Kentucky Wildcats football
|Kentucky Wildcats football|
|Athletic director||Mitch Barnhart|
|Head coach||Mark Stoops|
|Home stadium||Commonwealth Stadium (Kentucky)|
|Stadium surface||Bermuda Grass|
|Division||SEC Eastern Division (1992–present)|
|All-time record||580–582–44 (.499)|
|Postseason bowl record||8–6–0|
Blue and White
|Fight song||On, On, U of K, Kentucky Fight|
|Rivals||Tennessee Volunteers, Louisville Cardinals, South Carolina Gamecocks|
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).
Paul "Bear" Bryant Era (1946-53)
As a member of the football-heavy SEC, they compete against many of the top college football programs in the nation. They play at Commonwealth Stadium, which replaced Stoll Field in 1973. Paul "Bear" Bryant was Kentucky's head football coach for eight seasons.
Under Bryant the Wildcats won the 1947 Great Lakes Bowl, lost the 1950 Orange Bowl, won the 1951 Sugar Bowl and the 1952 Cotton Bowl Classic. In final AP polls, the Wildcats were ranked #11 in 1949, #7 in 1950, #15 in 1951, #20 in 1952 and #16 in 1953. The final 1950 poll was taken prior to the bowl games; Kentucky then defeated undefeated and #1 ranked Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl, ending the Sooners 31 game winning streak. In the late 1980s, Jeff Sagarin retroactively applied his proprietary computer model to seasons before the advent of the Bowl Coalition and ranked Kentucky as the best college football team for 1950.
Fran Curci Era (1973-81)
The 1976 Wildcats claimed a share of the Southeastern Conference championship under coach Fran Curci and won the Peach Bowl, finishing #18 in the final AP poll. The 1977 Kentucky team went 10-1 and was undefeated in SEC play but, despite finishing the season ranked #6 in the AP poll, did not play in a bowl game due to NCAA sanctions. Kentucky finished at #6 and Penn State at #5 despite the fact that Kentucky defeated Penn State at Penn State during the regular season.
Jerry Claiborne Era (1982-89)
Coach Jerry Claiborne led the Wildcats to the 1983 Hall of Fame Bowl. Kentucky returned to the 1984 Hall of Fame Bowl and defeated a Wisconsin team ranked #20 in the polls to finish the season with a 9-3 record and a #19 ranking in the final AP and UPI polls. 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 Mote and Eric Wright (1987–88), (Quarterback/Safety) Ricky Lewis (1988–89), and Chuck Wharton (1989–90), prior to landing Mr. Kentucky Football Awardee Pookie Jones of Calloway County. 
Bill Curry Era (1990-1996)
The Wildcats played in the 1993 Peach Bowl under coach Bill Curry.
Hal Mumme Era (1997-2000)
Guy Morriss Era (2001-02)
Under coach Guy Morriss the Wildcats posted a 7-5 record in 2002 but were not eligible for postseason play due to NCAA sanctions. The most significant event of that season came in a loss to LSU. (See: Bluegrass Miracle)
Rich Brooks Era (2003-09)
The team's next head coach was Rich Brooks, who led the team out of the probationary years to an 8-5 regular season record in 2006, including a memorable upset over the defending SEC champion Georgia, snapping a nine-game losing streak to the Bulldogs. 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 Clemson University Tigers 28-20 in the Music City Bowl.  In 2007, the Wildcats were ranked 8th in the nation before a loss to South Carolina on October 4. After the loss to South Carolina, Kentucky bounced back on October 13 to defeat #1 LSU in a historic triple overtime game.
Brooks took Kentucky to four consecutive bowl games, winning the first three. 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. Quarterback Andre' Woodson was named the Music City Bowl MVP for the second year in a row. In 2008 the Wildcats opted to go to the Liberty Bowl instead of the Music City Bowl and defeated Conference USA champion East Carolina 25-19. In 2009, Brooks and Kentucky returned to the Music City Bowl, losing in a rematch to Clemson 21-13.
Joker Phillips Era (2010-2012)
Former Wildcat wide receiver and longtime assistant coach and associate head coach Joker Phillips was formally named head coach January 6, 2010 after Brooks'retirement.  Kentucky started off strong under Phillips with a win on the road against arch rival Louisville. The 2010 squad snapped a long standing losing streak to South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier by defeating the Gamecocks at Commonwealth Stadium. 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, the longest losing streak by one team to another in college football.
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.
