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Gunnar Hoak’s Father Shares Grievances on Social Media

Since Kentucky’s 14-7 win over Vanderbilt, a portion of the Kentucky football fanbase has used social media to cry for Gunnar Hoak to replace Terry Wilson as the Cats’ starting quarterback.  Gunnar Hoak’s father has joined the mix.

After a person created a petition for Hoak to replace Wilson, Frank Hoak chimed in.

I’m sure none of the coaches, or his son, would love to see that Tweet, but it was innocent enough.  However, some of his other social media activity was a little more egregious.

When others pointed out that Frank Hoak’s words were not doing his son any favors, he had a few choice replies.

“What, are they not going to play him?” Another took a not-so subtle shot at the UK coaches. “Why not have some fun with it? It’s better than sitting back and watching you child’s career fade away.”

Before Frank Hoak spoke out on Twitter, during the game he liked a few Tweets that had a heavy transfer flavor.

Mr. Hoak isn’t the first father of a player to voice his grievances on social media.  Just like every previous incident, his words will accomplish nothing.  All good parents will do whatever they can to help their child, but this helps no one.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

79 Comments for Gunnar Hoak’s Father Shares Grievances on Social Media

  1. Cincy Cayt
    11:26 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

    He looked great for a bit versus prevent defense at the end of the first half during the CMU game. Had he kept that up in the second half, then I’m not sure he ever gets benched…but he struggled and Terry has been our guy ever since and we’re 6-1.

    Gunnar needs to keep his head up and be ready if his number is called. Worry about transferring after the season

    • UKfanman01
      5:37 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

      We lost that 1 because Wilson isnt an efficient QB. He missed holes in the d because he’s afraid of contact. He couldn’t hit a pass to save his life. I agree with Hoak’s father. If I’m Hoak and Clark I’m out. If those kids are worse than Wilson I’m not sure I want them to see snaps anyways. UK is a legit team this year. If we had a QB we would be undefeated right now. We can beat UGA but mark my words. Terry TO plays against UGA, at all, we lose

    • cats646
      8:03 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

      I’ll mark your words as an F- because they were absolutely ignorant. Think before you type.

    • Cincy Cayt
      10:10 am October 22, 2018 Permalink


    • Wade
      8:24 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

      In that wind against candy ass vandy you can’t play Gunnar but he should have some drives or some playsn the season, to get in just to have a backup with a running qb. They do get injured often and it would be smart to be prepared. Terry’s not blowing anyone away! Defense has had to save his ass half of the games. If gunnars my kid i got some words too . Don’t get the complete love feat from the coaches for terry, I like Clark too, Hell Lynn, big Kash. We have options all over that can also run and are ballers!

    • Bill3
      12:08 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

      We’re 6 -1 so why not have a quarterback controversy? I mean if Alabama can then we can. Ok, we’re not Alabama and we don’t have a Tua on the bench. Maybe we should focus on beating Missouri?

  2. mashburnfan1
    11:27 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

    Mr. Hoak why don’t you post the stats your son {his SR year} put up against the good teams he played. Come on… the BBN how poorly he did vs every good team, how HIS offense failed to score and he had horrible stats. He needs to transfer, Clark is better than him and possibly better in the long term than Wilson is. I still think Gran is the bigger problem, but Clark seems to be better. And by the way Mr. Hoak, he did play earlier in the season and only success was when CMU played prevent at end of 1st half. Even that sorry team made him look bad when they played their real defense at beginning of 2nd half. Look maybe Gunner has a good career here or somewhere, but at this point he has done nothing to show he should be playing. I would like to see Clark get some PT and see what he does.

    • ukkatzfan
      11:50 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

      Are you Danny’s dad. If so, I think Netflix movie is a possibility.

    • kjd
      12:30 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

      I don’t see Gran as the problem.
      He had to simplify the offense after the first game because Terry Turnover couldn’t handle it. So playbook is now smaller. Wilson can’t find wide open receivers because he jittery in the pocket. Now you’re safe routes in effort to complete a pass. Further reduction in the playbook. Add in a conservative head coach, and there’s still more shrinkage of play options.
      Wilson couldn’t cut it at Oregon. I’m not sure why he came in as a “superstar”.

  3. notFromhere
    11:29 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

    I’m not a Goal, and I wonder out loud wtf the staff is thinking in not using the bench as a tool, in not using a QB that was neck-and-neck with Wilson in fall camp, in not using Bowden or Hughes in that position if they really feel they need a running QB in there.

    Wilson is struggling with some of his option and passing reads. He’s struggling with the passing game. And all of this is to be expected with him just getting here this year.

