The next team in our SEC football review happens to be Kentucky, which has gone 15-34 over the last four years, including 4-28 in the SEC.
Joker Phillips took over for the retiring Rich Brooks as the UK coach for the 2010 season. After an 0-3 SEC start, the Cats upset Steve Spurrier and South Carolina, 31-28, but failed to capitalize on the momentum, winning just one more conference game the rest of the way. Kentucky did play in the BBVA Compass Bowl, losing to Pittsburgh.
The Cats again went 2-6 in the SEC in 2011, beating Tennessee for the first time in a quarter-century. The 10-7 win at season’s end was not good enough to get Phillips’ 5-7 club into a bowl game, however. And the roof caved in during 2012. The Cats went 2-10 overall and lost all eight of their league games.
Enter Mark Stoops, who was an identical 2-10 in his first season as the UK head coach. The Cats again lost all eight conference games, bringing their losing streak in league play to 16 games.