If Petrino's school commitment is one of the things questioned then here is my take.
If the Cats get Dykes or Mike Stoops for example and UK has a couple of good seasons and Georgia or Auburn came knocking.......guess what Dykes & co would be long gone. Practically any coach UK hires will use UK as a stepping stone. Mumme would have and Guy Morriss did. So to say BP wouldnt be commited isnt really fair as I dont think for a better job, the others would either.
Petrino doesnt have much of a personality (if any at all).
However, as a UK fan , I can say Cal doesnt have the best either. Dont get me wrong, if he is in front of an ESPN mic, he is fun to listen to.As far as the coaches call-in shows. I never thought Cal enjoyed them very much as taking calls from Billy Bob in Eastern KY wanting to know why Sam Malone doesnt play more just doesnt seem to be what Cal wants to answer.
Yes BP had some other outside activities but probably the only difference between him and many other coaches is, he got caught.
With the level of improvement of the SEC, I really feel UK needs a big name coach (Petrino) or a gimmick (Dykes fast paced offense) to compete quickly in the SEC.
UT will be better immediately, I have no doubt. No longer can UK count Vandy and Miss State as automatic wins and then of course we have the addition of A&M and Mizzou. Ole Miss seems to be getting back on track.
I think a lower profile coach (as I'm afraid MB will hire ) may well win at UK but it would be a much longer process than a big name or gimmick.
The bottom of the SEC has improved drastically and it is up to UK to take the step too.
To me .....Petrino( who they say is now out of the running) and Dykes would be a 2 home runs.
Some of these other coaches may be good but are only "singles" to me. (though some I dont as much about so they may be better than I think).
As far as Mark Stoops....I just hope MB knows if he hires him, he will not be bringing the FSU defense with him.