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Feeling a let-down at Missouri, Stoops changed pregame prep and UK still played flat

Shortly after I pressed the record button Thursday morning on a new Depth Chart Podcast, Freddie Maggard warned me he had a bad feeling about the game. It wasn’t that Missouri was popping off the page with a statistical advantage. “You can just feel it,” he said. Mark Stoops had that same feeling.

“I’m not very pleased with the way we played this past week at Missouri. Certainly that falls on me and not having the team prepared,” Stoops said. “Credit them, they were extremely excited and prepared to play. Coach Drinkwitz deserves credit. They did a good job with their gameplan, they outplayed us, they were more out-physical than us they were more excited to play the game than us and more prepared. The outcome was because of that. It starts with me and getting the team prepared and we have to do a better job of matching the intensity of our opponent. You go on the road to Missouri, the last time we went there I felt like we were out-played and some how we were able to come away with a victory and this time it wasn’t the case.”

Many fans roll their eyes at the “we’ve gotta be better prepared” line. It’s a coach-speaky cliche. This week Stoops meant it with all his heart. You could tell Thursday evening that he was uneasy about his team’s prep, bringing more fire than usual to his final media opportunity. That feeling lingered with him until kickoff.

“It starts with me, getting them prepared, getting them mentally sharp enough. I tried. Believe me, I tried extremely hard, even to the point where I went to an extreme Saturday morning as far as what I normally don’t do, as far as in pregame, because I felt like we just weren’t on point for some reason.” He added, “I gotta get em prepared throughout the week. It doesn’t happen on Saturday. You can’t flip that switch.”

The players aren’t bad kids. Stoops is just struggling to figure out how to push their buttons to make sure his team is at its best by kickoff.

“It’s on me. I know people are going to say, ‘there he is just saying that,’ but it’s true. It’s true. I have to somehow reach these guys to get them on point. They’re strong men that are trained that have enough in their tank and they to do their part. They have to sleep. They have to get their rest. They have to come prepared to practice because it’s going to be a grueling year. Nobody’s going to feel sorry for us… Missouri wanted it more Saturday. That’s on me.”

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

9 Comments for Feeling a let-down at Missouri, Stoops changed pregame prep and UK still played flat

  1. big cat
    5:35 pm October 26, 2020 Permalink

    Maybe he does read KSR posts….lol. He should feel the heat. He gets paid quite well. He’s complacent. It shows. No excuses. None. He’s no longer hungry. Prime definition of self actualization.

  2. 4burgoo
    6:22 pm October 26, 2020 Permalink

    Not surprised. He lost the team week 1 against Auburn when he kept playing Rose after that hot dog celebration fumble BEFORE he scored. There is no accountability and very little respect for him and the coaching staff.

    • Middy
      8:37 pm October 26, 2020 Permalink

      That was game 2 vs Ole Miss… but you’re on point.

  3. Wakecrash
    6:27 pm October 26, 2020 Permalink

    change starting qb and rb.

    • Bluehender
      7:39 pm October 26, 2020 Permalink

      How about light a fire under the a&$ses of the starting QB and rb? Not to mention the rest of the offense. The mental preparation just wasn’t there…I’m not saying you’re completely wrong but the rest of the team has to do their part in making those 2 guys successful. Whichever 2 guys it is..

  4. dcforuk
    6:38 pm October 26, 2020 Permalink

    I feel his pain. It’s tough not to have some let down following such a huge win but you still have to find a way to compete. Perhaps John S staying home impacted things, too. Not an excuse but those could have been two impactful things.

  5. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    6:39 pm October 26, 2020 Permalink

    Stoops issues in a nutshell is he is not capable of adaptation, look how many great coaches have lost jobs because they couldn’t keep up with change and he’s tois to immature to be dealing with college kids as a head coach. He throws tantrums, can never admit his wrong, and expects everyone to do it his way even if he’s losing by 20.

  6. loservilletard
    10:27 am October 27, 2020 Permalink

    he needs to change offensive coordinator. Poor play calling, and poor player management. He is not playing the right players. Its been years since he brought in good receivers.

  7. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    3:59 pm October 27, 2020 Permalink

    Except that’s Stoops decision, he can overrule Gran if he thought Gran was playing the wrong guys. Just like he can overrule Gran when he thinks he wants to switch players. Go look in the past, Stoops has overruled every OC he’s had, even the one who as a head coach ended up with a winning record beat LSU with a non power 5 team.