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You may have heard of this new Twitter thing, all the kids seem to be raving about it now-a-days.  If you’re unfamiliar, Twitter is a great way to interact with just about anybody and be alerted about any newsworthy event taking place in the world within seconds notice.  One way to learn of such newsworthy events are “Trending Topics,” which tell you what’s hot in a particular region.  Today, the University of Kentucky Football team and their players were trending for quite some time, and not for positive reasons.  Throughout the course of the day I captured screenshots of trending topics and gathered the opinions of some of the people talking about UK Football, below are some trends at different points today.

First Quarter, a few minutes after kickoff.

2nd Quarter, Newton plays less than admirably.

4th Quarter, Gators leading comfortably.

2 hours after the game.

Usually it’s great to trend on Twitter, free marketing at it finest, but that wasn’t the case today.  For around 5 hours Kentucky, Maxwell Smith, and mainly Morgan Newton were hot topics of discussion around America.  I won’t put up some of the comments people around the country were posting in the interest of humanity and politeness, but I will say they weren’t exactly flattering.  The performance on the field is what I care about personally, not what some guy in Montana has to say, but the play was so poor that we were the butt of jokes for nearly 5 hours on a Saturday.  I don’t have to tell you the impact that could have on recruiting and our image.

This wasn’t the case when Brooks was the coach, we lined up with nearly every team, straight up, and fought like there was no tomorrow.  We had everybody’s respect.  In only three short years the foundation that Rich Brooks has laid is gone, we’re now a laughing stock among fans around the nation.  It’s a shame that it’s come to this, but a change must be made.  Not only is performance on the field unacceptable, but we’ve become a source of humor for opposing fans.

 

Article written by Jonathan Schuette

85 Comments for Trending Topics



  1. Ridge Runner
    9:33 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks for not using that word “Coach” when ya show the Joker. Now…lets go several posts without showing his photo please.



  2. minton
    9:33 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    Any chance Cal can coach football too?



  3. Ridge Runner
    9:34 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    In fact..lets talk about the weather or something.



  4. lance hardwick
    9:44 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    has any UK football team ever went scoreless in the sec for a whole year?



  5. JBR
    9:51 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    WHERE ARE ALL OF THOSE JOKER SUPPORTERS NOW? All those who called football-knowledgeable fans “fairweather” and not real UK fans because we saw early what Joker was doing to the program.

    WHERE ARE YOU…cowards



  6. catGrad7072
    9:51 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    The Gators are a poor team by UF standards. Normally, that means UK has a shot.
    HOWEVER, UK is a piss-poor team even by UK standards. Thus, only a 38 point beating.



  7. john4uk
    9:54 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    You guys have forgotten that UK has a young football team.72 freshmen and sophomores on this team.



  8. bucky goodman
    9:57 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    Joker just needs more time, hahaha… Where are his former supporters…. How can Mitch look at this fan base with a straight face and expect us to buy tickets, what a joke…



  9. Jlorenzen
    10:01 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    7. Who’s fault is it they’re young? That would be Joker. He’s the head “coach”, CEO, Boss, Etc, the buck stops there. He should be kicked off the flight back to Lexington.



  10. Jo Jo
    10:03 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    Whereas this is a trying time for UK football, it must also be a trying time for this website. Give us something other than we suck and we need a new coach. Everybody knows that… Since until last fall we had over 20 year losing streaks to two of our conference rivals, we obviously have been a joke for a long time as well. Were any of the writers on this site alive the last time we beat Florida? Maybe one or two. The giant sucking sound surrounding UK’s program is institutional, it goes deeper than Joker and Newton. Change has to come from somewhere higher than the athletic dept. Someone has to commit to UK getting better in football but that won’t happen. The administration is happy riding the SEC cash bandwagon in football and concentrating on basketball. Youngsters, get used to it. I have.



