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Where Do We Go From Here?

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Embarrassing. Disheartening. Doubt inducing. Shall I go on? On Saturday, Tennessee traveled north of Jellico Mountain and flexed its collective SEC East muscles in Commonwealth Stadium. Trying to find positives would be a futile attempt of analyzation.

Numbers lied going into the game, and continued to do so after the 52-21 shellacking. Going into Saturday, Kentucky and Tennessee were statistically similar in many categories; however, in regards of talent and tangible effort — toughness, competitiveness, and nastiness — UT dominated the Wildcats. Truth is, UK was fortunate to walk out of CWS by only losing by 31.

Missed tackles, dropped passes, domination of the lines of scrimmage, and penalties all plagued the Cats’ futile attempt to turn a route into a competitive football game.

Misleading game statistics

  • First downs: UT 21, UK 18
  • Passing yards: UT 233, UK 184
  • Time of possession: UT 29:43, UK 30:17
  • 4th down conversions: UT 2/2, UK 2/3
  • Fumbles/Lost: UT 3-1, UK 1-1

Game deciding statistics

  • Total offensive plays/yards: UT 69-482, UK 65-349
  • Punt return yards: UT 2-99 yards 1 TD, UK 3-45 yards
  • Kickoff returns: UT 1-100 yards 1 TD, UK 3-45
  • Penalties: UT 6-65 yards, UK 9-93
  • Third down conversions: UT 8/15, UK 2/13

Hidden factors

— Of Kentucky’s 9 penalties for 93 yards, many came on plays in which UK had offensive success. The majority were called against the offensive line. Holding was the flag du jour.

— Tennessee physically and athletically controlled both lines of scrimmage. Personnel mismatches resulted in offensive negative plays, quarterback sacks/hurries, and a plethora of 2nd and 10s. Conversely, Tennessee averaged 5.7 yards per rush.

— On average, and this is an estimate without watching the game with a remote control, Patrick Towles couldn’t have averaged more than 1.5 seconds prior to engaging Tennessee pass rushers.

Following CJ Johnson’s scoop and score, QB Joshua Dobbs avoided would be tacklers and scored from 28 yards out. Kentucky then executed its only sustained offensive drive and after being out-everything, took a 14-10 lead. One play later, Dobbs’ 75-yard touchdown pass to Malone put the Volunteers ahead to stay. A 17-14 lead turned into an unsurmountable 24-14 margin when the Tennessee quarterback scored on a 1-yard run 40 seconds prior to halftime.

In the third quarter, Tennessee scored 14 points within 42 seconds. 38-14 Vols. Cats did cut the lead to 38-21, and a glimpse of hope for a 2014 South Carolina type of 4th quarter comeback surfaced. But UK’s Saturday night opponent wasn’t an end-of-the-line Spurrier team. Seconds after the Garrett Johnson 39-yard touchdown reception, SEC leading kick returner Evan Berry sprinted through, past, and around would be tacklers for a 100-yard special team’s score. Three minutes later, Cam Sutton had a rinse-and-repeat 84-yard punt return for six points. The bleeding had stopped as Butch Jones took his foot off the gas. Final score was mercifully Tennessee 52, Kentucky 21. It could have been much, much worse.

Mandatory “there were positives”

— RB Mikel Horton played his best game as a Wildcat. 14 rushes for 110 tough yards. In terms of determination, Horton answered the bell.

— True freshman CB Derrick Baity competed and experienced situational success against Tennessee receivers. He is the answer opposite Westry. Two true freshmen CBs can be a dangerous combination. But after three years of the alternative, jeopardies do not outweigh the consistent lack of production.

— Strong safety Marcus McWilson also played his best game of his three year career. Marcus caused the fumble that Johnson scooped and scored. During the play, McWilson also lead with a TD securing block.

— Freshman safety Mike Edwards’ 8 tackles including 1 tackle for loss were indications of his new presence in the UK secondary. A place that now seems to be a permanent fixture.

The question remains, where does Kentucky go from here?

I honestly can’t tell you. Fan frustration is at a season high. Trust me, I read and hear many of them, and sincerely understand. On yet another night with a national television audience in tow, Kentucky was decisively outplayed, coached, schemed, skilled, and executed.

Changes are necessary. For starters, it’s time for a wholesale youth movement in the secondary. Many of the loyal BBN would rather see a freshman make rookie mistakes than more of the three year same.

