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Report: Neal Brown to be named UK’s offensive coordinator

We now interrupt your Randall Cobb viewing for this very important tweet. Pete Roussel of is reporting that Neal Brown will be named UK’s new offensive coordinator tomorrow.

Brown reportedly visited Lexington today to meet with Mark Stoops. Get to know him a little better with my profile from earlier this week:


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104 Comments for Report: Neal Brown to be named UK’s offensive coordinator

  1. !!!!
    8:36 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink


  2. UK Football
    8:37 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    And BOOM goes the dynamite!

  3. Mas
    8:39 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    God is good!!!

  4. Wildcats One
    8:39 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    Get the Air-Raid Siren out…..Gonna be a FUN season.

    Go Big Blue!!

  5. Buckets
    8:41 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    Great news!!! Welcome home, Neal! Can’t wait for football season. GOOOOO CATS!

  6. Funky Monkey
    8:41 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    This is awesome!

  7. Legit
    8:45 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    Finally, we got our season tickets, how about you.

  8. blue happy pappy
    8:45 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    Hope it’s true!! Go Big Blue!!!

  9. Ridge Runner
    8:46 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    fingers crossed!

  10. fireant
    8:48 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    Truly good news. UK will be relevant again in short order. Still will take time to be a top tier team but this puts us back into the middle in a hurry.

  11. MHFaulkner
    8:49 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    All I can say –

    Hot damn!

  12. scottydee
    8:49 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    This is fabulous news. Evidently Mitch has opened up the checkbook.

  13. Team America
    8:50 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    FUDGE YAH!!!

  14. MemphisCat
    8:52 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    Like #11 said “Hot Damn” with a side of Makers!!!

  15. TNO
    8:54 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    Great news. Can’t wait for football season again.

  16. Manbearpig
    8:54 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    HECK YEAH!!!

    also same report says Butch Jones offered a job to Tee Martin

  17. KT
    8:54 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    Awesome. Stoops is tearing it up on the coaching hires. Go Cats.

  18. Matt's Nose Whistle
    8:55 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    I think we start with Matt’s Nose Whistle and then work up to the air raid, poor Charlie Strong, gonna lose to the Cayts!!!! Merry Christmas everyone (just like Jimmy Stewart said)

  19. Boomerball48
    8:55 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    If it is true, Stoop’s Troop’s going Airborne!! They want need security guards at Commonwealth! They’ll need Air Marshall’s!!

  20. Catlanta
    8:56 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    People on the Texas Tech board are high fiving over Brown leaving Tech.

  21. YesIndeedyThemRBiguns
    9:00 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    Just curious what kind of recruiter is he? Go caters!!!!!

  22. “Pay hard, play fast, play physical”. I love it!

  23. pti
    9:03 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    just wait about 3 years. all you inbred rednecks will be screaming FFFAAAARRRRR STOOPS!

  24. BigBlueFan
    9:04 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    Stoops he did it again

  25. Billy
    9:05 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    best news all week!!!

  26. blue boy
    9:06 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    THANK YOU MR BARNHART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Yeah
    9:06 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    wait about 3 years and strong will play turtleneck for more money because the price of KFC went up.

  28. Reality Check
    9:09 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    You hired Bob Stoops’red headed, ugly brother. He was Mitch’s 7th choice. Way to go!!!

  29. CATS fan
    9:11 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    John Schlarman and Chad Scott are also on the staff. Great Job Stoops!!

  30. The truth
    9:13 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    @29 mark was the first person interviewed and the first one offered. You have zero facts!

  31. blue happy pappy
    9:13 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    Something must be going good, the haters are coming out!!!

  32. Ridge Runner
    9:14 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    24 and trolls….so jealousy may be the root cause why you hurt deep inside and it originates in the buttock hole, you have shown us that but tell us…the reason you come into the best college fan base home site is because you want to be like us and you look up to the blue that runs wide across the commonwealth…right? OK…thx for showing your ignorance and blessing our site with your moronic comments which solidify your jealousy driven examples. One day you may grow up.

  33. Patrick Towles
    9:15 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    Thank you Mitch for guaranteeing my 1st Round status.

