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Rick Bozich reiterates that UK has no interest in Petrino

A mini coaching search update from our pal Rick Bozich: UK and Bobby Petrino isn’t going to happen. Yesterday, Bozich shared his thoughts on his WDRB blog:

Bobby Petrino will not be the next football coach at the University of Kentucky.

That remains the message from both the Kentucky and Petrino camps. Even before the season, the persistent word from Lexington was that UK athletic director Mitch Barnhart would have no interest in Petrino if things went wrong with Joker Phillips.

That has not changed 10 days after Phillips was told he would not return next season. Even the Petrino camp understands and accepts that today.

Why? Bozich echoes what we’ve been hearing since the decision to let Joker go: he’s “swinging for the fences.” Who does Bozich think the Cats interested in?

Louisiana Tech coach Sonny Dykes
Texas A&M offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Kliff Kingsbury
Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville
Former Oregon coach Mike Bellotti
Cincinnati’s Butch Jones
Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease
Duke’s David Cutcliffe

If you don’t believe me, check his blog out for yourself.

[BOZICH BLOG: Petrino, UK Football Search; Big East Sleepers]

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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130 Comments for Rick Bozich reiterates that UK has no interest in Petrino



  1. asdf
    10:32 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Been watching ESPN’s all-access look at La. Tech. Sonny Dykes is perfect for us!



  2. Plumlee just fouled me
    10:32 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    yeah, because paula dean knows soooooo much about this coaching search.



  3. Chet Steadman Poked Henry's Mom
    10:33 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Count me in as Not Impressed. There goes my 4 tickets. Typical UK



  4. The Gambler
    10:37 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    If no Petrino …

    1. Butch Jones
    2. Sonny Dykes
    3. Tommy Tuberville

    After that … there are no other “homerun hires”.



  5. Wildcat3331
    10:38 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    First 3 and Cutcliffe are the most appealing. Does this mean Kirby Smart is out of the picture? I really, really wanted him



  6. Hartline
    10:38 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Its pretty much stated fact that Cutcliffe and Tuberville are not on the list. Bozich has no idea what he is talking about.



  7. KcMunk
    10:38 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Kliff would be a Grandslam. Let that kid build his resume here!!!



  8. Absurd
    10:39 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    If you give swinging for the fences as a reason not to hire someone, usually at least 1 of your alternative choices has to be better than the coach you’re eliminating……just sayin



  9. Paula Deen
    10:40 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    This post needs more butter yall!



  10. nawlij
    10:42 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    If any of those names are hired, I will not step foot in that stadium or give the university and $$ ever again…



  11. bill curry
    10:44 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    UK reiterates that it does not want to compete in SEC football, we want Joker back!



  12. Season Ticket Holder
    10:45 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    -4 There are no “home run hires” in that list, period.
    What a depressing list. If that is what we’re facing, I’ll tune in again to Kentucky football when we’re 8-1. Until then, football is dead to me.



  13. Your mom
    10:46 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Swinging for the fences? Maybe, little league.



  14. Donny Berger
    10:48 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    And that folks is a wrap! That’s why this program is sh!t and always will be sh!t, an incompetent AD, until Mike Slive notifies UK and lets them know what an embarrassment they are to the SEC and things need to be changed and if not be seeking another league, this is what we will have “sh!t”



  15. BIll Curry's Ghost
    10:48 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    I went to the Bengals game on Sunday with a couple of Lousiville fans, they were crying at the thought of Petrino going to UK. Sorry I just think not hiring him will be the end of Barnhardt if the next coach doesn’t work out.



  16. TN Cat
    10:50 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    I’ve never been a UK football fan so I have no dog in this race but I have to say that is a terrible list.



  17. todd
    10:50 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    please no Mike Macintrye!!!!!! he will destroy what is left



  18. Josh
    10:51 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    I’m so sick of barnFart! If it wasn’t for pressure from people UK wouldn’t have gotten Cal. Now he’s doing the same thing with a proven name coach!
    Football generated the most money, yet he’s not willing to even meet with a proven winner (controversial yes). He’s a power driven & look what I did type of guy. Fire him & find a “WE” guy who cares about doing big things for his state not for himself!!!



  19. yesterdays
    10:51 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    For those who claim they are done with UK football, what names would bring you back??

