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“No hard feelings” between Stoops and House

Not long after we learned the defensive coordinator Matt House will depart Kentucky to coach linebackers for the Kansas City Chiefs, Mark Stoops joined Matt Jones on Kentucky Sports Radio.

“This is what everybody needs to know. Matt and I are great friends.  We’ve been friends throughout this process,” Stoops said.  “We’re great friends, we always will be and ultimately things worked out.  I’m happy for him and his family and what he wants to do and the lifestyle he chooses.  Matt’s a great coach and he busted his tail here for the three years he was here and I greatly appreciate him.”

Stoops did not get into the details of how the deal went down, but he shared a little insight as to why House wanted to make the move from the college ranks to the NFL.

“You’re going to see more of this.  It’s coming down to lifestyle.  You can never blame somebody for wanting more (free) time.  This job will absolutely consume people.  We have no downtime.”

Recruiting and player development eats up more time for college coaches than their NFL counterparts and it’s “not even close.”  Stoops understands House’s decision and is prepared to move forward to find a new defensive coordinator.

“It’s not like we wanted Matt to go,” said Stoops, “but as I told the players today, when we lose players through graduation, normal attrition, grad transfer or for whatever reason, you better be darn sure we’re trying to replace them with better players.  When coaches leave, we’re trying to replace him with better coaches.”

Kentucky’s head coach will look at all options, inside and outside of the staff.  Stoops does not have a set timetable to make the next hire.


Article written by Nick Roush

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

12 Comments for “No hard feelings” between Stoops and House

  1. makeitstop
    12:08 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

    Good for Matt House, good for UK. When u get good, people want ur coaches and draft ur players, and it’s been awhile since that happened on the football side. I know Stoops said no hard feelings and I’m sure they’re friends, but “trying to replace him with better coaches” does sound like throwing a wee bit of shade, even though it is an obvious truism (we’re not trying to replace them w worse coaches, clearly). It’s good to be a program people want to steal ur staff, as opposed to us paying people off for years while they work for someone else. Progress.

    • RackEmWillie
      1:05 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

      It’s not really throwing shade. They’re going to try and replace Josh Allen with someone better. They’re going to try and replace Benny with someone better.

    • ClutchCargo
      1:24 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

      Would you want him to say the players and coaches that left are the best we will ever have, so we have to settle for less?

    • makeitstop
      4:41 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

      No, truth is I like what he said. Of course u try to replace good with better. But just like u don’t say u fired someone, u say they left to pursue other opportunities, u don’t usually point out u hope to do even better. It’s a little edgey, and I like it. Monte Kiffin told me one time the “Tampa 2” was him, and u could try and copy it, but it was his scheme. To be great at D, u have to have a little of that… then go back it up. Good for Stoops.

    • notFromhere
      8:25 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

      Makeitstop, keep it coming! Perfect take

    • notFromhere
      8:28 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

      Wth… site posted before I finished it…

      …until the “shade” part. No one is throwing shade. Stoops has said that before any departures ever happened and after every departure when asked. Never wavered.

      It’s just being consistent. I hope they can upgrade as a unit, even as good as last year was.

  2. Bluebloodtoo
    2:05 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

    Nah, Stoops is just explaining his policy about replacing with better talent. It’s not personal at all. There is so much turnover in coaching every year, you can’t throw people under the bus when your situation doesn’t fit their needs. You’ll eventually run out of interested parties. Everyone changes jobs. You just enjoy the time while both parties priorities are aligned.

    • jaws2
      2:34 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

      Unless you’re Tom Crean!!

  3. bbn606
    2:18 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

    Stoops is very good about not telling the whole story and maybe sometimes he shouldn’t. We didn’t find out why Denzil Ware missed the bowl game until almost a year later.

  4. truetotheblue
    3:02 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

    Dean good is done a great job turning around the special teams and would be best man for the job.I really thought some other bigger program or NFL would of done snatched him for special teams but this should be his shot.just my opion!

  5. truetotheblue
    3:03 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink


  6. notFromhere
    8:31 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

    Tbh I thought the college grind was getting to House during last year’s pressers. He was a bit more quiet and shorter with his responses than usual. Happy for coach to get that job, but sorry to see him go. He was a class act while he was here.