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The Pros and Cons of Bobby Petrino

Bobby Petrino’s father’s comments to the Courier-Journal about his son being interested in the Kentucky job have set off a firestorm in the fanbase. From the reaction so far, it appears fans are equally divided when it comes to whether or not they want Petrino as coach. While we wait for rumors of private jets heading to Lexington and horse farm real estate deals, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of hiring Petrino. First up…

THE FACTS
— Here are Bobby Petrino Sr.’s comments to the Courier-Journal’s Adam Himmelsbach:

“I know he wants a job; he needs a job. He told me, ‘I need a job, Dad.’ I said, ‘Well, you must still have some money. You made 31/2 million dollars.’ And he said, ‘Yeah, I do. It’s not the money.’ He just misses coaching so much.”

I just know this, that he’s interested in Kentucky. He wants to stay in the SEC. That was his life’s goal was to go to the SEC.”

“I think he’d win [at Kentucky]. He can win. He’s proven that. He went to Arkansas and I don’t think he ever had, by the experts, a class of recruiting that was in the top 10. And the last year he coached there he won 11 games, and the year before that he won 10, so he has his own way of recruiting and judging people.”

He told me he might take the first job he gets offered. Of course, I’m his dad and he’s my son, so I believe in him.”

PROS

— Undeniably talented. One of the best offensive minds in the game. He has won big at every college job he’s had. Petrino may be the most talented coach Kentucky could land right now.

— Wants a job now, may be desperate enough to come to Kentucky

— A known name that brings excitement and recognition to the program

— Has proven that he can bring instant results. Here are his records as a head coach at the college level:
Louisville
2003: 9—4
2004: 11—1
2005: 9—3
2006: 12—1

Arkansas
2008: 5—7
2009: 8—5
2010: 10—3
2011: 11—2

— Knows the Kentucky area from his time at Louisville, understands how to recruit in the SEC

— No NCAA issues

— Seems remorseful? For the first time in his career, reached out to his former players at Arkansas after being fired to apologize. In an interview with ESPN, he further apologized for his actions and seemed to be taking the right steps to rehab his image.

CONS

— Is he really interested in Kentucky or were the comments by his father a red herring to prod Auburn or other SEC schools to make him an offer?

— Ethically, a total trainwreck. See: Jessica Dorrell.

— Has a history of putting himself first.

— Has left every program he’s coached in shambles.

— Is notoriously hard to work for and with.

— Might leave Kentucky after two or three years for a better job.

— It is widely understood that Mitch Barnhart has reservations about hiring him.

— Has a track record of trash talking the Cats during his time at Louisville, including the infamous “Louisville 28, Slapd!cks nothing. I f*&$ing love it, those little smurfs didn’t even score a point” comment after Louisville’ win over UK in 2004.

THE QUESTIONS

— Would you be willing to roll the dice on Bobby Petrino if it meant the Cats would win big?

— Will Barnhart even consider it?

— Are Bobby Petrino Sr.’s comments sincere or a ploy to get an offer from Auburn or other SEC schools?

— Would the scandal at Arkansas hurt him when it comes to recruiting?

— How long would Petrino stick around if he did come here?

Let it out.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

359 Comments for The Pros and Cons of Bobby Petrino



  1. Tom Jurich
    12:04 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    No-brainer hire for UK…MB should grow a sack and hire the guy already!



  2. for realz
    12:05 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    our program is already in shambles, so no issue there



  3. deepsouthfan
    12:07 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    YES! Everyone deserves a second chance!



  4. Bleed Blue
    12:07 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    If we want to continue to be the worst in the SEC don’t hire this guy plain and simple. With the amount of talent we already have on this team he could turn it around in a very short time.



  5. Jones
    12:08 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Its more than about Wins and Losses…I personally dont trust the guy and dont think UK should make it work out of desperation



  6. Please make this happen
    12:08 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Bobby!!
    Bobby!!!
    Bobby!!! I’m in!! I have 30 plus season football tickets across my family and 4 season parking passes! Super pumped about next year if this happens K fund !!



  7. Deliverer of Truth
    12:08 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    He might not be what Kentucky Football wants right now, but he definitely is what Kentucky Football needs right now. Worst case scenario, we hire back Joker.



  8. Nick
    12:08 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    This guy is worthless… don’t forget about the girl who got fired for wearing a Florida hat



  9. Go Cats
    12:08 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    From a risk-reward perspective, it makes sense. However, the risk is on losing the respect of the UK-brand, which would be hard to replace. However, the Calipari hire had the same dynamic and it worked it.

    Winning and time forgive most sins. Pitino did far worst and hasn’t won, yet most have forgiven him.

    Sign him up for a 3-5 year contract with restrictions on ethical conduct and then preach about “second chances”.



  10. Bobby A
    12:08 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Not a fan at all. I still remember the Smurfs comment. Can’t stand the guy. Just hire him already cause we need him…



  11. Scotty Sharp
    12:08 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Equally divided? Maybe if you’re talking the KSR staff versus the fanbase. I’d say it’s about 80-20 in favor of Bobby among our fanbase based on the thousand or so comments I’ve read since last night.



  12. Drew
    12:09 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    — Might leave Kentucky after two or three years for a better job. – Who wouldn’t?



  13. Michael Burks
    12:09 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    I would rather keep Joker and lose than hire Petrino. Wins aren’t everything. It’s about doing so with class, and Pertino has none.



  14. Makers Man
    12:09 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    No.
    No.
    Neyet.
    Never.
    Classless person who puts himself first at all costs.



  15. SteveM
    12:09 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Rick Petino—ethically a trainwreck. No problems coaching.
    Rick Pitino–has a history of putting himself first
    UK football program–already in shambles
    Mitch Barnhart–hard to work with–he’s a complete idiot
    Might leave after 2-3 years–fine.That’s 2-3 years of exciting football in the interim
    Barnhart has reservations about hime–widely known UK fans have issues with Barnhart
    Has history of talking trash about UK football–good for him…we deserve it
    Roll the dice? Why not? What do we have to lose?
    Will Barnhart even consider it? No! Barnhart will not be making this decision.
    Are Petrino’s comments a ploy? What difference does it make?
    Would the scandal hurt his recruiting? No more than having an existing garbage program.
    How long would he stick around? How long does any coach stick around at UK??



  16. Maxps8
    12:09 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Wow. This is just a sad state of the very unfortunate reality of a plummeting society. The fact that KSR is even asking the question is absurd. The fact that the first two posts are not only fine with they want him is laughable. Any AD, or fan for that matter, that would go near this guy w/ 100-foot pole clearly has no morals, no floor to which they will stoop to…what? Win football games? This is just pathetic.



  17. Pabloco
    12:10 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    He wants a job and probably will take the first one offered if it is decent–even UK. However, if he took the UK job and if a better job comes along between now and the start of next year he will happily give UK the kiss off and take the better job. Spent the last 2 years at UofL looking for greener pastures and left as soon as he could. Abandoned ATL mid season as soon as his chances of winning took a hit. Don’t trust this guy.



  18. Delkfor3
    12:10 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Con: Any and all jokes about Pitino would be rendered immediatley hypocritical.



  19. Roger Gillum
    12:11 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    We dont need thoses kind of problems at Kentucky. They are several coaches out these that have done it the right way. They deserve the first oppertunity. What are we telling our student athletes but win at all cost. Lets make a hire that we can be proud of, even if the process of winning takes longer. Lets try to teach our students and athlete about solid Morals with this hire. Lord knows our country needs them now.



  20. Maxps8
    12:11 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    i just noticed the 1st posts tag-name; missed the sarcasm. And very glad to see most, the vast majority, of my fellow Kat-fans feel the same way about this guy: NO WAY, NOT A CHANCE, NEVER….EVER.



  21. SexnNursinHomes
    12:12 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    The Answers

    1. Yes. I like risk.
    2. Probably not. If Petrino gets hired it will not be because of him
    3. I don’t know Bobby Sr. My guess is that he likes noontime naps and morning coffee. probably farts whiles he walks.
    4. Sex scandals are good scandals because that means someone is getting laid. That’s not a bad thing.
    5. As soon as we win big.



  22. Mike
    12:12 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    The fan base is NOT split on Bobby P…I bet at least 75% of the fans support his hiring



  23. Bobby P
    12:12 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    No Cons.
    Yes he’s interested
    Ethically? He cheated on his wife…Not on his school. He won’t go to heaven but he without sin toss the first stone. He’s sorry for that!
    History or putting himself first….who doesn’t that works for a living?
    Left every program in shambles?…how could he leave UK worse than what it is?
    Hard to work for…..because he expects the best from the people who work for him…all great coaches do!
    Barnhart has reservations…..who cares…we want a winning coach, we don’t need a saint. We have reservations of Barnhart capability.
    trash talking…..I think he backed it up every time he “trash talked”.

    Bottomline is: He has made a couple errors in judgement regarding his personal life. Thats between him and the big guy upstairs. We as a football program need help…and not a little help but BIG help if we ever want to get to some respectability. He is known for rebuilding programs especially college teams. Make the commitment and hire him and lets get recruiting!!! can’t wait too long.



  24. Duke Sucks
    12:13 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    We should hire him before 1 o’clock today. Don’t give him time to change his mind.



  25. Look Out Fireworks!
    12:14 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    There will always be questions about a new hire, and the fans will always be divided about him. There are still UK fans out there waiting for the “I told you so” moment with Calipari, because he was such a bad hire and will inevitably bring the program down. Cal has done well, and any coach with the extra baggage deserves the chance to make it right when they have remorse for their past. Petrino should not be the #1 guy on the list, but UK still needs to look into the situation and what he could bring to UK. Whatever we do, bringing a coach in just to get us back to 6-6 is not the solution. We need someone who has a proven record, someone that will let us compete in the SEC. I’m not asking for Top Tier SEC program, but upper-middle class would be nice. We can afford to hire anyone and we have the resources to be a desirable coaching position.



  26. your mom
    12:14 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    #12 is correct, equal? What are you smoking? Would like to poll season ticket holders for the last 10 years. I would bet it would be in the 90% range in favor.



  27. Makers Man
    12:14 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    The folks who would compare this to hiring Calipari are are out of tune.
    Cal has not fired anyone for wearing a different hat. Players love playing for him, coaching love coaching with him.
    Cal puts PLAYERS FIRST, and takes care of the fans with passion, respect, and dignity.
    Petrino would do none of the above.



  28. BigBluSotru
    12:14 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Nothing but a ruse to get Tennesse , Auburn to offer more money Bobby really doesn’t want to coach at Uk,. Bottom line need new younger blood without baggage. Bobby would leave as soon as a top program comes calling the first year. it is what it is.



  29. DT in DC
    12:14 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Hell to the no. The chick on the bike was one of this public ethical and moral violations. Who knows what other crap he has in the closet and what other stunt he will pull in the future. Once a slimball always a slimball. I’m a lifelong Wildcat and alum. If he was on the sideline, that is when I would quit watching UK football. There must be a good coach who is also a good person out there for the hiring.



  30. Go cats
    12:15 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    RE: 17 – So you’ve never sinned? You’ve never regretted something you’ve done? UK fans want Petrino because he is the best coach available. Yes, his personal life is a mess, but we are not judging and accept his admission for a personal conversion. Yet, we are the immoral ones?



  31. MArk
    12:15 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Hire him with such strong contingencies that he stays. Make his bonuses almost totally contingent on him staying. He says its not about the money so pay him well, but not crazy, until he builds up some time here. Thats the only way he won’t sneak off in the night.



  32. Auburn Athletics Department
    12:15 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Number 12 is spot on, thankfully your fans aren’t in charge of the UKAA. We are smarter, will hire Petrino, please our fanbase and win games in the SEC! Meanwhile, UK will continue to Munson itself…



  33. Tickle
    12:15 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    CONS:
    – Has left every program he’s coached in shambles.
    — Might leave Kentucky after two or three years for a better job

    UK currently is in shambles, so he leaves in a couple years, situation couldnt be worse than now, 1-9 or whatever the hell or record currentley is.



