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Will Stoops retain any of the current staff?


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With Mark Stoops safely ensconced as the new leader of the Big Blue football faithful, the search now shifts to his staff. Stoops has offered the offensive coordinator position to James Coley, his former colleague and current OC at Florida State, with a decision expected over the next day or so. Mitch Barnhart has made it clear that Stoops will have an open checkbook with which to assemble his staff, a promising sign in an increasingly positive hire.

But, will Stoops decide to retain any of Joker’s staff? You could argue that keeping at least one assistant on staff would provide continuity for the players and help the new staff learn the ropes. Let’s look at who’s left:

Mike Summers, Offensive Line/Running Game Coordinator — Summers is the assistant most likely to be retained. Universally loved by his players, Summers is a Lexington native and has history with the program, going back to 1980, when he was a graduate assistant. He joined the staff in 2010 after stints with Louisville, the Atlanta Falcons, and Arkansas. In his first season at Kentucky, the offensive line flourished, only to be plagued by injury in 2011. He was recently nominated for the Broyles Award, which is given to the top assistant coach in the country. Also, he is Kentucky’s lead recruiter in the Tallahassee/Florida panhandle area.

Andre Woodson, Graduate Assistant on Offense — One of Kentucky’s favorite sons, Woodson has been on staff for the past two seasons, helping with the quarterbacks. He has a great relationship with the current trio of quarterbacks, and could continue to be a young face of the program to recruits. He also has what seems to be an unhealthy obsession with SmartPop! popcorn.

Jeremy Jarmon, Asst. Director of Football Operations — Before the season began, Jarmon attempted to rally the fans around the football program, and was rewarded with a position on the staff. Jarmon is an excellent ambassador for the program, and a proven motivator (can we run that clip of him from the UK production of “A Few Good Men” again?). Jarmon could continue his role as part of football operations and be a strong alumni presence in the program. Please??

Rick Minter, Defensive Coordinator — Bahahahaha…no. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, bub.

Do you think Stoops will completely clean house? If not, who does he keep?

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98 Comments for Will Stoops retain any of the current staff?



  1. jus sayin
    11:36 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Mike Summers is the only one he should even think about keeping.

    Jarmon and Woodson are of no consequence but anyone who had a major role with this team needs to be gone.



  2. Mark
    11:38 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Summers and Jarmon



  3. Tooblueforyou
    11:39 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Hopefully not, UK football has a losing culture and leaving anyone from the old staff will just keep that attitude around the program



  4. Big Blue Coming at You
    11:41 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Stoops should and will clean house. This program has sucked for 3 years under Joker. As bad as recruiting has been and as bad as we’ve been playing, not a single person on staff should be retained imo.



  5. poppschmidty
    11:41 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Rick Minter….ha….ha…..ha……ha…..hell let’s just keep Randy Sanders as well….Ha….best post in a while….



  6. Dat Hater
    11:42 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    They should keep Summers and Woodson. Our quarterbacks were not the issue skill wise, only injury plagued. Summers has proven to be one of the premier OL coaches in the nation



  7. eddie
    11:43 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    not minter he already had parting words for uk not good ones and he and stoops would butt heads every single day not good i would at least keep Jarmon and Woodson he could take them under his wing and teach them to be a proper coach



  8. kes
    11:44 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    get rid of ALL of them, people want to keep summers? our O-line has been HORRIBLE, as has our D-LINE.



  9. UKBlue
    11:44 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Andre, Jeremy, and hopefully Jared Lorenzen. Rock Oliver has got to stay because he has the official job of being awesome.

  10. Bring back Mike Major. Hah!
    Actually, it will be interesting to see how Stoops handles the D more than who the DC is. I can’t imagine he doesn’t want to be pretty hands-on with that side of the ball, so it’ll probably have to be someone who doesn’t have to have total control.



  11. dave
    11:45 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    6-are you kidding? morgan newton ‘s qb “progression” is a major reason for this & last season’s failings and arguably a top factor contributing to joker’s firing



  12. CatsFan
    11:46 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Keep Summers for sure. Andre and Jeremy are questionable, I like them both as people. I like the point that those two could be young faces that could maybe recruit. I would say get rid of everyone else though. In the end it is Coach Stoops decision. Summers should have a spot though.