  20. He really thinks Kliff & Cutcliff are “swinging for the fences”??? Scottie beam me up!!!



  21. catscatscats
    10:52 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    YAY!!!!!



  22. Tickle
    10:54 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Let’s just hire a retread like we usually do, so we can win 4-6 games a year (mostly out of conference of course) when they retire from age in 4 years, we can start the process all over again.



  23. ahhh fudge...
    10:54 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino is THE home run hire. If you are swinging for the fences, you get him. All the others are slow dribblers to the 1st baseman… UK football is F’d with Mitch at the helm.



  24. BigBlueRealist
    10:55 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    14, you’re dead on. Barnhart has to be the worst AD in all of the ncaa.
    This whole coaching search is a f*#%ing joke. We will make the worst possible hire while Petrino will be at auburn or tennessee contending for sec championships in a few years.
    Anyone other than Petrino & I am done with UK football!!



  25. Shane
    10:56 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    BOZICH IS CLUELESS. CUTCLIFFE AND TUBERVILLE HAVE ALREADY TAKENT THERE NAMES OUT OF CONSIDERATION. KLINGSBURY IS AN OPTION Z.



  26. Low Expectations
    10:57 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Why is everyone felatiating Sonny Dykes and David Cutcliff so much?? BOR-ring.



  27. Betty
    10:57 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    I’m sure it will be Sonny Dykes and I’m glad!



  28. Steve_Jobs
    10:58 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Swinging for the fences? More like trying to lay down a nice bunt.



  29. costanza
    10:59 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    This will be it for Mitch if Bobby P ends up at Tennessee. I can envision a lot of 56-14 type scores.



  30. Dave
    11:00 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    No Kirby Smart?



  31. Dave
    11:01 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    How is Tuberville a homerun hire?

    What’s he done?



  32. bigblue4
    11:02 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino would be swinging for the fences. I agree that yes, he might leave and he is a snake in the grass in some ways. However, if he comes here and wins big, then leaves, well at least he would prove that it can be done at UK. Also, let’s be honest, any coach that does well at UK is going to leave sooner or later. I think we should go after the best coach available and that is obviously Petrino.



  33. the Big Dog
    11:03 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Go crawl back into your hole Bozich. We thought we were free from you when the Courier canned you.



  34. JaredCarterIsMyHomeboy
    11:03 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Rex Ryan



  35. Pappa D Nutts
    11:04 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Looks like we will remain the SEC bitch for years to come, Mitch and Mike Slive must be tight, cause of the embarrassment that UK causes the SEC is mind blowing, maybe we should become like Villanova and only have a basketball team.



  36. Tom in Rockcastle
    11:07 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Swinging for the fences, more like playing small ball. It feels like man on first and second with no outs and the batter tries to bunt them over but instead it comes straight back to the pitcher who throws to third and gets the lead runner, the very next pitch the batter hits into a double play and what seemed like a nice inning turns to crap in 30 seconds.



  37. CAYTS
    11:08 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Everyone saying they are done with UK football, that’s fine, but don’t come back cheering UK and their new coach if they start winning. 98% of everyone who bitches about it has zero idea of what really goes on with a coaching hire. There is a lot more to it than just getting a big name. Everyone wants the “homerun” hire who has already establshed themself as a winner, but what about the majority of unestablished coaches who come in and build a great program? Hate to break it to you, but most programs deal with the latter scenario. Would you rather risk a few more years of bad football because of a non-homerun hire, or risk Petrino in another scandal and have the victim suing UK Athletics for all they have?



  38. FlashOfBlue
    11:08 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    I would like to see Kingsbury.



  39. DownCline
    11:09 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino is a dumpster fire, only a complete MORON would want him as UK’s coach. So yes, if you want Petrino as UK’s coach, then you are a MORON.



  40. Justin
    11:09 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    I have supported Barnhart in the past but not now, you chose a coach that wins…period! This isn’t little league, this is SEC football and a huge revenue producer for our university! Im sorry that Petrino is tough to handle, rubs people wrong way, has made some personal mistakes, ect. but the guy wins at football, and that is what we are hiring is a football coach! We are not hiring a “new friend” for Mitch, we are hiring a football coach. When you run a business you hire the best available, and sometimes they arent the easiest to deal with and sometimes they have personal life issues that you may not agree with, but if they do their job (win football games) then you are doing what is best for your company.

