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Anyone think there is a chance Mitch pulls the plug and annoumces Joker is done but lets him finish the season? Would be the best way to go at
this time..This season and last have been a total waste...
Not sure. I know there are a lot of factors, but it is certain that the team we have out there right now, with the offensive gameplan we are using, has 0 chance of beating anybody! I think that may include Samford. Regardless of who coaches next year, we will be better, lol, but that's not saying much. The only good thing coming from this gut wrenching season is the experience the young guys are able to get. Sucks for joker if he has to gut this one out but doesn't get to reap any rewards from it next year, but the way this is going to end may make it a no brainer. It's sad to say, but I now almost hope he is gone just so next year I do not have to hear all this miserable talk from the fans, even though I am not sold that joker is the biggest part of the problem, I think it's sanders! But, if they don't fire Phillips I will still buy season tickets bc I enjoy the experience and gettin back to lex to see friends, but I will honestly dread going thru another year of joker bashing. If he comes back with a new staff, it might not be as bad, but I think most agree that another year of listening to the moaning would be unbearable, bc it will be there regardless of how much better we are. That being said, I expect that they will let him go after the Samford game....
Absolutely not. Joker has too much of a history and has done too much for UK to let him go like that. They will allow him to go in the most dignified manner possible. How he handles it, who knows.
It will happen either this week or next.
Mitch's allegience should lie with the program not Joker. I appreciate Joker's service to UK Football, but he has been paid quite handsomely for it (and will continue to be a year after he leaves). Barnhart needs to pull the plug now and have a replacement in place before the final game so they can have some chance at salvaging recruiting and maintaining some of the current guys. UK Football cannot afford a coaching search that extends into December or beyonf the first of the year.
There needs to be some reason for excitement around UK football, but that's not gonna happen until Joker's gone. Mitch needs to do his job - plain and simple.
Not if UK beats Vandy. Even a win against the Comodedoors and/or Samford should not change anything, but hard to see MB firing him after a win when he has said nothing after all the losses. Now is the perfect opportunity to do it and allow himself time to find a replacement before the season ends.
Announce it Monday. Please get Petrino hired Tuesdaynso he can start recruiting.
We won't be doing any service to the program by firing him on Monday. Nothing can be done to fix the problems until the end of the year anyway. You guys are getting your hopes up for: A. something that won't happen, and B. something that would be irrelevant if it were to happen.
I think I'm pretty neutral on the decision, but I kind of feel like something should be said one way or the other, just sayin!!
While you're probably right that it won't happen, it would be far from irrelevant.
If Mitch fired Joker Monday, but allowed Joker to stay on until the end of the UT game, it would allow Barnhart to get the replacement search in to high gear in a more public fashion. It would probably be a kindness to Joker too, as he would no longer have to worry about the ax and could concentrate on coaching his last three games. Waiting until after the final whistle of the UT game would be gross misconduct on Mitch's part at this point.
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Nobody is going to bite on Kentucky as long as a possible UT or Auburn or other high profile job is out there. There's no need to rush.
YOU ARE JOKEING RIGHT. IF THEY HIRE THAT SCUMBAG I WILL NEAVER WATCH ANOTHER UK GAME EVER AND MY MONEY WILL STOP.
Lots of UK fans used to say that about Cal. Petrino made a personal mistake with a woman. The weakness of all men. He is not a drunk or a child molester. He had an affair. Not right but not a reason to ban him from coaching.
He's waiting for Auburn or Tenn to open, not Ky. Cal wanted to coach here so, I would stop comparing them to each other
I don't always post but when I do, I try to make things interesting
UK not being able to look for a coach because UT, Auby and the Hawgs may be looking for one too is one of the most absurd things I've ever heard. They can only sign three and chances are most of their candidates are not gonna be found on the aisle of the Goodwill we'll be looking. At worst, it would just mean that Mitch woould have to turn to the fourth man on his list and chances are pretty good that he'll have to go that deep anyway. Mitch needs to be well on his way to having his replacement for Joker identified.
You're also forgetting a couple of points, such as the fact that this isn't exactly Notre Dame and that there probably will be other, more desirable positions opening up in other conferences as well. Nobody is coming until after the season. If it's behind the scenes stuff Mitch can do that to his heart's content right now. Joker is obviously a goner.
The next coach at UK isn't gonna be waiting around for UT, Aubie or Arkansas to decide. Waiting on those three is assinine. Get the search started. If that menas moving down the list to number four - so be it, but waiting around to see what other programs do is about as lame an excuse as there is. Mitch needs to at least be whittling down the list and making contacts so a search doesn't stretch until Christmas. UK cannot afford the wait.
Mitch can already be looking without publicly firing Joker on Monday. Do you think he doesn't already have a list together? The guy isn't Gomer Pyle.
Trust me, he's making a list. We should hear about more movement in Nov. Might start this coming week depending what might leak out. Joker is finish, only thing I can see is to let Joker finish the season, might coach better knowing he doesn't have to wait for the ax. I hope for a homerun hire but more than anything, it needs to be the right hire
No he is not Gomer more like Goober.
I've said all along if there is any announcement during the season it would seem that it would come in the bye week after next week's Vanderbilt game, especially if Kentucky loses next week. Why? It gives opportunity to make that decision public without distracting from game week preparation. It's late enough in the season to make it less awkward in terms of lame duck coach. It allows Joker Phillips one final home game against a team it should beat to basically leave Commonwealth Stadium, a place where he played and has spent a great deal of his coaching career at, on winning terms. Meanwhile, the administration can go about its business of moving forward with the candidate pool.
Like I said in a thread a couple of weeks ago I had talked to a couple of budies that I played with at UK and they are fairly close to the program hierarchy and they said there is no chance he will be fired before the season is over privately or publicly but a change after the season is being continplated. I did ask them if any names were being thrown around and they wouldnt say much about that, which IM taking that they are but thats not based on what they told but what they didnt tell me.
I'm in total agreement with you Mr. Footballcat65. I also agree that there will be a statement in the next 7-10 days. We all know Joker is a goner and I believe Mr. Barnhart will pull the trigger and try to boost the crowds, excitement, etc. for the remaining home games. I believe our AD will make a most excellent selection for the new Head Coach. We will all be excited.
Joker is a nice guy, but horrible Head Coach. UK must do what is best for the program.
If that means dismissing him so that the coaching search and subsequent recruiting bounce can commence immediately - so be it . It's business, not personal.
in order to speak to UKTell me one thing, how will they be able to look for a new coach unless he is already unemployed, because the coaches that are already employed will need permission from the school they work for presently before they can speak to UK. How many will ask that permission during the season? Im all for getting a good coach but I just dont think it can get underway till the end of the season when they will say goodbye to Joker.
Ghost I will have to say I disagree with you..Like the other fellow above said,Mitch needs to do what;s best for UK,not Joker...He can still finish out the season but the players and fans
need hope and this would go a long way toward that...Probably bring some fans back for the final two home games..I for one am really tired of hearing this "Joker is a nice guy,but" crap..He has a job to do and is failing miserably...Same nonsense was said about Tubby Smith...Totally sick of hearing it..No bearing on this situation..
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