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Mr. SEC gives Joker a 1% chance of survival

No, no, no…we want YOU!

With the loss to Missouri still lingering like burnt popcorn, it’s time to start thinking about what’s next for Kentucky football. John Pennington, aka “Mr. SEC,” compiled a list of the potential coaching vacancies and replacements in the SEC, and not surprisingly, he gave Joker Phillips a very low chance of survival. Like 1% low. Pennington’s “sources” tell him that the list of “real” possible replacements include two names we’ve heard around the rumor mill for quite some time, and a former rival coach that is desperate to get out of his XXXL sweatpants and back into the game:


Current Coach: Joker Phillips

Chance of Survival: 1%

Wildcat Fans Want: Jon Gruden, Chris Peterson, or another big name

UK’s Real Top Choice: Phillip Fulmer, David Cutcliffe or Sonny Dykes.

Our Take: Phillips pried open his tomb with a good showing against Georgia a week ago… only to have the crypt slam back shut on him Saturday at Missouri. A return by freshman quarterback Patrick Towles was expected to provide a bit more hope for the future, but Towles and UK looked very poor in Saturday’s 33-10 rout in Columbia. We initially thought Fulmer would ixnay the idea of heading to Lexington and taking on a rebuilding project, but a source close to the coach recently gave us a “not so fast” on that one. It’s believed Fulmer – whose buyout money from Tennessee ends this year – wants desperately to end his career with more victories than former UT legend Robert Neyland. We still find it hard to believe the 62-year-old Fulmer would take the job, but Rich Brooks made it work at UK in his 60s. Ron Zook’s name was even thrown out to us as a possible D-coordinator and star recruiter for Fulmer’s hypothetical staff. Sorry, still not buying. Have to see it to believe it. Same with Cutcliffe. He’s already a hero at one basketball school. Unless he feels he’s got something to prove in the SEC, why make a lateral move? Dykes, on the other hand, is a former UK assistant and he’s taken many of Derek Dooley’s old players at Louisiana Tech and turned them into a BCS-ranked team. Young coach, exciting offense, ranked team. But would he jump at a Kentucky offer or wait for a better/easier job elsewhere? UK’s all over the board with potential hires, but we feel safe in saying Phillips is done.

With Joker’s time at UK appearing short, what do you make of Pennington’s predictions? How would you rank Fulmer, Cutcliffe and Dykes as potential replacements? I’ll start: 1) Dykes, 2) Cutcliffe, 3) Fulmer.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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96 Comments for Mr. SEC gives Joker a 1`hance of survival

  1. Durrrr
    2:44 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Jon Gruden! Haha

  2. BoDiazSatelliteService
    2:46 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink


  3. Rollin'
    2:49 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t want to see somebody from La Tech or Duke come in here or a 60 year old UT coach. What has Dykes at La Tech proved, look at Rutgers anyone who can beat up on non-competition can get ranked. So if you give me those 3 choices I can’t believe I’m saying this but I’ll keep Joker.

  4. SteveM
    2:49 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    I think any of the three would do a better job as AD than Brnhart.

  5. Rollin'
    2:50 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Barnhart has been a great AD. Get real.

  6. Han
    2:50 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    I still say we be the ones to take the risk of Tressel.

    1) Jay Gruden would be a more possible pick. (Off Coordinator at Bengals).

  7. wildcat502
    2:50 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    It depends on the assistants each could bring with them. No matter how good the coach is, if his assistants aren`t good ones, then the head coach will not survive.
    I cant say it often enough though, if we do not move quickly, then we will lose out on recruiting. I say announce now and name the new coach the week after the Tennessee game.
    I`m still not sure that Joker will be fired

  8. Blasphemy
    2:51 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    A purely lateral move from Duke to UK….? Really? I think their stadium holds…. something like 7k fans? I could be guessing….

    I agree it’s not a “huge upgrade,” but saying it is lateral is not fair. This is a tougher job, no doubt. But it is “better” as a whole than Duke.