    Its time Mitch put the unversity football program first and not his “friendships” and “easy hires”. Mitch doesnt want to work to hard, and he knows with a Petrino hire he will have to work harder, and it pisses me off. Mitch is taking the easy road. He needs to put the university first, and Mitch second!

    Jurich > Barnhart and it is not even close! I wish we had an AD with some personality, some drive and some balls! Our AD is to worried about volleyball and “going against the fan-grain” than the real stuff, like a winning football coach!



  41. kramer
    11:09 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    That list is swinging for the fences, fences of what? the outhouse, Kingsbury is the only one I like out of that list cause he is good looking, haha!! Mitch needs to at least interview Petrino, for the love of god, guarantee next yr which ever team he is coaching in SEC, will kick UK ass!!



  42. burger
    11:10 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    This is not the University of Mitch Barnhart!

    He doesn’t even know how to shop for pants.

    Swinging for the fences???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    It’s the same way we’ve been recruiting in football and it doesn’t work.
    Bring in 3 star talent, get 3 star results.

    Petrino is 5 star talent. If Barnhart is at the plate, he’s facing the other direction.



  43. Donny Berger
    11:10 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    If a home run hire includes a list of names with David Cutcliffe, Tommy Tuberville,Brent Pease(which even the Gators will tell you this guy sucks and they want him gone)you might as well take that list and wipe your a$$ with it, all I can say is Mitch needs to up his medication dosages, cause he is losing his [email protected]!ng mind



  44. herodotus6
    11:11 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    So, if we are “swinging for the fences”, here’s how I see each hire breaking down.

    Dykes: Strike out swinging if there isn’t a good DC coming with him. If so, then at best a double.
    Kingsbury: See Dykes.
    Tuberville: Walk. The at bat isn’t exciting, but hey, at least you’re on base.
    Bellotti: Hit by pitch, knocked out of game with concussion. His issues on how he left Oregon, with issues with several players, no thanks.
    Jones: Thrown out at first. You made contact, but the fans won’t support a Big East hire not named Charlie Strong.
    Pease: Strike out looking. Won’t motivate the fanbase, offense has been shaky in several games this season, and same problems as Kingsbury and Dykes.
    Cutcliffe: Strike out looking, trips over shoe laces walking to dugout, falls into path of batter on-deck taking practice swings, concussion, and lost vision in right eye. Cutcliffe is a lateral move. If that’s the hire, might as well have hung on to Joker as he was at least OUR loser.



  45. Roll Tide
    11:11 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    I do not think we need a 34 yo single partying HC. Get Bobby P!



  46. burger
    11:12 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    THE SAD TRUTH

    Mitch knows his job security isn’t based on UK football. He took the risk with Cal and it paid off.

    For him, a safe pick for Football keeps him employed so he can Tubby Smith the next 20 years (and hope Cal stays golden).



  47. Jon Lock
    11:14 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    I really like Kliff Kingsbury, and would be very excited if he became our new head coach. It would be very risky though, because he has never been a head coach and is very young, and add that he has only been coaching since 2008. But I kind of see that as a positive, because if he is only in his 5th season as a coach at all, and he is already the offensive coordinator for an SEC team, there has to be a reason for his quick rise through the ranks. And all his offenses were very successful, and exciting, which is what a lot of UK fans want. Last year as the Offensive Coordinator for Houston, they led the NCAA in yards, points, and almost every other offensive category. I just feel like he has an “it factor,” whatever that may be.



  48. DerbyDemon
    11:16 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    #37–Please, oh learned one, what scandal are you talking about? The fact Petrino was banging some chick on his staff? BFD. He’s NEVER had a scandal with the NCAA, and since I don’t give a rat’s ass about the man’s personal life, he’s the BEST hire out there. Sonny Dykes–PUH-LEEZE. Another guy that knows a little about offense, but zip about defense. If you want UK to remain the SEC doormat in football, then hire one of these doofusses.



  49. Rich Brooks
    11:16 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    How are any of those coaches swinging for the fences? Only two have head coaching experience in the SEC and their records were mediocre. UK should do everything it can to try and hire Coach Petrino. That would be a bigger swing at the fences.



