After Kentucky was taken behind the woodshed at Tennessee, a somber Mark Stoops accepted responsibility for the Cats’ effort.
“It wasn’t good enough. Obviously I didn’t have the team prepared to play. It’s on me,” Stoops said.
“It really starts and ends with me. I really didn’t have the team prepared. Not a good enough job by myself. I gotta accept that responsibility, get back to work and do some things differently to try to get a better result.”
Stoops didn’t see it coming. Neither did C.J. Conrad. Leading right up to kickoff, the senior tight end thought the Cats had the right energy to leave Neyland Stadium with a victory.
“I thought we were very prepared going into the game, but it showed on the field that we weren’t,” Conrad said. “I thought we had a really good week of practice…even during warm-ups today I felt the energy we needed the energy to win on the road in the SEC. I don’t know what happened.”
After the loss to Georgia, Stoops said they couldn’t let one loss turn into two. To stop the bleeding on Senior Day against Middle Tennessee, something must change.
“There will be a different message, believe me,” Stoops said. “That’s on me and I gotta get ’em ready to play. It didn’t happen this week.”