— Stoops kinda laughed at the thought of being considered for a head coaching vacancy. Stoops repeated the sentiment we often share on KSR, “If somebody is coming for you that means you’re winning games.” He didn’t want to comment on any situation, but you could tell he was more surprised to even be considered in the conversation because he hasn’t won enough…yet.
“I really don’t have any answer other than I’m trying desperately to win a football game this weekend. I certainly don’t need that question brought up and I don’t know because I probably haven’t won enough to have the question like other people have.” Stoops added, “I need to win some football games and then I’ll have more experience in answering that question.”
— Stoops took the team to practice at Commonwealth Stadium yesterday to get used to soggy artificial turf. He planned on taking them there regardless of the scenario, but it helped for them to get accustomed to the playing surface in the rain, because Saturday could be soggy.
— Is Tennessee a rival? For some fans, it’s their most bitter rival. For others, we’ve lost so much they don’t even think twice. Stoops’ Troops know it’s a big game, whether it’s a rivalry or nah. “They know we have a big game every week,” Stoops said. “I don’t know if we need any more motivation to go try to win this game.”
— Injury Update: Jason Hatcher has practiced all week and should be fine. Drew Barker is more of a game-time decision. They’ll see how much velocity has on the ball and go from there, but hopefully his services aren’t needed either way.