  34. DB11
    12:16 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    If Mitch cares anything about integrity he will not hire this clown



  35. Skeller03
    12:16 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino is a short term hire. Yes he could develop the talent we have and could more than likely win. However, is 2-3 years of winning worth the possibility of a reoccurrence of his already tainted track record and then straight back to the bottom of the SEC? In my opinion, no. We need someone with strong character who can build the program from the bottom up and will be here for the long haul.



  36. SteveM
    12:16 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    #17 if you don’t like the idea of Petrino coaching here, don’t go to the games. Obviously 50,000 current fans are exercising that option now.



  37. your mom
    12:16 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Enough of the bs. If your not a die hard Kentucky football fan, keep your opinion to yourself.



  38. Keep it real
    12:16 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Sounds like the same discussion we had with Cal.



  39. BB
    12:17 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    So what if he left after a couple of years. It would be nice (for the first time in my 40+ years) to have a head coach other people are trying to hire. That’s not a bad thing.



  40. GoCats2
    12:17 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Its a no win for UK. If he does good he is gone in 2years for another job. If he does bad, we look terrible for hiring a guy with issues coming in. This is going to be a hard job to fill because anyone we get that is known will never stay more than a couple years.



  41. BigBlueRealist
    12:18 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Hiring petrino would be our only chance at ever being competitive in sec football. The fans who are against this are morons & are only interested in winning 6 or 7 games every few years. If we want to play sec level football, he is our only chance.
    Hire the man already. It’s a no brainer.



  42. Ryan Lemond's empty suit
    12:18 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    -17 “to…what? win football games?”
    yes. that is why they play the game–to win.

    “plummeting society”, lol. because of what? banging a hot blonde on the side? good for him. any heterosexual man wouldve done the same.



  43. BlueBall96
    12:19 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    If we want to win, lets get a coach who wins. Bobby Petrino wins games.



  44. How about now?
    12:20 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Why are we still debating this? HIRE HIM NOW MITCH!!!



  45. YES, YES, YES
    12:20 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    think about this…how long has it been since Kentucky football was in the news for something besides sucking? We hire anyone but Petrino it’s likely not to make national news, we hire Bobby P and it’s the top story on ESPN. I live in Louisa and I’m a youth pastor at a church a friend of mine who is a doctor and came from Louisville told me months ago that if we fired Joker he prayed we didn’t hire Petrino because we would have instant success. He said (and he’s a close friend of Bobby P) that those who don’t like him really don’t know him. He said when he was at UL he worked all day and night preparing for games. Kentucky football needs a hire like this! I say sign him up!!!



  46. RUPPS_rhetoric
    12:21 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Roll the dice; even if it doesn’t work out we won’t be any worse off than we are right now. Hell even if he stays for 2 years and bolts, we’ll be in a better spot than we are now.



  47. Duke Sucks
    12:21 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    I’m sorry I thought we where hiring a football coach. Some act like we are hiring a pope. It’s about W’s and L’s if it wasn’t we should have keep Joker.



  48. your mom
    12:21 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    With Bobby multiple CBS Saturday feature games, without ESPNU or ESPN3. Should not be a debate.



  49. Austin
    12:21 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Cant leave a program in shambles when you inherited in shambles…
    Wins = Forgiveness
    SEC = awesome

    Petrino = Great hire for UK



  50. Yngvie Malmsteen.
    12:22 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Hire him asap. We need a offensive coach and he definitely fits the bill.



  51. BlueCamo
    12:22 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    This guy has no class and it is just a matter of time until he causes problems wherever he goes. I do not support him for ine and although he might be the best option for an SEC coach you have to ask yourself, do you want to be known as the program to do anything to win? I want to win just as much as anybody but not at the cost of looking foolish by making the same mistake several other programs have already done. I can’t speak for everyone but I have pride in the fact that our UK athletics programs make strides to stay classy with good morals.



  52. Duke Sucks
    12:23 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    #43 you forgot “HELLO”



  53. SloJoe
    12:23 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    bring him in



  54. kramer
    12:24 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    OK yes its a risk to hire him, but wasn’t Cal??? I have been saying since August we should hire Bobby P, it may be a risk but guess what it may work out, no one knows. Saying people are stupid and dumb for feeling that it may be a risk worth taking makes me think some people saying that are really UL fans who would hate it if we hired him.



  55. Seriously
    12:24 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Is anyone supposed to give a s*** that Mitch might have to work with a guy who’s biggest issue is that he doesn’t bring doughnuts to the office and listen to everyone’s stories about their children’s trombone recitals with a fake smile on his face? Suck it up and hire him yesterday. I cannot believe this even in discussion



  56. 15?
    12:26 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Are u a troll talking about Cal??
    Or a troll period?
    We need a huge hire!
    Bring in bobby p



  57. Tickle
    12:26 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    If he sticks around for 3 to 4 years and leaves for another job, at least it will be the first time in 40 years our football coach leaves because another team wants him, it beats losing a coach every 3-4 years cause he sucks a$$ or has to retire from age issues.



  58. Rex Chapman
    12:26 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Its amazing how UK football fans have morals and ethics all of a sudden. Lets not judge someone just yet. I think we did that to much in 2008 and look what it got us.



  59. Hire him ASAP
    12:27 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    If we want to be relevant, hire Petrino ASAP. We would stop being a pushover in the SEC and our talent would improve greatly. Interview the man, lay down some ground rules, then tell him to do what he does and win football games…it’s really very simple!



  60. Coaching Search
    12:27 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    “Might be desperate enough to come to UK.” This is listed as a pro???? I’m sorry, this shows exactly what the author thinks of UK’s football program. Come on KSR.



  61. Mattfrom206
    12:27 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Why is everyone looking to the future, so what if he leaves down the road. Unless the new guy has the Cats in contention for the SEC title they all could leave for greener pastures every potential coach probably sees Kentucky as a stepping stone to the rest of their carrer. Lets get while the gettins’ good!



  62. Winning
    12:27 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Just like when the “moral & character” people came out to say Cal was a slimeball and had issues, when he starts winning and doing well, you will all forget about those negative points and start defending him to the grave like you do Cal.

    BTW. All of you morons who say he will leave for a better job, they will put a no compete clause in his contract, additionally, if he is able to leave for a better job, that means he was successful at UK, proved you can be successful at UK and will make the Head Coaching position an attractive one to a much bigger name that we can get now.

    I am so sick of people and “morals”. So what he cheated on his wife, so have US Presidents. So what he left a job he didn’t like in a poor way. Are you saying that at one point in your life you didn’t leave a job without notice or calling in? Mistakes are mistakes and people make them. Bottom line is he has NEVER even been looked at for cheating, he has won with less than top recruiting classes and he is undoubtedly the best coach we can hire RIGHT NOW.



  63. BigBlueRealist
    12:28 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    52, I guess you have always enjoyed being the bottom feeders of the sec. Your line of thinking would ensure that we stay in that position.



  64. Mattfrom206
    12:28 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    *career*



  65. Ryan Lemond's empty suit
    12:28 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    -52 how many ncaa infractions does petrino have against him? none? oh, okay. he left louisville because it was louisville. wouldn’t you if you were the coach and the NFL came knocking? he left the falcons because his dream job (SEC coaching job) came open. wouldn’t you stop what you’re doing if your dream job came open? he had fun with a hot, young blonde in his office. wouldn’t you if you had the chance? (the answer is “yes,” otherwise, you’re gay).



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    12:29 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

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  67. MustangCat
    12:30 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    We should not even consider him, under any circumstances. WOuld we hire Bobby Knight? He would be an embarrassment before, during, and after. We would do nothing but regret this, and look even worse. If we have an honest shot at Pease, he should be priority #1. Fulmer #2. Petrino wouldn’t even get a form letter from me. I had reservations about hiring Calipari, but he didn’t have THIS kind of baggage!! We would need to know what Cal thinks, and i don’t see Petrino accepting second fiddle well at all. He’d be gone in 2-3 years anyway, then we’d have a mess 10X bigger to clean up.



  68. Obviously
    12:30 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    The people stating “Don’t Hire Him” are obviously butthurt Louisville fans



  69. Duke Sucks
    12:31 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    If Mitch can work with him even better. We can hire someone to watch football infractions and let Patrino run everything else his self. Every body would be happy. Mitch can have more time at other sports. The fans can have a winning football team. Plus the money would roll in.



  70. Catfish
    12:32 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    48 post is right. If we are trying to hire a coach with strong morals give it back to joker and have less than 10000 at the home games and get out coached every game inside and outside of the SEC, but he’s a good man. Give it to BP, who is equivalent to Satan for some of you, we immediately become relevant in football with w’s and selling out every game. Its a no brainer, he’s a proven winner, we jump on it and enjoy success, even if he’s only here for a few years. losing sucks..



  71. Chi-TownCat
    12:32 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    finally a new pic of him



  72. Matt
    12:33 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    I say he actually makes the most sense out of the names mentioned thus far. It’s a gamble rather we get a young gun coach without sec head coaching experience just as its a gamble with the “ethical” standpoint if Petrino. I think we get faster results from Petrino and based on last weeks attendance, we need quick results…..not a 3 year process or more. Some would argue in way that Callipari was a gamble based on his history….but look how that has worked out 🙂 Go Cats!!!



  73. archie da gawd
    12:33 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    nah



  74. popcorn
    12:33 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    <> I don’t know your definition of “butthurt” but we are 1-9 and they are 9-0.

    <> He will leave after 5 minutes for a better job.



  75. Duke Sucks
    12:33 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Lets be honest. This would be great, to rub in on UL fans. Give them a little taste of trader Rick.



  76. BlueCamo
    12:34 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    @Rex Chapman: It is not judging when the proof is already there. Do you think this guy had a miraculous turnaround in his ethics and all it took was getting fired at Arkansas?? Now I guess he is going to come to Lexington, take us back to the promise land and retire from here when he is 65? Yea right! If we hire him, he leaves at the next big opportunity, hide and watch! Whatever though, it doesn’t matter what we(fans) say because the decision is not up to us. It is on Mitch. Mitch makes the call therefore he will deal with the results.



  77. Cali-Trino
    12:34 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    What did we all think of Calipari before he was hired? Hire the guy…lets win some games….and then we can all talk about how unfair it is that he is criticized.



  78. jkn
    12:34 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    — Has left every program he’s coached in shambles.
    .
    ^ that’s all you really need to know



  79. djamyx
    12:34 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Seriously KSR…I love you guys. But the anti-Petrino crap has to end. The fanbase is not divided. There is a small minority who doesn’t want Petrino. Your twitter poll was bull crap and you know it.

    Catsillustrated has polls showing an overwhelming majority want Petrino as does your comments section. As for a “Pro”, “He is desperate enough to come to UK”???? UK is very desirable as a position to anyone who is confident in their abilities. Quit downing football…I’m done checking in here until you guys start rooting for football to succeed.



  80. Communicate
    12:35 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    All, Communicate with Mitch directly and let him know we need Petrino. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @UKMitchBarnhart

    Let him feel the power of the #BBN. Get #PetrinotoUK trending



  81. the dude
    12:36 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    hire the old dirtbag already. anyone who compares his situation to pitino’s or even gillispie’s is an absolute moron. Pitino cheated, got the chick pregnant and THEN paid for an abortion, THEN got extorted, THEN got dragged through the media by the woman for over a year. Gillispie wasn’t proven on the big stage before he got here like Petrino and it’s no surprise that he is where he is today. Let’s be honest, the guy has/had nothing to live for and no support from a family or friends. Petrino, like him or not, has a family. Yeah he made a mistake, but I am willing to bet he has learned from it far quicker than Gillispie. Billy G had no family or support around him and like I said, had nothing stopping him from repeating the same mistakes over and over.

