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The New Era in Kentucky Football’s Wednesday News and Views

“Reunited and it feels so good!” Maybe I am in the minority here, but for the first time since the beginning of this year’s football season (and perhaps even longer, really)– I feel like Kentucky football fans are as close to unified as we might ever be. Today’s announcement that Mark Stoops will be the new head coach at Kentucky brought a cease fire in what has felt like a month-long battle between multiple sides. Coaching searches are exciting for a while, igniting interesting discussion– bringing about deep questions and stirring up passionate fans. Throwing out a slew of names, debating the pros, cons and reality of each, leaking of information from “sources,” and “done deals” are all equally part of the on-going equation that seems to take twists and turns from one meal to the next. Whoever was the perceived leader while finishing your morning coffee, probably had turned down the offer by the time you folded your 8-10 Kentucky national championship t-shirts before bed at night. The carousel of news was entertaining and exciting at first, but almost became exhausting by the time this week began. A sense of restlessness and worry began to creep its way into the overall excitement of something new coming among the fan base.

Joker Phillips was fired on November 4th. For nearly two and a half weeks Big Blue Nation was a nation divided, a massive, passionate group without a common ground.

Today, November 27th, a new era has taken flight. A common ground has been found. The hiring of Florida State’s Defensive Coordinator, Mark Stoops, has provided an overwhelming sense of unity among the Kentucky fan base. By all accounts, most people are genuinely excited about the hire. With the names Mitch Barnhart was considering for the job, Stoops was widely considered to be the most popular choice.

I knew the Stoops hire was a good hire when I looked at his level of success with his defenses at Florida State. I was reassured that Stoops was the right hire when nearly every national media member/analyst had nothing but good things to say about Kentucky’s decision. I was convinced even further that Stoops was the perfect hire when the news leaked about the plan he presented to Kentucky for how they could succeed in the SEC. I was 100% CERTAIN that Stoops was the right hire when I realized around 8:30 p.m. that for the first time in 3 years, I hadn’t thought about Kentucky basketball all day. #StoopsEffect

A new era in Kentucky football is here…

— Early this afternoon, we learned that the coaching search was finally over. Kentucky was ready to name Florida State’s Defensive Coordinator Mark Stoops their new head coach. Kentucky Sports Radio’s very own Matt Jones was the first to break the news…

(From CBS)

— The news immediately created a buzz around the Kentucky football program comparable only to Stevie Getting Loose, Beating #1 ranked LSU, Snapping the Tennessee Streak, Beating Steve Spurrierhonestly, I can’t remember a level of excitement that quite matches that brought about today by the Stoops hire. Some of those other moments may have been greater in magnitude at that exact time, but the level of excitement right now surrounding Kentucky football is more than just a fleeting moment. The fans, administration, players and coaches all seem enthusiastic about the new direction of the program.

— With the head coach position locked in, all of the attention now falls on Stoops’ choice for his offensive coordinator. According to Matt Jones, Mitch Barnhart made it clear to Stoops that he would have the financial support to assemble a first-class staff of his choice around him at the University of Kentucky. Barnhart will make the funds available for Stoops to go out and try to get the best assistant coaches he can. Stoops’ first order of business will be securing an offensive coordinator. According to sources, Stoops has already reached out to current Florida State offensive coordinator James Coley. Coley is a popular choice and would certainly be a great first addition for Stoops. Coley is widely considered to be one of the best recruiters in the country, with extensive ties in the Miami area. Much like Charlie Strong has been able to open up the recruiting pipeline from the state of Florida to Louisville, the combination of Stoops and Coley would likely provide a similar opportunity.

James Coley will likely make his decision on whether or not he wants to be a solid 1-2 punch at Kentucky within the next 48 hours. Coley would likely be given more freedom when it comes to play-calling, which is rumored to be one of the reasons he might be looking to leave Jimbo Fisher at Florida State. Hey Coley, as long as you don’t do the following 5 things, you can call all the plays you want here in Lexington:

1) Bubble screens

2) Passes to the line of scrimmage on 3rd-and-long plays

3) Bubble screens

4) Quarterback draws on 3rd-and-long plays

5) Bubble screens

— Some other names have been mentioned as possibilities for the offensive coordinator position if Coley declines the offer. The most talked about second option being discussed right now is Texas Tech’s Neal Brown, who has Kentucky connections.

