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Three MORE names to watch

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.

Article written by Rashawn Franklin

106 Comments for Three MORE names to watch

  1. MartyFeldmanEyes
    5:16 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Yep…a road worth navigating.

  2. Dirk Koetter
    5:18 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Would LOVE to have Koetter. That’s a big hire. He won 8 and 9 games a few times at Arizona State and has the Falcons rolling right now.

  3. Cal_For_President
    5:20 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Just get us a coach who loves to throw the football downfield. If I see one more pass screen ‘dink’, I will lose it!

  4. Rashawn Franklin
    5:21 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Yeah, me too. If Mitch can swing that one it’d be a great hire

  5. jymbo
    5:24 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    If Pease or Koetter is interested , that’s where I’d look first. I think either would be a good hire. Pease would be a good pick with his Florida recruiting connections.

  6. Ouch
    5:24 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Sorry Joker, thanx for trying. Chris Peterson {Boise St.}

  7. Katdaddy
    5:24 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    willie aint ready for the sec! i saw his inexprience show up against middle tennesse thursday night. Gave the game away.

  8. Howintheworld
    5:26 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Ohio State’s Kerry Coombs will get an interview.

  9. Ouch
    5:27 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Boise state is the 3rd team out west and he has won games competing with USC and Oregon.

  10. Me
    5:27 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    How about Jimbo Fisher at Fla.St. I have heard that he is unhappy there.

  11. SexnNursinHomes
    5:29 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Just hope whoever we hire stays. Not just be the coach that “turned around UK football”. If that is the case re-hire Joker. Hate for UK to be a resume stuffer for bigger program. But who am I kidding, Cal left for UK.

  12. Debby from Lanesville
    5:29 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Since when do we care about what Pat Forde has to say???

  13. LeX
    5:30 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    If these guys are seriously who we’re going after Im officially done with Kentucky football. Hire someone that commands respect mitch. Thats the only way we’ll get recruits. Hell, at least give sean peyton(just as an example) or SOMEONE of that caliber a call. Open the checkbook and get a real coach in here that has ACTUALLY proven something.

  14. Not gonna work for BBN
    5:30 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Wow. The mediocrity is already setting in. Mitch needs to prove to the fan base that he is at least TRYING to aim high for a great hire.

  15. kramer
    5:30 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Forde is a tool, he also said we would never hire Calipari, Bobby Petrino should at least be a candidate.IMO

  16. LeX
    5:31 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Hell what about tommy tuberville or the guy at boise.

  17. ChiddarCheddar
    5:31 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Peterson should jump at the chance just to get away from that god-awful blue turf.

  18. Manbearpig
    5:32 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Correct me if I’m wrong but wku was bowl eligible last year

  19. Tim
    5:33 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Some of our fans are absolutely delusional about who we have a shot in getting. This is UK football. And sometimes money doesn’t mean everything.

  20. freeksr
    5:34 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    “Multiple Sources”. What horse shit. Thanks for telling us Forde used to work for the Courier junior. Don’t know what we would do without you.

  21. Football Man
    5:34 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Chris Petersen! Goodbye Idaho, Hello Bluegrass!

  22. kramer
    5:35 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    No one who lives in Louisville will ever say Bobby P is a good candidate, because they don’t want UK to hire him. Forde lives in Louisville, loves UL, I don’t believe a word he is saying. Bobby P probably won’t come but I can’t believe we wouldn’t try to at least talk to him.

  23. LeX
    5:35 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    19. Money and the SEC should be good enough.

  24. SexnNursinHomes
    5:36 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    If I’m a big name coach, hire me so I can springboard UK for a better football tradition. Next coach will be at UK no longer than 6 years (that’s probably 2 years too much). Yeah we will get a few good seasons, but it won’t last due to our crappy devotion to our football program. Wish Joker could coach. That guy would’ve stayed for life. GD’it.

  25. PJWB
    5:36 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Koetter … wasn’t he the guy that brought the smurf turf to Boise State?

    I would rather watch UK lose on green grass then not be able to watch them win on a painfully ugly blue turf.

