Mark Stoops’ seat is hotter than Charlotte McKinney’s Instagram page these days. It’s no secret the UK head coach is fighting for his job this season and today CBSSports.com put him in its College Football Hot Seat Rankings, again.
Stoops earned a five on the heat scale, which means he is in a ‘Win of Be Fired’ situation. Last week he was only a four, or a “Better start improving” rating.
Here’s what the website had to say about him:
Athletic director Mitch Barnhart has spent millions on facilities, raises and stadium upgrades. One problem: Stoops’ program hasn’t done its part with all that cash behind it. That’s kind of a big deal with Stoops in his fourth season and Kentucky off to a disappointing 1-2 start. Entering the fourth game of that fourth season, Bob’s brother has exactly nine FBS victories. Two of them are over South Carolina.
Let’s just call it a must-win this week, then, against the Gamecocks. Or something close to it. Aside from Vanderbilt, Kentucky’s last three-game winning streak over an SEC opponent came in 1959 (over Tennessee).
Barnhart must decide if — for starters — he wants to write a $12 million check to buy out Stoops. That doesn’t include the cost of firing and replacing the remainder of the staff. We’re probably talking about $18 million to $20 million to redo Kentucky football for 2017.
Except that all the money Barnhart has spent to date was supposed to keep this from happening. At a basketball flagship, it will be interesting to see if there is the, uh, financial gumption to write that check. (Previously: 4) [CBSSports.com]
That stat about not having three consecutive wins over a non-Vanderbilt team since 1959 is a pretty bad look for the program — as is losing to Southern Miss, only scoring seven meaningless points at Florida, and giving it up to New Mexico State.
Beat South Carolina?