    That being said, I would rather have Rex Ryan, but I’m not sure taking the chance to wait on him is a good idea. Get Bobby P while we can. He’ll win a couple of years, make the job more attractive to other coaches, then leave.



  82. ukwiseman
    12:37 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Ask yourself one question. Has he ever left a program better than when he got there?

    I want to win as badly as the next season ticket holder and alumnus, but at what price? I’d rather grab an up and coming coach with some excitement and some integrity, this puke would leave at his first opportunity for greener pastures and if you don’t believe that, then you’ve obviously got your head buried in the sand regarding in resume.



  83. Duke Sucks
    12:37 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Damn people did you see the girl that caused all of his trouble. If Clinton had her instead of Monica we should have let him had a 3rd term



  84. BlueCamo
    12:38 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    64: So your logic says that a good football coach can’t be a good person??



  85. Hal
    12:38 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    how do have a section entitled “The Facts” without posting any article from the arkansas debacle? or anything from how he left the falcons? or UofL? check yo self, tyler

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/post/arkansas-puts-bobby-petrino-on-leave-after-learning-of-previous-inappropriate-relationship-with-female-employee/2012/04/06/gIQApnQkzS_blog.html



  86. ATL
    12:38 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    My biggest concern is how he left the Falcons and as a long time fan of the team I feel he handled the situation very poorly. I know the whole Vick thing must have been a lot to take in for anyone but to leave the way he did before the season was even finished really shows questionable character in my opinion. And on top of that you have the whole Arkansas mess. I believe in second chances but this seems really close to being a third chance to me and maybe one too many. If he was hired I’m sure we would see some immediate turn around but you have to wonder what will happen a few seasons down the road, especially if things go sour and he leaves for another “dream” job. Not sure this program can handle another crushing blow.



  87. Flip
    12:39 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Do you hire Petrino? HELL YES!



  88. Bob
    12:39 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Oh hell no.



  89. Winning
    12:39 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    @ Duke Sucks – Petrino has more “morals” than a pope. Popes molest little boys.



  90. Will
    12:40 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Something else to think about. We’re not totally devoid of talent. Petrino has shown he can get players motivated and performing at their best. He also doesn’t need top 10 classes to win in the SEC.



  91. how will it look?
    12:41 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    LOL, hypothetical but likely scenario: Mitch reaches out to Petrino, makes offer, hires him in the next 3 weeks. Season ends for rest of NCAA FB, another school needing a coach (like Auburn, UT) comes along and contacts Petrino. Petrino, after accepting UK’s offer, secretly flies to the other school, accepts their job offer. Doesn’t return to Lexington, sends a postcard to Barnhart that he is resigning after 3 weeks on the job. UK looks stupider than ever for believing for 1 second that Petrino would actually honor his word and coach the first game at UK. C’mon people, you are blinded you want it so bad. He walked out on his team in mid-season! Read that again, and ask the Falcons what they think of him. Cheater, liar, egotistical pr!ck. PLEASE HIRE ANYBODY BUT LYIN’ PETRINO. Bobby, please read this site and know that we don’t like you and don’t want ya…..



  92. Communicate
    12:41 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    All, Communicate with Mitch directly and let him know we need Petrino. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @UKMitchBarnhart

    Let him feel the power of the #BBN. Get #PetrinotoUK trending



  93. Duke Sucks
    12:42 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    We should want a coach who is trying to make a name for hisself. That will bring our program up with him. For all of you who say he left team in shambles BS. Both schools made poor choices for his replacements. UL was set if they had hired the right man. Arkansas John L. Really.



  94. Tom Leach
    12:42 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Someone will be hired in 4-7 weeks…before the bowls kick off…I want BP but…its not going to happen…It can help to use leverage though…u tell these other prospects..hey we got BP..but we want u…u have to tell us now…we got a 50-100 million project on CWS getting approved in Jan…In 3-5 yrs we will compete for a 10 win season…



  95. CATNTN
    12:42 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    I have never liked him. Correction, I have always loathed him. Put a political light on the issue. How many of you fans that say Kentucky should never hire the guy still believe in Bill Clinton. They both lied to everyone. They both had illicit relationships. They both are very good at their chosen professions. I still loathe them both and don’t want Clinton to be the dog catcher. Hire Petrino.



  96. The dude
    12:42 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Take him I think he knows this is his last chance.



  97. UKalltheway
    12:43 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    I’m very skeptical if we hire him. Reminds me too much of Billy G and I don’t want to go down that road again.



  98. Winning
    12:43 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    @92 – It’s called a no compete clause. He had one at Arkansas too. It means once he accepts a job with UK he has a clause in his contract that he can’t leave for another SEC job. Get a clue please.



  99. AaronJ
    12:43 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    As of right now and forever he is our best bet to get our program back on the right track, he may be one of the biggest assholes in college football but has proven that he can take a broken program and turn it in to a winning one. He would be here to coach football and win games, personally he can do what ever the hell he wants with the rest of his time as long as he is getting the job done. If Mitch says that he promises to be an SEC contender he needs to hire Petrino TODAY!!! not tomorrow, not next week, not after the season, RIGHT NOW!!!!



  100. nogo
    12:45 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    I hold U.K. to a high standard, I didn’t like Billy G and I view this guy the same way, but if hiring him shows us the way like hiring Billy G did then so be it. I still think J.T. should be looked at hard. What happened under his watch was permissible considering the character of the others who were involved in the situation and that they had no regard themselves for the integrity of the game, Jim was just the fall guy who slipped a bit in his control. Probably because all he was worried about was winning football.



  101. Tom Sellecks Mustache
    12:46 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    I’m not totally sold on hiring him… is winning football games worth the price of possibly tarnishing the reputation of our University? I love Cal, but nationally he’s not well thought of, is bringing a coach with obvious character flaws in a good idea to keep the media off our backs?



  102. Catfish
    12:46 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    87, can’t handle another crushing blow??? Did you watch us play the last few years…Hiring a big name, getting national attention, and actually winning for a change could only be a positive. no matter how long he stays. I would love to have a coach with some buzz that other pople want, that means you are relevant.



  103. Will
    12:47 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    @ #79

    “— Has left every program he’s coached in shambles.
    .
    ^ that’s all you really need to know”

    You could have said exactly the same thing about Calipari prior to him coming to UK and its almost guaranteed we’ll be in shambles when he does leave and the 4-5 of 7-8 scholarship players we have all turn pro.

    Rebuilding after a coach is a reality that is faced no matter what. I think you guys really need to get over this aspect of it. UL is undefeated right now and may have been better, sooner had they not stuck with Krags so long. Atlanta got Mike Smith and look where they’re at. Arkansas will get someone good, im willing to bet.

    Hiring another guy who might leave us anyways or get fired after 4-5 seasons is something we’ve been doing for 50+ years. This is an opportunity to break that cycle and actually be competitive in the SEC. Not just scrape by beating Vanderbilt and Miss. State.



  104. #Rise
    12:47 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Seems like I have heard this before with our basketball coach. I say give petrino a chance.



  105. NKY_UK_fan
    12:47 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    I think UK should hire him, but most likely it’ll just be another patsy.



  106. J.p.
    12:47 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Nothing to lose, all to gain. Make the man an offer Mitch! Plus, thus would boisterous the UL rivalry to a new level…I’m in.



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    12:47 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

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  108. Duh!
    12:47 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Of course we hire him! We need to bring some spark to the program. After what we have went through with Joker, I want to win and win fast. Bobby will do that for us. Honestly, if Mitch doesn’t at least reach out, Eli should fire him. We have a shot to land a top coach for football. There is no excuse for passing this opportunity up.



  109. Brew Crew
    12:50 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Bobby Petrino is Billy Gillispie, with a lot more coaching talent. Just no.



  110. Biglaw Dawgin'
    12:50 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    I wouldn’t hire anyone who previously called UK “slapd&$ks” and “smurfs.” I wouldn’t want a head coach who called ANY of his opponents things like that without being prompted(at least when people were listening). I don’t care if it were Vince Lombardi. Other than the obvious disrespectfullness of the comments, it just shows that this guy is a loose cannon. Not the type of guy I want to cheer for.



  111. Winning
    12:50 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    @102 – Who cares about the media? Oh no, people don’t like UK…..Who cares, people usually don’t like you because you are successful. Petrino hasn’t ever been a cheater in football so I don’t care if they hate him.



  112. Honest MO
    12:51 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    It is widely known Mitch has reservations about hiring him???????
    Well let it be widely known I have reservations about writing my next 13,000+ check!
    Especially to watch David Cutcliffe eat grippos and fumble up and down the sidelines.
    Hire bobby. Period. Petrino end of story



  113. Poco Chang
    12:51 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Has left every program he’s coached in shambles.

    He didn’t leave Louisville and Arky in shambles. Both were pre-season top-10.

    They got into the shambles when Kragthorpe and JohnL started coaching them.

    .



  114. I voted for Kodos
    12:52 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    It’s a good thing Mitch and UK is hiring the coach and not Matt Jones and KSR. Remember, this place said Cal was a cheater and shady dude b/c that’s what was heard around recruiting circles. That turned out to be total false. Now, Petrino is some ass-face jerk that no one wants to work for, according to this site. I would think Matt would have learned by now to hold judgement. Not trying to talk sh!t, but just saying. Perception, especially on this website, isn’t always reality.



  115. The Sad Truth
    12:52 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    The Sad Truth is we are being played here. Petrino is a terrible fit. Our fragile football program cannot withstand the inevitable fallout from this low-integrity individual. We need a coach of high-integrity and enthusiasm to build our program. We need a complement to our fantastic basketball coach, not an insulting counterpoint.



  116. playersfan
    12:53 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Left every program in shambles!!!! What other questions do you need?

    NO WAY



  117. BP
    12:54 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    If nothing else this gets the ball rolling, finally we have a name in the news. Now its up to Mitch to say yeah hes an option or come out and say NO SHOT.



  118. Conjk123
    12:54 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch bringing in BP isn’t what we “REAL” Kentucky Fan’s call swinging for the fences , Just saying , now if you bring in some like , rob Ryan, Jon Gruden, or Chip Kelley that’s a Different Story. Go BIG BLUE!!



  119. I voted for Kodos
    12:54 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    111 – I bet you believe everyone should get a trophy and no one is a failure in school, you’re just unsatisfactory. I’m sorry, but I want a coach that talks sh!t like no other. I want a coach that breathes fire and gets the players to run through walls.



  120. Actual Facts Say
    12:55 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    How can anyone say that BP left everywhere he’s been in shambles? Both UL and Ark went to BCS bowls his last years there and were preseason top 10 teams the following year.

    Yet let everyone line up to fall over defending the moral saint who left his previous team’s with vacated final fours.

    Really sound, objective and factual analyis going on here.



  121. Winning
    12:55 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    @111 – You are a loser. That is exactly what I want from a coach. A coach who holds his opponents and especially his rivals with great disdain. All great competitors find a way to look at their opponent as the enemy and do things like beat them so bad, they don’t want to play anymore.



  122. Kneel
    12:55 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Our program has gone from respectable to back to shambles, Petrino could in no way make it worse. Mitch B has no balls though, skipped on Cal in 2008 and to save his job hired him two years later…



  123. I Say
    12:55 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Hire him now! Lets start winning and go bowling again!!



  124. Catfish
    12:56 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    I remember how happy I was when he left UOfL and then how pissed I was when he got the job at Arkansas. I’m sure I’m not alone either. I would love to stick it to loserville with this hire….



