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ESPN believes Louisville is a better football job than Kentucky (seriously)

Want a solid laugh on this beautiful Wednesday afternoon? We’ve got you covered.

This week, Adam Rittenberg of ESPN published a ranking of the top tiers in college football regarding coaching jobs, numbering the groups one through five.

The Tier 1 jobs, as expected, have the best locations, recruiting resources, facilities, and few financial limitations to build a national powerhouse. Tier 5 jobs, however, have limited recruiting reach, functional facilities, and usually celebrate bowl eligibility.

In Rittenberg’s newest update, Kentucky was ranked in the Tier 4 category alongside the likes of Colorado, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, Virginia, and Washington State.

Ranked ahead of the Wildcats in Tier 3? Louisville, Utah, Arizona State, Iowa, UCLA, and Virginia Tech, among others.

Looking at the official tier system, Tier 4 represents resource restrictions, average infrastructure, and limitations with administrative/fan support.

“Recruiting or resource restrictions that make player development a focal point; strong facilities but average overall infrastructure in their conferences; limitations with administrative/fan support; a consistent bowl team that competes for division titles, league titles and New Year’s Six bowls a few times per decade.”

Meanwhile, Louisville and the other Tier 3 schools represent good location, solid facilities, and salary pool, among other perks.

“Good location and/or access to regional recruits; solid facilities and salary pool for assistants and support staff; adequate administrative/fan support with occasional challenges; a place that should regularly contend for division titles and occasionally win the league with a College Football Playoff appearance as a realistic ceiling.”

For those keeping track at home, Kentucky has defeated Louisville in three of the last four years, including a score differential of 101-23 over the last two years.

Kentucky has also dominated Louisville on the recruiting trail, finishing ahead of the Cardinals in the 247Sports team rankings in five of the last seven years.

But hey, at least that location difference – 77 miles –  and “adequate fan support” – UK averaged 53,128 fans per home game in 2019 compared to 49,913 fans per game at Louisville – justifies the full tier difference in favor of the Cardinals.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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52 Comments for ESPN believes Louisville is a better football job than Kentucky (seriously)

  1. The Professor
    5:13 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

    UL has one big adavantage. The ACC is so much weaker, they have a better chance of being a top echelon team year, whereas we would have to leapfrog half a dozen Top 10 level teams.

    • KyZoneBlitz
      5:17 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

      Agreed, but still, we pay our assistants just as much, if not more, the only thing as you stated that MIGHT give someone an Arguments chance is being in their high school league. Other than that, we either match, or top louisville in every other category, but hey, its espn, how serious can you take those guys in the first place when they do as little research as humanly possible to write their posts.

    • lexattorney
      5:27 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

      Another day, another inane and irrelevant ranking released by ESPoN out of desperation to stay in existence. (YAWN). Ignore and move on.

    • mashburnfan1
      11:45 am June 11, 2020 Permalink

      ACC we could have finished 2nd last couple years, almost for sure if not in same division with Clemson. No idea how they value things but our fan base is not good in football. Plus you have to factor in we are known as a basketball university so in many peoples minds that is it. If this staff stays together they will change some of that mind set, we are still bball first but they will realize we are also a football school. Very few are known as both.

  2. itsfootballtimeinthebluegrass
    5:21 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

    Rittenburg. A real big cuk.

  3. wildcats8
    5:22 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

    This is another pointless ESPN ranking half the “analyst” on that show know little to nothing about sports just like that Stephen A clown they earn their money and ratings on hot takes and dumb opinions

    • nocode96
      5:57 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

      Stephen A May be a clown, but saying he knows nothing about sports is disingenuous. Dude is mega connected to inside info, especially from nba people. I agree he says and does things just to have a hit take, but when it comes to actual sports, he’s about as good as it gets.

    • wildcats8
      11:06 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

      Not when they get him weighing in on football and ufc fights he used to be a small time rinky dink guest they’d have on Sport Center to talk about the Knicks 5 years later he’s probably one of their highest paid guys on the staff and it damn sure wasn’t his knowledge of sports that got him there it’s his delivery and his tone.

