In their first year under head coach Joker Phillips, Kentucky reached bowl eligibility and will face Pittsburgh in the BBVA Compass Bowl next month.
Whether they’ll have their starting quarterback under center, however, remains to be seen.
According to multiple reports, starter Mike Hartline was arrested early Friday morning following an incident outside of a Lexington bar. The 22-year-old QB was charged with second-degree disorderly conduct, alcohol intoxication in a public place and failure to notify the department of transportation of an address change.
Hartline was involved in an argument with a woman then started walking on Crescent Avenue toward University Avenue about 3 a.m. Friday after he saw a police cruiser, according to a police report.
“The subject was unsteady on his feet,” the report says. Hartline’s speech was slurred and he smelled like alcohol, the report says.
The woman told police that Hartline hit her, causing pain in her lower jaw. The officer took an assault report, but the officer said in the report that there was no visible injury.
Hartline has started all 12 games for the Wildcats this season.
Phillips is aware of the situation and will make a comment at the appropriate time.