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Mark Stoops moves up in CBS Sports’ SEC Coach Rankings

Heading into his eighth season at Kentucky, Mark Stoops is slowly but surely gaining some respect from the national media. This morning, CBS Sports released its SEC head coach rankings, and Stoops came in at No. 7, up one spot from a year ago. As with most things when it comes to the SEC, seven out of fourteen may not sound that impressive, but when you look at the national rankings, Stoops is No. 22 overall.

“Stoops either matched or improved upon his season win total from 2013-18, when he posted the first 10-win season Kentucky has had since 1977,” Barrett Sallee (aka Shannon the Dude’s nemesis) wrote. “His Wildcats regressed to an 8-5 record in 2019. Think about that for a second. His team ‘regressed’ to an eight-win mark that hasn’t happened at Kentucky since 2007. That speaks volumes to his success as a head coach.”

I appreciate the quotation marks around “regressed,” but when you consider Kentucky lost two quarterbacks due to injury last season and finished with eight wins with a wide receiver at quarterback, I’d say the 2019 campaign was even more impressive than 2018.

The top three of the rankings are pretty predictable: Nick Saban, Alabama; Ed Orgeron, LSU; and Kirby Smart, Georgia. Auburn’s Gus Malzahn is right above Stoops at No. 6 and Mike Leach, now at Mississippi State, is No. 8, followed by Ole Miss’ Lane Kiffin at No. 9. Check out the rest of the list at the link below.

[CBS Sports]

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7 Comments for Mark Stoops moves up in CBS Sports’ SEC Coach Rankings

  1. T-Town Cat
    11:14 am June 9, 2020 Permalink

    Now if the team can consistently finish in the Top 3 in the SEC East and the Top 22 nationwide, I think most people would be happy.

    • mashburnfan1
      11:53 am June 9, 2020 Permalink

      If Wilson stays healthy last year would have been 10 plus wins again. May have got to 10 with Smith healthy but for sure with TW.

  2. Cole28
    11:16 am June 9, 2020 Permalink

    As far as the “regressed” comment, I agree with you, but you have to keep in mind, these folks are tasked with writing articles on such a vast amount of information/teams, it’s pretty difficult to remember stuff like that. So, they just look at the previous records, who beat who, and how they finished. Is it completely honest? Nah, but there’s an appetite for more consumable sports news, that must meet the “deadline.”

    I’m sure KSR writers would never do something like that. 🙂

  3. theweeze
    1:00 pm June 9, 2020 Permalink

    Not sure about regressed but we should have been 10-3 last year! The missed field goal against Florida was a killer! Should have won that game! Should have beat UT! Those two for sure! The other three away were gonna be difficult. Especially with all of the QB issues we had.

  4. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    1:46 pm June 9, 2020 Permalink

    You mean someone besides UK fans FINALLY realize Muschamp is a fraud? Say it ain’t so!

  5. kyfan200587
    8:33 pm June 9, 2020 Permalink

    He may not be best coach but I think Kentucky and Stoops are best marriage in SEC.. couple bad years at bigger schools And those coaches are out the door..