  4. Booher
    5:33 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

    Just because they bout to lose there basketball team

  5. mhs1964
    5:42 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

    That’s the national perception when you have gone to major bowls and produced a Hiesman winner. Couple that with great facilities and what for years was a bottomless well of money along with participation in a much easier conference leads to better national impressions.

    • peaches76
      5:50 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

      All true. Helluva lot easier to win sooner than later in ACC vs SEC. Let the Vile try to climb that ladder and report back to us

  6. dkcr96
    5:54 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

    Louisville is the better job. So many advantages with being in the ACC. Plus they’ve recently had a Heisman winner and played in some major bowl games the last 10 years. UK has had 2 good seasons. I’m a 40+ year UK football fan. A lot of suffering. To argue UK job is better is homerish.

    • RAGE
      6:16 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

      I do agree with you dkcr96… Louisville football team is the better job and have a better resume than we do… Being in the SEC I am sure is a reason why we were a lower tier… We had 2 good seasons the last couple of years but Louisville job is a better job… Even with the last 2 seasons being as successful as they were wouldn’t take but a couple bad bounces this season and we could possibly be back to the basement.. I hope that don’t happen but SEC is brutal

    • RAGE
      6:18 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

      Plus I know that we are recruiting better and as a fan base we are excited.. However we were still the 10th ranked class in the SEC…

  7. mcp157
    5:57 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

    Just keep beating U of L’s ass and let the brainless think what they want. L’s down baby!

  8. Catcasey1
    5:59 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

    Dkcr ur a homer

    • dkcr96
      6:07 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

      Do u know what a homer is? Dumb people on blogs normally don’t like facts.

  9. UKFanSC
    6:34 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

    I disagree with him, but it’s not like the jobs are THAT far apart given the perspective of time. Best way to shut people up is keep winning. You win in the SEC and you’re a national program. We are headed in that direction, not sure Louisville is.

  10. Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert
    6:49 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

    Jobs are pretty equal. Also, I agree the Acc is a weaker conference. But let’s not act like we play murderers row. We get 8 home games every other year. And generally play the worst teams in the SEC west (Mississippi State and Arkansas). We generally avoid Bama, LSU and Auburn. And then throw in awful east teams like Vandy and South Carolina. Not to mention that we haven’t played a non conference power 5 team, not named Louisville, in about 15 seasons. That stat is truly amazing.

    • JEUofK
      7:21 am June 11, 2020 Permalink

      Kentucky doesn’t generally play Arkansas. They’ve played eight times in 150 years.

      Mississippi State is the automatic SEC West game. Everyone else rotates.

    • desertCard
      12:54 pm June 11, 2020 Permalink

      UKs played them 8 times since 1998 since Arkansas was in SWC before that.

  11. BigBluSoTru
    7:10 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

    I am going to put down my blue colored glasses on this one. I think U of L is the better of the two jobs . Cards being in the ACC have a better chance of being consistently a winner than we do in the SEC face it people history has not been that good for us. Not that it can change . The one thing that sticks out we had not beaten Gators in what 3 years . They did it their first time out that does count for something not too mention a Heisman thats a very small amount of schools, they do have a history not just recent of high level NFL players. And they have made and won major modern day bowls . Had legit chances at the playoffs and to play for a possible championship before Rutgers loss derailed that. Let’s face it Petrino tanked that program and it looks like CSS is righting that ship faster than expected . We have yet to win the East no conf trophy they have those doesn’t matter what conf they have championships things we lack.

    • Bluehender
      6:56 am June 11, 2020 Permalink

      You always do put down your blue colored glasses. You like to wear your red ones much more..

  12. VinDatuk
    9:01 pm June 10, 2020 Permalink

    Agree with most of the above…but it took a Heismsan Trophy winner to make them relevant again…and we beat him. How many more Lamar Jackson’s are walking through that door? I’d argue not many any time soon. The ACC might be a little light, but when is Clemson going away? They are our UGA. Florida State is our Florida, idiot coach not withstanding. Then we are all bunched together. It’s a poorly researched article…shockingly.

