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While I'm sure he's a nice guy – and one who's hampered by trying to compete in the football-crazy SEC at a school where all the emphasis seems to be on basketball – it appears that Joker Phillips' tenure as head coach at Kentucky is nearing its end.
But what bothers me is that a significant segment of Big Blue Nation, judging by comments on sports radio and football web sites, would like nothing better than to see the program taken over by the one and only Bobby Petrino.
Really, Wildcat fans? Are things so desperate for football success that the program should be put into the hands of such a questionable character?
Leave aside for a moment the intense animosity toward UK that Petrino displayed during his tenure at U of L. But what about his constant behind-the-back flirtations with other teams while he was professing loyalty to the Cardinals? Has everyone forgotten his abandonment of the Atlanta Falcons in the middle of the season? Does his irresponsible behavior at Arkansas not set off any alarm bells?
UK risking its football image – not to mention millions of dollars – on a guy with that kind of baggage would be as risky as Charlie Brown trying a field goal while Lucy holds the ball.
Come on, Cats. A change may be needed. But not this one.