After another big football season in the Bluegrass, Mark Stoops is earning some recognition, at least from the folks with College Football News. In a recent story (available here), writer Pete Fiutak tabbed Mark Stoops as the No. 10 football coach in America. In 2017, he was No. 75 on that same list; last year, he was No. 1. The rankings take into account the coaching job done by each head coach during that particular season.
Here’s how Fiutak justified this year’s ranking:
“The guy lost his heart-and-soul guys – Benny Snell and Josh Allen – from the great 2018 team. He lost starting quarterback Terry Wilson almost right out of the gate, had to reconfigure things after having issues getting the offense going, and his team still rolled up an eight-win season with five wins in the last six games with a wide receiver playing quarterback as, effectively, a running back. His team overcame the in-season adversity and blew out rival Louisville, won the Belk Bowl over Virginia Tech.”
Sounds about right.
The only negative? Louisville coach Scott Satterfield was ranked even higher than Coach Stoops – the Cardinals’ new coach came in at No. 7 on the list. He was No. 26 last year during his time with Appalachian State. Here’s the reasoning:
“Just when it seemed like the Louisville program was going to need years to be overhauled, in came Satterfield and everything changed. There were a few rocky moments, and it’s still going to take a little bit to be any sort of a challenger to Clemson’s throne in the ACC world, but it was a fun rebound year. The offense looked great, the team got to eight wins, and it pulled off a Music Bowl win over Mississippi State.”
Both Kentucky and Louisville finished 8-5 on the season.
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