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Stoops says right now, Western would “whoop” Kentucky, vows to be ready for opener


We’re only 106 days away from Kentucky football’s opener against Western Kentucky in Nashville, but if the game were played right now, Mark Stoops says the Cats are nowhere near ready:

“There’s a lot of work to be done between now and then. We’re not ready. Western would whoop us right now,” Stoops told Larry Vaught earlier today. However, Stoops vows to have his team ready to play Bobby Petrino’s boys on August 31st:

“We’re not there yet, but we plan on being there. We’ve got a lot of work to do between now and then and our players are embracing that process. They’re enjoying it. They’re looking forward to getting involved in the summer program. They’re excited about that. And then we’ll be in the fall. We’ll be ready.

Will the BBN be ready? Plenty of tickets are still available on Ticketmaster.

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31 Comments for Stoops says right now, Western would “whoop” Kentucky, vows to be ready for opener

  1. Rixter
    5:01 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    Way to set the expectations at ground level, Stoops…. it’ll make you look better if you win one

  2. kadizkat
    5:05 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    #1, yeah we wouldn’t want him to be a realist, would we. John Clay expressed the same thing after watching WKU’s spring game. I guess the H-L is doing UK’s bidding? NOT.
    Regardless, I’m getting 10 tickets for the game.

  3. kadizkat
    5:07 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    And Otis, will you please find something better to do than hang out on UK’s fan site?

  4. Frank
    5:11 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    I made this comment in another post but felt Otis deserves his celebrity trolling: (it is a play on his Own words)
    Otis likes this site.
    Wishes his school love had a site like this.
    Every time he comments here, he feels compunction, but does it anyway.
    He hopes he can be a repartee type commenter.

  5. GP
    5:11 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    Doesn’t this sound strikingly similar to Coach Cal’s “There are X amount of teams that could beat us right now.” shpeal that he gives before every season?
    I think it’s a good idea for Coach Stoops to take some air out of the players heads before summer starts so that they don’t get lazy.

  6. Stitch Jones
    5:16 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    Is there a link to the podcast for today?

  7. schwing
    5:25 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    so the team that beat us last year gets a better head coach than we did (or at least one with several years of experience as a head coach) and we expect to beat that same team this year without question?

    for once someone is setting realistic expectations before the football season and we laugh at it.

  8. Stoops Poops
    5:28 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    let the excuses begin. already resetting expectations for failure

  9. Stoops Poops
    5:28 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    put stoops poops where they belong, in the toliet bowl

  10. Stoops Poops
    5:29 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    aka commonwealth stadium

  11. 2x4
    5:31 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    What would you expect him to say? Would it be a good idea to say they are going to cream them? Lets use a little logic here. I believe there will be some improvement from last year and I’m excited to see it happen. However, it will take the staff 2-3yrs. to have the talent on the team that they are looking for. I can’t wait for that time to come, but until then, lets enjoy the progression.

  12. Podcast?
    5:41 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    Does anyone know where I can find the podcast from today? I missed it while working with my horses, and I’d like to hear what Cal had to say. If anyone has insight on this matter please let me know. Thanks

  13. tdogg40330
    5:46 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    12) scroll down the page

  14. Frank
    5:48 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    stoops poops 4 stars to UK

  15. tdogg40330
    5:51 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink


  16. SevenT
    6:03 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    Stoops is saying that Joker didn’t recruit worth a crap. Joker inherited a decent roster from Brooks then nearly drove the program over the cliff. Nothing against Joker he just wasn’t ready to be a head coach in the SEC

  17. BigJoeBlue
    6:07 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    Stoops will get the boys ready I’d say UK makes a new years day bowl this year and finishes 3rd in the SEC this year but makes the SEC title next year. Shame the Cats don’t play in the Big Ten or ACC where we would be BCS material every year. Remarkable what Stoops has done taking over the buckeye state more like BBN north.

  18. kes
    6:21 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    16. and 18. you guys are delusional. if we win 4 games this year, it will be a huge success

  19. Lmao
    6:30 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    19 you are correct. And these guys will be griping the loudest after a 3-9 or 4-8 season. Nice job on the recruiting trail, but other than the JUCO guys, no Stoops recruit has even set foot on campus. That means we are going to be depending on last year’s holdovers. Vandy 40-0. Need I say more? And 18, Stoops has commits from a couple nice players from Ohio, but don’t kid yourself that Urban Meyer is crying about it. He may even snake a couple of our commits before the LOI’ are signed. Better days are ahead, but you guys need to look at least 2-3 years down the road. We are in that big of a hole right now.

