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If you’re paying attention to your Season Never Ends calendar, you’ll notice that on today (Sunday, November 25th, 2012) there has been a good amount college football coaching news. Three coaches were fired today: Tom O’Brien was canned by N.C. State, Gene Chizik was given the boot by Auburn, and Purdue dropped Danny Hope (reportedly). O’Brien was a bit surprising given his string of bowl eligible Wolfpack teams, but Chizik and Hope were firings that most all saw coming. (That huge buyout and the firing of an executive associate AD at Auburn were interesting though.)

It’s pretty crazy to think a coach can be merely two years removed from winning a national title with Cam Newton and already tossed out the door like a complete failure. Auburn had a poor year and there’s been a lot of NCAA questioning around the program since Cam and the money fiasco hit the wire. But now you may be wondering what does this have to do with UK? Well, possibly a lot.

There are now four SEC coaching positions open: UK, UT, Arkansas, and Auburn. With three more FBS coaching spots opening up today and one being an SEC school not-so-far-removed from a national title, all those names in the UK coaching search hat will soon be fielding a lot more calls. Mitch has already made his statement that they plan to take their time in finding the perfect fit for the UK football job, but other schools will be looking to pluck the best available coaches quickly. It seems to me that UK is in a tough position with a couple possible plans of action.

I won’t claim to have any inside knowledge  or claim that I know what the right move here is. UK could try to speed up the process, throw everything they have at a bigger name, and hope he doesn’t use UK’s interest as leverage for another school. Or UK could take it slow and find the right fit as Mitch has said, knowing they have only so much to offer and not let anyone abuse UK’s interest to get more from another school. Either way, it’s kind of a gamble with a lot on the line for the future of UK football.

The recent firings today are really just the dominoes continuing to fall for an off-season full of coaching changes, with UK being in the thick of things. Rumors have already swirled (and were shot down by reputable outlets) that N.C. State had got in touch with Mike Leach. The bottom line is that UK has a lot of competition with a limited pool of hot-name coaches, and todays news combined with other opening like Cal and Boston College only solidifies that.

Here’s to hoping Mitch & crew pull of the best hire of the off-season.

EDIT: Apparently a radio station in San Jose is reporting Mike MacIntyre was offered the UK job. Jury still out on whether that is true and what station said it. If you’re looking for the source of the twitter fire starting right now, that’s it.

Article written by Chris Thomas

92 Comments for Season Never Ends Presents Football Coaching Shuffle Notes



  1. hoptown
    6:32 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Can we please hire Bear Bryant’s hat?



  2. tdogg40330
    6:34 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    for the most part coaches gettin hired/fired anymore is a joke.



  3. danthecat
    6:35 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    No need to hurry…We got a three wk head start of all of them and MB will surely wait to pick up the left overs, after all as Matt says we must “know our place.”…



  4. Alan Cutler
    6:38 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Wow..that was really post by Chris Thomas. #notreally



  5. Doubting Thomas
    6:40 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch has already destroyed our chances of getting a top notch coach. What coach in his right mind would take the Ky job now with 4 or 5 better jobs oppen. You made the point and it is true, they can now whipsaw the Ky job into getting one of the better openings. Mitch had his chance, he could have locked up Petrino or one of the other “hot” coaches out there but in the smokescreen of hiring a coach with “character” he has pissed his pants and now we’re out in the cold. Get ready fans, we’re going to sign someone who is probably not considered head coach material, we’ve done it in the past ie; Joker Phillips.



  6. Punter U
    6:42 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Hahaha, that was a good one! Mitch pulling off a good hire?? 😀

    If Mitch were smart, he would hire Kingsbury tomorrow, before other schools get through being turned down by Jon Gruden. But I don’t see that happening….



  7. Joe
    6:46 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Say Doubting Thomas, what coach is going to say, anything but “No.” if there is still season left in his current team? Sure, Saban/Cowher/Spurrier, if contacted could say “no.” At least on Coordinator has said no, according to KSR. But anyone else is only likely to say, “Maybe”-because they still have season to play. In Rex Ryan’s case he hasn’t been fired yet.

    So, really all our “three week advantage” gets us is the first right of refusal, it isn’t going to get a “Yes” from any active coach, is it?

