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What the SEC coaches are saying about Kentucky

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Athlon Sports is back with one of my favorite preseason features in which they ask all of the SEC football coaches for their thoughts on their conference foes. The twist? The answers are anonymous, so it filters out a lot of the coach speak.

What do the SEC coaches think of Kentucky? Let’s find out…

1. “Just average. That’s the reality of the situation.”…

2. “I know they have to be excited about the quarterback, Drew Barker. We loved him coming out. He’s the real deal. There’s one thing that’s hurt them in the past, they haven’t had solid quarterback play in a long time. They might give him a baptism by fire and just throw him in, see what he can do. What else do they have there? Probably not much. Might as well.”…

3. “I think they liked a few things Max Smith did there but I’m not sure he’s the answer long term.”…

4. “Mark Stoops deserves a lot of credit for getting the recruiting pieces he needs. They’ve recruited really well.”…

5. “Some of the guys they have coming in are not typical Kentucky players. Getting the 370-pound nose tackle (Matt Elam) over Alabama? That doesn’t happen at Kentucky. They haven’t had talent there for a long time. Now they have to do something with the talent. I hope they give him time to do so.”…

6. “As far as the roster returning, they had some decent linebacker play and both defensive ends are decent — not spectacular but decent. That pretty much sums it up.”…

7. “They have a good coaching staff but the players they inherited don’t really jump out at you or scare you.”…

8. “I liked the linebacker (Avery Williamson), he was active and a good tackler, but he’s gone now.”…

I’m going to guess #2 is Steve Spurrier since he mentioned Drew Barker, who picked the Cats over the Gamecocks. Plus, there was some typical Spurrier snark in there. #3 needs to read up on UK’s QB situation, especially since Maxwell Smith is recovering from an injury. The rest are nice enough, especially #4 and #5.

Leave your best guesses for which coaches said what in the comments, and read what the coaches had to say about the rest of the SEC teams over at Athlon Sports.

[Athlon Sports]

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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22 Comments for What the SEC coaches are saying about Kentucky



  1. KevinM
    4:37 pm August 5, 2014 Permalink

    In this order:

    Miles
    Spurrier
    Malzahn
    Richt
    Mason – Vandy
    Saban
    Jones
    Muschamp



  2. J-Dub421
    4:38 pm August 5, 2014 Permalink

    #4 has got to be Saban. He doesn’t usually talk smack, and Alabama is always good, so he can afford to be magnanimous…



  3. Crazy Hot Matrix
    4:47 pm August 5, 2014 Permalink

    UK Football edition

    5-7= Fun zone
    6-6= Date zone
    7-5= wife zone
    8-4= Unicorn
    9-3 or better= Your talking about another team..

    “Just average. That’s the reality of the situation.”



  4. Piedma Schwartz
    4:51 pm August 5, 2014 Permalink

    Its sad being a Kentucky fan sometimes.. none of the SEC coaches give us any respect, not that we deserve any.



    • TJ
      4:55 pm August 5, 2014 Permalink

      Go back and listen to Saban’s of before the UK game. He gave them more credit than any coach we faced this yr.



    • TJ
      4:55 pm August 5, 2014 Permalink

      *Saban’s PC*



    • Willie Nelson Mandela
      7:17 pm August 5, 2014 Permalink

      @Piedma Schwartz (awesome name, by the way) you should have read the entire Athlon article. The coaches had very, very little praise or positive statements about any team, except for Mississippi. I was shocked at how few positives were said about the powerhouses of Alabama, LSU and South Carolina. Although, it would be very “un-head-coach-like” to praise another team anonymously.



  5. TJ
    4:53 pm August 5, 2014 Permalink

    Saban was either 4 or 7



  6. Carter
    5:03 pm August 5, 2014 Permalink

    1. Auburn
    2. South Carolina
    3. Georgia
    4. Tennessee
    5. Arkansas
    6. Florida
    7. LSU
    8. Alabama



  7. RMP
    5:05 pm August 5, 2014 Permalink

    1. “Just average. That’s the reality of the situation.”… – Les Miles

    2. “I know they have to be excited about the quarterback, Drew Barker. We loved him coming out. He’s the real deal. There’s one thing that’s hurt them in the past, they haven’t had solid quarterback play in a long time. They might give him a baptism by fire and just throw him in, see what he can do. What else do they have there? Probably not much. Might as well.”… -Steve Spurrier (Could be Butch but he wouldn’t be too familiar with past QB play so I’m going The Ol Ball Coach)