  50. KRAMER
    11:19 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    PETRINO=HOME RUN HIRE



  51. Lush
    11:19 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Well, looks like we will continue to be cellar dwellers, assuming the SEC does not kick us out for sucking so bad. I can’t believe Petrino isn’t being considered. Our only chance to EVER get a top coach who has proven he can win in the SEC and we are not even considering. What a joke UK football is. This alum is gone for good.



  52. Big Dog
    11:21 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Just Keep Joker if that’s the best we can do.



  53. conalo
    11:23 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    The University of Mitch Barnhart. King of non-revenue sports.



  54. J.T.
    11:24 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Take away David Cutcliffe and I like that list. We’d be lucky to hire any one of those coaches.



  55. The Bluegrass Conspiracy
    11:24 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    UK football once again snatches defeat from the jaws of victory…



  56. emlang08
    11:25 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Why no mention of Butch Davis??

    And what happened to Bob Knight calling the duke game?



  57. Donald
    11:25 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    You guys are complete idiots. Mitch was the one who BROUGHT US CAL. In my opinion who could completely screw this hire and a million more to come and he could still be my AD. I trust that Mitch will hire the best coach he can. Petrino is a complete no go!!



  58. dr. love UK
    11:26 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Brent Pease—Florida will actually pay UK to take him off their hands. Rumor has it that he will be let go at the end of the season. The gator offense is well….offensive. Can we have a list that includes some viable candidates.



  59. barn
    11:26 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    bozich is full of it. cutcliffe? swinging for the fences? maybe UK and petrino put up heap big smoke screen



  60. resq
    11:30 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    57-No he had to be persuaded to bring us Cal by people who understand major college basketball (Pratt.) He did bring us Billy Clyde when he could have brought in Cal though. Fanboy.



  61. Maxps8
    11:30 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Butch Jones would be a fantastic coach at UK. As a Cincinnati fan, too tho UK is my first love on the bb-side particularly, I’d hate to see another UC coach get good and go.
    But if he is going to leave, I’d love to see him go to UK. My first pick, tho, is still Jim Tressel. Why is he not even being mentioned? It’s a perfect fit in so many ways.



  62. Maxps8
    11:32 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    JIM TRESSEL



  63. ChicagoCat
    11:34 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    The KSR comments section, providing an outlet for the loudest minority since 2005.



  64. SouthFL GAtor
    11:34 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    I am a Gator fan and you guys are more than welcome to take Pease off our hands, the man couldn’t coordinate a group of seamen that has been out at sea for months to a whore house and he is a candidate to be the head coach “WOW”



  65. Joe
    11:35 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    When has Bozo Bozich ever been correct?



  66. KcMunk
    11:36 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    The bad rap UK fans get is from EVERYONE of you that thinks Petrino is an option. He is a joke and WILL NEVER be the head coach at UK.



  67. catcard202
    11:39 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    As a man that has played/coached baseball basically my entire life…I can guarantee you one thing…When you go up there “swinging for the fence”…You strike-out 95% of the time!!!

    Butch Jones would be an acceptable consultation prize…But for Mitch not to even consider Petrino is grounds for dismissal, IMO. If this hire flops…Mitch will be shown the door!!

    He should know 3 strike & your out!!! He already has 2 working against him…And those cost the Ath. Dept. roughly $8M in buy-outs (BCG/Joker)…Not to mention the $1.5M he gave Tubby as “Loyalty Bonus” before he hightailed it to Minnesota, before the ink was dry!!!



  68. Hal
    11:39 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    when you bring up names like mike bellotti & tommy tuberville, you probably have no idea what you’re talking about…



  69. kenny
    11:41 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino is a “swing for the fences” hire. The rest on this list are just triples,doubles and a couple of broken bat singles.



  70. ChiddarCheddar
    11:49 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    It amazes me how the vocal minority loses control over rumors. This isn’t Mitch talking, it’s Bozich. Come on guys, we have no idea what he’s actually doing in this process.

    And for those giving up tickets because we don’t hire the scum bag your demanding, I’ll take ’em. Win/Win

    Also, hilarious that these same morons were pining for a “gimmick” offense before Joker was fired. They said we couldn’t compete without it. They wanted to be Boise State East. And now, because the scum bag’s daddy makes a statement, what they begged for before won’t work now (aka Sonny Dikes).



