The big news of today, of course, is Joker Phillips' firing yesterday as football head coach. Now, the speculation about who will replace him begins in earnest.
Tweet of the Morning:
Former UK quarterback Pookie Jones on the coaching search: "We can throw out all these big names. They're not coming."— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ) November 5, 2012
Pookie gets it.
“In the end there are realities we must face and overcome,” he wrote. “Right or wrong, we must respond to those realities to protect the 22 programs and 500-plus student-athletes for whom we provide.”As I said early on, this is why Phillips could not be retained. Lost revenue at the level it would have been next year would've damaged the athletics department. There really was no alternative.
Tim Sullivan | Mitch Barnhart let Joker Phillips retain his dignity // The Courier-Journal
Phillips did all he could to help Barnhart get out of the spot he was in, which says a lot about him.
In the wake of a humiliating 40-0 loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday, his football team’s eighth consecutive defeat and ninth in 10 games this season, a demoralized Joker Phillips all but fell on his sword when he said it would be best for everyone involved if his boss at the University of Kentucky would say something about the coach’s future.This is right.
Things could have been different // Life as a Basketball Coach in Indiana
The author makes a great point:
Really, with a couple of breaks either way this could be playing out the complete opposite than it is now. If you are a sports fan, you can't help but feel good for Strong and bad for Phillips. Both are good men as I stated before.
Kentucky fires Joker Phillips; welcome to silly season // CBSSports.com
I think this writer's perspective is the most cynical and ethically questionable I've seen.
A name to watch in UK football search: Mike MacIntyre // John Clay's Sidelines
There will be a bunch of these to go along with Sonny Dykes.
- Text of Joker Phillips' statement // Kentucky.com
Kentucky Sports Radio // 10 Questions About the End of One Era and Beginning of Another
My answers: 1-Who cares? 2-Probably 3-Making a list 4-Yes, probably 5-Depends on how you define "home run" in this context. 6-No 7-None will consider Kentucky for any price 8-No "Big names" other than Petrino are available. Some good coordinators like Smart and Pease will be considered. Mike Leach will not be a candidate. 9-A good young coach, most likely 10-I'm guessing right after the season ends.
For what it's worth.
Calipari told Phillips people still love him, just wanted him to win more // vaughtsviews
Calipari's exactly right. Coaches are hired to win. When they don't win, they get replaced.
Kentucky Sports Radio // Tim Couch would love to help
Hopefully, Barnhart will solicit Couch's advice. Don't pass up any from former UK and NFL players who are willing to offer.
Joker Phillips fired: Sonny Dykes, Dirk Koetter among reported candidates // SBNation.com
SB Nation adds some names to the list.
Three years of Joker come to a close // The Kentucky Kernel
Sometimes, it's just not meant to be.
- UK player Brian Long knows telethon for Hurricane Sandy victims will have special message // vaughtsviews
- Kentucky vs. Transylvania History // Ky Cat Stats
"To really improve, you have to make yourself uncomfortable," he said. " ... If you're not willing to do it, I will."That's what you do as a successful coach. Comfort is failure.
- UK Completes Exhibition Slate with Transy // UKAthletics.com
Other UK sports
For the eighth consecutive season under the direction of Craig Skinnerthe Kentucky volleyball team secured 17 or more victories following a 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-18) sweep of visiting South Carolina on Sunday in Memorial Coliseum. The win was good enough for the team's 17th of the season, as well as continuing a season-long five-match winning streak.Don't forget to vote for Ashley Frazier for the Senior CLASS Award! Vote early, vote often.
- Tom Leach // Monday links
Mississippi State isn’t who we thought they were // Saturday Down South
Yes, they are. Well, they are who I thought they were, anyway.