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Sunday Questions on the UK Football Coaching Search

If you get a chance to check it out, see if you can dig up the 60 Minutes story on college football that ran on tonight’s show. It was a fascinating look at the financial impact that college football has on a school’s bottom line, using Alabama and Michigan as two examples. Armen Keteyian (the CBS reporter) said near the end of the show, “at major universities in America, there is no more important hire a school can make than its college football coach.” This is undoubtedly true and why when it comes to the new coaching hire, the stakes for UK football’s future are tremendously high. As UK attempts to get a much-needed bonding capacity from the Ky State Legislature (the drama that will develop in December and January), the table has to first be set with a football coach that can lead the University going forward. UK football fans are frustrated and chances are that virtually anyone that is hired (absent a couple of people who won’t be hired), is going to have a hard time winning over the fan base from day one. But Mitch Barnhart’s decision will ultimately play out over the long term and we won’t know how to grade the final pick for some time.

But with that in mind, the search for information goes on. What follows is the best summary I can give from my week looking into the UK coaching search process. It is based on numerous conversations and my attempt to whittle down the information (some of which can be conflicting) into what I currently believe is happening. As we will do every Sunday night until we get a coach, here are questions (and attempted answers) about the current status of the UK coaching search:

1. Where Do We Stand As of Right Now?

While multiple false reports of “done deals” concerning the next UK coach have come and gone over the past couple of days, the reality is that the University isn’t yet even to the stage of offering even one person the job. From my sources on the subject, I am told that the “list” of coaching candidates for UK is now in the process of being finalized and only now, are they ready to start the process of actual interviewing/negotiating. Barnhart has spent the last two weeks doing an exhaustive search of candidates and trying to come up with the UK priority list. MANY representatives of many coaches have contacted the University with the hope of being considered, and it has taken these two weeks to come to some sort of direction going forward. As one source told me, “he (Barnhart) is very comfortable with where they are right now and the spot UK is in.”

2. Why Has So Little “Concrete” Info Leaked Out?

You have heard a number of names here and there, but for the most part, the search has not yielded any obvious pick for a frontrunner to be the next Kentucky coach. The reason for this is simple. Mitch Barnhart has intentionally kept this search very close to the vest. In fact, those sources that I have that are often the best fountains of information, have dried up for me in the past couple of days. As one person told me last week, “there has been a ‘don’t talk to anyone’ directive.” Part of this is the reality of the modern internet/social media world. As today’s Butch Jones rumor showcased, a story can go from random message board report to full-fledged school denial within an hour. And it is in the best interest of the school to have to deal with as little of such issues as possible. This is Kentucky’s first full-fledged hire in the Twitter era and with news moving at a minute by minute pace, secrecy is extremely important…ESPECIALLY when most of the candidates are still coaching teams. A lot of fans have mistaken the lack of information for a lack of due diligence or work, but I don’t think that is truly fair. What it represents, at least to me, is Barnhart’s CIA-like ability to keep information on the down low.

3. Should I Trust Barnhart/UK to Make a Good Decision?

This is the $64,000 question for most UK fans and the one that has caused the fan division on the subject. Many fans don’t trust the AD to make the correct call and thus they are skeptical of almost any names that come from him of which they are not familiar. I understand many of the criticisms of Barnhart and share a few of them myself. But on this particular point, I honestly don’t get it. When it comes to HIRING coaches, Barnhart has a pretty good track record. Yes, he screwed up Billy Clyde…but at the time, virtually everyone (outside of Mike Pratt) supported the hire. The Joker situation didn’t work, but a hard (and ultimately incorrect) call was made. However on all of his other sports, and Brooks/Calipari, success has occurred. One story to potentially give you a little faith. When Rich Brooks was hired, there were four names that were on Barnhart’s final list…Bill Parcells, Rich Brooks and Norm Chow you know. All three had pedigrees and fans knew something about them. But the fourth was a then-unknown coach who Barnhart liked and very nearly hired…that young coach’s name was Sean Payton. Had Barnhart hired Payton, many fans would have been livid, for they had no idea who he was. But Barnhart generally has a pretty solid eye for young talent. I may not have complete faith in Barnhart for some things (like dealing with boosters or fundraising), but for scouting coaching talent, his record is fairly solid.

4. What Does the List Look Like Right Now?

While most news about who the school’s “favorite” is right now has kind of dried up, I still think it can be said that UK has a list that is fairly defined. As it stands now (to the best of my knowledge), I think it looks like this:

Tier One: Kirby Smart, Sonny Dykes, Butch Jones, a NFL Unknown Name and Someone Else

I continue to hear that the top list has five people on it and I am fairly confident as to the first three. Smart and Dykes have been candidates from Day One and are targets of this staff. Butch Jones is a name that first emerged a few days ago and while he hasn’t been offered the job, I think he is definitely being considered (if he would consider UK). I continue to hear there is a NFL name, but I get multiple conflicting reports on who that name is. Todd Haley is the name that is repeated most often, but I have not heard it from anyone that I think has knowledge of the search. And because I am told that the main list has five people, I assume there is another name that I have not been able to verify. Who that is remains a mystery to me, but I assume it will likely come out sometime this week.

Tier Two: Kliff Kingsbury, Ron Caragher, Gary Andersen and Mike McIntyre

All four of these names have been mentioned to me as young guys that Barnhart really likes and believes will all be future great coaches. Each has had success very recently. Klingsbury has taken Johnny Football to a potential Heisman at Texas A&M, Caragher nearly got the Arizona job last year and is considered a great offensive mind and consistently leads the FCS in scoring and McIntyre took over a dead San Jose State program and has made it relevant. The guy to watch out of this group is Andersen, who beat Sonny Dykes in the “UK Coach Bowl” yesterday and is also being mentioned for some other big jobs (like Cal/Iowa) if they come open. Any one of these four could be on the first tier as that “fifth name”, but for now I place them here, as I know they are people Barnhart likes…to what degree, we don’t know.

