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Getting ready for Mizzou and talking to Mitch Barnhart (Friday Show Thread)

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Friday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. Today, Matt, Ryan, and Shannon will preview tomorrow’s game vs. Mizzou, Sunday’s game vs. Clarion, and chat with athletic director Mitch Barnhart. Tune in for that and lots of random stuff.

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79 Comments for Getting ready for Mizzou and talking to Mitch Barnhart (Friday Show Thread)



  1. CATandMONKEY
    10:09 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

    We got this?
    While perhaps not a “must win” game this is certainly a “would be really frigging nice” type of contest.
    A victory would not at all be completely unexpected.



    • Realme
      10:11 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      Are you worried about the fact that our wins are all at home? Will they play as well at Missouri? Fingers crossed.



    • CATandMONKEY
      10:18 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      I am worried about like I am for every game. I lament the fact that I fully expect the team to suffer the slings of poor discipline or the arrows of ill fortune in every winnable contest- only to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

      Have been pleasantly surprised for most of the season, despite the bumps.
      Yes, I think we can win on the road but our margin for error becomes infintesimally slender.



    • J-Dub421
      10:24 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      I think we’ve got this. I think the crowd will be anemic due to Missouri’s terrible record (2-5), bad loss at home to MTSU last weekend, and early start time which will limit tail-gaiting.



    • ukjaybrat
      10:26 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      Missouri’s defense is bad… they could put 11 trash cans full of garbage on the field and that would play better defense than Missouri. If we limit offensive turnovers to ZERO, we will be fine.

    • I call it a must win. I don’t want to go into any of the remaning games needing 1 more for 6 wins (outside of The Peay).



    • Laker Cat 18
      11:27 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      I just bolded jaybrat’s comment. You’re welcome!



    • Realme
      11:27 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      I was hoping 4 more people would like that one!



    • ukjaybrat
      11:30 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      haha thanks LC !



  2. runningunnin.454
    10:17 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

    Tip of the hat to Timmons and Johnson; UK athletes understand there are more important things than the bounce of a ball or the numbers on a scoreboard.
    We are blessed with great ambassadors at UK.



  3. Realme
    10:17 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

    What if Johnson gets a little more consistent with his throws, and stops fumbling? Does he get to keep the job even if Barker gets back to full strength? What about next year? I think Stoops will still want to give Barker a shot.



    • CATandMONKEY
      10:22 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      If he does as you suggest, we have a serious dual-threat QB. If he were to be a consistent, reliable threat from both formations he deserves the job.



    • Realme
      10:24 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      I agree, and I think he can do it. Especially if he gets to practice as the number one during the off season.



    • ukjaybrat
      10:28 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      The obvious problem then presents itself that we have a dual threat qb, but all of his backups and all of our recruits are pro style quarterbacks. that changes our offensive practice, play calling and effectiveness when johnson graduates or gets hurt. that will make the transition pretty rough.



    • J-Dub421
      10:33 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      Johnson’s passing game has been improving. If he can just reign in the fumbles then he deserves the job. The offense runs better and more fluidly with Johnson than it did with Barker, at least to my eyes.



    • CATandMONKEY
      10:33 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      Chess vs checkers. I like it. Honestly have hardly considered past the Georgia game though.
      Have had to adapt a game-to-game mentality over 24 years in order to keep any semblance of sanity.



    • J-Dub421
      10:36 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      Very valid point Jay, but I am willing to wait and cross that bridge when we come to it.



    • ukjaybrat
      10:41 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      Well the thing is, Johnson kind of fell into our lap coming from a JUCO school. It’s really hard to get dual threat quarterbacks because they are so effective in college football all the best ones are going to the best teams (even Bama is jumping into the dual threat QB system).

      This is directly why schools like us are starting to get better and better pro-style quarterbacks. This is why we just picked up a former Ohio State recruit. because they have moved on to the dual threat style. If we can make it work and get enough wins to go to a bowl, that’s great. we are taking advantage of the new era.I have a lot of thoughts on the topic, but I honestly don’t even know where I stand right now.

    • Considering how he played overall last week, if Johnson can just correct the fumbles that will be huge and a-okay in my book.



  4. ukkatzfan
    10:28 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

    my favorite basketball player from MO is Travis Ford



  5. Realme
    10:31 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

    That is shameful that one year after stepping down from the pregame show, they cut Oscar. Unbelievable.



  6. secrick
    10:36 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

    I think Barker will be back and will be the starter next year. I hope Johnson does a great job the rest of the year and it is a battle next year for the starter. Tomm is a another big game for the cats but heck every game that’s played tomm is a big game for most teams.



    • J-Dub421
      10:40 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      The team seems to have rallied around Johnson. Also, what if Johnson gets us to a bowl game?



    • ukjaybrat
      10:44 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      IF (big if) they go back to barker, I could still see them using johnson situationally next year akin to how we use wildcat now. except then our wildcat has the option to pass)



    • Realme
      10:45 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      I kind of always want them to be using more than one guy for different situations, but I know most people think that’s dumb.



