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Bobby Petrino reportedly interested in Kentucky, eager to coach

Bobby Petrino is out of work and interested in the coaching vacancy at Kentucky, the Courier-Journal reports.

Kentucky announced on Sunday that Joker Phillips would not return as head coach of the football team next season after a 1-9 start to this season. The Wildcats are in the market for a new head coach, and Petrino reportedly is interested in the job.

Petrino has been out of work since being fired by Arkansas in April for his affair with co-worker Jessica Dorrell and attempted coverup of the relationship. Columnist Adam Himmelsbach spoke with Petrino’s father, who says that his son is itching to coach again and that he would love to return to the SEC.

“I know he wants a job; he needs a job … He just misses coaching so much,” Petrino Sr. told the Courier-Journal.

“I just know this, that he’s interested in Kentucky,” the father said. “He wants to stay in the SEC. That was his life’s goal was to go to the SEC.”

It seems like the interest from Kentucky fans is mutual. A poll on WDRB has eight potential head coach replacements listed, and 29% of voters say they want Petrino as the team’s next head coach — more than any other candidate. Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart is second on the poll with 18% of votes.

Though the fans seem to want Petrino, the school may not. Yahoo! Sports’ Pat Forde reported on Sunday that Kentucky is not considering Petrino for the job. But between this report and the fans’ desire, they may reconsider.

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Kentucky Snaps 26-Game Losing Streak to Tennessee with WR Matt Roark Playing QB

Even though Kentucky was only playing another team with a losing record Saturday, their win over the weekend was one of the biggest of the season.

The Wildcats beat Tennessee 10-7 to snap the longest losing streak to an opponent in the country. The victory was Kentucky’s first over Tennessee since 1984 — a span of 26 games. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of their win was that they did it despite not having a true quarterback.

Freshman Maxwell Smith hurt his shoulder against Georgia the week before, and junior Morgan Newton has ankle and shoulder injuries as well. The team decided to practice wide receiver Matt Roark at quarterback and they rolled with him for the game.

Roark played quarterback in high school and Tee Martin, Kentucky’s current wide receivers coach, was his high school coach. The senior from Georgia ran for 124 yards on 24 carries and completed 4/6 passes for 15 yards. He didn’t have a turnover, and he led the team on an 8-play, 77-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter. He ended up carried off the field by teammates and fans for his impressive play.

If you’re going to snap a 26-game losing streak, that’s how to do it. Maybe the loss was karma for Tennessee after their celebration last week.

Western Kentucky Linebacker Andrew Jackson Thinks Very Little of Kentucky

Kentucky struggled to earn a 14-3 season-opening win over Western Kentucky Thursday night. Count Western Kentucky’s Andrew Jackson as someone unimpressed by the Wildcats. The linebacker expressed his thoughts on the lowly SEC squad during the game. Peep the video courtesy of SportsGrid and ESPNU:

Western Kentucky has gone 4-32 over the past three seasons. They were a winless team two years ago. It’s a pretty bad sign that Kentucky, which has been to a bowl game in five straight seasons, only beat them 14-3. And they supposed to be SEC? Charles Barkley thinks they’re turrible!