Mitch Barnhart weighed in on the state of Kentucky football yesterday while speaking to the City Salesman’s Club in Louisville. Of note, he specifically said that the school’s football program is “not where we want it to be just yet.”
(We’ll pause to allow Wildcat fans to say, “Duh!”)
Barnhart spoke about both the program and its coach, Joker Phillips:
“We made some progress and climbed up the hill a little bit and were doing some good things in a really tough league but we’ve found that we’ve stubbed our toes a little bit. We’ve got to figure that out and we’ll get that figured out…
Joker is one of my dearest friends. I think the world of him. We’ve been together nine years in some way, shape or form as an assistant coach, coordinator and now as a head coach… I think the world of him as a man and as a coach and as a leader of our young men and what he’s done. We just have to figure out the football piece and ow we get that going in the right direction.”
Kentucky is currently 1-8 overall and 0-6 in the SEC. The Cats’ lone win came over Kent State back in Week Two of the season. Now in his third season, Phillips is 12-22 as UK’s coach. Rich Brooks went 22-17 as the captain of the Big Blue program before turning the wheel over to Phillips.