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Rick Minter “It really couldn’t have gone worse.”

Look no further than Rick Minter’s comments after the game for a summary of how his defensive unit played for 60 minutes against Louisville.

“It really couldn’t have gone worse for us today,” he told reporters after the game.

Minter called Louisville’s opening 99-yard drive demoralizing.

“It’s the worst thing that can happen to you,” he said.

Maybe we should’ve seen it coming, too. All the talk out of Kentucky’s final preseason scrimmage was about the offense’s 98-yard touchdown drive against the first team defense. It gave fans hope that the offense would be better in 2012. We heard about how well Max Smith led the drive; how the running backs carried the load for most of those 98-yards behind big holes from the offensive line; and it was a steady, consistent effort, not just one big play that got them in the end zone.

But we didn’t really focus on the fact that the defense gave up a 98-yard drive for a score. That should’ve been a red flag for the defense, rather than a chest bump and a newfound optimism for the offense. Little did we know, that 98-yard drive was a sign of what’s to come, foreshadowing how UK would open its season against Louisville.

Let’s face it: The game was over as soon as Teddy Bridgewater hit Damian Copeland for 23 yards on third down from their own 2-yard line to spark that opening drive. Louisville never looked back from there.

It really couldn’t have gone worse yesterday.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

45 Comments for Rick Minter “It really couldn’t have gone worse.”

  1. MIKE
    11:31 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    how about them OLE MISS REBELS!!! we need a coach like HUGH FREEZE. they aren’t any better than UK but they play with PASSION and their record will show that

    11:33 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    The final score was 32-14, but it was only that close because Louisville coach Charlie Strong backed off on his friend, embattled Kentucky coach Joker Phillips.
    Oh…some of you Yew Kay Fanz left your farm animals in the parking lot!!Right next to the Couches you brought to burn!!

  3. mr. white guy
    11:37 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    I shocked it was even this close. The way UK’s defense looked, the score should have been 55-14. Most honest UK fans, like myself, didn’t expect to win. However, we would have enjoyed a decent showing. Thanks, Joker. Good let down.

  4. CatGrad7072
    11:39 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    it sure could have been a lot worse had Charlie not taken pity on Joker.

  5. MemphisCat
    11:42 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Minter was right, thanks goes out to Charlie Strong for pulling the dogs and not beating us by 40 points, UL wanted to make sure Joker and Rick have another year to completely ruin the team and give any decent player a chance to transfer. Western might beat us if we are not ready to stop the run….

    11:45 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Sorry I have nothing better to so than come on here and talk trash. The welfare office is closed today (damn you Labor Day) so I’m bored. Maybe I’ll go rob a liquor store in a bit, since I drank all my Crown yesterday. Also, I have a lot of pent-up anger about those 2 losses in basketball to UK last year, so this is my time to talk! L yeah!

  7. Dirk Diggler
    11:46 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    WTF! Rick, were you and I watching the same game? SOS the last 2 years! Charlie took his foot off the gas!

  8. D - what D???
    11:46 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    They went for 2 on the opening drive just to send the message that they could bully us around any way they wanted to. Rick Minter came on board with a lot of talk and a lot of hype, but the results don’t back up the talk. There is a reason why he has been fired so many times at other schools.

  9. Reality Check
    11:46 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    The longer we keep this coaching staff around the more problems we will acquire. The scariest part about thw whole debacle is Mitch Barnhart. He is not going to act like a school that is trying to become a top football program, he will hire some dork, instead of getting someone that is a proven winner.

  10. Jezz
    11:55 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Every year it’s the same fake preseason optimism.

    Can’t we just agree that we suck at this ?

  11. However
    11:57 am September 3, 2012 Permalink

    UofL is one bridgewater injury away from complete mediocrity. Hope it doesn’t happen but they are hurting if he goes down.

  12. Mudcreekmark
    12:00 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    You tell me how someone can build a dynasty at Boise State and we cannot put a decent team on the field? Are there that many good players in Idaho? Don’t tell me that UK is a basketball school and will never have both. UK plays in the best conference in the country, why we cannot get good players that want to play against the best is beyond me.