  71. Han
    11:53 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    I like how half of RR thinks this site has an agenda against Petrino by reporting how the administration is not considering him.

    I’d still like to have BP, but it’s not him or bust like some of the loudest people are proclaiming. Still, there are other names I’d rather have than some of these guys with limited experience who could just be the next BCG or Joker for us, not ready to run an SEC program.



  72. UK Fan
    11:53 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    People who don’t already understand that Mitch Barnhart is incompetent are not paying attention. Is this what he calls “swinging for the fences”??? Another f*&k up in the making. Until we get someone who knows what they’re doing, UK football will continue to be at the bottome of the barrel, because we have a bottom of the barrell AD.



  73. Han
    11:53 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    48) Duder, it’s not that he was banging some chick. It’s that he gave her a job in the program.



  74. Darth Vader
    11:56 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    #FULMER! #FULMER! #FULMER!

    Orange could get it done for #BBN and big on “Blind Side” recruiting



  75. Larry
    11:57 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    A Pitrino hire would make the most bang. It’s funny even the national media thinks its UK best option esp if he chooses UK over other schools. I would think it would also bring some undecided recruits on board. I believe those D1 prospects coming out of Ky will more likely stay in state and play for Petrino because he brings the most buzz esp offensively. Why doesn’t the media (KSR) ask former UK football alumni like schnellenberger about their thoughts.



  76. UK Fan
    11:59 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    #46–The Sad Truth is that you don’t have a clue what you’re talking about. Barnhart had no role in the hiring of Calipari. He was opposed to bringing him to UK. That’s why a few of the adults told him to stand in the corner while they made it happen. Barnhart, when left to his own devices brought us BCG and Joker. Looks like he’s about to f*&k up the football program for yet another 5 years. He is incompetent and his record speaks for itself.



  77. Carl
    11:59 am November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Bozich is still alive? Why would anyone want to read his blog? There is more truth in the graffiti on the bathroom walls than what he has to say….and people that are bashing Barnhart are way off base. The guy has done pretty well given the parameters within which he has had to operate.



  78. Hokey Pete
    12:02 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    If Brent Pease is a serious candidate, then Mr. Barnhart needs to be relieved of his duties ASAP.



  79. Really?
    12:03 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t even know who Rick bozich is but if that’s the list for replacement coaches then Barnhart is swinging for the unemployment line not the fences.



  80. Blackhawk
    12:06 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    #76 – wrong but anyway Mitch also brought Matthew Mitchell and Rich Brooks. Everyone is on Petrino like he would actually come to UK…he wouldn’t and won’t.



  81. Paducah
    12:07 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    James Franklin



  82. Big Blue Realist
    12:11 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    57, it is because of morons like you & barney fife that UK will remain bottom of the barrel in the sec.
    Petrino is the ONLY chance of UK changing the culture of the football program & being competitive in the sec.



  83. HaHaHa
    12:11 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    #44: Hilarious post.

    Hey, what about that Bob Stitt??? Read a great article on him. Seems like if we want an up and comer who could run a gimmick-style offense that could do damage in the SEC, AND who would stay here for a while, Still would be our guy.

    Here’s the article: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2012/10/29/bob-stitt-fly-sweep-colorado-school-of-mines-college-football-offense/1659819/



  84. CAYTS
    12:15 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    #48 DerbyDemon, see #73. UK would have no defense to someone that wanted to take them for all they have because of a Petrino scandal. It’s already known he has done it before, so the administration couldn’t pull the “We didn’t know” card.. Not to say it will happen again, but would you be willing to risk the future of UK Athletics?



  85. Blackhawk
    12:17 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    #82…really Petrino is the savior? Bobby isn’t coming here and never was. He’s holding out for a better job like Auburn or UT. It’s one thing to take a step back in your career…it’s another to risk it all at UK who hasn’t done anything in years but go to a series of bowl games despite not having a good record in the conference.



  86. DoseofReality
    12:18 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    For those of you posting: “If Barnhart doesn’t get Petrino watch him go to Tennessee or Auburn and kick UK’s tail the next 5 years.”