    I realize that it is just almost REQUIRED to hate Mitch Barnhart on this board, but let’s wait a bit more before we have the Two Minute Hate.



  8. burger
    6:47 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Kentucky Football History — Year by Year Graph

    The Visual Numbers & the Facts

    Where we were… where we are now.

    http://img571.imageshack.us/img571/2740/ukfootball2012.png



  9. Joe
    6:48 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    he would hire Kingsbury tomorrow

    Isn’t he reported/rumoured to have already said, “No.”? You can’t hire a guy, tomorrow, who doesn’t want the job….You know, like Petrino, who probably only wants UK IF no one else were to make an offer…



  10. Jack Nicklaus
    6:51 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    I have total confidence in Mitch……….to dork this up.



  11. Old Henry Man
    6:51 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    It looks like Mitch will hire someone that will kiss his A$$ instead of hiring a good coach. It is being reported about Mcintyre will hired. If that is the case he has no recruiting ties to Ohio, Georgia or Florida.
    Mich just wants a yes man instead of victories



  12. Punter U
    6:52 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Kingsbury has not said he doesn’t want the job, in fact as far as anyone has reported, he hasn’t been contacted.



  13. Kliff Kingsbury
    6:52 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    I’ll be going to Arkansas. The women there might be ugly, but it won’t hurt if they bite down since they don’t have any teeth.



  14. Bluegoose41
    6:52 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Found these postings on twitter. Not sure if it has legs.

    Bleed Blue Kentucky ‏@BBK_Aaron
    Source just told me UK could announce coach tomorrow or Tuesday. My guess is MacIntyre

    jared lorenzen ‏@JaredLorenzen22
    @KySportsRadio any truth to the SJSU coach?

    Matt Jones ‏@KySportsRadio
    @JaredLorenzen22 not sure yet



  15. Catfan4444
    7:06 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Please God, No!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can’t take anymore average joes.



  16. goUKats
    7:08 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    There may be an opening at Vandy if James Franklin accepts the offer from NC State.



  17. Catfan4444
    7:09 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    UK will get left with hind tit, just wait and see.



  18. Joe
    7:13 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Mich just wants a yes man instead of victories

    yeah because:
    1) Football pays the bills, so he wants a FAILED program;
    2) It’s fairly obvious from his other coaching hires, all he values is agreement, not victory. Because Basketball, Hoops, Baseball, Volleyball, Track…oh wait.
    3) Do you have any evidence to support your assertion, or is it just your blind animus to Barnhart speaking?



  19. BBN
    7:14 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    #11: You are exactly right. I’ve been repeating the same thing since Joker was fired. Mitch Barnhart wants to hire an a$$ kisser who will keep quiet about his continued bleeding of football revenue for his Olympic sports. He’s totally okay with a 6-6 record every year and a BBVA Compass / Liberty Bowl. He does not want to hire the best available coach who can win big right away and raise fan expectations. That would require a greater % of football revenue be used for the football program. Mediocrity and tempered fan expectations are exactly what Barnhart wants. He WILL screw up this hire. 100% guaranteed. I can feel it in my bones.



  20. Big J
    7:14 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch Barnhart has lost his mind. That’s disheartening news about this MacIntyre joker. If that’s the case Mitch will not be here much longer. Petrino is the best choice to advance our football program. Period. How hard is that to figure out Mitchy?



  21. Joe
    7:16 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    UK will get left with hind tit, just wait and see.

    Probably from established D-I coaches…who would come here, considering our sub-optimal performance for 40-60 years? And I don’t think Petrino is serious about UK, unless UT doesn’t make an offer.

    So we are left with re-treads, like Brooks-who was a very good hire nonetheless-or take a chance on a “flyer” like McIntyre or Dykes. They probably won’t stay, if they are successful, but they might lay a foundation for better things.

    But, again, what established D-I (Big-Time) coach is going to want to come to UK?



