Posted: Oct 14, 2011 5:35 PM by Alan Cutler
Updated: Oct 14, 2011 5:56 PM
Joker isn't going anywhere. He is not only going to be the coach at UK for the rest of this season, but 2012.
Doesn't matter that the Cats are 2-4 overall an 0-3 in the SEC.
After getting beat by Louisville 24-17, UK has gotten crushed in the SEC by a combined 137-20.
When it comes to Joker, there were two questions I asked to UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart.
People just ask, is Joker going to be back next year?
"Yeah, he's my coach," says Mitch Barnhart.
"People I think, as I told someone else, it's a microwave society we live in. Everybody wants it today. I've been around this thing, it's my 30th year in college athletics and my 15th year as A.D. And I'm probably more stubborn now than I was before. And it doesn't mean that I'm not listening. I will listen. But I will also be observant of what I think is right, and what I want to do to try and keep moving this football program forward."
"When we got here it was in pretty rough shape."
"And we moved it in a direction and you know who was part of that staff that moved it in this direction? It was Joker. Talking away from this thing, three of the last five years we set records offensively for what we did in this program and all of a sudden we are struggling to get this done. It doesn't mean they got stupid and didn't know how to coach offense all of a sudden. It just means we're struggling making sure we're getting all the players on the field to make plays for us."
"We will figure that out, and hopefully we will get it done this season. If not we will figure it out in the off-season, figure out a way to get better and reload it and go try again next year and get this thing back where we want it to do. But Joker is a good football coach and he's got good people. We are just struggling a little bit and got off to a really rough start."
I wanted to make sure when I leave here that I understand exactly how you are communicating to me. You are saying Joker is your guy.
"Joker is my guy," says Mitch.
We are going to put the entire interview of Mitch Barnhart up in a few minutes. He also talks about the upgrade to facilities and the frustration of UK's football season.