    You do realize that Petrino is not coming to UK if he thinks he can get either the Tennessee or Auburn job, right?



  87. The Hoff
    12:22 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    You don’t hire first year head coaches in the SEC…..period! If we are going to make these hires we need to change conferences.



  88. Petrino is Trash
    12:23 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink


  89. Dr. Tom
    12:25 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Good question #56. The best part of the UK/dook game was the fact that Bobby Knight wasn’t part of the telecast. But on second thought, maybe it would have been better if he had been and gone off on Cal and UK on the air and gotten canned by ESPN!! Oh and as I have been saying for two weeks, hire Kingsbury!!



  90. ironmike
    12:26 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Bobby Petrino is overrated. I really don’t get the infatuation in his coaching ability.

    The biggest myth out there about Petrino is that he built two programs. He didn’t build either one.

    UL – He took over for John L Smith who had taken UL to 5 straight bowl games and had won 8 and 10 games in 2 of the 3 seasons before Petrino arrived. He also happened to be there when the best QB and RB prospects in Jefferson County in the last 20 years were there in Brian Brohm and Michael Bush. Both were not only from Louisville but grew up UL fans. So he maintained the success that John L set for him with John L’s recruits and then UL has a losing record the year after he leaves the program.

    Arkansas – He took over for Houston Nutt who won 8 or more games in 6 of 10 seasons. Nutt had also won 8 and 10 games in the two years before Petrino took the job. Petrino maintains the success with Nutt’s recruits. As soon as Petrino leaves the program, the team has a losing record in its first season without Petrino.

    The morale of the story is that Petrino was gifted two programs that were doing well and left them much worse after his tenure. Im not even talking about his character. He is just plain overrated as a leader on the football field.



  91. ironmike
    12:29 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    In both the Arkansas and Louisville jobs, Petrino inherited a winner. This is what makes UK completely different yet some think he would take UK and just win here and leave us in a much better place. WHY??? He’s NEVER inherited a loser and he’s NEVER left the program with a foundation for future success.



  92. ironmike
    12:31 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Notice a trend….the teams he coached were better before he took the job than they were after.



  93. Supcats
    12:34 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t understand why not we reach out to Jim Tressel at all. Atleast we can mention his name and see how he shows. I think it would be a great hiring.



  94. UKBlue1!
    12:34 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Most of the coaches on this list make me want to PUKE.



  95. ironmike
    12:35 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Yet, somehow the “Petrino or BUST” camp thinks hes the next Bear Bryant and that a coach whose fresh off a scandal, where he tried to hire his mistress and lie about it, should get the UK job.

    For the record, I don’t think Sonny Dykes should get the job either.



  96. Dr. Tom
    12:36 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks #90. The best articulated post on record regarding Petrino!!



  97. Section 135
    12:44 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Kingsbury. Did anyone happen to see what his offense has done the last two years? He’s smart and will bring a good DC



  98. Cannon
    12:45 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    I wish Mitch would come out and hold a press conference to let everyone know some info. Is it not strange that he couldn’t do this simple task after firing joker? Instead he writes some letter leaving many unanswered questions on the table.. He’s handled this thing pretty shitty and if he doesn’t at least talk to petrino he’s a fool. I really don’t think anyone has any clue on who the next coach is going to be



  99. Cannon
    12:48 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Ok 90 then Petrino should have no trouble maintaining the young talent we have returning on our team.



  100. ironmike
    12:51 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Butch Jones and Tommy Tuberville are the only two coaches on Bozich’s list that I’m interested in. Both have had success as head coaches for multiple seasons and both are currently coaches at schools in BCS conferences. Not only are both proven winners, but I think both could do very well here.

    If we have to go the coordinator route, Kirby Smart is the best one out there and he knows the SEC inside and out. He should be a candidate if he’s not right now.

    Another one that I never see listed is Bob Diaco. He is Notre Dame’s defensive coordinator who was also Brian Kelly’s DC at Cincy and Central Michigan. He is only 39 years old and currently leads one of the best defenses in the country. I think he would be a very intriguing hire and is someone who has been listed as a candidate at seemingly every school but UK.



