Time to Burn those Bridges Kentucky
Top Coaches We Could Bring To Kentucky
By Lee Ann Herring-Olvedo
Monday morning I finally crossed back over to the Kentucky state line after 10 days on the road covering SEC football at Ole Miss. After a couple weeks in Oxford I sure know how Ole Miss feels during football season when there seems to be no light of day to their team having a chance to win a few games each season. The Rebels are no longer the worst team in the SEC when it comes to football. I can safely say that accolade belongs to the University of Kentucky.
Well, most UK fans were ready for basketball season at the beginning of football season. After moments when it seemed that things were going to turn around with Joker or the players, we seem to be back to square one each time. It’s time to own up to the failures this program is enduring. The coaches are not clicking with their playbook or players. If we haven’t gotten to that by this point we have some serious blinders going on in this football program.
Kentucky at this point may not be the most desirable job in the SEC football, but I guarantee you if we are willing to shell out 2 million for our current Head Coach, then for this kind of money we could be making our program richer, not just an individual. So let’s burn the bridges and build new ones. That is the only logical thing I can see for this program to do to have a hope of salvaging what talent it has or can potentially have come the end of this season.
During my time away from Kentucky I have had plenty of time to play around with some prospects that we could use that 2 million to make actions speak louder than words here in the Bluegrass. Some may surprise you, and some won’t! So here’s who I see for the Wildcats in 2013
Pat Washington: Rarely, do programs want to recruit in house especially when a program is anything but success. However, this might not be so bad for the Cats to think of Washington for the HC job. Here is what I think on Washington for the Wildcats:
* Helped turn around the receiving core and shape the offense at UK.
* Experience as a player and coach in the SEC.
* Strong recruiting sense and ties to major markets in the South.
* He develops players on a fast turnaround both mentally and physically.
Bobby Petrino: Either you like him or you don’t for obvious reasons. All else aside, when it comes to football coaching alone you can’t help but admit Petrino knows the game like the back of his hand, and he wins.
* He’s going to win some games whether he’s in the big show or not that’s what he does.
* He was able to take programs like Louisville & Arkansas to the BCS, given the right circumstances he will be a hot commodity for the SEC. Hot seats up for grabs.
* Though Petrino may be flawed and have issues off the gridiron, You can never accuse him of NCAA issues, selling out stadiums , or winning games.
Chris Petersen: Probably won’t ever leave Boise State, would you if you were him?Peterson has proved to make something out of nothing, and every time a job opens up, especially in the SEC, he has to be at the top of most lists.
* He doesn’t settle on anything less than a perfect fits for his program.
* Will stick with the program until it is where it needs to be.
* Proves he can make something out of nothing.
Gary Patterson: He’s loyal, but even loyalty and success yearn for something more, something bigger. Though he has been with TCU horn frogs for some time, I am sure he can’t help but think what he could do with a bigger program, especially in the SEC.
* Since TCU is private, we can’t pin the exact figures it takes to keep Patterson there, but I guarantee you the SEC or even TEXAS are willing to throw it out there; Kentucky could be the perfect premiere for Patterson.
* Record at TCU: 114-31 in 11 full seasons.
* No slackers on his team! He is known for his hard-nosed style defense that fits right here in the SEC.
Dana Holgorsen: He is in the right hot seat. WVU even extended his contract before the season started. He creates a brand of football you want to play for, and want to come out and watch. The Cats could use that revival to the program.
* Plain and simple he knows how to score, and puts up points that make for some exciting football.
* He knows how to put players on the field and fans on the stands.
Dan Mullen: Turning water in to wine is what he has done down in Starkville. Even the Ole Miss Fans would take him if they didn’t have something magic in Hugh Freeze, even if they won’t admit it.
* Mississippi State has never won more than nine games in the regular season in the history of the program. So, if he wins ten games in the regular season this year, Mullen will have done something that no one has ever done before in State history.
* If he has done this at small SEC program like State, imagine what he could do to the other low level tier programs that paid him better like UK.
* Mullen is is a more aggressive coach with his staff and players and we need that at Kentucky.
Butch Jones: Sometimes you just have to think outside the box and outside the conference. Jones has done something at Cincy that we need to cross over into Kentucky to say the least.
* Cincinnati is undefeated and Jones is leading the way. What else do we need to say on that?
* Jones is ready to take the next big step into a bigger program and with Lexington being up the road and a fresh face, fresh conference could be the remedy we need.
Sonny Dykes: The Wildman is what comes to mind when I think of Dykes at LA Tech because he really can play head to head football with the big boys when it comes down to it. That is what we need a KY, someone who will translate that for 4 quarters of football in the SEC.
* Though he lost to Texas A&M in a heated game 59-57, he can keep fans on the edge of their seats and creates excitement within his players and staff. We could use some of that in the Wildcat den to play better.
* He has proved he can out coach an SEC football coach, after all he was Dooley’s replacement, and proves to have had better success at Tech, hell even at UT at this point with the way Dooley has been coaching.
* He’s the guy I think will end up at Kentucky. I think he is a good fit because he commands and is not afraid to get the job done, whether it be through the playbook or selling his team’s brand.