’ll notice, I’m not Tyler Thompson. I’m Tyler Montell, the less attractive Tyler. Don’t make that mistake again. This is my first post here on KSR and I’m excited to be on board. You can follow me on Twitter @MontellKSR, so long as you behave yourself.

As for my emotions today, I’m torn. On one hand, we still got Bin Laden, which is nice. On the other hand, Saturday night was miserable. A boozie, portly and mustachioed Cards fan, sitting behind my friends and I, stopped us on the way out of Commonwealth and said, “You just got beat by little old Louisville. Aww that must hurt you so bad. Deep down, this has to hurt.” Truthfully, that was a paraphrase because he was sweating profusely and it was more of a verbal drunk hashtag, but I got the jest. And he’s right too: That loss hurt.

It hurts you too, doesn’t it? Of course it does. We’ve all become accustomed to dominance over the Cards and enjoyed the steady growth of a respectable football program. While we hadn’t won the SEC East title yet, Big Blue was usually in the somewhere in the hunt down the stretch. Our collective Big Blue identity was one of confidence, if not arrogance. Season stumbles were forgiven in the name of long-term program progress. Football mistakes were attributed to players (See Mike Hartline) because the coaching staff had a plan that demonstrated potential. The coaches had the trust of Big Blue Nation, and the future was bright. Well that was fun.

The Big Blue Constituency (When the BBN gets sassy) appears to be turning on this coaching staff, and things only get worse for Joker & Co. from here. Ole Miss looks like the only SEC game where Kentucky may not enter as underdogs, and Jacksonville State? Click here and vomit. But uh, we’ve got weapons; we’ve still got weapons, Bruce. Morgan Newton runs the no huddle offense very well and E.J. Fields proved he could catch the ball and stuff. If Matt Smith and Billy Joe Murphy can get healthy, it is possible that the offensive line could hold off the hoards long enough for Clemons and Williams to get to the line of scrimmage. The defense gave up just over 320 yards, but if Theodore Bridgewater ends up getting racks on racks on racks of yards this season, we won’t feel quite so bad.

Look, I’m not trying to sound like a Drake mixtape and bring everyone down, but the call for a coaching change is building and may very well grow more audible each week. But how much of the current and impending criticism directed at the coaching staff is warranted? Not in terms of philosophy and draw plays, but what levels of success can Kentucky actually achieve? Over the next few weeks, I want to explore this much-debated question: as Kentucky fans, what should our expectations realistically be? Obviously, answering the big question requires addressing several initial questions. So here’s question number one BBN, what collegiate programs should serve as the benchmarks for Kentucky football? Think high school recruiting bases, endowment, conferences, state economic conditions, TV markets etc. Get at me.

Article written by Tyler Montell

66 Comments for Louisvilexinvegas

  1. getting old
    2:07 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    Va Tech

  2. FinalBattleFight!
    2:10 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    The Missouri Tigers.

  3. Maxwell
    2:11 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    My expectations are to make a bowl game.
    My hope has always been to go 8-4 and make the outback like Tim Couch did.

  4. Skip Holtz
    2:12 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    CALL ME!

  5. CatfanNLville
    2:15 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    Its not about expectations of wins….its about expectations of enjoying the game. Competing and exciting play calling will lead to wins eventually, we are not competing or exciting to watch on offense AT ALL. The defense plays its heart out to keep us in the game only to see the Offensive play calling negate everything they’ve done. Saturdays game was like watching a Billy G basketball game, and you saw what happened to him #firethisjoker

  6. bg
    2:16 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink


  7. Cristoforouk
    2:17 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    For me it comes down to this: everyone says our recruiting gets better each year, yet the product on the field seems to get worse. What do you attribute that to? Can’t be the talent because that supposedly is better than maybe it ever has been.

  8. disgruntled
    2:26 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    This staff, i.e. coach Phillips, has been with this program a long time and has had a hand in the recruiting for a long time. If there is not enough talent, it is his fault. If the talent isn’t developed, again, it is his fault. If there is a problem with play calling or coaching in general, again it is his fault. In the end it is all the coaches fault. JOKER MUST GO.