  13. StuckinLville
    12:38 am June 11, 2020 Permalink

    Ya’ll do know that most of Lville’s success you speak of came when they were in Conference USA and the Big East, right? The Big Least was trash in football and we all know that. Also, success 10+ years ago is not now. UK is having more success now and keep on being disrespected by everyone, including our own fans. So keep talkin crap and the players will keep kickin ass on the field.

    • desertCard
      1:16 pm June 11, 2020 Permalink

      UK has had what, 2 decent years in a row? LOL that does not make a dynasty. You kick the ass of lowly SC, Vandy, Tenn, Missouri and bad Louisville years but when it comes to the meat of the schedule… When’s the last time UK played ANYBODY WITH A HEARTBEAT out of conference, in their 8 game home game schedules. My high school could beat those teams but then UK still occasionally loses to those as well. Stoops will leave once he realizes that it just ain’t gonna work in Lexington. If you lke him better hope UK doesn’t have a really good season cause he’s gone then.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      3:55 pm June 12, 2020 Permalink

      At least deserted card fan admits Louisville doesn’t have a heart beat.

  14. Davey McCrockett
    1:19 am June 11, 2020 Permalink

    Y’all remember when their heisman winner was a 28 pt favorite and fumbled the game away? I know drew does

  15. rdcore2
    1:42 am June 11, 2020 Permalink

    You homers can think whatever you want but it is a better job. All the way back to original Petrino and taking them to a Top 3 ranking, one Rutgers game from the national title. It’s all because we’re in the SEC which I love but don’t really. If we’re in the ACC we’d drill teams and be a low end 8 win team every year with most years checking in at 9-10 wins. That would lead to even better talent and potential to crack a title. ACC would be fine for us in basketball too, more favorable come tourney time

    • StuckinLville
      11:03 am June 11, 2020 Permalink

      You mean back when they were in crappy football conferences? They would have never almost made it to the title game if they were in the SEC. It’s easier to be successful when you don’t have to play the likes of Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, etc.

    • desertCard
      12:57 pm June 11, 2020 Permalink

      StuckinLville, so win in the SEC. That’s never going to happen so be happy, grin and bear it. Beat hose teams and become a “better job”.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      4:03 pm June 12, 2020 Permalink

      You won how many ACC games last year? Still got stomped when you played Kentucky. A 7 win SEC team is a 1 loss ACC one. That’s why UK’s recruiting is so much better, most kids know that a ok SEC team will get way more tv time than a great ACC one. Also of note the UK job is so much better that Stoops very first class(short time to recruit)was still better than your most recent one. Let’s also not forget Louisville lost consistently to UK until we hired Joker, now that we have a decent coach who actually tries to recruit we’re back to beating you on the regular.

  16. CahillsCrossingNT
    5:42 am June 11, 2020 Permalink

    Louisville is a better coaching job and it’s not even close. When did Kentucky produce a Heisman winner or win an Orange or Sugar Bowl. The truth hurts.

    • Bluehender
      6:58 am June 11, 2020 Permalink

      We beat their Heisman winner, numbnuts…

    • desertCard
      7:38 am June 11, 2020 Permalink

      Yep Bluehender you did and Louisville beat yours years ago and couldn’t lose in the series. THAT is all cyclical. The question is which is the better job. Louisville has won major bowls. UK is a perennial participant in the Music City Bowl. Louisville has a Heisman winner. UK lol. Louisville has decent shot at Playoffs. UK will never be as good as Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia etc etc. Again it’s the job.

    • Bluehender
      8:02 am June 11, 2020 Permalink

      Well I don’t know. If I was a football coach looking for a job, I’d really have to consider the one that pays about a million a year more and is in the SEC.

    • runningunnin.454
      9:15 am June 11, 2020 Permalink

      LOL, desertCard, see if you can remember who last played in the Music City Bowl. You can remember last year, right?

    • desertCard
      1:03 pm June 11, 2020 Permalink

      Bluehender yes Stoops makes more than Satterfield but didn’t make as much as Petrino. Satterfield is unproven at this level and once he does prove himself his salary will increase as well. So any unproven coach will make far less than even at UK, Alabama, Clemson etc etc. It’s not the job, it’s the coach + experience that determines that. If UofL had hired Urban Meyer who do you think would make more?