— UK’s offensive line must find, coach up, and develop a five-some that can protect and open running lanes. Tennessee’s defense was good. So are Georgia’s, Vanderbilt’s and Louisville’s. It doesn’t get easier. An argument can be made that the prior three mentioned have just as good or better defenses than UT.

— Just as the OL needs to protect, a resemblance of pass rush has to commence. Beginning with EKU and progressing through Saturday, opposing quarterbacks are luxuriously having time to go through two, three, and four targets in their progression.

Tackling must improve. Once steady seniors AJ Stamps and Ryan Flannigan missed key tackles that extended drives and or resulted in UT touchdowns. Again, youth movement is taking place at safety, but with a razor thin linebacker corps, Flannigan simply has to step up his game. Opposing offenses are game planning to chip blockers and focus on blocking Josh Forrest. With the 2014 LB class missing in action and Courtney Love ineligibility, this is the most difficult challenge to overcome.

Dropped passes. Enough is enough. Realizing that quarterbacks take the brunt of the blame and rightly so, but offense is an eleven-man operation. If “fill in the name QB” cannot find rhythm or sustain confidence while facing immediate pass rush and enduring an overabundance of dropped passes, through the air success is virtually impossible.

Quarterback play isn’t untouchable. Patrick has to clean up interceptions and inconsistencies. No way around it. An INT on a screen play during a combustible period of the game was unacceptable. But versus Tennessee, no other option was present. Drew Barker’s injury prevented the freshman from replacing Patrick Towles and Reece Phillips is coming off an Achilles injury.

— For the latter part of the season, special team errors have been teetering on detonation. Against Tennessee, 14 points were the result. Is it the fault of a nameless special team’s coordinator? Not necessarily yes or no. Both scores resulted from ineffective tackling and improper pursuit angles.

— Cheap scores have to be limited or even better, eliminated. Examples: kickoff return for TD, punt return for TD, one play drive that resulted in a pass 75 yard touchdown, a 1st down 63 yard run to the one inch line that led to a TD, and a shortened field score due to interception equaled 35 points. The aforementioned point total contributed to 67% of Tennessee’s final tally.

— Strange to say in week 8, but open every position up for competition. Actuality doesn’t meet knee jerk reaction, but perhaps the fear of the bench would increase to competitiveness on game day. The BBN doesn’t expect to win every game. We are self-aware. However, we do want to see a scrappy team that fights back.

 

Mark Stoops is the right coach at the right time. However, results have to meet promise. Initially and undeniably, Stoops was placed behind the 8 ball. But in year three, getting whooped by Tennessee at home was not a good look. I highly respect Stoops. I believe UK will become bowl eligible. But, his team is running out of games to stake its claim for postseason play.

Starting with the loss to Auburn followed by the Starkville nightmare to Saturday’s disaster, I have to admit that worry has set in. Too many fundamental issues are on weekly display. Talent mismatches are one thing, but for the second straight week Kentucky was out-toughed.

The UK team that beat Carolina and Mizzou as well as giving Florida all it wanted is not the same team that we’ve watched against EKU, Auburn, Miss State and Tennessee. Trajectory has gone in the wrong direction. The prior team would be given a chance to travel to Athens and catch a dejected and apparently unraveling Georgia team off guard. But the recent Cats, not so much. Not yet. Trust must be re-earned.

As the season progresses, lack of across the board SEC talent and depth are rearing their ugly heads. Depth is expected, injuries are a part of the game. But team leaders need to station themselves in front of a mirror for a sincere soul-searching session. That also includes coaches. Saturday was an all-systems failure. No part of the Kentucky Football program is exempt from scrutiny.

Players-only meetings are a waste of time. Excuses are waning. This post was painstaking to write. I can’t begin to describe the blueness of my blood. Losses hurt me to the core. But objectivity is paramount with a head scratching fan base is looking for answers. It’s time for a change. What those changes entail are Mark Stoops’ decisions to make. For the past 14 days, status quo is not working.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

86 Comments for Where Do We Go From Here?



  1. Mark Stupes
    3:06 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    We go to Atlanta! Yahtzee!

    #ChangeTheGame



  2. David
    3:11 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    We go to basketball season



  3. JC
    3:13 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    Ask Matt Elam?



    • Sidney
      3:16 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

      I can tell you exactly where he’d go: Winchell’s.



    • Bob's your information minister
      3:41 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

      He’d tell you, but it’s 2nd down and he’s too winded.