— In less than 12 hours, the Mark Stoops hire only continues to look better and better.

Here are 8 reasons to be excited about the new Kentucky football coach.

1) Defense-  Your best chance to succeed in the SEC hinges on your ability to defend well. As a whole, the SEC makes up for a lack of dominant quarterbacks with strong running games. The ability to stop the run is crucial to sustained success in the league, and Kentucky has hired a coach who specializes in defense and can do just that. Stoops is considered one of the best defensive coordinators in the entire country, shoring up a Florida State defense that struggled before his arrival. Kentucky’s inability to keep other teams from scoring almost at will this season has been documented. Individual players have thrived in Kentucky’s system over the past few years, but as a whole, the unit has not always been a strong point– at least not in terms of competing in the SEC. One would think that Kentucky’s defense will improve drastically under Stoops.

2) A commitment will be made to the football program- Stop me if you’ve heard this line before: “It’s not necessarily the coach. Kentucky has to make more of a commitment, especially financially, to the football program if we ever hope to compete in the SEC.” I think it’s a safe assumption that Mark Stoops would not have agreed to make the move to Kentucky without the promise of a bigger commitment to the program. Rumors have been swirling that in December/January, big announcements will be made regarding upgrades to the football facilities. That had to have been part of the draw for Stoops and part of his plan…

3) Stoops reached out to Kentucky…with a plan- I thought Kentucky would have to do a good job selling the job to the legitimate candidates. I know it’s been said that coaches came out of the woodworks when the job opened up, but I’m talking about the good candidates– the ones people really wanted and thought could possibly make a big impact. Perhaps the biggest surprise to many was that Stoops actually reached out to Kentucky. Stoops didn’t start seriously considering the job a week ago due to a Barnhart phone call and sales pitch. Stoops was ready. Stoops had a plan. Stoops wanted Kentucky. For a job that was thrown around as the doormat of the SEC for weeks, that’s a pretty huge statement. Stoops wanted Kentucky. And he came in with enthusiasm that won Barnhart over and led him to believe he was the right choice for the job. Not only was Stoops a good coaching hire, a rising star as a coordinator, but he was a good coaching hire who had a plan specifically for this Kentucky job.

4) Recruiting potential- Mark Stoops is a recognizable enough name that he will likely be able to catch and keep the attention of the guys already committed to Kentucky. Stoops did his homework too. He came in with a list of recruits he thought he could get to Kentucky if he was hired, but he also knew the guys already signed on. Stoops has great connections in the state of Florida and can likely at least get some of the bigger names he was recruiting at Florida State to think about Kentucky. His name is well-known in recruiting circles not only in Florida, but Ohio as well. If he can bring along Coley, things could get very exciting recruiting-wise for Kentucky.

5) Buzz around Kentucky football- People were talking about Kentucky football all day today. And not just people from the state of Kentucky. It wasn’t just me, you, and the guys you talk to about Kentucky football at work (you know who I’m talking about). It wasn’t just the local newspapers (yes, they still exist…I think), the Kentucky websites, etc. ESPN, CBSSports, etc, were all talking about Kentucky football. Not only were they talking about Kentucky football, but they were praising Kentucky for a great hire.

6) Well wishes from those associated with Stoops- Sometimes when a guy is hired away from a school, you find an overwhelming sense of “you can have him” or “we didn’t like him anyway.” Of course there will always be some who fall into that category, but for the most part it looks like those involved in the Florida State program, including a large portion of fans– wish nothing but the best for Stoops. In fact, I would almost say that the feeling is one of excitement for Stoops in his first head coaching gig. If the quotes below don’t make Stoops sound like the kind of guy you want joining our program, I don’t know what will…

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Jimbo Fisher and the players are all happy for Mark Stoops that he is taking the leap.

“I was more happy for Coach Stoops than anything,” safety Lamarcus Joyner said. “He was a coach that put in work and after explaining it was best for him and his family and that it was setting him up for what he needed for him, that’s a blessing for him. He’s a great man and he deserves it.”

Joyner said Stoops came to him with the news before most players. He wanted to pause and let him know before the full team found out. Just after that, members of the team’s unity council, a body comprised of seniors and veteran key players, were told the news, too.

“Nobody’s sad. Everybody’s happy for him,” defensive end Bjoern Werner said.