  20. kramer
    6:57 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    I have never seen so many opposing fans on this website as I have recently. Anyway, I want to go to UK-WKU game, hope UK kicks butt. Then I hope we shock the world, well state, and beats ole Chaally Strong and UL!!

  21. cats fan
    7:11 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    The Tard fans over on are blasting Calipari right now. It’s getting ridiculous.

  22. Old blue
    7:29 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    The legacy of Joker will be with us until 2016 season. This ain’t BB. Stoops is telling the truth. This time enjoy the progress, not the decline.

  23. Duke sucks
    7:39 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    if UK loses to WKU the honeymoon will be over for Stoops even though it isn’t fair. It will take time to fix Jokers screw up. I just don’t think our fan base will be that patient. The fact is WKU has a better program then UK does right now thanks to Joker, and if you don’t think Patrino can coach your setting yourself up for failure. Patrino is a 14k prick but he’s a top 10 coach on the field. Dude is a offensive genius.

  24. Duke sucks
    7:45 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    23) I agree but I’m afraid most look at what Cal has done and think Stoops is going to do the same. Some think we will go 8-4 this year and make a bowl. Lol
    Saban couldnt come in and fix this over night! As a matter of fact it took Saban about 2 or 3 years to get BAMA lined out! Why do some think UK will turn around faster then Bama did? It will take at least 3 or 4 years to honestly grade Stoops, will our fans wait that long? Probably not, that’s why this was was projected to be one of the least attractive jobs in CFB!

  25. JohnW
    7:45 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    Ole Miss turned around a bad season and went to a BOWL… Ole Miss that Play’s in the SEC WEST with LSU, ALABAMA they were 7-6 3-5 why can’t UK pull of something like that in the first year…6-6 going to a Bowl would not be to BAD yes our talent isn’t great our coaching was horrible last year …were not has bad as one would believe yet were not going to be world beaters either…But with the Right coaching..tough players…limit mental mistakes catch a few breaks and we might just have a season that ends in a Bowl Game….

  26. jmfatz47
    8:01 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    Football is different than basketball…..especially at the college level. Like 2×4 said perfectly, enjoy the progression. Personally, I am looking for UK to pass the “eye test.” Instead of getting waxed out of the stadium by Vandy, I’m hoping to see a fairly competitive game instead of a hopeless 40-0 ass kicking. Same goes for every other game. Let’s just hope that we can see improvement in the effort and play calling FIRST and then let the solid 4 star guys get a year or two under the belt before we raise our expectations to 8+ wins a year. Like is said, this is football not basketball. We can’t just go sign wall, cousins and bledsoe and expect an immediate turnaround.

  27. Today
    8:17 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    Wow everyone says we can’t go to a bowl we can’t win more then 4 it isn’t basketball…Ole Miss just like 26 said…They had lost 14 Straight SEC Games and one of thos I know for sure were to UK bc I was at that one….Why not believe we can pull 6 wins out….I do believe the WKU game is the most Important game we play, that may change as the season flows…

  28. This Is It...
    11:51 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    For all you doubters…THIS…Joker Phillips..Randy Sanders…Rick Minter will NOT be on the sidelines or running out of the tunnel for KENTUCKY this fall…That right there alone will be good for 3-4 wins….

  29. Stoooooops
    12:19 am May 17, 2013 Permalink

    You sunshine pumpers never seem to amaze me! NO WAY do we win 8 games. Stop with all this Ole Miss. Bullshit! Joker tanked our program, what part of that can’t you get? It isn’t just that we had a bad record last year, it’s that wasn’t even competitive in most of those games!
    Be realistic and give Stoops a fair shake! He’s recruiting very well and will have the horses to compete in a few years, but not next year. We will have a gimmick offense next year that should at least be fun to watch. Let’s see how much we can improve from the first game to the last which hasn’t happened around here since Brooks left. I do think Stoops will get things going in the right direction but he isn’t going to do it over night or in 2 years for that matter. It will take 3 years to really tell what Satoops is doing and probably 4 to get it back to where Brooks had us. Before the haters start on Brooks he might not have had 10 wins but he had us competing every week he was just a play or 2 away from doing great things here. If he had stayed 2 more years we would have been better then SC is now.

  30. Jeffrey
    12:29 am May 17, 2013 Permalink

    Stoops is a winner and perfectionist, UK right now could very well possibly beat WKU. But he isn’t happy with that he sees because he knows they could do better. I am happy with a coach who dogs about his team (stoops), than a coach who says everything is all good and it be a lie (Joker).