  13. EC
    11:46 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Minter deserves to go to the coaching graveyard. Worst assistant in UK history.



  14. random dude
    11:47 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    KSR post request (if only BTI were still around) – comprehensive listing of the players that Stoops will inherit, and how good they are, i.e. their star rating out of high school or how they have measured up so far for the cats. Who are the key contributors and how good are they, who are SEC level prospects, etc.

    Some people say Joker brought some good players in and there is some young talent, other people say the cupboard is bare. I know Jokers recruiting classes usually ranked 40-50 but they have lost some key players to transfers as well. Would be nice to see some kind of analysis to provide measuring stick for what to expect going into next season.



  15. Hulk
    11:47 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Clean friggin house!



  16. CatsFan
    11:48 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    I also like Tim Couch somewhere on the lineup. I think that he could be given a chance to prove himself(1-2 years). KY fans would love this and would make Coach Stoops an even bigger hit.



  17. Smitty
    11:51 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    3 — Are you serious? Jarmon and Woodson were players during the best times UK football has had. Why would you let those guys go? Both were in the NFL and both are good assets to have with the team. It is not like they will have to be paid a lot of money to stay on.



  18. notplayingthisgame
    11:52 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Seriously, love ksr. I find I must take a break till you decide our defending National Championship basketball team (who made your site what it is btw) deserves at least equal time on the site.

    We have a big BASKETBALL game TOMORROW guys. I’d like to know how Harrow is doing, what coach thinks about the practices, etc.,etc.

    I know, don’t let the door hit me………..



  19. National Champs
    11:54 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    I understand that the hiring of a new head coach is causing a lot of excitement for the football program. However, being that UK is playing a fairly important game against a tough ND team on the road tomorrow, and they are hoping to have the services of their starting point guard, wouldn’t it be appropriate to stop the Football Coach Celebration for a little bit and talk about Kentucky Basketball? We ARE the defending national champions in that sport, after all!



  20. Turner the Burner
    11:55 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    11 — The progression of Morgan Newton is not why this season was a failure. Injuries this year is why this team struggled, along with lack of overall talent. If Morgan Newton progressed nicely to a pretty good QB, we would still be playing a boat load of freshmen that would give up a ton of points.



  21. random dude
    11:55 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    16 – Wrong. Tim Couch by all accounts is a great guy, but Stoops will surround himself with winners. People that expect to win. What will make Stoops a “big hit” is if he finds a way to compete in the SEC, not how many ex-players that represent the UK Football legacy of losing that he keeps around.



  22. St. Paul Raiders
    11:58 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    18-You’re amazing. KSR devotes 360 days a year to hoops. We FINALLY have a unifying football topic everyone is rallying around and you don’t like it. Have a great day.



  23. dave
    11:59 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    18- (SEC) football keeps the AD & school going on the cheap. not b-ball. &there are specific studies which show the importance & value a good football team can be to te entire school. IF we somehow win 6+ games next year UK, KSR, the whole state benefits. proven facts



  24. random dude
    11:59 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    People that are with the football team now reinforce the legacy of losing. This is a new beginning, an opportunity to start something, to keep people around that did not win would be a mistake and I don’t think Stoops will do it.



  25. Yesterdays
    12:00 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    It would be great to have Woodson or Jarmon around. Good to have former players around- See what Cal did with Estill, Turner, etc and his efforts to constantly bring back older players. That said, if Minter wants to demote either Jarmon or Woodson, I am fine with it. I dont know if Woodson or Jarmon can recruit, as in are they allowed off-campus to recruit?



  26. Dr. Kutaweigh
    12:00 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Mike Summers



  27. Punter U
    12:01 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Newton’s lack of “progression” is not, I don’t think, on the coaches. Honestly I think Newton just sucks at playing QB. Look at what the coaches have done with Jalen Whitlow, he is WAY ahead of where anyone expected him to be.