  11. MadTex
    10:06 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch doesn’t care – Joker is his “buddy”……



  12. rainman
    10:14 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    Unfortunately being a joke didn’t just occur!
    Opposing SEC Coaches and fans have been laughing
    for several years now!!



  13. Mr. Obvious
    10:17 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    Trending Topic – #ThisPromblemIsBiggerThanJokerHireABigNameCoachForTheLoveOfGod



  14. niaps
    10:18 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    Joker has done more damage to this program than any other coach including Curry. His inability to make adjustments and just lack of good coaching moves borders on total incompetence. It won’t happen but he needs to be removed from this team now and not at end of season. Barnheart needs to show BBN that he cares more for them than for a ( coach? ) who is embarrassing the university and damaging any recruiting that may still exist. This is no longer funny or pathetic but sad to see a major college program being run so poorly.
    Do the right thing and do it now Tony for this program needs damage control before the players just quit on this staff.



  15. Linda Taylor
    10:19 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    JBR – It would have been wrong for Mitch to have fired Joker after last year. Now he will have enough reason to give him the axe. It is going to be hard enough to attract a really good new coach as it is with all of the inherent problems the UK job brings without the AD not giving the coach enough of a chance to turn the program around. Every coach in America knows this is a bad job and if they also believe that the AD won’t stand behind them and give them at least 3 years to establish their program then we’ll never be able to make a good hire. Face it, the UK job stinks and it’s going to be hard to get a really great new coach.



  16. Reality
    10:20 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    With Obama running the country into the ground, is it any wonder there is about to be another unemployed black man? They don’t call him the food stamp president for nothing.. “No we can’t.”



  17. Mike
    10:20 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    Akron playing just slightly better than UK on the road….we are such a piece of $hit!!



  18. Truth
    10:21 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    If Joker were president, he would be comparable to Jimmy Carter and Barry Husein Obama.



  19. Me
    10:21 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    Dude, that has to be a local trend…no way Morgan Newton was trending nationally on a regionally broadcasted game. Nice to think the nation really cares about UK football, but I don’t think so. BYW 99.9% of the nation have no idea who Morgan Newton is.



  20. J A Brooks
    10:24 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    I guarantee Mitch screws the next hire up. You have to have an eye for up and coming coaching talent and I’m not sure Mitch does.

    What makes me laugh is how much the fanbase differs and what kind of a coach they want to replace Joker. Most don’t want anyone “unproven” and only want someone like Nich Saban. LMAO.

    If we could go back in time, I guarantee a ton of UK fans would say no to hiring Urban Meyer when he was at Bowling Green because he was too unproven.

    Hiring some coach that’s been around for 30 years and been fired for 7 other jobs is not the answer. You have to be able to recognize the rising star and hire them before another program does… sure it didn’t work with BCG, but you can’t compare our basketball and football programs. In Basketball we should always be able to get a “Nick Saban” caliber coach. In football hiring a hot up and comer is the absolute right choice and a retread is not the answer.



  21. Linda Taylor
    10:26 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    16 – 18 – Please keep the politics off of this athletics blog. If you want to talk politics there are many political blogs you can go to.



  22. Linda Taylor
    10:30 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    Vanderbilt’s QB just threw a Morgan Newton pass into the ground. At least Vandy is getting their butt kicked today too. Franklin is having a tougher 2nd year.



  23. Jack
    10:31 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    Jo Jo just curious, what would you prefer the writers cover? If they didn’t mention football and let all you experts vent and tell us what’s wrong what would you do?????



  24. Ares
    10:32 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    What will next weeks attendance be?



  25. Linda Taylor
    10:35 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    Can you imagine how the Arkansas fans feel? They were expected to challenge for the national championship this year and they just lost to Rutgers!



  26. Me too
    10:37 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    19 – was thinking the same thing. No way Maxwell Smith and Morgan Newton are discussed around America. Has to be a local trend set in Lexington.



