San Diego’s Ron Caragher, one of the “second tier” UK coaching candidates, thinks Kentucky can compete in the SEC. The former UK assistant coach under Rich Brooks recently spoke to Larry Vaught about what it would take for Kentucky’s next coach to be successful and he believes the opportunity to win is there.
From Vaught’s Views:
“I think (Kentucky) should compete for a SEC championship on an annual basis. It will be a challenge because of good teams in the SEC. But you want to embrace that and attract young men who want to be challenged daily,” Caragher said. “Iâ€ˆthink those facilties are all nice, but that is never a reason not to succeed. They are all nice. Not an excuse. Facilties can become an arms race in the SEC. But look at the things at Kentucky. Great indoor facility. Three practice fields, two grass and one turf as good as you will find in the country. We practiced at the Carolina Panthers facility and Kentucky’s practice facility is just as nice. Commonwealth Stadium is nice. I know some stadiums are bigger, but you’ve got the main things you need to win. It’s about having a culture of excellence for the new coach to embrace.”
Caragher thinks UK can find recruiting success in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania by pitching the challenges of the SEC and Lexington’s close-to-home location. He also thinks an entertaining offense is the key to turning things around. “That means an offense that can throw the ball around and make big plays and creat oohs and aahs in the crowd,” Caragher said. ” I am not a fan of just running.”