“We gave him a standing ovation,” Werner said. “Everybody knew how much he put into this program and turned it around pretty fast on defense.”

The year before Stoops took over, FSU ranked 108th in total defense. A year later, the Seminoles improved to 42nd. Last year, they ranked fourth. Currently, they are second in the nation.

“I want to be known as the guy that helps guys get jobs,” Fisher said. “If they come to a good program and do well, they get the opportunities.”

7) Puns on Puns on Puns on Puns-  If you haven’t heard a good “Stoops” pun today, you have clearly been hiding under a rock. If you haven’t heard a bad “Stoops” pun today, you’ve really been living under a rock. Love them or leave them, the Stoops puns are here to stay.

A few of the most popular: “Stoop, there it is!” “Kentucky football Stoops Ice Cream” “Stoops in the Name of BBN” “Don’t Stoop Believin'” “Stoop Kids” “Unstoopable”

8) He comes from a good coaching pedigree- And they all seem excited about the move to Kentucky for Stoops as well. According to ESPN’s Jake Trotter, his brother Bob Stoops (Oklahoma head coach) said, “Kentucky has a lot of potential. He’s prepared for the job.”

His brother Ron, who is the coach at Youngstown State, had this to say: “I’m out with my sons now looking for Kentucky blue.”

*BONUS: John Calipari and UK Athletics tweeted it, so you know it’s real. After some questions earlier today, you can now Follow Mark Stoops on Twitter.

(I see you, Jax Teller)

The timing was right with Barnhart and Kentucky making the move in the midst of a host of other SEC schools looking for a new head coach. Kentucky was the first to pull the trigger, and they have to be pleased with the results. Barnhart took a lot of heat all season long, which continued on into the coaching search. He reached out for help from former Wildcats such as Tim Couch, as well as Duke coach David Cutcliffe, and made a nice hire for the football program. Stoops will officially be introduced on Sunday at Keeneland, after he coaches Florida State in the ACC Championship game (which we will now all be watching like hawks, let’s be honest).

— A few questions to ponder as we spend the rest of the week analyzing the hire: Who on the current Kentucky coaching staff, if anyone, will Stoops retain? Will he keep former players such as Jeremy Jarmon and Andre Woodson? Any chance that he adds a guy like Tim Couch? Will the excitement carry over to the Spring Game, the first real chance fans will have to get behind the new coach and the team? What are realistic expectations for Stoops’ first season at Kentucky? Considering the schedule, is a bowl game realistic?

Kentucky basketball took the backseat to football today, and that’s probably the way it should be on a day like today. We will start to look ahead on the site tomorrow to the Notre Dame game on Thursday, another big road test against an experienced team for this young Kentucky bunch.

— In other SEC news, it appears as if every resident in Arkansas has donated their allowance and their kitchen sink to the attempt to hire Les Miles away from LSU. Reports are coming out that Miles is being offered a five-year deal worth more than $27 million dollars.

— Indiana might be kinda good, guys. Indiana just put the finishing touches on a romping of North Carolina, 83-59. The only question that remains… Ring? Banner? Or Popcorn container for the win?

— KSR will be on the radio for an hour tomorrow morning before the UK Hoops game. Tune in from 10-11 a.m. on WLAP 630 AM for chatter surely surrounding the hiring of Mark Stoops.



Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

109 Comments for The New Era in Kentucky Football’s Wednesday News and Views

  1. DirtyDutchMantel
    11:27 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Dang!! Now I see why Cal didn’t want our young cats to play IU.

  2. Catlanta
    11:29 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    ACC is having a 7 AM conference call. Rumblings are that uofl could be added tomorrow. Hope they are stuck in CUSA 2.0.

  3. Know Your Stuff
    11:32 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    1. You really don’t know what happened with that situation do you? Because Coach Cal did want to play them. IU won’t play a big game away from home and turned it down. They also turned down Kansas and Louisville. They were forced to play UNC through the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

    11:34 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    What’s a Mitch hater to do now??

  5. Mike
    11:35 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Everyone is singing praises about the passion of Stoops. Can you immagine he and Choker on the “passion meter”…Stoops on one end and Choker on the other. It is still unbelievable how a totally passionless less Phillips got that job!!