  27. Ares
    10:38 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    Easiest thing to see when it comes to coaching look at Louisville one year after Petrino and look at Arkansas one year after Petrino. The man can flat out coach hire him ASAP.



  28. Wes
    10:40 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    This has 0% chance of happening, but I would love to have Dabo Swinney as our coach



  29. Williamsburg
    10:41 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    At least we didn’t fall as far and fast as Arkansas.



  30. carl spackler
    10:41 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    #27….just look at Atlanta…



  31. Ridge Runner
    10:42 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    Hell…at the point we find ourselves….does it really matter who they name as a coach?



  32. GoGators
    10:43 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    Was Morgan Newton really a 4 or 5 star recruit. Man, he sucks.



  33. Linda Taylor
    10:45 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    32 – No joke.



  34. Catsfan4life
    10:47 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    Just throwing names out there, but what about Rich Rod at Arizona. Look what he has done in just 1 year at zona.



  35. niaps
    10:48 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    #20 I have to agree to some extent but Petrino is no retread but a brilliant offensive mind although he would by all my thinking never come here to this train wreck.



  36. Linda Taylor
    10:51 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    34 – Leave my AZ Wildcats alone. They deserve a few good years every now and then too. 🙂



  37. Mike
    10:55 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    36. Linda, no date tonight?



  38. Linda Taylor
    10:56 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    Married. Hubbie is at church meeting.



  39. Ares
    10:57 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    How about Taggart?



  40. watch it
    10:59 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    38 – i hope he isn’t with Michael Porter!



  41. Linda Taylor
    11:00 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    Wrong church



  42. Jo Jo
    11:01 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    #23 Jack – Didn’t say don’t cover football. I said give us something other than we suck and we need a new coach. My eight year old grandson came to that conclusion (we’re not good) during the Louisville game. I just get tired of hearing the obvious. Hell call up BTI and get him to throw out some useless stats or something.



  43. Ares
    11:04 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    #2 Cal coaching football no but as we’ll connected as he is surely he knows someone who could energize the program. I feel like there is absolutely no confidence in the direction of the program. The players haven’t quit yet but I think 75% of the fans have.



  44. Jo Jo
    11:06 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    I guess I just hold a grudge, but the thought of Petrino coaching UK makes me want to puke. We couldn’t keep him anyway, heck we couldn’t even keep Guy Morriss. It will cost us a crapload of money to keep a decent coach. Top rate coach… no chance.



  45. Mike
    11:09 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    38. At least you hope that is where he is at.



  46. Linda Taylor
    11:11 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    He’s home now and he dropped by the grocery store on the way home.



  47. Linda Taylor
    11:13 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    Wow, AZ stopped again at the 2 yard line. No score.



  48. markp
    11:16 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    39 it’s no big del to beat this UK team. Taggart would be less than ordinary if he played a real SEC team, not Joker’s team. Bobby Petrino! If he leaves in 3 to 4 years so what then we’ll be a ton better and some other hot shot would come to replace him. The situation is tailor made for us to hire a great coach who’s reputation is bad now, otherwise we wouldn’t have a chance at a talent like Petrino. Get over the fact he whopped us and liked it when he was at U of L. He’s a SOB no doubt but he would then be our SOB. Schools like U of L, and others who beat us regularly would then hate him because he’d be beathing them.



  49. Mark Liptak
    11:29 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    After reading Newton’s comments I tip my hat to the kid, he was put in a no-win situation by a brain-dead coaching staff and expected to pull off a miracle.

    He tried his best, kept his mouth shut and didn’t try to pass the blame. Who knows what his career might have been like if he actually had a head coach who knew what he was doing.

    Told Friday he was starting despite not getting a lot of reps, asked to work a controlled short passing game which is very hard for him…is it any wonder he couldn’t do a lot right?

    After reading what happened if I was the AD I’d have Joker in my office first thing Monday and promptly fired. Joker did NOT put this kid in a position to succeed. Not this week, not this month and not in his career.

