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Sunday Morning Links

If you feel like reading and are willing to go into depth about yesterday’s performance, CBSSports.com wrote a piece doing just that, also giving detailed statistics.

It doesn’t get any better next week for Kentucky as South Carolina absolutely dismantled Missouri yesterday in Columbia, S.C.

For all you fantasy junkies, former football ‘Cat, Randall Cobb, is probable for Monday’s game against the Seahawks.  Cobb suffered a stinger in his hamstring against the Bears in week 2.

The Gainesville Sun gave a very detailed look about the state of Kentucky’s football program and the difficulties of playing with the nation’s elite every Saturday.

Former Rice standout, Arsalan Kazemi, reportedly choose to attend Oregon for his Senior season of basketball.  He was also considering Kentucky.

Jabari Parker is now considering 11 schools and thinking of pushing his announcement date back even further.

Article written by Jonathan Schuette

29 Comments for Sunday Morning Links



  1. BlueCat
    10:04 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    If you don’t want the score run up, then get better. Steve Spurrier said this a long time ago and we should just get better. That starts with getting serious about a REAL head coach who is a proven commodity in the SEC.



  2. goukats
    10:11 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    There is a reason all those preseason prognistictors pick the UK football team to lose,and place last in the SEC.It’s the head coach and his staff.These guys are hopeless.



  3. Carolina Blue is past tense for CAROLINA BLOWS
    10:13 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    For those that are not Fantasy Junkies, the game is not today, it is Monday.



  4. Legend
    10:16 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    BlueCat said it…it you want to be better, then get better coaching. It all starts with coaching! UK is going to continue to be the same team until that changes. Try hard to win those soft games and get drummed in the SEC but still win 6 to make the same bowl year after year after year after year…well, except this year!

    UK is soft on defense, lacks any coordination on offense…this is not the players, it’s the coaching staff. It’s time to move on folks. I support the players but not the administration/coaching staff!



  5. jq
    10:34 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    They do not call the bastard “JOKER” without a reason!



  6. BlueCat
    10:37 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    #5 Joker was not a good pick for offensive coordinator or head coach. But calling him that is not called for. He was a good player for us and contributed to Brooks success at UK as a recruiter. Let’s just fire him and not get mean spirited.



  7. Duuuuuude
    10:50 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    It is unbelievable you people ignore the things Petrino did. To even suggest he is anything like Calipari is very disrespectful to Cal. He is much more in the mold of a Gilespie than a Calipari.

    When Petrino arrived at UL, he promised he was not interviewing or considering other coaching opportunities, yet he met with Auburn officials about their head coaching position while his protege was still the head coach there. Then he bolted for the Falcons job. He abruptly quit on the Falcons while in the middle of his first season there for Arkansas. While at Arkansas, he cheated on his wife with a student, eventually giving her a paid staff position for really doing nothing but sleeping with him. I am not sure what more proof you guys need.

    To give any job to a guy like this very high risk. We do not need to be taking any more risks with this position. You will never create a culture like the basketball team enjoys by hiring a self centered jerk. We will never have a championship program till we get the funding issues solved. We will never be an attractive destination for a proven coach till that happens, so in the mean time, we need to find a steady hand to right the ship and hold her steady. Crawl, walk, then run.



  8. question
    10:51 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Was joker really that good as a player, or was it a combo of the rest of the wr core being bad and joker having a unique name?



  9. Bryan
    10:53 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Beisner tweeting that a “high profile” football player will ask for transfer this week…many speculating it is Towles. If true, this may force Mitch’s hand and speed up this whole process.



  10. Shampoo
    10:57 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    @#8-Joker had 75 receptions for 975 yards and 9 touchdowns in 4 years. Not exactly a world beater even in an era where they ran the ball a lot.

    the link to the Jabari is a repeat of Kazemi article.



  11. BigBlue
    11:04 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    SC is going to KILL us this weekend…and like the ball coach says, if you don’t want to be embarrassed…get better.



  12. BlueCat
    11:17 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Duuuude I love Cal but he’s ahead in the NCAA infractions two to zero compared to Petrino. Cheating on his wife is wrong but that goes on in sports ad nauseum. Petrino has come out and apologized and seemed remorseful. Leaving U of L and Atlanta the way he did, so what. Pitino said he would never leave UK either. But I bet while Tubby was here you would have been more than happy to take Rick back. Eventhough you know he was not just cheating on his wife when he got to Louisville. Why because sports is about winning. That’s why they keep score. It’s not about who is the most Ghandi type. Many, many coaches and players who we worship are not great human beings. Bobby Cox, Brett Favre, Michael Jordon, etc., etc., etc.,

    Petrino is not a great human being, but he’s not a criminal either. We took a chance on Cal and we should on him. It’s about winning, baby.



  13. OhioCat
    11:19 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    8 – he went by his given name “Joe” when he played here.



  14. BlueCat
    11:23 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    #13 I remember Cawood saying Joker Phillips many times on the broadcasts. Joker was not a great player by no means. But he was a solid performer, not pro material but solid.



  15. Duuuuuude
    11:31 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Bluecat, just to be clear, Cal has never been found guilty of any NCAA infractions.

    To cheat implys you do so to gain an advantage. What did Cal gain from helping Canby hire an agent? Cal did not help Rose cheat on his ACT. The NCAA had cleared Rose to play when cal, along with other coaches recruited him. Call it bad luck, or he should not have taken that risk, or even incompetence or what ever you want, but it was not cheating.