  9. Cat 67
    2:54 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    # 2 That is a very good question. And better yet will he be fired . My guess is that if Barny can come up with anything to keep Joker here , he’ll do it. Besides , if the 3 on the list ios all we have , I had just as soon let the players choose up sides and play. Why isn’t Bobby Petrino being mentioned ? Why isn’t Tressel being mentioned ? Haven’t we as UK football fans been punished enough in the last 50 years ?
    Please Football Gods , help us help Barny hire a real coach.

  10. JeffB
    2:56 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Keep Joker …. Fire Barnhart

  11. Eric
    2:56 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    NONE OF THE ABOVE! This is gunna be a basketball program replay with another billy g type coach. No proven history of being able to win. None of these guys will get the job done. We need to take a risk on Tressel and keep him under our thumb to ensure he’s following the rules. You think they haven’t done that to cal? Mitch knows what that takes. Take the risk on Tressel and experience the rewards.

  12. Jones Returns
    2:57 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink


  13. OutlawJoseyWales
    2:57 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    None of the above. If those are out options….might as well keep Joker.

  14. Joker
    2:58 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    So your telling me there is a chance?????

  15. Chuck
    2:58 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    We need to bring in some young blood. Why are they always bringing in older, washed up coaches that won’t be here very long. Only names like Kirby Smart, Sonny Dykes and maybe Butch Jones at Cincy should be considered. Forget Fulmer, Cutliffe and even Leach. Also bring in as an assistant some names that recruits would be familiar with that have connections with the NFL.

  16. gabriel
    2:59 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    any chance to lure gary patterson from TCU?

  17. ChiddarCheddar
    3:01 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Gus Malzahn

  18. I Say
    3:03 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    #8 I completely agree
    #10 That is idiotic

  19. BillyGillespie
    3:03 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    I can coach football and do as well as the Joke, Hell, I still have a residence in Lexington at the jail, and I could come in and make the players tough, they aren’t tough enough to play in the SEC. I could take them out night putting and make them winners like me, maybe even let them drive me around Lexington when I become stressed.

  20. Steve Spurier
    3:07 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Dabo Swinney from Clemson. ACC to the SEC.

  21. Hal
    3:09 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    everyone knows we’re not getting chris peterson & its UT fans who think they’re getting gruden mainly b/c he once watched a UT game on a plane. might as well put bill cowher, tony dungy & jimmy johnson on that list too. d-bag
    butch jones, jim tressel, sonny dykes, willie taggart, todd berry, mark hudspeth, neal brown, kliff kingsbury

  22. slojoe
    3:09 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    if these are the true candiates… mise well keep Joker. Pull your freaking check book out and make a REAL offer!!! cant mess this one Barny or your gone too

  23. Billy G
    3:11 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    All UK needs is some extra practice time.

  24. The real problem #22...
    3:14 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    UK could throw the kitchen sink at big candidate(insert name here). The hard truth is that no big names want this job at this time…end of the story. The faster you guys realize this the better you’ll be able to cope and be ready to support the new guy.

  25. Carlos Toomer
    3:14 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    I have my doubts about UK hiring Sonny Dykes since his “exciting offense” has been coordinated by Tony Franklin. No way that he is allowed to come back.

  26. Wildcats Dominate
    3:16 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Gotta make a play at a Kirby Smart type coordinator. Top coordinator at a top school.

  27. Rixter
    3:16 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    If Cutcliffe or Fulmer are hired, the fanbase will revolt from DAY 1. I’m thinking Mitch isn’t that stupid.. or is he?

  28. Rixter
    3:19 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    UK’s next coach? Ivan Renko.

    You heard it here first

  29. King Nate
    3:20 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    1) Cutcliffe
    2) Dykes
    3) Stone Cold Willow
    4) Fulmer

  30. Num1UKfan
    3:27 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Jon Gruden? WOW, now I would definately be buying some season tickets for that hire. I give it a 0.000001% chance of happening though. I guess we can dream, right?

  31. Dr. Tom
    3:29 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Fulmer couldn’t hold the UT program together with great talent. How would he do at UK with average talent? Fulmer has very little pizazz. Cutcliffe has absolutely no pizazz!!!!

  32. btowncatfan
    3:30 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Top coordinators at top schools are going to wait for better jobs to open up. Kirby Smart would be stupid to leave Alabama d coordinator for UK. Honestly it’s a step down.