  101. Linda Taylor
    12:54 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    61 – If UK hired Tressel they would have to open up their entire program to NCAA inspection. The show cause penalty is issued because the NCAA wants to make a coach unhireable. One tiny little mistake and the NCAA could throw the book at UK. The following is the show cause penalty:

    19.02.1 Show-Cause Order. A show-cause order is one that requires a member institution to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Committee on Infractions (or the Infractions Appeals Committee per Bylaw 19.2) why it should not be subject to a penalty (or additional penalty) for not taking appropriate disciplinary or corrective action against an institutional staff member or representative of the institution’s athletics interests identified by the committee as having been involved in a violation of NCAA regulations that has been found by the committee. (Revised: 1/10/95, 4/24/03)



  102. Lisa
    1:10 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    As a former supporter of Petrino, I think realistically it is time to move on. I support Kliff Kingsbury offensive and quarterback coach for Texas A&M. young and exciting and will stay awhile.



  103. Mr. Morals
    1:11 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    If Mitch screws this hire up, how many signatures would it take to get his canned?



  104. jwmsix
    1:20 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Cracks me up that you would care what the Louisville fan thinks. They do not want Ky to be good. Just like Pitino wanting the people to have the basketball job so he could continue to beat UK.



  105. Bus
    1:21 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    lol. Yeah, a Bobby Petrino hire would be “swinging for the fences”, but while we’re using the baseball analogy, you really want a guy that will step out of the batter’s box to go play for a supposed better team in the middle of the at-bat?

    And has been previously stated: Petrino isn’t coming to UK if Tennessee or Auburn is even interested, much less making a serious offer.



  106. Fan Man
    1:41 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    I heard some radio guys in the Western part of the state comparing UK football to a person on welfare and thought it was interesting. They said UK was the guy who didn’t want to work and wanted to be handed a check. I think in SEC football that is who we are. We want to share in all the money and glory but we won’t spend any money to improve facilities,recruiting, coaches, etc… Not a bad comparison.



  107. Ain'tNoWay
    1:46 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    My take is Petrino wants no part of ChokerThorpes players and BarnFarts high school facilities…



  108. catlogic15
    1:51 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Bozich has become lazy. Petrino not gonna happen so forget him. Whomever the coach is, I think it’s tantamount that he has southern recruiting ties. Can make up a lot of ground quickly.



  109. STEVE!
    1:56 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    106 – That used to be Vandy, but that has changed over the past two years. Former coaches were talking about the SEC on a Nashville sports talk station Saturday morning, and made the statement that EVERY AD in the SEC knos that the most important part of their job is to make sure football is healthy. I assume they forgot about our AD.



  110. Larry
    1:58 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Pitrino camp has made it known that it’s not about the money. I heard that his family enjoyed the ky area and his daughter still goes to school in Louisville. Not as far fetched as it may seem.



  111. Roy
    2:01 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    #87 – Answer: Will Muschamp, Mark Richt, Dan Mullen, James Franklin.

    Q: Who are current SEC football head coaches hired with no prior head coaching experience?



  112. Cooler74
    2:17 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    UK football stinks, always will. Especially if you go with anyone off that list.



  113. OlderThan16
    2:36 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    One way to get people to take your comment seriously is to not sound like an 8yr old. Here’s looking at you, people who use “Barnfart” in your post. Yeah, people are really going to think you’re intelligent if you use an insult an 8yr old child would use.



  114. John
    2:50 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Why? Bozich echoes what we’ve been hearing since the decision to let Joker go: he’s “swinging for the fences.”

    How is going for any of the coaches listed swinging for the fences compared to Petrino?

    I hate all this bull.

    We want Petrino…. We will suck forever passing up this opportunity.



  115. redman
    3:56 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    113-Another way to be taken seriously is to not post like you do. (ie creating dozens of accounts arguing the same point in an effort to make it look like lots of people share your opinion.)



  116. fanofUKsports
    4:17 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Mike Bellotti!!! Winningest coach of all time at Oregon. Last “successful” UK football coach we got came from there. Going to finally have to face the fact that Kentucky will never have an outstanding football program. First time I’ve seen Bellotti’s name mentioned for the job but you can’t go wrong with a verteran coach. May be tough to convince him to coach though but all in all, a good option!



