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Vinnie and UK Fans of the Day in NYC Want Afternoon Notes and Podcast

In NYC and looking for a place to party? Head on over to JACK DEMSEY’S tonight for UK’s official NYC pep rally. The bar’s owner, Vinnie (second from the left) will be there, along with the UK alumni association, Matt, and Drew, who will be tending the bar (tip him well). The party kicks starts at 7 p.m. ET, with a $5 cover to benefit the Red Cross Sandy Relief efforts.

— Who would have thought a week ago that the hot topic one day before the Maryland game would be Kentucky football? Bobby Petrino’s father started a firestorm last night with his comments about Petrino being being interested in the job. It’s clear from your reactions today that most of you all are on board with a Petrino hire. Petrino is one of, if not the most talented coach available right now, and whether or not his interest in Kentucky is sincere (many are arguing it’s a ploy to get a better offer from Auburn), Mitch Barnhart clearly has some things to think over today.

— The only real update we have on the Bobby Petrino situation is from Adam Himmelsbach, the Courier-Journal reporter who spoke to Petrino’s father last night. During their conversation, Himmelsbach said that Petrino Sr. mentioned that his son has already spoken to one school, and that it wasn’t Kentucky, but before he revealed the name, his wife stopped him, saying that they might get in trouble if they told. Could it be Auburn?

— Here are a few views on the situation from the national media:

Forbes’ Chris Smith, who covers the “business of sports,” thinks the hire is a “no brainer,” citing Kentucky’s need for a proven coach with a winning record, “buzz,” and ability to increase profits. Smith says that because of Petrino’s marred reputation, the Cats could land him. As for the baggage? He points to Cal: “Kentucky is no stranger to reaping the financial benefits generated by a coach with a poor reputation. John Calipari is one of the most loathed basketball coaches around, but the school pays him nearly $5 million to run college basketball’s fifth-most valuable team.”

The burning question today is whether or not Mitch would even consider the hire. ESPN’s SEC blogger Edward Aschoff says that he doesn’t think Mitch Barnhart will offer Petrino due to his baggage, and that Barnhart would rather find a young, up and coming offensive-minded coach who would stick around. Aschoff also said that most athletic directors are hesitant to hire Petrino, whom he calls a “PR nightmare,” but that if any school would take a chance on him, it would be Auburn. Who would Kentucky consider? Aschoff mentioned Sonny Dykes, Brent Pease, Dirk Koetter, David Cutcliffe and Willie Taggart as potential candidates.

— Hey, there’s a basketball game tomorrow! And, according to Cal, Ryan Harrow and Julius Mays may not even play in it. Both sat out yesterday, Harrow due to flu-like symptoms and Mays to rest his sprained leg. If they can’t go, Cal says Archie Goodwin and Jarrod Polson will handle point-guard duties.

— The Cats have arrived in Brooklyn and are settling in just fine, getting some practice in at the Barclays Center practice court:

— Vegas has spoken: the Cats are currently favored by 12.5 points.

— The folks over at CBSSports ranked the Cats second in their Preseason Top 25 (+ 1). Garry Parrish said that although the Cats have the most “pure talent” in the country, they will probably stumble early due to their youth and inexperience. The bottom line? By March, these Cats will be good:

Who will be the best player? I guess it could be Nerlens Noel. Or Archie Goodwin. Or Alex Poythress. We’ll see. But at least one of them — and possibly all three — will emerge as a serious All-American candidate and position Kentucky to make a third consecutive Final Four and win a second consecutive national title.

— A little bit of Andrew Wiggins news: Wiggins’ high school coach, Rob Fulford, says Wiggins will likely wait until the Spring to sign. Also, those rumors about his visiting Florida State this weekend are false. Fulford confirmed that Wiggins was initially concerned about how he would fit in at Kentucky after the Harrison Twins’ committed, but has since moved past that:

“Kind of an initial reaction was how would his role fit in with the Harrison twins and James Young but he doesn’t care. A roster alignment isn’t going to factor where Andrew goes.”

— USA Today’s Jason Jordan has quickly become one of the go-to names for recruiting news. In today’s piece, he interviewed various recruits about how often they get calls and texts from coaches, and how some (i.e. the Harrison Twins) have taken measures to stop it. Jahill Okafor, ranked #2 in the 2014 class, says Cal gets it when it comes to having a “hands-off approach”:

“Coach Cal said he didn’t see the point of all that calling and texting. I loved that approach because he made a really good point when he said, ‘I’m 53 years old, what would we have to talk about?’ Some schools just get out of hand with crazy texts.”

“It’s common sense; you know when you’re calling and texting too much,” he said. “Coaches just have to remember, we already know you want us. Don’t be so thirsty.”

Hear that, Tom Crean?

Three words about today’s show: Matthew ‘Effin Mitchell. Mitchell hosted the first hour with Ryan and absolutely killed it. #MitchelltoKSR? And yes, they also talked about Bobby Petrino.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

27 Comments for Vinnie and UK Fans of the Day in NYC Want Afternoon Notes and Podcast

  1. Gnar Face
    3:32 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Look alive

  2. Gnar Face
    3:33 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    BLUEDAT fa real son

  3. Billy Clyde
    3:38 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink


  4. SexnNursinHomes
    3:41 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    TT- “Matthew Effin’ Mitchell”?

    Facebook “like”

  5. I voted for Kodos
    3:46 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    matt’s been replaced. Matthew Effin’ Mitchell.

  6. UKBlue
    3:46 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino is going to Auburn; Auburn has to hire him because their program is now a disaster & Alabama is kicking their ass.