  33. Shooter Mcgavin
    3:32 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Rich Rodriguez?

  34. STEVE!
    3:32 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    27 – Rixter, Mitch doesn’t have any contacts other than in Oregon (Rich Brooks) and Tennessee (hired two foot ball assistants from there and got two recommendations from Pat Summitt for Women’s basketball coaches), so we will probably get somebody from one of those backgrounds, as boring and maddening as it will be. Fulmer couldn’t win any more at UT with their resources. Yeah, bring him here, and reunite him with Randy Sanders!

  35. Wild Turkey 101
    3:35 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Phil Fulmer is about as tired as Tubby Smith.

  36. Done
    3:35 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    If UK hires Fulmer or Cutcliffe, I’m done being a fan of this football program. I care too much for this university and this icehole AD tells me I’m a microwave fan? I guess I must be from Missouri, because I say Barnhardt needs to show me how much he cares with this next hire. The last two have not impressed me. Yes, I said last two…Brooks did fine with watering down the schedule and getting out of conference wins but his SEC record was atrocious. The win against LSU and Auburn not withstanding.

  37. JaredCarterIsMyHomeboy
    3:38 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe we should offer Brett Farve our coaching job. He’d probably get out there and play.

  38. J-Dub
    3:38 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    OH NO NOT FAT PHIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. OughtaHere
    3:41 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Man,that’s a looooooooooooooooooong list of yawners…..may as well retain the Joke with an extension and a bonus.

  40. ohhai
    3:41 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    35 let’s not forget about barneys contacts at Mt kilimanjaro. I would take some Tanzanian donkey driver over what we currently have

  41. SupCats
    3:44 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    give me Tressel.

  42. UK Fan
    3:46 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Earth to #5–Barnhart brought us Gillispie who destroyed the basketball program and now Joker who has destroyed the football program. He also did everything in his power to PREVENT Calipari from becoming BB coach. And you say he’s done a great job???

  43. Eric K
    3:50 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Why are people saying Tressel? He can’t coach in the NCAA for the next two years. I think the OC from Oregon, or Smart would be a good choice! This SUCKS!! GO CATS!!

  44. Gavin S.
    3:52 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    You should have written “Lingering like the smell of burnt popcorn”. Just sayin.

  45. Manbearpig
    3:53 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Tressel can coach, he just has a show cause which means UK would have to appeal to the NCAA and list why they want to hire him, then Tressel would have to serve a suspension of 5 games which was what he was going to do at OSU. At least that’s from what I’ve read

  46. CarolinaCatFan
    3:53 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Please stop with the Kirby Smart talk. This guy can have his pick of top-level jobs. He’s not coming to UK. If Clemson underachieves next year, I could see him getting that gig, and that’s a much more attractive destination than UK. The thought of Fulmer or Cutcliffe makes me shudder, but that’s probably who we’ll get. I still think Dykes is the guy you go after if you can’t get Jim Tressel, but rest assured Tony Franklin will not be joining him in Lexington.

  47. Ron
    4:02 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Dykes would be the only candidate on that list to please me. The others are dried up, especially Fulmer.

  48. davefromdagap
    4:03 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    You idiots always bashing Barnhart. Yea Clyde was a mess..but everyone worth half a damn turned us down. REMEMBET?
    All of our other programs are flourishing. Jokers gotta and gonna go. Stop acting like a idiot.

  49. Yab
    4:05 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    This guy is either getting his information from Matt Jones or Oscar Combs, because Bobby Petrino’s name isn’t on this list anywhere. Does the basketball only crowd not want Petrino at UK? Too much competition?

  50. ribin
    4:05 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Dykes would be ok — don’t know how well he can recruit — I’d go for Leach -proven he can get it done. Cutcliffe would be ok – not sure he wants the challenge of UK in the SEC —

  51. InsideGuy
    4:09 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    #49—no I don’t remember. We ended up with Clyde because your buddy Mitch [email protected]#ked up the search for BB coach just like he did with Joker and will do again with his replacement. Get ready for Fulmer or the Duke coach….and quit calling others idiots when you don’t have a clue what’s going on.

