I will let someone else start a 2012 thread but I will say this...according to the pics some have posted on facebook (I have trouble posting pics on this site or I would post one), looks like a very small crowd at the Spring game. I doubt over 2,000. Course there's a lot of factors like weather etc but still....Joker's year 3 not off to a good start attendance wise.
No one thinks Joker is a good coach, at least no one that will be objective about it.
But then again its football in a basketball state. Beat a couple rivals early in the season until hoops start and thats good enough.
Championships for MY teams in my lifetime:
Cincinnati Reds - 75, 76, 90
Chicago Blackhawks - 10, 13
University of Kentucky - 78, 96, 98, 12
Cincinnati Bengals - None
Chicago Bulls - 91, 92, 93, 96, 97, 98
I'm afraid they're going to be bad. Hopefully they can at least put together a credible passing attack this season. Spring game looked somewhat promising on that front.
There is a lot of young talent on UK. I'm honestly clueless on what Barnhardt's contingency play is with Joker, or if there even is one. Does 4 wins get Joker canned? They will be underdogs in 9 games.
The next coach could be stepping into a decent situation talent wise, but it also would not surprise me to see Joker win 3-4 games and be retained another season. Unfortunately, I have seen very little out of Joker that makes me believe he is going to be able to get it done on any acceptable level at UK (which is obviously a different standard from the basketball team).
They are going 2-10 and Joker's done for.
That's why Tee jumped ship.
It's gonna be an awful year
I think they win three games this season, none in the SEC, and that is what gets Joker canned. And even then, what is out there? I'm hoping Arkansas hires Charlie Strong so UK can make a run at Gus Malzahn.
Honestly...I'm afraid we're going to lose to WKU.
They almost beat us last year, and quite frankly...I'm not convinced that we won't be worse this year.
Word out of Lexington is that this is the make-or-break year for Joker.
No bowl, no job.
No attendance, no job-- even if the team does go to a bowl.
While the first item doesn't surprise me, the second one sure does. And, in some circles, that seems to be the driving force.
Supposedly, Barnhart and company have a short list that starts with... Charlie Strong.
"You can learn little from victory. You can learn everything from defeat."
-- Christy Matthewson
"Show me a good loser and I'll show you an idiot."
-- Leo Durocher
I'll admit I dislike Louisville as much as any UK fan, but this isn't basketball we are talking about.
I know Strong wasn't happy about the press coverage of Louisville's spring practices, but what makes you think its going to be any better in Lexington with John Calipari as the head coach? Louisville also has a newer stadium and better practice facilities, which is something Rich Brooks constantly complained about his entire time in Lexington.
If Strong wins the Big East this year and he will have a very good shot at it, he will be in the mix for a better job than Kentucky.
UK needs an up and coming assistant or a head coach at a mid-major school with a gimmick offense that will put fans in the seats. Malzahn makes the most sense, as he has coached in the SEC, but is more likely to take over at Arkansas if the wheels fall off this season.