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Kentucky’s Rivals Could Need New Head Coaches

The Texas dominoes are beginning to fall and big changes could be in store for two teams the Cats play each year. According to

“A source close to the Texas coaching search says Vanderbilt’s James Franklin and Louisville’s Charlie Strong are among the finalists to replace Mack Brown at Texas”

The article goes on to state that Franklin is also a contender for the vacant Penn State job which could also mean big things for our own Kentucky Wildcats.

First off let’s examine if Strong were  to leave Louisville. You have to think the football tide would instantly switch back to the side of the Wildcats. The Cards will be losing a lot of talent this offseason with Teddy going pro and Senorise Perry graduating on the offensive side of the ball. The Cards will still be a formidable team but with such a step back at quarterback the Cats have a chance to step up. A lot would depend on who the Cards could land as coach and with such high profile jobs coming open it’s hard to see them drawing a top name. They would likely hire a top assistant which could work out like it has with Strong or completely backfire like it did with Kragthorpe. With that Cats bringing in a top 15 class it wouldn’t take long to mark the final game each season as an likely win.

Then there’s James Franklin who looks to almost certainly be departing Nashville this offseason. Franklin has lead the ‘dores to two eight win seasons and three wins over the Cats so if he moved on to greener pastures it would be a certain win for the Cats. It’s hard to imagine Vandy staying relevant without Franklin as they have been a doormat for the majority of the time in the SEC. Also with Jordan Matthews heading to the NFL they will lack a mega playmaker that has allowed them to win games they never could before. Kentucky could continue to rise and take that spot atop the mid-SEC that Vandy has settled. 2015 could shape up to be the year Kentucky could really make some noise.

What do you think about the future of football with these potential vacancies?

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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30 Comments for Kentucky’s Rivals Could Need New Head Coaches

  1. question.mark
    9:38 pm January 3, 2014 Permalink

    I hope Petrino doesn’t go back to UL. That would be bad

    • Ron Jurich
      11:06 pm January 3, 2014 Permalink

      ……………….Funny you should comment as such, question.mark. We continually talk with Petrino….we are always looking for that edge. What was that guy’s name that left at the half….to go to Michigan State? Historically reflect: We hired Howard Schellenberger (because he was from Big Brother + Humana paid an enormous amount of money)….then, “HumanaUavel’ bought a spot into the Tostitos Bowl -against Alabama – because Howard Schellenberger had COACHED there and knew uavel had the play book to win………Then, we hired Strong, from U Of Florida……..and paid somebody handsomely (NCAA) to align us (uavel) versus Florida (when Strong knew the play book)…and Florida was reeling from the loss of HC (sub)Urban (Buy)Meyer…….Muschamp proved to be Wuschump.

      Aside from the many joints our players have embraced, bluntly, that’s how we ROLL……@ the uavel.

    • Que_Es_Amor
      10:10 am January 4, 2014 Permalink

      Hey Ron, ellipses do not replace commas, periods, or any other form of punctuation. They also certainly don’t help me read that incoherent rant you just laid down.

  2. KyTom
    9:45 pm January 3, 2014 Permalink

    Instead of looking for other teams to come down to our level, like losers. Let’s talk about UK getting up to their level. Let’s hope their coaches do not leave, they bring in more talent……..and we still beat their butts. Enough of this being afraid of other teams.

    • lex fan
      10:32 pm January 3, 2014 Permalink

      KyTom, I know you won’t care, but you’re my kind of fan. You have the right attitude. Don’t hope or expect the other team to worsen, get better.

    • UK and MSU Fan
      10:44 pm January 3, 2014 Permalink


    • STEVE!
      1:05 am January 4, 2014 Permalink

      I agree, KyTom. We have hit rock bottom when we use schools like UL and Vandy as measuring sticks for our success. If Strong and Franklin leave, that only makes those schools weaker. It does not make UK stronger. I hope Stoops goals are set a little higher than being able to compete with UL and Vandy.

  3. Patrick_Wren
    9:50 pm January 3, 2014 Permalink

    I hope Franklin stays at Vandy……Coach Stoops owes him an ass whoppin’ after this past years game! Please stay Franklin…….Karma is a bitch!

  4. gofer
    9:51 pm January 3, 2014 Permalink

    1) why? because ky was too stupid to hire him? if stoops were to win at ky he would be leave in a heartbeat. petrino would have won quicker and stayed a lot longer! ky had their one shot in a million to hire a winner. live with it!

    • Integrity
      10:16 pm January 3, 2014 Permalink

      I’m nice to have.

