Mark Stoops’ voice cracked as he began his press conference. Stoops didn’t use the word “angry” because it was a different feeling. “Disbelief” might better describe his disappointment.
“There’s enough blame to go around,” Stoops said. “I know the fans aren’t happy, and I’m not happy.”
Things were looking up in the first quarter. Just when you thought things were starting to turn UK’s way, they completely collapsed. “It’s a setback. It’s disappointing,” Stoops said. “People have been patient through a tough third year. People want to see a change and nobody wants to see a change more than me.”
Instead of change, it was more of the same, even though Kentucky capitalized on some Louisville errors at the beginning of the game. They simply could not execute, something very basic that has haunted Kentucky all season. It was most obvious against Lamar Jackson in the read option. “We had some guys on the edge that were just getting outran and were not playing with proper technique, not understanding where their help was in the defense,” he said. They weren’t understanding, and I still don’t either.
Stoops is ready for a change, mostly in mentality. They weren’t tough enough. He wasn’t ready to say whether or not there will be any coaching changes to come, “I’m not gonna get into that right now.” He added, “We’ll look at all aspects of our program to make it a program everybody is proud of.”
Whatever changes he decides to make, it needs to start producing results.
“I’m obviously very frustrated with the result, and the result wasn’t good enough in my opinion,” Stoops said. “I’m tired of the woulda, coulda, shouldas, just as the fans are. We’ve got to make those plays. That’s when our program will grow, when we make those plays to win games.”
After today’s loss, we’re more than likely going to have to wait another year to see if it can happen.