  22. Splain Me, Lucy
    7:17 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    In one of the pre-game shows this past week, Matt said he feels like since Barnhart (I actually prefer “Barnfart” and I’m a grown woman; come on man, that’s just funny, and a rather docile way to show displeasure with someone!) knows he’s going to either going to save his job or kill it with this hire. Matt also said that he, Matt, feels like Barnhart will be wanting to “make a statement” with this hire or “leave his mark” with this hire. So I’m curious. What kind of statement? That one puts one’s own ego over the good of the school and the athletics department? These things Matt said have been on my mind a couple of days, ’cause Matt said them like it was an okay thing that Barnhart would be thinking this way. “Make a statement”?!? It honestly seems like the only statement he’s making with the way he’s handling all of this, is I feel like I’m being flipped the bird (insert Tardinal joke here?) by the UK AD. He’s flipping ALL of us off, and acting like a 12 year old. Which, sorry 12 year olds, I know plenty of you who would never even THINK of acting like this grown man is right now. I’m like the poster above. I have complete faith in Milquetoast Mitch, that he will skrew this up royally. And leave us with it. And think he’s made some kind of “statement” that’s gonna look good on a resume. Left hind tit? We’re so pitiful we’re sucking on an EAR.



  23. Twill84
    7:17 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    I hope the Mike Macintyre rumor is true, this guy is gonna win wherever he ends up. He took San Jose St from 1-12 to currently 10-2 in his third year!! Bring him in Mitch!!



  24. Joe
    7:18 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    with a 6-6 record every year and a BBVA Compass / Liberty Bowl.

    Because those seasons were such a step DOWN for UK Football…I mean to go from BCS Bowls to the Liberty Bowl, again..oh wait.



  25. fur eel
    7:22 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    21-How much does Mitch pay you to defend him? More than Matt?



  26. Rumor mill
    7:22 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    my great source tells me he put Ky on hold until the Vandy job was cleared up. He played there for his Dad and is very interested in going to a good potential football school. He feels Ky is basket 1st and always foot 3rd, yeal after Ky girls basket.



  27. burger
    7:27 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t make me post the KENTUCKY SEC record under Mitch Barnhart



  28. Old Henry Man
    7:27 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Why is Barnhart a AD?
    No one likes him, so he cannot raise money. He is not a people person. The Fans made him hire Calipari. He only cares about Olympic sports. Macintyre may be a good hire, but he has no recuiting ties to this area.
    Mich has not asked a single person (x-player coach ect) to help him on this search, so this screw up is his and his only



  29. Charlie Strong
    7:29 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    #13 – Now hold on a minute, young buck. Those Arkansas women like their men big, black, and STRONG.



  30. burger
    7:29 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    How does Mitch Barnhart still have his job?



  31. Alan
    7:29 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    #28 clearly has an inside track on how this coach hunt is going



  32. Mark
    7:30 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    #30 – cause he gives good head



  33. barn
    7:30 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    28-wow. i wasn’t aware of even 1 of those things. how do you find out all of this stuff, do you have connections or something? thanks a lot



  34. burger
    7:31 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    When people are held accountable for their records, Bobby Petrino is hired and Mitch Barnhart is fired.

    http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/2740/ukfootball2012.png



  35. Norman
    7:31 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Barnhart is a joke. Looks like more losing and more empty seats at CWS. Oh well, we all knew he would screw this up so why be upset right? I paid for Christmas this year with my football ticket money will do the same next year looks like. Maybe the wife and I can take a cruise instead? You have to look at the bright side folks, Mitch is helping us save money.



  36. Joe
    7:32 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    21-How much does Mitch pay you to defend him? More than Matt?

    So far he must be mailing the cheques to the wrong street address…any time any of you Mitch H8ters has some evidence to counter my argument feel free to deploy it…

    Usually all I hear is rumour and invective…

    So again Mitch wants a failed football program because? Your evidence of this IS? And the 4-5 years of consecutive bowl games were unimportant because?

    Hey, like I said it seems a requirement to be a Member of the Mitch Barnhart She-Man Woman Haters Club to post here, but I don’t get the reasoning. Because Football is bad? OK, like football has been GOOD, when? Because Mitch won’t hire Petrino, who probably doesn’t want to come? Because Mitch hasn’t included you, personally, in the coaching search? Because Mitch hasn’t brought Nick Saban to UK, by offering him $22 Bajillion dollars, even though UK has been a cellar-dweller for decades?