5. Has UK Been Told “No” Yet by Anyone?

The answer to this is certainly yes. I have been told that UK contacted a number of “shoot for the moon” type names and got the polite “no thanks”, but that one of those names did engage in talks with the school. Where those talks went, or if they are still ongoing, I have not been able to determine. As for names that are on the above lists, one source has told me that UK got a “no thanks” from Kirby Smart. However for now, I leave him on the board until I get another confirmation that the Alabama Defensive Coordinator is a no-go.

6. What is the Deal with Phillip Fulmer?

This one baffles me. A number of media around Kentucky continue to list Phillip Fulmer as a serious candidate and Larry Glover had a source say they thought negotiations were taking place for his hire. I was told soon after that report that it was clearly false and from everything I can glean from the situation, Fulmer is not even a serious candidate. I of course could be wrong, as clearly there are many reporters in the state still pushing Fulmer’s name. But no one that I have spoken with has ever mentioned him to me as a serious candidate. So for now, I have to think he is not.

7. Was Bobby Petrino Ever a Candidate?

The Petrino debate and mystery is going to be one that will haunt whoever becomes the next UK coach for years to come. Short answer…I don’t know. I still find it highly unlikely that he is the next UK football coach and I continue to believe that the only circumstances in which he would get hired is if the UK administration truly believed that there was no other coach available who had any chance of success at UK. I don’t get the feeling that will be the case, but I do think that is why he has not been totally eliminated. I have heard a TON of information on Petrino and it is all over the board. His supporters have contacted me and told me everything from him wanting the UK job to only being publicly interested as leverage for other schools. Two people who claim to be Petrino’s close friends, both heard me talk about him on the radio and with an hour called to sell me on him. During the conversations, one told me that “four or five schools want Bobby” and another said to me, “I am not sure there is a BCS opening for him this year”. I honestly don’t know what to believe. What I do know, is that for Petrino to be at UK, there would have to be a seismic shift in the current state/mindset of the UK administration, from the Athletics Department to the President’s Office. You never say never, but I don’t think we are there just yet.

8. Are There Any Wildcard Names Still out There?

I think the answer to this is yes. I still believe that the same mindset that caused Mitch Barnhart to have Bill Parcells on a plane flying to Lexington to interview when he received the call from Jerry Jones, causes him to be shooting for the moon here as well. It would not surprise me at all if, likely after the Tennessee game next week, we hear of a home run type candidate that has real interest. But I would be surprised if we hear of it before that, and just as I would have never guessed Parcells nearly a decade ago, I am not sure who to guess this one will be either.

9. When Can We Expect a Decision?

I still think that we are a ways away. Since virtually every non-Petrino name we hear is still coaching their team, one has to assume that the regular season must end before a hire can be made. David Cutcliffe of Duke said today at a press conference that he will “definitely” be back at Duke next year. And likely Butch Jones will be asked a similar question tomorrow. Such is what happens when a name comes open while regular season games are being played and that is why I think we are still not close to a decision. The date for me is still December 15. If on that Friday, UK does not have a new coach announced, then that means either (a) they are holding out for a huge NFL name or (b) they have been turned down by a lot of folks. But either way, we are still a ways away.

More on this and the UK team getting ready for two games during Thanksgiving week tomorrow on the radio. See you then….

Article written by Matt Jones

139 Comments for Sunday Questions on the UK Football Coaching Search

  1. Ukalum
    10:46 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Read an article that speculated that either Arkansas or UK contacted tony dungy about getting back into coaching. But he has no interest, knowing Barnhart he probly wouldn’t have to balls to even try to make such a reach. If bobby petrino isn’t on the table and kirby smart isn’t interested. Barnhart should go through the nfl coaching ranks before he even looks at sonny dykes or some other half proven mid major coach with a gimmick style. Personally josh Mcdaniels could do a lot for our offense but if Rex Ryan gets canned Barnhart should offer him whatever he wants to coach here. Every school/ nfl team that Ryan has been a defensive coordinator/HC at has had great defenses( Oklahoma 1999, Kansas state 2000-2004, Baltimore ravens under billick and Harbaugh and the jets with this season the only exception where the jets weren’t in the top 5 in defense)

  2. ChiddarCheddar
    10:58 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Matt – any reason you know of why Gus Malzhan wouldn’t be considered. If you’re going big name coordinator, wouldn’t he have been equal to Smart a year ago? Now he has head-coaching experience, granted only 1season, and has done well so far. Why wouldn’t he be considered over Smart?

  3. BBN
    11:01 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    I hope the answer to the coaching search is (a) they are holding out for a huge NFL name…

  4. Prophet
    11:04 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Things have changed to some extent. There is a name that is a shocker that is being considered. Either way unless this is a home run hire, and unless this coach does a bang up job, the next hire we talk about will be the AD. Bobby Petrino guaranteed this.

  5. timer
    11:05 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Bill Parcells “flying to Lexington to interview.” LOL

  6. Will
    11:05 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Just get the Cats competitive and go to a bowl game each year. Whoever they hire that’s all I ask.

  7. layinlow
    11:07 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    The name I haven’t heard mentioned is Jack Del Rio… He is a recently demoted head coach in the NFL with Florida ties that would be a homerun hire IMO.

  8. Bob Loblaw
    11:08 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    4- What name are you talking about? An NFL guy?

  9. Bob Loblaw
    11:09 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Boy that first tier (sans Smart) sure is a Murderer’s Row. Heaven help us if we fall to tier 2…

  10. Brian Billick says.....
    11:13 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Hey guys what about me?

  11. Rich
    11:13 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Holy cow, just hire petrino. Enough losing is enough losing. This is the only man available to make things happen plus it will be extra sweet when he slaps u of l around. Cut the crap, we are not looking for a minister, all I want is a coach that wins dammit.

  12. Buckets
    11:15 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Deep Thoughts by Mitch Barnhart…

  13. College Name You Don't Know
    11:16 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    OSU coach Mike Gundy. He hates his AD and MB likes him

  14. Shhhhhh
    11:17 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    This probably isn’t right, but a person within the program leaked that bob stoops had inquired about the job. Apparently, he’s tired of the pressure and demand the fan base in Oklahoma puts on him. Similar to the tubby situation here. Again, just a rumor, but if I’m remotely right I’ll print this off and frame it forever.