  26. Yngvie Malmsteen.
    5:36 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Sean Peyton. Write him a blank check.

  27. SeoulCat
    5:37 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Not Pease, please. While the Gators are 8-1 this year, their success is due to their defense (4th in the nation in points against). Florida’s offense is 79th in the nation in points for, and 118th in passing offense (and just struggled to put up 14 on Mizzou in The Swamp this weekend). If we are going to go the up-and-comer route, then we should be looking at Dykes, Smart, or Helfrich.

  28. Kentucky14
    5:38 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Some of your people are idiots. We should be happy with guys like Dykes, Koetter, etc. It is all we can get. Sean Payton, Tressel, etc ARENT COMING! Wake up!

  29. UKBlue1!
    5:39 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Bobby Petrino should be on the list any fool can tell you he is one of the best coaches in the country. UK is a SEC school. If UK doesn’t offer he will be in Tennessee next year. That means another 20 plus years getting our asses handed to us by UT.

  30. Realist
    5:39 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    23. No. Thanks for playing. Because UK is such a challenging job, in large part because of our conference affiliation, it’s difficult to lure caliber coach you seem to be interested in. To say that just because we are in the SEC and have money we can get any coach we want is analogous to the argument that because UofL is in the Big East and has money (their bball program is the most profitable in US) they could have any coach they wanted. It’s just not the case.

  31. Chris
    5:39 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Some of you all are ridiculously unreasonable. Sean Payton? Chris Peterson? Jumbo fisher? None of those are going to happen. Pease and koetter would both be great hires. Although j lorenzon wouldn’t be happy with pease.

  32. LeX
    5:40 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    28. People like you are the reason UK sucks.

  33. Realist
    5:41 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    I feel like people who haven’t payed attention to football for years are commenting. Do yall not realize that Chris Peterson has turned down every job–those with higher profiles and pay checks than UK–that has come his way? Do yall not realize that Sean Payton will be the most sought after coach in the NFL this off season? Come on.

  34. LeX
    5:42 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    30. This isnt the 60’s anymore. Theres this thing called the internet and the fact that we’re in the SEC and the exposure that brings with it. All you need for a kid to commit is the coach. Any real coach would be more than successful here. There is no rational reasoning against that.

  35. CatFan4444
    5:42 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino should get a call at the very least. Give him a chance to say no….or YES!!!!

  36. JackB
    5:43 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Ouch: I understand Peterson has been approached before. He turned down $4M from UCLA last year. Unlike his predecessor, I understand he is happy being the big fish in that small pond. He has that job figured out, and apparently loves Boise. I would take him in a hearbeat as our coach. He plays an exciting style, he wins, and he has a lot of recruiting ties in Texas and California where most of his players come from.

    But I doubt we get him, b/c I don’t think he is interested in anyone’s job. Hope I’m wrong.

  37. JackB
    5:49 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino is a scumbag of the worst sort. I will never root for him. If he is UK’s coach, I will quit rooting for UK until he is gone. Period. And the person that thinks we will lose to any school Petrino goes to for 20 years isn’t paying attention -Petrino hasn’t been anywhere for 20 years. No one can stand being around him that long – but he usually leaves before you fire him anyway. Sometimes in the middle of night in the middle of the season with a note to his players saying goodbye – not much better than a one night stand thank you.

  38. hard to be a fan
    5:49 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino, Pitino, Loserville!!!!!

  39. Head Bussa
    5:51 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Neal Brown is a great guy. To consider him as our next coach is stretching it a little bit though. He hasn’t been through the battles enough as a 32-year-old coach to think he could take UK to where it wants to go.

  40. Cutthroat Trout
    5:51 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Mike Bullotti, Mike Bullotti, Mike Bullotti, Mike Bullotti, Mike Bullotti, Mike Bullotti !!!!!!!!!

  41. Lush
    5:51 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    GO FOR PETRINO. Prove you want to win in the SEC.

  42. Cutthroat Trout
    5:52 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    I’m sorry…Bellotti Bellotti Bellotti Bellotti Bellotti !!!!!

