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Mark Stoops Compliments Will Muschamp’s Program (Kind Of)

Mark Stoops and Will Muschamp go together like orange juice and toothpaste. Watching one say a nice thing about another puts a bad taste in your mouth, unless the compliment is accompanied by passive aggressive undertones.

At Monday’s weekly press conference, Stoops met questions about South Carolina’s head coach with disdain.

Q: Since Muschamp arrived at South Carolina, do you feel the program’s evolved a certain way? How do you think their program has progressed since he got there?

I really don’t spend time concerning myself about his program. I don’t mean to be an idiot, I just I don’t know. I’m not worried about his program really.”

That response was not so different than when he was asked at last year’s SEC Media Days if the team had circled the meeting with South Carolina on the schedule. “I don’t need South Carolina to motivate me,” Stoops said. “I am not worried about what they’re doing.”

Back to today’s presser:

Q: What’s the difference between Jake Bentley and Ryan Hilinski?

“They’re different people. They’re different guys. I don’t know. I mean, I don’t coach them. Both talented. Both big arms. Both do certain things well.”

That question did get Stoops to provide some coach-speak about how South Carolina is in fact a good football team.

“You look at the way South Carolina played at home against Alabama, they had I wanna say 92 plays and played with great tempo and really moved the ball quite well against an awfully talented team. I’m sure they’re a lot like us in that they went on the road last week and didn’t play their best. I’m sure they’re anxious to get back home and play a good game and get back to doing all the good things they did. I guarantee you they’re the best 1-3 team in the country. There’s no doubt about that. They’re a talented group and they’ve got very good players.”

I don’t think Mark Stoops meant that to be a passive aggressive shot at 1-3 Tennessee, but I know for a fact that comment infuriates Muschamp’s few remaining supporters to understand how far they’ve fallen.

The annual meeting between Kentucky and South Carolina has transformed into a rivalry of sorts, even though UK has won the last five. Some of it’s the nature of the games. A lot of it has to do with the coaches. Mark Stoops will never admit it, but I believe he resents the love Muschamp and his teams get from the media, even though Kentucky has more SEC wins and three more total wins since Muschamp became South Carolina’s head coach.

The fans and players have enjoyed UK’s recent success over South Carolina, but the last five years will not matter Saturday night at Williams-Brice Stadium. Reeling from losses on the road, each team is desperately trying to change the conversation about their programs before a much-needed bye week.

If all goes according to Stoops’ plan, this time next week South Carolina will be the best 1-4 team in the country.


Article written by Nick Roush

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

9 Comments for Mark Stoops Compliments Will Muschamp’s Program (Kind Of)

  1. AK_Wildcat75
    3:10 pm September 23, 2019 Permalink

    If South Carolina comes out with an L Saturday Muschamp’s days in Columbia are over!

    • BluKudzu
      3:26 pm September 23, 2019 Permalink

      South Carolina is exactly what Stoops has said, they are a very good football team. Frankly, I think whoever wins this game Saturday may challenge for third or 4th in the division, the loser battles it out with Vandy and Tennessee for the bottom.

      If we roll into Columbia and play like we did against Mississippi State, we will out of the game by the end of the first quarter. If we get our heads out of our backsides and win, then we still have a shot to pull off something special.

      Last Saturday was an abomination to college football. We are much better than this.

  2. JASUN74
    3:18 pm September 23, 2019 Permalink

    We need to come out strong and control this game from the start.

  3. DelrayCat
    3:56 pm September 23, 2019 Permalink

    SC will stack the box and force UK to throw. They know our only chance is to shorten the game and control the ball by running it. If this game goes up and down the field and SC can run their hi-tempo gameplan…it will be a massive blowout. We simply cannot keep up with a high scoring game.

  4. makeitstop
    4:06 pm September 23, 2019 Permalink

    In political terms, USC is “in our lane” and only one of us can survive in that lane. Somebody is going to challenge for 3rd, have a shot at a NY Bowl (Outback or Gator) and the other one will be lucky to scratch out 7 wins and play bt Xmas and NYE. We both know losing Saturday means a losing record is possible. I’d say we need the win but they MUST hv this win, like we must hv Arkansas and UT and I like their QB situation better than ours… a lot better long term and a little better short term. That kid is going to be very good. They probably should be favored by the line they currently have. And for the love of God can we stop talking about a “special” season? That’s doing something that hasn’t been done for 40 years not hoping to almost do it again. 8 wins would be good, 9 wins great, neither terribly likely if we can’t win this one. But special? C’mon. Next year, maybe.

  5. ukisdabest
    5:40 pm September 23, 2019 Permalink

    9 wins? If we lose this game then there is no way on earth we get 9 wins

  6. VMI1957
    5:45 pm September 23, 2019 Permalink

    8 wins this year?? Bull dinky!!! More like 4 and 8.

  7. ukisdabest
    9:29 pm September 23, 2019 Permalink

    Wrong website VMI

  8. ukisdabest
    9:30 pm September 23, 2019 Permalink

    Ur looking for the mountain lions right?