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Wednesday Practice Notes

Rick Minter has a lot of work to do this week.

Rick Minter has a lot of work to do this week.

– In case you weren’t outside today it was a little warm. Joker said the players really had to push through in order to finish practice, with a few of them having to puke and rally. Joker says there has been a little sickness going around (I can personally attest to that) but regardless it’s good to see that they aren’t backing down from a challenge.


Injury Update: Josh Clemons will be out this week, and Joker’s attitude made it seem like it won’t be for awhile, my guess is at least 2 weeks before we’ll have a chance to see him on the field. Glenn Faulkner won’t be re-evaluated for another 5-6 weeks. CoShik Williams and Josh Forrest are both banged up and have not seen any practice time, even though they should be good to go by Saturday.


– Like Drew said earlier, Joker placed a twitter ban for before and after gamedays. Now whether it’s 20 hours or 24 (he said both) it really doesn’t matter, so long as there are no more public hiccups.


– For those that heard the comments from the coaches about the defense not being lined up properly Sunday, let me clarify. Joker stated, “every play has an alignment, assignment and an adjustment. We weren’t making the adjustments.” This is usually a problem at all levels on Week 1, but not of this magnitude. For most of the defense, it was their first start, but you can’t blame it all on youth. By game time, the players should simply react to what the offense is giving them, rather than having to think about what they are supposed to do. Joker said they will have to simplify the defense some, which should create a better product on the field come Saturday.


– Freshman Linebackers Khalid Henderson and Pancho Thomas WILL play Saturday. “You give up 460-something yards and you are a junior, why not put a freshman in there and see if we can give up 400 (with a guy) that’s more talented than those guys.” The defense will be simplified enough to put these guys in the right situation.


– I unrelated news, my PS 439G Professor Dr. Clayton Thyne had to own up to a bet in class today. On the bright side, his University of Louisville colleague had to wear blue in class twice last Spring #booyah.

The red was extremely distracting, but at least he is a man of his word.



Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

25 Comments for Wednesday Practice Notes

  1. please
    4:04 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink


  2. waltahtothealtah
    4:05 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink

    banged up RB at Kentucky early in the season? shocker

  3. adam
    4:11 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink

    Puke and Rally? you mean like Billy Bob from Varsity Blues… PUKEN RALLY

  4. thewaitfor8
    4:22 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink

    Oh great. I know what “simplify” means when we hear it from Joker. Thought I had heard it before so did a quick Google search.

    Last year he said we had to “scale back” “simplify” the offense. Oh and those comments came directly after LAST years UofL game! Awesome. In other words, when Joker says we have to simplify or scale back something, it means very bad things to come. Going to be a very long season. I really wasn’t expecting the defense to be THIS bad.

  5. john4uk
    4:27 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink

    Let’s see,UK has returning starters on the D-line,and they were confused about their alignments.Must be the most complicated defense in D-1 football.And some wonder why fans are turning away from UK football.

  6. areyouserious
    4:29 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink

    Seriously? The players have just come out of fall practice and are puking after the first game? Are they not in shape already? Who the heck is running this team and why are they not making in game adjustments? Who has the job of correcting that crap DURING the game? Why do we always have to wait until two days AFTER the game for somebody to say that crap?

  7. stan
    4:30 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink

    Oh Hell.Simplify=Good news for Kent State

  8. Just Sayin'
    4:45 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink

    serious question. what happens IF we lose to kent state?

  9. thewaitfor8
    4:53 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink

    This might sound harsh, but if we honestly lose to any of the other non-con teams, Joker should be fired that week. There is zero excuse for losing any of those games and I can’t imagine it would happen. But if it does, he’s gotta go.

  10. Angry
    5:02 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink

    Did the team at least get some ice cream and go to the pool after practice?

  11. Chris
    5:29 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink

    Hey I’m in that pic with dr thyne.

  12. bige
    5:36 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink

    Youtube has some nice “how to tackle videos” but there isn’t any “how not to fake punt on 4th and 14 from deep in your territory”

  13. bige
    5:37 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink

    Glad we could make one against louisville.

  14. JBR
    5:42 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink

    Here is a novel idea Joker…yes, x’s and o’s are important, and lining up, adjustments…yada, yada…but let’s start where the rubber meets the road…this team has Joker’s personality. To say it bluntly, weak, flat, and emotionless. Defense is hugely dependent on aggression, attitude, physicality, etc…all of which our players do not have. They play with no heart, no aggression, no attitude…nothing. When your mind is weak, and your heart is weak…all of the x’s and o’s in the NFL won’t fix your problem. It starts there.

  15. BBN
    5:44 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink

    Doesn’t matter which “player” Joker substitutes in – he recruited ALL of them, so they’re probably not SEC caliber players anyway.

    Only when Joker is gone – can REAL change happen.

  16. who me
    5:47 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink

    #14 – You Sir, nailed it!

    If all things were equal – which SEC coach could Joker beat out on personality alone? NONE.