  28. whatthatguysaid
    12:01 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    18 i agree



  29. Loyal Blue
    12:01 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Wow… to all you basketball only fans that are crying because we aren’t talking about one basketball game that is tomorrow….just be quiet. It’s great to have some hope and optimism around the football program for a change. And if you haven’t noticed, we are a basketball team without a PG (thanks Teague) and no depth. We have raw talent, but no chemistry and probably no chemistry potential. To all you basketball only fans, don’t get your hopes up on the season. No PG and no depth equals a long season.



  30. Beatle Bum
    12:04 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Summers makes sense (good coach and recruiter), but I thought he has only been at UK for two seasons. Has it been three? Nord would also make sense (he really knows Kentucky and Louisville recruiting). Beyond that, it just depends whether Stoops has a relationship.



  31. Beatle Bum
    12:05 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Plus, Joe B will talk up the program and Stoops if Summers is retained.



  32. AWAT
    12:05 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    No playing favorites, clean house! We need a complete new look.



  33. Beatle Bum
    12:06 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Wow, some fans cannot talk football AND basketball in the same day!!?!?



  34. Brawn
    12:06 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    #18 and #19 I will be watching the game…. but will also be celebrating our new football coach. Without football basketball will fail, know your place. It’s time for both to succeed for once.



  35. dave
    12:07 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    20- obviously when you go 2-10 it isnt only one player. but there is no doubt if he lived up to being only an average SEC QB (hartline-ish) we probably wouldve beaten pitt in bowl game, probably couldve won one more game last year (bowl eligible) and who knows maybe couldve won more than 2 games this year ==== joker would prob be still be here. we’ll ever know



  36. RealCatsFan
    12:07 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    21, yes, the football program overall has been a “loser” for the most part (aside from 2007), but to label all former UK football players as “losers” is selling them short. UK has had a lot of kids who were winners on the field (and off) through the years, even though the team may not have succeeded. Couch, Woodson, Cobb, and many others are far from representing a “legacy of losing”. I agree that Stoops probably needs to bring in the people he thinks can get the job done, but hopefully he will take a page out of Cal’s book and build a bridge to some of the past great players in the program so they can feel included going forward. If you don’t think all the tweets out there by former UK players in the NBA supporting the Cats don’t help recruiting, you are fooling yourself.



  37. Cat 67
    12:07 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Keep Mike Summers ( Joe B. Halls Son in Law ) and Chuck Smith. Let me be the one to walk Sanders , Minter and Joker to the door.



  38. Bicycle Seat Sniffer
    12:08 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    If it’s going to bring wins and create less controversy among the staff, then CLEAN HOUSE!



  39. MJ4UK
    12:09 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    More important than firing Joker, getting rid of Summers and Minter…I believe they were the cause of a lot of Joker’s problems to begin with. So as far as assistants go CLEAN HOUSE.



  40. Beavis
    12:10 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Please folks,,,,,,,clean house. Retaining even one of the former coaches will be a mistake. New coach,,,,new direction.



  41. Tennesse Wildcat
    12:11 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Stoops will probably clean house and bring in his style of assistants. No offense to who we already have, but he will likely bring in folks that make him comfortable and who can succeed.



  42. Mattcat68
    12:11 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    With the exception of Minter, which I have no sympathy for, I feel bad for these guys. But, UK needs to change the entire culture of the Football program. In order for that to happen the house needs to be cleaned, thoroughly.



  43. RealCatsFan
    12:12 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    34, never said I wasn’t happy about getting a new football coach! I am truly looking forward to seeing how the team develops over the next few years. UK football fans are a long suffering bunch, and deserve to have some hope for better times ahead. That being said, all I want is a post or two mixed in about our basketball team and the game coming up tomorrow. And Loyal Blue, 2011 should have taught you to never sell a Cal-coached UK team short! That team started out with no true presence in the middle, and lost almost all their road SEC games, and went to the FF. Can’t we all get along? 🙂



  44. [email protected]
    12:15 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    I’m in a [email protected]