    • leon singleton
      5:30 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

      Racist



    • Leuther
      6:42 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

      Elam may be the most overrated football player Ky has ever had…



  4. Danny Mac Boy
    3:15 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    Bring back Fran Curci!!! I’d rather be on probation any day and go 10-1 than watch the crap that UK has put on the field since the 70’s against the weakest schedules I have ever seen.



    • Auntie Em Effer
      3:23 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

      At 6:45 a.m. EST, today, my thoughts precisely.



    • The Rest of the story
      3:48 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

      I agree that this will be the weakest SEC schedule that the Cats will ever play. With all this Yahtzee talent this team should not be struggling every single game against weak competition like the EKU game. Never seen a team with this kind of talent be so poorly coached.



    • Mark
      7:06 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

      Amen, Any coach who can actually coach. Should have went all in on Petrino.



    • chimichanga
      7:14 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

      Sorry impostor fans, U of L is playing almost as poorly as we are right now.



  5. Taylor Swift Carrie Nation
    3:22 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    When will KENTUCKY hire a sports Psychologist whose full time job is to HYPNOTIZE the fellas into believing that a recent model Ford F150 can out duel a Modern Combat Tank?



  6. Mr. Self Destruct
    3:23 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    Great post, Freddie. Your last sentence sums up the anger most of us fans are feeling; the lack of changes made by our coaching staff. What we’ve been doing obviously hasn’t worked. And every game, same old tired plays and poor execution.



  7. seth
    3:24 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    Who cares u suck at football and u r great at basketball



  8. binarysolo
    3:25 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    Forget #WhyNot, let’s start trending #Why as in why do we allow ourselves to get swallowed up in the preseason hype every year? If we’re just getting started (bro) I feel like we’re still standing at the starting line.



  9. wildcat502
    3:25 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    I agree with everything you said Freddie. But I`m concerned with the heart of this team.
    I think I heard that Barker wasn`t available due to an injured shoulder, last night. But prior to the season starting, they said Towles was better with the longer throws, while Barker was better with the intermediate throws. Right now, I `ll take an accurate 15 yard pass, over an over/ under thrown 50 yard pass. We cant blame the pass rush on his issue`s because he has had the same one`s the entire season, even when given time.
    Baker laughing, while coming off the field, after the 3rd and 25 pass was badly missed still sticks in my mind. No way would I have been smiling in that situation. I was very competitive and hated losing when I was younger. I would have been disappointed, not laughing. This shows me that some players may not care about winning or losing, just worried about themselves. I hope I`m wrong.
    We can still win the last 4 games, laugh if you want, but we can. Georgia has scored 12 points, no touchdowns, in the last 2 games. They were a 1 horse team and now he has been lost. I`d out 8 in the box and say beat us with the pass. I would blitz very little, just hold our positions and allow the linebackers to stop the run.
    We can beat Vandy and Charlotte. We can beat Louisville, but like Georgia, I would make Louisville beat us with the pass and they have the worse offensive line we`ll face all season.
    With that said, we have to play with passion and want to win in order to win these games and I haven`t seen that.



    • wildcat502
      3:28 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

      Should have typed I`d play 8 in the box instead of I`d out…………typo sorry



    • The Rest of the story
      3:57 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

      No you should have said the Ga., Vandy, and UL defense will be in Towles face the same time the ball gets into his hands. I really do not see 6 wins as a done deal at all and if it comes to the UL game for #6 it may be unjust to win it with this staff that just coaches so poorly. This team does not deserve a bowl.



  10. Reese
    3:33 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    Melvin Lewis was clearly the anchor of our defense, and I think his injury is effecting our team more than people realize.



    • The Rest of the story
      3:58 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

      He was the only one on defense that knew how to tackle, must have been self taught because this staff didn’t teach him.



    • Old Coach John
      6:36 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

      Have to agree with you “Rest of Story”, I have concluded that Stoops and a couple of his staff can recruit but I have lost faith that ANY of them can coach. Stoops, Dawson, and Eliot are not now and may never be SEC caliber coaches.



  11. Big Daddy
    3:33 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    We’ve got a head coach and two coordinators who are trying to learn on the job. That’s not the best way to handle things in the SEC. I’m not ready to throw in the towel on them but getting close and would like to see improvement down the stretch. I’m afraid we’re heading for a finish like last year.



    • UKFootball4Real
      9:09 am November 2, 2015 Permalink

      BIG DADDY…

      BEST POST / RESPONSE on here.