  34. Blue Haze
    9:15 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    Neal! Yesss!

    ridgeruner you go boy! hahaha

  35. rixter
    9:15 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    Why let facts stand in the way of making an idiot of yourself?

  36. Joker Phillips
    9:16 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    Miss me yet?

  37. Jim
    9:18 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    Going along with what 21 said, maybe we should temper our excitement. RedRaider fans seem as though they will be happy to see Brown depart. The overall sentiment is that he was far too predictable and would run bubble screens on 3rd and long situations (a la Joker) quite often.

  38. KT
    9:18 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    I like the name Reality Check though, particularly when it isn’t rooted in any. I’m with you 32, the haters have been out in force the last few days so we must be doing something right.

  39. Jorts
    9:18 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    You can’t stop this train.

  40. blue happy pappy
    9:18 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    If this is true, the areas of recruiting this will open up will be awesome; Ohio, Florida, Texas,etc… WOW!!

  41. Ridge Runner
    9:22 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    Speaking for 1 fan here obviously…but I am not excited (or naive) to think we are quote, expecting a bowl in year 1 or 2. My excitement is that we are assembling what I think is the best collection of coaches that we can assemble based on what we can pay and who we are. That of course can be debated slightly but for the most part my excitement is that we are trying to do something “right” for a football-change.

    Go Big Blue!

  42. jaws2
    9:23 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    As I stated with the Stoops hire; “it ain’t the X’s and O’s, it’s Jimmy’s and Joe’s”. All of the hires so far seem to be heading toward a good staff. I’ll remain grounded in my enthusiasm unitl the Jimmy’s and Joe’s begin to show up.

  43. bobby griffen
    9:25 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    @39. same thing happened with Flordia state with Stoops and Elliot. So what?

  44. UK2Kev
    9:25 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    I’m getting excited about this. Brown is a great hire and the defensive coaches he’s hired have been solid too. I’m liking the staff he’s putting together alot. Give us 2 or 3 years and I think Stoops can get us to a point where we can actually compete respectfully in the SEC.

  45. GatorsLoveCrow
    9:25 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    Texas Tech fans are clueless if they think the Offense was the issue this year. Problem was they had a Mike Majors clone running the defense…Awful. Hey you Crow loving trolls…You and your overpaid coach will get yours on January 2 and again on September 14. If Neal Brown is the hire, we are going bowling.

  46. bobby griffen
    9:26 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    sorry it was 38 not 39

  47. dave
    9:28 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    21&38-we get it. red raiders fans are “happy” about losing brown. let me know who they replace him with & where that offense is in 2 years.
    once again, we prob won’t win the SEC with brown’s air raid, but we can def win 6-8 games a year with it & a top 50ish defense.

  48. Ouch
    9:31 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t you redbird fans have your own blogs?

  49. JC
    9:34 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    I have been to this site 100 times today looking and hoping for this news. Can’t wait to hear Danny’s pessimistic take tomorrow. “Matt, we aren’t, listen to me, Matt, we aren’t paying him enough. Mitch won’t allow him to run the offense he wants to run.” I hate that guy. I’ve been hoping he would come here even before we hired Stoops.

  50. Todd
    9:35 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    Thank god I decided to keep my season tickets this year. I think I was the only person in our row that did – that, or they all just gave them away each game. This coaching staff should, hopefully, produce an entertaining game that doesn’t leave the angry old man behind me cursing about bubble screens and runs on third and long.

  51. Joker Phillips
    9:37 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    FINALLY! We’ll have some decent O around here! I’m getting season tickets NAO… heyyy… waitaminute. =/

  52. kydenman
    9:40 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    I am so looking fwd to commonwealth stadium next year!!!! Mitch I believe u have just hit ur homerun with the duo of STOOPS and NEAL BROWN!!!! AIR RAID is BACK BABY!!!!

  53. kydenman
    9:40 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    I cant wait till august!!!!

  54. KT
    9:43 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    From what I’ve read BTW, Brown was doing a terrific job down there and the majority of the fanbase loved him but there was a very loud portion that wanted Mike Leach back or nothing at all, similar to some of our own for a certain coach the last couple months. Tuberville was not very popular either and Brown came in under him so there were probably that too.

