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Sympathy for the Dawson


Whether you agree with his play calling during the Auburn vs. Kentucky game or not, you have to kind of hand it to Kentucky Offensive Coordinator Shannon Dawson – he has big well… you know.

Not only did he have the grit to take the heat from the failed running play call late in the fourth quarter when Kentucky, who was down 30-27 to Auburn and needed an obvious field goal, he had the confidence to try something different to begin with. He trusted his team could shake up Auburn with a different play that went against conventional wisdom. It failed, obviously, but it shows a guy who isn’t afraid to make the call in the first place.

Dawson told the media after the game that he would always take credit for the bad calls, proving that Dawson doesn’t shy away or make excuses. However, while the grumblings of frustrated UK Football fans still try and find someone to blame (two weeks ago it was Patrick Towles, then Boom Williams, now it’s Dawson’s turn) columnist John Clay points out in his column for The Herald Leader this weekend the what-if-scenario of Dawson’s play call succeeding.

“There is such a thing as the element of surprise,” Clay writes. “The stats suggested Auburn was vulnerable against the run… If the play works, if Williams pop into the secondary, he likely puts kicker Austin MacGinnis in position for the game-tying field goal.”

Clay calls for UK fans to give the guy a break, and notes that Dawson is still learning how to be an effective offensive coordinator who makes the play calls.  We have been patient with Coach Mark Stoops, who essentially, is still learning the ropes in his first job as head coach – so why not Dawson?

Clay makes a good point that the small success UK football is gaining is really just the beginning. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will a top-notch football program at Kentucky. He essentially asks UK fans to take a big gulp of water with a chill pill.

“One day in the future, that play call – or a similar one – is going to work and we’ll have something else, something better to talk about,” Clay writes.

Article written by Ricki Barker

Writer of things. Watcher of sports. Wearer of blue. Sometimes all at once.

81 Comments for Sympathy for the Dawson

  1. Jeff Haynes
    11:28 am October 18, 2015 Permalink

    Agree with Clay 100%!

    • glenn
      1:29 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      I also agree. I wonder if there is a gene that is shared amongst the whiney, with Tammy from Auburn. Plays that don’t work tend to look bad. Steve Spurrier was thankful that Randall Cobb didn’t get the ball at the end of a close UK/USC game at a critical moment. But recall that he gave his man, Pharaoh Cooper the ball for a two point conversion, which not only fails but he fumbles the ball and UK scores two points. If plays work they look good, if they fail they look bad. It’s the execution that matters. Several plays, such as the Fade to Baker against EKU, would have been second guessed if they had failed. We had more talent overall than EKU thus the success rate was higher than against Auburn. That may be a little over simplified but I hope you get my point.

  2. BluKudzu
    11:43 am October 18, 2015 Permalink

    If anyone should be questioning play on the field, we should be questioning the defensive play. You will not win very many games having to score at least 35 to even have a chance. Get a defense shutting down the opponent, we win more games. That is what Stoops was brought in here to do.
    The QB is not to blame either. We will score and we will score a lot. Unfortunately our defense is not very good.

    • JT
      2:28 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      Did you not see where Auburn started every drive? Hard to play solid D when the opponent has excellent field position drive after drive.. Gotta get our kicker back to relieve some stress off our defense.

    • BluKudzu
      6:12 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      I get it. But, still we gave up 30. Until we can stop eastern kentucky, and the second worst team in the SEC west, we got no shot at any game left in the SEC except, maybe Vanderbilt. Louisville is iffy playing the defense we are playing now.

  3. Nuclearcontamination
    11:45 am October 18, 2015 Permalink

    At 1/2 million per year Shannon Dawson is right at the median salary of 50% of the chief executive officers in this country. Hell yes he should be taking the heat. He should be doing a heck of a lot better job. I don’t feel sorry for him!

    • DB11
      12:41 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      So true. Why did we hire a play-caller with no experience? Am I missing something?

    • Redneck Cat Fan
      12:47 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      I agree,,,,,,Shannon Dawsen has never called no offencive plays in his life ever!!! This is on you Mitch!!!

    • Kay 308
      1:20 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      You all are stupid

  4. Seth L
    11:51 am October 18, 2015 Permalink

    The key factor is that play calling is having an effect in the losses. Lincoln Riley is crushing out at Oklahoma and we are losing games. Any SEC program should not be hiring a coordinator who is learning to play call “on the job”.

    • pithuahua
      12:01 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      His enormous salary should dictate an accomplished and polished coordinator. Yet every week he says I am still learning and will learn from his mistakes.