  15. BBN
    11:17 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    #9: They have the capital to do both, the problem is Eli Capilouto refuses to do so.

  16. Sean
    11:18 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    I want to hear more about “Someone Else.” He could be the homerun hire we’ve been waiting for.

  17. David AKA David Classic/Star
    11:18 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    I Kinda Agree With You Matt On Some Of these Coaches.I like Sunny Dykes,For One Like The Way His teams Play.Also Love Butch Jones .He Has Give Louisville Fits Beating Them 4 Out Of The Last Five Years & His Teams Always Have A Good Passing Offense As Well As A Good Defense.I Have Seen Them Alot & He Would Play An Exciting Brand Of Football With Good Balance Of Run & pass & Will Air It Out Anytime He Gets The Chance.Its A Big Step Up To The Sec But He Has Played Pretty Well Against Bigger Competition.It Would Not Suprise Me To See Him Or Sunny Dykes as Our Next Head Coach.

  18. wakecat
    11:19 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Three interesting themes that will play out going forward. (1) Approximately 40% of the fan base wants Petrino. It appears we will not get Petrino. So,the perceived so-so coach we hire (it wil not be a home run), will start out with 40% of fans against him. (2) A majority(more than 50%) of the fan base is angry at / has no faith in Mitch Barnhart. Mith’s comments and seemingly smug attitude towards fans has promoted a general disgust with Mitch. Fans will not renew tickets because there is now a push back against the administration. (3) KSR / Matt now has more access to, and does more work with, UK than ever before. I don’t buy the mouthpeice stuff, but fans of the site believe Matt is, to a certain extent, part of UK. It seems a lot of fans are expressing their anger at UK and Mitch to Matt / the site. It’s as if he is the only “UK person” to whom they have access to vent their frustrations.

  19. Jonah Hex
    11:19 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Not sure why Matt has a mancrush on Dykes. This list of coaches isn’t very good outside of smart. I watched the Rutgers vs UC game yesterday- some real poor coaching and I like Coach Butch Jones well enough.

  20. Sean
    11:21 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    “Just hire Petrino” is a brilliant statement. Except for the fact that he has to agree to come here. It’s not like claiming him off waivers. He actually has input on the matter.

  21. Ukalum
    11:21 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    UK basketball financially can’t get much bigger than it currently is, that’s exactly why this hire needs to be good, otherwise it’ll be Barnharts job whether he has 7 yrs left or 30 he will be gone because all the room for expansion in terms of profit is in the football team especially since the conference realignment and playoff systems should bring in truck loads of money.

  22. Truthiness
    11:24 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    UK will not get a special football coach. The Brooks path is the only way. If they are that good, they won’t stay UK!
    Minus basketball, why is UK in the SEC? We’re not that good at anything. Seriously. Take away basketball. Now what do you have? A good C-USA school. And you know what? That’s fine. We are still a good school with good kids. We love UK but who are we really???

  23. BPsycho
    11:25 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Romeo Crennel lol

  24. Rae
    11:30 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    I wish we could hear the names of some of the no’s. That way, we could have some proof they did put forth an effort.

  25. Rich
    11:32 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Ok #20, you are right. So then just offer petrino. At least try!

  26. Brian Sherrard
    11:34 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Matt, i wish you would stop saying that Barnhart was intrigued & interviewed Sean Payton. Sean Payton has admitted he was interested in the job but didn’t have the connections to get an interview. He was a demoted OC w the Giants at the & was the QB coach. I asked Sean about this personally in Seaside, FL & he confirmed he was interested in the job but was never interviewed.

  27. AnyoneButPetrino
    11:34 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    #14 Yeah I’m sure Bob Stoops is jumping at the opportunity to jump from one of the best football schools in the country for one of the worst.

  28. TravisC
    11:36 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    #13: Gundy is an Oklahoma State alum. He won’t leave OSU unless it’s an NFL job or the football equivalent to Kentucky (Alabama/Notre Dame). Gundy is basically Joker if he had succeeded.

  29. NFL Agent
    11:40 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Bill Cowher.

  30. Tired of Being 1 of 12 games
    11:40 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    “saint” Mitch could have called Petrino’s bluff with the UK job being open before the other jobs come open. If he did not want it UK could move down the list. If his just signed a contract to coach at UK he would not then be a candidate for UT or Auburn. I am not sure why Matt Jones has tried to be the expert(?) on Petrino with misinformation about him, while acting like people like Dave Baker and Joe B. Hall know nothing. In case you have not noticed it is turning the UK fanbase to you.

  31. reddywup
    11:40 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Good thing Mitch got a 10 year contract. He’ll have 3 more football hires before he’s gone. Until then, enjoy the Olympic sports paid for by football revenue! #youareuk

  32. Mattsnewsource
    11:42 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Gary Andersen would be a great coach. We need a coach that will do more with less. What has Kirby Smart done? Coached future NFL players under Nick Saban at the greatest football school of all time. He can’t do tha at UK! Also, he isn’t interested.
    Look at the coaches that have done more with less. Gary Andersen, Macintyre, Dykes….
    That is what we need

  33. NFL Agent
    11:44 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    He is waiting until after the Thanksgivings Holiday to announce.

  34. Surces Close To Program
    11:44 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Played golf with Gundy,Stoops and Seban before season started and thought they were going to fight over which one would get the UK job at the end of this season….dreams, dreams, dreams!

  35. Jo
    11:45 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Why we think now after the Bait & Switch (cupcake extra win)each season!6 or 7 wins.
    That we are going after a coach that will win at UK! When we pass up a top 5 coach
    (Petrino). Then try to turn public opinion against him thru media spin. Sounds more like
    politics as usual.

  36. NFL Agent
    11:46 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    He has a lot of respect for Joker; wants to wait until after the Tennessee game.

  37. Ukalum
    11:48 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    22) do you have security or self esteem issues? UK is a founding member of the SEC and until the early 1980’s UK the worse that uk football would do would be 5 wins. Then Claiborne, curry and the NCAA issues of mumme really has crushed the program until brooks brought back some respectability. That’s why the fans have vacated commonwealth they were shown the light at the end of the football funk we have been in and that hope has been crushed by bad coaching under joker. A good coach can make uk into a contender just like like South Carolina, or a program on the verge of getting some big wins like miss state and vanderbuilt.