  6. RealCatsFan
    11:39 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Memo to Ron Stoops – I heard Joker was having a massive yard sale for all his UK gear…

  7. Toughjob
    11:42 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Stoops is a good hire for UK. He has a lot of history against him. No UK coach has had a career winning pct since 1961 and only one has left for a higher-paying (not a better) job. Stoops is planning on bucking alot of history. I wonder why anyone would stake their coaching future on this job. It is a really hard job – really one of the hardest in the country (bad geography meets worse schedule). I hope he has an innovative plan. I wouldn’t have hired a coordinator, but I am hoping for something amazing. Good luck!

  8. RealCatsFan
    11:42 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    #1, yes, the Cats might struggle if they played IU in Bloomington this early in the season, but when March comes around and it is on a bigger stage, I like our chances. IU has pretty much hit their ceiling early on in the season. UK still has a tremendous amount of growth ahead of them.

  9. old_school
    11:43 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    IU may very well save college basketball. They’re doing it the old_school way with a good mix of young talent and experienced 3-4 year guys. Simply a great team full of experienced talent.

    Just what a lot of UK fans grew up with. Secretly – most UK fans over the age of 30 have great admiration for teams like IU doing it the right way.

  10. BMac
    11:43 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Indiana still had trouble with georgetown and georgia. They are playing in assembly hall with no baby blue in the crowd. They will be exposed when the hit the road.

  11. old_school
    11:44 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    8 – Hit their ceiling? They’ve got three guys on the sidelines that will be ready to play int he middle of December giving them even more depth than they already have.

    That’s what recruiting 3-4 year guys give you – DEPTH!

  12. RealCatsFan
    11:52 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    11, last time I checked you can only play 5 players at a time. Depth can be a luxury when the injury bug rears its head or foul trouble, but UK did just fine last year with essentially a 7 man rotation. Not expecting them to win the championship this year, but they have a solid shot at a sweet sixteen or better. Next year they will be plenty deep!

    I admire the teamwork and enthusiasm that IU is playing with this year, but would I trade it for what we had last year? NO WAY!

  13. Stoop to my Level
    11:52 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Stop arguing with what seems to be an IU message board reject. Don’t give him that satisfaction.
    The word “stoops” is currently trending on twitter right now too, by the way.

  14. bigredbleedsblue
    11:53 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    We get it old school you love IU! They might win it all, and four years from now they could be in contention again, while UK will be in contention every year. I’ll still take my cats and so will every other die-hard out there. Banner 8 still hangs proudly in Rupp with young kids who won and pursued their dreams to play in the NBA.

  15. theSkinny81
    11:53 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    9 – go root for the red. we wont miss you.

  16. SuperCats
    11:54 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Ally, great work as always.
    What was Bear Bryant’s job prior
    to UK?
    Was he head coach, OC, DC, or what?

  17. dude
    11:54 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    #6 Ron Stoops…Really? Really?

  18. SCCat
    11:57 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Who thinks Coach Stoops will have more than 2300 followers tomorrow….

  19. NJT Wannabe
    11:58 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    On 11/27, Mark Stoops signs with UK as Head Football Coach. This does not bode well for Kentucky. By signing with the Cats, Stoops is almost guaranteed to go winless for the rest of the season even though it does not end until well into JANUARY (Yes, that’s 2013!) Meanwhile, he may actually help another school win 1-2 games all the while double-dipping into both schools’ fanbases. The difference is, FSU is the only one of the two schools with the potential to get win(s) out of it. I’m not a betting man, but I’d be shocked if it didn’t take several months for UK Football to register their first W under Stoops. I have him as a 3 pt underdog in the Blue/White game. Makes you wonder if “Win Now” is really on Mitch’s radar.

  20. RealCatsFan
    12:01 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    #17, dudeman, read the article carefully under point #8: “His brother Ron, who is the coach at Youngstown State, had this to say: “I’m out with my sons now looking for Kentucky blue.””

    I KNEW someone would come along and say that. 😀

  21. Linda Taylor
    12:02 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    17 – That was in reference to something Ally wrote in the article about Mark’s older brother Ron going out to find UK gear for him and his family.

