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Tim Couch has been assisting in the search

Mitch Barnhart has had a little help throughout the coaching search from at least one former UK player.  KSR was told that Tim Couch has been part of the process from the beginning as a consultant.

And if you think former players aren’t much help, keep in mind that former UK basketball player Mike Pratt was whispering “John Calipari” into Barnhart’s ear during the basketball coaching search.  That worked out pretty well.

Good to see Barnhart using all of his resources in making the hire.

 

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

60 Comments for Tim Couch has been assisting in the search



  1. Catman
    1:04 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Great post, a lot of information here. Almost too much to handle.



  2. Junior
    1:06 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Boosters hired Cal – NOT Barney – geesh – Barney just went along for the ride. Get it right!



  3. Donny BerGer
    1:07 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    That it is, cause he is to incompetent to do it himself, the man knows sh!t about football, case in point the “The Joke” disaster, he knows this time, it can’t be a repeat of that mess.



  4. Caftan1
    1:08 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Is anyone besides me hearing Guy Morris?



  5. UK Fan
    1:09 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Keep up the good work being Barnhart’s buttboy KSR. Guess you’ll get to keep your press pass afterall.



  6. Hunter R
    1:09 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    search is over. official. Mark Stoops has accepted job. Will come out in the next hour or so.



  7. Ryan Leaf
    1:10 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Let’s hope Tim Couch is a better at assisting in a coaching search than I was at being an NFL quarterback….



  8. Fred Rogers
    1:11 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Guy Morris LOL. I’m starting to get excited over Stoops which of course means it won’t happen.



  9. Dr. PinDyke
    1:11 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Breaking News** The Big East to add Devry University and the The University of Phoenix.



  10. DC Cat
    1:14 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    By source, you mean to say mitch, right? By putting this out there, mitch hopes people will be happy with the decision since a ky boy helped. Way to go ksr. You guys are the best puppets.



  11. Earl The Pearl
    1:14 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    We really need a door to watch.



  12. UKani
    1:15 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Doesn’t surprise me. Rich Brooks was another guy acting as a consultant.



  13. BB
    1:17 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    BIG difference between Pratt and Couch. Pratt has been in coaching and front office NBA positions. Couch does some analyst work for an SEC football show. He did marry a Playboy girl, though…advantage Couch.



  14. Twin Condiments
    1:17 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    If they don’t dig up Paul “Bear” Bryant and reanimate his body, hire him and give him a Caddilac
    then I’ll never set foot in Commonwealth again!



  15. Catfan
    1:17 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Who on Earth would care what Tim Couch thinks? I sure don’t.



  16. Tom Sellecks Mustache
    1:19 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    KSR needs to take off the blinders and realize that Barnhart is a mediocre AD. Quit trying to pump him up.



  17. Fred Rogers
    1:20 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    I’m hearing an all star cast of former coaches are getting together to redeem their names. Bill Curry HC, Mumme OC, Morris DC, and Joker WR and QB coach. It should be awesome! They also have Mike Archer as DB and LB coach and Steve Brown as DL coach. Can’t wait. My sources are never wrong so stay tuned for more.



  18. Fred
    1:20 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    #15, that is sac-religious, Couch was a UK hero.



  19. BLUE BLY
    1:20 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Also assisting in the search are Slingblade, Forest Gump and Henry Earl!!!



  20. Hunter R
    1:21 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    made NCAA tournaments in Baseball, Softball, Womens soccer, volleyball and are rated top 10 in both mens and womens Bball. I would say he is far from mediocre. There is more to being an AD than just basketball and football.



  21. BubRub'sSolution
    1:22 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    I see us hiring Stoops and then stealing Neal Brown from TTU, since he did play with Tim Couch at UK in 1998. This all makes sense. Which brings two great coaches from the two largest football powerhouse states(Fla and Texas). The recruiting will be what we need to win in the SEC. So IMO this is the homerun we are looking for.



  22. Robert Bergeron
    1:22 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Bah really guys? How do things in life work? Do you bite the hand that feeds you? If they did go after Barnhart think it would help us as fans? They aren’t propagating lies. I’m sure Matt knows a lot more than he tells us, but how do you keep getting info? By gaining the confidence of those in the know. Did you know Mitch just signed one of the best Cross Country staffs in the country away from Stanford? Do you know what that will do for our running programs? (Track included!). Why not give the man credit. We used to be a one trick pony. Now we are competing with the best in the best conference in the country. Basketball is great,but why not everything else?



  23. Accurate info
    1:23 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    #2 – Barney did hire Cal…Mike Pratt rumor is blown out of proportion. Cal contacted Mike Pratt and thats about all Pratt did. He was in the negotiations/interview with Barney and Lee Todd but did not say much at all. Drummond pinned the article on another site, with Pratt quotes. #horsesmouth



  24. St. Paul Raiders
    1:25 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    The level of a$$holery and douchebaggery in comment sections (and everywhere, really) during this coaching search has been strong.