  43. Head Bussa
    5:53 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    I’m going to stick by my guns and think Helfrich has a great shot.

  44. Cutthroat Trout
    5:53 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    NO offensive Coordinators….no more of that Sh$t!..Thats what weve have the last 3 years

  45. LeX
    5:53 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink


  46. GatorsWill
    5:53 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Brent Pease Gator nation said take him , he has top flight offensive players on that team and their offense is really not that good. he doesn’t have any Flordia connections . Wake up BBN, the top players in Flordia ain’t coming to UK,.

  47. little bird
    5:54 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Bill Cowher

  48. kramer
    5:55 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Even Oscar Combs commented the “media folks” trying to put a bug in Mitch’s ear about who not to hire, said same thing happened before UK hired Cal. Oscar said UK needs to keep an open-mind and consider everyone. I agree, if we get turned down then oh well, try again. UK has been trying for over 50 yrs to have a consistently good football program, one day they’ll get it right.

  49. Realistic Thinker
    5:56 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Screw Pease I want no part of that asshole!

  50. dave
    5:56 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    brent pease/UF offense = 10th in SEC in PPG & 11th in YPG & 9th in 3rdDown%(UK 8th)

    neal brown/texastech offense = 7th in B12 in PPG & 3rd in YPG & 3rd in 3rdDown%

    kliff kingsbury/texasam offense = 1st in SEC in PPG & 1st in YPG & 1st in 3rdDown%

    todd monken/oklahoma st offense = 3rd in B12 in PPG & 2nd in YPG & 5th in 3rdDown% (former LSU/jags coach)

  51. LeX
    5:57 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Dear god why is no one thinking about Gus malzahn other than me?

  52. catfan2000
    6:00 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    We need a defensive minded coach. Defense wins championships (i.e. LSU & Alabama). I don’t care if we win every game 3 to zero, as long as the other team doesn’t score we have a chance to win. Send Kirby Smart a blank check and pray it works.

  53. HOOSIER Wild Cat
    6:00 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    I am 70 years old and can still remember when Bear Bryant left Kentucky. My dad and his other Wildcat fans were sure we would hire some one as good or better. The fact is THE BEAR is the ONLY coach that has left our program and had any success in a division one program. Bottom line is we have not hired a winner since Bear Bryant. I hope we do this time. I do not believe the BS about “no one can recruit in our area.” Bossy State blows that all to hell. It is not location it is all about people. Hire the right person and we can be a success. Does anyone believe Sabine would not win here? It is all about people not location Matt Jones.

  54. Head Bussa
    6:01 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    As I’ve stated before, Mitch would be making a huge mistake if he didn’t at least lend Petrino his ear. See what the man has to say. If he is contrite, remorseful, and excited about taking the UK job it would really be something to consider — what he could bring to UK football. Letting personal feelings dictate a decision as big as this would just be unfair to the school, the fans, and the players. I’m not saying Bobby Petrino has changed, but to not allow him a chance to prove that to you would just be plain ignorant.

  55. UKGrad04
    6:02 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    I swear to God I’ll pistol whip the next person who says UK should hire Chris Peterson.

  56. ChiddarCheddar
    6:03 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    51) he’d be a great get. Would have to put a muzzle on his wife, but he’s solid.

  57. LeX
    6:04 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    54 Well said.

    Also, UK should hire Chris Peterson.

  58. Roger
    6:05 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    #51 – I don’t know why you spend your time thinking about men named Gus, but keep it to yourself. Those kinds of thoughts are best not discussed in public.

  59. UKGrad04
    6:05 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    But sticking to the “known” candidates, it has to be Dykes, Taggart, Koetter or bust. I could live with any one of those guys. No Brent Pease. That offense is miserable, and they have talent everywhere.

  60. Head Bussa
    6:07 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Just because Pease and Brown are interested doesn’t mean they are ready to take over a program in the SEC. You either give the job to a head coach or assistant who has diligently worked his way up through the ranks and has seen a variety of situations. Being the head coach is a totally different animal than being an assistant. I’m not saying an assistant can’t be successful, I just think you need one who has been around for many years and has a large amount of experience and wisdom.

