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Mark Stoops Perfectly Sums Up Kentucky Football’s Rebuilding Process

In November of 2012, Mark Stoops accepted a difficult challenge: rebuild the Kentucky football program.

It took longer than some would have liked, but sure enough, Stoops has taken the program to new heights.  With financial help through facility upgrades, the former defensive coordinator did it by recruiting and developing talent that doesn’t usually walk through UK’s doors.

After a two-win season and a pair of five-win seasons, Stoops took Kentucky to consecutive bowls after seven-win regular seasons.  As other young head coaches try to replicate Stoops’ success, he tried to describe what it’s like to rebuild a program on the SEC Teleconference.

“It’s like strapping yourself in a room with cement walls and running your head into it everyday for six years.”

Now the longest-tenured head coach in the SEC East, the Cats are in the top ten of the CFB Playoff rankings  at 7-1 with a chance to win the division this Saturday.  Throughout the rebuilding process, after each accomplishment Stoops was proud to “knock down another door.”  It turns out, he was actually bursting through concrete walls.

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Article written by Nick Roush

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

11 Comments for Mark Stoops Perfectly Sums Up Kentucky Football’s Rebuilding Process



  1. bwise
    1:39 pm October 31, 2018 Permalink

    Great article…but I would say “build the program” not “rebuild the program”.



    • JFKY
      2:01 pm October 31, 2018 Permalink

      IF Stoops wins out, he’s about to be the first UK Football coach in 57 years to having a winning record as a coach….not since Blanton Collier in 1961?



    • michaelb
      2:07 pm October 31, 2018 Permalink

      Haha



    • Soylentbeans
      4:33 pm October 31, 2018 Permalink

      I was thinking the same thing.



  2. secrick
    2:45 pm October 31, 2018 Permalink

    Dam that kool aid is good.



  3. cats646
    2:46 pm October 31, 2018 Permalink

    Build the statue!!



  4. davis2319
    2:59 pm October 31, 2018 Permalink

    Hahaha this is hilariously accurate. Except imagine us fans who have cheered them on for years. It’s like running head first into a cement wall over and over and over again for our whole life. The cycle is about to be broken Saturday against the Dawgs!



    • ukkatzfan
      4:19 pm October 31, 2018 Permalink

      If you think the cycle is about to be broken, Stoops is still getting a sore noggin over you and your kind.



    • makeitstop
      6:55 pm October 31, 2018 Permalink

      Ur right Davis!



  5. Catscats23
    4:34 pm October 31, 2018 Permalink

    And what is the mood if we lose 2 or 3 of our next 4 games? Is it same ole KY football? Let us down in the end just a little bit harder this year? I sure hope not but we haven’t accomplished anything yet. We have a chance but not yet.



    • cats646
      4:39 pm October 31, 2018 Permalink

      We’ve actually accomplished more right now than we have in the past 5 decades. So yea we’ve accomplished something. Bout to be something more on Saturday!!!!!
      #beatthedawgs!!!!