  9. Billy Jack Haskins
    2:27 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    Hey, I played at UK too – do I get to be coach next. But, but, I played for the blue and white…

  10. Shelby County
    2:28 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    Tyler you from Shelbyville..?

  11. BigBlueLush
    2:29 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    First of all, we suck. Second of all, we suck. That is all.

  12. Obama
    2:30 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    4 more years, 4 more years! I deserve 4 more years, and my brother, Joker, deserves 4 more years too.

  13. Jimmy Buffett
    2:30 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    …… haven’t won the SEC East title yet? Earth to Tyler; come in Tyler.
    UK will NEVER win the SECE title; they’ll NEVER go to a BCS bowl game either. NEVER.

  14. Bicycle Seat Sniffer
    2:30 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    Multiple failed attempts at humor. A Bin Laden joke? That’s been 5+ months ago. What are you? Some type of panty-waist, conservative? Another writer whose posts I will not bother to read along with Matthew Hays and Chris Thomas.

  15. Warren Buffett
    2:33 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    I pay more taxes than my secretary. Along those lines, I think UK should let Joker’s secretary coach the first half of the Florida game. Can’t be worse than what Joker would do, right?

  16. Humor Police
    2:38 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    #14 – You sir are not a member of the Humor Police. Please quit trying to act cool like you are a member.

  17. Coach
    2:44 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    I’ve got a question, does Joker and Randy script their plays?

  18. Blue Bayou
    2:44 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    The coaches can’t recruit, can’t develop players, can’t coach…. Meanwhile, we are in the conference with the best recruits, players, coaches, etc.

    Hey, we’re a basketball school, though, right?

  19. FinalBattleFight!
    2:45 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink


  20. Bicycle Seat Sniffer
    2:47 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    #16 – I am a member, as evidenced by my Members Only jacket and humor police badge.

  21. Juice
    2:51 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    We have to get better players. Joker can recruit, but only so much. What elite HS player wants to play for what they saw on ESPN U Saturday, not many? Hiring a Leach, or Rich Rodriguez would move the program forward. Plus, Ky needs a “recruiting pipeline” both of these coaches have ties in Fl, Tx, and Ga, among others. Would have to beef up the D as well with more depth. Plus a more potent offense would make those sitting in the seats happy, instead of discontented.
    In the past few years we’ve beaten Ga, Ark, Auburn, Miss St, LSU, South Carolina, etc. Look where their programs are (big name coaches, top 25) vs where we are? Losing to Louisville and barely beating WKU??
    We need consistency. Recruiting, play calling, coaching, and leadership to consistently move forward. With our passionate fans, and we do have them, there is no reason that Ky couldn’t compete on an elite level, with the right coach. I”m not sure Joker is that guy. My goal is not to be 7-5 with a trip to Nashville. I want more!!

  22. Let's Get Real
    2:52 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink



  23. mediocrity
    2:54 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    What a dismal introduction. Where do you find these people, Matt? Rampant typos, misused words (jest/gist, etc.), tired references, and feeble attempts at humor. Thank God for Beisner, Drew, the “other” Tyler, Turkey Hunter, and the occasional Tomlin…it should be back to the drawing board with this guy.

  24. FinalBattleFight!
    3:07 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink


    Coach Leach broke over 115 offensive records in his time as Offensive Coordinator here. Ready for some excitement again.


  25. Kernel Sanders
    3:09 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    #21 — Take that premise a step further… what elite level HS player wants to come to UK period? Why? And why would the failed Rodriguez be the answer? He played Mumme ball — emphasize offense and ignore defense. This UK staff does have a Georgia pipeline, but the problem recruiting in states with abundant HS talent (TX, FL, CA, GA, OH) is that you are going to get leftovers. The best players in FL go to UF, FSU, Miami. You point out that UK has beaten GA, Ark, Auburn, LSU, etc. and “look at where these programs are” vs. where we are. Did it occur to you that 50 years ago they were where they are now and we were where we are now? Same for 40 years ago, 60 years ago, 20 years ago… you get the picture. LOL, I like the call for consistency while seemingly calling for a new coach 16 games into the tenure of the current staff.

