Bobby Petrino update; Kentucky football search and Big East basketball sleepers.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – It's been said before, but it needs to be said one more time:
Bobby Petrino will not be the next football coach at the University of Kentucky.
That remains the message from both the Kentucky and Petrino camps. Even before the season, the persistent word from Lexington was that UK athletic director Mitch Barnhart would have no interest in Petrino if things went wrong with Joker Phillips.
That has not changed 10 days after Phillips was told he would not return next season. Even the Petrino camp understands and accepts that today.
So what happens at UK and with Petrino?
This is what I hear: Barnhart is "swinging for the fences."
Translation: He's inquiring about coaches who wouldn't figure to be interested in the Kentucky job, but he wants to be certain the word circulates in the coaching grapevine that the Wildcats are serious about improving the football program.
Good for him. That's the correct strategy.
The usual – Louisiana Tech coach Sonny Dykes; Texas A&M offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Kliff Kingsbury (who is 33); Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville; former Oregon coach Mike Bellotti; Butch Jones of Cincinnati; Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease and David Cutcliffe of Duke.
As for Petrino, his best chance of making it back to the Southeastern Conference is Auburn. That job has not opened. Neither has Tennessee.
But because of the nonsense that went on with Lane Kiffin (UT football) and Bruce Pearl (UT basketball), the Vols would be less likely to deal with Petrino's baggage. Auburn needs somebody who can wade into the deep end of the pool with Nick Saban and Alabama. That would be Petrino, who has already worked there.
*After less than a week of college basketball, here is the breakdown on the three BCS leagues of interest:
Big East combined record of 25-2 – Rutgers lost to St. Peter's; South Florida lost to Central Florida.
Big Ten 18-2 – Purdue lost to Bucknell; Michigan State lost to UConn.
SEC 19-3 – Kentucky lost to Duke; Georgia lost to Youngstown State; Mississippi State lost to Troy.
*Former Western Kentucky and South Carolina coach Darrin Horn has worked three games as a television analyst this season. Two involved Big East teams – Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.
Horn's take on the Panthers and Bearcats: They're both contenders for top four spots in the league.
He said Steven Adams, the freshman center at Pitt, is deserving of his pre-season hype. Adams has averaged 9 points and 6 rebounds in Pitt's first three games. Horn also said that Cincinnati forward Titus Rubles, a junior-college transfer, has the ability to be a star in the Big East.
*The local teams are ranked one (Indiana), two (Louisville), three (Kentucky) in the college basketball polls, and the good times should continue to roll. Dave Telep of ESPN ranks UK's 2013 recruiting class first nationally, Indiana's fourth and Louisville's sixth.
John Calipari, Tom Crean and Rick Pitino have no interest in cruise control
*Former Trinity basketball star Josh Sewell makes his homecoming Sunday when the Miami RedHawks visit the KFC Yum!Center to play the University of Louisville.
This is Sewell's third season at Miami, and he's working with a new coach (John Cooper). He's played 17 minutes in the first two games and has not scored.