    • Redneck Cat Fan
      12:14 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      Exacly,,,, We need to get Norv Turner here asap. There is aint no reason why we shouldnt be competing for the Sec national championship its all ready year three.This is on you,Mitch!!!

    • BigBlueBoom
      12:23 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      Yet your are happy with Stoops…the man who hired him and has the ability to overrule his calls? 3.5 million/yr! Yea we have improved….pretty easy to improve over 2 wins a year when three games a year are freebies!

    • EkyBlue
      12:31 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      And Riley started off with deeper depth and more talent. The drop off between ones and twos at Oklahome vs drop off in ones and twos at UK is still telling, but closing the gap. You can’t compare apples to oranges

    • Phil
      1:00 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      Hey Big Blue Boom, what coach did you have in mind to lead UK?

    • Seth L
      1:22 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      We keep talking about building and rebuilding. This I’m in agreement with. The talent isn’t here yet, but this is not the point. Talent is improving, yes. However if you do not put your team in a position to win or convert, it doesn’t matter how good the talent is.
      Dawson may be a great play caller down the line, and that in fact is the problem. Losses=decommits. Bad calls-losses-lower recruiting-downfall for Stoops.

  5. Andy
    12:11 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

    Shannon will be fine. This maybe Rileys first term and he is doing well cept that last game to Texas. The offense sputtered real bad. Both teams are averaging 3.8 rush yards on an average. Where OU is better is their TD to interception ratio. OU has 19 TDs to 3 interceptions. UK has 8 TDS to 7 interceptions. This is a telling fact that we need to play better at QB. Towles is nearly throwing 1 interception per game. Its almost like you can bank on it.

    • Seth L
      1:25 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      I’m generally in agreement. I don’t think Towles is bad, he just isn’t good. Physical tools, but mental blocks.

  6. BigBlueBoom
    12:18 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

    So you pay a first time head coach 3.5 million/yr (15th highest salary in the nation, tied with Jimbo fisher) and we should be patient? That’s about 1 million per win over the likes of Vandy, EKU, Charlotte, Louisiana laffayette, etc! Pretty sure a good grade school coach could accomplish the same success rate…

    • UK Big Board Update
      12:36 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      Welcome back, Cats Paw. We really missed your idiotic commentary.


    • UK Big Board Update
      1:31 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      I agree Petrino would have this program much further along than Stoops will ever have us and at half the cost but he might have upped and left the program. Oh wait…I keep hearing rumors Stoops may be the one leaving, oh well.

    • UK Big Board Update
      8:01 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      Quit stealing my handle, cats paw, you f***ing loser. Your shit team is 2-4…

    • Ha!
      8:18 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      Petrino freaking sucks!!! Just look at his record this year!!!

      #L1CWHORE, bitch. 😀

  7. ruscat
    12:33 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

    It kills me that our fans are so ridiculous. I live in Columbus Ohio and have to hear buckeye fans tell me that Kentucky fans will run any good coach we ever get outta town. I’m starting to believe them. We are two plays away from being undefeated, we are bringing in better talent and still the only thing SOME fans want to do is complain. UGH…..I’ve suffered through the bad years, lots of them obviously. Let’s support the coaches and team and quit with the second guessing! That is all……

    • Dude
      12:38 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink


      The problem is, there are tons of idiots in this state. The bigger problem is, they are always the loudest.

    • Logical UK Fan
      12:41 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      Agreed!! Anybody with 1/2 of a brain can see the progress being made. Too many people love to set back and wait for a mistake to pounce on, rather than enjoy the positive play. If a person on here thinks they can do better, why aren’t they coaching at that level? It’s fine to what if and speculate but that can be done without completely trashing the coaching staff.

    • Captain Obvious
      12:44 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      As with everything, it’s the few (redneck idiots) who ruin it for the many (not redneck idiots who see the obvious improvement under Stoops).

      These same redneck idiots are the reason why Cal/any coach cannot stay here more than 8 years…….

    • UK Big Board Update
      1:35 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      We’ve won four games by a total of like 6 points!! It’s more like we are two plays away from being WINLESS! It’s homers like you all that approve of a joke of a team/coach year after year that leaves us as the laughing stock of college football for 25 hrs running!

    • UK Big Board Update
      8:02 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      Quit stealing my handle, cats paw, you f***ing loser. Your shit team is 2-4 and got dismantled by an overrated FSU team….