  26. KYJelly
    3:10 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink


  27. Gridiron Cat
    3:10 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    Alright, I agree, the first three games of this season have been the worst three I’ve seen in the last 10 years for a UK team but let’s PLEASE get off of the fire joker crap, ok. If nothing else happens this season and then halfway through next season we still look this bad, fine, light that fire under his seat but he’s only been head coach for 15 games and 1 bowl game without his starting QB. That said, Saturday sucked and was of the most painful losses/games/performance/coaching I’ve seen in a LONG time AT home to the DIRTYBIRDS, come on UK.

    The talent on the team “athletically” is as good as I can remember in 20 years, yes, even more depth than the outback bowl year. I don’t know why they’ve stunk so badly, I don’t think the team does either, but I’m certainly not throwing the towel in on a coaching staff that is the best our SEC-cellar dweller team has EVER seen and if we keep being this pessimistic and run them off, may EVER see again. It’s really tough to get good FB coaches at our school, has been since CM Newton spent 3 decades not giving a crap about the program. Let’s be better than Cardinal fans (already discussing the Nat. Champ. and orange bowl after Saturday) and let’s not be so disillusioned about where we stand folks, Joker, Tee, Rock, Sanders, Summers, Turner, and co. are the best shot we’ve had at building something special in Commonwealth in 30+ years so let’s not run them off after 15 games. I’m not being a coach apologist either, we STINK right now and taking the heat for that is part of their job but I am a realist about what this program is capable of and where we stand in the college FB landscape.

    …One more thing, Mike Leach is a lunatic, please quit asking for him to coach your team, we JUST got rid of Billy G and Mike Leach is Billy’s football version.

  28. RedLobsterGirl
    3:14 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    Play like you want to win, not like you don’t want to loose too bad.

  29. Gridiron Cat
    3:14 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    Sorry, I don’t post much on these things 28. Quicker Summary then:
    We DO have talent, We DO have good coaches, WE REALLY STINK, Far too soon to talk about firing anyone, Mike Leach is CRAZY, we don’t need him.

    How is that?

  30. Noexcuses
    3:15 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    Short rant…the coaches aren’t doing what they say. Joker says they’re going to play fast, and they play slow. Minter says they’re going to blitz and they don’t blitz much.

  31. Gridiron Cat
    3:16 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    I agree 29. Can someone send our coaches gametape of Boise’s offense? They do really well with 2 and 3 star players and they always play to win.

  32. TreyDay
    3:16 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    I really think our benchmarks for football should be Kansas and UNC. Both have had waves of success over the last 5 years, and still make noise every now and then. We should be able to at least get close to their status even though we play in the toughest conference.

    3:17 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    Why do I think thew coaching is a problem right now?
    1. Slow starts. This is not the first year we have seen a slow start this is now year 4 of coming out flat footed, lost, glazed over eyes. Considering the non-conference games are thew bread and butter of the UK program (ie. record padding for bowl eligibility) There is absolutely NO EXCUSE for UK not to come out of the gate and treat the game as a quasi playoff game. These are game UK HAS TO WIN and HAS TO dominate.

    2. Pass Catching. If this problem was limited to a few individuals then the problem would be the fault of those individuals, but this is a team wide epedemic and there must be something missing from pracitices, scrimages, or exercises. They are not learning some key fundamental or not exposed to game speed senarios for cathing the ball running with it and not fumbling. I blame coaches for that. Again this is a cronic problem that goes back a few seasons.

    3. Intensity, Fire, Heart (see #1) You can’t ever tell with UK if we are playing the #1 team in the land or a cupcake, they have the same almost bored, disinterested demeanor that shows either the players are afraid to make a mistake (which can be paralyzing)and therefore are over thinking things, or they just take on the demeanor of the coaches. I think Joker has spent too many years in the booth and not on the sideline he needs to stop messing with the headphones and notes and get in peoples faces, his staff and players. There is some disconnect like they are not really engaged, more like watching life behind a glass wall. Again this goes back a few years, a chronic problem, meaning coaching or something wrong in the culture.

    This is a team, lets face it a program, that really has nothing to lose, so why do they not play that way? They play so conservative and yet lack fundamentals.

    I like Joker a great deal. But there are some very troubling issues that have lasted year in and year out. Just watch this team compared to other in the way they act on the field, they just don’t seem to be having fun and that is the biggest indictment of the coaches that I can think of.