    Believe me, the fact that Joker did this is going to get around quickly through the social network. Recruits everywhere are going to read it and know about it.

    I had some respect for this clown, I don’t any longer.

    Mark Liptak



  50. Mike
    11:34 pm September 22, 2012 Permalink

    49. How do you know he played his best when he hasn’t shown his best for a long, long time? He played and looked even worse than a freshman starting his first game….guess I would disagree with your statement.



  51. Rixter
    12:02 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Today is the lowest point this program has seen (and the first time we’ve been shut out) since October 14, 2006, when LSU pounded them 49 – 0.
    That encompasses 73 games, and 2170 days
    WOW.



  52. SonsOfAnarchy
    12:05 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    48- what makes you think another hot shot coach would come in if Petrino left after a few years. Did you happen to pay attention what happened to both UL and Arkansas after he left? And Arkansas and UL both have what I would call better football ‘traditions’ than UK. Regardless we should never hire Petrinos sorry ass. He would turn us into a motorcycle wreck in a couple years whether he is winning or not.



  53. Jon
    12:12 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Twitter trends are localized based on geography and who you follow. The only reason these trends show up is because you are in Kentucky and you follow a lot of Kentucky fans/media.



  54. kittylitter
    12:27 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Folks, it is what it is. We have a coach in over his head. We have a mediocre to poor assistant coaching staff. We have young players who, under a staff that can teach and motivate, possibly could at least be competitive and for sure beat the WKU’s of the world. We’ll know how much the administration at UK really cares about the football program in two ways very soon. First, by who they hire as new coach and if they get the approval for bonding the funds for stadium improvements. Failure to do BOTH, should tell fans that they’re not serious about it and when we get e-mails asking us to renew our season tix, we should treat that request with the same amount of seriousness. Enough is enough. We as fans have been duped one too many times.



  55. BigBlueFever
    12:44 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    @15 Why did Joker “need time to turn the program around”? He took over as coach when the program was actually on an upswing and failed to keep it there. It isn’t as if he inherited a team that had just gone 3-8, on probation etc. I won’t buy the excuse that Joker “needed time to turn the program around”. Now having just said that, whoever the poor devil is who takes over next, he will need a few seasons to recover from the mess we are in now. Yes, Joker should have been cut loose last season…many of us saw it and called it then.



  56. We aren't BAMA
    12:58 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    I’m tired of hearing about UK commitment to football is the reason for our failures. Papa Brooks did very well with the same resources. If you look at the numbers we are right in the middle of the pack in spending in the SEC. We aren’t Bama,flordia, LSU, or TENN. and never will be so don’t try to compare their program to ours. Our fans don’t expect us to win the National Championship in FB. We do expect to win 7 games a year and the main thing is to be competitive and look like a middle SEC team. I would love to get Patrino but it’s not going to happen we will get Cutcliff from Duke.He will have us respectable and fun to watch and that is about the best we will ever be.



  57. Rae
    1:10 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Whoever we get needs to be just as desperate as we are. Whether that’s someone like Petrino or a young guy looking for a leg up, he needs to need us at least almost as much as we need him.



  58. BigBlueFever
    1:28 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    @57 I agree…we need someone with some fire in their belly…I watch Joker on the sideline and he looks like we are up by three TDs….press conference after a loss we see no emotion, no fire, nothing. I watched the WKU game and they would show our sideline and we were losing and our players were over there laughing and joking. That is not how other teams act when they are losing to a Sunbelt team…It starts with coach.