  125. SexnNursinHomes
    12:57 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    My two questions if he is hired.

    1. Won’t our beautiful UK chicks be even more tempting bait meat?

    2. Could we start a “petrino’s P*ssy Pit”?



  126. prpcat
    12:57 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Let him take his ego elsewhere



  127. Juan4UK
    12:57 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    There are others that can also do the job. He is a POS. There is no reason to take a chance or settle on this guy. We have seen a half a dozen guys that could do the job and respect the state and program. Do you see this guy as being able to handle being in the same dept as Cal? Polar opposites in how they treat and view players.
    If his record is indicative of how he can win, it is equally indicative in how he will leave and interact within the department and around the program. Way too many Con’s.



  128. Brian
    12:57 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Not sure if anyone mentioned it, but Jim Rome is talking about this as I type this.



  129. Winning
    12:57 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    @119 – You doofus. 1. Who is Rob Ryan? 2. Chip Kelly? ahhahahahahha, yea he is going to leave a top 5 school to try and compete at a bottom feeder sec school? Jon Gruden, ugh, get a clue.



  130. AaronJ
    12:57 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino probably realizes that this his his last chance, he cant afford to screw up agin, because if he does he will just lessen his chances at being hired by a big program. we are at rock bottom we need all the help we can get and Petrino would be the right hire. He is a big name in the coaching world, he knows the SEC, has head coaching experiance, knows the state of kentucky, knows recruting, knows how to run a very succesful offense, i could go on an on about his positive aspects. HIRE HIM MITCH!!!!!!!!!!!



  131. Anon
    12:58 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Just saw Bobby Petrino walking into Malone’s Banquet room, hush hush with 3 other guys in suits. They were dropped off by a Yukon with state tags. Definitely him.



  132. I voted for Kodos
    12:58 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    126 – that would be an epic tshirt



  133. Wildcatsteeler
    12:58 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    If it wasn’t for his time at UL and his comment about UK while he was there I’d say do it. His “baggage” is nothing. As if cheating on your wife is even remotely unusual in the sports world. The players and coaches do it and the fans would if they could. The biggest problem is he would jump ship in 3 years for a better offer.



  134. East Kentucky Infidel
    12:58 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    We need a capable football coach that can win at Kentucky.
    Hire the man.
    This may be our only chance.
    Hire the man.
    What are you waiting for?
    Hire the man.
    If Mitch can’t figure it out, fire him.



  135. slappy
    12:58 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Who are these people who don’t want to hire Petrino??



  136. Juanita Broadrick
    12:58 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Left every program shambles? Come again ul was top 10 and ark was top 5 or 6. Get your facts straight. Hire him today



  137. Winning
    12:59 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    @126 – Awesome. If he wins, I don’t care if he bangs the whole volleyball team.



  138. jq
    1:00 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Keep that “F_ _ King” waste away from UK!



  139. Anon
    1:00 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    RJ Corman fleet vehicle as well parked outside.



  140. William Kerry Skaggs
    1:00 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    No brainer. Hire the guy.



  141. AaronJ
    1:00 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Ok i have a question if not Petrino, who would you hire has our head coach who actually has an interest in coaching at Kentucky???????



  142. Juanita Broadrick
    1:01 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    If Mitch screws this up and he goes to Tenn or Aub and they kick our ass year after year mr. Barnhart will have sealed his legacy and fate



  143. Hey
    1:01 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    @136

    Louisville Fans are trolling on here. They are posing as UK fans saying “Dont hire Petrino”



  144. Catfish
    1:02 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Left programs in shambles??? They were both ranked preseason top 10s. Goes to show how good he is because the dudes that replaced him couldn’t get it done with the players he did the previous season….



  145. GO CATS!
    1:03 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Knowing Mitch were probably not going to even offer BP and end up offering a coordinator from a school in the WAC or Sunbelt. I would love to get BP but it seems like knowing UK’s football luck he will probably go to Auburn. Plus with the possibility of three other coaches getting fired in the SEC which puts UK last into choices to go to. Also even though Barnhart keeps stating more money is going to be put into the program I seriously doubt that Mitch wants to put money into RIFLE. I know are rifle team s great but Football and basketball are the money makers and everyone knows that! Also, Mitch should not be receiving as much credit as he should be for UK basketball, UK is always going to be known as the top premier basketball coach, and getting top tier coach’s to coach here will never be a problem, UK basketball can sell it’s self. Might sound harsh but I think Barnhart is a problem at UK, it’s just my opinion though.



  146. slappy
    1:03 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    144- gotta be. Any UK fan in his right mind wants Petrino to start the minute Joker walks off the field at UT.



  147. Jarshoe
    1:04 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Really surprised by the comparisons to the hiring of Cal.
    Calipari = players first program
    Petrino = Petrino first program

    Petrino would be out of here after the first season if something else came along, maybe in the middle of the first season. Surely we can do better.



  148. barn
    1:04 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    144–are you kidding? tard fans would have a field with UK fans if petrino came here. don’t hire petrino



  149. Actual Fact Say
    1:04 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    137 – totally agree.

    And for all of those who say “UK can do better” – Really, name me more than 5 coaches out there better than BP. And you can include the ones we have no shot at.

    Saban
    Meyer
    Miles (maybe)
    Stoops (maybe)
    Kelly (maybe)

    By all means tell me how we do better.



  150. gottodoit
    1:06 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino? No. Never. Now, move on.



  151. catfanatic
    1:06 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Lets face it. Kentucky is at the bottom of the barrel in SEC football, Petrino is at the bottom of his coaching career. Maybe it will be a good fit for both



  152. Wiseguy
    1:06 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Sunny Dykes or Kirby Smart! Stay away from Petrino



  153. Pappa D Nuts
    1:06 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    #79) If 1-9 or whatever ever our record is, isn’t classified as being in shambles at the current moment, Well good day to you Sir!



  154. Reignmaker Radio
    1:07 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    UK have some dignity… this guy has always hated UK and ran up ther score when he played us. NO, NO, NO. Find someone else!



  155. Mattcat68
    1:09 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    These top college coaches aren’t great Xs & Os guys. They are great recruiters. See the NFL careers of Steve Spurrier, Lou Holtz, Nick Saben, and Butch Davis. When the talent on the field is equal, they lose. UK needs a coach who can recruit 4-5 star players just to compete. If that guy is Petrino, then pull the trigger.



  156. mapcatfan
    1:09 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Considering wins/losses only, hiring him is a no brainer. But I’m not gonna lie…………I may have to hold my nose if we do.



  157. Weightloss Jason
    1:09 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Is he a nice person? NO! Is he one hell of a football coach? He’ll yes! Ky has not had an impact coach in awhile. We’ve tried the nice guys approach (Joker great guy/recruiter/ulum) and it hasn’t worked. If he came to Ky and built the program and left in 3+yrs then maybe we would be a more desirable job for the next coach!



  158. Actual Fact Say
    1:09 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    UK’s biggest problem is not (directly) recruiting, facilities or even current coaching. The biggest challenge this program has is its negative perception and perception is reality. We are continually punchline throughout the conference and on television. The mantra that UK doesn’t care about football is real. Fans (and administrators of this site) who believe and spew the 7 – 8 win ceiling only feed that perception. UK must make a statement that it takes football seriously and will compete for SEC and national titles. Only 1 name among those mentioned does that.



  159. Free Beer
    1:09 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    We don’t have a coach, Bobby doesn’t have a job, match made in heaven. We all win. Literally.



  160. Reality
    1:09 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Look, the guy is a proven jerk. I’m sure he’s mean to old people and dogs and all that stuff. To use an overused cliche…this is a business. I was one of the 18K in Commonwealth last week and it looked to me like th “business” was going under.

    Right now, our basketball model is to recruit one and dones. Why can we do that? Because Cal can pull out his massive list of names of kids that are playing in the NBA and say look what you can do too.

    Well guess what? Petrino puts kids in the the NFL at a higher rate than we’re used to (and fewer punters). Right away we’re getting in living rooms we can’t get in right now.

    If he’s willing to play ball and be a willing ambassador for the university, then I say go for it.



  161. Just think
    1:09 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Hiring Petrino is gonna be like dating a slut and then getting pissed when she sleeps with your best friend. Maybe later we can bring in Denny Green to tell us, “He was who we thought he was!!”



  162. bigrufdog
    1:11 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    DONT BE A DUMMY FOREVER MITH HIRE BOBBY. KENTUCKY DON’T CALL THE SHOTS WHEN IT COMES TO A FOOTBALL COACH. WE ARE THE GUY WITH HIS HAT IN HIS HANDS BEGGING WE NEED PETRINO…BADLY WE ARE NOT ALABAMA, IF WE CAN GET PETRINO GET HIM. PETINO IS A TRAINWRECK BUT HE WINS SCREWED A GIRL ON TOP OF A TABLE IN PUBLIC RESTAURANT..MORAL ISSUES BUT HE WINS. HIS JOB IN NOT TO BE A MORL COMPASS BUT TO WIN FOOTBALL GAMES. EVERY PROGRAM HE HAS LEFT WAS IN GREAT SHAPE BUT THE SCHOOLS MADE BAD CHOICES IN HIRING HIS SUCCESSOR. HE WILL BRING THE 5 STAR PLAYERS BROOKS ALWAYS SAID WOULD NOT TALK TO HIM. IT’S LIKE SPURRIER SAYS “KENTUCKY WILL NEVER WIN AT FOOTBALL BECAUSE THEY WILL NEVER TAKE A CHANCE.VERY BODY MAKES MISTAKES FORGIVE AND GIVE HIM A CHANCE OR IS SPURRIER RIGHT? HOWARD SCHELLENBERGER SAYS HIRE HIM AND I AGREE WITH A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP COACH.



  163. Bob
    1:11 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Some of you people kill me. Of course he’s a good coach, and would make our team better. BUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A BETTER JOB COMES ALONG? He’s gone. You think his dream job is to coach UK? Not a chance. We will be mocked by the rest of the nation for “winning at all cost.” This is the exact opposite end of the spectrum as Joker. No, we are not electing a pope. But this is about more than just Wins/Loses. Mitch cares about character and morals, no way he lets a guy like Petrino decide what his legacy at UK as an AD will be



  164. I Say
    1:11 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    #120 I agree, In high school I hated that my Head coach would never cuss or say anything bad about the opposing team. A coach who talks shit shows that he trusts in his players and himself to win games. In high school if I had ever heard my coach say “lets punch it in on these MFer’s” or called the other team a bunch of slapdicks I would have lost it



  165. jimp
    1:11 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    I am sure most people on here wanting to hire him are the same ones who criticized Bobby Knight for year’s for being such an a__hole at Indiana and made fun of Rick Pitino after his deal with Karen Sypher and saying what a scumbag he was. And they want to turn around and hire someone just like him or even worse just because he is a good football coach. If you really want this jerk, keep your mouth shut about Pitino and his adventures. I live in Louisville and the people at UL that worked with him hated him. Can’t believe people want him at UK. We had a coach like him, that even though he did not win in basketball, embarrased UK with his off court behavior in Gillespie.



  166. Musehobo
    1:11 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Go ahead, sell your soul to the devil. The difference between the Cal hire and this one, is that Cal is decent human being, just labeled dirty by the media. This guy is a trainwreck. And if he’s hired, you all can blame yourselves when it all breaks loose, cause you knowingly brought him in cause you wanted to win so badly.



  167. BigBlueRealist
    1:12 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    The anti-Petrino crowd on here are morons who only want the status quo of UK football. All they want is the possibility of winning 6 or 7 games a year, every few years & nothing more. If we want to at least take a shot at changing the culture of UK football, we have to go after petrino.
    Now all you holier than thou anti-Petrino types can get back on your soapboxes.



  168. Bob
    1:12 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    162. Yes. That is perfect.



  169. SteveM
    1:12 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    For all you sky-is-falling people….get a grip. Petrino is THE best hire UK could possibly make at this point. Get over the small stuff.



  170. bigrufdog
    1:12 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    I WOULD LOVE TO STICK IT TO LOUISVILLE WITH THEIR OLD COACH JUST LIKE THEY WOULD LOVE TO STICK IT TO US WITH OUR OLD COACH.