    3:18 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink


  35. john4uk
    3:20 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    The difference in UK and winning is attitude>Watch other teams that win and you will see kids running ,jumpingmand excited to be on the field.Then watch UK,you will see a team that resembles a bunch of old men wishing they were anywhere but where they’re at.

  36. Rich Rodriguez
    3:22 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink


    3:25 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    Mario Cristobol needs to be looked at, he has FIU in the top 25 coming out of the SUNBELT! he has good recruiting ties in Florida. He’s young and ambitious and will become too big for the sunbelt and may be attracted to coaching in the big time (SEC). And he makes less money than Joker so UK can afford him. Couple him with some key assistants with NFL ties (like Muschamp has done at UF) and I think its as good as UK can do. UK needs a coach in football like they already have in basketball. Sell the kids on being able to get them to the NFL and recruiting will take care of itself

  38. red handed
    3:25 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    FYI The dude mean muggin in the picture is definitely a bandwagon fan. Seen him walking around campus with Puke, I mean duke gear on along with texas longhorns stuff. If he was wearing just texas gear I wouldn’t care too much but no one should get face time on KSR if seen sporting duke gear IMO and still claiming the CATS.
    P.S. I liked the bin laden joke. Just sayin’.

  39. Justin G.
    3:27 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    The truth is, that UK as a program was building momentum with bowls, and recruits, that should build to more wins, slightly bigger bowls, and even better recruits. Thus, the expectations during the growth period should grow. Now, Joker seems like he is running a play book from Brooks first couple of years, and his team looks as unprepared as I have ever seen them. Yet, the team has much better talent then we had during brooks first years!
    I love how the writer brings up UKs football brand to diminish any real expectations the fans should have, since we are UK after all. The truth is, that the progress was here at UK, but now it seems like we are trying to diminish the brand that Brooks built, to defend what has been extreme disappointment under Phillips! Proof is in our downward spiral since he has been here. He can try and talk his way around it, but our L’s are going up, and our W’s are going down. If we have overall better recruiting classes then we have ever had, then where is the problem? Answer: Joker and staffs inability to coach and prepare the players he has!

    The UK fan-base, has the right to expect more after the past 5 tears, and they have been coming in droves to support the team! It just seems like the UK admin. does not want to support the team with investment (a real coach, facility upgrades), and wants to soak up the profits that a fan-base like UK’s brings. UK has been Top-25 in attendance the last 4 years, and we have come nowhere near a Top-25 ranking.

  40. Kernel Sanders
    3:29 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    #27 = Rational post. One thing that amazes me is how UK fans (?) are bad-mouthing Morgan Newton after they spent the last 2 years calling for him to replace Hartline. LOL, that didn’t take long! Mike Hartline are you smiling now?

  41. Hartline
    3:32 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    Newton would be killin it if UK had an O-line.

  42. Go Cats
    3:48 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    Welcome to KSR Tyler Montell!

    I agree with Joker about scaling down the offense against the next three jugernauts UK plays against. We really have no shot at beating Florida, LSU, or South Carolina this year anyway so why not focus on doing the basic plays right?

    Our team may have a really boring predictable offense the next three games but by the end of season they will look much improved. Players will know who to block, which way to run routes…etc and we will have a real chance to pull of some upsets. Any gimmicktry or trick plays should be reserved against beatable teams and when we have the basic plays down.

  43. Legalice
    3:53 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    If you ask me, we should measure against Miss. State. Look where they are today. Why can’t UK do that every 2-3 years? Beating U of L every year is not realistic, but beating them every other should be a minimum.

    The bottom line is we lost because of the lines on both sides of the ball. Period. Newton did well with what he had…and the play calling is indicative of the failure of the O Line…so much for pre-season hype.

    The D finally played against a team with talent and showed the real colors. Beyond Guy and Trevethan, what have we got on D? Yeah, that’s what I thought…

  44. Mike Leach
    3:57 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    You wanna score some points? #HIREME

  45. STEVE!
    3:58 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    42 – By the end of the season the other teams we play will be much improved, too, and we will be saying “How did we lose to Vandy?” and “Next year is the year the (UT) streak ends!”