  8. BallEater
    12:36 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

    Roam wasn’t built in a day…. neither has UK football been built in about 57 years… that’s as far as I Can go back. Same old excuses year after year.

    • Jesus Effin' Facepalming Christ
      12:39 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      “Roam”? You wanna try that again?

      You lose any and all credibility with posts and ridiculous as this.

    • Logical UK Fan
      12:46 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      Jesus, you wanna try again?
      “You lose any and all credibility with posts ‘and’ ridiculous as this.”

      Fail! Nice try.

    • Logical UK Fan
      12:50 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      This is not the same old team or excuses. Clearly, improvements have been made in all phases of the program.

    • Jesus Effin' Facepalming Christ
      12:50 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      Doesn’t take anything away from my point that you are a dumbass.

      “Logical Fan”? Ha! Nice try….

      Now go eat your boyfriend’s balls. 😉

  9. Logical UK Fan
    12:59 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

    Jesus would not be proud of your grammar or potty mouth.
    Don’t be jealous of large balls, you will drop some day.

    • Jesus Effin' Facepalming Christ
      1:02 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      “Forgive me” 😉

      GO CATS

    • Logical UK Fan
      1:04 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      It’s all good.
      Go Cats!!

  10. Just ask the experts
    1:01 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

    Look at defense. if the opposing team don’t score, they can’t win. We can never have a competitive program without a defense stronger than we have now. Fire the OC because he can’t keep up with what the defense is giving up is crazy. We just lost to the second worst team in the SEC west, not because we didn’t score enough, it was because we gave up too much. You want victory, get a defense, dominate 3rd downs. We do not have the skill set on defense to win these games. We are getting better, but we are miles away from being better than 6-6.

    • Captain Obvious
      1:03 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink


    • Logical UK Fan
      1:06 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      I don’t hear the experts saying this.

    • Andy
      1:50 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      D adjusted in the 2nd half. only 1 TD and the offense fluttered around. The offense has to do something as well ya know. Those dropped passes and interceptions dont help anybody including team morale.

    • BluVoodo
      5:56 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      Adjustments after the half are great, no doubt. Too bad we had to wait until Half. We still gave up 30, first half or second half we won’t win giving up 30 points a game.

  11. Katmandue2you
    1:09 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

    These comments bashing the coaching are the most idiotic absurd observations I could read. Im not gonna waste my breathe trying to explain why. My only other comment is …. Facepalming (not sure you’d want much less deserve to be called Jesus)…this is a sports blog…..don’t be afraid to be bigger man by keeping your filth and profane comments within a circle that’s less public. I’m not interested in
    how cute you can be at coming up with a crude comment to put someone down.

    • Jesus Effin' Facepalming Christ
      1:14 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      I’m sorry. Was “dumbass” just too much for you to handle?

      You do realize this website uses the word…. “shit”…. right?

      But I agree, the bashing of the coaches is just absurd.

  12. Kay 308
    1:21 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

    We are extremely lucky to have a coach like Dawson I do think we have some fans that should be let go.

  13. Radmankd
    1:26 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

    I’m happy with Coach Dawson. One play didn’t beat us. How many throws down field would we have seen with Neal Brown? Remember last year, all the screens and horizontal throws?
    We don’t know what all goes on in practice and during a game. You have to work with what you have also. We know the offensive line is having issues and Towles is very inconsistent. I give Dawson credit for continuing to throw the ball when it’s there even when Towles is struggling. Brown would just chuck the passing game.
    I was questioning the wisdom, particularly in the first half, of the situational defensive substitutions when Auburn was hurrying. Defense was barely set at the snap, not to mention, the energy spent by players busting butt to get off or on the field. Defensive depth is not our strong point.
    We have to continue to recruit better players and continue to develop our guys once they’re here.
    All in. Go Big Blue!

  14. Katmandue2you
    1:28 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

    Ask the experts…I will just say this….yes defense does or is critical in winning championships. But I think its fair to point out that we held Florida to half the points that LSU (the only undefeated team in the league) did….or than Tennessee or Ole Miss did. Our defense is extremely improved just like the rest of our team. We are winning and losing due to all phases of the game. Our kicking game killed us Thursday. Dropped balls killed us on two key occasions. And yes not getting off the field on 3rd down in the first half killed us. But its sure not just defense. Nor is it bad play calling….that’s just preposterous. And I think we have to wait and see how Auburn finishes the season. Yeah they were very lacking coming up to our game. I didn’t see that same Auburn Thursday night. Lets see what they do going forward. Just like lets see what we do. I don’t rule out a win at MIss State but it will be tough.