  61. LeX
    6:08 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    58 I was actually thinking about your mother.

  62. Big Blue 66
    6:08 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    i would try a defensive guy, everyone always wants an offensive guy cause they are exciting, exciting to lose 63 to 41. A defensive guy puts you in games and gives you a chance. Look around the SEC. The offense can be built after you have a defense that can give you a chance

  63. LeX
    6:10 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    62- Go to bed grandpa. Ill have warm milk ready for you in a few minutes.

  64. Roger
    6:10 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    61 – My mother is actually a man named Gus.

  65. Head Bussa
    6:11 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    57 — Some will tell you Petersen wouldn’t come, but I think you owe it to the program to give the man a call and gauge his interest. He may be set on Boise St. for a long time, or things may have changed and he may be considering something new. If you’re Barnhart, you at least call him up and talk to him. It wouldn’t hurt. More than likely he’d say no chance, but as my mom always said, “you never know until you ask.”

  66. Roger
    6:12 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    62 – is your name Gus? Just checking since it looks like LeX wants to take you to bed.

  67. LeX
    6:12 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    64-Dear god my fantasy has come true.

  68. Head Bussa
    6:13 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    55 — Don’t be like that. I understand your frustration because you know the long odds of that happening, but that doesn’t mean people can’t hope for the best. Some people are dreamers. Let ’em dream.

  69. the
    6:14 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    we are screwed anyway it goes…if we get a bad coach,the fans be calling for his head in four years and if we get a good coach and have us winning. he will be looking for a better job in three years…so we always going to suck

  70. LeX
    6:16 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Wait, whats the name of the fatass that got fired from Kansas? What about him?

  71. Bubba Hotep
    6:17 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Pease would be a train wreck! Who the hell are you people who think that be a solid hire?
    Not that long ago everyone bitched after every me sure to that jackasses terrible, lack of creativity play calling. Now we should throw him a ticker take parade if he’s hired. WTF? We have too manfans that don’t know their ass from a hole in a ground when it comes to football .

  72. Helfrich
    6:24 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Why aren’t people saying my name more? Do you not know who I am? I see you tho headbussa.

  73. niaps
    6:33 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    What a horrible call it would be to hire Pease. With all the talent at Fld. and they stink offensively under him. Dykes is the man but I know nothing bout Koetter and the pros are a total different animal from college. Need a recruiter and coach. People wanting Taggert are brainless.

  74. Jon
    6:36 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    I love have Rashawn finds this article in the comment section on another post and comes and posts it on here as his own! lol

  75. Ratchet
    6:39 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Wku was eligible last year, and again won’t get a bowl bc of BS fans. That said, Taggart is not the answer. I’m a student at WKU and the man is the most unintelligent person in that kind of position I’ve ever met. If we are looking to hire a jackass, might as well get one who has actually been to a bowl-Petrino.

  76. BobWowzer
    6:41 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Make it a long list because Mitch will be calling the next name on the list in 3 years. #somethingsneverchange

  77. Tom Blevins
    6:47 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Why should we pay any attention to what Pat Forde says on this subject? Why should we believe he has any desire for the University of Kentucky to be successful at anything?

  78. jarshoe
    6:57 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Barnhart is going to have Coach Cal recruit his buddy Mike Tomlin.

  79. true story
    7:19 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Forget Petrino… Auburn and Tenn will be in the coaching hunt this year. No way he takes UK over either of them.

  80. UKGrad83
    7:19 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Mark Helfrich. OC at Oregon. ’nuff said.

  81. JLivermore
    7:19 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    I think the next coach should at least meet the following 3 criteria:

    1. Ties outside the southeast…you can’t beat Georgia with 23 of their rejects on your team
    2. Spread offense…UK can’t be conventional and win in the SEC
    3. Experience…UK’s best coaches have all had previous head coaching experience

    Frank Solich of Ohio U fits all three. (He didn’t run spread at Nebraska but implemented it at Ohio.)

