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Mark Stoops’ New Year’s Resolutions

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1. A more relaxed Coach Stoops.  Running a rebuilding SEC football program is stressful.  When players’ aren’t making silly mistakes, referees are always there to make you angry.  For the sake of his health, we need less of the above, and more moments like the one below.

stoops family

2. Keep it close to home.  Mark Stoops vowed in his opening press conference to keep the best of the best in the state home.  Not only is he keeping the best home, but he has also gone home to Ohio for elite talent. In the 2014 class, five of the eight players from Ohio are 4-stars, and if Matt Elam picks the Cats this weekend Stoops will have the #1 and #2 players in the state.  Stoops is on the right path so far for next year with three of Kentucky’s top four high school players hot on his radar, QB Elijah Sindelar, and LBs Emmit Smith and Eli Brown.  The recruiting pipeline has been built and it will pay dividends during the 2014 recruiting season.

3. Win in the SEC.  It has been 765 days since Matt Roark’s streak-ending win for the Cats over the Vols – the last time UK won an SEC football game.  The Cats came close to sneaking out a couple on the road this year, with a successful onside kick overturned in Starkville and Jordan Matthews’ play in Nashville keeping the Cats from getting that elusive victory.  Probably the biggest draw to Kentucky for Stoops’ high-caliber recruits is playing in the SEC; 2014 is the time to win in the SEC.

4. Find a Quarterback.

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Spring Practice 2014 is going to be an interesting one.  In Stoops’ first season a starter was not solidified until the 5th game, only for Jalen Whitlow to go down with an injury the following game.  It’s difficult to get excited for an uncertain offense and it’s the coaches’ job in the Spring and Summer workouts to solidify a starter.  The greatest question is who that might be.  They could go with the proven athlete ( Whitlow), the veteran (Max Smith), the redshirts (Pat Towles and Reese Phillips), or with the future of Kentucky football (Drew Barker).  The only certainty at Quarterback is that Mark Stoops is not going to tolerate another season of uncertainty at his offense’s most critical position.

5. End 2014 on a high.  One of the most underrated difficulties of the Kentucky football coaching job is keeping fans interested at the end of the football season as basketball season begins.  With New Commonwealth opening in a highly anticipated 2015 football season, it’s even more important to keep the fan base hyped about football in November of 2014.  Next year’s schedule should keep things interesting enough, ending the season with the Vols and the Dirty Birds from Loserville.  The possibilities are in place for momentum to shift around the program, all it takes is a strong finish against your two biggest rivals.



Article written by Nick Roush

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

18 Comments for Mark Stoops’ New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Billy Ray
    11:41 am January 1, 2014 Permalink

    Hearing South Dakota State is interested in Stoops. If he sticks around, I think we can up our win total by 50%.

    • Air Raid
      11:49 am January 1, 2014 Permalink

      I agree, if we gird up our loins, I think 3 or maybe even 4 wins is possible.

    • Rei
      11:51 am January 1, 2014 Permalink

      muh trolling

  2. SDSU???
    12:23 pm January 1, 2014 Permalink

    Sorry, South Dakota State took Joker Phillips over Stoops . . . He did more with less at UK according to them… He at least beat an SEC team . . 16 straight SEC losses and counting . . THAT’S PATHETIC!

    • 2mites
      12:29 pm January 1, 2014 Permalink


  3. TN Kat
    12:25 pm January 1, 2014 Permalink

    We NOW have a qb!! we just need KSR to not over hype the team.

  4. 2mites
    12:27 pm January 1, 2014 Permalink

    As long as Stoops picks ANYONE but Whitless as QB I will be fine. Not gonna be a great year but Stoops is building up from what that idiot joker left us. Hang in there Cats things are looking up.

  5. Stop Hammer Time
    12:39 pm January 1, 2014 Permalink

    This is from some guy named Mike Hughes that runs a tard site:

    Mike Hughes 9838 posts
    Here’s what I feel confident reporting this afternoon based on conversations and information obtained from various sources this morning:
    Charlie Strong did not interview with Texas Tuesday.
    Charlie Strong is not the first choice of the administration at Texas.
    Charlie Strong is one of the leading candidates to replace Mack Brown.
    FSU coach Jimbo Fisher is the No. 1 candidate in Austin.
    Art Briles, whose Baylor team plays UCF in the Fiesta Bowl tonight, is also a top target.

    • Tell Mike Hughes...
      1:24 pm January 1, 2014 Permalink

      Fisher signed a long-term extension with FSU yesterday.

  6. Bluehazdrh
    12:41 pm January 1, 2014 Permalink

    The recruiting just unbelievable !! Recruits deciding is it Ala, OH state, ND or UK, never before was UK in this company. Keep it going coach!!!

  7. Waiting for Barker
    12:53 pm January 1, 2014 Permalink

    I never want to see Whitlow or Smith back on the field ever again. Barker will take over the job probably immediately. 4 Star**** QB or the QB trash we saw this year? And if you think they weren’t trash (2-10) remember all of the 3rd downs we didn’t convert and all of the picks thrown (the Miss St game) that cost us winning.

  8. KyTom
    1:06 pm January 1, 2014 Permalink

    If Whitlow and/or Smith are in the mix for QB, it will be another lost season…….

  9. The way it is
    1:43 pm January 1, 2014 Permalink

    Fant is either the number 1 or 2 player in the class of 2014 out of Kentucky. The courier journal report which you ignored called it like it is. Go get a film of the Conner vs. Covington Catholic game.

  10. Ineffectivity
    2:13 pm January 1, 2014 Permalink

    If Whitlow or Smith starts next year, I’m out. Neither is “proven” or capable.

  11. Rocky2
    2:26 pm January 1, 2014 Permalink

    Whitlow would be a super slot recv’r…!!

  12. UK Alum
    4:33 pm January 1, 2014 Permalink

    #1 has to be to get better players. Bad players make short careers out of coaches.

  13. clancyhat
    7:12 pm January 1, 2014 Permalink

    Oh, they’re proven, all right.

  14. Edrnm
    10:53 am January 3, 2014 Permalink

    WVLK AM reported this morning on the drive in that Whitlow was being moved to WO. If true this most certainly means Towles, Phillips, or Barker at QB next year. Max has no business at QB he has no arm and can’t run!