  171. JDM81
    1:13 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Lets be honest. If we (Kentucky football) want to win, and commit to improving, you’ve got to hire someone like Petrino.
    No doubt someone like Taggart or a Neal Brown would be a good coach, but you need great players to win. A good coach, coaching mediocre players won’t cut it in the SEC. We need somebody who can recruit and coach.



  172. Bob
    1:14 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Is this slut so hot that the short time together is worth the inevitable heartbreak in the end??



  173. Actual Fact Say
    1:14 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    153 – Smart ain’t coming to UK. Way too much to lose at this point in his career by doing so.

    And for all of the Dykes people, I agree that it wouldn’t be too bad but people keep saying that he needs to bring in a top defensive guy as well. Let me ask you about this about Dykes and any other similar name – what makes you think at this point in his career and experience level that he has the contacts or clout to bring in even a decent defensive guy?



  174. jokesr
    1:14 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    #38…Die hard UK football fans? I doubt both of them are on KSR at the same time



  175. 173.
    1:15 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    It’s called lawyers and contracts
    I’m sure UK can afford them
    To work it out and bulletproof it in our favor..



  176. JusSayin
    1:15 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    I think the news of his interest in the job really puts Mitch in a tough situation. Because now if he hires someone else and they don’t do a great job. He gonna have all the Hire Petrino people at his neck for passing on him and Leach. Then he will be the one on a hot seat.



  177. Catfish
    1:15 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink


  178. HawkeyeTim
    1:16 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Gruden to Tennessee…….you heard it here first.



  179. Chace
    1:16 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Hire him now before someone else does!!!! He is the best available coach out there!



  180. HawkeyeTim
    1:17 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    and Coach Cal will fight any attempts to hire Petrino……and don’t tell him he doesn’t have a say so….



  181. BB
    1:17 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Didn’t Nick Saban get criticized for telling the Dolphins he would not leave for Alabama-then turn around and leave for Bama? You think Alabama is real concerned now about how he left Miami?



  182. Logan
    1:17 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    50 hit it on the nose.

    Wins=Forgiveness

    This is a no-brainer hire. Bobby Petrino come on down!



  183. chad t
    1:18 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Worst nightmare we don’t hire petrino he gets hired by another Sec team and we lose to him every year cuz we can’t stop his offense



  184. BB
    1:19 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    184- Unfortunately also the likely scenario…



  185. blueblooded
    1:20 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    #92 is right. It’s not really if he will screw us, it’s when he will screw us and then we will be the laughing stock even MORE than we are now and will have an even more difficult time bringing in another coach then. There is probably zero chance he stays beyond three years and probably a very low chance he makes it to the end of two years. So, we get a couple of 7-8 win seasons and an extremely unlikely scenario of one 9-10 win season his third year. Do you not think there are any other coaches that could get us to that same 7-8 win seasons the first two years? So, basically we are desparately “hoping” that he doesn’t screw us before the third year and we get one magic year of glory (9-10 wins) that we can hold onto for the next 5 years while we clean up the crap.

    If (& I agree it is a big if) we find the right coach not named Petrino, there is a chance we could be up to 8 wins by the third year anyway. Maybe not quite as good as Petrino (9-10 wins), but we probably have a more realistic shot of keeping that coach and keeping the momentum growing and possibly getting there anyway. Of course my scenarios and everyone’s scenarios are hypothetical, but I think the Petrino people are selling our collective souls for a very small chance of ONE season of glory and that is assuming he doesn’t screw us before the third year.



  186. Season Never Ends
    1:20 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Louisville fans are already in convulsions.

    I say hire him, let Cal whip him into shape if he gets out of line, and stick it to the Cards just like 171 said.

    What’s the worst that can happen?



  187. JusSayin
    1:20 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    The only way Petrino gets pulled away to a better school is if he is successful here. If he turns the program around in say 3 years, and we get some upgrades to the facilities. Then UK becomes a very attractive coaching vacancy in 3 years if he leaves. Coaches would jump at the chance to coach in the SEC, and have a great team that Petrino left, and new upgraded facilities. Then Mitch can hire whomever he wants to define his legacy.



  188. wakecat
    1:22 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    I beleive this has to be the hire for Kentucky to quickly rise from it’s place as one of the 30 worst teams in Division 1, to mid-level of the SEC and competitive in all games. For all the points in the “pros” category of the post he is simply the one coach who can make speedy drastic change.
    Make him the second highest paid coach in the league. Sign him to a multi-year (5-6 years) deal. Place a huge buy-out clause (20 million) in the contract which would have to be paid by him or the team that wants to hire him away before the contract is up. Also enclose a morals clause.



  189. Number 1
    1:23 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    186 = easy to spot Louisville trolls!
    They always try to include blue in their handle or UK…. I should be private eye



  190. Logan
    1:24 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    And for the people saying it’s not all about the W’s: If that were the case Joker would still be here.



  191. Ukalum
    1:26 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Hire petrino and Neal brown as the OC that way after three winning seasons when bobby bolts to another job Neal brown can take over as HC.



  192. Fecesforbrains
    1:26 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Recruiting?,,!!!,??!? Are you kidding me ? Really ? Look at who we are recruiting against now !!!! Middle effing Tennessee ! Marshall! Florida A&M if we gonna recruit mid low major lets use all ky boys!!!

    Shambles??? Can’t beat Fort Thomas or Trinity now !!!

    People wake the 7734 up ! Write the man a back end loaded contract with big huge ginormous financial penalty to whomever he leaves for and get him in here perhaps he could coach the Tennessee and samford games !!

    Remember all u anti coal anti small business liberals think everyone is the same and should get a hug and a trophy…. Here’s your chance to walk ur BS talk



  193. Han
    1:26 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    We’re already in shambles, were in shambles before Brooks (lost our coach and on probation), were in shambles with Mumme leaving, were in shambles with Curry.

    If he leaves us in shambles, at least he might give us a couple of good, NCAA-clean years first. As others have said, he’s not gonna get stolen away if he does badly here.



  194. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    1:28 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    132 – Pics or it didn’t happen.



  195. Bluelick
    1:29 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Haven’t been to a UK football game in 2 years after Joker punted on UT 37 yard line in 2010. All I care about now is winning! If Obama can be a 2 term President in America…why the hell not hire BP to coach our SHIT program. And it is SHIT! Always has been! Can you imagine the energy at Commonwealth if BP were to come back to KY?? Awwww…the 80 year olds who have suffered for decades would be in ecstacy!!! PULL THE TRIGGER dumbass!!!!



  196. JHN
    1:30 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    I want him. I think he’s worth the chance. It’s not like we can be choosy. If taking someone with baggage is the only way we can get a coach that is capable of fielding a competitive team in the SEC, well … the fun of watching a good football team would make me forgive and forget just about anything.



  197. cats
    1:31 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    is anyone still at malones on lansdowne that can confirm that petrino is still there in the banquet room?



  198. Tim
    1:32 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    No. I absolutely don’t want him to coach UK.



  199. C'mon Man!
    1:33 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    you HAVE to give the job to Petrino IF he’ll take it. I’m tired of hearing about these coaches like Cutcliffe, Smart, and Dykes. Smart is not going to leave Bama to come to UK. Why would he? The offers will start coming to him soon enough for a much better, much easier job that Kentucky. Of the other 2, Dykes gives us our best chances, but even at that we’re not going to compete with the upper tier teams in the SEC. Cutcliffe? Come on! The guy has Duke playing decent football in a crap conference. Big deal. That’s just another mediocre coach that will lead to a below average team (due to stronger schedule and location). I like the idea of Tressel, but he’s not even on the level of Petrino and hasn’t shown any interest. BP has proven himself as a winner in the toughest conference in the country. He knows how to get SEC talent and runs an amazing offense. If UK is ever going to be relevent in the SEC this is their chance. Grab Petrino while he’s at a low-point, throw $3 mill at him, give him some updated facilities and a recruiting team, and UK will be a top 20 team in a few years.



  200. paducahfan
    1:34 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    The worst thing about that picture is seeing him in red. He’s about the only hire that would convince me to keep my season tickets next year.



  201. JR
    1:34 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Kentucky, and most likely Auburn, Arkansas, and Tennessee jobs will be open at end of year. He wont be back at Arkansas. So there are two high end jobs before Kentucky just in this conference alone. Personally Id take the chance and it probably would not last long.



  202. blueblooded
    1:34 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    190 – A private dlck is more like it! Anyway, to all the people that said that we would be a better job when he leaves, how’d that work out for his three prior teams? The way in which he screws you over when he leaves is the point. He gives you no chance to maintain any continuity of success. \



  203. Malones waitress
    1:35 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    He’s still here! Wearing black sweater and khaki pants.. Was hoping for blue



  204. Fecesforbrains
    1:35 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    And besides that 2004 comment took some big ol hickories and besides it was true and funny as 7734 y’all dish it but don’t take it very well… One more reminder football isnt for choir boys … The good ones usually a lil rough around the edges



  205. Tim
    1:35 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    All of you pro-Petrino folks just radiate revolting qualities. It’s no wonder at all Kentucky’s national perception is so low.



  206. kingrex
    1:36 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    92 and ATL – I totally agree. I live in Atlanta and was excited to have the scumbag here hoping he would revamp the offense, but as soon as he lost Vick, he lost total interest in the job. It was repulsive. I think the key quote from his Dad was when he said, his son would probably take the first job he was offered. To me this is a set up to get all these other schools to go ahead and nervously make a move and offer quickly. From his record I feel it is a very real possibility that he would accept an offer from us and then secretly meet with others. Once you get that press going and hyping UK hiring him other schools realize there was little fallout from his baggage and then offer him themselves.



  207. jimp
    1:36 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Wanting to hire Petrino to me is becoming just like a UL fan. We have made fun of them for years about not caring who they hire as a coach as long as they win. Now people on here are doing the same thing.



  208. Not first
    1:36 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Why does everyone say he left all his past programs in shambles? UL and Arkansas both had All-American quarterbacks, Krag and John L ruined those teams. Maybe it is just proof that he is able to do more with less than other coaches. I wasn’t a fan of hiring Petrino at first, but the more I think about it, I think he is a perfect fit.



  209. 201
    1:36 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Your not alone in that regard buddy.



  210. maddogmitchell55
    1:36 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    For the first year or so after(if) UK hires Petrino BBN will be hard pressed to defend our program. But when UK starts smacking SEC opponents silly then we can point to UK’s record and tell people to go hug a nut. But when Petrino leaves after 3 or 4 years we will have to listen to everyone tell us they told us so. To avoid that from happening, the UK brass would have to include in Petrino’s contract language that would have a buy-out well into seven figures that would have to be paid to UK should Petrino leave before his contract is up. Who knows, maybe Petrino doesn’t leave. UK plays in the SEC, not exactly the MAC or the WAC. And if UK could somehow, someway come up with a method to pay for better facilities maybe he would stay longer.



  211. Sammydog
    1:37 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    To compare Petrino’s problems to Cal is just ridiculous. The perception of Cal was not the reality. Unfortunately for Petrino that is not the case. He is not what we need or should even want. Let the Vols have him.



  212. Tom Thumb
    1:38 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    I would hire him today. Our President can get a blow job in the White House and be forgiven, what’s the big deal.



  213. Caleb
    1:38 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Do it, do it now.



  214. maddogmitchell55
    1:39 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Here is something no one has thought of. What if UK hires Petrino, takes the PR hit sure to come and Petrino loses? Unlikely he would lose? Sure. Possible? Anything is possible. How bad would that be, though?