  25. Roy Jones
    1:25 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Hunter you are right unfortunately not many if any care about those sports accept parents.



  26. BB
    1:25 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    21- A Stoops/Brown combo would be a huge get. I hope that’s why Couch was brought in. I don’t see him bringing much more to the table. There were rumors a few weeks ago of contact between UK and Brown.



  27. PAK
    1:26 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    All of you that criticize MB are a idiots. The man has made BY FAR way more GREAT hires than poor ones. By my count he is hitting EXCELLENCE at a rate of about 90%. I would bet the farm that if I came to your job (if you have one) and graded out all of your major decisions – you wouldnt come anywhere near hitting that mark. MB is an EXCELLENT AD and it isnt even debatable.



  28. hillbillyyhero
    1:27 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    suppose even whyte-trash like couch has a fave hillbilly gridiron coach to recommend????



  29. Carl Childers
    1:28 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Hmmmmm….Yes sir I say that Bobby Petrino ought to be the coach……hmmmmm……. yes sir….



  30. Sammydog
    1:29 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Accurate info, you are correct on this… but fans won’t hear it. It doesn’t fit their ditch mitch scenario.



  31. ukjonny9
    1:29 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    You all are idiots. Mitch has been a great AD. Every sport is better since his arrival except football. EVERY SPORT. And football has seen its most consistent success of my lifetime under Mitch. Yet you all come on here and cry like spoiler children. Do us all a favor and find another team and fanbase to embarrass.



  32. Shane
    1:29 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    The fact that this was made public means that we are on the verge of having a new coach.



  33. Who cares
    1:29 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    I am so glad that we hired away the cross country staff from Stanford. I can’t wait to go watch all their meets.



  34. Hunter R
    1:31 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    25. yes it is sad. Because alot of these players will play professional ball and some in the olympics with track. UK in my count has probably a top 10 if not top 5 athletic program in the country.



  35. UK Fan
    1:31 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    #23 you don’t know what you’re talking about.



  36. Loyal Blue
    1:31 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Most of the idiots making posts on these feeds are either trolls or really ignorant, wanna be UK fans. If any true UK fan can’t see the genius in hiring Mark Stoops along with Neal Brown as the OC, then you really should do some more research or trust someone else’s opinion who has a clue. A Stoops/Brown combo at UK is one heck of a package deal that should inspire much optimism and passion out of our loyal fan base.



  37. hillbillyyhero
    1:32 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    I eat paste on a regular basis.



  38. trouljaboy
    1:32 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Guess that explains why he was sitting behind the bench at Friday nights game against LIU..



  39. DC Cat
    1:32 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    23 – mitch had nothing to do with hiring cal. Boosters, namely rj corman, were the reason for cal. Get off ksr’s nuts and do some research.



  40. UK
    1:33 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    if not Tim Couch, who do you all suggest he talk to about it? As if UK has tons of NFL/college pedigree to choose from…



  41. Reality
    1:33 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    So Couch hired Stoops like Pratt hired Cal?….joking



  42. inside info
    1:35 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    http://www.sportsheartbeat.com/2012/11/27/mark-stoops-will-be-uks-next-head-coach/

    Starting to be reported as fact. Once again, Matt and probably Drew have known this since Sunday night but did not report it. My guess is to keep Saint Mitch happy.



  43. catfangurl70
    1:35 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Geez…who pooped in your corn flakes this morning? And by “you” I mean all the bitter, disgruntled, spiteful commenters who have been pitching a fit all day long in the comment section over everything posted by anybody.



  44. Pops
    1:36 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    It’s Stoops with an Allstar cast. This should sit up the idiot Mitch haters. Looking toward to the new digs coming in upgrades. Lots of thanks to boosters too! Shut up buy your season tickets and enjoy the ride.



  45. F'ing genius Drew
    1:36 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    I was told barnhart was using the Psychic Friends Network. Since I posted it on this blog that makes it fact cause its on the internet.



  46. J in Orlando
    1:38 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    The ignorant and uninformed will continue to ridicule, insult, and continue to make up “sources,” but UK got the best candidate that would actually take this job. Kudos, this guy will do as we’ll as anyone can in this position.



  47. KYMOJO
    1:39 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Looks like we are assured a stellar coaching search! NOT!



  48. Stoops/Brown
    1:42 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    This IS the homerun we’ve been hoping for. Would be amazing for recruiting. You get two well-known, well-liked coaches from the two states with the most football talent. Stoops has the fundamentals that make a good SEC team (solid defense) and combine that with a offense that SEC teams will not be as prepared for and you have a formula for success. No, we will not win 9+ games a year, but I do believe that we would be legit within a few years and no longer the laughing stock of the SEC.

