UK Football

Kentuckian gets his shot at UK

Kentucky signed six wide receivers in its 2008 class, but Somerset product John Cole was not one of them.

Cole holds the Kentucky high school record for touchdown catches (69) and receiving yards (4,981) and shares the single-season record for touchdown receptions (28). But when it came time to pick a school, Cole said he received only lukewarm interest from UK and opted for Vanderbilt instead.

That perceived slight has Cole anxious to face the Wildcats on Saturday. Cole sat out his true freshman year with an injury, but he leads Vandy this season with 27 catches for 278 yards.

"I had some communication with them, but I don't think they recruited me as thoroughly as I deserved from my point of view," Cole told the Tennesseean this week. "They didn't pay me nearly as much attention as they should have. Any time somebody doesn't show you the respect that you think you deserve ... not that I left on a sour note, but I didn't particularly agree with the way they recruited me. So it will be fun to play them."

When asked about Cole's recruitment, UK head coach for offense Joker Phillips indicated that it came down to a numbers crunch. The Cats already had a commitment from Randall Cobb, and also held out for Aaron Boyd, who waited until signing day to announce for UK over Oregon and other schools.

"We took Randall Cobb," Phillips said. "(Cole's) a good player, no question about that, but we took Randall Cobb and that's working out for us and he's working out for them."

Brown's name pops upas WKU candidate

Kentucky defensive coordinator Steve Brown was listed by's Chris Low as a potential candidate for the head coach opening at Western Kentucky, which fired David Elson this week.

Brown said that nothing was in play with Western.

"All I'm worried about is Vanderbilt," Brown said. "I haven't heard anything with regard to that kind of stuff. My thoughts are with getting off the field on third down and trying to win the game. If any of that comes up, we'll see what happens, but right now I'm concerned with Vanderbilt."

Brown has expressed his desire in the past to be a head coach and interviewed with Mississippi State before it hired Dan Mullen.

"If God has a plan for me, it'll happen," Brown said. "I've wanted a lot of things in my life. I wanted to be a pro tennis player. I wanted to be the next Arthur Ashe, but it didn't happen. If things like that happen, then it's meant to be."

Big Blue Meter

Auburn was a huge win. Mississippi State was a brutal loss. But neither of those games carries the potential weight of Saturday's game at Vanderbilt. If the Cats win, they're bowl-eligible and can gear up for the season-closing two-game stretch at Georgia and home against Tennessee that could improve UK's bowl portfolio. But if the Cats lose, they'll have their backs against the wall just to get to bowl eligibility for the fourth straight year.

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