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Everything Mark Stoops Said After the Loss


Opening Statement… 

We got our butts kicked. On offense and defense. On special teams, I guess we did some decent things, but we got handled. Got behind the chains offensively. Can’t do that against a quality team. They covered us. They disrupted us, got us behind the chains in a lot of negative-yardage plays. We can’t play that way. Defensively, same thing. We’re on the field too much. Can’t get off on third downs, milking us in the run game. Certainly early on taking the shot and hitting us over the head — or over the top and hitting us over the head — was not good. Can’t do that. Not very smart on our part. We knew they were patient the drive before and were really outworking us and it was time to take a shot out of their big sets. We talked about it out of the break. We didn’t play very good, we didn’t play very smart. We didn’t play very good in any way, so we’ve got a lot of work to do.”

On where they go from here…

“Go back to work. Go back to work. There’s nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. We’re in the arena. Time to go to work. That’s where we go. We go right back, we look at the film, we look at what we’re asking them to do, what we can do. The players need to look at themselves, the coaches need to look at things and see what we can execute. I know we can play better than that.”

On if taking Drew Barker out was about score or performance…

“Actually, early on we had every intention of playing Stephen (Johnson). We just couldn’t get enough plays and we weren’t getting first downs. So, we didn’t have that opportunity. Then, later on we just wanted to give them that spark, we wanted to get the plays that we wanted to get him into the game.”

On what led to 79 straight points over two games against the defense…

“Yeah, it’s a combination. It’s always team football. We’ve got to possess the football, we’ve got to get first downs, we’ve got to move the chains and then we’ve got to get off the field on third downs defensively. Yeah, we’re not playing very good defense at all. We’ve got to get a lot better. We’ve got to get stronger up front and back end we thought we were going to have some guys that could cover some people but we’re not playing very good there today as well.”

On if sack on the first play rattled Barker…

“I really don’t know. It didn’t appear that way, but they certainly were playing at a high level, getting some pressure on him and making it very disruptive, making it very difficult on him.”

On if there was any carryover from the opener…

“I don’t know. I don’t know if there was carryover from last week or not. I didn’t see it all week. I really didn’t. I think you credit them. They out-coached us and out-played us. They really played well.”

On if they played more 4-3 today…

“We plays some. Yeah, we played some four-down. We did some better things in that, in 11-personnel. In 21 and 12, they hurt us in some big sets running and again milking us for too many yards in 12, or some of their big sets.”

On why Florida offense was so much better today after struggling against Mass…

“They executed. They moved the ball. They’re strong. They were pushing us. Like I said, they patient on the first one and then we knew — I always worry about that when they’re running the ball and they have weapons outside that can really go, really stretch the field. And they hit us right over the top. I’m not sure we every really responded from that point on.”

On if they can just say “start over” after two bad games…

“To a point, yes. I’ve never been one to just wash a game. We have to all be held accountable for what we do. I know that. It starts with me. So, we’ve got to look at all the things that we’re asking these players to do and what they can do better. But to a point, yes. To a point we can only control next week and how we prepare, how we play. Let’s go try to get one victory and go from there.”

On if the turnovers were a case of Barker trying to do too much again…

“I’ll have to look at the film, but there were some throws in there that he did miss. He’s got to step up — when he was getting some pressure, he bought himself some time and he’s got to step back up in that pocket and make some throws.”

On if he wants to get Stephen Johnson in more games in the future too…

“I’m not sure. We’ll see how it goes. Just knew we were trying to give them a little change of pace. Again, we’d like to run more plays than we’ve been running, so you can’t get a lot of offense in when you’re not running a lot of plays.”

On how he felt about team’s effort…

“Not great, but it’s not acceptable. We get a turnover, when the guys go out there we’ve got to get some stops. I didn’t notice anybody rolling over, but the guys — we certainly didn’t have a lot of energy, that’s for sure.”

On if Cole Mosier’s injury is a long-term concern…

“I don’t know.”

Article written by Kindsey Bernhard

Lover of dogs, sports and beer. @kindseybernhard

42 Comments for Everything Mark Stoops Said After the Loss

  1. cats paw
    12:05 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

    i hope the next time i hear YAHTZEE is the day Stoops is fired and Art Briles is announced as the new coach.