  22. Read again
    12:02 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    #17 he was referring to the brother RON that was out with his sons looking for UK blue gear….. It was in #8 of the reasons to be excited

  23. BlueTexan
    12:04 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    #4- Answer: Continue to sincerely believe that Barney is the most incompetent AD UK has seen (since Hagan). Remember, Cal recruited us after Barney blew him off to hire BCG (and, never did his due-diligence). According to press reports – Mark Stoops contacted US…not the other way around. I am happy the coaching ‘search’ is over…Barney may have lucked-out with such a potential winner. Barney is STILL an incompetent loser.

  24. macsauce13
    12:06 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Hoosiers are GOOD. Wow.

  25. Dr. Tom
    12:06 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    #16…The Bear was the hc at University of Maryland prior to coming to UK.

  26. Linda Taylor
    12:07 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    23 – Matt wrote earlier that Stoops was already on Barnhart’s list of coaches he was interested in. If you didn’t know, that is how coaching searches work, coaches agents contact schools to indicate interest in the position.

  27. BlueTexan
    12:07 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    But, I’m confident in Stoops and will support the team…NOT the AD/Department as long as Barney stays with his (questionable) contract.

  28. JohnW
    12:08 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    In other news Fox Sports Radio is reporting that the ACC will vote tomorrow on whether to invite Little Brother to join their conference.

  29. SuperCats
    12:09 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    sorry just wikied it,
    one year HC at Maryland

  30. Badams
    12:10 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Lmao at people impressed by IUs beat down of UNC. Have you watched UNC? They are not very good and extremely overrated. Remember, Butler was beating them by 29 at one point. UNC will repeat the 2009-2010 season…overrated and eventually unranked. I’ll be impressed by IU if they can do that to some of the top BIG 10 schools they play. As for Mark Stoops, great hire! Go Cats!

  31. BlueTexan
    12:10 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    #26- B.S. I’ve been through too many coaching searches…Stoops MAY have been on Barney’s ‘list’…as he was on many lists…however, Stoops had to call the incompetent one to get an interview. Get real.

  32. CornWallace
    12:12 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    UL to ACC ??

  33. me
    12:12 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Louisville being reported right now on ESPN that they will be invited to ACC tomorrow morning

  34. UKGAL-InFL
    12:14 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    “Old School”, this lady is a UK grad and a llittle over thirty and I don’t want IU “type” basketball at UK. Keep living in your dream world!

  35. SeaCat
    12:16 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Ally, why that odd crotch shot in the middle of the post?

  36. Ally Tucker
    12:18 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    SeaCat, I’m always looking for an opportunity to add one of those.

  37. Linda Taylor
    12:19 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    31 – Believe what you want to believe. By the way Mike Pratt himself has debunked your assertion that Cal was the one that recruited UK. It is true Cal wanted the position the first time, but it it also true that Barnhart had the bullseye directly on Cal the second time. Cal then sealed the deal in the interview. Barnhart did not by any means have to be forced to hire Cal. But believe whatever you want.

  38. SeaCat
    12:20 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Ally, you are good
    i.e. Twain

  39. RealCatsFan
    12:22 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    #30, you are right about UNC – they looked completely befuddled. Might be NITting again this march at this rate. Boy, do they ever miss big bro Zeller and Henson this year. Still have to give IU props for playing well so far this season. We might just get to knock them out of the tourney again this year! 🙂

  40. RealCatsFan
    12:23 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Ally is a “leg-girl”!

  41. Stoop dog
    12:24 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    #33 We don’t care, the L&N train has left the station. Unlike our brothers in Louisville, UK is not frantically looking for a new conference. Things are gonna change….Stoop dog

  42. Shame On You
    12:34 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    The only good thing that ever came out of Indiana was Steve McQueen. You people are crazy.

  43. Shoney Bear Bryant
    12:36 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Dang! Next time I won’t play hard to get

  44. Just maybe
    12:36 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe North Carolina just sucks this year? Ever think of that? Plus it was a home game for IU…c’mon now miss ally

  45. Snoop Dog
    12:38 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    I can feel changes come on!!!! I’m here to put the fizzle in your gizzle. StoooOoop

  46. lip set
    12:44 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    if stoops were to ever have a decent year he would be gone to another school in a heartbeat! at least we know petrino would have a couple years of great and exciting teams b4 he left! stupid hire!

  47. Phat Phil
    12:45 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    @#$!& who the hell is ths guy. Holy @#!% crap, Vicky bring me a pork sandwich

  48. Phat Phil
    12:48 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    I’m a household name, this gin & juice generation is giving me a case of the red arse!!!