  17. wildcat502
    6:10 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink

    Lets face it, the University is happy with 500 football
    Curci – Winner but probation
    Claiborne – 500 football
    Curry – Older coach and beyond his prime
    Mummie – Won a little and probation
    Brooks – Older coach and beyond his prime – 500 coach
    Joker – Up and comer who is a great assistant but no head coaching experience

    You notice we have older coaches beyound their prime or up and comer. Cheap is the main issue here, no money for the football team, but if basketball wanted 200 million, we would get it. No proven head coach, at his prime, would come here and I dont blame him.
    We whiffed when Snellenberger wanted to come here, but we said no thank you. The addminstration knew he would be butting heads with them and they didnt want that headach, so U of L hired him and he is credited with putting them on the football map.


  18. Matt in Franklin
    6:25 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink

    Chris Hatcher and the Hatch Attack…nuff said…

  19. Rixter
    6:28 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink

    17, when was Joker a great assistant? When he was at Notre Dame?

  20. jay
    6:31 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink

    Is that Drew Franklin in the back?

  21. Big Blue Daddy
    6:54 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink

    What is so frustrating is Joker starts to figure things out when its too late… The defensive line was woeful and lb wasn’t much better… Don’t even getting me started on the DBS… I heard his mumble speak Monday night and he said we didn’t get lined up right on defense. UL did nothing dynamic, just lined up and ran what they wanted even tipping hands with unbalanced lines and short side isolation of their best wideout… We couldn’t stop it. I’m telling you I saw this disaster coming in the Ole Miss game early in year one… We need a better HC but we also need better coaches throughout the staff… None of these guys were in demand among top programs… And it shows

  22. Catlogic15
    9:54 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink

    Linebacker coach at Indiana State, then defensive coordinator in SEC program=Get killed every week. Thanks, Mitch. You are a money guy only. Showing up now. Call ex-ticket holders for advice.

  23. Bud
    10:36 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink

    #14 u nailed it my man and that’s all I have to say. Look up the word dud, Joker’s pic is next to it.

  24. Steve Back
    10:14 am September 6, 2012 Permalink

    I keep setting my DVR to “Americas Biggest Losers” and it records every Yew Kay Football game!!

  25. Steve Back
    10:37 am September 6, 2012 Permalink

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    Times have changed, and that is why Kentucky cannot afford to keep Joker Phillips.

    The apocryphal tale – which considering the personality of the Baron could be gospel truth – is that Adolph Rupp was so bothered by the immense football successes and popularity of Paul Bryant that he maneuvered behind the scenes to make the Bear flee to then hapless Texas A&M. From that time, UK football fans have taken solace in little, save that they are not Vandy fans and that Louisville is irrelevant.

    Times have changed, and that is why Kentucky cannot afford to keep Joker Phillips. There is excitement around the Commodores football program that has not been felt since Whit Taylor quarterbacked the team to eight wins. Perhaps worse, a very young Louisville Cardinals team is ranked and could play in another BCS Bowl this year. The football future in Louisville looks brighter than the basketball future.

    Unless UK fans are content to play at the bottom of the SEC and become the state’s number two gridiron program – and number two in a small state that plays poor high school football is a lowly position indeed – a change must be made.

    Defenders of Joker Phillips will note that only a handful of Wildcats head coaches have won a higher percentage of their games the first two years than Phillips. But they tend to ignore the fact that no other UK coach inherited a program that had come off four consecutive bowl teams.

    In judging whether a coach should be retained, two things must always be taken into account: the school’s football history and what the previous coach accomplished, especially his final two to four years at the school. Considering UK’s football history, Joker Phillips’ record after two seasons (11-14) would be acceptable; good enough to warrant a fourth season unless the bottom were to fall out this year. But considering the state of the program that Phillips inherited from Rich Brooks – which is the second healthiest it has ever been – 11-14 is a poor record.

    Many years ago, I came to the conclusion that virtually all coaches demonstrate within three years whether they can top or at least equal the accomplishments of their predecessor. If at least one of a coach’s first three seasons at a school is not clearly a good season for that school based on its history the four or five seasons prior to the new coach, the odds are extremely slim that new coach will ever pan out at that school.

    The clock is ticking on Joker Phillips. Getting manhandled by Louisville should signal UK football boosters that unless there is some kind of major turn around miracle this year, they either make the change or resign themselves to expect their Wildcats to sink to what we used to denominate as Vanderbilt status, flailing hopelessly at the bottom of the conference.

    The ghost of Adolph Rupp would prefer that UK be happy with John Calipari’s one and done recruiting empire of basketball dominance, but will the UK athletics department once again settle for the bottom of SEC football as long as its basketball is nationally prominent?

    There is an easy answer should the UK brass choose to compete seriously in football: as soon as this Wildcats team has six losses, announce that Phillips will not be retained and his replacement will be Bobby Petrino.

    Considering Petrino’s history, many schools will pass on him for at least one more year. But UK already has Calipari, and apparently is the antithesis of shamefaced about that. Feeling too righteous to hire Petrino would be the most absurd moral stance in the history of the SEC.

    Football is simply bigger than basketball, and considerably so. That ought to matter even to Kentucky people.

    Derek Dooley seems finally to be turning the corner from the mess he inherited at Tennessee. Georgia keeps reloading under Richt. Florida will not remain down for long. Steve Spurrier has built a program at South Carolina far better than anything the school has ever seen. As noted above, Vandy seems to be on the rise. Missouri is positioned to be competitive in the SEC.

    The longer UK waits to hire a football coach the caliber of Bobby Petrino, the deeper the hole it digs for itself. And now, both Vandy and Louisville fans are laughing down at UK football fans.