    • UK Big Board Update
      1:40 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      Lol. Why don’t you apply those great analytics to the powerhouse EKU that whipped us all over the field? Keep believing like you have for 25 yrs now. And at the end of the year just bury your head in the sand and hope for basketball season to start up soon!

    • UK Big Board Update
      8:01 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      Quit stealing my handle, cats paw, you f***ing loser. Your shit team is 2-4……

  15. Katmandue2you
    1:52 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

    And just a comment about Towles. I understand he has been inconsistent at times. I’m not sure “very inconsistent” is close to accurate. We have a quarterback that passed for 359 yards on 27 of 44 with 3 drops (one in the endzone) and that’s not counting that last incomplete pass that likely would have won the game (it was dropped but broken up by the defender). Had those 3 catches been made he would have been 30 of 44 for around 400 yards. Is anyone watching the other teams in the league? Anyone watch A&M quarterback yesterday (3 pick 6’s)? Anyone watch Auburns quarterbacking prior to our game with them? Anyone watch Georgia”s quarterbacking against Mizzou….3 field goals no touchdowns. Ya’ll realize that Florida or LSU would kill to have our QB? Ya’ll realize how good they would be with him? Let me throw it out there and see what the responses are. Towles is easily one of the 4 best quarterbacks in the SEC. We have a vertical passing game many teams would die for. He is a legitimate NFL prospect. Ya’ll realize this???

    • BBN
      2:16 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      Thanks for the analysis Mel Kiper Jr. Always thought he was an NFL quarterback – first thing the NFL looks for is a guy that can throw it down the field 45 yards. They’re not so much looking for a guy that can progress through his receivers to find the third or fourth receiver. Name me the last time he progressed through routes and checked off the primary receiver? Remember Jamarcus Russell, Akili Smith, Ryan Leaf, etc – they all had ability to throw the deep ball. How long did their careers last? Having said that, don’t believe it’s towles fault. Stoops is in year 3 – there should be another quarterback that can be put in. I could care less about passing percentages, which happens to be one of the biggest non-factors in football. Stat that matters – turnovers. This year – 8 td’s, 7 int’s – from a 4th year junior. Don’t care if he throws for 5000 yards if he basically throws same number of touchdowns as interceptions – by the way, neither does the NFL. They don’t really care about winning (note sarcasm).

    • 8 god
      2:57 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      That touchdown number looks a lot better when you add in his rushing TDs.

    • BBN
      3:10 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      He’s got three rushing td’s so you’re right it’s more than 8. 11tds 7ints – very good stats. Thanks for the humor.

    • Dude
      2:22 am October 19, 2015 Permalink

      Just stop watching them, BBN. It’s obvious you can’t handle it. Go watch baseball.

  16. Moto
    2:26 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

    One thing is for sure I’m not going to take advice from a snot nosed blogger who was probably still in diapers when Tim Couch played at UK. Get a few more years of having your heart ripped out and feeling disappointment after disappointment after you’ve yelled game after game, then we’ll talk. Leave the football posts to Maggard&Roush.

    • Ricki Barker
      3:20 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      ^^^ definitely in need of aforementioned chill pill.

      BTW, this “snot-nosed blogger” was in junior high when Mr. Couch was with the Wildcats. I was well out of diapers, unless your adolescent experience differed from mine.

  17. The Professor
    2:28 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

    There was pretty unanimous opinion after the Florida game that it was a play calling disaster. We could not run and yet he continued to call the same running plays. We did not have time to run deep routes yet he kept calling for throwing long rather than shorter passes. Auburn was an improvement but the run call on the last drive ended badly. Dawson’s performance does not warrant a $500,000 salary.

  18. ukcats42301
    2:36 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

    I like Mark Stoops but it is frustrating to see a team like Memphis who has a worse history than UK do what they are doing with supposedly lesser recruits. I kind of discounted them until yesterday because of the schedule they play but they absolutely dominated Ole Miss a team that dominated Alabama. It’s hard to be told to just be patientyear after year when you see a team like that having the success they are, 13 game winning streak going back to last year. Their offense is outstanding.

    • carvingitup
      3:39 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      The difference between Memphis and Kentucky is the imaginative run play calling. Misdirection and fake jet sweeps are just an example of how Memphis does it. All of Kentucky run plays are predetermined dives and not zone read plays. Most of UKs’ long runs have been on bounce outs or missed tackles leading to long runs. The Memphis defense is no better than Kentucky yet they find a way to win!