  49. Stoop dog
    12:54 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    How can I help you get past this Phil?

  50. Phat Phil
    12:57 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    #@$!% I thought George Jones was all the rage. Please just let me enjoy my sandwich, @#$%!

  51. Linda you are wrong about Mitch and Cal
    1:02 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    @37…Linda I actually heard Mike Pratt say HE was the one who suggested Cal…Mitch was flirting with Billy D and Rick Barnes again. I later heard President Lee Todd say in a radio interview right before he stepped down as president that HE pushed for Cal and called SEC commish Slive for his opinion. Todd said that Slive told him to hire Cal because the SEC needed UK basketball to become good again and that Cal was the coach to get the job done. From all accounts I have heard Mitch wasn’t big on Cal. As a matter of fact they really didn’t get along that well together (I don’t know how things are now because I have not heard any new statements). As a matter of fact after Cal was hired, a new staff member was added to the Athletic Dept to be the liasion between Cal and Mitch. And I actually heard Mitch state in a radio interview when asked about his relationship with Cal that it was okay but they wouldn’t be “breaking bread together”…I took that to mean he wasn’t very fond of Cal as person. Granted, that statement was made either in the 09-10 or 10-11 season so Mitch may now get along great with Cal but what people are trying to tell you is that wasn’t the case in the beginning at least.

  52. Marvbwhocares
    1:03 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    To #46. I’m not so sure. Big Blue Nation can be a powerful tool.Stoops, Coach Cal, Coach Mitchell. Things are pretty sweet in the Bluegrass State. UK is a beautiful campus. Big Blue Nation baby. Say it with me Big Blue Nation!!! Thoroughbreds, Bourbon, hot cars and hot women. Oh and for the ladies, lots of us polite, southern boys, with future lots of money coming there way. Rock on Big Blue

  53. Phat Phil
    1:09 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Guess I need to lock in my retirement options. crap, these guys are @#!$^&!!! whatever @#$%^!

  54. Stoop Dog
    1:22 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Future is bright in the bluegrass… Sorry Phil

  55. Stoop dog
    1:27 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch will call you tomorrow…

  56. Phat Phil
    1:27 am November 28, 2012 Permalink


  57. JF
    1:30 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    To those worried about this seeming FSU exodus to Lexington, I’d say don’t. Coaches often take staffs and co-workers with them to new jobs. Remember when Cal came and brought his Memphis staff all but intact? (Of course, Josh Pastner soon went back as head coach, but he originally came here if I recall.) There you go, absolutely nothing troublesome happened at Memphi–aw crap.

  58. Phat Phil
    1:30 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    VICKY!!!!! @#!$%^&

  59. Sonny Dykes
    1:40 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Whatever; NC state, ACC hell yeah

  60. Sonny Dykes
    1:43 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    WAIT… Is the ACC gonna be relavent in a couple of years……@#!!!####%%%^ CRAP!!!!

  61. StoopsCats
    2:08 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t mean to get ahead of having Stoops here already but if Coley was to reject offer how about Neal Brown Texas Techs OC (his offensive ranked 15th in the country in total offense during 2010) also a “Kentucky Boy” played at Boyle County and UK under Mumme. Finally eveybody seems to be so focused on getting a good OC here they seem to forget about its counter part the DC. How about Randy Shannon. Shannon was the DC when stoops was the defensive backs coach in 2001 when the hurricanes won it all. Shannon’s only a line backers coach at TCU right now so that shouldn’t be too hard to lure him away. The recruiting impact would be huge I think with Shannon and Brown both having recruiting ties in Texas and with Stoops having recruiting ties in Florida along with the possibility of Shannon still having ties down in Florida from his days at Miami. I know stoops is one of the great definsive minded coaches out their right now but in reality how much of the defensive plays is he actually going to be calling with the responsibily of being a head coach?

  62. bleedbluebbb
    2:12 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Who gives a rats a#s what IU did to UNC tonite. This is a UK site. F%$k IU and there 3-4 year players. Hope we face em in tourney. Goodwin, Noel, Poy….goodnite Hoosiers!