    3. “I think they liked a few things Max Smith did there but I’m not sure he’s the answer long term.”…-(Mullen or Possibly Miles since Max was the QB when we played last)

    4. “Mark Stoops deserves a lot of credit for getting the recruiting pieces he needs. They’ve recruited really well.”… -(Saban, Stoops’ buddy Bielema, or Butch Jones)

    5. “Some of the guys they have coming in are not typical Kentucky players. Getting the 370-pound nose tackle (Matt Elam) over Alabama? That doesn’t happen at Kentucky. They haven’t had talent there for a long time. Now they have to do something with the talent. I hope they give him time to do so.”… -(Richt, Bielema, Jones or Muschamp)

    6. “As far as the roster returning, they had some decent linebacker play and both defensive ends are decent — not spectacular but decent. That pretty much sums it up.”… -(An Idiot because our end are above being decent)

    7. “They have a good coaching staff but the players they inherited don’t really jump out at you or scare you.”…-(Mason)

    8. “I liked the linebacker (Avery Williamson), he was active and a good tackler, but he’s gone now.”-(Muschamp, Saban, or Jones)



  8. TonTon Macoutte
    5:20 pm August 5, 2014 Permalink

    UK fans must realize that UK has very weak jr and sr classes. Gotta get rid of Phillips players before a positive move can be made.



    • Dr. Van Nostrand
      6:45 pm August 5, 2014 Permalink

      THIS.

      It’s going to be another long season. I’m not looking forward to BBN getting angry and irrational again on twitter.

      We’re relying on 2013 & 2014 players… when the rest of our schedule is relying on 2010 (red-shirt),2011 & 2012 players.

      Its going to take time.



    • jeff j
      7:44 pm August 5, 2014 Permalink

      huh….. i’ll be darn. k… we’ll forfeit this year,forfeit 1/2 next year & Jokers dude’s will be all weeded out. “positive move” would be jamming a helmet on your hard head & throwing you to the “CATS” duh GO CATS !!!

  9. #6 says Z is only DECENT? What’s he smoking?



  10. Tom
    7:18 pm August 5, 2014 Permalink

    If any of you are old enough to remember Bear Bryant and his description of his opponents and his own team, you’d wonder if the Tide every had a chance in any game they played.
    You might find it interesting to go to YouTube and watch some of his comments.
    For real fun, find the videos of the former players and coaches telling stories about him.



  11. wildcat
    8:09 pm August 5, 2014 Permalink

    bottom line they are saying kentucky stinks…but what about that basketball team whew now that’s monster 🙂



  12. KES
    8:50 pm August 5, 2014 Permalink

    look at the picture, is our coach a jockey in the off season?



    • KET
      10:54 pm August 5, 2014 Permalink

      look at the picture, is saban tall enough to be a jockey in the off season? ask mr. bonaparte if they have something in common.



  13. kingrex
    1:24 am August 6, 2014 Permalink

    Joker should be reimbursing the University for the rest of his life. What he did to our program is almost hilarious if it were not so painful. We had finally become respectable and he came in and was absolutely over his head from the moment he took over. He rode the performance of a few players on offense into a coach in waiting situation. It became clear as we watched those offenses that he could not possibly have had anything to do with the performance of Andre Woodson and Co. His children and extended family should then continue to pay back all the money with interest which we gave him plus pain and suffering.



  14. beavis
    8:41 am August 6, 2014 Permalink

    Just average,,,,,In the SEC that will be a step up for us. Don’t expect much this year,,maybe 5 wins but they will at least be much more competitive.



  15. beavis606
    10:32 am August 6, 2014 Permalink

    It would have been easier for one of them to stand up and scream “JOKER REALLY SCREWED THAT SCHOOL OVER BEFORE LEAVING! AND WITH 2.5 MILLION EXTRA!”



  16. beavis
    3:52 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    Thats why just average sounds better to me. After watching the steady decline while Joker was here and watching our great AD put up with him, if Stoops troops show improvement I will be happy. As for the 2.5 million they should make Barnfart pay that back.