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Kentucky Wildcats football

Kentucky Wildcats football
2015 Kentucky Wildcats football team
First season 1892
Athletic director Mitch Barnhart
Head coach Mark Stoops
3rd year, 7–17 (.292)
Home stadium Commonwealth Stadium (Kentucky)
Stadium capacity 61,000
Stadium surface Field Turf
Location Lexington, Kentucky
Conference SEC (1932–present)
Division SEC Eastern Division (1992–present)
All-time record 587–599–44 (.495)
Postseason bowl record 8–6–0 (.571)
Claimed national titles 1 (1950)[1]
Conference titles 2
Heisman winners 0
Consensus All-Americans 10[2]

Blue and White

Fight song On, On, U of K, Kentucky Fight
Mascot Wildcat, Scratch[3]
Rivals Louisville Cardinals
Tennessee Volunteers
Indiana Hoosiers
Vanderbilt Commodores
Mississippi State Bulldogs

The Kentucky Wildcats football team represents the University of Kentucky in the sport of American football. The Wildcats compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The team is currently coached by Mark Stoops.


  • History 1
    • Early history (1881–1945) 1.1
    • Paul "Bear" Bryant era (1946–1953) 1.2
    • Blanton Collier era (1954–1961) 1.3
    • Charlie Bradshaw era (1962–1968) 1.4
    • John Ray era (1969–1972) 1.5
    • Fran Curci era (1973–1981) 1.6
    • Jerry Claiborne era (1982–1989) 1.7
    • Bill Curry era (1990–1996) 1.8
    • Hal Mumme era (1997–2000) 1.9
    • Guy Morriss era (2001–2002) 1.10
    • Rich Brooks era (2003–2009) 1.11
    • Joker Phillips era (2010–2012) 1.12
    • Mark Stoops era (2013–present) 1.13
  • Bowl games 2
  • Current coaching staff 3
  • Recruiting 4
  • Rivals 5
    • Louisville 5.1
    • Tennessee 5.2
    • Indiana 5.3
    • Vanderbilt 5.4
    • Mississippi State 5.5
    • All-time record vs. SEC teams 5.6
  • Championships 6
    • National championships 6.1
    • Conference championships 6.2
  • All-Americans 7
  • First Team All-SEC 8
  • Players currently in the NFL 9
  • Hall of famers 10
    • Pro 10.1
    • College 10.2
  • Individual award winners 11
    • Outland Trophy 11.1
    • University of Kentucky 100th Anniversary Team 11.2
    • Retired numbers 11.3
  • Future opponents and schedules 12
    • Conference and non-conference opponents 12.1
      • SEC West opponents 12.1.1
      • Non-conference opponents 12.1.2
    • Schedules 12.2
      • 2016 schedule 12.2.1
      • 2017 schedule 12.2.2
  • References 13
  • External links 14


Early history (1881–1945)

A. M. Miller, Kentucky's first head football coach

Until about 1913, the modern University of Kentucky was referred to as "Kentucky State College" and nearby Transylvania University was known as "Kentucky University". In 1880, Kentucky University and Centre College played the first intercollegiate football game in Kentucky. Kentucky State first fielded a football team in 1881, playing three games against rival Kentucky University. The team was revived in 1891. Both the inaugural 1881 squad and the revived 1891 squad have unknown coaches according to university records in winning two games and losing three.[4] The 1891 team's colors were blue and light yellow, decided before the Centre–Kentucky game on December 19. A student asked "What color blue?" and varsity letterman Richard C. Stoll pulled off his necktie, and held it up. This is still held as the origin of Kentucky's shade of blue. The next year light yellow was dropped and changed to white.[5] The 1892 team was coached by A. M. Miller, and went 2–4–1.[6]

The greatest UK team of this era was the

  • Official website

External links

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  68. ^ "Neal Brown Named Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks Coach". 
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  76. ^ Past Division I-A Football National Champions .
  77. ^ "SEC Future Football Schedule Rotation Announced". Retrieved 2014-06-14. 
  78. ^ "Kentucky Wildcats Football Schedules and Future Schedules". Retrieved 2012-02-22. 


Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 at Southern Miss* M. M. Roberts StadiumHattiesburg, MS      
September 9      
September 16      
September 23      
September 30 Eastern Michigan* Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY      
October 7      
October 14      
October 21      
October 28      
November 4      
November 11      
November 18      
November 25 Louisville* Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY (Governor's Cup)      
*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

2017 schedule

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 Southern Miss* Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY      
September 10 at Florida Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, FL      
September 17 New Mexico State* Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY      
September 24 South Carolina Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY      
October 1 at Alabama Bryant-Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL      
October 8 Vanderbilt Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY      
October 22 Mississippi State Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY      
October 29 at Missouri Faurot FieldColumbia, MO      
November 5 Georgia Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY      
November 12 at Tennessee Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN      
November 19 Austin Peay* Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY      
November 26 at Louisville* Papa John's Cardinal StadiumLouisville, KY (Governor's Cup)      
*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

2016 schedule



2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
vs Southern Miss at Southern Miss vs Chattanooga at Eastern Michigan vs Eastern Michigan
vs New Mexico State vs Eastern Michigan
vs Austin Peay
at Louisville vs Louisville at Louisville vs Louisville

Non-conference opponents

Year Alabama Auburn Arkansas LSU Mississippi State Ole Miss Texas A&M

Kentucky plays Mississippi State as a permanent non-division opponent annually and rotates around the West division among the other six schools.[77]

SEC West opponents

Conference and non-conference opponents

Future opponents and schedules

Retired numbers

Chosen in 1990 by Kentucky Newspapers

University of Kentucky 100th Anniversary Team

Outland Trophy

Individual award winners

Art Still Defensive End 2015 19741977
Paul "Bear" Bryant Head Coach 1986 1946–53
Jerry Claiborne Head Coach 1999 1982–89
Bob Gain Guard
1980 1947–1950
Steve Meilinger Defensive Line 2013 1951–53
Lou Michaels Tackle 1992 1955–57
Babe Parilli Quarterback 1982 1949–51


Joe Federspiel Middle Linebacker New Orleans Saints 1972–1980

Inductee Position(s) Class Team(s), Years
George Blanda Quarterback
1981 Chicago Bears, 1949, 1950–58
Baltimore Colts, 1950
Houston Oilers, 1960–66
Oakland Raiders, 1967–75
Dermontti Dawson Center 2012 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1988–2000


Hall of famers

Pos. Name Height Weight Hometown Draft Year Rd. Overall Current NFL Team
WR Randall Cobb 5'11" 190 lbs. Alcoa, TN 2011 2 64th Green Bay
FB John Conner 5'11" 246 lbs. West Chester, OH 2010 5 139th New York
LB Bud Dupree 6'4" 270 lbs. Irwinton, GA 2015 1 22nd Pittsburgh
WR Steve Johnson 6'3" 210 lbs. San Francisco, CA 2008 7 229th San Diego
DT Ricky Lumpkin 6'4" 306 lbs. Louisville, KY 2011 UD Oakland
K/P Tim Masthay 6'2" 198 lbs. Murray, KY 2009 UD Green Bay
WR Chris Matthews 6'5" 218 lbs. Los Angeles, CA 2011 UD Seattle
DT Corey Peters 6'3" 295 lbs. Louisville, KY 2010 3 83rd Atlanta
RB Alfonso Smith 6'1" 209 lbs. Louisville, KY 2010 UD San Francisco
DE Za'Darius Smith 6'6" 265 lbs. Greenville, AL 2015 4 122nd Baltimore
TE Jacob Tamme 6'4" 220 lbs. Danville, KY 2008 4 127th Denver
LB Danny Trevathan 6'1" 235 lbs. Leesburg, FL 2012 6 188th Denver
OG Larry Warford 6'3" 332 lbs. Richmond, KY 2013 3 65th Detroit
OT Garry Williams 6'3" 320 lbs. Louisville, KY 2008 UD Carolina
LB Avery Williamson 6'1" 238 lbs. Milan, TN 2014 5 151st Tennessee
LB Wesley Woodyard 6'1" 230 lbs. LaGrange, GA 2008 UD Tennessee

