August 4, 2012; Canton, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers former center Dermontti Dawson poses with his bust during the 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremonies at Fawcett Stadium. Image Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Hall of Famer Dawson talks Kentucky Football

A few things going on this afternoon, including the future of the Kentucky Wildcats football program.

I spoke with Hall of Fame center Dermontti Dawson about the current direction of the Kentucky Wildcats football program. One of the ideas I have read about of late involves a search committee consisting of ex-Cats in the NFL or ex-Cats that have since retired from the NFL like a Jeff Van Note. In any case, here’s what the former Wildcat had to say:
I not able to watch many UK games, because I’m on the west coast and I’m not able to keep up with the latest news either. I do hear and see some of the issues that UK has faced this season. I do know that it’s premature for UK to give up on Joker Phillips as head coach. I know that may not be the popular choice for with the fans, but unless you have played the game, it’s very hard for the average fan to understand it’s not always the head coach. Look at the times Rich Brooks teams struggled and then they go to back to back bowl games. Getting rid of the coach is a scape goat move to ease the pressure of the critics. I think like years past, we are going through growing pains. We have been plagued by injuries and inconsistent play from the QB Position. I think if we can get settled with a good consistant QB and get a few guys healthy, we can get a true measure of were we stand as a team. If things don’t get better, then you look for alternative solutions.

If UK were to start a search committee, I don’t think I would be interested in joining because of my crazy schedule.

Neither UK Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart or football coach Joker Phillips are talking about the future but Barnhart spoke about Coach Phillips yesterday.

In basketball news, fans have the choice tonight come 8:30 PM. Fans can either watch the exhibition game on Fox Sports South or they can watch All Access Kentucky on ESPN2. Of course, those fans who own a DVR have the easiest choice to make with setting the DVR.

Tonight’s exhibition game on Fox Sports South features Dave Baker on the call with Larry Conley providing analysis. Tom Werme will serve as sideline reporter. The game is produced by the UK IMG Sports Network. Kyle Macy has provided analysis recently on such broadcasts, most recently as the Blue-White scrimmage. The same goes for Rob Bromley, too.

I spoke to Dave Telep about ranking Coach Calipari’s recruiting classes at Kentucky. Here’s how he ranked them:

1. 2011
2. 2009
3. 2013 (could finish as best ever, needs that big)
4. 2010
5. 2012

Finally, this is not exactly Wildcat related but it does have an impact on Darius Miller. New Orleans Hornets shooting guard Eric Gordon is out indefinitely with a knee injury.

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