    I’m really excited about Brown, I agree JC, I was in the same boat. TTech fans who really thought offense was the problem last year are idiots.

  55. [email protected]
    9:44 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    I’m sure any coach will do better than Joker Phillips. How much worse can it get from 2-12. But I would hold my horses and let’s see what Stopps can do. You have to remember this is UK FB, not BB. We have never, ever, ever,ever been a top tier program. For a few fleeting years Brooks was able to get UK to a few bowl games. That’s it. He beat a deteriating UL team, good wins over LSU & Auburn and maybe Georgia, but for the most part, Brooks tenure was not top tier. If Stoops takes UK to the top of the SEC, every major program in the Country we be breaking down the door to steal him away, and that is the truth.

  56. Dee Sanders
    9:45 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    maybe premature, but I think this staff, so far, is a top 5 staff in the SEC

  57. kydenman
    9:47 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    GO BIG BLUE!!!!

  58. Katdaddy c
    9:50 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    Expectations already too high! How is it that by hiring these coaches gonna make these one and two star players on this fb team better right off the bat? I’ve seen little 7yr old boys tackle better than some of the guys on this team. And #24 is right two to three yrs from now if we’re not winning. FOR SALE signs will be in the coaches yard.

  59. Todd
    9:53 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    Sad but true, #56. If he succeeds, inevitably other big name programs will be trying to steal him (Tennessee will probably be looking for a new coach by then). Then the question becomes, does he like it here and want to stay? I think if he does well, Mitch will back a dump truck full of cash up to the guy’s house. I hope we get to find out. Hell, even if he does leave, after what we saw with Joker, 2-3 years of entertaining football would just be great.

  60. BigBluStaff
    9:54 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    Top 5 coaching staff wake up bbn.This offense Neal Brown runs never wins a championship against the better defenses’s .nothing but alot bells and whistles.It’s practically useless . A Gimmick offense .

  61. Keep Rock
    9:55 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    #48 This offence will score enough points to keep people in the seats untill Stoops can get the players in to run his style of D. We might not be that good for a couple years, but we should be pretty damn fun to watch.

  62. Keep Rock
    9:59 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    Anybody who was out commonwealth during Tim Couchs 2 years knows how much commonwealth can rock with a good offence. UK didn’t win a lot of big games but they sure was great to watch.

  63. Jack Nicklaus
    9:59 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    I love it. Great combination of tough defense and an exciting, aggressive offense. How fun is it going to be watching our team play to win instead of playing not to lose.

  64. Air Raid
    10:01 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    Now lets get Petrino as QB coach and well be title contenders

  65. Seriously?
    10:04 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t get it. I am as diehard as you can get for football, but I don’t get this unabashed here comes UK enthusiasm. I am not saying any of these guys are bad hires. I am saying you have a head coach with no experience, you have a team with a bottom of the SEC talent level and you have a bunch of new coaches with limited experience coming in.

    Elliot has never been a DC, Stoops has never been an HC, and while their turnaround at FSU was nice, it was in a horrible ACC with top FL talent.

    Again, I am OK with the hires so far, but I am certainly not of the opinion this is a home run just yet. The expectation being built for this poor staff is already out of control.

    Let’s be realistic, let them coach for a bit and then decide if this was a home run.

  66. Rixter
    10:05 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    Wow, according to many on here, we will be far worse under Stoops than we were under Joker

  67. Henrycocat
    10:07 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    Great I guess the line at the bathrooms will be back next year. Lol

  68. Todd
    10:09 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    #66 – I can’t speak for anyone but myself, but I’m not expecting them to win the SEC or do anything amazing for a few years. I’m just glad that these guys appear to know football and aren’t going to leave me absolutely perplexed as to what they’re trying to do, like Joker’s staff. Joker’s team was VERY hard to watch because the play calling was atrocious and the discipline was completely absent. These guys might end up being the same way, I don’t know, but at least it will hopefully be something different.

