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Mike Summers to USC

Former Kentucky offensive line coach Mike Summers has landed a new job out in sunny California.  Summers will join Lane Kiffin’s staff at USC, where another former UK coach,Tee Martin, coaches the wide receivers.

Summers was hired by his good friend Bobby Petrino at Western Kentucky just last month, but he’s trading in the Corvette museum and Fruit of the Loom factory for a life in Los Angeles. Not a bad move.

A lot of folks, including current and former Wildcats, were hoping Mark Stoops would keep Summers around in Lexington. Larry Warford called him the best offensive line coach in the nation, and Warford isn’t the only person who believes that. Summers is loved and respected by all who have worked for and with him.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

21 Comments for Mike Summers to USC



  1. Will
    10:19 am February 20, 2013 Permalink

    Good for him. But we will be good. New staff, new direction. Different O-line philosophy. #WEAREUK



  2. BBN
    10:22 am February 20, 2013 Permalink

    He may be a great offensive line coach and person, but I for one am happy that Stoops completely removed every person connected to that losing mentality and demeanor that surrounded the program. Coach Cal will do the same with his current bunch of pussies after the NIT.



  3. Gandalf the Blue
    10:24 am February 20, 2013 Permalink

    I’m sure he’s a great guy and a good coach. But I am so happy that we cleaned house with the previous staff. I wish him well and am happy we can move forward



  4. SexnNursinHomes
    10:29 am February 20, 2013 Permalink

    Kiffin trying to assemble the old UK staff on his team. Look for Joker to be off. cord next year..



  5. MtnCat
    10:30 am February 20, 2013 Permalink

    I too was hoping he would stick with UK but I don’t know why. We sucked in every phase of the game including O line.



  6. Nate Trump
    10:38 am February 20, 2013 Permalink

    If you wanna work for Petrino and Kiffin, then by all means have at it. Speaks to the guy’s character. Says something about Joker too.



  7. catlogic15
    10:39 am February 20, 2013 Permalink

    Joe Hall ain’t happy his grandkids are moving so far away.



  8. Han
    10:47 am February 20, 2013 Permalink

    Probably not as respected by the people who spent the last month expecting him to stay at WKU.



  9. wrong
    10:52 am February 20, 2013 Permalink

    If he worked for joker he is a loser. Maybe lets support the guy thats given us the best recruiting class in history over a guy that was coach on one of the worst teams in history.



  10. UKBlue
    10:55 am February 20, 2013 Permalink

    Kiffin defiantly going to get fired & when I say defiantly I mean defiantly at USC; anyone joining his staff would have to be nuts. If someone like Summers is the best Lane can get to come to USC along with the number of recruits that decommitted, everyone already knows what’s coming. Lane own Dad got out of USC before the hammer falls. If Tee was smart, he would already have feelers out for a new position somewhere else.



  11. Luvnmycats
    10:58 am February 20, 2013 Permalink

    #6 You don’t know Coach Summers so don’t speak of his character, if you knew him you would NEVER MAKE SUCH A HORRIFIC STATEMENT. Coach Summers character is unmatched. Don’t speak of a persons character unless you know them first hand. Totally uncalled for.



  12. huh??
    11:08 am February 20, 2013 Permalink

    #10) defiantly going to get fired? And when you say defiantly, you mean defiantly at USC? Are you sure that’s what you mean? I think maybe you mean definitely but I could be wrong. Maybe you do mean he’s going to boldly resist being fired but that doesn’t make much sense. Explain please.



  13. DLN
    11:29 am February 20, 2013 Permalink

    Can we stop dissing the previous coaching staff?

    Sure, last season sucked. Maybe Joker wasn’t ready to be a head coach. But he loved the program and the university. I don’t remember the last time I saw a man cry in his introductory press conference. If you recall, at the time we promoted him he was receiving A LOT of interest for head coaching vacancies at other schools, but he chose to stay here. It was considered a brilliant move at the time, but it just didn’t work out.

    Consider Kyle Tucker’s comments from earlier today. If you really examine our previous staff, where they were, where they’ve gone, we had a great staff full of good coaches of high character. Mike Summers, in particular, was considered one of the best OL coaches in the nation. That’s why he’s at USC: because he’s one of the best and most respected coaches in the country. He was let go from UK for two very simple reasons:

    1.) Stoops wanted to build his own identity, which could be problematic with old staff members hanging around, even if they are 100 percent in on the program and of the highest character, like Summers. It’s about a new identity, and that starts with removing the old.

    2.) Blocking schemes are quite different between the Air Raid and the Pro-Style system we were running. Looking at different zones blocks, line shifts, formations, etc…it was just easier to go out and get a guy familiar with the Air Raid.

    We had a great staff and a terrible season last year. They gave a lot to the program and unfortunately it just didn’t work. But guess what? We’ve got a new staff, a new identity. The past is the past: jus leave it there and be excited for what’s to come.

    And stop with the vitriol towards the previous staff. BBN is supposed to be classy, a family. Act like it.

    Cats.



  14. Facts
    11:35 am February 20, 2013 Permalink

    #12 my guess is that his predictive text on his IPhone or iPad replaced definitely with defiantly, but who knows.

    Some of you guys are clueless. Here’s a news flash for you…even suck teams can have good coaches. Even sucky teams with bad head coaches can have good position coaches. Summers is a renowned O line coach. No prob that Stoops cleaned house, but do a little research about Summers before making ignorant comments. He has been nominated for the Broyles Award as nation’s top asst. coach. Geez let it go people. Move on



  15. DLN?
    11:41 am February 20, 2013 Permalink

    What are you doing on KSR, Joker? lol



  16. East Kentucky Infidel
    12:22 pm February 20, 2013 Permalink

    Proof is in the pudding.

    Joker was a disaster, his schemes failed, his O line was ineffective (and that is kind), he lost control of his program, and was fired. Tried and true failure as Kentucky head coach. As good as Mike Summers maybe he couldn’t prove it at UK. It was past time to move on, good luck coaches.

    Welcome Coach Stoops and better days, Go Cats!



  17. UK football fan
    1:08 pm February 20, 2013 Permalink

    Nice summary #13. Couldn’t have said it better myself.



  18. SoCal Will
    1:17 pm February 20, 2013 Permalink

    It’s always Summers in LA. I do agree he needs to sign a multi year contract. After next year it will be free money.



  19. Nate Trump
    5:20 pm February 20, 2013 Permalink

    #11 You wouldn’t call it “horrific” if you didn’t agree with the premise.



  20. Some Guy in Kentucky
    7:54 pm February 20, 2013 Permalink

    Good for him. It is better for him to have USC on his resume then Western KY.



  21. thenamerobdigity
    7:54 pm February 20, 2013 Permalink

    Working for Kiffin… no thanks