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More supporting evidence argues Kentucky is one of the best jobs in College Football

Many people are saying Kentucky is the best destination for a college football coach in America.

Earlier this week Banner Society’s Steven Godfrey argued that Mark Stoops has the “best job in college football.” That does not necessarily mean Kentucky is the ideal place to win a national championship. There are maybe only a dozen schools capable of winning a title. Kentucky is the best place for everyone else because it can pay SEC money without astronomical SEC expectations.

Today The Athletic’s Andy Staples hopped on the bandwagon. In his weekly mailbag post, Staples used Kirby Smart as an example. The Georgia head coach has won three division titles and 11 more games than Stoops over the exact same timeframe. He was an overtime period away from a national championship, yet fans are still holding Smart’s feet to the fire. Meanwhile, Stoops has almost universal approval from the BBN while making $5 million a year, only about $1.8 million less than Smart.

So where does UK stack up against the rest of the pack? By examining the money a head coach can make at a school relative to job security, Kentucky is the best of the best according to Staples, ahead of Iowa, Minnesota, Purdue and Indiana.

“What differentiates Kentucky from the non-Vanderbilt SEC is that Kentucky fans have managed to be pretty reasonable about their expectations. Maybe this is because they suffered through some truly awful football in the Joker Phillips era and they’re grateful for the relentless competence that has come to define the Stoops era. Maybe this is because it takes too much energy to expect perfection in two revenue sports. The expectations surrounding Kentucky’s men’s basketball team are analogous to those surrounding the Alabama football team, so perhaps it’s just not possible to get that fired up two seasons a year. No matter the reason, Stoops is the beneficiary.”

No matter what standard is used, feel free to let anyone and everyone know that Kentucky’s head coach has the best job in college football.

[The Athletic]

Article written by Nick Roush

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

6 Comments for More supporting evidence argues Kentucky is one of the best jobs in College Football

  1. BigBluSoTru
    2:37 pm June 25, 2020 Permalink

    This guy is smoking some good shit how the hell can you compare Kirby at Ga to Uk in FB? Thats like comparing Ga BB to UkBB. That is not a sound arguement Ga fb expectations are similar to Uk BB no matter who the coach is. SMH that guy is looking for BBN clicks. BBN can beleive that bs if tey want I sure the hell know our place in FB ..

    • Soylentbeans
      3:45 pm June 25, 2020 Permalink

      Pretty sure that was the entire point.

    • friendsofcoal
      10:37 pm June 25, 2020 Permalink

      Look at it this way….if Stoops wins 6-8 games every year then he’s here for life and a legend. If Kirby Smart wins 6-8 games every year at GA then he’s gone after 4-5 years at most so in my mind, YES UK is the better job. If job security means anything to you.

      Smart gets fired at GA then he’s either back as a coordinator or coaching at a smaller school which pays much less than what Stoops makes. I’ve often thought, “why would Stoops ever leave Lex?” Because he has it MADE!!

  2. ClutchCargo
    3:18 pm June 25, 2020 Permalink

    I am in no way saying Stoops is overpaid, but that’s basically this guy’s argument, but with a positive spin.

    • Corder
      5:58 pm June 25, 2020 Permalink

      The thing people seem to forget is that for so long Kentucky didn’t pay the coach’s and staff and now that they do and have started winning at a consistent bases if the school were to not pay the coaches and they left and did great at another program then the fan base would be relentless in their criticism of the schools administration.

  3. BigBluSoTru
    6:30 am June 26, 2020 Permalink

    @Friends i disagree if you coach at school like Ga and get canned you still get a high major job . That’s a serious resume builder Richt a perfect example, .Just because UK is money whipping a coach to be a coach who hasn’t won anything but some meaningless bowl games hasn’t won a conference championship and everybody acting like this is some great job lol. If it is going forward when we ever replace Stoops shouldn’t be a problem getting any coach out their. And the main point it’s really a back handed slap at the program we are paying top dollar to be happy for 6-8 wins that’s really sad and embarrassing . Eventually people will expect more return on their investment.