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Can Stoops Follow The Cal Method To Find Success?

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. After a few years after a coach who was in over his head was hired the talent level is weak and the future of the program looks bleak. Mitch Barnhart is forced to make a grand slam hire to save both his job and the program. A disgruntled fanbase is rabid at the thought of emerging into national relevance. As different as Kentucky Football and Basketball have been over their history it’s somewhat ironic just how similar the two programs were at one time. After Billy G took the reigns and drove the Cadillac off the side of a mountain Cal came in and saved the day. In 12 days Coach Stoops will begin his quest to do the same. Can he find success just like Cal did upon his arrival in Lexington? He will if he can pull of the Cal method which he has so far. Here’s how:

1. Coin A Popular Catch Phrase 

Cal started with the phrases from day one and never looked back. There was the magic wand, pooping ice cream, Pikeville to Paducah, and all of the other favorites big blue nation has grown to love. While this may not appeal to college age recruits it is something the fans love and if the fans love you you’ve got a longer leash to get things done. It didn’t take Stoops and company long to come up with a phrase of their own. Yhatzee spread like wildfire and has become synonymous with the new age Kentucky football. Stoops made a connection with the fans much like Cal and its a move that should pay major dividends down the road.

2. Land Top Recruits

For Cal this one was easy. You’re the hottest coach in America with the backing of Kentucky basketball. Getting guys to come play in Lexington is not problem. For Stoops it’s a bit more complex but something Cal has been helping with a bit. Stoops was quoted in the article Corey linked earlier saying:

“It’s been great so far,” Stoops said. “Coach (John) Calipari, he could not be any better. I really appreciate everything Coach Cal does for us. He takes time. We bring recruits in. He visits with them. He’s really embracing myself and our staff. So, I love it.

“He’s so charismatic. He’s been so successful. I love spending time with Coach Cal. I won’t really worry about that (being second to basketball), to be honest with you. There’s such support for Kentucky basketball because of what they’ve done. They deserve it.”

So a budding bromance between our coaches seems to be afloat and so far it seems to be working. Stoops has found a way to bring together two of the best classes in Kentucky history in only 8 short months. Maybe it isn’t out of the question to think he could one day match Cal in bringing in the nation’s absolute best to campus.

Could Stoops Pull Off The Upset?

3. Beat Your Rivals

One thing that brought Cal success in year one was getting even with the teams that had beaten us while we were down. North Carolina, Louisville, and Florida all got their comeuppance when Cal arrived and perhaps Stoops can achieve the same thing. Western in week 1 will provide an opportunity to avenge one of those Joke losses and then home games with Louisville, Florida, and Tennessee could give a chance for the Cats to shock the world. If the Cats could notch a win against our rivals on a regular basis then Stoops needs to be awarded a lifetime contract.

 

The most important part of the Cal method is that Success Takes Time. Cal had the program relevant upon his arrival but it wasn’t until year three things became just stacked in his favor. In the same vein it will probably be year three before Stoops has his program where he wants it in Lexington. So far he seems to be on the right track just like Cal is doing on the hardwood.

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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27 Comments for Can Stoops Follow The Cal Method To Find Success?



  1. HicksPickSix
    9:39 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve never heard of this “yhatzee” you speak of.



  2. CatsInTheNBA
    9:40 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    “The most important part of the Cal method is that Success Takes Time.” No, it doesn’t. Do you even remember Cal’s first team? Their ONLY problem was that there was no reliable outside shooter against WVU.



  3. Pen?
    9:53 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    Did a pen explode in Stopps’ pocket? Clean that shirt up man!



  4. Not Matt Jones, but I'll do for now
    10:29 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    #1 – Get a life. It’s a blog.
    #2 – But it took 3 years to get #8 (our BB expectation). Translation: be patient and we’ll go 8-5 (our FB expectation)
    #3 – Take wardrobe notes. I bet he makes a lot more $ than you.

    Whew



  5. Bobby Petrino
    10:32 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    Yo, girl where yo goin’?! Hop on my crotch rocket.



  6. Bobby Petrino
    10:33 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    Man I loving giving bjs to the big blue nation.



  7. Bobby Petrino
    10:34 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    I would have been hired at UK, but they don’t hire adulterers. Only UL and Arkansas do.



  8. Billy Ray
    10:34 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    Is Stoops going to hire Wes as well? Sweet.



  9. Bobby Petrino
    10:35 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    If I get fired at WKU I wonder if they’ll hire me a Porchini’s?



  10. L1C4 is LAME
    10:41 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    Damn Teddy! U got knocked the f out!!



  11. O T I S
    10:57 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    Stoops will accomplish in year one what Cal accomplished in year four



  12. Yep
    11:29 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    From Butcher Hollow to Bayou Du Chein sounds way cooler than Pikeville to Paducah. Try that one on for size Coach Stoops.



  13. KCJ
    11:47 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    The marks on Coach Stoops shirt represents the “MICRO”-biology residue leftover from when he and his staff went fishing for AWESOME FOOTBALL RECRUITS! I am so excited about the future of UK football! Like Coach Cal, Coach Stoops knows how to recruit!!



  14. Basteballer
    12:01 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    I’m with CatsInTheNBA. Cal went 35-3 his first season. That coming off a season that tied for the second most losses in UK history.



  15. SeaCat
    12:28 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Stoops is either:
    brillant or insane.
    or desperately stupid…
    i pray brillant.



  16. Bulldawg
    12:30 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    #4 I agree totally with your first 2 points but $ has jack $hit to do with what kind of person you are… however, #3 has to be a douche for making a comment like that…

    GO CATS!!!!



  17. Mc
    1:08 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    11) or maybe like pitino in his first and fifth year at Louisville?



  18. NEWMAN
    1:48 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    “After a few years after a coach who was in over his head was hired the talent level is weak and the future of the program looks bleak.”

    Since when did they start considering that a sentence?



  19. Wildcatsteeler
    3:16 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    He can. It’s going to take a few years though. And this fickle fan base will turn on him after next season. Mark my words.



  20. Lester Skaggs
    7:39 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Both Stoops and Cal are fat. Who is the strength and conditioning coach, a chef?



  21. G
    8:17 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    You forgot the most powerful method Cal uses… money.



  22. Question
    8:25 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Did Stoops run through a sprinkler?



  23. [email protected]
    8:42 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    the trolls are scared, they can’t stop living and breathing BBN! Love it!



  24. BAM!
    8:44 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Seeing Bridgewater take that shot and hear people say Florida didnt come ready to play just makes them look like losers even more. Teddy Heisman got uo and WHIPPED those Gators like they havent been whipped before…. 33-23 BAM!!



  25. RickieP
    11:09 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    #9- Yeah I wasnt an adulterer when I was at UK!!! I swear!



  26. tom(godfather)jurichsays
    3:33 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    If you call beating Western an accomplishment then you might have a chance at avengement?!?!



  27. tom(godfather)jurichsays
    3:39 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Cant wait to read this blog after Western beats your sorry excuse of a football team! Then two weeks later we will bring the hammer down on you losers! Charlie wont take Teddy out this year!