  215. Bad Call
    1:40 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    I want us to win, but not like this. We can call out Louisville for being our little bro because Pitino won with us and eventually ended up at UL. I think BBN needs to have better morals and higher standards when it comes to a dirtbag like Petrino. It wouldn’t be as bad if it was just speculation but it is out in the open. I think if we hired Dykes or someone else we would still turn our football program around without he tarnished reputation. I feel like UK’s tradition deserves better than this.



  216. Nosey Neighbor
    1:42 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    To all those talking about Joker like some kind of patron saint, he messed around with a number of women outside of marriage. He was just smart enough not to wreck a bike with one. I used to live above a former volleyball player 4-5 years back and he’d be over a bunch of times a week pounding it out. PETRINO.



  217. SteveM
    1:43 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    No Petrino….no season tickets.



  218. Nosey Neighbor
    1:43 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Joker is a nice guy but he isn’t without his own indiscretions.



  219. Papa D Nuts
    1:43 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    #196) Well said!



  220. pcefrog5
    1:44 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Now is the time to hire BP! We currently have a team that is full of Freshman and Sophmores. Within those classes, we have really good to potentially great talent (especially at the skill posistions). If we hire BP and he leaves after 2 to 3 seasons that means:
    1. He has turned this program around virtually overnight and won big
    2. All that young talent will be Juniors and Seniors who proved they
    can win in the SEC
    If the AD and University pump money into the program and secure the funding they say are coming,
    those upgrades and improvements will already be set in motion while BP is here. Now to me, that looks
    like a solid foundation to continue to build upon. If these scenario’s that I mention come to fruition,
    then I believe finding a replacement head coach becomes that much easier as we will finally be a football
    program on the RISE!



  221. Bigblue
    1:44 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    The issue I have with Petrino is he appears to have 0 concern for the truth and unless he has changed, we will end up ditching UK as soon as he gets another opportunity…1 or 2 years. I am not sure how good that would be for the program. But on the other hand, our program can’t get much worse than it already is!



  222. Actual Facts Say
    1:44 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    212-Maybe “your” perception of Cal is not reality. BP left his teams in better shape than he found them and Cal is the one who left his in shambles and on NCAA probation. Both facts. And don’t give me that “he was never implicated” crap. He wrote a hefty check back to Memphis for just being an innocent bystander. Same way an innocent Michael Jackson settled with kids parents? BP runs around with blondes; Cal runs around with WWW, an upstanding first class role model for sure.

    Your perception is what you want it to be. UK has to take this risk if it is ever going to be serious about football.



  223. BB
    1:44 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Here I am getting my hopes up and weighing the pros and cons, and I look at myself and wonder “Haven’t you learned anything after all of these years as a UK football fan?” What’s going to happen is UT or AU will hire him, we’ll get a second or third tier coach, and Petrino will have success and whip us in the process, and we will be in our usual place in the SEC pecking order.



  224. John
    1:46 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    To say it’s 50/50 is LUDICROUS… I would say 80% of Kentucky football fans want Petrino as the head coach….

    http://kentucky.rivals.com/showmsg.asp?fid=1430&tid=180625650&mid=180625650&sid=888&style=2



  225. slojoe
    1:46 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    224… well said



  226. SteveM
    1:47 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    #196 sums it up the best!



  227. MN CAT
    1:47 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino–no thanks.



  228. SteveM
    1:48 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    #225 it’s closer to 90%



  229. UK Fan
    1:49 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Barnhart………HIRE PETRINO OR GET YOUR ASS OUT OF LEXINGTON!!!!!!!!!!!



  230. UKGrad83
    1:49 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    I disagree that he “left every program he’s coached in shambles.” He left Louisville after finishing the 2006 season with a record of 12-1 and an Orange Bowl victory. His overall UL record was 41-9. At Arkansas he went 5-7, 8-5, 10-3, and 11-2. It’s not his fault the replacement coaches drove the train off the tracks.

    He left UL to take a coaching position in the pros. How many other coaches have left mid-contract to take another job? Did he quit at Arkansas? Nope, he was terminated. I realize his actions were the cause of the termination but they had nothing to do with the football program and the program was FINE when he left.

    Hire him.



  231. Chris
    1:51 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    I’m tired of losing. Hire him.



  232. MtnCat
    1:51 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino!

    COME ON DOWN!



  233. Winning
    1:52 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    I AM GOING TO CAPS THIS SO YOU WILL SEE IT. IF YOU THINK PETRINO WILL LEAVE IN 1-3 YEARS, IT’S CALLED A NO COMPETE CLAUSE. HE HAD ONE AT ARKANSAS. IT MEANS HE CANNOT LEAVE TO TAKE ANOTHER COLLEGE JOB WITHOUT BEING FIRED. AND HE AIN’T GOING PRO AGAIN EVER, EVEN IF HE WANTED TO.

    Please get a clue. Educate yourself on contracts before you speak.



  234. Chris
    1:53 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Why not. Worst case scenario he comes here and wins 2, 4, 6, 8 games and leaves and we get in some sort of trouble while being made fun of for the first year for hiring him. Best case we always win 6 games with some years getting 8 and as many as 10 if he is here 5 years. We CAN NOT be in worse shape than we are now unless we get put on probation and he hasn’t had NCAA issues. Take the chance, it will sell tickets, fans will be excited about the team and we will win more games than we are now.



  235. Here's a clue
    1:53 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    He will win at Kentucky.



  236. Dear Lord
    1:55 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Please hire Bobby.

    Amen



  237. Not first
    1:55 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    231-Agree whole heartedly! I admit I will need to take a long hot shower if he was hired, but I think a lot of us felt the same way when we offered Cal. How’s that worked out for us?



  238. TheRealHambone
    1:55 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    It’s comforting to see some things never change namely that SnNH’s is and always will be a POS. It does not surprise me that he is in favor of hiring another POS .



  239. Can't have both
    1:56 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Bobby or Mitch?



  240. the truth
    1:57 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    I wish the Petrino supporters would be honest about what he did at Arkansas. He didn’t just fool around on his wife. He used his position to get some bimbo hired, then started sleeping with her (or maybe before), exposing the university to significant liability for potential civil claims. That’s a whole other level of stupid than just stepping out on your wife I’d argue.



  241. Uk alum
    1:57 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino knows how to recruit, knows how to motivate his team and knows how to coach. Those are the prerequisites for the job. Check the history of morality at the door. He knows there aren’t many schools that would give him a hint of an opportunity. Last time I checked, wins and losses mattered and determined how long you kept your job. If given 3-5 years, should he can make UK relevant with 8+ wins, that would likely put us in the upper third of the SEC. Who says he leaves. The NFL won’t ever be calling.



  242. Cat73
    1:57 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    THE KENTUCKY FANS HAVE SPOKEN—WE WANT PETRINO!!!!!! DO YOU GET THAT MITCH???? WE WANT PETRINO. YOU WORK FOR US….THIS IS WHO WE WANT…GET IT DONE….NOW!!!



  243. If I can only have one
    1:57 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Bobby



  244. Actual Facts Say
    1:57 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    234-Completely agree. All of the non Petrino crowd keep spewing that he will leave but advocate for a young, up and coming coach in the same breath. Use common sense and tell me which is more likely to leave after presumed 3 – 4 years of success. A coach on the rise who may have stars in his eyes or damaged goods who knows this is likely his last shot?



  245. mitch
    1:59 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Hire him!!!! So he leaves programs in shambles. UofL and Arkansas enjoyed the best years of football they have ever had. News flash. It doesn’t get much worse than UK football at the moment.



  246. cannon
    1:59 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    half of you are what’s wrong wrong with uk football. You all could care less what Cals rep was before he came here as long as he competed and got us back to where we belonged it didn’t matter what his past was. None of you would be saying a thing about his character if he came here and started winning football games and you know it. Quit with the moral shit and support a winning coach just like you do with Cal.



  247. Poop nugget
    2:00 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Plain and simple, a Petrino hire would be to our football program, the same thing that the Calipari hire was to our basketball program. Why have we not signed him yet?



  248. Porcino's
    2:00 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch Barnhart WILL. NOT. hire Bobby Petrino. It will never happen. This is a man that passed on Cal to hire Billy freaking Gillispie due to the perception of Cal’s national reputation.

    Don’t get your hopes up. Petrino will NOT be coaching here.



  249. Cat73
    2:01 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    The whole world is watching!



  250. Rob
    2:01 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    I am not a real big football fan to start with so my comments are more to the point about giving a person a second chance. After all of the crap Bobby Patrino has done at his last coaching stops one would think that he may have learned a lesson and be hummbled enough to keep his nose clean and hang around for awhile. This would be an excellent place for him to prove his abilities as a great football coach.



  251. Bulldawg
    2:02 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Hire Petrino. You can’t be afraid of success which is exactly what some of you sound like. “Petrino will leave in a few years.” News flash, so would Kirby Smart, or Cutcliffe, or any coach that had success here. UNLESS, you are the school that reached out to the coach when it was not cool to do so. Petrino already has family in Kentucky and currently resides in Kentucky. To me, for these reasons, he may actually stay at UK for a while. If he don’t, so what, neither would anybody else that has success here. At least he does have family in Kentucky and has ties here which gives UK more of a chance to keep him then any of these “other” coaches. Why would K. Smart stay at UK when he is offered a better job? He wouldn’t. Why would Petrino stay? Because his family is here. You people not wanting to hire him because he may leave are funny. You act like other coaches have more reason to stay than Petrino and that is just plain funny.



  252. Chris
    2:02 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    We NEED TO WIN GAMES. If the guy comes here and is successful its a win-win. It gives up 3-5 years of winning football games and doing more than just tail-gating outside. It shows the country and other coaches that UK doesn’t mean death to your career either. So if he leaves we will be in a much better situation to hire a coach who isn’t from the dang sun-belt



  253. maddogmitchell55
    2:03 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino has zip, zero, zilch NCAA infractions against him or his teams. He quit when his best player got hurt in Atlanta and he was fired in Arkansas for lying to his boss about cheating on his wife. His boss said the fact that he cheated didn’t warrant his termination, but his lying about it did. His past personal actions can be questioned, but his ability to run a GOOD, CLEAN football program cannot.

    Imagine what Petrino will do with Max Smith and Patrick Towles. Those two guys will be first team All SEC, probably wind up being All Americans and more than likely become first round NFL draft picks.



  254. bluefan
    2:04 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Pro = Winning!
    Con = I got nothing besides we lose a few Karen Sypher jokes.

    Hurt recruiting? Who wouldn’t want to win?
    If we wait too long we’re gonna lose the guy! I say get it done!



  255. waterboy
    2:04 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Remember that time bobby tackled that guy from UL and threw him in the stands……..bring him to lex, I wanna see what it feels like to compete in the SEC



  256. Another Chance
    2:05 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    First I would like to Thank Joker Phillips for everything and say I wish it had worked out for both him and UK. I can’t think of a finer guy to have for a coach,but the Ky situation is going to require a genius and a bunch of luck to raise it to the upper echelon SEC.
    The only proven recognizable replacement out there is Petrino. Yes he has baggage but this last go-round may have taught him a little humility. Most top coaches are somewhat brash,but he has proven he can do the job. Let’s not forget that John Calipari came with some baggage too…….and look how that worked out.
    From Rupp to Bear Bryant, you have to expect to have a strong willed and eccentric individual to even think about being a football coach. Since most of the dislike stems from his kicking our butts rather unceremoniously, what do you think the next few UL games would be like? While he hasn’t been Mr Personality to UK fans, converting him to Big Blue might be the ultimate win…….



  257. 8&Counting
    2:05 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Why has the man not gotten a contract in an email, signed it, saved as a PDF and emailed it back already!!!



  258. blue cat
    2:06 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Hire Him . quit being so high and mighty .



  259. SteveM
    2:07 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone but Barnhart and Petrino would already be signed, sealed and delivered…along with James Quick.



  260. UK Fan
    2:09 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Look at all the passion on this board just discussing the possibility of have Petrino in a UK jacket. Can you imagine what that first game at Commonwealth would be like…..electric!