  46. CCR
    4:01 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    The real problem started last year. With locke, cobb, a much improved hartline, and a down year in the SEC East that was our real chance to take a step forward in the SEC. Now without any proven playmakers, who can take the whole offense on their shoulders we are not just stagnating, but regressing. (And I blame several of the close losses last year on coaches’ play-calling)

    I agree it’s too early to talk about moving past Joker right now, but by the end of the season (if we’re 3-9) I might feel much differently.

  47. Chill Pill
    4:08 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    This is what I hate about our fans. We lose ONE time in FIVE years to the Ville and everyone wants Joker’s head. Get behind this coach. We have been to a ton of bowl games despite being in the toughest conference in the nation. You all act like getting a new coach is a sure fire way to win the SEC! It could be a whole lot worse!

  48. Mega Conferences...
    4:12 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    If I happen, and I will, this could be a blessing for UK Football. Mega Conferences will leave out some very good teams with very good coaches (Chris Peterson). These coaches that get left out will want the opportunity to be in one of the Mega Conferences and thus could come to UK just to have the opportunity.

  49. Justin G.
    4:17 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    42, the shear fact that UK has a lot of EXPERIENCE, yet, the O-line to the receivers look like they have never played football, shows that Joker has no clue on how to fundamentally prepare, and motivate his players to be competitive in games. He can not blame it on playing a ton of freshmen, because he has experience everywhere.
    On top of all of that, when everyone in the stadium knows what the team is going to run, then UK might be in trouble! That to is totally on the shoulders the coaching staff! The player can only do so much, when the play called is an utter bust (3rd and long draws up the middle, with a line that can not do 1 thing right). Joker acknowledging in the UL post game conference that ” UK needs to run the ball more”shows he has no clue at what to do to fix this mess. UK being this bad, after months of practice since Spring, shows me that he has no hint in how to make players better.
    43, if the O-line is so bad, and the main problem, then why would you keep running draws up the middle of that weakness? Answer= Joker, again has no clue!

  50. Toad
    4:19 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    What up!

  51. Justin G.
    4:23 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    47, if you think that this 1 loss to UL is what is causing all of this negativity, then I guess you have not been around that long. It has to do with how we performed last year, to how we have performed this year, with a team that is supposed to have a lot of experience, and one of the best O-lines in the SEC. The fact that our O-line is as bad as it is, and Joker keeps running draws up the middle of, along with the myriad of other problems, shows how bad are Coaching staff is at actually COACHING!

  52. Section 119- Row 30
    4:27 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    Do yourself a favor and cut this montell kid lose.

  53. Papaw Brooks
    4:34 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    Welcome to KSR, Tyler!! Loved the intro. #23- I realize your love of criticism, but jest is actually correct word usage.. but its okay, we can’t all afford higher education, P.S. friend, Ill never get tired of Bin Laden jokes, but then again, id like to think of myself as a patriot. As for the article: Joker is a good man, and a great coach. Offensive genius, ‘fraid not. But I also remember the “ditch mitch and rich” stickers UK fans sported in my first few years, maybe we need to extend a grace period. Just a thought. It all boils down to the O-line, and we’ve got serious problems there, no question. Lets give the man a year to see what he’s got. On a brighter note, Morgan Newton looked like a stud, nearly won the game on that kids back. Mike Leach, never gonna happen (thanks Hal). God Bless

  54. guest 1
    4:41 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    The recruiting doesn’t boil down to pipelines or how the team plays on a nationally televised game. It comes down to the facilities. CWS is a dump, and when recruits come here they are put in a corner of Nutter with folding chairs for their meal and presentation. When they go to Alabama, Florida etc.. they are treated like kings and every way they turn they see state of the art equipment and facilities. At this point it doesn’t matter who the coach is because no top recruit in their right mind would choose Lexington over Gainesville or Tuscaloosa. We only get the guys who happen to slip through the cracks, or the ones who end up not getting offers from the top programs due to numbers at their position.

