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USA Today jumps on the UK football bandwagon

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Another day, another article from the national media about the new era in UK football. Today, it’s USA Today’s Paul Myerberg profiling the rising excitement in the UK football fanbase, starting with the new guy in charge, Mark Stoops: “First-year coach Mark Stoops has given the Wildcats’ moribund football program new life, rapidly remaking Kentucky from an SEC doormat into one of the trendy programs in the Southeast.

Myerberg compared Kentucky’s rise to Vanderbilt’s under James Franklin in 2011:

“It’s easy to draw parallels between Stoops’ position at Kentucky with James Franklin’s move to Vanderbilt in 2011. Both are high-energy coaches inheriting a program desperate for a spark; both had immediate success on the recruiting trail; both immediately altered the program’s mindset heading into their first series of spring drills. Like Franklin, Stoops has also ratcheted up expectations for his debut campaign. Could Stoops’ follow in Franklin’s footsteps and lead Kentucky to a bowl berth in 2013? As he’ll soon find out, reversing a losing mentality is just the start — there’s also Florida, South Carolina and Georgia to worry about.”

He also tackles the defensive schemes the Cats will use and the position battles at quarterback and offensive line. Good stuff here, go check it out.

[USA TODAY: Kentucky excited for football? New coach makes the difference]

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11 Comments for USA Today jumps on the UK football bandwagon



  1. Alabama
    5:38 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    You aren’t worried about me? Lol



  2. just_fyi
    5:38 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    mor·i·bund
    /ˈmôrəˌbənd/Adjective
    1.(of a person) At the point of death.
    2.(of a thing) In terminal decline; lacking vitality or vigor.



  3. Rae
    5:48 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    1. Was FGCU worried about Georgetown? Or SDSU? No sense in worrying about what looks like a lost cause. Play with nothing to lose.



  4. We Hang Banners
    6:30 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    All is fun and good. But he better beat WKU in Nashville or it could get bad around here.



  5. mrblue
    6:49 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    News outlets of various sorts claim everybody at one point is trendy. Mark Stoops is trendy in this article. James Franklin was trendy last year. Butch Jones is trendy in Bruce Feldman’s article last week on CBS Sports. Spurrier, Muschamp, Richt, Saban, Miles, yadda yadda yadda….all of them have been trendy.

    These articles are nothing but fluff filler until the real show starts in August.



  6. Blue Ballz
    7:05 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Tubby Smith was trendy at Kentucky for a while. He was trendy at Minnesota for a while too.



  7. Ryan Harrows Flu Bug
    8:07 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    KSR is owned by USA Today. Check the bottom of the page.

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  8. Good one
    8:39 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    #3 the difference is fgcu didn’t really have to LITERALLY worry about getting their brains bashed in vs. georgetown or sdsu. That’s a very real possibility when playing Bama in football.



  9. SERDI
    10:16 pm March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Who is the former UK player shaking hands with Stoops?



  10. niaps
    8:03 am March 26, 2013 Permalink

    All I want to know is, will the air raid sirens go off when we score a rushing TD? Not that there will be that many.



  11. Big Daddy
    9:04 am March 26, 2013 Permalink

    9- That is Felix Wilson, former wide receiver.