  261. cannon
    2:10 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    The people who are saying don’t bring him in because he has ran the score up on us have obviously never competed for anything in their life. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a coach who can get us competing with Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina every year and not be a bottom feeder? Sure would make our Saturdays a hell of a lot more enjoyable.



  262. Cat73
    2:10 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch.
    Hire Petrino.
    Or find another job.



  263. Not First
    2:11 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    “Love the hire”or “hate the hire” you have to admit if the headline read “UK HIRES PETRINO” you would have sleepless nights waiting for football season to get here. This program needs a buzz as much as anything and hiring some no name coordinator or Sun Belt coach is not going to bring that. Petrino has his deamons, but he is one HELL of a coach and I say we won’t get an opportunity like this again if we pass on him.



  264. cannon
    2:13 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    couldn’t agree more 264



  265. scot
    2:14 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino, would be a the best most talented coach without a doubt that we could hire, so what the guy is hard to work with,get back let the man do what he does best coach! i am all for it and i am a lifetime UK fan!!



  266. NashBlue
    2:14 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks for not using that neck brace photo!



  267. maddogmitchell55
    2:14 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    261 – My thoughts exactly. Comments on the Bobby Petrino articles here on KSR are through the roof! Who would have thought articles about Kentucky football when it is 1-9 one day before UK basketball’s first game would generate 400 -500% more comments than basketball articles?



  268. Maxps8
    2:16 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    @31 That’s a stupid question. Whether I’ve sinned is completely irrelevant. And where did I state that his infidelity is why I am against hiring him? That’s right no where b/c I didn’t. That is only PART of why any reputable, respectable AD would not even consider hiring him. What he said about UK while at UoL is just the beginning. The complete lack of respect for his players or coaches particularly in his ONE YEAR in the NFL is reason enough NOT to hire him. Ark found that out. Only morons continue dipping water from a contaminated well.



  269. Alan Cutler's Mustache
    2:16 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    If Mitch doesn’t hire Petrino, UK should fire Mitch!



  270. Chris
    2:16 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    He would instantly be in the discussion with best coaches in SEC after Saban, Miles & Spurrier. Do you see a big difference in his 8 year HC record at UofL and Arkansas that makes any coach besides those 3 better than him. I don’t.



  271. Harlan
    2:18 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    I’ll be honest, I’ve never been a Petrino fan. I understand that Petrino needs Kentucky and Kentucky needs Petrino. Hiring Petrino is exactly what our fans have been begging for since Bryant left. This is big, really big. We have a chance to not only play with the big boys of the SEC, but also win. Why pass this opportunity up???? Hey, Mitch, please answer that!



  272. Maxps8
    2:19 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    2-110 Great analogy.

    Why in the world would you go after Petrino when you could very possibly get Tressel? Someone w/ much better coaching abilities and better recruiting reaches particularly in the north?

    Tressel vs. Petrino? Not even debatable.



  273. Louisville Sucks
    2:20 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Hire him! An eye for an eye! They got Pition, we will have Petrino! Let THE CARDS understand our hate for Ricky Poo! HIRE HIM! If he wins 8 games a year, they’ll have a statue of him on a Harley with a chick on the back in front of Commonwealth! Ethics? ITS THE SEC! THERES NO ETHICS!



  274. Aaron Craft's Rosacea
    2:21 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    The ROI isn’t worth it in my opinion. The 2-3 years he would put into the program would put us on the right track but football programs aren’t transformed overnight. By the time he starts pulling in above-average (to UK standards) recruiting classes he will move on to bigger and better things and we will be hung out to dry (like all of his previous teams). The best indicator of future behavior is what someone has done in the past……



  275. Linda Taylor
    2:23 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Would Petrino even sign the type of contract UK would have to have? It would have to be filled with so many protections for UK Petrino might say thanks but no thanks. He might think if he is going to have to have that type of contract (which any school is going to have to do) he will be better off at a program with a proud winning football tradition a la Auburn or Tennessee.



  276. bluegrassjimmy
    2:24 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    HIRE HIM NOW!! This man knows football, he could have us winning instantly. He would take us to the top with Towles next year!!!



  277. Winning
    2:26 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    @273 – Are you serious?
    1. Name 1 SEC school Tressel has EVER beaten?
    2. Tressel took an already well established power and made it a contender
    3. Petrino took Louisville to BCS
    4. Petrino took Arkansas to #3 in the country, when has Ark EVER been that good?



  278. Bulldawg
    2:27 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    @maxps8 Tressel has WWWWAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY more baggage than Bobby P.The NCAA would be camped at UK and open investigations on all our programs. Not to mention his 5 game suspension and show cause hearing just to hire him. Some people are just stupid!! BP has a proven record in the SEC. Tressel, not so much.



  279. Winning
    2:27 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    BTW, Petrino will not be at Tennessee next year. That is a fact. I think it is highly doubtful he ends up at Auburn as well.



  280. Mary Jo
    2:27 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t wait to “interview” our next coach!



  281. Dylan
    2:28 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    UK needs to sign Petrino, in my opinion. He has proven he is a winning coach in the SEC and really turned around Arkansas. I don’t believe his scandal will hurt recruiting, obviously he won’t have 20 5-star’s his first year but us UK fans know this isn’t basketball and will take a little time to build a program. Petrino wasn’t going to leave Arkansas before the scandal and would stick around if he begins to build the program because he wants to be in the SEC. I think it would be a huge mistake by Barnhart to not seriously consider Petrino.



  282. mbdurham
    2:29 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    there are NO pro’s only CON’s . Kentucky should have more class than to hire him… Look at how unmerciful this site is to Rick Pitino!!!!!!



  283. Linda Taylor
    2:30 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    273 – Tressel has the show cause penalty which means UK would have to let the NCAA come in and look at anything and everything UK is doing in their athletics dept. Not going to happen.



  284. maddogmitchell55
    2:30 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    278 – I agree. Petrino should be option A. Getting done at Louisville in the Big East is one thing, but getting it done anywhere in the SEC is another. Petrino has proven he has the chops to take an average team, make them better and win against the big boys. Tressel wouldn’t be a bad 2nd or 3rd option, though.



  285. ikeeveready
    2:31 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Kirby Smart (DC @ Bama for you w/ your heads up Petrino’s A$$)- Pay him $2 Million (He makes 750-900K right now), give him 3-4 million to hire top notch assistants and call it a day. He could coach up some seriously aggressive D, hire a pass happy young OC, like Mark Helfrich from Oregon, and get after it. End of story.

    We need a young, hungry, talented coaching staff to energize recruits and the fanbase.



  286. josh
    2:33 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    its like winning is asking us to take its hand and some of us are scared to do so.



  287. Bobby P
    2:33 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Has anyone seen my Harley shirt? You know, the one that says “If you can read this, the bitch fell off.”



  288. PAPPA D NUTS
    2:34 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t remember the last time a football post has received this much action, especially when a team is 1-9 and in the sh!tter and has been in the sh!tter for quite some time, seems the people have spoken, get BP a contract Mitch ASAP, because if word gets out that you didn’t even provide the man with an interview, you will probably rank in the top 5 A D’s for being the biggest F^(k up.



  289. maddogmitchell55
    2:34 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    284 – Didn’t know that about Tressel. Forget options 2 and 3 for him then. Either way, there is Petrino and then there is everyone else.



  290. Winning
    2:36 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    This storyline has gone viral, USA today, ESPN, Yahoo, SBNation, all reporting on it.

    I think this is an ego thing. I think Petrino’s ego is so big he wants to show the football world he can take an SEC doormat and bring them into contention. Nothing would SCREAM best coach in America more than putting UK on the football map in the SEC.

    HIRE HIM NOW



  291. Logan
    2:36 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Pull the trigger; this is not even close.



  292. Not First
    2:38 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    283-I respect your opinion but if class won football games in the SEC we wouldn’t have had to fire Joker or Bill Curry. College football is a billion dollar industry and wins are what coaches are measured by. Yes we are ruthless on Rick Pitino and if UL fans want to do the same, let them have their fun. Small price to pay.



  293. Rich
    2:38 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    No NCAA issues. Hire the sob right now! I am tired of losing. I could give a rats about who he is “doing”. I won’t be having lunch with him, will you?



  294. Logan
    2:42 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Why wouldn’t we hire this guy? #AllAbouttheW’s



  295. maddogmitchell55
    2:43 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    286 – Very interesting. I actually like the thought of some D coordinator with a proven SEC record taking charge at UK. He could hire Louisiana Tech’s O coordinator and ex UK O coordinator Tony Franklin to be his O coordinator. Franklin’s O is averaging 50+ points and 500+ yards a game. If Smart had a few winning seasons and was hired away then Franklin (who is from Princeton, KY) might be good enough to take over as HC and since he is from KY he might stay longer than a little bit.



  296. Winning
    2:43 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    USA Today says Eli Capilouto is a sticking point. That he ultimately would make the decision but is having trouble with his past.

    FIRE CAPILOUTO. FIRE BARNHART. HIRE PETRINO



  297. Logan
    2:43 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    This topic is flat blowing up! Bring him to Lexington Mitch!! #AllAbouttheW’s



  298. Johnnie Cochran
    2:45 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Not sure why hiring this guy would be a problem. Can’t they take care of any worries they might have about hiring the guy via the contract they establish? Moral clauses out the ass. Etc.



  299. Bigblue
    2:49 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    I bet Mitch is SWEATING now boy…if does not at least try to get Petrino he is really painting himself into a corner!



  300. Winning
    2:52 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Contact Mitch directly and let him know we need Petrino. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @UKMitchBarnhart

    Let him feel the power of the #BBN. Get #PetrinotoUK trending



  301. Not First
    2:53 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    I will go so far as to say Petrino may be the best college football coach in the nation. I’d say even Saban would have been hard pressed to win at those schools the way Bobby did. That being said, Bobby’s fatal flaw has always been his own ego. I think he has finally been humbled by his latest incident and is even more determined to redeem himself. UK is crazy not to take a chance. Even if it doesn’t work out, can we really get worse than where we are now?



  302. Just a Thought
    2:54 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    A good coach is one thing. How about a good ambassador for the school, a good public relations person who can bring in more funds to the program. Can Petrino do this?



  303. UK Fan
    2:54 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    #297—no truer words were ever spoken. They should hire Petrino and fire Barnhart and Capilouto anyway.



  304. UK Fan
    2:56 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    #303 one thing for sure…Barnhart can’t do it!



  305. Obviously
    2:58 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

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  306. justafish2002
    2:58 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    you have to at least bring him in for an interview, see if he has to plan to rehab his image, recruit. It’s not like you can bring too many coaches in to interview over the next 2 weeks anyway



  307. Server At Malone's (Sal's) Says
    2:58 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    No Petrino here today. Athough, a group from UK did show up and brought with them an interesting guest….Bobby’s Agent!



  308. Rando
    3:02 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    I’ll go with whatever John Calipari says go with!



  309. ribin
    3:03 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Two schools of thought –1. Hire the guy — let’s win some games. Is Clay Travis 3hour lunch bunch going to make fun of UK? They already do — so what. 2. I like to think we are above the fray on this one — but we aren’t — bring the bimbo and come on down.



  310. Not First
    3:07 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch just released a statement that if this tread gets to 500 posts he will make the hire!



  311. B-Lord
    3:08 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    I think it’s funny how everyone is saying he left all the teams “in shambles”. Louisville is not in shambles, they had a bad coaching hire for a few years. Petrino left them with a top-10 ranked team. The Falcons seem to be in shambles now, eh? 8-0 Arkansas is in bad shape right now, but I’m sure they’ll be fine in a few years.