  45. RUPPS_rhetoric
    12:16 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    29) Are you out of your f#$%ing mind?!?! Our PG has been sick dealing with issues. Whether he returns to form or not is yet to be seen. No depth? We play 7 guys, 8 with Harrow/Polson, 9 if you want to count Hood

    1 – Goodwin
    2 – Harrow
    3 – Mays
    4 – Polson
    5 – Poythress
    6 – Wiltjer
    7 – Noel
    8 – Cauley-Stein
    9 – Hood

    We barely played 7 last year. In case you haven’t noticed Cal NEVER plays more than 7 guys. If nothing else this team is deeper than last years. And last I checked they only allow 5 on the floor at once. I’m happy we’re talking about football but you my friend are an idiot. SHUT UP AND LEAVE NOW.



  46. Jack Nicklaus
    12:19 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Keep LB coach/Chuck Smith. Dude is a winner…he proved that by leading Boyle County to 39 state championships. Well…not that many…but a bunch.



  47. Stoop Doggy Dog
    12:19 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Who works with the punters? Keep him.



  48. ChicagoCat
    12:19 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t see any reason not to keep JJ and Woodson. As many have already said, they are the face of the recent “golden years” of UK football and young motivators the players can identify with. I’d rather have them then random people with loose connections to the program. Summers also seems to have earned the right to stay, we’ll see what Stoops does.



  49. BOURBON TOWN CAT FAN
    12:23 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    How about hiring Joker as Receiver Coach? LOL



  50. UKfansNKY
    12:26 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Keep Mike Summers and Chuck Smith, for support…. Woodson and Jarmon. Everyone else out the door!!!



  51. UKFan4Life
    12:28 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Andre, Jarmon, and of course the Rock… He works with all of the athletes like basketball and football, he does a good job with them. I think bringing in Couch or Lorenzen would be good for the program. I think starting fresh is the best thing for us… Plus I think Stoops will want his own people… But keeping Andre, Jarmon, and Rock is a certain. Using these young guys (former cats that people recognize) and maybe a couch or Lorenzen would be great. This is all so exciting… 1st time I’ve been excited since Cobb was making plays.



  52. Loyal Blue
    12:30 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    45 – Rupps…get over yourself… You know Harrow at PG is a liability at best. And expecting Polson to play above his head for 40 games is unrealistic. Hood and Polson as integral parts of the rotation are not attractive. It sounds like you may know a thing or two about basketball, if that is true, you know I am right and it could prove to be a long season without an effective PG. If you think we are deeper this year, you are not paying attention. Sure we have more bodies, but not bodies with anywhere near the overall talent level. I hope Harrow is a stud, but have not seen any signs that this could be true.

    1 – Davis
    2 – MKG
    3 – Teague
    4 – TJ
    5 – Lamb
    6 – Miller
    7 – Wiltjer
    8 – Polson

    So which team is deeper…Last years by far. Learn the game and stop trying to be a hard A$$. I was simply asking basketball only fans to slow their roll and be happy about football.



  53. BBN
    12:31 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Stoops should and will 86 the entire lot. He will replace the losers with winners and instill an optimistic, winning culture. Praise The Lord for that!



  54. UKFan4Life
    12:31 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    QB situation? I bet Whitlow moves to WR/Wildcat aka WildCobb… He isn’t the best passer but he is okay, so I say use the athletic ability like we did with Cobb… I think it would be great! Let Max and Towles battle it out for the starting gig. What u think?



  55. lawnorder
    12:33 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    More basketball news please. I know the 17 football fans in the state of KY are excited, but ya gotta go with the majority, and…majority wants basketball



  56. bart
    12:35 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    it is unfortunate for woodson adn jarmon, i loved them as players and what they have done so far for the program. but, in my opinion, anyone and anything that has to do with the current football program needs to be let go. I agree with possibly keeping ‘dre and jeremy, they can still be of some use, but they are jsut a reminder of how things used to be.
    come on up mr. coley and your 4 & 3 star [email protected][email protected]#!



