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Mark Stoops’ Unfavorable Ranking

Mark Zerof | USA Today

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© Mark Zerof

We’re less than two weeks away from SEC Media Days, the lovely time of the year where media moguls gather to rank teams, players and coaches based simply on preconceived notions.

The Sporting News is ahead of the game, ranking all FBS coaches, as well as those in each power five conference.  In the 14-team SEC, Kentucky’s Mark Stoops sits near the bottom at No. 13. The “lowdown” from the coach they rank No. 70 overall in the FBS:

Stoops is coming back-to-back 5-7 seasons with back-to-back 2-6 records in conference play. It’s been a tale of two halves the last two years. Kentucky is 9-3 in the first half of the season and 1-11 in the second half. Stoops needs to pick up that one win that can get the Wildcats back to a bowl game.

The Rest of the SEC:

1. Nick Saban, Alabama
2. Les Miles, LSU
3. Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss
4. Gus Malzahn, Auburn
5. Bret Bielema, Arkansas
6. Jim McElwain, Florida
7. Butch Jones, Tennessee
8. Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M
9. Dan Mullen, Miss. State
10. Kirby Smart, Georgia
11. Will Muschamp, South Carolina
12. Barry Odom, Missouri 
13. Mark Stoops, Kentucky
14.  Derek Mason, Vanderbilt

It’s hard to complain about Stoops’ spot.  Odom at Mizzou might be the only person worth a grievance.  Their biggest mistake lies with the Mississippi schools.  Freeze has produced plenty of results, but the NCAA punishment is looming, all while Mullen overachieves in Starkville.

A few other noteworthy coaches in their Top 128: Troy’s Neal Brown #109, Cal’s Sonny Dykes #60, WKU’s Jeff Brohm #58, Texas’ Charlie Strong #34, Washington State’s Mike Leach #28, Louisville’s Bobby Petrino #22.


Article written by Nick Roush

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

9 Comments for Mark Stoops’ Unfavorable Ranking

  1. BluKudzu
    8:23 pm June 28, 2016 Permalink

    I find it odd that Vandy’s coach is rated below Stups. He kicked Stoops butt.
    $12 Million folks.

    • Billy Hill
      8:37 pm June 28, 2016 Permalink

      SEC TV deal is great. At least when ‘Stups’ is fired, these great coaches looking for a job will know that we can pay them. Idiot.

  2. stevemotley
    9:00 pm June 28, 2016 Permalink

    These two guys above me were probably saying the same thing about Rich Brooks at one point. I don’t see it that way. How in the hell is muschamp ranked ahead of anyone?? All that talent at Florida and couldn’t do anything with it. Disregard this poll, the writer probably thinks Jack Ramsey is the best college president too!

    • Billy Hill
      9:14 pm June 28, 2016 Permalink

      I loved Rich Brooks! I think that Stoops is on the right path, too. It just takes patience – a virtue Kudzu has no concept of.

    • BluKudzu
      11:30 am June 29, 2016 Permalink

      Trust me. This is not about Brooks, so let’s shelve that conjecture.
      When is it ok to expect a football team to win? Just curious, it has been 6 years.
      If you are willing to accept it, it shows your moronic depth of ignorance.

    • scorpiocard
      4:15 am July 1, 2016 Permalink

      Stoops has been there 6 years? Hmm, I missed something.

  3. blueballs80
    9:14 pm June 28, 2016 Permalink

    This will be the make or break year for Stoops. If he doesn’t get to a bowl game, recruits are going to look elsewhere. Recruits want to see results. If we don’t produce, we are in deep dodoo.

  4. scorpiocard
    9:32 pm June 28, 2016 Permalink

    I think UK will finally beat UofL this year 🙁

  5. scorpiocard
    9:36 pm June 28, 2016 Permalink

    We’ve been lucky to beat them with all of the nfl payers we had on our team these last few years