  63. ACC Presidents
    2:23 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Survival….Hell we will even entertain line beards and black & milds..Hello Louisville!!! Help me save this conference, Jurich “somehow how you owe me”. I don’t knw the dynamics but I am certain that you owe me. I feel dirty!!!! 🙁 Get on board city school, crap I really need to wash my hands, geez.

  64. Jpo
    2:37 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    UNC also got RAPED by butler. They will barely make the tourney if that

  65. Ricky quick step
    2:41 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Really…[email protected][email protected]$$%! I have to face Duke and North Carolina every year….I aint happy, who came up with this idea anyway? Jurich is an Arse….what the hell happened to Conference USA?

  66. eastcoastcat
    2:45 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    62. LOL-heard that man.

  67. Ricky quick step
    2:48 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    There goes my inflated schedule…pretty sure I am gonna get my arse handed to me, re-thinking this retirement thing

  68. Buckets
    3:06 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Gotta admit, Barnhart pulled it off. Credit to him. Stoops was my second choice (no need to mention the other guy’s name anymore), and probably a safer bet in the long run. If Stoops can bring the FSU OC with him, it would be an incredible coup for the Cats.

    Taking a first-time head coach is a risk, but Stoops has a great pedigree considering his family tree and what he’s done at FSU. Can’t deny the numbers the Seminole defense has put up the last few years. We need a home run hire at OC and this thing can get off the ground in a couple of years.

    Finally, FINALLY, looking forward to football again! GO CATS!

  69. JTGate1
    3:49 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Ally, you are the best writer on this blog. You are going to have a long career doing this if you want it.

  70. WsetKY Wildcat Fan
    3:58 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Kind of feels like a “rush hire”. Lot of SEC and national jobs open, Mitch probably didn’t want to lose what he considers a big name. I would have been more excited about MacIntyre myself. Hasn’t been a Stoops that’s made it as a head coach outside of Bob. Hate to say it, but we might be looking for another coach in 3 years I’m afraid.

  71. BravoBigBlue
    4:06 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    I would like to thank Tim Couch for this hire. Fortunately, UK has former players like Couch and Mie Pratt who are willing to step up and not let Barnhart cripple the 2 major programs, like he did with the Billy G and Joker hires. Come on, Mitch lovers, you know that’s true. Please Mitch, stick to volleyball.

  72. erniecat
    6:27 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Blue Texas,I could care less if you support The Big Blue.

  73. ugh
    6:42 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    we’re a basketball school and ten straight stupid football posts

  74. erniecat
    6:51 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    #71 Go away,we don’t need or want you.

  75. BravoBigBlue
    7:09 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    74 – Who’s ‘we’? Look, good for you that you love Mitch. I don’t. And I’m gonna say it whether you (we) like it or not. Got it?!

  76. Bradley
    7:37 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Kudos to Mitch. It takes a great AD to be able to pick up a phone, say hello and then be able to hear the person on the other end of the line. What an amazing AD to have a candidate better than anyone else on your list call you. This guys getting it done!Mitch for President! Barnhardt in 2016-“Yes We Can…answer a phone.”

  77. Bradley
    7:39 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Btw, Mitch must have a “personal agenda” against Fulmer to not hire him.

  78. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    7:39 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    73, some of us would like to actually win in football too. If you don’t care, whatever, but I do!

  79. Oh, and John (Jon?) Gruden said on Mike and Mike this morning that the Tennessee thing isn’t true. Of course if I had a dollar for every time a coach said that…

  80. Dude
    7:51 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    2 Things:
    1. Joker was right, he definetely didn’t get “the honeymoon” at UK like we are seeing w/ Stoops. Everyone seems excited and I love it.

    2. It’s strange that another football program will probably be doing the same w/ Joker soon if he’s hired somewhere. I feel sorry for those people.

  81. Dr. Tom
    8:00 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Mark’s father had a fatal heart attack at age 54. Wonder if his health is good??

  82. Tired Of Being 1 of 12 Games
    8:05 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    I hope that Matt can put on hold his “Not Knute Rockne” speeches about how UK can not win in football. Please stop trying to predetermine what can be accomplished at UK in football. Let Stoops see what he can do with it.

  83. bluefan
    8:11 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Eh, not giddy with excitement as many seem to be. Hopefully a decent hire.

    Never an excuse for Kentucky basketball taking a backseat to anything ever in my book. Can we get back to our defending national championship team soon?!?