  37. Coaching Search
    7:32 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Hire Kingsbury before he gets away.
    He is going to be a super star.



  38. burger
    7:33 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Joe, your degrading the effect of bold. You should seriously just leave that to the pros.



  39. Rs
    7:34 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Have any of u haters actually looked at who macintyre is??? No recruiting ties to the south… Other than all thos years he was an assistant in the SEC. And. Understand Just because a coach is available does not mean they want this job.



  40. Good Grief
    7:35 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    We found a coach? Barnhart found someone who would agree to the cuddling clause in the contract. Well good for him. We will be back to 4 wins in no time folks just relax.



  41. Andy
    7:36 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    To all you guys here demanding Petrino, how many other schools have reached out to him. So far I haven’t heard anything. Every AD would be wary of him considering how he handled his relationships with them. It was anything but rosy. He may have changed and I hope so but I still don’t hear a lot of schools inquiring about him.



  42. You guys are dumb
    7:36 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    27- while you are at it why don’t you post UK’s SEC record other all ADs. You idiot act like Barnhart destroyed UK football. The reality is the only modest success UK has ever had in football came while Barnhart was the AD.



  43. mudcreekmark
    7:37 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    All of this negative crap coming from our so called fans is getting old. Mitch Barnhart will get us a great coach and we will start being competitive again. You all seem to forget he hired a pretty damn good basketball coach or two. No I’m not talking about Cal and BCG. I’m talking about Cal and Matthew Mitchell.Almost all of UK’s other sports programs have improved by leaps and bounds under Barnharts watch. What makes you think he cannot do the same for the football program? He already made one really good hire in Rich Brooks. I don’t know whose idea it was to name Joker as coach in waiting, but if you think back to that time period, I don’t remember any complaints from the fans by the decision. So sit back, enjoy and please try to be more positive. We got this.



  44. fur eel
    7:38 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    36-That bowl streak is garbage. Unlike years past, 35 bowls means 70 teams go to a bowl (out of 120.) That ‘streak’ would have gotten almost every other SEC coach fired except for Vandy.



  45. DP
    7:42 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    42–I agree. I have not agreed with everything Barnhart has done since he has been here but some good things have happened. Not sure of the average age that reads this, but there is a reason Barnhart is here (remember football probation? The overall athletics program is solid.



  46. burger
    7:42 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Mike MacIntyre (San Jose State)
    Overall Head Coaching Record 16—21
    9 or more Wins In A Season – 1 (2012)
    Bowls: None

    Bobby Petrino (UL, Arkansas)
    Overall Head Coaching Record 75—26 (college)
    9 or more Wins In A Season – 6 (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011)
    Bowls: Orange, Sugar, Cotton, Gator, Liberty(2), GMAC

    Mitch Barnhart Swinging For The Fences!



  47. barn
    7:43 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    why not hire gene chizik? in 4 years at auburn he was 15-17 in the sec and won a nc. he has one losing year with only 3 w’s and they can him? what’s up with that? a nc 2 years ago



  48. Coaching Search
    7:44 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    To anyone that watched the game last night, it should be clear that neither Dykes nor MacIntyre should be candidates.
    Defense cannot be ignored in the SEC…Hal Mummie already proved that.
    That game last night wouldn’t have had an average defense…even if they had combined the defensive players from both teams.



  49. Eli
    7:47 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    23, I guarantee you he will not have that kind of turnaround in the SEC. The conference he’s in is where little boys play. If I were Barnhart I would be on a plane to College Station and do my very best to bring Kingsbury here.



  50. burger
    7:47 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Bill Clinton had an affair, and lied about it. He kept his job and is looked at by many a one of the better Presidents of our generation.

    Bobby Petrino had an affair, and lied about it. He’s made out to be worse than Caligula.



  51. Coaching Search
    7:48 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    49- Amen Brother!



  52. Joe
    7:49 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    That ‘streak’ would have gotten almost every other SEC coach fired except for Vandy.

    It might have escaped your notice, but for the last 40-50 years we haven’t been “almost any other SEC” team….we’ve been barely above Vandy, until the last two seasons when Vandy pulled past us…

    Now, mayhap in YOUR mind UK=Florida, but in the Real World that “streak” is the best performance UK has turned in in decades.