Players currently in the NFL

Year Player Position
1983 Duece Howerton Running Back
1993 Marty Moore Linebacker
1994 Melvin Johnson Free Safety
1995 Moe Williams Half Back
1997 John Schlarman Offensive Guard
1998 Kris Comstock Offensive Guard
1998 Tim Couch Quarterback
1998 Craig Yeast Wide Receiver
1999 Andy Smith Punter
1999 Jeff Snedegar Linebacker
1999 James Whalen Tight End
2000 Derek Smith Tight End
2000 Omar Smith Offensive Tackle
2001 Derek Abney Kick Returner
2001 Dennis Johnson Defensive End
2001 Glenn Pakulak Punter
2002 Derek Abney Kick Returner
2002 Antonio Hall Offensive Tackle
2002 Glenn Pakulak Punter
2002 Artose Pinner Running Back
2003 Derek Abney Kick Returner
2003 Antonio Hall Offensive Tackle
2005 Rafael Little All-Purpose
2006 Keenan Burton All-Purpose
2006 Jacob Tamme Tight End
2006 Wesley Woodyard Linebacker
2007 Jacob Tamme Tight End
2007 Wesley Woodyard Linebacker
2008 Micah Johnson Linebacker
2008 Trevard Lindley Defensive Back
2008 Tim Masthay Punter
2009 Randall Cobb All-Purpose
2010 Randall Cobb All-Purpose
2010 Danny Trevathan Linebacker
2011 Danny Trevathan Linebacker
2014 Alvin Dupree Defensive End
2014 Landon Foster Punter

First Team All-SEC

Player Position Year Unanimous Consensus Selectors
Clyde Johnson T 1942 No No AP
Bob Gain T 1949 No No All-Players, NY Sun, NEA
Bob Gain T 1950 Yes Yes AP, UPI, INS, Camp, NEA, CP, FWAA-Look, AAB, FD, NYNews
Babe Parilli QB 1950 Yes Yes AP, INS, Camp, Colliers, NY News, Sporting News, AA
Babe Parilli QB 1951 Yes Yes UP, INS, Camp, NEA, CP, AAB, NY News, All-Player
Doug Moseley C 1951 No No AP, FWAA-Look
Steve Meilinger DE 1952 No No AP, NEA, All-Player
Steve Meilinger DE 1953 No No NEA, Colliers, AAB
Ray Correll DG 1953 No No FWAA-Look, Chicago Tribun
Howard Schnellenberger DE 1955 No Yes AP
Lou Michaels OT 1956 No Yes UPI, NA, Camp, Colliers,NY News
Lou Michaels OT 1957 No Yes AP, NEA, Camp, FWAA-Look, Coaches, NY News, Sporting News
Irv Goode C 1961 No No Time
Herschel Turner T 1963 No No Time
Sam Ball T 1965 No Yes UPI, NEA, Camp, FWAA-Look, Coaches, Time, Sporting New
Rodger Bird HB 1965 No No Time, NBC
Rick Norton QB 1965 No No Time, NBC
Elmore Stephens TE 1974 No No Time
Rick Nuzum C 1974 No No NEA
Warrant Bryant T 1976 No No Camp, Coaches
Art Still DE 1977 No Yes AP, UPI, NEA, Coaches, FWAA, Camp, Sporting News, Football News
Mike Pfeifer T 1989 No No Football News, Mizlou
Tim Couch QB 1998 No No Camp, FWAA, AAF
James Whalen TE 1999 No Yes AP, Camp, FWAA, AAFF, CNN/SI, CBS SportsLine
Derek Abney KR 2002 Yes Yes AP, FWAA, Camp, Sporting News, ESPN, CBS SportsLine, CNN/SI, College Football News
Glenn Pakulak P 2002 No No CBS SportsLine
Randall Cobb WR 2010 No No AP


  • Kentucky also finished the 1977 season with a 10–1 (6–0 SEC) record, but were not eligible for a share of the SEC championship or for postseason play due to NCAA probation.