    • ukjaybrat
      11:02 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      it’s just not efficient to use multiple people. it forces you to split up practice time. We could get into all that but i think we (or me and someone else) already did about this time last year when we were in the heart of the Towles/Barker debate



    • ukjaybrat
      11:02 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      also, i wouldn’t say it’s “stupid” just not efficient.



    • Realme
      11:09 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      Yeah, it’s clearly not practical because almost no team does it. I just hate that that’s one of few positions that only 1 person gets playing time. A backup qb isn’t second string, he is only there in case the other guy gets hurt.



    • whatwasthat
      11:13 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      Not knowing the extent of Barker’s injury, I think Hoak is the starter next year.



    • J-Dub421
      11:15 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      I still say stick with Johnson. If it ain’t broke, don’t “fix” it.



    • ukjaybrat
      11:17 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      Backup QBs also have a very important role in working with the defense in drills (not scrimmages). So while the starting QB is working with the starting offense with timing and routes and whatnot, the backup QB is working to improve the defense. They don’t necessarily sit on their hands and watch. So they are still an important part of the team everyday.Usually they are also responsible during a game to watch opposing defenses and point out weaknesses to the starter if they see one that the starter does not see because he is busy working through his projections. J Lo has a great example of this in his time playing for the Giants he shared on a previous show.



  7. Laker Cat 18
    10:51 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

    Matt’s attack on Barnhart about the uniforms is ridiculous in my opinion. You’re raising heck over the checkerboard, but you loved the new distorted UK logo? Crazy to me. I can live with the checkerboard if you can live with the logo.



    • Realme
      10:54 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      Mitch clearly doesn’t like being asked about either. And he shouldn’t have said the players like it after several of the MBB players have said they don’t.



    • whatwasthat
      11:03 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      Sounds like Matti is upset over losing the pre-game, great move by UK. Think maybe one or two players didn’t like the cut of the new uniforms, don’t think it had much to do with the checker board.



    • ukjaybrat
      11:10 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      de’aaron fox explicitly said he did not like the checkerboard part of the uniform. and if even one player doesn’t like the uniforms, they have to go. [some] kids these days are all about how the uniform looks. why else would a school like oregon who hasn’t been good at anything ever consistently pull in decent recruits in both major sports? because nike.



    • Realme
      11:10 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      Let me guess: you like to call him Matty Bangs and listen to him no matter how much you dislike him.



    • UKBlueGreen
      11:11 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      Is Barnhart responsible for the logo and mascot change? What university gives their AD the authority to change a mascot and logo?



    • ukjaybrat
      11:13 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      umm… all of them. he’s the ATHLETIC DIRECTOR. he has the authority to DIRECT all things ATHLETIC



    • Options are Factual
      11:13 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      Shannon asked the question to Matt in a civil way. Matt asked Barnhart in a confrontational way. Matt deserved what he got.



    • UKBlueGreen
      11:14 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      ukjaybrat, those decisions are usually controlled by dignitaries, board of directors, etc…..



    • Laker Cat 18
      11:17 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      I would normally agree about Oregon’s affiliation with Nike, but I can’t get on that bandwagon right now. They’re unranked and have the 38th best recruiting class currently (ironically, 1 spot ahead of UK). I think Oregon’s brand can thank Chip Kelly a bit more than Nike in my opinion.



    • Realme
      11:18 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      You are incorrect UKBG. It is Barnhart who makes the deals with Nike, and it’s Barnhart that signs off on things like uniforms. Presidenst and Boards have a whole university to worry about.



    • UKBlueGreen
      11:20 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      A university logo and mascot are the face of the university. Departments and sports, etc…. get to USE them.



    • ukjaybrat
      11:20 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      … a dignitary is just a fancy word for “someone important.” There is no one more important in the chain of command, as far as athletics are concerned, than the athletic directory. he reports directly to the president of the university (who i assume approves the decision, but doesn’t necessarily MAKE the decision).



    • ukjaybrat
      11:21 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      UKBlueGreen that is where you are mistaken. There isn’t just ONE SINGLE university logo. athletics has a different logo from the school.



    • whatwasthat
      11:22 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      To the lib tard real, I do listen to the radio show occasionally, have never seen the tv show though. Don’t care for any lib tard in general. Well if Fox doesn’t like the checker board he won’t have to worry about it long, since he be gone at years end.



    • UKBlueGreen
      11:22 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      RealMe, I see where you are coming from in this day and age. But go back to the drawing board when the university originated/opened. Nike wasn’t involved.



    • Realme
      11:24 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      Some people cannot be reasoned with. Have a nice weekend.



    • UKBlueGreen
      11:25 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      There is also an official crest for UK. Does the AD have authority to change that, too?



    • J-Dub421
      11:27 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      Whatwasthat, if you cannot engage in a civil conversation like an adult without name calling, then go away.



    • ukjaybrat
      11:29 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      The AD has input on the athletics logo… not the university logo or the official crest… what about that do you not understand ?



    • Laker Cat 18
      11:32 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      I’ve said this many times before: I don’t care what the team wears as long as they win ball games. They can wear clown costumes if they can hit free throws with the game on the line.