    21 is a genius!



  49. Joe
    1:45 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Looks like we are assured a stellar coaching search! NOT!

    Look dood/doodette we weren’t in the running for Gruden/Rex Ryan/Nick Saban/Petrino, so I don’t know who you think UK was going get, but realistically we were going get either a retread a la Brooks-who was a good hire- or a youngerr coach/Coordinator. And I don’t think Kirby Smart was interested.

    But continue on whining about the coaching search, if it makes you happy.



  50. In the know
    1:51 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone who says the BBN doesn’t care about football never went to Commonwealth when Couch played. He had it rocking for 2 years. Can’t do nothing but help to use Couch in the search. 39) you are a moron plain and simple. Mitch had nothing to do with Cal’s hire?? RJ Corman isn’t even one of the biggest boosters.
    Joe Craft, Elmer Whitaker , and LD Gorman are the 3 biggest boosters at UK. I happen to know the last 2 personally. They both supported the hire and gave freely to the program to help seal the deal, but in know way did they do the hire. They weren’t asked their opinion during the search and gave no imput to Barnhart. Check your facts before you make such statements.



  51. In the know
    1:57 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    49) I think you’re right and he probably was about as good as we could get. I still think Mitch should have contact the guys you mentioned and offered then a insane contract. They wouldn’t have taken it, but then Mitch could have told the fans he tried for a big name. That offered the big money. For no other reason then to shut up the whiners and unrealistic people who always complain that we will not spend the money.



  52. KYMOJO
    2:40 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    #49… My comment was about this particular article and not about Mark Stoops. In my opinion, and just my opinion, the fact that Tim Couch was helping with the coaching search did not impress me. What I said I said so respectfully without attacking other posters. This had been the 2nd story that I read on here proclaiming Tim Couch’s assistance in the coaching search. I dont think Barnhart needed Time Couch to land Mark Stoops or any other coaching candidate for that matter. Seems like Tim Couch may have been trying to steal limelight cause he certainly couldn’t steer the coaching search.



  53. KYMOJO
    2:48 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Also #49… this is what I posted on the story about Coach Stoops’ hiring: IF this is true then it’s time for me to get behind this coach because I do wish him and his staff the absolute best. I do think out of all of the coordinators that were mentioned for this position that he was the better choice. His pedigree will help him a lot with the BBN and on the recruiting trail. He will no doubt be able to form a strong staff around him. He knows how to develop athletes and men. He will mesh well with Calipari instead of fighting against him for the spotlight. He may not have been mine or many people’s first choice but the chaos is over and GO GET’EM COACH STOOPS!

    As you can see, I’m not whining. Have a good day because UK Football is!



  54. Prinoites
    2:49 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Petrinoites can whine, cry and kick and scream all they want….but they still won’t get their way!

    Yeah Haa !!



  55. Millie
    3:08 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    54. Really? No sh#t, pro-Petrino fans aren’t getting their way. That’s why the losing tradition of Kentucky football will continue. And Kentucky misses out on once in 30 year hire. Do people not know that Bryant was an alleged drunk and womanizer? Give me a friggin’ break already. Now we have a big fat question mark as our coach and a name that doesn’t exactly get us, the so-called fake fans excited. At least I could have gotten behind the Shoney’s guy. Another job well done by Mr. Mitch Barnhart. When this hire tanks, Dick Gabriel will be blaming it Tim Couch now. lol.



  56. Jesus H. Chrysler
    3:24 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    2 seal the deal, I betcha Couch let Stoops get a sniff of the Mrs’s sweet southern poontang.



  57. Trav
    3:29 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Hey guys. Since you know so much about Couch being involved, why don’t you call the guy and ask him OFF THE RECORD who the number one guy on his list was. I don’t even need to hear an answer. I KNOW THE ANSWER. I’m for stoops but quit tooting your horn. You all “broke” the story because you all had Mitch’s back the entire way. You can see that clear as day.



  58. UKBlue1!
    3:50 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    If this hire is true, it’s a lot better than Cutliffe or Fulmer. Now if anything about Brown being a package deal is true hopefully it will be Stoops decision. If it isn’t then this hire is already off to a bad start. It will take at least a couple of years to get the team back to mediocre football. Joker left the program with a shortage of good players. I will be happy with 4 wins next year and good competetive team. We very well could lose to WKU again next season but I believe Stoops will find a way to win 1 game in the SEC.



  59. yeap
    4:24 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    #23 actually Cal’s people contacted Lee Todd’s son and got the deal set up. Mitch didnt even consider Cal until the alum stepped in and convinced Lee Todd and Sandy Bell……….



  60. yeap
    4:25 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    And im not sure the Mitch saga is over we shall see……..