  38. Bobbypetrino
    11:49 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    I will not be in the SEC. The ADs and the Presidents enjoy life without me in the league giving the SEC a bad reputation. Also, the AD will not make a decision to hire BP, the president will have to because of my past problems in the league. No president wants to make that call.

  39. chris
    11:49 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Butch J is a interesting choice, but if he comes does that mean
    Minter stays ?

  40. NFL Agent
    11:49 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    He knew Joker when he played for the Washington Redskins.

  41. UKChris
    11:49 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    I think Kingsbury would be a great hire. He is a young, motivating coach that could help get us competitive and stick around for a good period of time. He could completely rejuvenate the program with the energy we need.

  42. SoCal Will
    11:52 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    This is such an inexact science. UCLA hired Jim Mora Jr. and there was a collective snore or groans. Moreover, the Athletic Director had struck out on his two previous hires – a UCLA football alum and a disgraced former high profile coach. One year later the hire is a Home Run and the “Gutsy Little Bruins” look to be a very serious national team for years.

  43. goUKats
    11:52 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    After Jokers dismal pergormance against Pitt in the Cats last bowl game,Barnhart should have satrted a list of successors.Then came last year with another undrperforming year,he (Barbhart) should have definitely seen the writing on the wall and had a candidate in place.

    The “60 Minute” show tonight regarding college football,shows what is really needed particularly from the Athletic Director,and looking at the AD Michigan has,and what we have at UK,one can see hust how inept Barnhart really is.

    At the rate Barnhart is moving,don’t look for a coach and staff to be in place until the start of Spring practice.Hopefully,by then,Mitch will have his mind made up and can convince an up and comer to take the job.Until then,relax and watch other schools take the home run hitters,and UK to get the equivalent of a flag football team candidate.

  44. NFL Agent
    11:56 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Bill Cowher is the NFL mystery coach.

  45. NFL Agent
    11:58 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Reason: Money, UK will pay him 5M per year.

  46. Cowher?
    12:00 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    Cowher would be a true home run if I’ve ever seen one. But I don’t see it happening.

  47. Big Blue Through and Through
    12:01 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t get the sentiment that a big name coach wouldn’t come here. The national exposure the bball team gives the school shows the possibilities of sporting success. We need a big name coach or show Mitch Barnhart the door… period!

  48. Ukalum
    12:01 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    44&45 are honestly suggesting that uk will spend over 7 mill next year( with the joker buyout) to bring in a guy who has ONLY coached in the pros. Yeah right.

  49. Source Close To Program
    12:01 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    43…your post was incomplete. Should have said UK will gtet coach of a “coed” flag fb team.

  50. This point pretty much sums it up
    12:04 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    If you want to know why UK will never be revelent in football.. Look no further than point 7 in the article above let me copy an paste

    The Petrino debate and mystery is going to be one that will haunt whoever becomes the next UK coach for years to come. Short answer…I don’t know. I still find it highly unlikely that he is the next UK football coach and I continue to believe that the only circumstances in which he would get hired is if the UK administration truly believed that there was no other coach available who had any chance of success at UK.


  51. Floyd
    12:04 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    I think the real question here is Newton or Peevy.

  52. Hello
    12:05 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    When hiring bobby Petrino is your last option…
    Going to games is mine…

  53. Bradley
    12:07 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    NFL Agent is exactly right. I said it over a week ago. Matt is being fed bad info and doesn’t know any better.

  54. Bradley
    12:09 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    48. Yes.

  55. NFL Agent
    12:10 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    Cowher want two things, the money of course, and the ability to make decisions like Cal is doing with the Bball team. So far, Barnhart has not agreed to give him the decisions to make Fball decisions. He like the way Cal is running the Bball team and would like to do the same with the Fball team. However, Barnhart is not comfortable with giving him to much power. While Barnhart tolerates Cal, he does not like the way the Bball is being run. Barnhart and Cal are the best of “Pals” .

  56. Rupp
    12:12 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    Just hire Hurkey Rupp !

  57. Funny
    12:14 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    The one thing I know after reading this article…Matt Jones knows little to nothing about the actual UK coaching search. Nice article though.

  58. dave
    12:14 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    couple of things
    –UK apparently isnt interested in petrino & UT AD mentioned integrity for next coach. some people are insinuating that the “SEC circle” has blackballed petrino, any truth to that?
    — is it common for offensive-minded HCs to not bring their OC with them (dykes/franklin)
    — one can assume doeren & hazell said no to UK?
    –why not try to find more “homerun” assistant hires over butch jones, ron caragher?

  59. viewsnews
    12:15 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    I have a better question… Where are the fuggin news and views

  60. Ukalum
    12:16 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    55) I will believe it when I see it. I honestly think its more likely that Rex Ryan gets canned and ends up at uk.

  61. NFL Agent
    12:23 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    RR has no interest in the UK job. He has no interest in any college job.

  62. Really?
    12:28 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    “Mitch Barnharts CIA like ability to keep things on the down low”. You don’t watch the news much do you Mr. Jones? The CIA is looking pretty bad at keeping secrets right now, alot like this coaching search.

    Barring a NFL name or Petrino, this list is garbage. Also, stop saying Barnhart hired Cal. He was against it both times and had to be convinced otherwise. If only we had a Mike Pratt for football so we could offer BP.

  63. Really?
    12:29 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    59 – Do you really want to reread what’s already been posted? That’s all the news and views are, a recap of what’s already been said.

  64. Catcrawler
    12:31 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    UK won’t get a home run unless Tennessee gets one first. There is absolutely no way that a home run coach would choose UK over UT or Auburn or Arkansas… Papa Brooks needs to come out of retirement!

  65. Bradley
    12:36 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    Rex Ryan would be a terrible hire even if he were interested. And Barnhardt not liking how basketball is being run is no surprise. It’s the one homerun hire he is getting credit for and he knows he had nothing to do with it.