    To take chance on a coach who made a mistake is ok. We all have made them. I am fine with that. We are talking though about a person with deep character flaws. I say fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, three times, four times, five times, shame on me.



  16. Ares
    11:36 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    I hope UK goes hard after Taggart coming from the Harbaugh tree and boy do they have success. You go after a guy who has head coaching experience who can win consistently at a place you don’t expect to see wins coming from. If we don’t at least give him a serious look I think we will regret that decision. They were screwed out of a bowl last year and beat us as we’ll as pasteing Southern Miss by 39. They lost by 35 to the number #1 team but honestly didn’t get totally waxed. After the game Taggart was upset by his teams performance saying they did some things that were out of character. Honestly Western will probably lose 1 possibly 2 more games. I know it is not the SEC bit you can tell who the great coaches are by year 3. Look at guys like Meyer at Bowling Green. I hope we don’t miss this train.



  17. Duuuuuude
    11:40 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Joker was a good solid but not great player. He was a good assistant. He is a very good person. He is a not so good head coach. In this league, not so good head coaches get it handed to them.

    I wish Joker all the best. To be honest, it will be very difficult to hire a good coach given the lack of support the legislature and school gives the football program. That must be addressed before we will attract a top level coach. Until that happens, lets expect mediocre.



  18. BlueCat
    11:50 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Dude just saying that taking a chance on Cal was not the safe choice. I wanted him here when Tubby was leaving. When a lot of my friends were saying they wanted Pitino back I was saying no way, Cal would be better. Now tell me despite Pitino’s flaws would you not have wanted him back here when Tubby was leaving? In a lot of ways Pitino is as ruthless appearing as Petrino.

    Petrino is not Hitler, Ghangis Khan, Vlad the Impaler, or Darth Vader. He’s just a very good ball coach who smiled at UK while kicking their rear and twisting the knife while doing it. You don’t know him personally, neither do I, so you are speculating at best. The leaving of other jobs the way he did doesn’t effect my opinion at all. If I had the oppurtunity to go to a better job for more money I would do it in a second, as most of us would.



  19. OMG
    12:02 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    The Gainesville interview with Kentuckys’coach had a quote from Joker about recruiting in Florida. I can’t do it justice but it’s worth a read considering how many years he’s been on the staff as asst. coach/recruiting coordinator, now head coach. The man is clueless.



  20. Duuuuuude
    12:21 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Bluecat, I hear what’ you are saying and won’t strongly disagree, but I disagree none the less.

    For the record, I would not have taken a chance on Cal which would have been a mistake. I believed what the media said about him and thought him to be a problem. From all I can see, he is a terrific human being.

    Despite Pitinos flaw, he handled his mistake the right way, and as embarrassing and humiliating as it was, he came clean and reported his transgressions to the authorities and U of L administration. Yes, I would have welcomed him back when Tubby left. I regard Tubby in a similar way as Joker……a good person but not so good coach. Tubby is not nearly such a good coach at Minnesota.

    The thing about Petrino is that he did not come clean until he had the media and law enforcement breathing down his neck and there was no where else to go. He has a clear pattern poor character the other people you mention have not shown.

    I fear that until the funding issues I mentioned are answered, it will be hard to get a good coach. If I were an up and coming coach like Taggert, why would I risk my future at this coaching graveyard when the funding will limit your ability t compete? So here we are again trying to figure out who a good hire would be. We might have to hire Pitrino simply because we cannot find anybody else. What a shame.



  21. SeaCat
    12:27 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Jon, use a picture with people in it.
    Like cheerleaders with their arms
    linked together…



  22. BlueCat
    12:48 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    I was calling for Mike Leach last year. The only success the last few decades at this school have been when we were a passing offense. We need a passing offense guru here now, especially with Towles in waiting.



  23. Duuuuuude
    12:54 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    I could live with Leach, but he has a better job where he is.



  24. Gator Chomp
    1:30 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Growing up in SEC country, there were only two seasons, football season and spring football. And as good as Kentucky may be at basketball, their top revenue-making sport is still football.
    sUcKs…don’t it?



  25. bluefan
    1:34 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    #20, I am going to strongly disagree with your Patino remarks.
    He only came clean when he had to do so. The situation was about to go public (or already had) on Fox 41 News. He sat on this transgression for YEARS. He came clean by giving a press conference, telling what he wanted people to hear, not allowing questions and demanding that UofL fans listen ONLY TO HIM. This was no voluntary confession. Please don’t give credit where none is due.



  26. Duuuuuude
    1:58 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    #24 the scary thing is that the football revenues fund all the rest of UKs sports besides basketball. As the football team gets, so goes the rest of the athletic teams.

    Blue fan, Pitino took what happened to law enforcement when Seifer tried to blackmail him. He could have paid her off and it go away. At that point, he knew it was public record.



  27. ukfan
    2:28 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    did anyone see nerlens noel try to dunk over a 10 year old?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBESfxoK_EE



  28. BlueTomCat
    2:36 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Barnhart has made some really really good hires while he’s been an AD at UK, but he’s also made some terrible ones. Gillispie and Joker Phillips come to mind right away. Joker is not an SEC level coach, he just isnt.



  29. shinny
    6:42 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    To #23 if you call Washington State with a capacity of less then 50,000 and in competion with Wash.-Oregon-Oregon State for prospects I disagree. He would come and we could get with some dollars. Turn the air raid sirens back on-are you kidding me with Smith&Towles and all the young recievers on board we he could turn this around in ONE YEAR!!!