      However, I would add one thing: Decisions are NOT JUST Mark Stoops to make -as Freddie says.

      Our A.D.(Barnhart) placed this inexperienced coach (Stoops) in to this job. Every UK Fan watched Saturday night as an experienced coach, which A.D. (Barnhart) passe over, HUMILIATED OUR COACH, and OUR FOOTBALL PROGRAM.

      Mitch Barnhart, needs to STEP UP, and make some decisions regarding who stay and who goes on this UK FOOTBALL COACHING STAFF. Let’s not forget: Mitch Barnhart sure made some “quick decisions” last year in granting our ROOKIE COACH two contract raises.

      Mitch… this is NOT THE COACH to make us competitive in the SEC… and YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE for getting us a COACH that will. If you need help, perhaps you should CALL THE TENNESSEE A.D. for guidance.

      ASHAMED IN UK FOOTBALL LAND.



  12. jim
    3:34 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    What happened to good physical football? Our O and D lineman play like they need tampons. Where is the toughness of this team? I’ve seen NAIA schools play more physical football than us. Is that super great strength and conditioning coach not doing his job either? We know the other coaches aren’t. This bunch can’t win in the trenches on either side of the ball. Change needs to be made and if Stoops don’t start making them then he is becoming the problem as well.



    • The Rest of the story
      4:00 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

      Stoops lack of control and accountability of his staff IS the problem.



    • Dallas Fan
      4:00 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

      This is the bottom line…getting beat on both sides of the ball…linemen are not getting it done…so, I only can conclude Schlarman and Brumbaugh are not getting it done…may be time for some changes



  13. Jimbob Bautista
    3:37 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    Freddie, the freshman made tons of mistakes, and I think Stoops is throwing them in the fire too soon. I know Quinn has killed us, and Baity is probably the answer, but we can’t give up on Stamps. Also, Flannigan is a fine player, and I’ve never been a Khalid Henderson fan…but Flannigan has not played well…it’s time for Henderson to start again.



  14. The Professor
    3:38 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    It starts with the coaching. I am still backing Stoops but he brought in a bunch of assistants short on top level experience. He should have kept Mike Summers as o-line coach. He is considered one of the top at his position. John Schlarman has been a major bust. We are as bad there as we have ever been. This group piles up penalties at an alarming rate and provides no pass protection whatsoever. He then hires an offensive coordinator, at a salary of $500,000, that has been mediocre at best. The Florida game was the worst I have seen during several decades of watching UK football. The most conspicuous error is the lack of a special teams coach. I expect Stoops will make some significant changes to his staff at the end of the year.



    • SinceStollField
      4:26 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

      It’s starting to look like Stoops’ future at UK depends on him making changes to his staff. It’s hard to argue that either coordinator has done a good job. The results and the play speak for themselves.



    • Amy
      7:22 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

      Stoops will double down with DJ Elliott and Shannon Dawson for next season hoping the upperclassmen from Year 1, together with the new, young talent will get them to a respectable bowl game. When that happens he goes “bye bye” to a better football program. It will be interesting to see how many of the current assistant coaches he takes with him. I bet very few of them, if any.



  15. Kicking a Dead Horse
    3:39 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    Matt Elam seriously needs to hit the weight room and the salad bar. That guy just gets pushed backwards or stood up every play he is in. No technique, no penetration at all. Teams don’t even have to double team him. Mediocre centers manhandle him. Boy, do we miss Melvin Lewis.



    • leon singleton
      5:40 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

      Melvin Lewis taught Elam all he knows. Screw Melvin.



  16. Chance
    3:39 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    I’m tired of these 1 yard gain pass plays every damn down. We refuse to throw the ball down the field for some reason. If we are gonna throw 1 yard passes, at least get it to Conrad so he can hit someone. Something good always happens when he touches the ball. I also noticed last night that almost all of the players on this team are soft. We need players who will lay hits on anyone who touches the ball, players who will get in other players faces after making a big hit. This team seems very scared.



  17. Korean Tacos
    3:39 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    Still trying to figure out why everyone is so sure Stoops is the guy. Cuz he can recruit? Great, but that doesn’t mean anything if he can’t develop. Has any player in the 3 years he’s coached showed a real improvement from year 1 to year 3?

    Cuz he can coach? Well, he’s 0-6 in games where trailing at half time. He’s won 4 SEC games in 3 years. He coached FSU’s defense for 2 years that was good prior to him getting there. Previous stints as DC the defenses weren’t very good. Also, he was not on the staff for FSU’s NC, though some keep repeating that. Oh, that’s right he put 12 players in the draft, but he recruited none of those guys and from the looks of it all were projected NFL players prior to him getting there.

