Posted by cravedogg on 11/19/2012 2:48:00 PM (view original):
Posted by moranis on 11/19/2012 2:40:00 PM (view original):I don't disagree with this, but just not sure Kentucky will ever be able to recruit the Cincy area that well for Football. They usually get 2 or 3 kid every season. Cincy is Big 10 country and there seems to be very little interest in the SEC in the area. Obviously UK can pay Butch Jones a lot more than UC can, but why would he make that move. Seems to me he would wait for a better job to come along. And if the SEC ever goes to 9 conference games, then UK is totally screwed, they would never be bowl eligible.
The Cincinnati area has a lot of DI talent. The right coach at Kentucky could make some headway in Cincinnati and get that team to at least respectability rather easily and rather quickly. The school just doesn't invest in the football program like it should.
Yeah UK won't beat out Ohio State for players that Ohio State actually wants in Cincinnati (at least not frequently), but UK can certainly beat out UC, Miami, and the plethora of other teams that recruit in Cincinnati. And if you do that, your team can get to average rather quickly. There is just so much talent in Cincinnati that the right coach at any one of the relatively local schools could thrive on landing all of the 3 star kids that OSU just doesn't want and every so often you might just get one of the 4 or 5 star guys to town.
I don't think Butch Jones leaves UC for UK either, but that would be a very good hire for UK and he is the type of coach that would recruit Cincinnati well and knows how to operate in the city in OSU's shadow.
And I know Cincinnati is a college basketball town (moreso than football), but there are a ton of UK basketball fans in the area. A respectable football program and some of those basketball fans might actually become UK football fans.