    • desertCard
      1:05 pm June 11, 2020 Permalink

      runningunnin.454 yes I do but Louisville doesn’t make a reservation at the hotel for next years game when they check out.

    • runningunnin.454
      6:52 pm June 11, 2020 Permalink

      Ha ha, what hotel did Louisville book in 2018 after that 56-10 whoopin?

  17. BigBlueFoo42777
    6:17 am June 11, 2020 Permalink

    Espn has proven yet again to be tier 1 when it comes to employing idiots.

  18. BigBluSoTru
    7:25 am June 11, 2020 Permalink

    Lol plenty of teams have beaten teams with a heisman winner . One winning game doesn’t make it a better program . I love or fanbases passion but we live in fairy tale reality win it comes to fb . Myself sometimes included but on this particular subject it’s not even a debate on the two programs historys in fb. BB another story however fb it is a better job.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      4:06 pm June 12, 2020 Permalink

      You’ve already proven you’re a troll so why do you keep saying our. Grow up.

  19. csnailnrun
    7:49 am June 11, 2020 Permalink

    Piss off loserville

  20. bbn606
    8:00 am June 11, 2020 Permalink

    UKs facilitates are second to none. Our future is a whole lot brighter than our past but perception is hard to overcome, that’s why I prefer reality. Keep believing that and we will keep kicking butts.

  21. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    10:16 am June 11, 2020 Permalink

    Yeah, we all know UL had a Heisman winner, winning some big bowl games, etc. when UK was mediocre or even terrible. However:

    That’s the past. The better job RIGHT NOW is UK.

    • desertCard
      1:09 pm June 11, 2020 Permalink

      the fact that UK will always be at best 2nd tier in the SEC is enough for it not to be the better job. UK’s luck when they finish third in their division much less WIN the SEC. And Stoops will leave once he gets that offer to go to better program where he’s not battling Cal for respect.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      4:08 pm June 12, 2020 Permalink

      A 3rd tier SEC school still recruits better than a 1.5 tier ACC one that doesn’t live in Fl.

  22. MattTheCat
    3:17 pm June 11, 2020 Permalink

    I can give you about 2 million reasons why the UK job is better.$$$ Actually about 2.5 if you count the bonus… and around 5 if you count assistants. UK has better facilities, better attendance now, better recruiting, more money available playing in the SEC that’s about to redo their TV deal. There’s no question IMO.

    • desertCard
      6:04 pm June 11, 2020 Permalink

      Money is dependent on coach. Petrino made quite a bit more than Stoops. Satterfield’s first job at this level. Apples and Oranges comparison. And your numbers are wrong btw. Better facilities? Hardly. Papa Johns is way superior to Kroger. Better recruiting, heh. Last couple years maybe. UK had Bowden, as well as Elam. UofL had Jackson. ACC just did their TV last year. No matter how much money you get UK still will be 2nd tier SEC West and never sniff any resembling playoff. UofL, yes by virtue of weaker league, has had several chances already. League doesn’t matter. UofL was in that position. Stoops will leave in the next couple years from getting sick of never getting out of the SEC West.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      2:03 am June 13, 2020 Permalink

      You’re right apples to oranges as in Stoops was a DC and Satterfield a HC which means he should make more but nope. Also I’ve seen the facilities at both and Louisville’s was better until UK upgraded, now Kentucky’s is far superior.

  23. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    4:17 pm June 12, 2020 Permalink

    Deserted card fan keeps forgetting how much better Stoops first class was than Louisville’s most recent. He also keeps forgetting that part of Petrino’s problem was Stoops stepping in and taking the players he used to get. When both schools had decent coaches and enough time to establish their foothold Kentucky started out recruiting Louisville. That in enough it’s self is proof Kentucky is the better job. And let’s not forget some of Louisville’s best classes came at the hands of Hurtt, you know the guy who got caught using hookers to recruit at Miami. And not only does Louisville’s recruiting finally become decent but his arrival also hailed in the years that the basketball team used……….wait for it……..hookers. So unless dumbville cheats they can’t recruit in any sport out side of baseball.