  52. Haha
    4:12 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Fulmer and Cutcliffe? Do we have a football program or a retirement home. Dykes could have success but would need atleast 5 years before he could guarantee a bowl every year. Petrino is a time bomb waiting to blow up another program. Tressel would produces wins but likely couldn’t win big games at uk. Leach hasn’t shaken off the rust after not coaching for 2 seasons. Kirby smart would be the best candidate but would likely want 2+ million dollar salary and funding promises to leave Alabama for kentucky, and Barnhart likely isn’t going to do that for an unproven coach. Malzahn will end up in the SEC as a HC but something tells me, uk won’t be it. So that leaves Trinitys head coach, he has more 5 star talent on his teams than uk. By the way UK and UT fans can stop the Gruden talk he isn’t taking a job at SEC schools that need major work.

  53. adsf
    4:13 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Three reasons why UK is a career upgrade over Duke: (1) S (2) E (3) C

  54. get real
    4:14 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    why can’t people remember that there are going to be probably at least 3 openings in the SEC alone? You think Jay Gruden would really leave the NFL to come to the graveyard of coaches? You think Jon Gruden couldn’t find a better job than UK? So UK tripling the attendance of Duke is the factor that would make Cutcliffe crawl to UK? You think Tressel with all his baggage would be hired by UK? You think Mike Leach would leave the PAC 10 after 1 year? You think Kirby Smart couldn’t find a better job or at least wait for a better job a couple more years while Bama puts a couple more rings on his finger? LOL, Gus Malzahn is gonna go to Arkansas. Dabo Swinney has Clemson at #13 in the BCS standings and he would leave Clemson for UK? haha. Neal Brown — an offensive coordinator that’s a former player but has never been a head coach? sound familiar?

    Face it. Its going to be the same search as it was after GuyMo left. Barnhart will make a dozen calls and 11 of those candidates won’t bother returning his call. The 12th one will be considerate enough to say no thanks. Have you people not seen this scenario play out ad nauseaum for the last 40 years or so?

  55. derekabney
    4:17 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    This list is in levels or priority

    First Tier (Write these guys a blank check)

    Bobby Petrino
    Jay Gruden
    Jon Gruden
    Gus Malzahn
    Kirby Smart
    Butch Jones
    Rich Rodriguez

    Second Tier

    Mike Leach
    Sonny Dykes
    Jim Tressel

    Third Tier

    Phil Fulmer
    Willie Taggert
    David Cutcliffe

  56. Lexloublue2
    4:19 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    GOOD GOD Phil Fulmer?!! You have got to be kidding. He isn’t old news, he’s old and decrepit news! I hate it how Mitch always looks to hs old friends for UK’s vacancies. That’s how we got good old Papaw Brooks. We need NEW blood Mitch, not leftovers from a bygone era. Makes me wanna puke. Mediocrity at it’s best. If Mitch had his way we WOULD NOT have Cal right now, he didn’t want him. Tells you all you need to know doesn’t it???

  57. Inside Guy
    4:20 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    #55–you don’t know how close to the truth your comment is.

  58. Haha
    4:28 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Eric mangini would likely trade in his espn gig for a chance to resurrect a coaching career. Josh Mcdaniels was fired at Denver but might take uk as a way to prove to nfl teams he can coach. And Tom Brady’s coach has to know something about offense right?

  59. ICBMcat
    4:29 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Get. Real. People.

    Petrino/Gruden/Malzahn/Smart/Rich Rod/Dykes/etc. are NOT taking this job.

    UK’s best, and only, hope is to hire lightning in a bottle from the lower ranks (either D1 or other). Think Mumme only he has a real DC and a non-cheating recruiting coordinator.

    No coach with a decent future is taking this job. Whomever we get will likely elicit howls from the fanbase…just like Rich Brooks did and wouldn’t we all love it if he had never retired.