  59. BigBlueFever
    1:30 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    @36 Your AZ Wildcats look almost as bad as our KY Wildcats…WOW



  60. shuette gay
    2:05 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    ur a moron



  61. JBR shutup
    2:25 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    …just shutup. The fact that you think you can be labeled “football-knowledgeable” because you wanted Joker fired before today is hilarious. I’m not saying Joker can or will do what Brooks did, in fact im 100 percent certain he can’t. But Rich Brooks showed us that the “geniuses” like you are in fact just prisoners of the moment who scream that the sky is falling when we are down. I’m sure you were spouting your knowledge about how bad Brooks sucked his first couple of years…and when he turned it around I’m sure you didn’t go around typing in all caps about how wrong you were. So please do us a favor and just STFU. You’re not knowledgeable, you are not special. You just had a knee jerk reaction about a coach that turned out to be right.



  62. BigBlueFever
    2:58 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    @61 JBR isn’t the only one who called it…anyone with half a brain could see after the Pitt loss that Joker was in way over his head.



  63. markp
    7:49 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    52 because Petrino in 3-4 years will turn us into a good football team and the stands will be full again. Then you can go to an up and comer who hasn’t been in the SEC, cream of the crop of college football, and say now it’s time to try it in the big leagues. Now this place is where head coaches go to die.



  64. Ms Lex
    7:53 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Johnathon, I guess you don’t remember those 24-0 or 28-0 first quarter scores under Brooks.

    No, we didn’t always line up and compete under Brooks. In fact, we often lined up and laid down.



  65. BlueCat
    8:26 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Brooks was just above mediocrity at best. I loved his grit but we need to do better than 6 to 7 wins per year. Right now that seems like heaven but Music City Bowls are a stepping stone. Those who are willing to SETTLE for that are losers.



  66. Good idea
    8:44 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Here is an idea: Hire the ULM Coach. They almost beat Baylor yesterday



  67. BlueCat
    8:50 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    ULM’s coach is settling. Let’s shoot for a coach that will challenge the Alabama types, not the Baylor types of this world. Bobby Petrino!



  68. carl spackler
    9:05 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    #65…compared to Joker, Brooks is looking like Vince Lombardi…



  69. BlueCat
    9:23 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    #68 sure he does, at this point. But I want better than Brooks results. I want great.



  70. gridiron_cat
    9:27 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    @65, Yes we suck and I’m not happy but more than 7 wins any given year for our program is unrealistic until major things outside of coaching are changed. Picture the black knight in Monty Python’s search for the holy grail, the one with no legs and no arms yelling that he would bite your legs off if you came back to fight him…yeah, that’s how I look at UK football these days. Until the admin agrees to at least give us an arm or a leg we will be severely hindered. Still, we can do better than we’ve done the last two weeks and I don’t know what I watched yesterday but I don’t think it was football and it was extremely depressing.



  71. 2020
    9:33 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Newton complaining about “one bad break after another”? If he’s talking about poorly thrown passes, he’s exactly right. Don’t see how Hartline going down in ’09 allowing Newton to start 7 games is a “bad break”. He just failed to capitalize on his good breaks (open receivers!) and wants us to feel sorry for him. Not the attitude of a leader.



  72. BlueCat
    9:48 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    #70 look past now and shoot for greatness, not mediocrity. Petrino is available and will be on good behaviour. This terrible season is a blessing because we can get rid of a mediocre coach. It should have been done after last year but Barnhart is inept.



  73. GATORCHOMP
    10:06 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    NEWS FLASH!!!!! Yew Kay has been the laughing stock of NCAA fottball for DECADES!!!



  74. BlueCat
    10:11 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    #73 for the most part you are correct. But hiring Bobby Petrino would change that.



  75. gridiron_cat
    10:12 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    BlueCat, you can have a season every so often in our current state that will be very successful (8-9 wins) but it can’t be sustained without support. Brooks said some very frustrated comments in regard to this on the way out the door. I want greatness but that takes commitment from the school and the state, until then, complain to your representatives and the UK president but mediocrity is what you will get.

    BTW, Petrino is NEVER on good behavior man. I think he would win 9 games in a season and then bounce to another program, likely leaving us in a mess or on probation. The only reason that guy has been on probation yet is because he doesn’t stick around anywhere long enough for an investigation to take place.