    Hoak and Clark have time in the system. They need snaps to get used to game action anyway, so why be so hesitant to play either? They were talking in fall camp about playing 2 QBs this year because they were so close in competition…. Makes no sense to dck around at this point.

  4. JohnnyCheeseSticks
    11:38 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

    I agree with everything Frank has said. Gran would rather struggle and maybe win with Terry than to play Hoak. Pitiful

    • CATandMONKEY
      12:16 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

      Actually he IS winning withh Terry. Facts.

      It isn’t pretty and if Terry doesn’t bring some passing, bring in Gunnar.

      If Hoak was the answer Stoops never would have needed a juco transfer.

    • JohnnyCheeseSticks
      6:36 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

      Um no. Gran isn’t winning with Terry. Gran is winning because Benny has carried the offense and our defense is stellar. Did you watch the TX AM game? The Vandy game? Terry had more turnovers than he did touch downs. You’re an idiot.

    • CATandMONKEY
      9:20 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

      Terry has been the QB… didn’t say he was the REASON we won…simply that he was the QB behind a 6-1 record.
      Nuance is often lost on the hoi polloi- especially in this state.

  5. Larkin123
    11:41 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

    Yes the father is not doing his son any favors… But if you thought the Florida lose last year was bad… You are in for the shock of your life if we keep scoring 2 points per quarter like the last ten quarters. There are many fans think this is a once in a 30 year team. Right or wrong… Doesn’t matter 9 wins 10 wins. If we end up losing because we can’t score with that great defense and we did not take a shot with a passing back up quarterback, get ready for it because it will be worse than you ever imagined. No positive articles you can write or coach spin would ever change. It’s not fair to Coach Stoops, but that is ALL I’m hearing from other fans.

    • ukkatzfan
      11:57 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

      You are not hearing it from fans, you are hearing it from Sunday morning quarterbacks. Fans know the coaches are doing a job for a living and have their livelihood riding on the decisions they make. Sun morning qb’s got an large ego, tiny testicles, and a job they dread on Monday mornings.

    • UKWildcatNation
      4:15 am October 23, 2018 Permalink

      Bravo ukkatzfan! Took the words out of my mouth!!

    • henderblue
      7:58 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

      Outstanding comment from ukkatzfan.

    • Wade
      8:29 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

      Still have a problem we’re reluctant to change kickers, hoaks dad ain’t do nothin crazy. It’s Benny and the d. Bump bump bump bump bum bum Benny and the d!

  6. Swizzle
    11:46 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

    He’ll be in by halftime of the Missouri game

    • Skooms
      12:24 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

      Hey maybe they could work out an Extra Lite version of Bama’s QB situation. If Gunnar looks good, you start him, pick up the pass game enough to open up the box for Benny. Let Gunnar and Benny/AJ split the plays to keep Benny from wearing down.Bring in Wilson in the 4th and let him and Benny use up the clock by running it right through the worn out defense. Yeah I know that we’re not Bama, and it may not work, but it sure would be fun to watch.

    • BluKudzu
      3:44 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

      Except, of course, Alabama brought in a Heisman candidate to replace the SEC “Player of the Year” winner, who can both pass and run.

      Terry Wilson gives this team, this year a better chance to win.

      Gunnar Hoak, if he were better, would be in the game. He has had his chance against a MAC defense and did not perform well enough to remain in the game.

      If he feels the need to transfer, do it at the end of the season. Right now, prepare to play if you are called upon, and be ready.

      There is a reason UK went out and got a juco transfer. Gunnar is it.
      If Gunnar could have been the reasonable option, Terry would not be here.

      Get a grip. We have what we have, and you better hope nothing happens to Wilson.

      Mr. Hoak needs to keep his frustration checked. His venting needs to go to the coaches and quit playing in social media like an immature teenager. Man up dude. Take your son elsewhere, but don’t humiliate him or yourself and hurt the team.

    • henderblue
      8:01 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

      Outstanding comment from BluKudzu. Quite possibly the most brilliant statement of the weekend.

    • CATandMONKEY
      9:25 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

      Blukudzu gets it.
      If Hoak gave Stoops a better chance of winning, Hoak would be playing.
      Stoops literally has more than a million dollars riding on more victories.
      So he is going to start Wilson because?

      I don’t think Wilson has a good passing game or is a great SEC QB but he is our best chance AT THIS MOMENT.

    • Corsosucks
      12:51 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

      Totally agree. How about shut up and earn the starting job?

    3:24 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

    Terry is not the “dual threat” they hyped him to be. At this point we have a one dimensional offense and defense have figured that out. Make Terry beat them and they stand a chance. 14 points against Vandy, the door mat team of the SEC, after a bye week? Good thing we became bowl eligible because after the past two games it doesn’t look like we’ll win another game the rest of the season!