‡ Mississippi State forfeited their 1976 win over Kentucky, giving Kentucky an official 5–1 conference record and a share of the SEC title with Georgia.

Season Conference Coach Overall Record Conference Record
1950 SEC Paul "Bear" Bryant 11–1 5–1
1976 SEC Fran Curci 9–3 5–1
Conference Titles: 2
Denotes co-champions

Conference championships

The NCAA has never officially recognized a national champion from among the bowl coalition institutions, but in 2004 the NCAA commissioned Jeff Sagarin to use his computer model to retroactively determine the highest ranked teams for the years prior to the BCS. His champion for the 1950 season is Kentucky. The polls for the 1950 national champion, taken before the bowl games were played, list either Oklahoma (AP, Berryman, Helms, Litkenhous, UPI, Williamson), Princeton (Boand, Poling), or Tennessee (Billingsley, DeVold, Dunkel, Missouri,Don Faurot Football Research, National Championship Foundation, Sagarin (ELO-Chess)). Tennessee was the winner of the Cotton Bowl and the only team to beat Kentucky during the 1950 season. Oklahoma was named National Champion by AP and UPI Coaches' Poll, both which awarded their titles before the bowl games. Kentucky would go on to beat Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl [76]

Prior to the advent of the BCS in 1998, national champions were primarily chosen by a combination of national ranking systems and nation media poll rankings. During the last 142 years, there have been more than 30 selectors of national champions using polls, historical research and mathematical rating systems. Beginning in 1936, The Associated Press began the best-known and most widely circulated poll of sportswriters and broadcasters. Before 1936, national champions were determined by historical research and retroactive ratings and polls. It is important to remember that from 1936–1964, the Associated Press chose a "national champion" prior to bowl games.

National championships


Opponent Won Lost Tied Percentage Streak First Last
Alabama 2 36 1 .064 Lost 5 1917 2013
Arkansas 4 3 0 .571 Lost 1 1998 2012
Auburn 6 26 1 .197 Lost 2 1934 2015
Florida 17 49 0 .258 Lost 29 1917 2015
Georgia 12 54 2 .191 Lost 5 1939 2014
LSU 16 40 1 .289 Lost 2 1949 2014
Mississippi State 21 22 0 .488 Lost 7 1914 2015
Missouri 3 3 0 .500 Won 1 1965 2015
Ole Miss 14 27 1 .345 Won 1 1944 2011
South Carolina 9 17 1 .352 Won 2 1937 2015
Tennessee 24 78 9 .257 Lost 4 1893 2015
Texas A&M 1 1 0 .500 Lost 1 1952 1953
Vanderbilt 42 41 4 .506 Won 1 1896 2014
Totals 171 397 20 .308

All-time record vs. SEC teams

The Mississippi State-Kentucky series became a rivalry when the SEC assigned cross-divisional opponents. The Bulldogs (of the SEC West) and Wildcats (of the SEC East) were assigned to each other. They play every year. Mississippi State leads the all-time series 22–21, which rotates between Lexington, Kentucky and Starkville, Mississippi. Mississippi State has won 8 of their last 9 vs. Kentucky.

Mississippi State

Having started in 1896, the Kentucky-Vanderbilt football series has been played annually since 1953.[75] The two are divisional opponents in the SEC East. The series, which rotates between Nashville, Tennessee and Lexington, Kentucky, stands at 41–41–4 with the average score being Vanderbilt 17-Kentucky 15.6.[75]


More known for its basketball rivalry, the Indiana-Kentucky series was played annually from 1987 until 2005 in what was known as the "Battle for the Bourbon Barrel" game. The series rotated between Bloomington, Indiana and Lexington, Kentucky and the two teams played for a trophy called the "Bourbon Barrel" from 1987 until both schools mutually agreed to retire the trophy in 1999 following the alcohol-related death of two Kentucky football players.[74] Indiana leads the series (18–17–1). The two haven't played since 2005.


The barrel exchange was retired in 1998 after two Kentucky football players died in an alcohol-related crash.