  76. gridiron_cat
    10:19 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    I’ve been a Joker supporter for the last couple years mostly because I was willing to let him take his lumps at HC in the hope that he would be successful long term. After yesterday though and how I felt like he quit on his team and his team quit on him and leaving MN out there that long was just torturing the poor guy, it wasn’t right and I can’t imagine it was more painful to MN than us to watch but I know that it was. If he is going to make mistakes that awful as an HC then I guess I’ve lost my patience for this. Sorry Joker, maybe a change needs to be made although I really worry we are about to go back to square one with that decision. Hopefully our good players will stick it out through a coaching change but those Freshmen and Sophomores are Joker’s guys and there’s a good chance many will transfer as happens with any coaching change.



  77. BlueCat
    10:20 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    75 I disagree with you about Petrino. There have been absolutely no signs of him doing any wrong doings with the NCAA. In that regard, he’s a safer pick than Cal. All Petrino has done wrong is cheat on his wife. He has said he’s remorseful, period. Leaving a job for a better oppurtunity is not wrong, it’s smart. Yes, he’s done it to U of L because they are a stepping stone school. He left Atlanta because he realized he’s a college coach and wanted to be in the SEC. We are in the SEC and if he were to come and straighten the ship who knows he might stay. I believe part of your problem with him is the way he won, against us, at U of L. But just think if the shoe were on the other foot. It’s like having a Pete Rose type playing against you, you hate it then, but when he’s on your side you love him.



  78. gridiron_cat
    10:38 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    IDK BlueCat, My best friend is a die hard UofL football fan and went to the university for part of the time Petrino was there. He was the one that scared me away from Petrino and said his players were constantly getting arrested, in fights, not going to class, doing drugs, etc. He told me he was amazed how none of it made it to the newspapers, he suspected the Tom Juric controlled Louisville media up there. Kragthorpe (and I’m not saying he can coach) alluded to that stuff going on behind the scenes when he took over and immediately kicked off 25 starters. That stuff scared me a lot more than him cheating on his wife, no offense to any ladies, but I could overlook cheating if he could coach a good football team. I think Arkansas is historically dirty and used to covering stuff like that up. I don’t want to go back on probation and I believe Petrino would put us there so I guess we will agree to disagree. You’re right in that I can’t stand Petrino, I think he makes Billy G look like a saint. You are wrong in saying I would be glad to have him on my side, I would more likely quit going to the games to support them regardless of the wins he might rack up in 1-2 seasons, but I know most wouldn’t be that adamant about it.



  79. BlueCat
    10:52 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    A lot of winning football schools, attract thugs. Big, strong, probably juiced up, winning, spoiled brat, football players tend to get in trouble. U of L tends to draw those types generally. Wasn’t Bridgewater a questionable transfer. A school like U of L has to take chances on lower rung types because the better conference schools tend to get the better picks. Hopefully being in the SEC would keep UK above that caliber, but you did notice recently a few got busted at UK for smoking grass.

    But let’s get real. I am sure every major big football school town protects their product. The days of student athletics of yesteryear are gone. It’s the job of the AD to keep the coach towing the line. I thought C.M. Newton got off clean for the way Mumme’s crew went off the wrong side of the road. Hire Petrino and have the AD do his job.