    • ready4nineNOW
      9:51 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

      Who is they? The coaches, or the rankings that named him the #1 judo dual threat QB?

  8. bigblue98
    3:30 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

    I think to put in Hoak would be a huge mistake. He could not come in a couple of series. I’m sure the offense wouldn’t average the two points per quarter they’ve been averaging. Also, would probably cause the defense to play worse as well. We are winning in spite of poor qb play. This isn’t even effective game management. Competition breeds better play – give the kid or Clark a couple of series. This will allow Wilson to see what’s going on from sidelines and see what the defense is doing.

    • Wade
      8:31 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

      Just get the kid some plays under center that’s all everyone is saying or any other kid.. damn.. don’t bench terry just be prepared bc terry ain’t all that but he’s a vital piece. When he’s not on he’s not on.

  9. UKFootballYall
    6:20 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

    QB change or not, one thing is for sure – we just need to do some things differently because this offense isn’t working. Maybe it’s a QB change but maybe it’s just a game plan that better aligns with our players skill sets. We are disjointed and totally out of synch right now. KISS – Keep it simple Stoops.

  10. makeitstop
    6:20 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

    It was not a “prevent” defense he scored against… it was a 2 minute drill though that looked very sharp. Regardless, he’s 8/14 for 127 yards, 2 TD, no INT. QB rating 180. Terry has 4TD and 5 INT and I lost count of the fumbles. Glad to have Wilson. Maybe he develops but he’s not there and 8 points against UM and UFa is a loser. U want to win u gotta do something on offense. May not work but this is not working on offense. Too many turnovers, too little production.

  11. angscot1
    6:37 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

    To all these “Coaches” on here screaming for Hoak to replace Terry, do you actually believe in your tiny heads that Hoak is ready AND better than Wilson? There is a reason he isn’t playing. I get frustrated just like everyone else but the difference is I’m not a coach at practice or on the sidelines, therefore I know not what is going on other than the coaches have a reason to stick with Wilson and not Hoak. If my tools at work aren’t doing the job I go get new ones, same here, they got Wilson because they needed him. Just imagine if Wilson doesn’t commit here and they have Hoak and Clark and neither one performs like Wilson has, even with the passing issue, and the team is 1-6, YOU WOULD STILL BE COMPLAINING ABOUT THE QB! Let’s have some fun this season and let the coaches do there thing and I bet we will be just fine.

    • Papaw
      7:05 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

      To answer your question: we don’t know if he’s the answer because he’s not being given a chance. We know Wilson ISN’T the answer

    • CatsfaninFL
      7:27 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

      You don’t know because YOU don’t see him in practice. The coaches do. If they were seeing brilliance in practice from GH AND withholding him in a game then they are idiots and not worth 1/1000th what they’re paid. My guess is that what they see of him in practice doesn’t necessitate the change. We can play the ifs and buts game all day.

    • dylangeorge7988
      7:47 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

      Whatever. Let the kid transfer, his dad is acting like a Dbag obviously and not trusting the process here- while at the same time dragging his son’s teammate through the mud.

      Does Hoak make those dime TD throws in Gainsville? I doubt it. What about that dime shoulder fade to Lynn on Saturday?

      Gimmie a break.

      9 passing plays were dialed up, and yet that’s Terry’s fault?

      At the end of the day, Wilson has accounted for 1116 yards and 7 TDs, and has been the start for the best start in our program in a long time. Oh and by the way… Wilson is completeing 64% of his passes. Hoak on the season? 57%

      Terry makes Benny better, plain and simple, and that’s called playing to your strengths.

    • zoupman
      8:19 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

      Great reply Papaw. Gunner needs a chance. The staff is doing a really good team a disservice by continuing to keep playing a guy the entire game who is not a D1 QB.

    • CATandMONKEY
      9:27 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

      He has been given a chance for two GD years.

  12. John Henry
    7:10 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

    Our coaches have proven they can not develop a passing quarterback so it is best if Gunnar transfers. He can start at a lot of places and become a solid quarterback. Our system is not a good one for a passing QB, a TE or a wide receiver. Our head coach doesn’t like a wide open offense and our OC is in line with the head coach. But that is not a problem if we win. We are 6-1 and I for one am happy and excited. We just need to concentrate on Terry Wilson style recruits in the future and let passing QB’s go to another school because if they come to UK they will end up like Hoak and be discouraged.

    • Cmart0907
      9:32 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

      EXACTLY!!! They can’t develop a QB. No way in hell we should have QB problem 6 years in his career with UK. There is a reason why they keep going the JUCO route.

