John Clay

August 6, 2013

John Clay: Stoops must balance expectations with reality

Step one, home run. Now comes the tricky part, avoiding the knockdown pitch. Give Mitch Barnhart a back pat. Roasted by hardcore football fanatics for the program's decline under previous head coach Joker Phillips, UK's athletics director flipped the script by tabbing a Florida State defensive coordinator who had never been a head coach. So far, it has proved to be an inspired choice.

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About John Clay

John Clay


A native of Central Kentucky and a 1981 graduate of the University of Kentucky, John Clay is an award-winning blogger who covered UK football for 13 seasons before being promoted to columnist in 2000.