    • UKBlueGreen
      11:33 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      ukjaybrat, the UK logo is new. It changed. Not only in athletics but official letterhead, etc.



    • ukjaybrat
      11:37 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      OH, you are talking about the UK logo? not the wildcat logo that looks like a staple remover?
      Barnhart didn’t make that decision, that WAS made by the board of directors. Mitch had no choice on that one.



    • Booby Petrino
      11:41 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      like basketball players are committing or turning down UK has anything to do with uniforms…give me a break. They come to UK because Cal can get them to the NBA in a year or two and give them a shot at winning a college NC while they’re here. I would love to hear a recruit say “I really like what Cal has going on at UK but I’m cutting them from my list because I don’t like the checkerboard.” lolol



    • UKBlueGreen
      11:41 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      ukjaybrat, yes, that’s the logo I was talking about. I couldn’t understand how Barnhart would have the authority to change that.



    • ukjaybrat
      11:50 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      Booby, I’m not saying it has happened in the past. and it’s not like we are losing basketball recruits to tennessee because of our uniform. But what if a recruit is on the fence between us and duke. or us and kansas? It could be a tipping factor. These are teenagers we’re talking about here. teenagers make stupid decisions every day for much pettier things than the way a jersey looks.



    • ukjaybrat
      11:52 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      yeah UKBG, we were definitely not on the same page on that one. my bad. I thought you were talking about the two birds making love. and that logo (as far as i know) is specific to UK Athletics. it’s been a long morning. can the weekend please start already?



  8. Chesters Daddy
    10:55 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

    I’m glad the players are the one buying the jersey’s



  9. secrick
    11:01 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

    Got a Ky fan in the office now and ask him if he liked the game last week and he is still complaining about time outs last week.



    • Realme
      11:05 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      I was mad at the time, thought they should have taken a time out when MS had the ball, to save some more seconds, but then we won, so WHO CARES!!!! We won a game we always used to lose.



    • ukjaybrat
      11:11 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      i agree with realme exactly
      1) he should have used a timeout when MSU had the ball
      2) we won, so who cares?
      3) uk football fans have GOT to STOP nitpicking wins. PERIOD. EXCLAIMATION POINT!



  10. ukkatzfan
    11:13 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

    About the checkerboards, UK players don’t get a vote on the uniforms. They only have to wear them a year.



    • secrick
      11:20 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      You know i really don’t care about the uniforms, they look ok to me. Everyone has different taste so you can’t please them all. I did like the football teams uniforms last week.



    • ukjaybrat
      11:28 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      wrong, players do get to vote on uniforms.

      Just like consumers can vote with their dollar, player scan vote with their commitments. If our uniforms are garbage, year after year after year, it might sway some players to go to another school. believe it or not, it happens.



    • secrick
      11:38 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      You really think a player would go to a school based on the uniform? Hate the early game Tomm. , like the 3:30 or 7:30 games.



    • ukjaybrat
      11:42 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      if you are down to two schools and are on the fence on which one to go to and it truly is a toss up. are you going to go to the one with the ridiculous uniforms with gaudy checkerboard* or the one you like and are proud to wear?

      * just using checkerboard as an example. could be anything.



    • Booby Petrino
      11:52 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      C’mon man. We have to use the “cool uniforms” line in football because we don’t have much else to talk about. Not the case in basketball. Most wins of any college team, 8 NC, and Cal gets them to the NBA like no other coach. That’s why players choose UK. Louisville has had the ugliest uniforms in football and basketball for years and still get better players than us in football.



    • ukjaybrat
      12:17 pm October 28, 2016 Permalink

      We don’t have to have the “coolest uniforms”, we just avoid the disasters (like this year) as much as we can. and comparing louisville to us in recruiting is not going to win this argument. because they are a much better program than us right now. we aren’t losing recruits to missouri in basketball because of ugly uniforms. but to duke or kansas? it’s not outside the realm of possiblity is all i’m saying.

      BUT. just to allow you to play devil’s advocate, what’s the whole point of a unifrom anyway? If changing a uniform design because there’s a very insignificant chance it will affect recruiting is not worth it, what incentive is there NOT to change? what incentive is there to make a better or more traditional design next time?

      in my opinion, when it all comes down to it, there are only two groups of people that a uniform affects.
      1) the players that wear them
      2) the fans that see them

      And in this case, there are plenty of fans and players alike that do not like them for various reasons. So what incentive do we have NOT to change them?



  11. whatwasthat
    11:40 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

    Awaiting moderation again, lol.



  12. whatwasthat
    11:51 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

    Well since Tyler is going to block my comments to jdub, not like a liberal to squash free speech. I’ll try to leave on a positive note. GO CATS beat Mizzou.



    • Booby Petrino
      11:53 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      Tyler isn’t blocking your comment. You must be new here. The mod bot blocks comments on is own.



    • J-Dub421
      11:56 am October 28, 2016 Permalink

      You are more than entitled to voice your opinion. I simply ask that you do so without unnecessary name calling. No one else in this thread has resorted to name calling but you. I am only requesting civil discourse.