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Rex Ryan Would Be Foolish to Entertain Overtures from Kentucky

October 21, 2012; Foxboro, MA USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan reacts during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-US PRESSWIRE
Chris TrapassoAnalyst INovember 9, 2016

Rex Ryan to the Kentucky Wildcats?

Crazier things have happened. 

Or have they?

No, this isn't pure speculation based on nothing, check this tweet from Mark Ennis:

On his radio program, @kysportsradio says he expects Kentucky to at least talk to Rex Ryan about taking the UK job.

— Mark Ennis (@Mengus22) November 5, 2012

The guy Ennis is referring to is Matt Jones, a Kentucky sports television and radio personality. 

The Wildcats announced the impending exit of head coach Joker Phillips, so they're already looking at candidates to lead their team starting in 2013. 

There is a chance Ryan retains his job with the New York Jets, but it'll be interesting to see how intrigued he'd be by an SEC team courting him. 

Traditionally, Kentucky has been one of the laughing stocks in the nation's most prolific conference, but the ability to recruit his own players and play against the best teams in the country could be enticing for Ryan. 

What's more, according to Ennis, Rex's dad, Buddy, and his ailing wife live in Kentucky, so there is a "tiny connection."

However, Ryan needs to stay the course in the NFL.

Even if he's not back as Gang Green's head man in 2013, in all likelihood, a handful of professional teams will be willing to make him their defensive coordinator. Also, he could have few head coaching possibilities. 

While it may seem obvious, Ryan mustn't entertain the idea of being the head coach of an SEC team if Kentucky indeed reaches out to him, even if they offer him a highly lucrative contract. 

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