Ever since the clock hit zero to end Saturday’s game against EKU with Kentucky’s second-consecutive win, Mark Stoops has pumped out positive vibes, despite the Cats’ unimpressive efficiency in victory.
Today Stoops started his press conference by saying, “It feels good to be 2-and-0.” He didn’t specifically criticize and players and had a generally positive demeanor, described as one media member as “jolly.” That’s not quite the case.
“I guess that’s why I’m so jolly because I can’t wait to go rip somebody’s butt,” he said.
I prefer this interpretation of the quote:
All joking aside, Stoops is happy to have two wins, but knows his team has a long way to go. Even though they did not show dramatic improvement from week one to week two, their capacity to learn is encouraging because so much has to be fixed.
“I just feel like this team, they’re fun to coach. They want to get better. Believe me, they’re going to get coached up this week. I’m not real pleased. There’s a lot of things we have to do better and we will. I know this group will take it…They want to improve. You always like that as a coach. That’s why you want to coach. We still have quite a few challenges. There’s things that aggravate the heck out of ya that we have to get cleaned up and we’re going to start doing that today.”
Kentucky is still winning, but they still are not playing sharp across the board. It’s not time to panic, but just like you, Stoops is becoming impatient.
“The sky is not falling,” Stoops said. “Nobody’s going to make us apologize for being 2-0. We know there’s work to be done. Those players know that. They’re conscientious. They care. There’s absolutely no reason to hit the panic button but you have to have some urgency.”