  60. Petrino?
    4:30 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    If I see Petrino suggested one more time I’m gonna puke. Forget he is a liar and a cheater. Forget that he’s a quitter too (ask the Atlanta Falcons what they think of him). Forget that he’s classless and a piss poor sport. Remember this one thing. UK hires him and throws what, $3 million per year at him? THE SECOND HE ARRIVES IN LEXINGTON HE’S GOING TO BE SCHEMING FOR A BETTER JOB. If, if, if he would be offered (he won’t be), and if he accepts (he won’t), he would simply use UK as his first job back, as redemption. Then, once that’s under his belt, he would stab his mother in the back and walk over his wife to take the first job that is the slightest upgrade. HAVE SOME DAM CLASS PEOPLE! SAY NO TO PETRINO. He’s a flippin’ jerk and a poor excuse for a human.

  61. ICBMcat
    4:38 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Also, remember this: Chip Kelly was at FCS New Hamshire when Belotti plucked him into Oregon as the OC. Brian Kelly was at Grand Valley State in Kalamazoo. Urban Meyer at Bowling Green.

    Gotta find the cool cats at the lower level looking to stick a needle in the eye of everybody who never hired them. Real football people know this stuff. Us casual fans? Not so much.

  62. Elite Coaches
    4:50 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    I fart in your general direction

  63. bbmike
    4:51 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Dykes, Kirby Smart and cutcliffe. I like those 3 mentioned above. Please no fulmer. Please.

  64. Green Hornet
    4:51 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Fire Mitch and name Joker AD. Joker is already due 2.6 or so mill and that would pay for 5 or six years of Barnharts salary. The school would not be out any more money and we get rid of Barney and keep Joker. Everyone except Barn would be happy. I would trust Joker to make a football hire much more than Mitch wouldn’t you?

  65. Bull Filmer
    4:54 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Bull Filmer, really?

  66. asdf
    4:56 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    If Petrino were the coach, he would leave us high-and-dry in the third quarter of our sixth game because somebody else made a better offer.

  67. asdf
    4:58 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Brooks proved that you can win at least 7-8 a year at UK and crack the top ten occasionally. So this is no longer a coaching “graveyard”.

  68. Why not?
    5:01 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Offer the job to josh Mcdaniels. He is young, has coached Tom Brady and has Super Bowl rings. All three of are selling points to recruits. After the disaster in Denver, he isn’t exact swimming in offers. Plus with the success of Harbaugh at the 49ers he may see uk as his way back into a HC position in the nfl. Plus, with three young QBs we could use a guy that can develop a QB.

  69. flip side
    5:12 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    #68 I respect Brooks, but c’mon. He did take UK to #8 for exactly one week in 2007. I’ll give him that. But 1 week. Overall he was 39-47 overall, 16-39 in the SEC. In only one year did he even break even in the SEC. In the year UK got up to #8, we finished the regular season at 1-4 after beating LSU. Again, Brooks had moderate success. I liked the guy and thought he did an above average job for a UK coach. Read that again… “for a UK coach”. UK is still a graveyard for coaches, until proven wrong with a coach having SUSTAINED success, its just a fact.

  70. Yab
    5:18 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Not hiring Petrino because he might be too successful and leave is the funniest excuse yet. Stop acting like fools, he’s the best coach available, go get him.

  71. meya'll
    5:34 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    chad morris, OC at clemson. boom, done, sign him,

  72. bosshogg24
    5:48 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    No Cutcliffe or Fulmer on the UK campus please! Might as well keep Joker!
    Mitch needs the backbone to make another Calipari type hire, don’t repeat the mistakes of the past!

  73. fufumurphy
    6:21 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Mike Bob – offensive coordinator – University of Georgia

  74. fufumurphy
    6:22 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Mike BOBO (sorry spelled his last name wrong)

  75. KYMOJO
    6:27 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    My 2 cents…

    1) John Gruden
    2) Eric Mangini
    3) Jim Tressel
    4) Herm Edwards
    5) Kirby Smart

    No particular order and there a few others but I will stop at five. All, more than likely, just wishful thinking. But, I can tell you I would be totally unimpressed with Fulmer or Cutcliff & against Petrino!

  76. ed
    6:46 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    We have to have a coach that scores the football. Dykes and his OC, Tony Franklin Yeah that Tony Franklin, are averaging 53 points per game. Its got to be exciting cutting edge football. Their only loss was 59-57 to Texas A&M. Go get Dykes and make sure he brings Franklin.