Tennessee and Kentucky have played each other 108 times over 114 years with Tennessee winning 75 games to 24 wins by Kentucky (.736). Tennessee has won the most games in Lexington, Kentucky with 35 wins to 14 by Kentucky (.702). Tennessee also has more wins than Kentucky in Knoxville, Tennessee with 45 wins to 10 (.787). Tennessee has the most wins in the series at Stoll Field with 19 wins to 11 Kentucky wins (.621). The Series is tied at 3 a piece at Baldwin Park. Tennessee leads the series at Neyland Stadium with 35 wins to 7 Kentucky wins (.792). Tennessee leads the series at Commonwealth Stadium with 17 wins to 3 Kentucky wins (.850). Like many college football rivalries, the Tennessee-Kentucky game had its own trophy for many years: a wooden beer barrel painted half blue and half orange. The trophy was awarded to the winner of the game every year from 1925 to 1997. The Barrel was introduced in 1925 by a group of former Kentucky students who wanted to create a material sign of supremacy for the rivalry. It was rolled onto the field that year with the words "Ice Water" painted on it to avoid any outcries over a beer keg symbolizing a college rivalry.


In 2013, it was announced that the game would be moved to the final game of the season following Louisville's 2014 move to the ACC. This scheduling change fits with other end-of-year SEC vs. ACC rivalry games, such as Florida vs. Florida State and South Carolina vs. Clemson.

First played in 1912, Louisville-Kentucky football series was revived in 1994 after the success of the basketball series that restarted in 1983. They played the first four games of the renewed series at Commonwealth Stadium until Papa John's Cardinal Stadium (PJCS) was completed in 1997, at which time they began rotating the series between Louisville, Kentucky and Lexington, Kentucky. The all-time series is led by Kentucky 14–13. Kentucky played Louisville in the Cardinals' first 4 seasons and twice in the 1920s, holding the Cardinals scoreless in all contests. Kentucky then left the SIAA in 1922 to become a charter member of the Southeastern Conference and limited its play of in-state schools. It would be 70 years before these two in-state rivals faced each other again.




Commits Top Commit
2015 20 15 C.J. Conrad
2014 21 29 Drew Barker
2013 38 22 Jason Hatcher
2012 31 29 Thomas Chapman
2011 32 24 Darrian Miller
2010 46 27 Alex Smith
2009 27 30 Morgan Newton
2008 53 20 Winston Guy
2007 58 27 Stuart Hines
2006 34 30 Micah Johnson
2005 62 26 Curtis Pulley
2004 52 28 Micah Jones
2003 54 16 Emmanual Harrell
2002 70 19 Chris Bernard

Kentucky Wildcats Football team recruiting rankings:


Name Position
Mark Stoops Head Coach
Shannon Dawson Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
D.J. Eliot Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach
Vince Marrow Tight Ends Coach
Dan Berezowitz Recruiting Coordinator
Evan Browne Assistant Recruiting Coordinator
Chad Scott Running Backs Coach
Tommy Mainord Wide Receivers Coach/Passing Game Coordinator
John Schlarman Offensive Line Coach
Jimmy Brumbaugh Defensive Line Coach
Andy Buh Safeties Coach/Special Teams Coordinator

Current coaching staff

Season Bowl Game Winner Loser Record
1947 Great Lakes Bowl UK 24 Villanova 14 8–8
1949 Orange Bowl Santa Clara (CA) 21 UK 13 9–3
1950 Sugar Bowl UK 13 Oklahoma 7 11–1
1951 Cotton Bowl Classic UK 20 TCU 7 8–4
1976 Peach Bowl UK 21 North Carolina 0 9–3
1983 Hall of Fame Classic Bowl West Virginia 20 UK 16 6–5–1
1984 Hall of Fame Classic Bowl UK 20 Wisconsin 19 9–3
1993 Peach Bowl Clemson 14 UK 13 6–6
1998 Outback Bowl Penn State 26 UK 14 7–5
1999 Music City Bowl Syracuse 20 UK 13 6–6
2006 Music City Bowl UK 28 Clemson 20 8–5
2007 Music City Bowl UK 35 Florida State 28 8–5
2008 Liberty Bowl UK 25 East Carolina 19 7–6
2009 Music City Bowl Clemson 21 UK 13 7–6
2010 BBVA Compass Bowl Pittsburgh 27 UK 10 6–7
Totals 15 8–7

UK has played in 15 bowl games, compiling a record of 8–7. Note that in the table below, the year references the season, and not the actual date the game was played.