  7. Rixter
    3:47 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    ++Aschoff mentioned Sonny Dykes, Brent Pease, Dirk Koetter, David Cutcliffe and Willie Taggart++

    Captain Renault said it best… “Round up the usual suspects”

  8. SexnNursinHomes
    3:53 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    5- haha

  9. billy
    3:54 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    There are a lot of assistant coaches of winning football programs that Kentucky could hire. They just must be willing to pay the money for them. Assistant coaches are always looking for a head coaching job. Alabama, Florida are just a couple.

  10. Rome
    4:02 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Why wasn’t Chris Petersen on that list of potential football coaches? I don’t see anything wrong with that hire.

  11. UK Rifle >> WVU Rifle
    4:02 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Well folks those Husker folks are voting multiple times for their player

    Gina at

    and this can not stand for our own Ashley so I rally cry the BBN to vote every day as often as we can till we win this

    The children of the corn should be no match for the BBN when properly mobilized

    VOTE ASHLEY TODAY!! and spread the word.

  12. 84Cat
    4:05 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    “5th most valuable”?????

  13. Lost?
    4:12 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    If Harrow AND Mays dont play tomorrow we could be in for a rough night.

  14. Houston Wildcat
    4:21 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Can we permanently replace Ryan with Matthew Mitchell?? He was awesome.

  15. John Wall
    4:21 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    I like the show better without Matt Jones haha

  16. John
    4:31 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Hire BP today,best coach we could ever get!

  17. Cokely
    4:46 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    12.)Was thinking the same thing

  18. bluefan
    4:53 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    I’m not a Barnhart hater like some of you, but if Mitch won’t even consider Bobby Petrino then Mitch needs to go. Enough of the young up-and-coming coaches that don’t pan out.
    If UK doesn’t make a move soon, Petrino will be off the market.

  19. Hey, hay, hey
    5:00 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone bother to do any research at all on Bobby Petrino? I’ll save you the trouble. In 4 seasons at Louisville, he brought in 32 3-star recruits (Nice job by the way, getting a Brohm to go to Louisville.). Steve Kragthorpe had 31 in 3 seasons. Of the 32, 15 were in the 4th year that Bobby Petrino was at Louisville. From that final class, 21 of those recruits never played football at Louisville. Only 1 even ended up playing Division 1 football. Seeing a trend. He was at Louisville for 4 years, same as Arkansas. Left a mess at both places.

    Pretty sure 18 responses to a blog post are not an indication that most UK fans want him here.

  20. No brainer
    5:15 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch has said he wants a high risk/ high reward type coach. This is it! And people saying he will be gone for a better job in three yrs, so will anyone who comes in and has success with that kind of mindset! But that is not a certainty. If u bring in a high profile cpatch like this that will change the whole UK football landscape, it could actually raise up in the upper trot of sec teams. It could forever change the view of uk football if he is capable of actually competing yr in and yr out for sec titles! K state is a perfect example of what consistent winning can do for the future view of the program. We need to change the mindset that we will never be a football power cuz the right guy coming in and averaging 8-10 wins a yr for about 4-5 straight seasons could change it forever like Snyder has done at k state. They will never be at the bottom again! Might have down yrs but will never be back to the state we r in now! Petrino has a real possibility of making that dream a reality here! If we don’t swing for the fences then we will forever be middle of the road in the very best of seasons! I for one think it is definitely worth the risk if it could mean forever changing the view of the program!

  21. Flat tops rule
    5:22 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    #12- fifth most valuable?…that’s what I was thinking as well.

    Then it sank in that UK loses a lot of money due to Rupp being a city entity, correct? Cost to use facility (even if the city takes it easy on UK), lost $ due to concessions and parking.

    Syracuse averages 21-22k per game and all money from those games stays in their own pocket. They own the parking garages, pocket their own concessions…

    Same goes for other 15k+ attendance facilities that are on-campus university entities, like unc, ku, etc. I won’t even mention the one west of here.

    Just one of the many reasons that uk should have opened their pocketbook 15 yrs ago to build the on-campus facility with suites and club boxes while all the screwball professors wrote op-eds about putting the $ into education. Got to spend money to make money. Scared money don’t make no money.

  22. Lucky Raymond
    5:37 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    UK and MB should at least talk to BP-Hitting for the fences is not the up and coming coaches listed above. They should not hire a coach that is too old either,match the money with basketball this time.Why repeat the same mistakes over and over-go for the homer-Hire the very best-proven coach.

  23. Dave
    5:50 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    I could care less about Petrino’s baggage. He is one of the very few coaches who could turn Kentucky Football into a winner.

    Kentucky is in need of drastic changes. A Petrino hire at this time is exactly that drastic hire.

    And it will more than likely give Kentucky Football the edge it’s been seeking since Bear Bryant left.

    If Barnhart doesn’t make this hire [Petrino], it’s very likely that Barnhart will be signing his own resignation letter in 4 years.

    Unless he strikes absolute gold and finds the next Saban/Bear/Jimmy Johnson of College Football.

  24. kevin
    6:19 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Good luck at Auburn Petrino. In all seriousness, I will have tickets to sale if he comes to UK. Heck, I don’t even feel right calling him a POS because I feel like it would insult sh*t’s good name to have Petrino associated with it.

  25. [email protected]
    7:13 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t worry, Petrino would not come to UK because of UKs baggage. He would be tearing it up at Auburn while UK looks elsewhere.

  26. Blue4ever
    7:58 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino is not going to Auburn. His secret negotiations while he was at UofL with the former Auburn President and AD to oust Tubberville got them canned once it was leaked to the media. Doubt very seriously that they want to stir that mess up again?

  27. eastcoastcat
    9:03 pm November 8, 2012 Permalink

    BOOM…Lets do this!!!