  66. viewsnews
    12:40 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    63… yes

  67. NFL Agent
    12:41 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    Cowher wants to announce on Monday, next week. If it is not on that day, then he is not signing. He wants to sign so he can start recruiting the PA OH areas.

  68. hopesup
    12:58 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    NFL Agent, I really really want to believe you, but I will believe when I see it. I do think however one thing people in this search underestimate is the power of Cal and the role he will play in the outcome of this search.

  69. Ukalum
    12:59 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    The way to get a good coach at uk is the same way Franklin gets recruits to Vandy play their ego and get them to buy into building their own legacy.

  70. DEREK
    1:01 am November 19, 2012 Permalink


    $30 a ticket upper level


    $30 a ticket upper level

    859.368.1060 call/text

  71. bill cowher
    1:05 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    Why is my agent talking about the head coaching job at uk when i could get any job in the NFL???

  72. NFL Agent
    1:07 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    UKalum, u r 100 % correct.

  73. BB
    1:09 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    NFL Agent- I too want to believe you, but I remember following the search 10 years ago, hearing all kinds of names, and then getting Brooks. I know he was what we needed at the time, and worked out ok, but not a hire that blew anybody away.

  74. catfan68
    1:11 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    I want to know why the list of candidates is just now being finalized? Seriously, Joker was fired TWO WEEKS AGO!!!! Mitch had to have known he was going to make a change long before that. Why in Hell wouldn’t he already have a list in place and go from there? This guy is clueless. I cringe at the thought of who he will hire.

  75. BB
    1:11 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    71- was thinking the same thing; plus UT and Ark. are open, both considered better jobs with more resources. Plus UT is closer to N Car, where I think Cowher has family living.

  76. mashburnfan1
    1:14 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    Hope 13 and 14 are right…either coach would be a homerun for us.
    17}yeah cincy plays exciting ball, that 10-3 game vs rutgers had me SLEEPING. also lost to Toledo so hire the Toledo coach before Jones.

  77. NFL Agent
    1:16 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    I’m just fooling around about Cowher. I’m sorry that some of you took it seriously.

  78. Dallas E
    1:18 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    Andy Reid!

  79. CatWalk
    1:29 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    Those of you who are insistent, to the point of belittling the program, that UK could not draw a “home run” coach way off. Yes, whoever is hired will be tasked with building the program. There are in fact coaches that could make that building period a very quick one and there are such coaches that would accept the job. The one thing that is an absolute must to draw that coach is a full commitment from Mitch and UK admin’s that they are 100% willing to do what needs to be done for the program to build and succeed in the SEC at the highest levels.
    That being said, I truely believe Mitch knows the program and it’s fan base are at a very critical point in time. If the program doesn’t make a drastic turn now it risks falling into irrelevance for good and if this coaching hire isn’t big, a majority of fans could wash their hands with UK football and the program continues to fall. There are, though, attractive attributes to the UK job. One obviously, is being in the SEC. Some say that makes it harder but again, the coach with the right abilities takes advantage of playing on the highest level. If Mitch and UK commit financially a big time hire can be made and my guess is that comes from the NFL. We’re not going to steal a top head coach with job security away from a team but the NFL is loaded with talented coaches who have already made names for themselves. Maybe even already have head coaching experience?
    One name that I have heard from more than one place (not saying he is a candidate) is Josh McDaniels. He’s a coach that is at a coordinator position right now, has head coaching experience, and is tied in with coaching NFL super stars like a Tom Brady. A coach like this could use his name alone to sign top recruits to UK. Excitement would unify the fan base, boosters would begin to contribute more money than ever, and a fast growth in the program would create a buzz among would be recruits of the future. Look at it as a buisness and not just a failing football team. Or like a struggling company in an attractive market that could boom if the right investor bought it and breathed new life into it. These situations have happened at other schools with no better possibilities than UK.
    I truely hope Mitch will be extremely ambitious in this hire because these senario’s can happen if UK fully commits on all fronts. I chose to believe, as I know some will not, that if I see the realistic potential with this hire, Mitch and UK see it as well. I think the question stands, will they commit and go all in 100%?

  80. Really?
    1:40 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    79 – Much like Charlie Weiss, McDaniels is a bust who is only made to look good by Tom Brady, He was a failure at both St Louis and Denver after he left and went crawling back to Tom Brady to make him look good again. I will not be excited by him

  81. UKBlue
    1:48 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t think personality wise, Barnhart is the best AD in the world, but on this hiring, he totally understands what’s at stake. UK has no wiggle room to screw this up !!

    Petrino is just too big of gamble.

    If Todd Haley in play, with Haley at the Steelers, Cal could be in his trick bag. Personally, I think Haley is overrated.

    The 60 Minutes piece was good, but if anyone follows college sports & understands money, this wasn’t eye opening news.

  82. CatWalk
    2:13 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    80: Again, I wasn’t saying McDaniels is a target but the difference between Wiess and McDaniels is that McDaniels, because he is young with an exciting style of play, would be better received by recruits/college players. For the same reason, McDaniels would be more successful as a college head coach instead of fighting for respect from the large ego’s of pro’s as head coach. Players in college choose to play for a certain coach instead of not having a choice in ther matter like in the pro’s. Because of that there is a sense of respect from the college players toward the coach. Big difference.

  83. SeoulCat
    2:58 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    Butch Jones has no business being a first-tier option. None. I’d rather have Fulmer. Think I’m joking? Look at the numbers:

    Fat Phil has an overall record of 152-52 (.745 winning %) and went 98-34 (.742 winning %) in the SEC. He won a national title and went to fifteen bowl games in seventeen seasons.

    Butch Jones is 48-26 overall (.648 winning %) and is 21-14 at Cincy (.600 winning %) with a pathetic Big East record of 10-9 (.526 winning %). If the guy is barely .500 in the Big Least, how in the hell is he going to win in the SEC? The three points (!) that his team put up on Rutgers this weekend was impressive, too.

    I’m not advocating Fulmer for hire; I’m just merely showing how bad of a hire Butch Jones would be.
    Don’t go there, Mitch.

  84. tdogg40330
    3:43 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    so, is the Petrino 6 yr/33 million dollar deal at UT not true??