  13. Rixter
    12:00 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    It wasn’t so much Strong taking pity on Joker as it was Charlie seeing what his season would look like with Will Stein as his QB. Better hope Teddy doesn’t go down this year…UL is a very average team otherwise.

  14. Rixter
    12:02 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    UK’s problem is, they are more concerned about hiring a ‘good guy’ than a great coach. Bill Curry is one of the nicest men walking the earth. Joker is a hell of a nice guy. Neither one could coach their way out of a wet paper sack.

  15. edrnm
    12:07 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Well I saw this coming too! In fact, the night of the last scrimmage with the news of the big running game by our offense I called into LG Live to comment on how this was a bad thing if our offense could pull this sort or drive on our defense. We should not have been touting it as a good thing as it tells other teams, hey you can do it too. We need new coaches now!!

  16. Triple G
    12:15 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Let’s face it people, as long as UK keeps recruiting people with WKU, Troy, Jacksonville ST., etc. on their list. Those are the only teams they’ll have a chance at beating.

  17. friedbrainz
    12:15 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    maybe the team should stop smoking so much pot. Then they could comprehend how to play D. Until now, they will stay cooped up in their dorms and let the stench of weed trickle out into the hallways of the student apartment complexes.

  18. JayCee
    12:17 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Charlie hangs 50 on Joker, Joker’s seat gets hotter faster and leads to his replacement.

    Charlie calls off the dogs and keeps the score respectable and increases the chances that he gets to whoop up on Joker again next year.

    Friendship does not exist on the football field when job security and paychecks are on the line

  19. Triple G
    12:18 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    They need to look other places than the south cause we can’t seem to get the better players therefore we end up competing against WKU, Troy and Jack. St. for recruits.

  20. Beavis
    12:19 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    # 10,,,,,yep,,,whenever you start hearing that “we will shock the world B S” you know we are in trouble. Been listening to it for to long. Got them 2 and 10 and that may be a stretch. Anyone that thinks we will roll over WKU has rocks for brains. Western plays Alabama in Tuscaloosa this weekend and I doubt they will be to afraid of UK when we play them.

  21. Mike
    12:29 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Yes, it could have gone worse if UL and Strong hadn’t put the brakes on their offense. They could have easily scored 2 or 3 more T.D.’S….Minter, it is your job to get it fixed and not make excuses, and the clock is ticking. I don’t know what you are bing paid but do know that you are being overpaid for the product u r putting on the field…DISGRACEFUL!!!

  22. Smyrna_Cat
    12:31 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    I am tired of hearing the same nonsense from these coaches.

  23. Sick Minter
    12:39 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    This would of never happened to Steve Brown’s 4-3.

  24. Bradley
    12:44 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    11. Disagree. They are mediocre with him. Would be AWFUL without him. This UL team is very mediocre and they took Joker and Co. to the woodshed. Embarrassing to get smacked around by that average of a team.

  25. Lucas
    12:46 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    It actually could have gotten worse. Had Charlie let Bridgewater play in the 4th, they could have easily have scored another TD or two.

  26. Lucas
    12:54 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    #24. With a QB like Bridgewater, I don’t know how you can say they’re mediocre. UL only looked bad when they took Bridgewater out of the game. Had they kept him in, UL would have won by 20-30 points at least.

    1:03 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Where’s all the HillBilly Yuks Yuks who pounded their ‘lil Puddy Tat chests on BlowHard Matts call in show???? Oh, that’s right…Chickens only Cluck when they are running skeerd!!
    Put those couches back on the front porch Kittys! The only thing burning today is that 32-14 azz whoopin’!

  28. markp
    1:04 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Rick get on your knees and be thankful Strong called the dogs off in the third quarter. You’re wrong it could have been worse.

  29. TAXman
    1:16 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t feed the trolls people, that is all

  30. 13th. Grade
    1:22 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    #2, if you’re going to quote someone, you need to give credit, even if it is Pat Forde. That first sentence is straight from his Yahoo! article. Since the last sentence was of your own creation, I can see why you would want to plagiarize.