  69. kydenman
    10:10 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    all the negative comments must be coming from loserville fans or bbll fans who dont want to see us have a good ftbll program here!!!!

  70. Seriously?
    10:15 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    Rixter – Not worse. But realism is something UK fans lack at times. Like after the Blue White game when I thought, wow, this team has a looooooooooooong way to go I log on here to see bunches of fans saying they should be #1.

    I like the staff, but they are extremely inexperienced so I will temper my judgement until I give them a fair chance to prove themselves and what they can do. I hope it’s a home run and I for the first time in 3 years I am excited about the direction we are headed in football.

    However, the SEC is king and right now we are a serf. And just as an FYI to all of the fans who said bye, bye bubble screen, the air raid features a screen and draw attack as it’s running game so get ready for a big dose.

  71. Stig
    10:17 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    You have to give this staff time. Joker played a lot of young players but doesn’t mean those kids were good. Next year will be very tough. Give them at least three years ok?

  72. Keep Rock
    10:17 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    #69 I with you. I don’t think we are going to win the SEC or anythiing, but these guys do give us hope of being watchable at least. If we are going to lose and we will untill we get better players at least make it entertaining instead of feeling like a trip to the dentist office.

  73. Chris
    10:18 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    Now the debate for the next 8 months. Towles or Smith?

  74. Seriously?
    10:22 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    If you are just hoping to watch exciting losing football, we have different hopes as fans.

  75. Keep Rock
    10:23 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    Patrick Towles is smiling today. Smith will be a good backup and Whitlow will be a good WR.

  76. UKBlue
    10:24 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    This is awesome news,; if UK is even halfway good next year, Brown will be at UK no more than 2 years. Either way, UK, Barnahrt, & Stoops aren’t f’ing around when it comes to football. #WeAreUK

  77. QBCompetition
    10:29 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    I love Patrick Towels as much as anybody but he is going to have to come a long way very quickly to beat out a healthy Max Smith, especially in a Neal Brown offense. Maxwell is perfect for this offense but only time will tell. Excited to see what will happen. GO BIG BLUE!!!

  78. Keep Rock
    10:29 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    #75 You said you wanted to be realistic. If you expect anything other then a mediocre at best team for the next 3 years your being unrealistic. That’s just the facts, Joker tanked the program and it is going to take some time. At least we will score pts and that will keep people coming untill our talent is better. I don’t know if Stoops is the answer or not but this will allow him him time to prove his self, but by in no way do I think he can walk on water.

  79. Keep Rock
    10:33 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    I think it is a win win for everybody. If we do good enough for Brown to get a better job then UK should be in good shape to hire anther top flight OC.

  80. Chris
    10:35 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    #79 I completely disagree. The new coaching staff is inheriting a lot of talent and a lot of that young talent got very good experience this season. It is just now they will have coordinators confident enough to put them in the right position to suceed. No more Colonel Sanders and Nuclear Minter.

  81. Crusher
    10:36 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    Passion has always over-ruled intelligence and brains so let it be with BBN. Remember the coaches don’t play just coach and evaluate but if they can attract players with size, speed and football instincts perhaps we can compete where the game outcome may not be as predictable as it has been the past few seasons.

  82. Matt
    10:38 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    I’m a little concerned that Jason Bateman will be running our offense…

  83. Katdaddy
    10:43 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    You guys won’t wait that long and you know it. A month ago you couldn’t wait for BB. Aready gave up on BB now ready for FB again. Gotta love uk fans!

  84. Fecesforbrains
    10:46 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    Some of you creepers must be fans of Louisville or some place besides UK.. Yes we have an inexperienced staff but guess what they all know football and what is required to win games.. Our kids are undisciplined and weak.. I have a sneaky feeling they will be much stronger better nourished and team disciplined or they will be on the highway.. Joker wanted to be their buddy and mark stoops will be their coach and leader … That itself is worth a star or two.. Raw talent is very similar between a 3 star and a 5 star … A good staff will show you Non believing creepers what is possible … I myself can’t wait till feb then spring blue white then September … A statement by the university of the magnitude of the last 5 weeks has been music to true blue fans !

