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Mark Stoops Responds to Paul Finebaum’s Low Blow

Paul Finebaum took a shot at Mark Stoops’ Kentucky football program. The UK head coach provided a counterpunch Thursday evening.

After the Wildcats’ sluggish 0-2 start to the 2020 season, the voice of the SEC Network used an appearance on WJOX-FM in Birmingham to fire back at Kentucky fans who constantly questioned the preseason disrespect from the national media.

“For every Kentucky fan who called up to whatever show in Lexington or our show or anybody’s show and said, ‘How come nobody respects Kentucky? How come they’re not ranked high?’ Well, that’s why,” Finebaum said.

“That was just a brutal loss (in overtime to Ole Miss). There’s no sugar-coating it. This is not a game on the schedule that you’re looking at and going, ‘Oh that’s a close call.’ You’re looking at that as an automatic win.”

But wait — there’s more! Finebaum used the oldest trick in the book to deliver the kill shot.

“After Saturday, there’s no more cases to be made for Kentucky. It’s time to start thinking about John Calipari’s basketball team,” Finebaum said.

In Stoops’ final meeting with the local media before Kentucky tries to bounce back against Miss. State, the 2018 SEC Coach of the Year was asked what he thought about Finebaum’s strong words.

“It’s our fault for giving Paul the opportunity to talk about that. That’s his job, isn’t it? To say whatever the heck he wants,” Stoops laughed, “so that’s up to him. I can’t control that. All I need to do is continue control what we can control, go win a football game, go on a good run, do the best we can. Just like years past, we string some wins together and start doing some good things, I’m sure my phone will be ringing and asking me to be back on the show. That doesn’t surprise me. It is what it is. When you’re down, people are going to try to kick you. When you’re winning they’re going to ask you to be on your show.”

A nonchalant jab right back at Paul’s enormous ears, if Stoops’ retort tells you anything, it’s that he likes his team. Even though Kentucky is 0-2, Stoops believes he has an exceptional team that’s ready to turn around this season.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

26 Comments for Mark Stoops Responds to Paul Finebaum’s Low Blow



  1. Tom Bombadil
    8:53 pm October 8, 2020 Permalink

    Fundamentals wins games…a block here, a catch there, a ‘kick here, a tackle there, running straight to the end zone at full speed…etc etc. Just put your head down boys and play thru the down until the whistle blows!! Don’t ever give up on a play and don’t ever think you have arrived at your destination before the whistle!!
    GO CATS!!!



  2. BigBluSoTru
    8:53 pm October 8, 2020 Permalink

    Stoops and Marrow need to stop responding to the criticism and start trying to coach the dam team. They are the ones whom have set themselves to be ridiculed . before the season all you read from them is how they are being disrespected etc. crying about the refs all they are doing is making their players see this same behavior and this will make these young minded players think they are being vicitimzed also. Stoops talked that shit about bad fb from other conferences and guess what his team is going to be 0-3 .



    • OldSchool606
      8:13 am October 9, 2020 Permalink

      0-3? More like 0-5 before Halloween on the way to 3-7 at best. Makes me wonder what happened to 8-2?



    • runningunnin.454
      8:35 am October 9, 2020 Permalink

      8-2 left town two weeks ago. 4-6 catching the train tomorrow night.



  3. Pensacola_Cat_Fan
    9:05 pm October 8, 2020 Permalink

    This is a undisciplined team that was ill prepared for the season.



    • OldSchool606
      8:10 am October 9, 2020 Permalink

      Lack of discipline seems to be the common thread in the bad losses over the years.



  4. Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert
    9:20 pm October 8, 2020 Permalink

    Wish Marrow was capable of coaching the TE’s. But he was promoted so he wouldn’t leave. The reality is he is nothing more than a recruiter/bag man.



  5. Bluenblood
    9:29 pm October 8, 2020 Permalink

    Nice Mr Stoops. Now go do it on the field. Talk the talk walk the walk. Tell Eddie to not be afraid to beat a freekin opponent into the dirt. CMon Man!!!!!!



  6. ukwildcat2323
    9:52 pm October 8, 2020 Permalink

    Paul’s right homer. Stop being such a snowflake.



  7. 2andToodleLoo
    9:58 pm October 8, 2020 Permalink

    Talk less.
    Win more.



  8. channell
    9:58 pm October 8, 2020 Permalink

    Paul is 100% correct. It’s no wonder Uk barely broke the top 25. Stoops needs to start earning his 4.75 million. A CEO would be fired for this type of ill performance. I believe the talent is there to compete, not sure about the coaching.



  9. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    10:23 pm October 8, 2020 Permalink

    Low blow? Win more games.



    • CatfaninCinci
      5:29 pm October 9, 2020 Permalink

      Roush gushes about the football team. I agree. Finebaum didn’t dish a low blow. He stated the truth. Roush didn’t like it so he calls it a low blow.



  10. bbn606
    10:28 pm October 8, 2020 Permalink

    Stoops has more to worry about than Finebaum.



  11. Lip Man 1
    11:25 pm October 8, 2020 Permalink

    The thing is FINEBAUM is EXACTLY correct in his comments.



  12. slam212121
    12:02 am October 9, 2020 Permalink

    Where’s the low blow?



  13. CahillsCrossingNT
    3:32 am October 9, 2020 Permalink

    It’s time to think about Calipari’s team? Why? They won’t go anywhere either.



    • OldSchool606
      8:07 am October 9, 2020 Permalink

      Amen



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      9:57 pm October 9, 2020 Permalink

      Looks like you got beat again……prayers that you escape your uncle’s sex dungeon Cahills.



  14. runningunnin.454
    8:39 am October 9, 2020 Permalink

    Have no problem with Finebaum; he’s usually balanced and low-key. Coach Stoops’ remarks weren’t over the top, either. Not much to see here.



    • ClutchCargo
      9:37 am October 9, 2020 Permalink

      Tell that to the trolls and idiots who never fail to show up here when the going gets tough.



    • CombatMedic_98
      11:30 am October 9, 2020 Permalink

      So are you the TROLL MONITOR Crashed Cargo…every time someone comments you act like they are your Corn Flakes…that’s what this site is for partner…and we don’t need the Master Troll “trollin’” on everyone’s comment…nuff said



    • ClutchCargo
      2:40 pm October 9, 2020 Permalink

      Obviously I have hit a nerve with combatmedic. So, do you identify as a troll or as an idiot? You seem like a hybrid of the two.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      10:00 pm October 9, 2020 Permalink

      He’s 8, which means he’s a troll but to stupid to be good and it. He’s CahillsCrossing/VMI’s little basement brother.



  15. 13th. Grade
    9:07 am October 9, 2020 Permalink

    The only low blow I see is your comment about “Paul’s enormous ears.” Not necessary.



  16. KyZoneBlitz
    9:30 pm October 9, 2020 Permalink

    We SGOULD BE 2-0… Some mistakes that cost us, but correctable… Rose should’ve been benched for showboating, CRod was benched nearly 3 games last season for a fumble…. I think we win this weekend, but if we don’t buckle down, it will be a long season. Everyone has the right to their own opinion, but I disagree, I think we do have a really good team, and we will see that before this season is over. I think we’re gonna surprise one of the big boys… UGA, Florida…. I think we beat the Vols as well…. Only way to get past a loss is to win a game, if Ruffalo hits the PAT, we’re probably at 1-1 right now. Where’s Austin Macginnis when you need him..