  53. ham
    7:50 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    What exactly does Bobby Petrino’s taint look like? A bunch of people in here seem to have had a real good look.



  54. Hal Mumme
    7:50 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Macintyre is a good coach that UK would lucky to have. He is a Bill Parcells man and was a Def Coordinator prior to being a HC. I would much rather have Petrino but this guy will be a HC in a BCS conference next season UK or not.



  55. burger
    7:53 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Joe, your use of bold reminds me of how Mitch Barnhart selects coaches.

    Sloppy, inconsistent, overhyped, overhyped, overhyped, unable to follow own guidelines



  56. Tom Blevins
    7:54 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    This is just my opinion, but I think we should try to hire James Fraklin away from Vanderbilt. He really has the Vandy players playing hard, he’s recruiting better there than anyone else has in my memory, and he has a 6 game win streak, going into the bowl game.



  57. Uncle Pappy
    7:55 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    The problem is that Mitch thinks a big decision is whether to sit or stand when he takes a leak.



  58. burger
    7:57 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    #56 – Tom Blevins – That strategy makes too much sense for Mitch Barnhart.

    “Swinging for the fences!” “with character”

    Mitch has proven over 9 years he isn’t remotely qualified to hire anybody.

    The 1 coach he hired that is a success he refused to hire 2 years earlier (and was forced to make the hire to keep his job).



  59. burger
    8:00 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Kentucky Football History — Year by Year Graph

    The Visual Numbers & the Facts

    Where we were… where we are now.

    http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/2740/ukfootball2012.png



  60. Joe
    8:01 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Sloppy, inconsistent, overhyped, overhyped, overhyped, unable to follow own guidelines

    And STILL no evidence, only complaints that I use html tags….

    Mitch has proven over 9 years he isn’t remotely qualified to hire anybody.

    Nope, not a BIT of evidence…I mean Basketball, Woman’s Hoops, Baseball, Track, Volley Ball…I agree the guy can’t recognize talent when he sees it.

    You should stick to poor statistics, you do better using them to make your case, such as it is.



  61. DP
    8:02 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    58–I disagree with you. Mitch hired Mathew Mitchell. We all thought (including myself) that Brooks was a terrible hire. He did a solid job here. Also, the olympic sports are in very solid shape and he has played a big part in that.

    With that being said, fans only care about 2 sports and I understand that. 58-What would make you happy if Petrino is not hired? You have been very negative.



  62. BBB
    8:02 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    36) you’re an idiot…and you are on LSD. 5 straight bowl appearances is great is you are happy with low tier bowl games and 6-6 or 7-5 records. UK in general has been happy with mediocrity. Petrino…who does want to come here…..is by far the best coach we have a chance to hire since we ran off Bear Bryant. We settled for Gillespie and look what happened. If we settle for less with football then we need a new AD. Its as simple as that/



  63. read this
    8:02 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Kentucky: Don’t be surprised in San Jose State head coach Mike MacIntyre emerges in the Kentucky coaching search. A source close to the situation tells me that Kentucky AD Mitch Barnhart and Bill Parcells are close. MacIntyre worked under Parcells with the Dallas Cowboys. MacIntyre also has a connection with Kentucky associate AD John Cropp, who is Barnhart’s right hand man in this process. San Jose State finished their regular season late Saturday night with a win over LA Tech.



  64. burger
    8:03 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Tom Jurich is making Mitch Barnhart look like “little brother” when it comes to big sports hires.

    It’s begining to really sting



  65. Joe
    8:03 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    would make you happy if Petrino is not hired?
    Nothing but Petrino will make him happy, and then when Petrino bails after three years he’ll complain that Mitch “ran him off.”



  66. Joe
    8:07 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    5 straight bowl appearances is great is you are happy with low tier bowl games and 6-6 or 7-5 records.

    The delusional person seems to be YOU, not me…prior to that we had gone to few bowl games back-to-back, lower tier or not…and considering that we were BELOW average mediocre is better…but please re-write history so that rather than the Liberty Bowl we went to a better bowl…I await eagerly you attempts to demonstrate that if only \we’d done something different we’d ahve been a “con-ten-duh.”