Bowl games

In Stoops' second season, the Wildcats broke a 17-game SEC losing streak when they beat Vanderbilt the fourth game into the season.[71] The Wildcats finished the 2014 season with a 5–7 record.[72] After the season, offensive coordinator Neal Brown left to take the head coaching job at Troy.[73]

Stoops' first season at Kentucky was a struggle, as the Wildcats duplicated the 2–10 record from 2012.[70] Kentucky's wins in 2013 were over a winless Miami (OH) and FCS opponent Alabama State.[70]

Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops was hired as Kentucky's head football coach in late 2012.[67] One of Stoops' first moves was hiring offensive coordinator Neal Brown, who brought back the "Air Raid" offense.[68] After nine months as the head coach of the Wildcats, Stoops and staff signed the highest ranked recruiting class in program history.[69]

Mark Stoops era (2013–present)

On November 4, 2012, the day after a 0–40 home shutout by Vanderbilt resulting with a 1–9 record, UK athletics director Mitch Barnhart released a public letter to Big Blue Nation announcing that Phillips would not return for the 2013 season, but that he would finish out the 2012 season as head coach.[65] With Joker's 5-year contract only being 3 years complete at the end of the season, the University has to pay $2.55 Million over the final 2 years of the contract.[66]

On November 26, 2011, Kentucky snapped the longest active FBS losing streak to any one team by defeating the Tennessee Vols 10–7 at Commonwealth Stadium.[64]

Former Wildcat wide receiver and longtime assistant coach Joker Phillips was formally named head coach January 6, 2010 after Brooks' retirement; he had been Brooks' designated successor since 2008.[61] Kentucky started off strong under Phillips with a win on the road against arch rival Louisville.[62] The 2010 squad snapped a long-standing losing streak to South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier by defeating the Gamecocks at Commonwealth Stadium.[62] However, they dropped games to both Ole Miss and Mississippi State, lost to a Florida team on a down year and once again failed to beat its other arch rival Tennessee, having lost 26 in a row to the Vols,[62] the longest losing streak by one team to another in college football. The Wildcats capped the season with a 27–10 loss to Pittsburgh in the BBVA Compass Bowl.[63]

Joker Phillips era (2010–2012)

Brooks took Kentucky to four consecutive bowl games, winning the first three.[56] The 2007 Kentucky Wildcats football defeated the Florida State Seminoles 35–28 in the 2007 Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tennessee, on December 31, 2007.[57] Quarterback Andre' Woodson was named the Music City Bowl MVP for the second year in a row.[58] In 2008 the Wildcats opted to go to the Liberty Bowl instead of the Music City Bowl and defeated Conference USA champion East Caroina 25–19.[59] In 2009, Brooks and Kentucky returned to the Music City Bowl, losing in a rematch to Clemson 21–13.[60] Brooks retired after seven seasons with a 39–47 overall record.[56]

[55] in a historic triple overtime game.LSU After the loss to South Carolina, Kentucky bounced back on October 13 to defeat No. 1 [54] on October 4.South Carolina, the Wildcats were ranked 8th in the nation before a loss to 2007 In [53] 28–20 in the Music City Bowl.Clemson University Tigers Brooks also led the football team to its first bowl game since 1999 and its first bowl game victory since 1984, as Kentucky defeated the [52] The team's next head coach was former

Rich Brooks era (2003–2009)

Guy Morriss was promoted from offensive line coach to head coach of the Wildcats after Mumme's resignation.[44] Under coach Morriss, the Wildcats went 2–9 in 2001[45] but improved to a 7–5 record in 2002.[46] However, the Wildcats were not eligible for postseason play in 2002 due to NCAA sanctions from Mumme's tenure.[47] The most significant event of that season came in a loss to LSU (See: Bluegrass Miracle).[48] Morriss accepted an offer to become the head football coach at Baylor after the 2002 season.[49]

