Add Phillip Fulmer to the List of Possibles as Next Kentucky Coach


Yesterday, I posted a tweet from that listed David Cutcliffe and Tommy Tuberville as possible replacements for Joker Phillips if and when he is fired. has their list as well, but they added a name most Kentucky fans already know.


Current Coach: Joker Phillips

Chance of Survival: 1%

Wildcat Fans Want: Jon Gruden, Chris Peterson, or another big name

UK’s Real Top Choice: Phillip Fulmer, David Cutcliffe or Sonny Dykes.

Our Take: Phillips pried open his tomb with a good showing against Georgia a week ago… only to have the crypt slam back shut on him Saturday at Missouri. A return by freshman quarterback Patrick Towles was expected to provide a bit more hope for the future, but Towles and UK looked very poor in Saturday’s 33-10 rout in Columbia. We initially thought Fulmer would ixnay the idea of heading to Lexington and taking on a rebuilding project, but a source close to the coach recently gave us a “not so fast” on that one. It’s believed Fulmer — whose buyout money from Tennessee ends this year — wants desperately to end his career with more victories than former UT legend Robert Neyland. We still find it hard to believe the 62-year-old Fulmer would take the job, but Rich Brooks made it work at UK in his 60s. Ron Zook’s name was even thrown out to us as a possible D-coordinator and star recruiter for Fulmer’s hypothetical staff. Sorry, still not buying. Have to see it to believe it. Same with Cutcliffe. He’s already a hero at one basketball school. Unless he feels he’s got something to prove in the SEC, why make a lateral move? Dykes, on the other hand, is a former UK assistant and he’s taken many of Derek Dooley’s old players at Louisiana Tech and turned them into a BCS-ranked team. Young coach, exciting offense, ranked team. But would he jump at a Kentucky offer or wait for a better/easier job elsewhere? UK’s all over the board with potential hires, but we feel safe in saying Phillips is done.

If I am excited about one name, it is Sonny Dykes of Louisiana Tech.

High powered offense is what Kentucky fans want.

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