On Monday’s Mark Stoops Show, the head football coach took an earful from one infamous caller, Dale from Frankfort. He’s since got into it with Oscar Combs and Dave Baker, but this morning we’re going to focus on how he let Mark Stoops have it. Stoops let him speak his mind, and the results were….something.
The fine fellows from CoachingSearch.com transcribed the entire altercation and it was…awkward.
Dale: “We’ve put up with losing seasons for not just since you’ve been here, but the prior three years after (Rich) Brooks left. As a fanbase, we’re tired.”
Stoops: “I hear you.”
Dale: “Coach, get better recruits. You started things off by saying we’re bigger, faster, stronger. How much bigger, faster, stronger do you need to be?”
Stoops: “A lot. A lot.”
Dale: “What about player development?”
Stoops (to radio host): “No, let him go, I can take it.”
Dale: “I’m speaking for probably half of the Big Blue Nation that’s not brave enough to say it. I’m 59 years old. We’ve had football in this state, but we’re not a heavyweight. We hired you so we would be a heavyweight. You need to get the defensive coordinator on page with you, the offensive coordinator on page with you –“
Stoops (to radio host): “Let him go.”
Dale: “And you need to get more involved in the ballgame.”
Stoops: “I hear you, Dale. I agree with you.”
Dale: “People across Big Blue Nation are saying, ‘Hell yeah! Tell him, Dale!’”
Stoops: “I know it. That’s why I let you go, Dale. They were trying to dim you out, and I let them go.”
Dale: “If we lose these next two games, oh my God, ticket sales ain’t going to be good next year, new stadium or not.”
Stoops: “I appreciate it. I’m good with him. I’m a big boy. That’s why I’m here. To take that criticism. You asked a lot of poignant questions. How long’s it going to take? I don’t know. Are we bigger? We’re bigger, faster, and we are. How much more do we need to be? A lot. To be the contender you want to be and I want to be and compete for championships, it takes big, strong, mature guys. In this sport, it takes guys to develop year after year after year, top-20 recruits classes five years in a row, and then you’re going to be an SEC heavyweight. Can we contend, play better and win some of those games? Absolutely. Should we? Yes. We’ve been close. This is the first time I feel like we were a better team and went in there and lost (to Vandy). That puts the frustration at the highest point, and that goes with the territory, because I feel the same way.”
Listen to the entire altercation below.