  85. True Story
    10:47 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    ooh, realism – next 3-years won’t be a great W/L ratio. What it should be:

    1) Exciting offense and solid defense
    2) Winning some games we shouldn’t
    3) Winning most of the games we should
    4) Play calling that makes sense
    5) A road to recovery…

    Honestly my highest hope is that we return to a Brooks-era sort of team for the next 3-years and keep moving up thereafter. Coach Stoops doesn’t see a ceiling. neither should we.

  86. Jonny Ballgame
    11:14 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    I’m excited about the staff that is falling in place for this squad and what they can bring to our current players. We do have some decent talent currently that they can work with and get improved results. Hopefully the talent level will rise with string recruiters, the staff taking new roles (Stoops and DJ) can adjust quickly) and the Cats will start stepping up the SEC ladder in the next few years. I’m looking forward to a fun ride. Go Cats!

  87. Guy in Section 206
    11:23 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    I approve of the hire! Maybe I’ll have regular company next year!!!

  88. theSkinny81
    11:32 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    84 – ….says the loser who spends his evenings on a rival site. ya sound scared, man. just enjoy you’re bowl beatdown, and hope old Charlie can live up to his overpriced/overstay contract.

  89. Keep rock
    12:06 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    To all those who keep talking about all the talent we have returning. Really? You must have watched a different team then I did. It’s unfair to Stoops to overstate our team. If he wins 6 games next year we should extend his contract and he will be coach of the year in the SEC. Need to stop looking at the stars and look at who else is recruiting the players. Every other team isn’t looking over these players. I get the finding a hidden gem but you can’t have a whole team of them. We have to win the recruiting battle in the Lousville high schools to win. Then we can get a couple from other places.

  90. Max Smith
    12:36 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    FML…can I borrow some seat covers so I have a comfy seat on the bench next year?

  91. KT
    12:39 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    I disagree @90. We looked very strong offensively before Max Smith went down (top 10 passing game in the country prior to injury), lots of speed and talent in the young receivers and really strong running backs, we couldn’t throw the ball after Max went down and every team we played stacked the box on us after that which also neutralized the running game.

    Defensively we struggled all year but even there I thought several of those Freshmen secondary guys (the weakest link early in the season) improved by leaps and bounds by the last 2 or 3 games of the season (like JD Harmon), they had the speed and athleticism to hang with SEC caliber receivers, but they were still checking out mentally every so often which I think can be corrected with good coaching. Our Dline, well, big disappointment this year and zero depth, Stoops will need to recruit that position hard and our linebackers were hit and miss except for Avery W and Bud D who were both solid all year (both made all sec team).

    I WILL say that we didn’t have a lot of talent in the upper classmen though, it was pretty much all the Freshmen and redshirt Freshmen that were impressive so they will still be young next year too but they got a lot of experience last year most freshmen in the SEC don’t. Joker may not have done a great job at HC but his staff was full of good recruiters and they did well the last two years, hence the non bare cupboard.

  92. Phillip Two Ham sandwiches
    1:00 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    So what your saying is Kentucky will have a defense and a offense? Crap… Vicky, you know the drill…pulled pork please

  93. Keep rock
    1:12 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    #92 wasn’t Smith the QB for the UL and Western loss. If you think UK will win 7 or 8 next year God bless you. Drinking way to much blue kool aid. It’s just not fair to Stoops to expect him to come in here and turn this thing around quickly. It takes more time to fix football then it does bb. I do appreciate your optimism and would love it if you where right. Just think this thing is 2 or 3 years away best case.i hope people will give Stoops a fair shake and not want to fire him after 2 so so years. He’s coming into a program in a lot worse shape the Joker. I don’t think Saban could win with this team next year. It took him 2 years to get Bama where he wanted them and they where already in a lot better shape then we are now.

  94. Kidd Kidd
    2:21 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    As good as Smith was, I would almost rather see Towles start. Why? He’s 6’4 230-240 lbs. and is MOBILE. Smith is a somewhat better passer, but cant move to save his life. Honestly, I say they work with Whitlow in the offseason, and get his passing better. Honestly, if Whitlow could develop a passing game, it would make the offense that much more dangerous.

