Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde just published an article naming four guys that might end up with the Kentucky Football job next year. Forde, who worked 17 years at the Louisville Courier-Journal, has a ton of Kentucky ties and stresses that Bobby Petrino is NOT a likely candidate. We’ve heard the names of Duke’s David Cutcliffe, who Forde surprisingly didn’t name in the article, and Louisiana Tech’s Sonny Dykes, but Forde thinks two bigger names are likely to get a call. Atlanta Falcons’ Offensive Coordinator Dirk Koetter and Florida Gators Offensive Coordinator, Brent Pease, who served as Kentucky’s OC from 2001-02. Also mentioned by Forde is Texas Tech’s Neal Brown, a former player here at UK.
Sources tell Yahoo! Sports that the candidate list includes Louisiana Tech coach Sonny Dykes and Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, plus several college offensive coordinators. Among those believed to be interested in the job are Florida’s Brent Pease and Texas Tech’s Neal Brown, both of whom have ties to UK — Pease as a former assistant and Brown as a player.
Dykes, whose Tech team is 8-1 and second in the nation in scoring offense at 52 points per game, was a graduate assistant at Kentucky under Hal Mumme in the late 1990s. Dykes’ offensive coordinator at Tech is Tony Franklin, another former UK assistant from the Mumme days.
Koetter got the Boise State program started on the road to major success, going 26-10 there from 1998-2000. Koetter then left for Arizona State, where he went 40-34 in six seasons before being fired in 2006. Since then, Koetter has been a coordinator in the NFL at Jacksonville for five years before moving to Atlanta this season.
There may also be sentiment in the state for Kentucky to take a look at Western Kentucky coach Willie Taggart. His Hilltoppers team beat Kentucky in September and at 6-3 is eligible for the first bowl in school history.
Buckle up, kids. It could be a long road to find the perfect coach for the program, but its plenty necessary.