  85. UKBlue1!
    5:04 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    Barnhart needs to go. The fact that he is finally just getting a list together means he needs to go. Most knew last year this wasn’t working. I knew in Jokers first year it wasn’t going to work. He had Randall Cobb and couldn’t figure out how to use him. Look at what he is doing in GreenBay. UK shouldn’t have been a 6-7 team. If Cobb had been utilized correctly we should have been 8-5 or 9-4. 2011 was a disaster and the fact that Barnhart decided before the last game of year to keep him shows he is inept. Some of the coaches being floated around make me want to PUKE. Fulmer shouldn’t even be considered. He will be 63 years old at the start of next year. This is a 5 year rebuilding job for most coaches. I think we are going to find out that the next coach will be lucky to win 4 or 5 games a year due to NO talent for the next couple of years. I have gone to 2 games this year and watched us be pushed around and we are SLOW. Petrino should have been the #1 choice because he was out there, a winner and available. Folks he did NOT committ any NCAA violations. Tressel has and we do NOT want him. Instead Petrino will probably go to UT or be hired back at UofL to replace Strong and give us a early dose of ass whipping.

  86. Chuck
    5:25 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    Does anyone have faith in Barnhart? I doubt it. Barnhart has basically hired 4 people in the two major sports, Gillispie and Calipari in basketball and Brooks and Phillips in football and Calipari is the only one that’s really been any good. Brooks, while a decent coach, never beat Bobby Petrino while Petrino was at UofL, and now that we might possibly have a chance of hiring Petrino or at least make Petrino turn us down it appears that’s not gonna be an option even though Petrino is the one coach with the best chance of jump starting our program with wins and with filling Commonwealth Stadium.

  87. Jim
    5:38 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    Cutcliffe has said he is staying at Duke. Good. There is no doubt in my mind that the job has been offered to Butch Jones. But if he accepts, an announcement won’t be made until after the regular season is over.

  88. i am hearing
    5:42 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    I keep hearing Butch Jones has been offered the job, and I hope this is not true at all. The guy is ok but this is not the Big East. He will not do anything at UK.

  89. If it was my choice
    6:10 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    If it was my choice Kliff Kingsbury would get the job, He is 33 years old, he can develop young talent,Johnny Manziel was a Rivals 3 star recruit out of high school but is the leading rusher in the league and the SEC’s second highest grossing quarterback. Mike Evans, a Rivals 3-star receiver out of high school, is the second best wideout in the SEC West. Ryan Swope, the third best receiver in the division, was also a 3-star recruit. He was named NCAA Offensive Coordinator of the Year in 2010. Kingsbury studied under Leach, Bilichek, Holgerson and Sumlin, He would make UK exciting to watch while building a good program. JMO

  90. Ray Dio
    6:18 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    Another hot air wind bag post; a five minute read that could have been a 10 bullet point post it note. Reads like a transcript from the radio. Teats on a bull: worthless.

  91. Ryan Harrow
    6:20 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    I did not practice again yesterday.

  92. Ashley Schafer
    6:22 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    after the season we’ve had Barnhart is just now getting a list together of possible replacements?? why does that not suprise me….

  93. Huber
    6:30 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    Very simply, Mitch is going to screw this up. Take it to the bank.

  94. blamecanada
    6:53 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    here is the most interesting thing about Bobby Petrino as a candidate:

    – in general, the fans who want Petrino hate Mitch, think Petrino is the only possible coach that can be hired and that Mitch is inept for not listening to him, they have already decided they won’t support the new coach, and will attack Mitch and the new coach when the name is released

    – these same people think it is a foregone conclusion that Petrino would take the UK job and that if he doesn’t come here that he will end up at UT; why is that UT fans who are much more passionate about their football than UK fans aren’t as “all-in” on Petrino as most UK fans are……I also find it interesting that UT AD immediately said that “character” will be a factor in who they hire…..that almost immediately takes Petrino out of consideration.

    – Go to any UK message board about our next coach and you can’t make it more than a few posts without something about Petrino. Go to one of the UT message boards and most threads don’t even include Petrino. If he is the one and only homerun hire, why are more UT fans actively discussing candidates while some UK fans won’t let Petrino die. Its not because our AD made a bad hire and UT’s didn’t. Dooley has been a huge failure….arguably just as much or more than Joker was.

  95. Mattsnewsource
    7:34 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    A list has been finalized for weeks. The staff has been having these discussions (possibility of a new coach for months). You have to look at the least obvious names. Coaches that have a way to do it different at Kentucky. Fulmer is absolutely not going to coach at UK. 100%. The same with Petrino.
    Dykes, Andersen, Stoops (you guess which one), McIntyre.
    Your going to say “how do you do it different?”. Each one of these guys has a different angle and approach that would help us at UK. Mitch is one of the best AD’s in the country. Rich was a great hire at the time and Mitch gave him time to succeed when everyone else wanted to fire him. Everyone wanted Joker to succeed and it didn’t work out, so we are moving on. But your expectations have to be realistic. Cowher, Ryan, Gruden, etc….are not realistic.
    Start looking hard at Gary Andersen, we would be very lucky!!!

  96. barn
    7:53 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    how does anyone here know mitch is just now getting a list together? he’s probably had one made up for some time, and probably had a circle of advisors helping him. he’s one of the best ad’s in the country and the best one at UK that i have seen.

  97. Breal1515
    8:05 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    # 52) LOL, same here

  98. SexnNursinHomes
    8:11 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    96- Here is Mitch’s real list. Any other list is a fake list that Mitch is using as cover to disguise the real list. Not for sure, but there could be possibly a 2nd fake list out there to throw off the real list and also the 1st fake list. Again, not sure why. But here Mitch’s real list:

    Sean Payton
    Jim Harbaugh
    Mike Tomlin

  99. Donny BerGer
    8:17 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    The tier 1 list has to be a fu€k!n£ joke, other than Smart which is unproven and has five star talent out the a$$ that he will not have at UK and the NFL crap shoots, it’s sad that it has taking Mitch several weeks to come up with such a pathetic list, it’s safe to say Mitch will fu€£ this up

  100. Wdkaatfan
    8:23 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    Thank you Matt for this information. Very informative and down to Earth. I appreciate KSR’s efforts to keep the Big Blue Nation’s heart beating.