Guy Morriss era (2001–2002)

Coach Hal Mumme came to Kentucky from Valdosta State and brought an exciting, high-scoring, pass-oriented offense known as the "Air Raid".[38] He led the Wildcats to the 1998 Outback Bowl and the 1999 Music City Bowl.[39] Mumme achieved a 20–26 record in his four seasons.[40] Mumme coached star quarterback Tim Couch, the top overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft. He was popular among the Kentucky fans,[41] but the program was hit with severe sanctions for NCAA violations involving cash payments from an assistant coach to prospective recruits.[40] Although Mumme himself was not implicated in any violation,[42] he resigned after the 2000 season.[40] Assistant coaches under Mumme at Kentucky included Mike Leach and Sonny Dykes.[43]

Hal Mumme era (1997–2000)

Bill Curry surprised the college football world by leaving Alabama for Kentucky in late 1989.[33][34] Despite the high hopes that the Kentucky football program would rise under his leadership, Curry's Wildcats teams never achieved much success.[35] The Wildcats best season under Curry was 1992, playing in the 1993 Peach Bowl.[36] Curry was asked to resign after seven seasons and just a .33 winning percentage.[37] Curry's record at Kentucky was 26–52.[30]

Bill Curry era (1990–1996)

Coach Jerry Claiborne returned to his alma mater from Maryland.[28] He led the Wildcats to the 1983 Hall of Fame Bowl and the 1984 Hall of Fame Bowl,[29] defeating a Wisconsin team ranked No. 20 in the polls to finish the season with a 9–3 record and a No. 19 ranking in the final AP and UPI polls.[30] Claiborne also won SEC Coach of the Year honors in 1983. The E.J. Nutter Training Facility was built in 1987. Coach Claiborne and Kentucky experienced an era of constant change at the quarterback position following the 1987 season through his departure that included the likes of Craig Nelson, Eric Mellon, and High School All-American and two way starter (Quarterback/Safety) Ricky Lewis, prior to landing Mr. Kentucky Football Awardee Pookie Jones of Calloway County.[31] Claiborne retired following the 1989 season[32] and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1999. He is the last coach to defeat Florida and was the last coach to defeat Tennessee until Joker Phillips in 2011.[30] His final record at Kentucky is 41–46–3.[29]

Coach Claiborne

Jerry Claiborne era (1982–1989)

The 1977 Kentucky team went 10–1, went undefeated in SEC play, won a share of the SEC title and finished the season ranked No. 6 in the AP poll.[25] Due to the sanctions, however, the Wildcats were not able to go to a bowl. Kentucky finished at No. 6 and Penn State at No. 5 despite the fact that Kentucky defeated Penn State at Penn State during the regular season. Curci was unable to put together another winning team as a result of the reduced scholarships, and was fired after the 1981 season.[27]

Kentucky hired Fran Curci away from Miami after Ray was let go.[24] The 1976 Wildcats tallied their first winning season in 13 years and won the Peach Bowl,[25] finishing No. 18 in the final AP poll.[25] For all intents and purposes, however, Curci's tenture ended soon afterward, when the NCAA slapped the Wildcats with two years' probation for numerous recruiting and amateurism violations. They were banned from postseason play and live television in 1977. The most damaging sanction in the long term, however, was being limited to only 25 scholarships in 1977 and 1978.[26]

A football signed by Kentucky head coach Fran Curci and gifted to President Gerald Ford.

Fran Curci era (1973–1981)

Notre Dame assistant John Ray took over as head football coach in late 1969. Ray's teams consistently had solid defenses, but struggled to produce on the offensive end.[22] Ray's teams failed to win more than three games in a single season, going a dismal 10–33 overall in Ray's four seasons.[23] Ray's contract was not renewed after the 1972 season.