  77. Flip
    6:57 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    77 – the SEC is a defensive league. Dykes will get chewed up and spit out in the SEC.

  78. BlueTexan
    8:23 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    “AMEN” GENTLEMEN (Thanks for saving me all the typing): #’s4, 32, 35, 36, 41, 43, 52, 61 &65!

    BARNFART has to go…period…end of discussion. He’ll make another hiring mistake which we’ll be paying for for years. He’s proven he can do that.

  79. Booger
    8:34 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Has anyone thought about Kevin Wallace from Bowling Green High? He wins-recruits and is amazing at what he does!!! I would even settle for Phil Fulmer-who cares? Fans at Kentucky give no one a chance

  80. lou eaton
    10:01 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Pipe dreaming with all these prospects. We need young blood like whoever wins the Div 2A championship ala Urban Myers etc

  81. coach search
    10:35 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    What #47 said. Although I don’t think Rich Brooks is out of the question if we can’t find anyone else.

  82. catfanran
    10:40 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    My first choice is Dykes, however franklin sued U K so he would not be coming with him, so you go and get Neal Brown from texas tech as O C and that would be a good hire for Mitch.But
    Cutcliffe and Fulmer doesnt pull my chain, but if you have the money go at least ASK Boise St. and TCU coaches to see if they are interested all they can say is NO………..CFR

  83. Ms. Petrino says yes
    10:52 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    We say yes to Kentucky. I love the state and want to stay here.

  84. bob
    11:06 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    charlie strong

  85. bob
    11:06 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Doc Holliday

  86. uklaw95
    11:12 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

  87. Greg
    11:22 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    How about Jeff Monken, HC at Georgia Southern? He’s in his early to mid 40s and taken FCS Georgia Southern to semi finals the last two years and is 7-1 ranked number 2 in FCS right now. I live in Ga and know a few alumni, he runs an option offense, not sure if that would do well in SEC. ONE other fcs name would be Bobby Wilder at Old Dominion, has been head coach since inception of program in 2009, 31-8 record starting from nothing. ODU is moving to FBS in 2015 as well. These would be a couple younger FCS guys to look at in my opinion.

  88. BobbyPsNeckBrace
    8:22 am October 30, 2012 Permalink

    NO WAY i am gonna die in that boneyard known as Commeonwealth Stadium, I have a reputation to protect!!

  89. meeksuperfan
    8:55 am October 30, 2012 Permalink


  90. Old Guy
    9:29 am October 30, 2012 Permalink

    1) Dabo Swinney – has ties to the SEC but may be holding out for Auburn job if he desires to leave Clemson.
    2) Gary Peterson – seems to be getting a little bogged down at TCU so may want a change in scenery plus it would put him close to Andy Dalton
    3) Rich Rod – would probably welcome the opportunity to make a splash in the SEC
    4) Tommy Tuberville – Yes, I said it…Tuberville. Say whatever you want but the guy can coach. He knows the SEC, went undefeated at Auburn (got screwed out of a national title shot) and has Texas Tech in the top 20. Much better option than Cutcliffe or Fulmer.
    5) Andy Reid – He is probably gonna get canned in Philly. Why not bring a little NFL influence into Kentucky?

  91. ka4uk
    9:57 am October 30, 2012 Permalink

    Mike Leach

  92. thegr8one
    3:07 pm October 30, 2012 Permalink

    Let’s get some young blood in here!
    Neil Brown!

  93. thegr8one
    3:15 pm October 30, 2012 Permalink

    Something I’ve been wondering as well;
    We know Tony Franklin wrote his book talking about the going-on’s at UK a few years back. Who on UK’s campus today was there when this book was written? Why would Mitch have anything against T.F.? I think if you’ve read the book, you would agree that there are no lies written in it. I’ve talked to many UK fans and they’d LOVE to have T.F. back on campus calling plays.

  94. Pacman
    4:22 pm October 30, 2012 Permalink

    Lance Leipold, HC @ Wisconsin Whitewater; record is 72-3 in his 5 years at Wisconsin Whitewater. Has won the NCAA Championship in football 4 of the past 5 years and was in the championship game the one year he didn’t win it.They dominate at their level.