Possible candidates to replace Joker Phillips

mstory@herald-leader.comNovember 4, 2012 

A speculative list of names (listed alphabetically, mostly) of potential replacements to Joker Phillips as University of Kentucky head football coach:

Neal Brown. The young ex-UK wideout (lettered 1998, 2000) coordinates an offense at Texas Tech that is averaging 38 points and 500 yards a game.

David Cutcliffe. Ex-Tennessee assistant has ties to Mitch Barnhart and has done good work as head man at two schools, Mississippi and Duke, where it is hard to win at football — just like UK.

Sonny Dykes. Once a Hal Mumme graduate assistant at Kentucky, the Louisiana Tech head man has an 8-1 record and an offense putting up pin ball numbers (52.4 points, 571 yards a game).

Phillip Fulmer. I don't think this will happen, but it would make the Kentucky-Tennessee games wonderfully interesting.

Butch Jones. The Cincinnati Bearcats head man might be persuadable because, relatively speaking, he is "underpaid" at $1.575 million a year.

Dirk Koetter. Falcons offensive coordinator's unpredictable play calling has been given much credit for Atlanta's hot start this NFL season. Had winning record as head coach at both Boise State (26-10) and Arizona State (40-34).

Mike Leach. Would the ex-UK assistant and Texas Tech head man consider bailing on Washington State after only one year as Cougars head coach?

Gus Malzahn. Called the plays for Cam Newton and Co. during Auburn's national championship season. Now has Arkansas State at 6-3 in his first season as head coach.

Brent Pease. If Kentucky hired the ex-UK and Boise State and current Florida offensive coordinator, would he hire Jared Lorenzen on his staff?

Bobby Petrino. One of the most astute offensive thinkers in football coaching also carries more baggage than Delta Airlines.

Willie Taggart. UK got an up-close-and-personal look this season at what a strong building job the Western Kentucky head man has done.

Tommy Tuberville. Ex-Mississippi and Auburn head coach might have his reasons for wanting to leave Texas Tech. If UK hired him, would Neal Brown come with him?

Rich Brooks. Just in case Bill Snyder and Kansas State have made bringing back an older, ex-coach the hot new trend.

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