John Ray era (1969–1972)

Bradshaw, a harsh, brutal coach,[19] was the head coach of the infamous Thin Thirty Kentucky team. Kentucky had 88 players when Bradshaw arrived, but by season's end, only 30 players were on the team.[20] The story of that team is told in the 2007 book The Thin Thirty by Shannon Ragland.[19] Bradshaw also recruited Nate Northington, the first African American to play in an SEC athletic contest (1967).[21]

Charlie Bradshaw, an Alabama assistant under Bear Bryant, was hired to replace the fired Collier.[17] Despite all the hype about being a Bear Bryant assistant, Bradshaw's tenure turned out to be a disappointment, as he was unable to have much success with the Wildcats. He had a 25–41–5 record in seven seasons.[18] Bradshaw is the last Kentucky coach to defeat Tennessee twice in Knoxville, and the last Kentucky coach to defeat Auburn twice.[17] He was also the last to defeat a No. 1 ranked team in the country until Rich Brooks in 2007.[17]

Charlie Bradshaw era (1962–1968)

Despite having a winning record, 41–36–3 in eight seasons, Collier was fired.[15] Collier struggled to recruit for much of his tenure, about which frustrated fans wrote letters of complaint to the university.[16] Collier is the last Kentucky head football coach to leave the Wildcats with a winning record.

Cleveland Browns assistant Blanton Collier was hired to replace Bryant as head football coach at Kentucky in late 1953.[13] After completing his first season at Kentucky, Collier was named SEC Coach of the Year after posting a 7–2 record.[13] Collier's assistants during his tenure at Kentucky included the likes of Bill Arnsparger, Chuck Knox, Howard Schnellenberger, and Don Shula.[14]

Blanton Collier era (1954–1961)

Assistant coaches at Kentucky under Bryant that went on to become head coaches include Vito Parilli, and Bob Gain.[12]

Bear Bryant came to Kentucky from Maryland.[10] Under Bryant's tutelage, the Wildcats won the 1947 Great Lakes Bowl, lost the 1950 Orange Bowl, won the 1951 Sugar Bowl and the 1952 Cotton Bowl Classic.[9] In final AP polls, the Wildcats were ranked No. 11 in 1949, No. 7 in 1950, No. 15 in 1951, No. 20 in 1952 and No. 16 in 1953.[9] The final 1950 poll was taken prior to the bowl games; Kentucky then defeated undefeated and No. 1 ranked Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl,[9] ending the Sooners 31-game winning streak. Bryant won SEC Coach of the Year honors in 1950 and then left after eight seasons to accept the head football coach position at Texas A&M.

Legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant was Kentucky's head football coach for eight seasons.[9]

Paul "Bear" Bryant era (1946–1953)

Longtime athletics director Bernie Shively also served as Kentucky's head football coach for the 1945 season.[6]

Coach Harry Gamage had a 32–25–5 record during his seven seasons from 1927–1933.[6] A.D. Kirwan, who would go on to be the president of the university, coached the Wildcats from 1938–1944 and posted a 24–28–4 record in those six seasons.[6]

John J. Tigert coached Kentucky for two seasons (19151916) with each season having one loss. 1915 captain Charles C. Schrader was All-Southern. The 1916 team fought the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA) co-champion Tennessee Volunteers to a scoreless tie. The year's only a loss, 45 to 0 to the Irby Curry-led Vanderbilt Commodores, was the dedication of Stoll Field. Quarterbacks Curry and Kentucky's Doc Rodes were both selected All-Southern at year's end. Vanderbilt coach Dan McGugin stated "If you would give me Doc Rodes, I would say he was a greater player than Curry."[8]

Doc Rodes.

Edwin Sweetland went 16–3 in three seasons (1909–1910 and 1912) but resigned due to poor health.[6] Sweetland also served as Kentucky's first athletics director.[6] The 1909 team upset the Illinois Fighting Illini. Upon their welcome home, Philip Carbusier said that they had "fought like wildcats," a nickname that stuck.[7]

Fred Schacht posted a 15–4–1 record in two seasons but died unexpectedly after his second season.[6] J. White Guyn also had success leading the Wildcats, posting a 17–7–1 record in his three years.[6]

Head coach Jack Wright led the team to a 7–1 record in 1903, losing only to rival and southern champion Kentucky University.[6]


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