  57. Wtf UK football is back
    12:36 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    All need to be sent packing. Maybe keep Woodson, a great guy. The previous regime had their chance. Lazy in recruiting, lazy in organization, lazy in practice, and lazy in control over the players and team. Besides keeping Woodson, it is true that one bad apple spoils the hole bag. Bring in all new blood. It will happen.



  58. JR
    12:36 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    If Stoops decides that retaining Summers is a good fit, then I am for it. Remember Stoops has already been given the go to open up the checkbook to bring in assistants, I do not think that he will retain someone he does not think he can work with or will hurt the programs progression. Grad assistants do not usually have a big role in the teams game plan anyways, again ill trust that one up to Stoops as well. If he is comfortable with Summers and can keep him at cost to spend the extra dollar to bring in a big name Offensive Coordinator then I am all for it. “In Stoops I Trust”



  59. DannyBoy
    12:37 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    HELL NO! Why would they keep anyone from Joker’s staff!? The whole point of firing Joker and hiring a new coach is to get better. We are not going to get better if we just keep Joker’s staff. I really hope Stoops cleans house and hires a new everything!



  60. Extra esp
    12:38 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    #54, Watch and see what new freshman QB comes to UK! Whitlow is not moving to WR, no way. Your worries are solved.



  61. tiredofyou
    12:39 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    #29,#52 Dude, nothing loyal about talk like yours. And who you telling to be quiet? Wow.

    Not saying don’t post about the mediocre football hire you guys are so excited about. I truly hope it works out well.

    Just saying, big game tomorrow. Basketball made ksr a website worth clicking on. Equal time, please for the defending Championship team.



  62. blueboy
    12:42 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Minter’s time at UK may go down as one of the worst in history of sports. He reminded me of Tubby Smith where they both took a group and just took the backwards,



  63. Ben
    12:43 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Clean House! New all the way around! Keep no one!



  64. Loyal Blue
    12:43 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Extremely tired of you too 😉 Equal share? In your extremely well educated opinion, which program would you say gets the majority of attention on this site, basketball or football? LOL. Equal time my butt. Tired of people like you calling the best coaching hire we’ve had in most people’s lifetimes mediocre and downplaying its significance. In case you haven’t noticed, every football expert in America thinks it’s a great hire.



  65. Not Nerlens
    12:44 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    I’m fine with whatever Stoops wants to do here regarding Summers. I personally wouldn’t have a problem if he cleaned house and decided to start completely fresh. However, if he wants to retain anyone from the previous staff, Summers is the clear choice as most of the other assistants were attrocious.



  66. RUPPS_rhetoric
    12:45 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    52) What’s your definition of a long season? My definition of a long season is a last year BCG season. If by long season do you mean we’ll be ranked somewhere between 10-20 and maybe a Sweet 16 – Elite 8 team, with a decent shot of a Final 4. than perhaps you might be right. Don’t forget just how rotten college basketball is right now. But I think even if Harrow doesn’t round into shape; I believe you’re underestimating what Archie could become running the point. The kid gets to the basket at will and is a good free throw shooter. And of course last year’s team has a lot more talent; arguably one of the talented team in the history of college basketball. But you can take Polson off of your 8 man rotation from last year. Eloy played much more significant minutes than him, and those were about what, 3-5 minutes a game? I honestly believe Polson will play about 10 minutes a game. Is it ideal, no. However right now the kid is sporting a pretty decent assist to turnover ratio playing major minutes. But this is all subjective talk 5 games in to a 40 game season. However…

    What really ticked me off is your comment on chemistry. What on earth have you seen to doubt the chemistry on this team, or, as you said… “but no chemistry and probably no chemistry potential” Honest question, what leads you to believe that?



  67. Funky Monkey
    12:46 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    The whole program stunk – clean house top to bottom (exception Rock Oliver).



  68. Jeremiah
    12:48 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    I say keep Woodson and Jarmon as the connections to the good days under Rich Brooks. As for Minter, I don’t think that it is possible to get him out of here fast enough.



