Quick hitters from Spurrier's visor:
21. Firing a major-college coach after two years. Barring some kind of off-the-field issue, as a rule, you shouldn't do it. It's a matter of fairness.
20. Joker Phillips. When a head coach is working at a school where he played and has given 23 years of his life to the football program in some capacity — as Phillips has done at Kentucky — you especially have a scenario where a coach deserves a fair shake from the school.
19. The South Carolina debacle. All that said, Phillips and Co. MUST put a better product on the field in the season's final six games than we saw in Columbia last Saturday. Second-year head coach or not, if a complete competitive collapse like we witnessed in Spurrier-ville were carried over the rest of this season, it could unleash forces that university officials might not be able to resist.
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18. Discouraging UK football stat I. In its past 12 games, Kentucky has turned over the ball three times or more in a contest six times.
17. Quarterback do-over? If he could do it again, do you think Joker Phillips would handle the QB scenario that followed Mike Hartline's suspension for the BBVA Compass Bowl differently?
16. Morgan Newton. Once Hartline was declared out for the bowl, Phillips named Newton the starter rather than having a QB competition between the Carmel, Ind., product and Ryan Mossakowski. Joker then played Newton for the entire game even though the UK offense struggled mightily in what became a 27-10 loss to Pittsburgh.
15. Ryan Mossakowski. The now-former Kentucky QB said last month that not playing in the bowl game factored into his decision to leave UK and transfer to a junior college.
14. No alternative. Without Mossakowski, UK was left with no scholarship quarterback on its 2011 roster who had even dressed for a major college football game other than Newton. Now that he is, to say the least, struggling, Kentucky appears to have no viable Plan B at QB.
13. Discouraging UK football stats II and II B. In his last two games combined, Kentucky starting QB Morgan Newton is 10-for-40 passing for 74 yards. In 15 career starts, Newton has now thrown for fewer than 100 yards in a contest seven times.
12. Spread option? With an open date and two weeks to practice before Jacksonville State visits Commonwealth Stadium, any chance UK junks its normal offense, pulls the redshirt off speedy true freshman QB Bookie Cobbins and goes to the spread option?
11. Church of the big-name head football coach. For those of you who so worship, below is some information to sustain your faith.
10. Kentucky vs. South Carolina Take I. With Sparky Woods and Brad Scott as South Carolina head coaches, UK went 4-3 against the Gamecocks.
9. Kentucky vs. South Carolina Take II. With Lou Holtz and Steve Spurrier as South Carolina head coaches, UK is 2-11 against the Gamecocks.
8. Josh Clemons. From that wounded duck of a halfback pass the UK freshman threw against South Carolina, guess we saw why Clemons is a running back and not a QB.
7. Empty seats. The noon kickoff (on ESPNU) announced Monday for UK-Jacksonville State on Oct. 22 — a Keeneland Saturday — isn't likely to do Joker Phillips any favors in terms of maximizing attendance at Commonwealth Stadium.
6. Washaun Ealey. Remember the Georgia running back who riddled the Cats for 157 yards and five touchdowns on the ground last season? Ealey is now, gulp, at Jacksonville State.
5. Attendance issues. Kentucky is not the only team playing in front of empty seats at home this season. Last Saturday's Tennessee-Georgia game was the first sellout in Neyland Stadium since last season's UT-Alabama game.
4. Discouraging UK football stat III. In its past 15 games, Kentucky is 5-10.
3. A positive note. All of Kentucky's assistant coaches showed up for last Saturday's game.
2. Wrong kind of 'six and two.' Our state's three FBS football programs, Kentucky, Louisville and Western Kentucky, are now six weeks into the season. Combined, UK, U of L and WKU have two — count 'em, two — wins over teams from other states. UK beat Central Michigan; Western beat Middle Tennessee.
1. Steve Spurrier. You have to admit, Kentucky does have a heck of a punter.