  312. Chris Matthews
    3:10 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Those people saying he left programs “in shambles” probably also said Romney will beat Obama on election day. (warped way of looking at things)



  313. Is 300 in 3 hours a record?
    3:14 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Agree with 309. Don’t trust MB on this issue, but do trust Coach Calipari. Calipari knows good character in recruits, and can tell if BP is sincerely repentant. If Calipari sits down with BP and gives his okay, then hire BP before the month is out.



  314. Chuck
    3:16 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Do some of you people think BP is the only great offensive minded coach out there? There’s several that are putting up big numbers and doing it honestly. Ask people in Montana about his dad at Carroll College. An apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Let’s get one of these younger talented coaches out there. Hiring BP is just going to divide the fans even more. We had enough controversy with Billie G.



  315. Snoop Lion
    3:20 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    If you’re a scared m*therf*cker go to church!



  316. Chuck
    3:22 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Forgot to add:#286 couldn’t be more correct. I think we should make him theAD. He’s one of the few that makes sense. He hit the nail right on the head.



  317. BP
    3:22 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    315- That is a bunch of bullshiz..it doesnt divide the fans. Let me tell you one thing, winning brings fans together. This has nothing to do with integrity, in college football winning takes care of his past. if we’re 9-3 are you in the stands saying wow im so proud hes my coach, or are you up there saying YES we’re 9-3 and going to the cotton bowl??? If this was about integrity then joker would still be the football coach



  318. Actual Facts Say
    3:24 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    314 – Oh my God. Now we’ve promoted him to Father Calipari. unbelievable.



  319. UK Fan
    3:26 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    If UK basketball is a religion, then Cal is it’s high preist.



  320. Roll Tide
    3:27 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Coach Bryant was difficult to work with! Winners demand 100% effort. This is our best chance to get a real coach since Curci! Hire BP now!



  321. Brian
    3:29 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch – please. I had season tickets for 6 years and gave them up last year. I would instantly renew my tickets if UK hires Bobby. Sonny Dykes – I’ll wait a couple years … we know that Bobby would make UK football competitive and entertaining instantly. If he leaves in 3 or 4 years – so what? The program will be in better shape if he is getting a better job offer.



  322. Question
    3:30 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    318 – Arkansas was told that as long as Petrino is coach of the Razorbacks, they would never be invited back to the Cotton Bowl. He berated/cussed out an elderly locker room attendant in front of his grandkids the last time he was there.



  323. CAUKFAN
    3:31 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Pass.



  324. UKGrad83
    3:33 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Even Forbes is weighing in on the matter.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/chrissmith/2012/11/08/bobby-petrino-to-kentucky-is-a-no-brainer/

    From a business standpoint, it could mean a huge revenue increase. That’s not something to overlook. Bring in Petrino, let the increased revenue help pay for the program upgrades, and then we’ll be better positioned to attract another big name coach when he decides to move along.



  325. ikeeveready
    3:35 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Or hire Helfrich, show him the money, give him the resources to hire an aggressive young DC, ala Manny Diaz or Ted Roof, and go get em.



  326. CATdawg
    3:35 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    as bad as i’d like to win and at least not be humiliated in football, i’m not willing to go to the extreme of having a couple good seasons & then having to pick up the pieces of his crap all over the place. why don’t we just hire billy g. as his assistant too. maybe they can drink and date together. i’d rather be embarrassed at some losses than by unprofessional behavior & consequences. & to sound like a fuddy duddy…hes coaching “kids” & i’d rather them learn more than football from their coach & learning from better examples off the field than petrino. PLUS he’s a card. seriously. let’s dumpster dive and find a coach. grrrrreat idea.



  327. The U
    3:36 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink


  328. Papa D Nuts
    3:39 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Rumblings coming out of Auburn is that Chizik was let go, looks like Mitch has F*cKe+ the pooch again.



  329. SteveM
    3:40 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Holy shit! Petrino’s father says Bobby has already been contacted by one school and IT WASN’T KENTUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!



  330. UKGrad83
    3:42 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    @326- I like the idea of Helfrich too, IF we can secure a good D coordinator along with him. Not sure Mitch could guarantee such a package deal but maybe. I agree the University has to think about its image, but I had some profs that were real a-holes and that didn’t matter much. Put Petrino on a short leash and hire a PR team to manage him.



  331. Islandgirl13
    3:43 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    For everyone preaching about doing the “right thing” let’s stop and think for a minute. Was just not showing up to support the kids because you’re tired of the coach the “right thing” to do? I’m going to go with NO. But you made your point and got what you wanted. The crowd in the stands on Gameday against Vandy was truly pathetic. It made us look fair-weather as a fan base (what we have always said about UL).
    Smart is not going to come – he is too early in his career to take that big of a risk. We are the graveyard of coaching. A TOP 3 coach wants the job – look at the big picture here. He can turn this badly beaten program around. We are already the laughing stock of the SEC. Don’t our kids deserve better than that? Who cares that he talked crap about us when he coached at UL – what do you expect? If we don’t get him Auburn will scoop him up because they have had a horrible season. Auburn isn’t okay with losing and being considered one of the worst teams in the SEC. They will take the steps to change it. Why can’t we?



  332. fanukalum
    3:45 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    60% of Kentuckians wanted Romney and we didn’t get him! So why should we expect to get a coach based on fan demands!



  333. ICBMcat
    3:47 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Breaking news that Auburn is firing Chizik. This was all just to force Auburn’s hand. Petrino HATES UK.



  334. ikeeveready
    3:48 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks Chuck.

    Most of the likely season ticket buyers, now that there will be quite a few available, are 30-45 and generational connection could make all the difference. As much as most people hate him, Lane Kiffin has proven young coaches can get it done with the right staffs.



  335. BB
    3:55 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    This story is all over the place: 2nd story on USA today sports, Forbes, SVP show, ESPN….You’ve got to believe that other schools have seen this and are scrambling to contact Bobby P. If Mitch doesn’t act soon, it ain’t gonna happen. And I don’t think he will, and another school will be winning and we’ll be treading water at best.



  336. UKGrad83
    4:02 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    @336 – Treading water? Down on the farm we called it sucking hind teat. It looks like that’s where we are going to stay too.



  337. SeoulCat
    4:21 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    #333 That’s the worst analogy I’ve ever seen.

    Hire Petrino while he’s still out on the market, Mitch. Unless you have Gruden or Dungy up your sleeve, your legacy will never recover from botching what could have been a the perfect hire.



  338. SeoulCat
    4:22 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    *been the



  339. Joshr
    4:31 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    looks like auburn might go after the whole UL staff



  340. Sammydog
    4:38 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino will go to Auburn and use UK to get there if we are stupid enough to play this game. They made their desire to have him known when they secretly interviewed him while Tuberville was still there. If you were Petrino or any big name football coach why on earth would you choose UK over Auburn or even the Vols. Fans, get a grip. I don’t want the sleaze bag but apparently a lot of fans do. I hope Mitch takes the high road.



  341. Bob P
    4:38 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Do you guys have a girls volleyball team at UK? Uh, my friend is thinking about moving to Lexington and was curious.



  342. pmmorse
    4:40 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    NO!
    NO!
    NO!
    HELL NO!



  343. pmmorse
    4:43 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    And I don’t care HOW good he is! He’s a dick!



  344. Assman
    5:15 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    #318 it is about integrity when you end up being investigated by the NCAA or made a fool of like UL, Falcons and ARkansas was.
    #321; Petrina shouldn’t even be mentioned in the same breath as “the Bear”. He’s not even in his league when it comes to coaching.



  345. hOOSIER Wild Cat
    5:20 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Who wants a lying scum bag. He would leave us in mid season for better job. Who would want their son playing for this peice of crap? How could he recruit when every one knows he won’t stay? We are not that desperate yet I HOPE.



  346. Papa D Nuts
    5:31 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    I’m sure whatever coach Mitch will bring in, it will make the rest of the league scratch their head and say WTF, then realize its UK and they will only be there four years.



  347. Uncle Pappy
    5:32 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. This guy is pond scum. He is worse than pond scum. I want to win in a big way, not in the worst way. This would be in the worst way. We have to have ethical standards, people. You can win with ethics. I don’t care if he is an ass. Saban is an ass, but he is an ethical ass. Spurrier is a jerk, but he is an ethical jerk.



  348. Razorback
    5:40 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    I’m a student at Arkansas and I know you guys want to win but this is a temporary fix that will create long term problems… I you really think he’s changed I’ve got a bridge to sell you… Everyone down in AR thought that he wouldn’t screw us over like every other team he had been involved with and now our program is in a downward spiral. Yes Petrino was a huge part of why we have so far to fall but the fall is going to far exceed to rise. Plus I kind of like UK and I would hate to have to hate such a good school for such a dumb move cause you feel like this is the only way to have a winning season.



  349. goUKats
    6:04 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino would be an awsome hire.Can’t believe the hypocrits on here questioning his moral values.They should look in the mirror before casting stones at others.



  350. howard s-berger
    6:07 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    I remember being at the Lexington Country Club almost begging for the UK job. I never received the offer so off to UofL after the WFL flopped. It appears that another opportunity for UK football to hire a good coach is about to be missed. Only UK Football. We fumble the ball and chances to improve more than any Division 1 college in the country. Hire Petrino.



  351. Lexloublue2
    8:01 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    MITCH’S “HOLIER THAN THOU” ATTITUDE MAKES ME ILL…SAME FOR THE REST OF YOU “SAINTS” COMMENTING ON HERE. PETRINO HAS A REPUTATION TO RE-BUILD AND WE HAVE A FOOTBALL PROGRAM TO RE-BUILD…DAM, THIS SHOULD BE A NO BRAINER!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  352. Papa
    8:21 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    sign me up SMURFS! – Luv Papa Bobby



  353. Doubting Thomas
    8:22 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    No doubt about it, HIRE Petrino!!!!!!!! NOW



  354. Bulldawg
    8:25 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    @83 YES!! I don’t think U of L or Arkansas was a top ten team before Petrino got there…It is not Petrino’s fault that the coach’s hired after him could not produce the same results. It is going to be like that when Cal leaves too. That does not mean that the program will be in worse shape, it just means the next coach won’t be as good. Pretty simple really.



  355. Bob
    8:48 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Why is it that stating facts are “judging” or “casting the first stone?” That’s a poor excuse. The man has proven time, and time again the he is a selfish dick. Mitch isn’t “acting holier than thou,” he is looking to win football games with a coach that he knows won’t make a mockery of the school that he’s invested his career in. Look at the athletic department as a whole. Every sport is on the rise, I believe that he can restore the football program back to the papa brooks days without hiring a scumbag like petrino



  356. Piece of Crap
    10:39 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Please don’t associate Petrino with me. I have done nothing to deserve that.



  357. gridiron_cat
    11:11 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    The guy sucks in every way and in hiring him we would be renouncing all class, dignity, integrity, etc. as a program…and for what, 7, maybe 8 wins. He would be gone in a year. We would be stuck with his mess of thug players and would be lucky not to end up on probation at the end of it. Heck I think the only reason he has never been caught cheating is because he never stays anywhere long enough for an investigation to take place. You want a questionable coach with baggage, fine, there’s a bunch of them that could work out this year, just not him, he’s a total Dbag. There a lot of equally talented coaches out there who aren’t insufferable pricks, get one of those guys. Mike Leach, Sonny Dykes, Brent Pease, Butch Davis (yes even he is better than Petrino), Jim Tressel. I would also look at O-coordinators from the following schools: Baylor, Marshall, TexTech, Clemson, Tex AM, Fresno State, Ok St, Ari, N. Ill, Troy. NFL side I don’t follow as close but I understand Favre and Ryan are possibilities, go for them if they are. If ALL of them say no then I STILL say you find an up and coming 30 year old high school or division II coach somewhere but you could definitely argue for Petrino at that point.



  358. Plain Truth
    3:27 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Easy call, just look at it like, we traded one aging Italian lover boy, for another, with Louisville.