  80. gridiron_cat
    11:53 am September 23, 2012 Permalink

    I do put a lot of faith in UK’s compliance office and Sandy Bell. You are definitely right that football tends to attract guys like that but there’s a big difference between the stories I was hearing about the UofL guys and Ray Sanders smoking some pot. I actually give Mitch praise in keeping our program classy the last few years when the temptations to cheat for football had to be overwhelming. I still say we would be better off trying to pull Mike Leach away from Washington State or go after an up and comer somewhere else. Find a really good O-coordinator somewhere because we have to have offense for our fan base. We don’t do well with good defensive teams, we like to see scoring. Whatever we do I don’t want to go back to probation days. That’s the number one concern so take a risk fine, but don’t set this program back any more than it already has been. It’s impossible to control a guy like Petrino IMO, he’s a win at all cost guy and I think the temptation to cheat would be the only way in his mind if he came here. It’s a lot easier to win at UofL and Arkansas than here. Cheating would be the easy way out and he historically has taken the easy path out of bad situations, plus he has lied straight to previous AD’s faces and that makes it tough when you can’t even trust that your HC will be honest with you out of the public eye.



  81. BlueCat
    12:04 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    80 it’s no easier to win at Arkansas than it is at UK. I disagree there. The time for half measures at UK are over. Hire Petrino, keep a close, close eye on what he’s doing and stop being a doormat in the SEC. Although I agree with you Mike Leach would be very good choice, too.

    Petrino knows he will be under the microscope now and should be on his best behaviour. He’s not an idiot. He’s to protect number one, himself, so he should do the right thing.



  82. gridiron_cat
    12:38 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Hey man, I’m enjoying this conversation here am going to have to leave in a couple minutes just an FYI.

    “80 it’s no easier to win at Arkansas than it is at UK”
    I disagree, yes it is. Arkansas has the recruiting base, the facilities, the administration support, and the fan support. UK has some fan support, that’s it.

    “Petrino knows he will be under the microscope now and should be on his best behaviour”
    He has been under the microscope at his last two stops and it didn’t change how he acted. Arkansas put up all the stops in order to keep him under control and it didn’t work, I guarantee they put more people on Bobby watch than UK would.

    I agree with you that to land a big name coach at UK it would have to be somebody who has had problems elsewhere, but I just disagree that Petrino is that guy. I think he is his own breed of a**hole. Leach, I’m fine with. Butch Davis, I’m fine with (which should tell you a lot about how I feel towards Petrino). Even an assistant from a successful program that’s known to cheat and was implicated directly(eg USC, FSU, Tex, Ore, Mia, etc.) I’m fine with. I believe Sandy Bell could keep guys like that in check at UK, but I don’t think she could with Petrino. I think our outlook on the coaching search isn’t that different actually. I just don’t even consider Petrino a real man or human being at this point and you still have hope that he actually is one. There’s plenty of other shady coaches to go after if we are going to go that route.



  83. Linda Taylor
    12:54 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    59 – I had to stop watching that game at the half. The combination of it and UK was too much ineptness for one day. I went to bed. They had blown 4 redzone opportunities in the first half. I read today that they got blown out worse than KY did. They should drop out of the rankings this week. Oh well.



  84. Ricky-3-stacks
    12:57 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    We get it ass-wipe you think we need a new coach. Now stop showing everyone in America how we turn on one of our own when things go bad. Why would Ksr champion the cause to run a coach out of town? Who are you trying to kid saying we lined up with any SEC team toe to toe when Brooks was here? We were average at best and only pulled off an upset when a team played below average ball against us. The last good Ky team was coached by Fran Curci !!



  85. Linda Taylor
    1:11 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    55 – What I should have said was that every coach deserves a chance to get his own people in and to get things going the way he wants. I feel very strongly that 2 years is not long enough for an AD to give a new coach a chance to make a transition, even one who was already in the system. Again, I think it would make it much harder to find a good coach if they don’t believe they would have the support they need from their AD, especially at a place like UK. Every coach out there would see how many injuries we had last year to key players, that we had ended 2 important embarrassing win streaks against us (TN and Spurrier) in the last 2 years and that our record was still not far off from our usual w/l futility. They would all think we pulled the plug too fast and wouldn’t give them enough of a chance to wrestle this bear of a program. By keeping Joker this year I think Barnhart improves our chances of getting a better coach because they know he will support them. His record of supporting Rich Brooks will also work in our favor.