  55. Caddyshack Jack
    4:42 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    What’s even sadder about this whole situation is that Kentucky’s benchmark football program happens to be UofL. Not the Cards that ran all over us Sat night, but the Bobby Petrino-era Cards that went from being a perennial mediocre team to a legitimate BCS contender (likely BCS champion if we didn’t send Mike Bush to sidelines so soon) in just a few years. The only and most devastating difference is that this isn’t the Big East. Kentucky had some success under ol’ man Brooks that would have taken them a lot further than Nashville come December had the SEC not been so highly competitive. If the Cats want to start making a statement in the SEC, they ought to start making a national statement first. That would entail dropping the
    mid-majors from the non-conference schedule and taking a crack at some teams that would give us some national spotlight and the chance at quality non-conference wins (much like Louisville defeated FSU and Miami during their run). Win or lose, having such games would probably help Mitch sell a few more tickets, and a win might be just enough to hook our top recruits. 5 wins over WKU, Central Michigan and the like is kind of a hard sell.

  56. bluetexan
    5:09 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    FREE Mike Leach!

  57. Nevin Shapiro
    5:14 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    Obtaining a great football program is easy and even Joker can achieve it. Just give him time………..and a few million dollars to spend on yachts, hookers, and some 40’s. We will be winning multiple championships in no time.

  58. Aaron Boyd
    5:20 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    I was updating my Twitter and didnt even see the game. How’d we do?

  59. barn
    5:26 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    duh. we are in the sec. i think our benchmark should be the rest of the conference. if we are going to play with the big boys shouldn’t we aspire to be like them?

  60. Duck Fuke
    6:27 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    Talent has nothing to do with it right now. This team is a talented group. We have been good enough to beat UT, USC, MSU, but keep coming up a play or two short. But the talent is there. If Steve Spurrier and Joker switched teams I bet you Steve would still win the game. It’s coaching and more important it is creating a culture of winning.

    I like Joker I think he is a better all around coach than Mumme, Curry, Morris. But this team needs more than anything is some swagger.

  61. Eddie C
    6:53 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    Matt Jones said it best… being in the state of KY and having the recruiting pool we do… it is a must that we have a Boise-ish playbook otherwise just stating “SEC” will not get the talent we need to be anything less than the doormat. This year we are truly the doormat… I don’t see another win on the schedule and Jax St. would be a shock with 10k in the stands because of our good scheduling skills coordinating with Keeneland. That says it all right there folks… Keeneland wins most of the time anyway but wait until the support is gone. I love Joker but the vanilla playbook doesn’t show me a sense of urgency.

  62. Kenny Power's Agent
    7:53 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    No intensity at all. We don’t have the Cobb-type player who is gonna stand up and show leadership on this team. Although Trevathan comes to play every game, I think he needs to become more of a vocal leader. We need someone to step up and make big plays as well. Joker’s playcalling along with his lack of intensity is also troubling to me. Did anyone catch the Vandy/Ole Miss game? Did you happen to see Vandy’s coach so pissed off he couldn’t stand it when Ole Miss scored their 1st TD in the 4th quarter? Vandy was up 30-7 at that point and the coach was still going haywire. He was constantly coaching the entire game and motivating his team. As a UK fan, I would love to see our coach on the sidelines presenting this type of body language and showing emotion throughout the game.

    As for expectations, I expect us to compete in the SEC year in and year out just like in ’07 when we defeated #1 LSU. I honestly expected us to win that game, and we did. We had a good team, and players like Stevie Johnson to make big plays when we needed them. A bowl game is nice, but like a poster said previously, a bowl like the Outback was nice in ’98.

  63. droppedpasses
    8:47 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    Mountaineers or the Hokies should serve as benchmarks. I would also throw in Mizzou despite their ability to recruit from TX…we could draw recruits from OH and PA just as easily as Mizzou can draw from TX. As other posters have mentioned, even UNC, UCONN, KU, etc. can catch lightning in a bottle.

    Better question…will UK Football reach the Top 20 before the university reaches its Top 20 public university goal?

  64. Dude
    9:55 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    You beat UL because of Kragthorpe. He’s gone now. Its back to UL laying beatings on you for the foreseeable future. You may go now.

  65. Ben Miller
    11:06 pm September 19, 2011 Permalink

    Tyler when did you start working with KSR? I haven’t seen you since high school Republicans club with forrest coleman and jessica decker.

  66. wowza
    6:11 pm September 21, 2011 Permalink