Bobby Petrino was an easy winner as the pick for the next UK football coach in an on-line poll at WDRB.com.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Is Bobby Petrino a candidate for the vacant football coaching position at the University of Kentucky?
Does Petrino have interest in a rival he routinely dominated during four seasons at the University of Louisville? Would UK athletic director Mitch Barnhart actually talk to Petrino's representative, Russ Campbell?
Those remain the key questions UK fans are asking now that Joker Phillips has been informed he won't coach the Wildcats after the final two games this season.
Petrino was the runaway winner among eight potential candidates in an unscientific poll we began at WDRB.com Sunday afternoon, earning 29 percent of your votes. Kirby Smart, defensive coordinator at Alabama, finished second with 18 percent while Louisiana Tech coach Sonny Dykes was third at 15 percent.
Here is what I know: Petrino is still living in the Fayetteville area, working on rebuilding his family life after he was dismissed by Arkansas last April for a string of transgressions highlighted by lying about having his mistress on the back of the motorcycle that he rolled.
Petrino watches multiple college football games every weekend and is undecided about his future – even though jobs at Auburn, Tennessee, California, Purdue, Boston College and other places could also open in the next month.
From the Kentucky side of the situation, the word has been consistent since August: UK athletic director Mitch Barnhart is not interested in Petrino and has no plans to interview him.
The rest of the story, of course, is that once upon a time Barnhart had no plans to hire John Calipari either. But somehow that changed.
Some UK fans would love to see his opinion change on Petrino.
*Monday was a night that will earn a spot in the front of the Zeller Family scrapbook:
Middle son, Tyler, scored 15 points with 7 rebounds, the best game of his rookie season with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
It gets better: Luke, Steve and Lorri Zeller's oldest son, scored the first three baskets of his NBA career as a reserve center for the Phoenix Suns. Luke finished his eligibility at Notre Dame four seasons ago, but wasn't ready to give up on making the NBA.
He's played in the NBA Developmental League and overseas. He was considering a contract with a team in Romania when both the Bulls and Suns invited him to training camp. He picked Phoenix – and made the team.
There was one downside to the night: Tyler Zeller left the game in the fourth quarter after taking a nasty elbow to the left side of his face from Clippers center DeAndre Jordan. The Akron Beacon-Journal reported that X-rays were negative but that his swollen face would be re-examined today in San Francisco.
A Zeller Family Reunion is scheduled Friday in Phoenix when the Suns (Luke) play the Cavaliers (Tyler).
One family member will be missing: Cody and his Indiana University teammates open their season Friday against Bryant University in Assembly Hall.
*Two former University of Louisville athletes – football player Scott Long and basketball player Brian Kiser – maintain a strong commitment to the local chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Both were involved in the FCA fund-raiser Monday night that featured American gold-medal sprinter Alyson Felix.
Felix was interviewed by retired Southeast Christian senior minister Bob Russell. She said that she planned to make another run at Olympic gold, perhaps in the 400 meters, in 2016.
Kiser has been involved in overseas mission work for many years. Long is a staff member for the local FCA chapter, working with students.
*How much progress has Kevin Wilson made in 21 games as the Indiana University football coach?
Last week the Hoosiers won back-to-back Big Ten games for the first time since early in the 2007 season.
Saturday, IU plays host to Wisconsin. In 2010, the Badgers were favored by 22 and defeated the Hoosiers, 83-20. It was the game that confirmed the end of the Bill Lynch Era at Indiana.
Last season, Wisconsin was favored by 40 and won 59-7.
Don't reach for your calculators. The Badgers have outscored IU, 142-27, the last two seasons.
The Badgers are also favored in Memorial Stadium.
"They're playing at an extreme high," Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said. "They're a 4-5 football team that has a chance to win a championship, talking Rose Bowl and all that jazz. And they're playing with really good confidence. I'll give Kevin (Wilson) credit for that."