There are three certainties during Kentucky’s turn at SEC Media Days: a question about basketball, a question about Stoops’ brothers, and a question about the program’s losing streak to Florida. Mark Stoops was asked once again when he thinks Kentucky will snap the 31-year losing streak to the Gators, which he joked has become an annual tradition.
“I always look forward to that annual question here until we get it done. I’m not blaming you; I’m going to get it a thousand times until that game.
“My answer the first three or four years was, I wasn’t really concerned about it because I was building a culture at Kentucky and win games and get in position, but you do hear it. You can’t hide from the elephant in the room. It’s been a long time. You need to beat Florida, but you need to beat a lot of teams on our schedule. So, we don’t put too much emphasis on that game until it gets there.
“We do play them early in the season, so we’ll see. We’ll go down there and play them early in the year at the Swamp, which we all know is a very tough environment. They had a new change in coaching staff and we’re familiar with Dan [Mullen] and what he does and the great job that he does. It’s a tough game, but we’re excited and we’ll embrace that challenge when the time comes.”
Let’s just make sure we have eleven guys on defense this time.