  95. putinrichie
    6:45 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Stoops+Brown = Charlie Strong’s demise at UL

    Poor Charlie…………UL will be the second or third best team in the state again in short order

  96. Jason
    7:26 am December 10, 2012 Permalink


    Yes, Max Smith was the QB during both the UofL and the WKU games. But the defense, also existed. And so did that vanilla, bland, awful offensive playcalling. While I will agree that you can’t just ignore those loses, it’s also really hard to say the team doesn’t have a lot of offensive talent on the roster, ready to be used, either.

    I won’t predict 6 wins, but I don’t think it’s impossible to find 6 wins on the schedule. We’ve got our 3 patsy non-conference games. We’ve got a home matchup with Mizzou. We’ve got Vandy on the schedule. We’re home against UT. And then we’ve got UofL in a rivalry match, at home, and Commonwealth will probably be rocking as it will be the first big game of Stoops career, I’d expect the fans to come out in droves. Again not predicting 6, but there’s 6 wins on that schedule if things break right in a few of those games.

  97. RealCatsFan
    7:37 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    97, after last season, 4 wins would be a vast improvement. Let’s temper our expectations and give Coach Stoops a fair shake. Still, I like the level of excitement he is bringing with him. That alone can inspire the motivation amongst the players that is needed to sneak away with an extra win or two.

  98. Jason
    9:19 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Oh I agree that four wins is a vast improvement. I don’t think we will for certain win 6, but I don’t think it’s some impossible thing, either. If you squint really hard, you could see where this team could get to six or seven wins.

    I expect to see a team who’s in almost every game this year and one who gives you the chance to win against Louisville, Vandy, Tennessee and Mizzou (maybe even Miss St. though thats a longer shot) but still comes up short more times than not. I expect better recruits than we had been getting (if Vandy can…we can. Simple as that). 4-5 wins is what I think is likely, 6 wins is an outlier of a season but in the realm of possibility.

  99. UKBlue1!
    10:24 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    #99 We will do well to win 4 games next year. UK is slow. Vandy, MSU and UL are all leaps ahead in talent. Mizzu, UT are possiblities. Right now, I only see the 3 roadkill non-conference games and 1 SEC. I hope Stoops is a great recruiter and I am liking the staff he is putting together. Go Cats!

  100. you guys are comical
    10:52 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    So UK gets beat by Vandy 40-0, by Mizzou 33-10, UT 37-17 and now some are moving those over to the “winnable games” column? LOL “3 out of conference patsies”. Geez, we lost to WKU and in hindsight I can’t believe we beat Kent State (UK was their only regular season loss and they ended up top 25). Anybody thinking there’s a chance of 6 wins next year is nuts…just caught up in the excitement of UK’s hiring of the next sacrificial SEC lamb. I’m okay with Stoops, but give me Mike Summers over John Schlarman as O-line coach. Chad Scott? meh. Neal Brown..we’ll see. Gimmicky offense is just that. Yeah, I read about the excitement in CWS, the air raid sirens. Will it propel UK into middle tier SEC even? Nope

  101. Jason
    10:53 am December 10, 2012 Permalink


    Very much agreed for the most part. My “expectations” are four wins. There’s no reason to have them lower then that. I could see us exceeding those expectations to around 6 wins on the high end, though I find it unlikely. If Max Smith and CO take to the Air Raid offense as well as you hope them to, there’s no reason they can’t find a win against Vandy or someone else in that “middle tier” of games, or, at least see a world where they could win one. With a high powered offense, you can sneak up on someone. But yes, I’ve got them down as a 4 win team right now, but there’s some fluidity and mobility. I honestly don’t think we’re that slow.

    When I mentioned those games, the UL, Vandy and MSU games, I expect to be in the game, not necessarily win them. Essentially, I’m saying no more 40-0 drubbings.

  102. Go out
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  103. Keep rock
    12:25 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    In one of the worst economic times ever I don’t think I would be telling everyone to buy season tickets. Most people just don’t have the money they used to for leisure items. You buy tickets if you want to, let other chose for theirselves.