    • Redneck Cat Fan
      2:19 am October 19, 2015 Permalink

      I agree… memphis is dommanating the AAC,,,,I do’nt see why we ca’nt be doing the same to the Sec??this is on you,Mitch !!!

  19. I'mnotanNFLquarterback
    2:43 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

    8 TDs
    7 Ints
    By a QB half way through his 4th year in the program. Towles is not going to get any better.
    Is the program in better shape than it was under the jokester? Oh hell yes!
    But if it’s gonna continue to get better the qb play is gonna have to improve. That’s not gonna happen with blonde hair boy.
    For the sake of future improvement why not give Barker at least a series or two? Or was he as over hyped as Matt Elam?

  20. shepdog3270
    2:51 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

    And here I thought Louisville fans were delusional….some of the comments here are flippin ridiculous…mistakes in football are going to happen, whether it is the QB, DB, LB, or OC, you would always love to have a few plays back. But to start questioning the ability of these guys to perform, well, that makes some of you look like the fat guy in the doughnut shop blaming his thyroid for his weight problem…

    • BBN
      3:19 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      Bring Joker back-we shouldn’t really care about winning. Spending about 2500 yearly on tickets doesn’t give you the right to question play calling. I know my boss at work says after I make a mistake “that’s ok, you’ll get it right the next time.”

  21. Corn dog
    3:13 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

    That makes no sense. The fans aren’t on the field making or not making plays.
    They’re paying the freight.
    They’re just tired of always getting their hopes up and being disappointed.
    Yes, things are getting better.
    But remember, this time last year the record was 5-1.

    • Corn dog
      3:22 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      And even though we can all see improvements, there are still things happening that make you shake your head.
      How many penalties for illegal substitutions? EIGHT players on the field for a punt return. And no matter how you spin it that running play on that last drive against Auburn was a horrible call, especially when it’s followed up by a long pass that had very little chance of completion against the defense Auburn was playing.
      You surely don’t expect fans to not question things like that., do you?

  22. Wildcatwill
    3:27 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

    Give me a break. Yes you can take a chance with that run play, If you have a frigging time out to call! Why when your trying to build a program do you hire a OC who has no game day play calling experience? Why can’t Mark Stopp put on the damn headset and be involved with the offense at critical times during the game? You think as the head coach he would want to have input or be able to see what the defense is doing and veto a call play. There won’t be another year where Auburn and Fla are as vulnerable as they were. I love UK but our wins have been against mediocre teams so far and we blew major opportunities to take the program farther up the ladder.

    • Bluetothebone
      5:22 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      HC..OJT…OC..OJT…DC..OJT…Why Not?

  23. Just Say'n
    3:54 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

    We needed 3.5 yds (that’s 3 1/2 for you geniuses) to get in 3 plays for a first down and totally blew it. The run call was atrocious, the ‘Hail Mary) down the sideline was atrocious, and the last play was double atrocious! We needed to get 10 yds at a time to get in to FG position and wasted 1:20 seconds trying to hit the ‘big one’.

    I’m not making $500,000 a year but I can guarantee you I could have called a better 2:00 drill for the Auburn game.

    As for Towles, no one ever mentions the number of times our receivers save his sorry @ss throws by making circus catches. They’ve done everything but turn cartwheels trying to re-position themselves to catch underthrown, behind them, or overthrown balls. In addition to that, Towles NEVER looks off of what he deems to be his primary receiver at the snap. Just look at the number of times he doesn’t see a WIDE OPEN player on a route. That interception in the end zone against Auburn was the classic case of him not seeing a wide open receiver 3yds in front of a guy being double covered.

    Until that changes we will continue to wallow in mediocrity. To some fans that’s acceptable. Not me, I’m sick about it, but after 49 yrs attending UK games I’m still going to hang in there hoping we ‘turn’ the corner.

  24. Adam
    4:00 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

    It’s not that Patrick Towles is no good… he is. The problem is he just isn’t good enough to play in the SEC. Therefore, he isn’t good enough to play at UK. It is extremely obvious he decides before the play starts who he is throwing to. That’s why he holds the ball too long and gets sacked (the one receiver never got open). That’s why he misses wide open receivers and throws interceptions to the guy that’s covered (never even looked at the other receivers). He also has no idea how to step up in the pocket. If defenders break through, he immediately takes off sideways or backwards. Even when the line holds, and the one receiver he’s watching gets open… still throws it behind, over, under, or nowhere even close to the receiver. His game is good enough for… say… Hawaii, or Louisiana Tech, or maybe even Cincinnati. But he should not be in the SEC. There will be a time in the near future that we (UK) will be held back/limited to how good we can be as a team… because Towles ceiling just isn’t that high (unless something changes).