    So again I ask what is it about Stoops that makes him “the right coach?”



    • The Rest of the story
      4:04 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

      Hmmm it does make one wonder.



    • Ha!
      5:20 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

      Cuz Freddie and KSR says he is? They’re the same ones that started the hype about Miami wanting him and that was nothing short of a lie to make Stoops seem like he was a coach in demand. Keep drinking UK fans till you’re so drunk you won’t remember a thing. Just remember the koolaid has been spiked.



  18. BKisler
    3:57 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    It was obvious that the team had no emotion or fire when they came out of the locker room after half time. Then Tennessee drives down the field and scores on their opening drive and I see Jason Hatcher coming off the field and laughing with other players on the bench. Are you kidding me ! You’re getting stomped and you are laughing and dancing on the side lines. How abut being pissed off !

    How as a player can you play like that and not be mad. The money this school and the fans have invested in you to make sure you have the very best facilities, equipment, and accommodations and meals possible; not to mention the all of the fan support; and you act like you don’t care. Maybe instead of great pre game meals they need to give you peanut butter and jelly.



  19. wildcat502
    3:58 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    I still believe Stoops is the right guy, for now. He took over a very bad team and has only had 2 recruiting classes, since he didnt have enough time to really recruit in his first. The first class was thrown together quickly. I`d say give him 5 years and see where were at then. It takes 3 years, in a college weight room, to really get a D1 college body. Very few have that coming out of high school. And only 1 recruiting class meets that requirement.
    I`d love to see Hatcher be used more as a pass rusher, than dropping back, in pass coverage, nearly every play. Let him and Ware put their hand on the ground and go at it. Maybe we`ll more of that in the coming games, especially since the remaining games doesnt have a true pass threat or at least hasn`t shown much of one.
    What do you think, on the last paragraph, Freddie???????????



    • The Rest of the story
      4:07 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

      Your first sentence is very suspect.



  20. Soft as ice cream
    4:12 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    This is one of the softest teams in FBS. They’re not physical, they seem like they are afraid to hit someone with the attempted arm tackling, I say attempted because they can’t even do that right. This isn’t flag football, but UK is playing like it is. How about a little toughness, what are these position coaches teaching, I only ask because it doesn’t look like they are. Stoops shouldn’t wait until the end of the season, show you are in charge and make changes NOW or your pudgy butt will be on the hot seat. I know DJ Eliot is his friend, but it’s time to send him packing, or be like the Vandy head coach and take over the defense yourself. This is just ridiculous



  21. Uncle Albert
    4:14 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    Yahtzee Smatzee, nowhere is the answer here.



  22. 5 Year Argument
    4:21 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    This is a factual falsehood.

    Many believe you give a coach a free year and then four recruiting classes “to get his own guys.” This is nonsense. A coach certainly will want his own recruits to form his own identity. But, this should take two years to get his players.

    Good coaches can take what they have and scheme accordingly. They can see what their team can do and coach them to their strengths. They can input a scheme based upon scouting to exploit the other teams weaknesses and their own strengths on offense and defense to be able to compete in a football game.

    By not seeing anything positive from this coaching staff in doing so, it does not bode well for them. By continuing his post game rants that he is “upset”, “not at all pleased” or “frustrated” and taking all the blame Mr. Stoops is simply placating the dunces of this fan base.



    • Truth
      5:17 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

      Gus Malzohn took a 2-10 team to a national championship…..



    • Old Coach John
      6:52 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

      AMEM “5 year”. Your statement is absolutely correct. Like I said earlier, Stoops and a couple of his staff have been able to elevate the talent somewhat, but I have totally lost faith that ANY of these coaches can successfully coach at this level. Stoops OBVIOUSLY can’t recruit worthy coordinators, that’s a given. Dawson and Eliot are not SEC caliber coaches and NEVER WILL BE.



  23. Randyb
    4:35 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    I’ve lost faith that Stoops is any different than any other coach at Kentucky.
    Even though he was billed as a defensive guru, our defense is just as bad as usual,
    with only an exceptional defensive player every decade or so who knows how to TACKLE..
    Why is that? And, regardless of Offensive Coordinators supposedly being disciples of Hal Mumme,
    we don’t get The Air Raid. The offense used by Brown and Dawson looks not too different
    from that of Elliot Useac, which was 1. Into the line 2. into the line 3. Desperation Pass 4. Punt.
    I think “Dimples” needs to learn a short passing game and how to use a tight end like Conrad.
    With my first UK football game being one at Stoll Field, I’ve seen too much of crappy football.