  67. DP
    8:07 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    64–I agree with that in regards to football. But look who he hired. There were no big name hires. Petrino and Strong had no head coaching experience.

    I do agree with your Jurich comments. The big reason Jurich is preceived to me more succesful is because he is more personable. He communicates well with others.



  68. Matt's Sunday Night Blog
    8:08 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Okay, here is the Sunday night blog with the latest on the football coaching search.
    According to Matt Jones here are the candidates presently being considered.
    1)
    2)
    3)

    I forgot…Matt hasn’t posted a Sunday night blog yet.



  69. barn
    8:09 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    63–please tell us who your sources are. please please



  70. Bob Cobb
    8:11 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Lmao @ 53!

    There are a lot of things to like about Mike MacIntyre if he is the next head coach. He has deep connections to the southeast (from Florida, played at Vandy and Ga Tech, coached at Ole Miss and Duke, father coached at Middle Tennessee and Vandy). He was assistant coach of the year as the DC at Duke in 2009 (you have to be impressed that he is a defense guy who is also fielding a high octane offense).He became the best recruiter in the WAC in just 3 years despite having no connections to the region. Steady improvement culminating in a 10 win season in year 3.

    The only drawback is his short history as a head coach.



  71. Source Close To Program
    8:13 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    63’s…source may be Elmo!
    Elmo gets around…east coast, west coast, all over.

    New book coming out for BBN. It will replace, Where Is Waldo.

    Name of new book is, Where Is Elmo?



  72. Bobby Petrino
    8:14 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    burger it’s time for you to get off the computer, I need some “personal” attention right now.



  73. Catlogic15
    8:15 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    #36 Joe. Gee, how do you hear all this information and rumor all the way up in Canada?

    You should at least live here to spout “rumour”.

    Nice try.



  74. burger
    8:15 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    #61 – DP – “fans only care about 2 sports”

    Please don’t let anyone spin this.

    UK is lucky (compared to many NCAA schools), we have (had) 2 sports that are revenue generators.
    Football #1
    Basketball #2

    No other sports are able to support themselves.

    So the hires you make in the Olympic sports can be great for moral, but they are what counts.

    There is a reason you have to get Football right. Mitch stepped into a very unique situation here where UK fans would pack the stadium even if the team wasn’t in the top 5 of it’s conference. Unfortunately, he’s burned through all that goodwill to the point to where UK fans are calling him out.

    Mitch drove our basketball program into the ground, then was saved by a hire that he refused to make 2 years earlier.

    Now he’s driving our football program into the ground, with a winning percentage of 42% over 9 years. The program average 50% before he arrived.

    Athletic Directors aren’t hired in how well their olympic sports are. If they are, then we need to question the person who is evaluating him. This is all a spin being done to save Barnhart’s face.



  75. KYMOJO
    8:15 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Why don’t many people seem interested in Jim Tressle?



  76. Cry more
    8:18 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    That’s what uk football fans like to do. Wake up, we will never be good! Take away his looks & Johnny football & how good is kingsbury really? Mcyntire nay be good, who knows? Give whoever it is a shot. Give up on petrino, it ain’t happenin. Just give the next coach a chance instead of bitchin & whining about a football program that has sucked fir 60 years



  77. Source Close To Program
    8:18 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    75, we do not need Tatoo Tressel!

    Wher Is Elmo?



  78. read this
    8:20 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink


  79. read this
    8:22 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    71. kiss my ass.



  80. DP
    8:23 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Burger-The football record his first few years is not a fair assesment. The problems is why he is here. With Brooks, we competed and won some big games games (Louisville, LSU). That is something you can’t say before Barnhart got here. The Billy Clyde situation was bad, but most people liked the hire at first and I don’t know anyone who thought the off the court stuff would be that bad.

    Like I said before, I don’t think Barnhart is the best AD ever…….but he is not as bad as everyone is claiming. At least we don’t have the good ol boy athletic department we have had in the past (not talking about CM, but other AD’s)



  81. Source Close To Program
    8:27 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    79, not interested!

    Where Is Elmo?

    Find Elmo and you will find the coach.
    Elmo knows these things.



