‘Plunging into a college football season didn’t sit well with me.’ The SEC’s first opt-out shares his reservations for football in 2020
I support anyone’s decision that they think is best. Not to be a jerk, but Vandy’s kicker don’t exactly move the needle.
Eh, I kinda like the nod to the Big Blue Wall. Granted you could’ve easily gone with a number of other players but I like the sentiment. The skill guys will get plenty of pub. I sure hope they play, this Kentucky team is going to be scary good!
I think this will be Stoops’ best defense to date. I don’t see how that secondary gets worse when they lost no one and get Robinson back, and add Kelvin Joseph. Also no mention of Brandin Echols. A little thin and middle linebacker with the Oats health issue but Square is really good. Very solid up front and I think Jordan Wright will surprise some folks on the edge.
The SEC East will be better this year than it has in a decade.
Kentucky’s offensive line is why the Cats can do something that hasn’t been done in the Mark Stoops era
Anything is possible. I don’t believe this is the year for that. Kentucky is gonna be a hard out for anybody this year.
Gonna be a great year to be a Wildcat!
Kentucky is gonna challenge for the East this year. I can’t wait!
Are any of the players with positive tests actually sick? Not being a jerk they just never say. It doesn’t appear that hospitalizations and deaths are going back up. I’m no expert, but maybe the virus isn’t as potent as it was a few months ago? It’s the weirdest illness ever, some people die, and others never even get cold symptoms. I just hope they play. I don’t want to risk people’s health but if they test positive but have no symptoms I kinda don’t get the outrage.
To answer dawg78, I’m an independent. I got all swept up in hope and change and kinda believed the BS I’m ashamed to admit. I only voted for Obama once. Regretted it. Thought he turned out to be a total fraud.
Agree. Gundy is probably a jerk, I have no idea. I know nothing about OAN other than the cute girl with the big hair. We will never make any progress if everyone has to think one way. I detest racism and police brutality. I voted for Obama, I also voted for Trump. By today’s standard the entire country hates me. We have to be able to disagree on some things, that’s the backbone of our country. Would people rather others just lie to their face and go home and believe something different in private? Because to me, that perpetuates racism more than anything else. I’m hopeful reason wins the day, but am not optimistic.
He’s overrated! He’s elite! Here’s the evidence showing why there’s still such a strong divide on Kellen Mond
I swear it feels like he took over for Manziel. Dude has been at A&M for a generation.
Kentucky plays Tennessee that week and I thought the same thing. But, like you I’m all for younger people understanding how important elections are.
Yes I’m biased, but Stoops should be higher. I don’t think people outside of our conference understand what a magnificent job he’s done. I sure am glad to have him as Kentucky’s coach.
Ugh, I was at that game. Absolutely brutal! That game summed up being a Kentucky football fan. Gut wrenching, thank goodness times are different now. Very excited about the 2020 Cats!
I’d have to put Saban first, no doubt. I’m biased but wouldn’t trade Stoops for Leach. If you can get Kentucky to 10 wins, in any year, under any circumstance, you are a helluva football coach. I think he does it again this year, can’t wait to find out.
I remember well having 10 on the field against the gators and losing, very fair point about Stoops. I think he has improved as an in game coach as his teams have improved. I think it gets lost of what a massive jump it is going from coordinator to the head coach. I see similarities in Stoops and Smart for that reason. Stoops doesn’t make the same head scratching mistakes in year 7, as opposed to year 2 or 3. I think Smart is growing as a head coach also. I’m not saying he’s better than Mullen, I think they are both great coaches. All I’m saying there is a learning curve going from coordinator to your first head coaching job, especially when your first job is in the SEC where the margin for error is virtually nil. The same could be said for Pruitt as well. Guys get better with experience. I’m not gonna pile on Muschamp. Just kidding Carolina fans, couldn’t resist. Y’all still hold the W against my Cats.
Man, we always lay an egg vs. Tennessee. Like I said it’s a super optimistic take, I feel like the Kentucky game is a game Auburn might lose just cause they’re so unpredictable and we’ll be competitive. And the Florida game has been a toss up for 3 years now. I agree though, Tennessee is a winnable game and they are all 3 certainly loseable.
I disclaimed I was a homer optimist. Haha, we’ll see how it all plays out. Lookin forward to it.
I’m an undoubted homer optimist, 9-3 is the floor for this team. One of, if not the best OL in the conference, 3 talented returning RBs, Terry’s return with an ability to throw the ball this year with WRs that are better than people think. They’ll be hungry after last year’s total abandon of the passing game. A loaded DL, 2 deep across the board. The conference’s top returning edge in sacks, Watson, 7 in 2019. Josh Allen had 7 as a junior, not to say Watson is Allen, but he’s good. Wright is very capable on the other side. Square, Oats, and Davis in the middle. I think Square is an all SEC caliber linebacker. A deep and talented secondary with the return of safety Robinson from injury, and the addition of Joseph from LSU who was a top 50 recruit. I think the defense has 8 pros on it. Until proven otherwise Georgia and Tennessee are losses, and I think we split with Auburn and Florida. Finally playing some real football in Lexington! What Stoops has done is truly remarkable.
You guys are funny. I wouldn’t expect you to do any homework on Kentucky. We’ll see how it all plays out.
We return 1975 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns but ok
I can’t wait for that game. A tall order for the Cats, but I think Kentucky has a decent chance to make it 2 in a row in the Swamp. This Kentucky team will be Stoops’ best. Lookin forward to it.
All valid points. UK completely ignored defense back then, and everything evolves. Gimmick was a poor choice of words. I do think for a team like UK, we have a better chance to compete with the elite conference teams doing what Stoops is doing. Stout D, run the ball, etc. if you have the best athletes like LSU did, it works better. If you don’t, it’s a tough row to hoe.
The mediocre teams did, Florida, Tennessee, and Georgia would still beat us like a drum in those days. Gimmicks always get snuffed out in this conference. No disrespect to Leach’s genius, I just don’t think it works in the SEC
I’m goin Ole Miss. no real evidence, just a gut feeling. I’m sure I’m in the minority, but am not buying Leach in Starkville. I don’t think he’ll Do well. His stuff don’t work against SEC defensive backs, they’re too physical at the line. I certainly could be wrong.
I’m a big Terry Wilson fan, and pulling for him to have a great comeback season. But, if Joey is eligible I don’t see how we can keep him off the field. Will be interesting, I’m all for whoever gives us the best chance to win. Either way Kentucky is going to be very good this year. Gatewood starting vs. Nix at Auburn would make for a helluva story line. I’m of course biased but think Auburn let the wrong guy go. Time will tell.
Cmon buddy! Study up, Kentucky is gonna have a shot against anybody this year.
Lattimore was one of my all time favorites to watch! Class act all the way around, injuries were such a shame.
Now y’all beat us like a birth right, I’ll give ya that. And you’re on the come up, Pruitt may get ya to the Taxslayer bowl this year. But if we can avoid layin an egg on Rocky Top, Kentucky is comin for the SEC East, this year! Break it down, top 5 O Line, Top 10 defense, long drives with the threat to take the top off. Be a miracle but I feel a Kentucky Shocker comin! 3 fingers of 20 year pappy right down the throat! As long as we have football this fall, we are all gonna be alright! With fans, no asterisks!
There will be college football. If there isn’t we’ve all got way bigger problems than sports. You have to accept some risk at some point or we’re doomed either way. Everyone has done their part, it’s been tough no doubt, but it’s time to start getting back to life.