  24. UKBlue
    4:44 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    Once again we as UK fans got sucked into believing that we were good; again the jokes on us. It’s safe to say that we still don’t have anywhere close to good enough players to even compete in the middle part of the SEC. It’s finally just time to admit the reality that Shannon Dawson has no idea what he is doing; will he ever figure it out, God only knows. Patrick Towles God love the kid; he hasn’t gotten better since being at UK, he’s doesn’t have the mindset or nerves to be a big time QB, and it’s just finally time to admit Patrick was/is an over hyped in state kid that we as fans put too many hopes on that he was/is unable to live up to this hopes. Still roll with Stoops; it’s just going to take better recruits & time that fans weren’t really expecting.



  25. W.C.
    4:48 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    Checking the roster I find 11 offensive linemen that are true or rs freshmen! Let’s get a offensive coach in here that can develop these big boys, so Barker can lead us out of this mess. Another bright spot there will be fewer Joker boys to drag us down next year. Please no more Towles for 2016, after 24 starts he has had his chance give the ball to Barker and tell him it’s his team! After all we were told leading up to this season, they were o so close, hard to decide! And yes we miss Lewis, more and more!



  26. BluKudzu
    4:55 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    Freddie, bless your heart dude.
    This type of commentary should have started after the EKU game. That game should have been humiliating enough to everyone that follows football at any level. This coaching staff needs to be broomed. I will allow for your opinion on Stoops, right now, but I cannot believe, based on what I have seen last year, and this year, this is the guy. He has a chance to convince us, the rest of the season, by putting a better team on the field than what I have seen this entire year.
    End of this year is coming, and I am in no way imaginable, optimistic this team wins another game, this season.
    This team is a reflection of the coaching staff. Lack of skill sets to compete, lack of urgency, and absolute no understanding of how to play this game in the SEC. This is a mans league. It requires the best of the best just to compete.
    We do not have that here. With this group of coaches, we will not ever have it.
    One more thing; take that 3-4 or 4-3 defense, scrap it today. Go to something easy to understand and suits what little talent we have. Big linebackers not creating havoc in the opposing teams backfield is a total waste.
    Coaches get fired mid season and are asked to resign prior to the end of the year, it is not uncommon.
    It should happen now. We have nothing to lose. We are going to be humiliated every week anyway. Let’s get rid of the people we are having massive failure, and start recruiting for next year. Spend the money to get what we need.



  27. Damien Harris say...
    4:59 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    I would’ve been killed behind that OL had I committed. Best decision ever even if I pissed off a bunch of fans back in Jan.



  28. Jack
    5:00 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    Thank goodness basketball season is here. The football product is terrible. Team isn’t getting better. Only reason they have won 4 games is because the competition sucks.



  29. roundball fool
    5:01 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    Thanks for weighing in and shooting it straight, Freddie.

    I especially liked the part in the second to last paragraph about the leaders needing to look in the mirror.
    This mostly applies to the coaches in my very humble opinion. Our team has looked ill prepared, demotivated and lost in the woods since the EKU debacle. The game plans and execution have been head scratchers. That is entirely on the coaches.

    Big picture. We have made progress but it’s very frustrating to see it slipping away week after week.



  30. Saban
    5:05 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    What would it take to get a coach like Nick Saban get hired at UK?



    • Doug Pelfrey's Facemask
      5:14 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

      Away from Alabama? Probably $1 billion a year. Even then, I’m not sure it’s worth the work necessary. He’s already rich.



    • Dylan
      12:59 am November 2, 2015 Permalink

      Someone write a dang check for 1 Billion now! Let’s get Saban!



  31. Ha!
    5:13 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    Freddie is passing around the koolaid just like a good ole Stoops Trooper should. Drink up UK!! Enjoy the taste of his stale and over worded analysis, He can pass around the koolaid better than he could QB that’s for sure.



  32. j.T.
    5:17 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    Maybe Stoops should not cover game film, and just watch replay of telecast. It seems that Palmer and Musberger pointed out nearly all the problems mentioned here.



    • Catlogic15
      5:42 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

      That’s what I thought.
      The commentators coach this team better than the coaches.