  101. [email protected]
    8:36 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    The 60 Minutes segment last night on how important big time college FB is to every schools athletic budget was very interesting. UK must succeed in FB to stay competitive in big time college sports.

  102. Mitch
    8:49 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    If I hire another yawner then commonfealth will be empty again

  103. KyKid
    8:51 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    I have a little different perception of what can play out than most. While our talent level is not up there with top tier SEC teams like Bama and LSU, I think we are a bit closer than most think. We are VERY young, and injuries to key positions (QB) really killed this season. If we were to get a young, energetic guy with an exciting system (Kingsbury, Dykes?) I think we could have a decent season as soon as next year, and be very fun to watch. This is a huge opportunity. Likewise, if we get this hire wrong it could be a death knell for the program.

  104. UK Fan
    9:03 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    Matt Jones is so far up Barnhart’s ass it’s laughable. He sounds like his agent, the BS he spouts here; undoubtedly to keep his press privileges.

  105. Jones has "sources"
    9:05 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    Jones has “sources”? Cute. By sources you mean stuff he read on twitter And transcribes as his own. KSR has NEVER broken a story and never will. Jones has burnt way too many bridges for anyone to talk to him. Especially on the football side

  106. JLivermore
    9:08 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    I am blown away by the fact that people continue to suggest that a 28% winning record in the SEC and a single .500 year in 7 years makes Rich Brooks a good coaching hire. He took a 7-5 team and nearly drove the program into the ground before the permanent move to a 12-game schedule and a watered-down non-conference schedule saved his ass. If he had gone to those bowl games with a legitimate non-conference schedule, I wouldn’t care so much about the average (by UK standards) SEC record. As it is, his tenure was mostly smoke and mirrors.

  107. barn
    9:23 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    98-so you’re saying the real list might not be the real one?

  108. timer
    9:23 am November 19, 2012 Permalink


    Amen. Thank you.

  109. What is going on
    9:25 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    Kerry Coombs who is at The Ohio State, and was Butch Jones defensive coordinator is on the list.

  110. barn
    9:27 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    106-yeah, but we went to the poop bowl

  111. barn
    9:30 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    109-love the guy. he’s Intense but no hc experience. look for him back at uc as hc someday, then on to something bigger. he turned down kelly’s offer to go to nd with him

  112. SexnNursinHomes
    9:30 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    107- Indeed. Mitch’s List is quickly becoming a suspenseful bank heist movie plot. But you didn’t hear it from me.

  113. Mikey1286
    9:35 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    I will give Gary Anderson credit, he has done a good job at Utah St. But what recruiting ties does he have in the South? I think that is a huge factor when considering him. Could he bring a couple of coordinators that have recruiting experience in the South?

  114. Dr. Tom
    9:35 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    All the AD’s with football job openings are going to be all over Kliff Kingsbury. I really like this guy. I and others have listed his qualifications. As a CAT fan and Aggie alum, I am so impressed with what Kingsbury and Sumlin are doing at A&M. I still think all the current factors that surround the UK football program dictate an up-and-comer ending up in Lexington. I hope Barnhart can sell the program to Kingsbury and just an importantly lead the process in getting the necessary facility improvements to be able to retain the hire for the long haul.

  115. blamecanada
    9:45 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    106/108/110 – Every other team in the SEC schedules non-conference games the way we do. Even with our non-conference slate the way it is, we have one of the toughest SOS’s in the country.

    Florida – played 3 mid majors – Jax State, Lafayette, and BGU
    LSU – played 3 mid majors – North Texas, Idaho, and Towson
    Alabama – played 3 mid majors – WKU, Florida Atlantic, and Western Carolina

    The list goes on…..this is exactly why the smoke and mirrors crowd doesn’t get it. Why should we subject ourselves to a tougher SOS than the best teams in the SEC? What happens if you replace a mid-major with a tough game and lose that game while going 5-7? Was missing out on the additional practice and bowl game worth it?? Its a nice sell to recruits that you went to and win a bowl game. Let’s be honest…fans might care, but recruits don’t know the difference between the Music City and the Peach Bowl..they are both mid-level bowls that go to teams that lost multiple games.

  116. Talent matters
    9:46 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    Not saying he won’t be a good HC, but with talent he’s had at Alabama I am not sure we got an accurate read on Smart as a DC, let alone a HC.

  117. JLivermore
    9:47 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    #22 is correct. No great coaching candidate is going to jump at the UK job unless a huge financial commitment is made to show a real desire to build a program. UK has had 7 winning seasons in the SEC in its history with the last being in 1977. The most successful coach had a mere 52% win rate in conference. The average win rate has been around 27%. Only someone who is looking to be out of coaching in 5 to 7 years would consider the job unless the finanical commitment changes.

  118. blamecanada
    9:48 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    113 – 100% agree…..I have no interest in Gary Anderson. Not only has he spent his entire career on the West Coast, but he’s lived in the state of Utah coaching at mid-majors for almost the past decade. Can you imagine a coach with ZERO TIES to the East Coast or any of the places we recruit coming to coach here? PASS and PASS.

  119. Captain Wildcat
    9:49 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks for the update and great analysis Matt. Tired of hearing all the rumor crap that people are putting out there. People need to relax. I know you are as well informed as anyone in regards to the Big Blue, and will let us know whats happening. And no matter what happens, there is nothing we can do but accept it and support our new coach.

  120. paducahfan
    9:50 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    Just to say it again. If Mitch doesn’t get a home run coach he’ll lose another 20% of his season ticket holders next season. For whatever reason, lots of fans who have stayed through many seasons of bad football have given up.

  121. blamecanada
    9:50 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    106/108/110 – Before you say that a 6-6 record doesn’t deserve to go to a bowl game, I agree. However, that is what the system is….I don’t think 19-13 teams deserve to go to the NCAA tournament in basketball either, but they do every year. You might not like 6-6 and a bowl game in Tennessee, but its better than a losing record and no bowl game.