  82. ribin
    7:30 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    No Willie Taggert — he’s done a good job at WKU so far — but let’s see how he does in the long run before we annoint him. Find someone who can recruit, put together a staff that can score — slow them down on defense.

  83. Dma213
    7:33 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    The people who say Chris Peterson are dumber than the ones who say Tressel or Petrino. There is absolutely no way he comes to UK after turning down a lot better jobs in the past. (Michigan)

  84. Blueswade
    7:34 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    My brother’s name is Gus.

  85. Head Bussa
    7:35 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    I am a guy who would love to see Mark Helfrich be our next coach, but I’ve been thinking about Sonny Dykes. I am under the belief that he would be a solid hire because of his obvious coaching ability combined with the fact that he will have already developed strong recruiting ties with HS coaches across the southeast. Being at La. Tech, I’m sure he has connections throughout Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. We all know those states are talent hotbeds and you cannot overstate the importance of having connections with coaches throughout those areas.

  86. No Nothing Bill says
    7:40 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino with a no cancel clause for 5 years. Break the contract an he must give back all earnings to that point.

  87. Matt
    7:41 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe we should hire Brooke’s back and we can play 6 give me games like we used too and go to a bowl and make everyone happy. I think we should make a run for Charlie strong and let him prove what he can do with a SEC team. I don’t care who they hire though as long as we are competitive in the SEC and not just an easy win like we have been for every team for the last 25 years.

  88. Head Bussa
    7:43 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    82 — Totally disagree about having a coach with ties outside the southeast. There are plenty of players to go around throughout the southeast region and just because they don’t go to Georgia doesn’t mean they aren’t great players. Rich Brooks recruited some great players from Georgia and we didn’t have any problem competing with them in his last few years, beating them twice and barely losing to them another in his last four seasons at Kentucky.

  89. Head Bussa
    7:46 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    88 — That is just a dumb comment. 6 give me games? Beating Georgia, Auburn, Arkansas, LSU, Florida St., Clemson, and Miss. St. are not gime me games. Give me a break.

    7:52 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Hey #7, you realize Willie T has more SEC wins than Joker?

  91. Chuck
    7:56 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    I totally agree with #73. Also why not try Peterson. With Boise going into that god awful Big Least he might be anxious to finally coach in a great conference. I would never hire a coach that was fired by another school. #73 you’re right, pro is a different animal from college ball. I would imagine pro coaches don’t have to do as much teaching of players as in college or motivating them or recuiting. I’ll take a good college coach over a pro coach any day. Also any mention of Helfrich at Oregon?

  92. Hacksaw
    7:58 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Butch Davis- You haved to at least talk to him. He turned around UNC and was dominate at Miami before he left for the NFL. He was cleared by the NCAA at UNC just like Cal was at UMass and Memphis. This guy can recruit and thats what we need more than anyhting. He would put together a first class staff and would get some 4 star players.

  93. Ares
    8:00 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Not sold on Peterson how did the last guy do who left Boise? Cutcliff doesn’t excite me at all. I tend to agree Oregons O coordinator should get a strong look and Dykes. I think Taggart could do well at UK as well. Talk about pressure on an AD Barnhart has to get this one right. I think it would be smart to vet all possible candidates. I don’t think it would hurt to at least let some good football guys help with this decision.

  94. FakeArtieLange
    8:00 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    If Willie Taggart can get Florida kids to come to Western Kentucky imagine what he would do at an SEC school.

  95. Tom Seaver
    8:08 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    52, 62 Thank you for focusing on what wins in the SEC. Defense is what wins championships, especially in the SEC. Kirby Smart, Alabama’s defensive coordinator, should get a call. Otherwise, it’s more scoring a lot of points on middle of the road to poor teams while the good SECs punch us in the mouth.

  96. Yab
    8:13 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Why wasn’t Eric Crawford’s article linked too. In it he says that Petrino is definitely interested in the UK job.