  33. Sparkobuzzer
    5:25 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    Well i have been following UK football since the early to mid 1960,s. I am furstrated enough to want to see the UK football program just close down. How many more years does UK have to face good teams. Florida, Tenn, etc and get killed. I am not listening to UK play next week against Georgia. Forget it.



  34. UKfanman001
    5:32 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    So I see everyone talking trash about Stoops and his poor coaching but I don’t see any of you people talking trash applying for his job. Not saying I’m particularly happy with the last two performances but I won’t put down the head coach. UK fans are quick to forget that Joker Phillips was winning 2 games a year and set the program back in a bad way. When Phillips left the job was open and Stoops grabbed it, so all of you trash talking tv coaches sitting at home with your pot belly hanging out of the bottom of your 2 sizes too small shirt can either shut up or apply for the job.



    • Jim
      5:51 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

      Ha the joke is on you. I don’t have a big belly. I actually have abs at 230lbs with 20inch arms. and yes Stoops is doing a poor job. But fans like you will keep him there because you are not smart enough to know what’s going on



    • Franklin
      5:57 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

      I see Mitch’s interns are reduced to posting on message boards with childish, straw-man arguments. Hey sugar, I’m not going to be governor either, but can I PLEASE still have an opinion about the election?



    • BluKudzu
      6:21 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

      I will apply. I have as much head coaching experience as he has. I will be glad to take 800,000+ per win. Hey Barnhart, hire me!
      We will be young, so give me three years at 3.5 mil. We can run the spin and hype machine that long. Then fire me, it’s all good.
      Why not?!



    • Please!!!!
      12:54 am November 2, 2015 Permalink

      I hope you do, BluKudzu. I can’t wait to see you get crushed by the haters, band wagoners and trolls.



  35. vince
    5:47 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    The problem is simply the SEC is too tough for us at this point and has been for 60 years.



    • Dylan
      1:01 am November 2, 2015 Permalink

      I was thinking the same, Would a conference switch help us?



  36. STEVE!
    5:50 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    Not too hard to understand. In basketball, UK brings in a Top 5 nationally ranked recruiting class every year, and a team like Missouri brings in the 13th ranked class in the SEC. UK wins by 40. In football, UT brings in a Top 5 nationally ranked recruiting class every year, and UK brings in the 13th ranked class in the SEC. UT wins by 30 or more.



  37. wayne
    6:18 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    Two -three wins and a Bowl game.



    • UKBlue1!
      8:07 am November 2, 2015 Permalink

      Where do you see 2-3 wins. Charlotte win. Vandy 50/50 best case. GA 10 % chance 17 1/2 point underdog. UL 40/60 chance. Right now it looks like 5-7 and NO bowl. Vandy will beat us if we keep playing like we have for the past 4 games.



  38. kyjohn
    6:23 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    The big rub against UK in the past was lack of spending on the football program.That can’t be said anymore.However,sadly. the program is not showing the results of the spending that has occurred.Lets all hope that Mitch Barnhart reevaluates the currents tatus of the football program and something will be done to make the change that is so badly needed for putting a competitive football team on the field.

    This current team is one of the worst since John Ray and Bill Curry years and changes should be made.



    • Redneck Cat Fan
      9:43 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

      Exactly.just thro money at it and the wins shoud come.I aslo agree that this team is even worst than the jokers worse teams,,,,this is on you mitch!!!!



  39. Cutlers greasy head
    8:13 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    “We’re just getting started bro!”
    Toby Keith hug of death. Whiskey for my men, beer for my horses…and while you’re at it how about some hands for my wide-outs…



  40. Dwayne
    8:35 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    Switch to 4-3 defense immediately! Hire a special teams coach immediately despite Matt downplaying it’s importance. Hire new OL coach. I’m only giving the DL coach a break because I think it’s unfair to him having run the goofy 3-4 in the 1st place.



  41. Ucan'thandlethetruth
    10:32 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    Freddie has forgot more football than most posters here ever knew. Good insights. Maybe Freddie could get group of the older players to talk to the team about the passion of UK fans, the depth of the loyalty. If the players played withthat passion and pride you’d see harder hits on D, less drops by the WRs, more effort across the board. What about it Freddie?



    • jim
      7:41 am November 2, 2015 Permalink

      That’s the problem now. Too much talking and not enough getting it done. They can talk all they want in the locker room, but until someone teaches these players fundamentals then it’s just all talk. Middle and high schools tackle and hit harder. They need to be on the field laying the wood, not in a room having a heart to heart.