  69. Dr. Funke
    12:51 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Umm… Hello, Chuck Smith LBs coach.



  70. notplayingthisgame
    12:52 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Seriously, #64, Loyal(?)Blue, I recommend you calm down, have a nice cup of tea and a nap. Have you not slept since the BIG announcement? Lol



  71. Jeremy
    12:54 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    I think they should keep Chuck smith, he seems to be the only one developing consistent NFL talent, and his linebackers always seem to be tackle leaders in the SEC. Quality position coach in my eyes.



  72. TheBigToe
    12:56 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Keep Rock and Jarmon. That’s it. Point. Blank. Period.



  73. jimp
    12:58 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    I am one of the old UK football fans on here, being 67 years old. Have followed UK football since 1959. I can’t really remember when there is a coaching change at any school that the new coach has not kept at least one coach from the old staff. I am sure there have been times, however, for the majority of the time they do keep someone just because the player’s are familiar with an old coach and feel comfortable with them being around til they get used to the new staff, and in many cases they want someone around that recruited them. Just because we have had some bad year’s under Joker does not mean that every single coach on this staff is a terrible coach. Mike Summers is a top o-line coach, Chuck Smith, has done a great job through the year’s with guys like Woodyard, Braxton Kelley, Trevathan, Winston Guy, Avery Williamson, Bud Dupree and others. No one has mentioned Pat Washington. He did a great job at Tenn. for many year’s and sent a bunch of guys to the NFL. Our receivers this year were way better than when Tee Martin was the coach. They were all catching the passes and making plays til Maxwell Smith went down. It was an exciting offense til that happened. They were dropping passes like crazy with Martin as their coach. I’m not saying keep all of them, however, it would not hurt to keep one at least and I bet he does before all is said and done.



  74. J A Brooks
    1:09 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    I love the people wanting to can Andre and Jarmon… Andre is a GA making very little and GAs basically just do what the coaches tell them to. Andre wasn’t in charge of qb development Randy Sanders was… Andre basically helped with drills Sanders assigned and assisted in film review and in general provided an ear for the young QBs to talk to. Jarmon was in mostly an administration position.

    GAs are basically bodies like walkons in the sense that they’re there to help and learn. They don’t make much. Its a starting point for people hoping to coach one day. People act like Andre and Jarmon were out there calling plays or dictating policy…

    Pretty sure Andre will stick around since he’s just a GA



  75. J A Brooks
    1:12 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Oh and Summers should be retained but I will also support whatever Stoops does… he’s the one in charge. Summers is a good coach tho.



  76. Urincatland
    1:19 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    I will be so glad to see Sanders and Minter go. Offense and Defense are absolutely horrible!!



  77. tyson
    1:39 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t care who he retains, as long as he doesn’t retain the “Special Forces” monicker for the special teams unit. That was so absurd and childish.



  78. asdf
    1:56 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Woodson did something no one else in the SEC has ever done. He threw 40 for 40 TD’s in a season. He knows what it’s like to be a winner. Keep him around. Jarmon too. They’re young guys at the very start of their careers, they are relatable for the players and they could learn a lot at the feet of a new master.



  79. asdf
    1:58 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    I think Couch thinks he has a big future on TV, and he might be right. He’s definitely improved a LOT since he started. He’ll stick with that gig as his day job.



  80. Carl
    2:01 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    I see no reason to not keep Andre and Jeremy, those were class acts and football players and teammates. I think they could help with the transition and as someone pointed out, they are there entry level people pursuing a career in coaching. Keep them and reward them for the years they gave to the UK football program. It would be nice to see them leave Kentucky on their own terms when they are ready to pursue their careers at another level.



  81. Doogs
    2:03 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Minter splinter was the worst DC ever…..gotta go



  82. Rich Brooks
    2:12 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Keep Rick around & use him as a tackling dummy

    Randy might have success with Bubble Screens & Third n Long draws at Morton Middle



  83. Rich Brooks
    2:18 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Couch should stick to TV & stay in the booth. Keep the hair gel & microdermabrasion off the sideline



  84. #jokerdown&out
    2:21 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Honset question does anyone think joker will find another job if not as a head coach but as assistant …..keep JJ &AW3



  85. The Godfather
    2:28 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    I think you have to keep Chuck Smith. He is a proven winner The man has put several LB’s in the League. The high school coaches in the state all know and respect him which will help in recruting.