  97. Matt
    8:20 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    89- that’s what the rich Brooke’s era was. He had a few good wins but never consistent all we did was schedule 6 easy wins to get a bowl bid and keep fans happy. He beat all but LSU when they were all having weak years. We have never been feared in the SEC and we need someone who can put a team on the field that others teams are like maybe we should respect these guys. Let’s face it uk fans only care about basketball and going to a little bowl and don’t have the same expectations for football as we do basketball and that should be competing for a championship. It can happen we just have to make the right hire and Charlie Strong would be that hire!!!!

  98. drew
    8:29 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Heard Vince Lombardi was going to be the next head coach! YES!!!!!

  99. chuck
    8:51 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    #53 you’re right. Not just Boise St. but what about Kansas St., Oregon and Oregon St. I’d like to see a coach come in and recruit Ohio heavily particularly around Cincinnati and in Pennsylvania. I would think recruiting in the east would be easy for an SEC school because there wouldn’t be that many big name powerhouse schools to recruit against. I believe Derrick Ramsey of the ’77 team was from New Jersey. Stay out of Florida, let the 7 or 8 Division I schools there fight over the talent.

  100. JLivermore
    9:02 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    UK has had 24 all-Americans. Only 3 were recruited from the competitions’ back yards. Just under half from Ky, 7 were from the Midwest, 1 from Oregon, 1 from ND and 1 from TX. I don’t want the new coach to ignore the southeast, but I’d hope he would have ties elsewhere so that he does not end up with a team full of UGA’s rejects.

  101. steve
    9:11 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    offensive coordinators and recruiting coordinators from power house programs usually have two years worth of relationships established with quality players that can expedite a turn around in a pathetic program ala dirty birds and charlie strong. Something to thinkd about for whatever commitee helps barnhardt hire our next coach.

  102. J A Brooks
    9:17 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    1) Kirby Smart – Alabama DC
    2) Sonny Dykes – La Tech HC
    3) Mark Helfrich – Oregon OC
    4) Willie Taggart – WKU HC
    5))Brent Pease – Florida OC
    6) Bob Diaco – Notre Dame DC
    7) Luke Fickell – OSU DC
    8) Dirk Koetter – Falcons OC (as a last resort cause he was terrible against top 25 teams when he coached ASU)

  103. J A Brooks
    9:23 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    82) Oh you mean wait until he’s been scooped up by another big program so we can curse our luck? In 10 years Taggart could be one of the best coaches in America. Same with Kirby Smart, Sonny Dyeks, Mark Helfrich etc.

    We are not lucky enough to get guys that are already top coaches so we have to get them before the competition does. If that means taking a risk so be it. Who cares if we reach on a guy and he doesn’t pan out. We’ll just be in the same boat we’ve been in. I’d be more pissed if we got a retread and went nowhere while another school picks up one of these young coaches and it turns out to be a homerun hire.

    Think of Urban Meyer when he was at Bowling Green. Fans like you would’ve called him unproven and said “Wait until he proves it over the long run.” Well guesss what… when he proves it over the long run he’ll be at Florida or Ohio State. Same with Taggart and these other guys. When they end up at the big programs and start bringing in titles maybe you’ll realize.

  104. buddyblue62
    9:42 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    i agree with 8 kerry coombs would be a good hc he is a winner and also knows how to coach just look at his resume.GO BIG BLUE

  105. KYMOJO
    11:06 pm November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Throwing my 2cents in… We don’t need a project coach IF we want to turn the program around in a couple years or so. We need a high profile coach if we want a high profile program. Some of the potential coaches that I find most capable of getting our program where it could be is: Jim Tressel, Herm Edwards, John Gruden, Eric Mangini, Tony Dungy, & Kirby Smart. They each have their pros and cons but in the end they would carry big clout on the recruiting trail! I think that UK could bring in a big name if they wanted to. There are some very good candidates out there that would love to find a home in the SEC and bank alot of green in the process. I do think they need to do this sooner rather than later because once the other head coaching jobs open up in the SEC, as well as other power conferences, our position starts taking a back seat. Get aggressive Mitch and rectify this mess!

  106. Dave
    4:18 am November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Kirby Smart.

    Just do it.

    And do it now.