  82. Source Close To Program
    8:29 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    76, If Kingsbury’s offense can put Alabama on its heels, that is good enough for me.
    Kid is an offensive guru.



  83. barn
    8:30 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    75–maybe it’s because he’s an admitted liar who got two of his former schools in trouble with the ncaa



  84. burger
    8:32 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    #80 – DP – Let;s start with Brooks. Mitch’s first Football hire @ UK.

    Regardless of how you might feel about Papa Brooks now, he was not vetted. Brooks has Major NCAA recruiting violations at Oregon in 1981.

    This is relevant because it shows precedent.

    Barnhart hired Brooks and his flaws (program risk issues, take it) because Brooks has several factors (the most important of which is HE KNEW HIM). Brooks has NFL head Coaching experience, which helps with recruiting kids, and some success at Oregon eons ago.

    Barnhart took the good with the bad for some reason. Only he could answer how Major NCAA recruiting violations are less of a character issue in hiring a coach than off the field affair and then cover up (no different than what Bill Clinton did).

    This shows a significant flaw in his ability to discern program critical criteria.



  85. burger
    8:39 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    UK did have some serious good old boy AD problems before Mitch. Cliff Hagan was the worst AD in the history of sport. Yet, that’s what we never want to deal with again.

    We don’t have to celebrate a failing AD because it’s better than we had.

    I’m letting this AD (Mitch) stand on his own record. 9 years and our football program is in the hands of someone I don’t trust has the DNA to make the right decision. He’s proven failed judgment over and over.

    1. Giving Tubby too long
    2. Hiring Rich Brooks (history with Major NCAA recruiting violations)
    2. Hiring BCG
    3. Costing the Univeristy Millions in buying out BCG
    4. Hiring Joker as coach in waiting (hindsight shows it’s wasn’t the right hire)
    5. Costing the University Millions in buying out Joker

    Mitch Barnhart is hanging by a thread that Calipari doesn’t make one wrong move in the recruiting world where our entire Athletic Department caves in.

    I know that’s a doomsday scenario, however there is precendent… with this coach.

    Mitch talks about character like it’s something he’s been cultivating. His record shows different.



  86. J Caldwell
    8:52 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Why no discussion of Cal coach Tedford?



  87. burger
    9:49 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Several typos fixed…

    Kentucky Football History — Year by Year Graph

    The Visual Numbers & the Facts

    Where we were… where we are now.

    http://img708.imageshack.us/img708/2740/ukfootball2012.png



  88. BlueTexan
    9:59 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Have faith BBN…ol’ Mitch WILL screw-up this hire! His reputation dictates many coaching candidates don’t want anything to do with him…no wonder he’s going to take his time. They (or representatives) aren’t anti-UK…they’re anti-Mitch. They want to know they’re working for a strong leader. Ain’t Mitch. Sad.



  89. BlueTexan
    10:04 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    #84- Amen…AND, Papa would return the calls to his former Oregon disciple/gofer.



  90. Mike
    10:11 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Does anyone realize that picture is photoshopped?



  91. Coopdro1000
    10:17 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Watched san jose st ladt night and they are legit, exciting, and played defense for a bit. Bring him in!!



  92. burgoo
    11:46 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    UK did have some serious good old boy AD problems before Mitch. Cliff Hagan was the worst AD in the history of sport. Yet, that’s what we never want to deal with again.

    We don’t have to celebrate a failing AD because it’s better than we had.

    I’m letting this AD (Mitch) stand on his own record. 9 years and our football program is in the hands of someone I don’t trust has the DNA to make the right decision. He’s proven failed judgment over and over.

    1. Giving Tubby too long
    2. Hiring Rich Brooks (history with Major NCAA recruiting violations)
    2. Hiring BCG
    3. Costing the Univeristy Millions in buying out BCG
    4. Hiring Joker as coach in waiting (hindsight shows it’s wasn’t the right hire)
    5. Costing the University Millions in buying out Joker

    Mitch Barnhart is hanging by a thread that Calipari doesn’t make one wrong move in the recruiting world where our entire Athletic Department caves in.

    I know that’s a doomsday scenario, however there is precendent… with this coach.

    Mitch talks about character like it’s something he’s been cultivating. His record shows different.