  13. Shidler8684
    8:07 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

    Dude needs to apologize to the coaching staff and his son. If his son feels the same way, he owes it to himself to go.

    • zoupman
      8:22 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

      Coaches should apologize to Dude for screwing over his Son. I was done with Wilson when he slid against A & M.

    • Corsosucks
      1:38 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

      Coaches don’t need to apologize, he’s been given plenty of chances. Earn it in practice, that’s how it works.

  14. cats646
    8:21 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

    Idk why everyone thinks the QB has been the problem the past two games? Our line has been playing horrible. If they step it up we will win out.
    Also Wilson threw the ball 9 times, 3 of them were completed, 3 of them hit the receivers right in the hands and they dropped it, and 3 of them were slightly off target in 40-50 mph wind. Not Terry’s fault. Personally I think Gran needs to step his game up too. I like Gran but we came off of a loss then had a bye week and we didn’t change anything we did. Same plays, same results. We also should’ve beat vandy by more than one TD. The refs screwed us on every big play we had. So chill out people. The sky isn’t falling. We’re 6-1 and #1 in the east.

    • zoupman
      8:28 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

      The passes weren’t slightly off and it wasn’t a 40-50 mph wind. Also I didn’t think the line played horrible at all. Those guys are the back bone of the team. Did you see the game winning drive. That doesn’t happen with horrible line play.

    • ukisgr8
      9:59 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

      Defenses have been putting 7 or 8 in the box the last 3 weeks. I love wilson and his athleticism but if the coaches are afraid to let him open up the playbook the defenses are going to continue to stack the box, run blitz up the middle, and contain on the outside. Alabama’s oline wouldn’t do any better under those circumstances. Our great D is winning these games. These 3 and outs though are going to wear them down

    • cats646
      10:34 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

      It just seems like everytime we go to pass Terry hasn’t had the time he did in the Florida and Miss. State game. Idk I’m not a coach, I just dont think Terry is playing as bad as everyone is saying.

    • wes720
      11:26 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

      Florida and Miss St didn’t load the box because they weren’t aware Terry couldn’t throw. Also they were probably thinking this is the same ole Kentucky and overlooked us a bit. I? like Terry but the line can’t block 8 guys every snap. I? don’t have the answers but I? don’t get paid to know them 🙂

    • cats646
      12:41 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

      Miss. State loaded the box when they put the Benny defense in on the goal line. Ha!

  15. Mc12
    8:32 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

    Start Lynn Bowden at QB

    • Cmart0907
      9:33 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

      GREAT IDEA!!! I’m all for this.

    • cats646
      10:35 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

      Idk about starting him but we should use him in wildcat a lot. That way defenses would actually have to wonder what we’re gonna run instead of stacking EVERYONE in the box.

    • Cmart0907
      12:31 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

      That’s to smart for Eddie Gran. He will out smart himself.

    • cats646
      12:42 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

      You’re probably right. I’ve always been an Eddie gran believer but these past few games I think I’ve lost faith in him. Hope he does something to win our trust back!

  16. Cmart0907
    9:27 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

    I mean damn how much worse can Gunnar be than Terry? 3/8 and 18 yards? My God that’s ridiculous.

    • CATandMONKEY
      9:41 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

      Passing? Probably not going to be worse.
      Getting sacked for big losses multiple times and not running for 50-90 yds per game?

      He could be a LOT worse.

    • TreyTingle
      10:14 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

      But if you get the ball out quick enough to your receiver across the middle you won’t get sacked. Only reason Terry runs so much is he is not seeing the field. Hoak wouldn’t need to for 90yrds. You throw for 90 all of the sudden defense gives you respect then the run game would be dangerous.

    • CATandMONKEY
      10:38 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

      Trey, cannot disagree with your point. Somehow one would think that if Gunnar were inspiring that level of confidence during practice that he would be starting.

    • crazycatfan65
      12:06 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

      It does no good to run for 50-60 yards if you fumble it damn near every time you get git after the run. Wilson is turnover prone plain and simple!! Has he had a game this year that he HAS NOT turned the ball over?

  17. WildcatCam
    9:35 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

    What qb won the Florida game? We don’t win that game with Gunnar in there!! Period! Lay off of Terry, guys, it’s his first year starting qb! Let him figure this ish out with our defense, goodness!

  18. ukisgr8
    9:48 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

    Clark has the most reason to be upset. Stronger arm, more accurate than both wilson and hoak. Wilson’s arm strength isnt an issue, it’s progressions which is why they need to run more screens and fly routes so the decisions are made without having to read the defense by him. We have to pass in the 20+ times range to keep the defense honest and it cant be less than 50% complete. Teams are crowding the line so passing should be easy with simple play action slant routes or screens. So far wilson hasn’t had to win any games because of the D but this week the QB will have to do more than 3-8.