  84. Carl
    8:18 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Stoop Dog bringing his fajizzle to the BBN.

  85. paducahfan
    8:21 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    As to retaining assistants, if Joker thought well of them, they need to go. Keep nothing from the previous regime.

  86. Azubuike's Bicep
    8:22 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Per ESPN:

    McMurphyESPN Brett McMurphy
    BREAKING: ACC votes to add Louisville sources tell @ESPN. Cards will be 6th team to leave Big East for ACC.

  87. EC
    8:24 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Louisville is leaving a sinking ship for one that is leaky. History repeats itself yet again.

  88. VHF
    8:30 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Look I just wish Mitch would have made this type move three yrs ago

  89. Azubuike's Bicep
    8:32 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    88 is proof that there will always be something for someone to complain about. Enjoy it now!! Instead of bashing him for not doing it 3 years ago.

  90. Bluekzu
    8:33 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    So Indiana’s good this year. Their fans have waited 20 years for a good team..I say let them enjoy it. Bless their hearts. It’s not like it’ll last.

  91. L4B
    8:39 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    If Stoops doesn’t work out, we should hire Petrino.

  92. mattjonesbonestt
    8:39 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Stoops Dupes………
    we shouldve got Petrino…losers

  93. SeoulCat
    8:48 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    #86, I Saw that!

    Hahaha! What did Pitino say about Syracuse and “cheating on the wife” when the Orangemen decided to bolt from the Big East for the ACC?
    Looks like his nighttime activities have infected the U of L athletic department.

  94. Ok so
    8:50 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Bubble screens are actually ok plays as long as they are executed properly and don’t come twice every 4 plays

  95. asdf
    8:51 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Why on earth would anyone want to pay 27 million to Les Miles to coach? He’s obviously a good recruiter, but as a game coach, he’s mediocre at best. Another Phil Fulmer. They use recruiting to compensate for weakness with X’s and O’s.

  96. asdf
    8:52 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Heck, even draws on 3rd and long have their place. But when you do it every single time you’re in that situation, it sort of limits the effectiveness…

  97. asdf
    8:55 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Excited about recruiting now. This gives us a real Florida pipeline, plus between Stoops’ Ohio connections and our proximity, we should be in a unique position to mine the Buckeye state for players who want a crack at the SEC as well. Now if we can also continue to maintain our LaGrange pipeline through yet another coaching change (we’ve kept it open since the Mumme days, so no reason to expect a change now), we’ll be in good shape!

  98. Ville Cat
    8:59 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Took the DC from Florida state, might take the OC from them too and top it off by taking Wiggins from them too.

  99. Jim Quick
    9:03 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Wake up KSR “Grandma’s drinking liquor again”. Get out of bed and post something!!

  100. classof68
    9:04 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Come on Ally. We all know Pancho Thomas broke the news first.

  101. BPM
    9:18 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Old School, do some research before you start preaching about the “right way” for college basketball. You were probably saying the same thing about North Carolina a few years ago and it turns out their academic program is a complete fraud. IU’s “right way” consists of low APR (borderline UCONN level), low graduation rates, shady dealings with AAU programs, and shady dealings with international recruits. Not saying we are angels at UK but don’t think for a second that IU is doing this the “right way”. Have you ever said anything on this site that turned out to be accurate?

  102. Al's IndiCats
    9:19 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    We all make mistakes BravoBigBlu, and lord knows Barnhart has made his share, but if Stoops hire pans out, he’ll be vindicated from all past sins. I mean Hell, even a Blind Squirrel finds a nut every now and then.

  103. IU sucks
    9:28 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    My bro works at UNC and attended some games and told me over thanksgiving that they are extremely, horribly bad! So I don’t think they’re a very good measure of how good IU is. UK will be far better, point blank period!

  104. Al's IndiCats
    9:37 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    94, I almost spit my coffee all over the place reading your comment, That Pitino just can’t be a true mate to anything ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

  105. Kentubby
    9:55 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    I am glad about this coaching hire, but all of these puns are stoopid.

  106. Jax Teller
    9:58 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    I see you too Ally Tucker, I see you too. Great post as usual.

  107. MustangCat
    11:20 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    “We gonna eat lightening, and STOOPS thunder”!!!

  108. Old Lady Tara
    12:14 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Besides his obvious awesomness, I always knew Jax was a UK fan at heart! SOA