    • keiths
      12:40 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

      Briles will NEVER be a head coach in college again. He was named in the lawsuits and is accused of promoting a horrible culture

    • UK Big Board Update
      12:50 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

      First Petrino, and now Briles? Cats paw is a sleaze bag.

    • cats paw
      1:40 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

      ukbigboard—-lmao! maybe we can tell all our recruits that we take the high moral ground to losing!!!

    • ukforthewin
      9:09 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

      UK Big Bord Update, I heard reports that you were seen roaming UofL’s campus, tears streaming down your blue painted cheek, screaming “Lamar, Bobby, show us the way.” Man, I feel bad for you. It must be rough knowing that UofL is Daddy.

  2. rainman
    12:10 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

    He gets paid a lot of money to, “NOT KNOW”!

  3. Willis talkin bout....
    12:18 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

    If he wasn’t making millions I’d almost feel bad for him. He clearly doesn’t have any answers at this point. Team has no identity. They do nothing well enough to build on. I do feel bad for the kids that lay it on the line each week. And the ones that just go through the motions need to step up for thier fellow players. Obviously the coaching staff can’t motivate them. Cats fans haven’t given up on the kids. Don’t think they ever will regardless of the record. But they have lost all hope in the program at all levels. AD office to the coaching staff have dug a deep hole. They can either make some drastic changes now. Or do nothing and drown in it. Taking the fans and the players down with them even deeper. Maybe Barnhart needs to have a players only meeting. Maybe stoops needs to resign. Neither are likely to happen. Sad days at commonwealth

  4. keiths
    12:37 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

    This guy is so clueless it’s a crying shame. The only person more clueless is the guy that hired him

    • Jester
      1:51 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

      Suddenly this season UK Big Board Update has gone from being the biggest fan boy on the planet to someone who thinks we should hire Nick Saban. I wonder how he likes his crow cooked? Idiot.

  5. Reese Davis
    12:41 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

    If Gus Malzahn or Les Miles get fired and we don’t immediately hire them….well, idont know. But we should.

    • twdisciple
      12:54 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

      Why would we hire guys that can’t get it done at programs that are better than ours? They would only be much worse at Kentucky.

    • whatwasthat
      12:58 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

      No to coaches that can’t win the big games at programs with a history better than UK’s.

    • UK Big Board Update
      1:08 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink


    • Billy Hill
      1:51 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

      Then it’s bust.

    • Jester
      1:52 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

      Yeah, because Saban will come here. UK Big Board Update, tell us how it feels to constantly be the dumbest person around.

  6. 3 fan
    12:48 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

    “I suck as a coach. I should give my paycheck to charity. I will resign and not ask for my contract to be honored”

  7. gcat4496
    12:54 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

    Stoops is sounding a lot like Gillespie. We got our butts kicked, whooped..whatever. But it is was more than that. UK looks like the bad news bears of college football. You can make this stuff up if you tried. The stats are mind boggling. And not in a good way.

  8. LansingCat
    12:54 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

    I remember the day he was hired. I remember criticizing the hire. I also remember having my comments deleted here for criticizing the hire. Are we still just getting started, bro? It’s cool. I live in Detroit, so at least I’ve got a solid NFL team to…oh wait.

    • Patrick_David
      1:01 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

      He’s that guy! (Dan Lebatard)

    • FunkyMonkey
      1:34 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

      I got deleted last week for comparing Stoops to prior coach Ron Cooper at Louisville who was an all talk All American,… so it still happening,…

    • ukforthewin
      9:11 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

      I always love that KSR will not allow any dissent form the sunshine and roses party pre-season, but as soon as things go bad, they immediately turn on the coach / team. Hilarious. This site is a joke.

  9. BluKudzu
    12:56 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

    It is time to take a step back and re-evaluate the entire program, get a hiring commitee together, which does not include Mitch Barnhart, and reach out to the best candidate for rebuilding and a long term establishment for UK football.
    At this point, as the laughing stock of the entire scope of college football, it is difficult to imagine, we are not at rock bottom.
    There is nothing left to do. The only way an AD, gets this program, in this humiliating position, is to intentially and willingly, do so.
    I certainly will not be unhappy to see Mitch leave, nor will I be unhappy to see Stoops take his 12MM and vanish.
    This either changes soon, or Football at UK is over for at least the next 10 years, if not longer.
    We called for Mitch to make a stand last year, he refused. Now another year, and we are worse now than any year under Joker.
    Time to get the cash bin open and hire a real, big name coach, give him what he needs, and let him build a team that will change this direction and culture.

