Mark Stoops calls out those suggesting Kentucky is in rebuild mode
Kentucky won 10 games last season, which marked the first time the school had accomplished that feat since the 1977 college football season. The Wildcats did so thanks in large part to some historically good players on the roster that won’t be around next fall, including a school-record eight players the program sent to the latest NFL Combine.
Naturally, many are pegging Kentucky as a team poised to regress in 2019 but it’s worth noting that in Stoops’ six seasons in Lexington as the program’s head coach, his program has never taken a step back in terms of the previous season’s win total. Under Stoops, Kentucky started out winning only two games in 2013, to winning five games in both the 2014 and 2015 seasons, followed by back-to-back seven-win seasons prior to last season’s 10-win campaign.
The way Stoops told it to SiriusXM, his program is a developmental program that is poised to do more of the same next season. Is the perception that the sky may be falling in Lexington a reality now that the team is losing so many key contributors from last year’s team? Not a chance, says Stoops.
“Don’t give me that crap. When I was sitting there at SEC Media Days a year ago, not one person was talking about us,” he said during the segment.
You can check out his appearance on the show below, courtesy of College Sports on SiriusXM:
"When I was sitting there at SEC Media Days a year ago, not one person was talking about us. Everybody's like, now you lose these guys, you're going to take a step back. B.S."@UKCoachStoops has heard this before. For Stoops & @UKFootball, it's all about moving forward. 👇🏻🔊 pic.twitter.com/P7Ktg6NYqY
— College Sports on SiriusXM (@SXMCollege) April 19, 2019