After announcing today that Joker Phillips will be gone by the end of the season, it’s time for UK to officially begin its search for a new head coach. You’ll hear a lot of names over the next month, some reasonable, some crazy, but KSR believes two coaches sit high above the rest on Kentucky’s list: Louisiana Tech’s Sonny Dykes and Duke’s David Cutcliffe.
Get to know ’em…
Sonny Dykes is one of the hottest names in coaching in just his third season as a head coach. His Louisiana Tech squad is 8-1 this season with road wins over Illinois and Virginia, and its only loss coming against Texas A&M in a 59-57 shootout.
Kentucky will pursue the former Mike Leach assistant, but it won’t be the only SEC school to give him a call this offseason.
David Cutcliffe is best known for coaching the Manning boys during their college careers. Cutcliffe was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach with Peyton at Tennessee and he was Eli’s head coach at Ole Miss. Almost all of the offensive records at both schools were set when Cutliffe was coaching.
Fun Fact: His coaching career began as a student assistant under Bear Bryant at Alabama.
Happy Coaching Search.