  86. Delk for 3
    2:48 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Keep only the young guys in Jarmon and Woodson. They aren’t stuck in their ways yet, are able to learn new things, and are willing to do anything to move up the coaching ladder. Let the old guys go. They’ve had their chance.



  87. ED
    2:58 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Keep Woodson or Jarmon, get rid of the rest.



  88. Cal is King!
    2:58 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Chuck Smith couldn’t even get a former player at Boyle, Lamar Dawson, to come to UK! HUH?? Dude is starting LB for USC!



  89. The Buzz of Stamping Ground
    3:32 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Dawson wanted movie stars and beaches, not loyalty to his state. Now is he is hitched his wagon to that Booby Petrino Jr. idiot Kiffin who will be in trouble shortly. Keep Chuck Smith. It was Minter that screwed up the defense.



  90. Clean house
    3:44 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    How can so many people want Summers to stay? Just like what #8 said our OL has been a MAJOR problem ever since Summers took over. Anybody noticed every QB we played got hurt. That is directly pointed at the OL. Chuck Smith is a good Coach but stoops being a DC I’m sure he has his own guys to put in all the defensive coaching jobs. I do think Rock Oliver is one of the best strength coaches in the country but doesn’t he coach the Basketball team.
    I seen where some people where saying to keep Summers because of his recruiting. Really??
    Everybody involved in the recruiting the last 3 years should not only be fired but should pay half of their salary back! I don’t know what team everybody else has been watching, but our talent IS NOT SEC caliber. We have been competing against MAC schools.#14 the measuring stick for our talent is their, it’s on field proformance and that sucked.



  91. So/so hire
    3:55 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Some on here need to calm down with the best hire ever talk. That’s crazy. Sure the tv people say its a good hire Thet say that about every hire. Stoops very well could be a great hire and I for one hope so. However dude has no experience and to this point has been given a lot of credit because of his brother success at OU. The mans coming in to a bad team in a tough conference so I think we need about 3 years before we can really judge just what type of hire this was. I
    If Stoops wins it will secure Barnhart legacy at UK. If he loses some will always bring up that we had a chance to get a certain coach with a record of winning big. I’m not saying thats right but just being realistic. So let’s all hope Stoops is closer to Bob and not Mike. I know Mitch will be praying so.



  92. Johnny gun from bull run
    4:35 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Summers and Pardue stay and the rest go!



  93. UKALumni07
    5:06 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    I think Stoops should clean house and bring in his own guys. Keeping any coaches from the previous team could cause tension with the players and the new coaches. Plus I think bringing in a whole new staff is needed and could be what this program needs to move forward.



  94. treeman74
    5:58 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Clean house. If you want former players to be a part, bring them in later. I want him to establish his own identity and make us forget about the last 3 years.



  95. Football Rock
    6:00 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Clean house. See you Smith, Sanders, Minter and all. You are holding back the freight train. Stunk at coaching, stunk more at recruiting. Take a hike. Start anew coach Stoops. Practice and play like warriors. The previous coaches had their chance. Boring football, not good for players. Take a hike. Go Big Blue



  96. chris
    6:23 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    I hope Woodson stays as QB coach, Summers as O Line coach and bring back some, not many, ex UK players who are qualified and eager to teach and recruit

    good hire



  97. John
    9:13 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    I’d vote to keep Chuck Smith. He’s our linebacker coach. If there is one position that has been a bright spot in an otherwise grim defense it’s been our linebackers. He’s a former UK wildcat player. He did an awesome job turning around the football program at Boyle Co. High School. He would be a asset in recruiting especially Kentucky.



  98. Jesse
    12:14 am November 29, 2012 Permalink

    People,People I can’t believe the worst play caller I’ve seen “other than whoever called plays for Bill Curry” was not mentioned but a couple of times as a coach who should leave the state and never return.I won’t mention his name(SANDERS). He has some talent with QB’s I’ll admit that,but as a play caller I thought he was still coaching at Tenn. because thats who benefited from his calls this past saturday.