    • UKNIPPLE
      9:01 am November 2, 2015 Permalink

      I agree, it’s time to plug in the players from the past. It’s also time for a new D Coordinator and let Stoops spend more time looking at other area’s of the team. Stoops is paid very well with minimal results.



  42. Bull
    10:48 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    Freddie, knowing you as I do, I can only imagine how difficult these last couple of game write-ups was to do. It’s tough for everyone involved at this point, Players, coaches, fans, and anyone else involved. I totally understand people’s frustration, but I’m not going to pretend like I have a clue to what the answers are nor do I believe my fellow KSR followers do either. That has to come from within the people who are in the trenches. Stay strong.



    • Bonkrshr
      10:52 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

      ^^^. This



  43. Stoops for President
    7:33 am November 2, 2015 Permalink

    The starting offense contains one kid from the Commonwealth. Stoops ran off every other kid from Kentucky that was on the team when he came. Post game interview after EVERY game, we have to improve. I hope he takes the Miami head coaching job and is out of here. #69 who coaches him, wide receivers drops but Stoops sent Timmons to the bench to be replaced by his all stars. Offensive line was supposed to be good, ugh. Defensive backs burned constantly. Special teams, a score on a punt and a score on a kick off in the same game.

    Send Stoops packing or at least cut off his post game interviews of we have to get better. Totally not happening Stoops. Look in the mirror.



  44. UKBlue1!
    8:18 am November 2, 2015 Permalink

    I have waited to post anything until I cooled off. Right now it looks like 5-7. I think if the season ends this way UK needs to clean house. I wasn’t happy about the way things ended last 2 years. Last years 6 game losing streak. The first year we were only able to win 2 games. I was willing to give a pass because I told myself that he was left with Jokers players and last year it was youth and inexperience. I just don’t see how anyone can rationally say he should keep his job if UK finishes 5-7 or 4-8.The team looks horrible. The offensive line needs major work. Our receivers should be taking about 100-200 balls every day in practice. The defense for the last 6 1/2 quarters has looked like crap.



  45. Snootie
    8:37 am November 2, 2015 Permalink

    How can you expect Joker players to line up correctly, have more than 8 players on the field, or to actually tackle, they’re Joker players.



  46. fanman
    10:45 am November 2, 2015 Permalink

    Folks here are my observations: 1. Until UK gets lineman that are strong and fast we will NEVER beat the elite teams in the SEC. Tennessee’s lineman are light years ahead of ours. 2. UK could win 6-8 games for the next 5 years and we still wont get the type of recruits the Alabama’s Florida’s and LSU’s of the world get. So in order to compete and win we must be a FUNDAMENTALLY SOUND



  47. fanman
    10:50 am November 2, 2015 Permalink

    sorry my last post was sent to soon. football team. We are not there. It seems every game we have what I call a dumb play that leads to a first down or causing us to have poor field position. We have to win the special teams battle every game. We need to be the Va Tech of the SEC. Block a punt run a kickoff back for a TD (Just like UT did to us Saturday) 3. We have to be able to get off the field on 3rd down. If we just rush 4 we will be torn to shreds. This defense simply has to take chances and force turnovers. If you get burned so be it but to sit back and let a QB have 4-7 seconds to go through his progressions is a sure death.



  48. On to the Next
    9:41 pm November 2, 2015 Permalink

    Why, oh why are the two blowouts so surprising?
    These Cats have really only played one decent complete game all season, and that was against a mediocre Mizzou team that they should have beaten much worse than they did.
    The LL game was a joke with the Cats blowing a huge lead and squeaking out with a win.
    The Cats also blew a huge lead against a woeful SC team, but again squeaked by.
    The defense played well against UF, but the offense was horrid. It was also before UF got their house in order.
    UK should have blown Mizzou off the field, but a win is a win…right?
    EKU = Overtime. Seriously?
    Auburn was an embarrassing loss, period.
    MSU and UT were the first quality opponents that UK has faced, and they truly exposed the Cats.



  49. Bull
    7:13 am November 3, 2015 Permalink

    Building a program? Frank Beamer the Va. Tech coach who is retiring with lots of praise & well deserved respect. His first 6 seasons at Va. Tech 2 & 9, – 3 & 8, – 6 -4 – 1, – 6 & 5, – 5 & 6, – 2 -8 – 1. Then they go 9 & 3.