    • Dieter
      4:37 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      Towels isn’t “good enough” even though he’s given us a fighting chance in every game? No one plays perfect. If he’s not good enough, who is? Jalen Whitlow, Maxwell Smith, Shane Boyd, Dusty Bonner, or all the other losers we’ve had before – those who never gave us a chance? Bottom line is Towels is one of the top 5 or 6 UK QB’s of the last 20 years. Sure he misses some easy ones and I pull my hair out every time…but to say he isn’t “good enough for UK” shows how little you remember about the “quality” of most UK QB’s of the past. He’s better than most of them and it ain’t close. UK football fans need to slow down. Really, we’re “supposed” to be undefeated right now? We’d be ranked like 10th in the country if we were. We would’ve beaten a top 10 team in UF. This is honestly expected? Are you crazy? We’re right on track for a bowl game which was always the goal. With limited success, expectations have blown WAY out of proportion. This was always an 8-4 team at best, and I would be thrilled if that happened. That would be one of the all-time great UK football seasons. Nope, not “good enough” I guess. (sarcasm)

    • Radmankd
      6:05 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink


    • Adam
      7:20 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      You’re right… he’s better than terrible so therefore he is good enough. But I feel like that logic is a little flawed. That logic is like an average girl taking her ugly, fat friend out with her so she looks hot by comparison. She’s not really all that… but hey, she’s way better than that b**ch. Anyways… being better than terrible doesn’t necessarily mean good.

  25. Tej
    5:52 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

    I pray that no coaches or players read some of these posts. People who know little about football other than they’ve watched it think they know more than the coaches.

  26. Elephant In The Room
    6:17 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

    Lincoln Riley turned down Mark Stoops to take the Oklahoma position, not the other way around as some would have us believe.

  27. katmandue2you
    6:29 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

    I don’t know why I waste my time trying to respond to the majority of these posts on here that are ludicrous at best and totally idiotic at worst. I’ll just say this….you people making all these derogatory remarks about the coaching staff and Patrick Towles really don’t know shit from apple butter about football. Knowledgeable football minds are amused at your ignorance. It doesn’t matter who I am or how credentialed I am to pass judgment on your insane comments. Suffice to say….I was around in 1977 when they were going 11-1 and beating Georgia 33-0 between the hedges. I played on back to back state championship teams and my dad was a high school coach. When I come here it’d make for some damn good comedy if it wasn’t for pathetic amount of football ignorance that exist within most of the people posting on here.

  28. Eric
    6:31 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

    Some of the commenters on this site are attacked and called stupid, idiots, delusional, etc. because they criticize the UK football coaches. In my view, the delusional idiots are the ones who don’t question why Stoops hired a guy with no proven play calling experience to act as offensive coordinator in the SEC. They see nothing wrong with it. Those people are the real idiots. They have a loser’s mentality, happy with winning 5-6 games a year.

    • Redneck Cat Fan
      1:20 am October 19, 2015 Permalink

      Agree.,,, that shannan dawsen aint never called a single offencive play in his life time ever.i do’nt even under stand how he got to wear he is too day?this is on YOU Mitch !!!

  29. WildcatSinceBirth
    6:35 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

    Don’t get your panties in a wad folks. It’s only a matter of time until both Dawson and Stoops move on to greener pastures. Maybe Joker will be available again, and the Cats can go back to winning like they did under Joker previously.

    • Donna
      6:46 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      The fact that Stoops & Co. will leave in the near future is irrelevant to whether hiring Shannon Dawson was a mistake. None of the other SEC teams would hire someone with zero independent play calling experience as an offensive coordinator. That’s just a dumb decision even if it works out in the long run. Kind of like running a draw play with a minute left in the game and no time outs. Even if it works, it’s still a stupid play call and you were extremely lucky.

  30. dennis
    9:02 am October 19, 2015 Permalink

    This is going to be an excuse till finally he catches on what works in the SEC. Short passes would have set up the FG better than a run that a PEE-WEE football team would have figured out. But the season is not over, and hopefully this will be a distant bad memory. But if not, Shannon, keep the U-HALL on speed dial.

    • Dude
      1:17 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink


      Just stop watching them, dude. It’s obvious you can’t handle it. Go watch baseball.