  117. goUKats
    5:21 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    The problem with some of the names we see is these are coaches competeing outside the SEC making it very difficult to determine their true skills.
    I certaintly hope Pease is not a candidate, as Floridas’ offense has been at times, less than stellar.



  118. tomcat2012
    5:44 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    I’m putting my 2 cents in on Klingsbury.He’s young,has a great offensive mind and can relate to young athletes.I just wonder what other coaches would come with him.



  119. lush
    6:53 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Years from now we will look back at the ignored opportunity to hire a top 5 coach with the same sense of disgust as we now have every time we hear the dam watch story.



  120. ukgradscott
    8:30 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    rumor mill going wild-one of my best friends has an acqaintance in the athletic department that told him a NFL guy has called an shown interest in UK.He has not coached in a couple of years and wants to get back in the game but not at the pro level due to the unrelenting grind it is on you.This coach was—Bill Cowher.I don’t know how reliable the source is but they really had no reason to lie.The person said Cowher called a couple of weeks before Joker was let go to express their interest in the job.Like I said I don;t know how true this is but wouldn’t it be great if this were the case



  121. thegr8one
    8:36 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    People, Sonny Dykes is not coming to Kentucky! Scratch his name off the list and move to the next option.
    I’d be all over Kingsbury if I were Mitch.



  122. ukgradscott
    8:37 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    I have noticed when UK looks for a coach the fan excitement over the hire is in direct proportion to how bad they are.
    Jerry Claiborne-fan excitement low,he didn’t do to bad
    Bill Curry–all in a frenzy(we stole the Ala.coach),total disaster
    Hal Mumme-who? fun and exciting although the exit strategy had a little to be desired
    Rich Brooks-yawn! you gotta be kidding me–turned out to be one of if not THE most successful coach at UK with 4 bowl trips
    Joker–When he was hired people were excited to keep the hot,young co-ordinater here being homegrown and all-I think we all agree this didn’t turn out so well

    So here is hoping we hire someone everyone hates and thinks is a loser -it may just lead us on a road to New Orleans



  123. Tired of Being 1 of 12 games
    8:55 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    For all of the talk about Mitch would not hire a risky coach. BillyG had 3(?) DUI’s before he hired him over Cal. It is easy to prevent what happened at Arkansas by enforcing normal guidelines for hiring support staff. For example, the head coach can not hire support staff by himself. And also NO LAWSUIT was filed at Arkansas anyway. If UK and “saint” Mitch gave Petrino a chance and he failed, Petrino would look worse for blowing his chance for redemption.



  124. Phat Phil
    9:30 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    You already know you are going to hire me, so stop pretending. Barnhart is my homey. Plus I am uniquely qualified for the position. I did coach at rocky top forever and won a NC. I know I kinda blew off the job there at the end and I have been out of coaching for several years. They say recruits only remember recent success, but; I’ve only been out about 4 years so I should be good. I mean “I AM PHAT PHIL” It’s a household name. Anyway, just wanted to say “Hey”. I look forward to talking to you guys next year and getting orange and white…..Crap….Blue and white checkerboards in the end zone…This is gonna takes some getting use to



  125. Phat Phil
    9:40 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Vicky, you got that victory pulled pork, bacon, and country ham sammy ready? ……Wait, What?….They are looking at someone else?…[email protected]#[email protected]###$$%^….Well bring it anyways



  126. Sonny Dykes
    9:48 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Sorry Phil, but that sandwich does look delicious. Really, you’re washing that down with boubon? Listen…I could use a good assistant



  127. Phat Phil
    9:49 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Yeah…that’s not gonna happen



  128. Sonny Dykes
    9:50 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    I was kinda hoping you would say that!!!



  129. Jo
    9:59 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Well I have been a Football fan for over 40 Years. Not even talking to a top ten
    coach that may be trying to do the right thing . Sounds about Right to me. They just
    need a few thousand 40 plus in the stands.They have the TV money already.



  130. BBB
    10:18 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Well there you go. I had this crazy feeling that Mitch was going to screw this up. There is no signature hire there anywhere. This means that our commitment to football continues to be shooting for middle of the SEC pack. Ditch Mitch.
    Petrino wants to come to UK. The only way to have a chance at good football at UK is to Ditch Mitch. Probably another Ho Hum Hire. Should have kept Joker.