    • CATandMONKEY
      9:51 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

      Balanced, fair comment.

  19. ready4nineNOW
    10:04 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

    Most of y’all are just plain nuts. I’m gonna sit back and watch my team. Enjoy the good times, and hope they last. We are 2 wins away from the best regular season since 1984. Go CATS!

  20. kjd
    10:42 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

    We have wide receiver talent that is being wasted because athletic Terry Turnover cannot see the field and find them when open. Yes, we’re 6-1, but that is going to change for the worse if the passing game doesn’t fixed.
    The offense was simplified after the first game to help simple Terry Turnover. The team is under performing offensively. Will continue to go the wrong direction if the playbook options remain limited.

  21. SGD
    10:42 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

    Wilson is not the man. He is getting worse each game. The team is suffering because he can’t handle the position. Yes we have won 6, should be undefeated. He does not see the field. He has one target and that is it. He is a runner who can’t hang on to the ball. He is not and never was a passer. He is not comfortable in the pocket. Some question the receivers. It is not on them. They were open on the final play against A&M, he did not see them and took an 8 yard sack. We missed the field goal. We need a QB who is not a fragile head case. Hoak, Clark, Bowden, whoever. The where there is a Snell there is a way offense is too predictable and good teams will shut it down (A&M). At the rate we are going we will lose the final 3 SEC games. The defense can’t win every game for us.

  22. whatwasthat
    10:52 am October 22, 2018 Permalink

    I’ve said what I think, agree or not, but one thing is clear and that is the passion for UK football is and has always lived here. It’s awesome that UK is 6-1 and we are getting to witness one of the best defenses in UK history, Josh and company bring it every game, Whatever our disagreements about who the QB should be, I think we could all agree that Gran’s play calling has been suspect and at times atrocious since he has been at UK. Go Cats.

    • kjd
      12:38 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

      Eddie Gran…… he’s the problem. Nope, don’t think so.
      Last year, SJ had bum shoulders and a bad knee (all required post season surgery). How is Gran going to run his full offense with a walking wounded QB?
      Fast forward to present, Gran forced to simplify the offense because Simple Terry Turnover can’t handle what is required to effectively run Gran’s offense.
      Stoops and company have failed to get a really good QB to UK since being hired.

    • whatwasthat
      10:09 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

      In overtime against tamu, our very best player doesn’t touch the ball, that’s all on Gran, that’s just one example, there are many more boneheaded plays called by Gran.

  23. CoachCat
    12:21 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

    Supporting our team is fine, it’s what we do. There’s not one of you that think 18 passing yards will get us to Atlanta. We all know that. For this team to reach its full potential it has to have a vertical passing game. Unfortunately Wilson doesn’t have the eye or the arm for it. Imagine how many run lanes open up for Benny is there is a threat of a pass. At this point everyone will stick 8 in the box and feel pretty confident about it. A&M did. Look how that turned out

    • michaelb
      1:33 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

      He’s got a cannon for an arm. That’s not the problem . Try to follow the team better

  24. ukkatzfan
    12:34 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

    Mr Hoak is just being a Mamma June Ball

    • Corsosucks
      1:40 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

      What Mr. Hoak did was totally classless.

  25. willmenser
    12:52 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

    Everyone in this comment section has forgotten about the Florida game.

    • kjd
      3:15 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

      Florida was the played out of his mind game. It’s not his normal game. His usual results is what we’ve being seeing since.

  26. michaelb
    1:30 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

    Gran is a problem for whoever said he wasn’t – try watching the play types . Coach must have promised Terry the job to get him to come here is the only sense i could make out of this crap. I’m fed up with Terry not getting any better – this started in 2nd half of s Carolina- (that was a long time ago) . Hey I’ll just watch the team implode and it will be funny (if they don’t do anything about it). Only season we coulda really been something except we’re about to lose the next 6.

    • CATandMONKEY
      2:23 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

      You continue to spout mostly foolishness.

      I love conspiracy theories but the idea that Stoops promised the starting job to Wilson…Come on. If Stoops DID promise Terry the job then it was because there were no QBs on the bench that could get the job done.

    • kjd
      3:20 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

      Coaching prepares you for the game. When the lights come on, it’s up to Wilson to find the open receivers. He can’t. Consistent, high level QB decision making is not Wilson’s strength.

  27. BigolBlue
    5:43 pm October 22, 2018 Permalink

    If im his dad im mad too. Terrt stinks