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 Joker would not be returning as the head coach of the Kentucky football team following the 2012 season. 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 next 2 years.
Mark Stoops Era (2013-)
Begins now. After only six weeks as the head coach of the Wildcats, Stoops and staff signed the highest ranked recruiting class in program history, ranked as high as 4th in the country.
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.
Current Coaching staff
|Mark Stoops||Head Coach|
|Neal Brown||Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach|
|D.J. Eliot||Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach|
|Vince Marrow||Tight Ends Coach|
|Dan Berezowitz||Recruiting Coordinator|
|Chad Scott||Running Backs Coach|
|Wide Receivers Coach/Passing Game Coordinator|
|John Schlarman||Offensive Line Coach|
|Jimmy Brumbaugh||Defensive Line Coach|
|Bradley Dale Peveto||Safties Coach/Special Teams Coordinator|
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.
In Kentucky’s 1950 season, Kentucky was one of 5 “national champions.” The National Champions in college football during the 1950 season were Kentucky (Sagarin), Oklahoma (AP, Berryman, Helms, Litkenhous, UPI, Williamson), Princeton (Boand, Poling), and Tennessee (Billingsley, DeVold, Dunkel, Missouri,Don Faurot Football Research, National Championship Foundation, Sagarin (ELO-Chess)). Tennessee was the 1950 consensus national champion, 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 
|Season||Conference||Coach||Overall Record||Conference Record|
|1950||SEC||Paul "Bear" Bryant||11-1||5-1|
† 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.
- Kentucky also finished the 1977 season with a 10-1 record (6-0 SEC), but were not eligible for a share of the SEC championship or for postseason play due to NCAA probation.
|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||OG||1953||No||No||FWAA-Look, Chicago Tribun|
|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|
|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|
|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|
First Team All-SEC
|1983||Duece Howerton||Running Back|
|1994||Melvin Johnson||Free Safety|
|1995||Moe Williams||Half Back|
|1997||John Schlarman||Offensive Guard|
|1998||Kris Comstock||Offensive Guard|
|1998||Craig Yeast||Wide Receiver|
|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|
|2002||Derek Abney||Kick Returner|
|2002||Antonio Hall||Offensive Tackle|
|2002||Artose Pinner||Running Back|
|2003||Derek Abney||Kick Returner|
|2003||Antonio Hall||Offensive Tackle|
|2006||Jacob Tamme||Tight End|
|2007||Jacob Tamme||Tight End|
|2008||Trevard Lindley||Defensive Back|
Players currently in the NFL
Hall of famers
|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|
|Paul "Bear" Bryant||Head Coach||1986||1946-53|
|Jerry Claiborne||Head Coach||1999||1982-89|
Individual award winners
- Bob Gain - 1950
University of Kentucky 100th Anniversary Team
Chosen in 1990 by Kentucky Newspapers
- #21: Calvin Bird
- #22: Mark Higgs
|August 31, 2013||7:00pm||vs. WKU*||LP Field • Nashville, TN|
|September 7||TBD||Miami (OH)*||Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY|
|September 14||TBD||Louisville*||Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY (Governor's Cup)|
|September 28||TBD||Florida||Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY|
|October 5||TBD||at South Carolina||Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC|
|October 12||TBD||Alabama||Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY|
|October 26||TBD||at Mississippi State||Davis Wade Stadium • Starkville, MS|
|November 2||TBD||Alabama State*||Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY|
|November 9||TBD||Missouri||Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY|
|November 16||TBD||at Vanderbilt||Vanderbilt Stadium • Nashville, TN|
|November 23||TBD||at Georgia||Sanford Stadium • Athens, GA|
|November 30||TBD||Tennessee||Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.|
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Future non-conference opponents
|vs Western Kentucky||vs Ohio||vs Louisville|
|vs Miami (OH)||vs UT Martin|
|vs Louisville||at Louisville|
|vs Alabama State|
- "NCAA Football Award Winners" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2012. pp. 13–18. Retrieved December 19, 2012.
- "NCAA FBS Consensus All-America." ESPN. December 15, 2012. Retrieved December 19, 2012.
- "E.J. Nutter Training Facility". University of Kentucky. Retrieved 8 March 2010.
- http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/football_records/2011/FBS.pdf Past Division I-A Football National Champions .
- "2013 Kentucky Wildcats Football Schedule". Retrieved October 21, 2012.
- "Kentucky Wildcats Football Schedules and Future Schedules". fbschedules.com. Retrieved 2012-02-22.