    • UK and MSU Fan
      10:42 pm January 3, 2014 Permalink

      “Petrino would have won quicker and stayed a lot longer.” Oh really, gofer? Based on what?! He was head coach at UofL for four seasons. After the first one, he secretly interviewed for the Auburn job, even before the job (held by one of Petrino’s former bosses) was empty. In 2006, he signed a new 10-year contract with UofL. Six months later, he was introduced as the Atlanta Falcons head coach. He didn’t even make it through a single season there before he bolted for Arkansas, and he wasn’t even man enough to tell the Falcons players to their faces that he was resigning. The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior.

    • DVille's weed gofer
      1:55 am January 4, 2014 Permalink

      The only people who like Bobby P are Card fans

  5. Plenty
    9:56 pm January 3, 2014 Permalink

    I say strong gets it. IMO he has proven more in his two years as a head coach. Let petrino go back to Louisville. He will not get the recruits he used to.

  6. BBN
    10:19 pm January 3, 2014 Permalink

    Jurich will miraculously make up with Bobby Petrino and he will return to UL. Believe it folks, if a better option is not available and Petrino is willing, Jurich will offer him a return.

  7. Catlogic15
    10:26 pm January 3, 2014 Permalink

    My two cents but mark them.
    Franklin named Texas coach within 48 hours. One of the finalists and has more “CEO” quality than Strong, whose eyes you can see moving across the cue card of an 11 word Rally’s commercial.
    Al Golden has been offered Penn St., his alma mater. Miami opens and the Hurricanes jump on Strong. UL opens their season next year against their old coach.

  8. BigBlue
    10:28 pm January 3, 2014 Permalink

    I doubt it’s a sure thing that Franklin leaves Vandy. For a big job like Texas, he will, but Vandy is throwing plenty of money and facility improvements at him. And there aren’t that many “bigger” jobs than an SEC job these days.

  9. BOSOX
    10:32 pm January 3, 2014 Permalink

    This is awesome talking bout FB and recruiting during basketball season! Hey, Andrew you were asking me on twitter last night bout those Bengals shirts, I am going to look to see all cost and everything tomorrow bout them. Let ya know

  10. Cliff
    10:34 pm January 3, 2014 Permalink

    Here comes Petrino…

  11. Cruz/Palin 2016
    10:36 pm January 3, 2014 Permalink

    FOX now projects GOP takes back the WHITEhouse in 2016. Suck it, libs.

    • SheedWallace'sGraySpot
      10:58 pm January 3, 2014 Permalink

      Atta boy David Duke!

  12. UL hiring committee
    10:51 pm January 3, 2014 Permalink

    Petrino will jump to go to UL. No other top program will touch him. He couldn’t even get a look at Kentucky. Jurich has already demonstrated he has no problem with moral issues, infidelity or cheaters.

  13. SheedWallace'sGraySpot
    10:57 pm January 3, 2014 Permalink

    Have to agree with Big Blue – what does it say about the UofK job if Franklin leaves Vandy. He puts together a couple of winning seasons and then he’s gone? I hope not! Have to think even a mid-level SEC job that you built is worth staying for

  14. HK
    11:23 pm January 3, 2014 Permalink

    Charlie Strong to Texas IMHO.

  15. JDH
    11:25 pm January 3, 2014 Permalink

    Exactly what I was thinking while reading this article KyTom. I hope Franklin and Strong both stay at their current schools. Unfortunately, I think one, if not both, will go elsewhere.

  16. UKfan
    11:25 pm January 3, 2014 Permalink

    I don’t care what other programs are doing, what I wish to see is UK getting better and better and not only beating those teams we SHOULD beat, a.k.a. Vandy, UL, Ol. Miss. and Miss. State, but beating those teams no one thought we could, like LSU, Auburn, Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina.
    If Mr. Stoops continues to build the team with recruiting like this season, I see no reason why we cant do just that. We need talent on both sides of the ball, and this coach understands that and is going after it, and getting it. Two more class’s like this one and we will be able to play with anyone in the conference.

    • DVille's weed gofer
      2:00 am January 4, 2014 Permalink

      If Muschump is there to long UF will be going down to a UK streak. Of course then they fire him and we start losing again.

  17. jaws2
    11:25 pm January 3, 2014 Permalink

    Franklin is a big time pric* and I hope he goes to Texas where he’ll fail. I could care less what the other guy does.

  18. Smoke
    11:26 pm January 3, 2014 Permalink

    Franklin will stay at Vandy.

  19. Mac
    9:54 am January 4, 2014 Permalink

    UL could go after Tubberville at UC. Had good season and can recruit the south.

  20. Donald's
    11:29 am January 4, 2014 Permalink

    UC is like uavel: A Stepping Stone.

    It would be a lateral for Tuberville; and, he’d have to start over again.

    Does not make sense; but, money talks and Jurich will pay.