  31. UKSucks
    1:28 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    LMAO @ uahk hate day.

  32. Greg
    2:21 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Couldn’t get worse? Really? Try 65-14 worse. Imagine if Patrino was at the helm? Points would be still clanging like a pinball score. So what do we do? To care about a program when it is painfully obvious that those are in charge do not? Lip service is nice….but fans want results. I’m just about to do like the Cat’s defense. Throw in the towel. And after 50 years of living & dying by them…I’m probably a few decades late. Sad.

  33. Ron
    2:29 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Nothing I witnessed on the field yesterday suprised me. Our administration continues to mock Kentucky football, I refuse to purchase a single ticket, shirt, keychain, etc. That is my way of sending the administration a sign that I will not support them until they make the necassary changes that reflect the pain of the fans! We demand a better product on the field, we demand better facilities that would help in our recruiting processes, we demand better leadership from the coaches all the way to the top of the Administration.

    Those of you that bought season tickets, all I can say is i’m dissappointed in you for not demanding more. As long as there getting $$$ then they will continue this lackluster performances. We have to hit them where it hurts the most… there pockets.

  34. larry c
    2:49 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Methinks you are right no. 9. The only reason we have the top BB coach is Mike Pratt. Barnhart doesn’t know or care about football. Otherwise we wouldn’t have “Tubby on Turf” now.

  35. class of 68
    2:51 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Amen 34.

  36. Tony the tiger
    3:24 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    #14 do some research and then come back and talk about bill curry not being able to coach.. It’s not the coaches as much as it has to do with the $$$$ to do what needs to be done..Then we might be able to recruit better..

  37. Beavis
    3:37 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    I have spent some time in Tuscaloosa and let me tell you,,,,the people there were glad we took Bill Curry off their hands. Remember all the press about how we hired Alabama’s coach away from them. They were laughing their asses off at us. Kind of like we were when Minnesota hired Tubby.

  38. Gridiron_Cat
    3:56 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe in tomorrow’s practice, Minter could have the guys tackle a brown paper sack. If you film it and get it out to us fans then at least we would know the defense is capable of that.

    Offense looked really good I thought, best potential I’ve seen on that side of the ball in 5 years, score didn’t show that because of so few opportunities and two turnovers inside the red zone. So…at least it should be a little more high scoring this year, expect some losses this season to be similar to Mumme’s air raid years. Sigh, small victories I guess. Here’s how I felt after the game yesterday:

  39. FullDisclosureCat
    4:48 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Since so many card fans seem to have found their way here to attempt to spew venom, and for the sake of full disclosure, the overall record for football & basketball between the 2 schools over the last 12 games is
    UK – 8
    UL – 4
    The Cats suck in football AND WE KNOW IT. So save your trash talking for someone who doesn’t think worse of their football team than the UK fans do of ours. It could be worse. We could suck at bball too. Unfortunately for the cards we do not.

    John Calipari and the Cats are thinking “it is unfortunate that quick trick rick and the 15 seconds of fame cards are ONLY on the basketball schedule once this year”.


  40. FullDisclosureCat
    4:54 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    27 Steve – Make sure you remind them to put the couch on the porch UNDER BANNER NUMBER EIGHT. Enjoy your victory while it lasts. Bball season is right around the corner & Cal OWNS quick trick rick & the cards.


    5:00 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    I am a fag and Jerry Sandusky is my hero

  42. catfan
    5:04 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    UK fans did burn couches after victories in the final four BUT UOFL FANS BURN COUCHES BECAUSE THE CONVENIENT STORE WAS OUT OF BLACK AND MILDS OR COLT 45.

  43. Beavis
    5:25 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    # 38,,,,remember the unknown comic with that brown paper bag on his head. Give him the ball at practice tomorrow and see what happens. Bet he scores three TDs.

  44. john4uk
    7:44 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    It could have been worse,and will be much worse when the Cats’ enter SEC play.

  45. ribin
    9:00 pm September 3, 2012 Permalink

    Once again we read thy hype about the defense of minter — better this year because of he great dline — sorry fellows — going to be a long year.