When You’ve Lost Larry Vaught…

When you’ve lost the support of Larry Vaught and your name is Joker Phillips, it’s time to pack your bags.

Larry has been one of the steadfast supporters of the Joke.  Now, even Larry has publicly stated that the Joke is a lost cause.

Kentucky has to face the obvious and that is a change has to be made based on performance

Instead, it’s time to face the obvious — something just has not clicked in Phillips’ three years as head coach and the Wildcat have to make a change, especially after the embarrassing 49-7 loss at Arkansas Saturday. The score would have been worse if the game had not been stopped midway of the third quarter when a second lightning storm hit after a one-hour delay in the first half and this week’s game with Georgia could be just as one-sided since the Bulldogs opened as a 27-point favorite even with the game in Lexington.

And this from Deadspin is, well, dead on…

Arkansas 49, Kentucky 7: It’s kind of amazing we’ve gone this long without talking about Kentucky, the team so bad Nature couldn’t stand to watch anymore. The Wildcats got early dismissal against the Razorbacks with a third of the game left. What had they done with the previous two-thirds?

– Allowed Arkansas to rack up 161 rushing yards and 533 total yards, both near season highs

– Forced zero turnovers against an offense that had given the ball away at least two times in all of its previous games

– Secured the longest Kentucky losing streak since 2004

All without even needing to play the last 20 minutes, because if you’re going to fail, at least fail efficiently.

From 2005 to 2010, the Wildcats have won at least two conference games a season, and they’ll need to split their last four games against Georgia, Missouri, Vanderbilt, and Tennessee to keep that mostly sad pattern of achievement alive. Fortunately, they’re armed with a defense ranked next to last in the nation in third-down conversions and passing-completion allowed. (It’s possible that I don’t know what the word “fortunately” means because I’m a product of Florida’s public school system.)

What about Joker made people think that he could do it at UK?

What made anyone think that he’d be successful at UK?

He’s not the guy for UK. He doesn’t have the imagination or the discipline to be successful at UK and he never did.

Any coach whom the players “like” will never win or win big at UK. That is one of Joker’s greatest liabilities at a program like UK.

Of course, this is simply my opinion.

First time that I heard a player say that they loved Joker (not that they respected Joker), I knew it was just a matter of time before the wheels fell off.

If you have great recruits, you can allow them to love you. If you have the recruits that Joker has brought in, those guys have to hate you because you work them so hard and drive them so hard that the very thought of you scares the heck out of them.

Joker doesn’t have that and never will.

He’d probably be successful at another program with higher talent. Just not at UK.

That’s one of the reasons that I knew this day would come sooner rather than later.

That is also exactly why a Bobby Petrino would be successful at UK. He’ll take that mediocre talent and turn it into something greater than it’s parts.

I can’t imagine that there is anything left to say after Fayetteville.  Joker should be fired now.  Right now.  Name anyone interim coach.  Start talking to Bobby Petrino.

Just do it.

Patrick Patterson named Pre-Season First Team All America

PatPat2 is sharing the load nicely thus far.

Patrick Patterson was named  AP First Team All American.  Patterson is the first UK Basketball Team member to be named to the All America Team since Tayshaun Prince.  If he makes the post-season team, he’ll be the first UK player so honored since Ron Mercer in 1997.  Neither Smith nor Gillispie produced a post season All America honoree.

John Wall was named to the Second Team All Americas.  Many folks in the Sports world are asking the obvious question.  Does anyone really think that there are 8 or 9 players better in the NCAA than Wall.  Had Wall been eligible for the NBA Draft, many believe that he would have been the Number One pick.  He would at least been a Top 2 or 3 pick.  I understand that he’s not played an NCAA game, yet.  Even so, Wall is going to be one of the best 2 or 3 Collegiate players out there this year.

Here’s the AP First Team:

Luke Harangody – Notre Dame
Cole Aldrich – Kansas
Sherron Collins – Kansas
Patrick Patterson – Kentucky
Kyle Singler – Duke

***There is no way that Kyle Singler is going to have a better year than John Wall.  Coach K must have paid some of his AMEX money as a bribe to the voters.

The 2009-2010 Season is going to be crazy awesome for this team and UK fans.  A fitting end will be for Patrick Patterson and John Wall to be named First Team All America in the post-Season and for Patterson to be named the Player of the Year and bring the Adolph Rupp Trophy/Award home to Kentucky for the first time since it’s creation.  They’ve also been named to the All Wooden Team.

That would make for an amazing year.  Incredibly amazing.

“I was really excited when someone told me he was named All-American,” Kentucky sophomore Darius Miller said. “But he didn’t tell me or make a big deal out of it. Everybody was talking about it except Pat. He’s not really the type of person to brag on himself.”

Vaught’s Views on Patterson and the All America Honor