While many national college football writers are picking the Cats to slide back to the SEC cellar after a historic ten-win season, one believes Kentucky’s success under Mark Stoops is here to stay.
Connor O’Gara, the senior national columnist for Saturday Down South, said on Sirius XM College Sports this morning that he thinks Stoops could build Kentucky into a perennial power ala Dan Mullen at Mississippi State.
“I think that Mark Stoops is going to be the next Dan Mullen. I think that what Mark Stoops is going to be able to do at Kentucky is going to be really similar to elevating the program in the way that Mullen did at Mississippi State.”
O’Gara described how Mullen, now at Florida, turned Mississippi State from a program that had only been to one bowl in eight years into a top 25 team year in and year out. Mark Stoops inherited an even bigger rebuilding project at Kentucky and O’Gara predicts the Cats will continue to build on their recent success over the next decade.
“I think that Kentucky is going to replicate something like that where we see them in the top 25 on a yearly basis. I think that they really will make that next step forward with Mark Stoops. I think a lot of people look at this program right now and think they’re just a flash in the pan and I think they’re here to stay and I think they’re going to surprise a lot of people in the 2020s.”
I hope he’s right.
Coming off of a 10-3 season, will @UKFootball replicate their success, or take a step back?@cjogara thinks the program is here to stay, and that Mark Stoops is building something similar to what Dan Mullen did in Starkville circa 2009 pic.twitter.com/JUDzUhYEQj
— College Sports on SiriusXM (@SXMCollege) July 2, 2019