The Mayor: Kentucky Football Moment of Truth

I have known Joker Phillips for almost thirty years and have seen more practices than anybody in the state of Kentucky, hence the moniker of Mayor of UK Football. Not self ordained, I might add. I feel there comes a time when the sacred book should be opened and to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

I have known Joker Phillips for almost thirty years and have seen more practices than anybody in the state of Kentucky, hence the moniker of Mayor of UK Football. Not self ordained, I might add. I feel there comes a time when the sacred book should be opened and to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

- There comes a time when the unspoken becomes the disingenuous --- the moment of truth.
- There comes a time when coy becomes the blatantly avoidance --- the moment of truth.
- Having said this, all reasonable fans root for Phillips', so let's espouse the truth.

WHAT'S RIGHT: Phillips made some key coaching changes, one being Tee Martin who has developed a position of play-makers. The wide receiver position has Randall Cobb, Chris Matthews, LaRod King, Matt Roark, the latter three of a rangy variety.

Good and bad -- good depth at running back but none are strong enough or talented enough to break tackles.

Phillips made another key hire in Mike Summers, who has brought a winning attitude to his offensive linemen. He has instilled in them mental toughness. The 2009 team graduated four of the five starters from the offensive line. So he has done a good job of rebuilding line.

WHAT'S WRONG: Joker Phillips pooh, poohs the notion that UK has, by comparison to every other SEC team, a size deficiency, Perhaps his focus is strictly on his team but we are on the field post-game when both teams are there at the same time, and there is a stark difference. It's obvious a bulldozer is going to move more dirt than a Bobcat dozer.

WHAT'S RIGHT: The UK total offense is second in the SEC but statistics don't always tell the truth.

WHAT'S WRONG: State population but more importantly demographics of the state of Kentucky. If UK were playing in many other leagues on this side of the country it wouldn't be a factor. Lets compare a couple of small poor states such as Kentucky and Mississippi. There are several pockets in the state of Kentucky where there are virtually no African-Americans. Conversely, Mississippi's population leans heavily to the African-American side and consequently, per capita Mississippi has more players in the NFL than any other state.

WHAT'S WRONG: Leadership on the defensive side of the ball is almost nil. Players that were expected to be leaders have not answered the call. Joker Phillips pointed it out in fall practice that it could potentially be a problem. Phillips has had several suspensions of one game or one quarter throughout the season, a la DeQuin Evans, Danny Trevathan, Mark Crawford, and Winston Guy. The only real leader on that side is Ricky Lumpkin but in all reality, the production has to match the leadership. Trevathan is a great producer but he is not a vocal leader. As far as the aforementioned suspensions, perhaps Phillips is more of a stickler than Brooks on the detail things. This may or may not be the facts and may-hap we will never know the truth of the matter.

WHAT'S RIGHT: Mike Hartline has been far better than expected and has made some brilliant throws, and conducted the offense quite well.

WHAT'S WRONG: I have been a staunch defender of Hartline from day-one. Though not as deficient, the trend continues. Hartline does not adequately step to the challenge on the road. Of his seven interceptions, six have been on the road. Looks like he's a homebody.

WHAT'S WRONG: It's counter productive when a player publicly throws a teammate under the bus - criticizing a teammate in the press is wrong, a la Mike Hartline.

WHAT'S RIGHT: Very supportive fans that have earned the right to expect more but are impatient.

WHAT"S WRONG: Given all the aforementioned narration, the facts do not support a quick jump to the big-time. Example - Louisville operating in the same state but in lesser conference's. In the nineties during their climb to the big-time, the went to seven minor bowls before they broke through to the Gator Bowl and subsequently, the Orange Bowl. Those bowls were; Liberty Bowl four times - Humanitarian Bowl - Motor City - GMAC Bowl twice.

The Joker Phillips regime deserves a chance to form it's own direction but the worse thing that could happen would be for the program to not go bowling SOME-where.


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