  122. JLivermore
    9:50 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    #115 – I’m not comparing our schedule to others in the SEC, I’m comparing it to our own schedule that previous UK coaches had. If Brooks had the same schedule that Curry had he would have only gone a single bowl game just as Curry did. Both Curry and Brooks coached for 7 years and both lost 40 conference games. You cannot compare Brooks’ record to ANY of his predecessors b/c he had an easier path to bowl games.

  123. That Guy
    9:52 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    Funny how everyone is an expert on who UK should hire. Petrino isn’t the only person out there who can bring this program back. If that was true then there would be a large number of other schools shooting for him. If these so-called UK fans would just support the next hire instead of tearing him down before he gets started, maybe UK will have a team worth cheering for again. Trying to recruit players doesn’t help when the fans are already bashing the coach and trying to take him down. Support who we get and be a big time fan regardless of if we get Petrino (which amazes me that people would want such a scum bag) or not.

  124. thegr8one
    9:54 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    Sonny Dykes is not coming to UK!!!
    Bobby Petrino is not going to UT!!

    UK needs to get Kingsbury NOW!

  125. Hdbgtjdhb
    9:58 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    124 – I agree. Kingsbury is young and has a lot of energy. He’s been a proven success at Texas A&M. This is the type of coach I think we need if possible.

  126. blamecanada
    10:04 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    122 – Fair point. I will definitely concede that one to you. The bowl streak Brooks had was a lot more to do with 6 wins now being bowl eligible than his actual coaching. That said, I will say that Brooks upgraded the talent of the program and left it in a better place than he inherited. I definitely don’t think Brooks did a great job at UK, but I don’t think he did bad either. He did get us into the Top 10, brought a College Gameday to Lexington, and beat the #1 team in the country LSU.

    I do think Brooks was better than Curry, but probably not by as much as he gets credit for.

  127. Real Football Fan
    10:24 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    Brooks = Sucked
    Joker = Sucked
    Barnhart will not and can not make a good football hire. He will get a retread or a person with Z E R O HC experiance to go at the best in the world in the SEC….FAIL

  128. Dougm68
    10:30 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    To #3. Sadly, I don’t trust MB to make the right decision. He failed with Gillespie which was really a very bad hire obviously. But UK basketball does not hire that type of coach (no name) ever. When UK hires a basketball coach, if your first question is ‘Who’s he?’, that’s bad. He made Joker a ‘coach in waiting’ which in my mind is a very lazy way of selecting the next coach. I wish Joker would have done, could have done the job but UK needs a name. We need Petrino or the same as. I know he has baggage but all those issues could be addressed in the recruiting process then if it doesn’t work fine, Go after someone else. To not even try to recruit BP just shows me that MB doesn’t have the knowledge required for that job. IT TOOK A COMMITTEE TO TELL HIM THAT CALIPARI WAS THE BEST HIRE! CMON MAN!

  129. Mitch BarnFLOP
    10:34 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    Old barnFLOP with fail on this hire. If he didn’t even talk to Petrino then I say FIRE the SOB. I’m not saying he needed to land him but not even give it a shot…..L O S E R.

    We need some B A L L S of S T E E L to get this program really moving in the right direction and well…Barnhart isn’t that guy. I mean he put a frecking picture to emote his feeling when he fired Joker….REALLY…REALLY who the F’ would do that..

    B A L L S of S T E E L !!!!

  130. We Are The New Vandy
    11:37 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    I thought Mitch kept a magic list of 5 candidates for every coaching job at UK tucked into his thong in case we ever needed to replace a coach?

  131. Hal Mumme
    12:13 pm November 19, 2012 Permalink

    1. Petrino
    2. Sonny Dykes
    3. Kingsbury
    4. Mike Belotti
    5. Neal Brown

    Hopefully, Barnharts list looks kind of like this.

  132. BBB
    1:04 pm November 19, 2012 Permalink

    1) Petrino
    2 Petrino
    3) Petrinos Brother
    4) Petrinos Mother
    5) Petrinos Cat
    I believe Petrino can jump start a program that has been basking in mediocrity for 50 years. DO YOU HEAR THAT MITCH? 50 YEARS.
    (With a decent team every once in a while)….Its Petrino or a new AD.

  133. 15 second rick
    1:16 pm November 19, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino. Ask the Bengals coach what a jerk he is! No way at UK!

  134. goUKats
    1:48 pm November 19, 2012 Permalink

    #132,i like your list.Problem is,me and u may be the only ones .

  135. Believer
    2:07 pm November 19, 2012 Permalink

    Not trying to start any rumors but has anyone considered that that the home run hire might be Jim Tressel. The program is going to take a couple of years to rebuild anyway and taking a chance on him now might secure loyalty from him later. Plus, he is proven winner. Thoughts?

  136. jj
    2:12 pm November 19, 2012 Permalink

    Dr. Lou Holtz is the next coach.

  137. Going Deep
    3:06 pm November 19, 2012 Permalink

    It’s one thing to go after “up-and-comers,” as long as the pedigree is good. It’s entirely different when that pedigree suggests the guy is another Kragthorpe! If UK were to hire Jones or Dykes, count me as 1 fan who won’t be watching/attending games next season. I really hope this is a hire that gives that emotion like when Cal was hired. That was a great day, and I hope I feel that way for our football hire. It doesn’t have to be a Gruden caliber hire either. BP, Bellotti, Kingsbury, Peterson, Ore St’s coach would all make me very happy…if they would have UK!

  138. njCat
    3:46 pm November 19, 2012 Permalink

    Timing of 60 minutes story about college football last night was pretty amazing. Best quote by Michigan AD.. when talking about revenues primarily coming from football, he paraphrased Mark Twain ‘When your eggs are all in one basket, you watch that basket!’

    Mitch has been watching everything BUT his basket of eggs. He should have been the one fired.

  139. buffalobillsbbq
    6:58 pm November 19, 2012 Permalink

    All the so called I’m the biggest football booster and I want my way or I will never go to a game again losers, are acting like a bunch of whiney toddlers. Support the team or don’t, either way, have a coke and a smile, and shut the *u*k up! Go big blue!