32-31 in OT, that is the score from tonight’s loss to Western Kentucky. Yes, you did read that right Western Kentucky University. We have now lost 2 games to in-state schools. Even worse, we lost to a Sun Belt Conference school on our home field. Think about that for a minute. I love Kentucky football and I think this team has a lot of talent and potential. Winning does not seem likely with the current leadership in place. I will support this team AND it’s coaches for the remainder of the season because I feel that is the right thing to do. So, I will write about this only once here on the blog until something is done and some changes are made.
I was not a great fan of the Coach Phillips hiring but was not totally against it either. I just thought we should not have gone the “coach in waiting route” and went with a national search when Brooks retired. I have never been against Coach Phillips but at this point we need to go in a different direction. What are we looking for in a head coach? Well, that is a very good question with only one answer. Very simple we want a winner. I am so tired of hearing UK is a basketball school, Kentucky has very little high school football talent to recruit, our facilities are not as good as other SEC schools. Just a bunch of excuses. Yes, we are a “basketball school” so what? Does that mean we should not have a baseball or football team because they can’t win since we are a basketball school? Maybe Kentucky is not a hotbed of football recruiting and maybe it never will be. How are teams like Louisville and Western Kentucky getting good players? They are not only beating us but were successful last year on the field also. So you can get good players to come to play in Kentucky. As far as football facilities go, I am sure we are nowhere near the top in the SEC. Thing is we just got beat by Louisville and Western Kentucky, neither are in the SEC.
While I do not want someone like Bobby Petrino taking over, there are plenty of other good young coaches to keep in mind. My favorite is Mark Hudspeth at the University of Louisiana. Besides being going 66-21 as Head Coach at the University of North Alabama (NCAA Division II school), he also served as the passing game coordinator at Mississippi State for two seasons (2009-10) and now in his 2nd season as Head Coach at UL is 10-5 including a bowl win over San Diego State at the 2011 New Orleans Bowl. The man has 76-25 career record in eight seasons as head coach. His teams have won 10 or more games five times. Hudspeth is very similar to Hugh Freeze who coached at Arkansas State last year and took over at Ole Miss this season. The 11 seasons prior to Hudspeth’s arrival in Lafayette the Cajuns were 47-92. Oh yeah, he is from the same hometown as current UK women’s basketball Head Coach Matthew Mitchell (Louisville, MS). Hudspeth will coach in the SEC one day, not sure where but he will and will be successful.
Well, it’s been more than a minute. Are you still thinking about the fact we lost to a Sun Belt Conference school on our home field. An in-state school that just a few years ago was 1-AA. Not sure when it should happen or who it should be but one thing I am sure of is we need a change. At this point the only thing that would change my mind is going 4-4 in conference play. Right now, I see no way that happens. No matter what I still Believe In Blue, #WeAreUK