  10. Patrick_David
    1:03 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

    He’s that guy!

  11. Diehard4uk
    1:06 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

    I agree no more going after a coach trying to make a name hire someone that has been there and Les miles would be excellent the man wins nine games a season and LSU wants him gone if he came to UK and done that he would be a god they would build statue’s of him

    • UK Big Board Update
      1:09 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink


    • KatsKlaws
      1:14 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

      U.K. Big board…Don’t be an A$$

    • Jester
      1:55 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

      The guy whines about learning punctuation yet starts a word with a pound sign, then types two words together without a space. The irony….

    • bluecat15
      4:47 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

      Get a life about the punctuation comments. Everyone on this board understood what the man was saying. If you want to read exceptional phrases and correct punctuation then stay off blogs.

  12. whatwasthat
    1:28 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

    Coach Stoops has lost the team for whatever reason, you could see it on the sidelines. You would hope he could get them back, but I don’t see it happening.
    Barnhart definitely should have NOTHING to do with the next hire and the best thing for UK at this point is to get rid of him also ( I have backed both with vocal support and season tickets but enough is enough).
    You can not under any circumstances have the cash cow program, the program that is not only the most important and prestigious, not only in the SEC but the nation, be the laughing stock, which it is now.
    If there is a hiring committee coach Brooks should certainly be on it, with other great football minds, it’s time BBN has a program that they can be proud of.

  13. Diehard4uk
    1:29 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

    #good looking out English teacher

  14. j4stone
    1:31 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

    I would go all out for Charlie Strong and not take no for an answer. Laugh all you want, but that guy would bring a toughness to this team that it currently lacks.

  15. onsides
    1:32 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

    Anthony White speculated on wlap this morning that the new training facilities had made the team soft and feeling falsely entitled. That’s silly, but it was strange hearing an ex player say it.

  16. RamblingBeachCat
    1:35 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

    What people don’t get is that there’s a reason it sucks being a UK football fan more than it does at other ‘bad’ programs. We’ve somehow turned losing into an art form.

  17. binarysolo
    1:42 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

    And to think, there were rumors of Michigan looking to hire Stoops away from us.

  18. Howdy Doody
    1:56 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

    Told you he is a LOSER. But, what does a guy watching UK Football for 50 plus years know ?
    a LOT more than the Sunshine Pumpers know.

  19. EdC
    3:38 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

    Of course Stoops is lost. It is no different than any other person who is hired for a job that they weren’t qualified for. People very often strive for jobs they aren’t qualified for. They always believe they can do the job and why wouldn’t they take it. It is the job of the person doing the hiring to evaluate correctly and hire the right people.

    Who keeps hiring without vetting the candidates properly? Who has been at the reigns since 2002 and has hired 3 coaches, none of which has a winning record? Why do UK fans keep holding the AD to a lower standard for football than they do for basketball?

  20. BluKudzu
    3:58 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

    This sight typically deletes or bans anything about Mitch. They dont want to lose the priveledges afforded to them by the UKAD. However, the overwhelming response to the matters at hand, they would have to delete about75% of all posts to do so. Iexpect it to get much worse.

    • EdC
      4:12 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

      It is said the truth will set one free. This site needs to recognize the truth. #FireMitch

    • inside info2
      7:19 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

      Normally I agree, but this year KSR took a turn and have been almost blatantly anti-Stoops.

      Matt is tight with Cal and Cal doesn’t care for Barnhart, so KSR shouldn’t care of you bash Barnhart now.

    • ukforthewin
      9:13 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

      No matter who UK hires, they will never win the SEC East. They are doomed to always be a football afterthought in the sec.

  21. ukforthewin
    9:15 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

    Billy Hill, Bobby Petrino wanted me to extend an invitation to the FSU game. He said he’d gotten your DM’s and would happily show you what a real football team looks like. He said that the part about smelling Lamar’s game worn pants was really weird though.

  22. BLUEsky
    9:43 pm September 11, 2016 Permalink

    Feel better now ukforthewin?