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Notes and Quotes from Mark Stoops’ Radio Show



Stoops had a few co-hosts for tonight’s show. (@UKRadioNetwork)

“We are going to be held accountable.  We’re all responsible.”

When meeting with the team this afternoon, he shared that message with his team, but made sure to point out all of the good things Kentucky did in the first half before the meltdown in the final three minutes that put the game out of reach.  He did take the time to have more one-on-one meetings than normal to correct the many mistakes from Saturday.

Young Guys Showed Promise

Stoops said Mike Edwards played well during his time at strong safety.  Derrick Baity got significant minutes at CB for the first time this season, leaving Stoops satisfied, “He’s got a bright future.”

He was pleased with the way Chris Westry performed.  He knew going into the game they were going to win some one-on-one battles and lose some.  He’s content because Chris won some but, “Across the board, we didn’t win enough.”


Stoops’ Mom was Critical of Mark

Football Moms are the best.  She normally doesn’t talk to Mark early in the morning, but that’s the first person he heard from today.  He was worried something terrible had happened because it was out of the ordinary and she sounded concerned.  She was concerned about her son after Saturday’s game, “What happened to you?”

One caller discussed the possibility of playing Bob in a bowl.  Stoops invited the possibility but said he wasn’t sure if his Mother could handle the stress, even though she’d probably have to cheer for Mark, “She would probably root for me; Bob’s already won some,” he said laughing.

Drew Barker did OK in his First Time Out

He was still wondering when would be the right time to throw the youngster into the fire.  He told Drew to treat the score as if it was 0-0, and outside of the interception, he was pretty pleased with his performance.  Unfortunately, even in that limited amount of time Drew “dinged up” his shoulder.


“Because it worked, it was a good call.”

It’s a phrase that’s been maddening for some ever since Shannon Dawson called a draw to Boom Williams with no timeouts on the final drive against Auburn.  When one caller brought up playcalling Stoops went back to the 3rd and 10 on the first drive of the game.  The crazy cowbell crowd was quickly silenced when a run to Boom was busted for 15+ yards.  Even though the context was different, he makes a good point.

“We need to bounce back and play with a chip on our shoulder.”

One completely unrelated note

The Detroit Lions new offensive coordinator is Jim Bob Cooter.  His God-given name is Jim Bob Cooter.  Someone just became my favorite OC in The League.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

22 Comments for Notes and Quotes from Mark Stoops’ Radio Show

  1. tippytoe
    9:10 pm October 26, 2015 Permalink

    Does Elliot know what a spy is or even a blitz? If not, Dobbs gets more touchdowns than Prescott.

  2. Bluegrass
    9:25 pm October 26, 2015 Permalink

    The run later in the game on 3rd & 7 didn’t work out so well when boom Williams was tackled for a loss.
    I love that our coaches justify their actions with “if it would have worked it would have been a good call”.
    If I go rob a bank and get away with it, it’s not a smart move, it’s called luck.
    This shows the shear lack of experience the coordinators have. Got to have more experienced play callers to win in the SEC. Not two first timers like dawson and eliot.

    • WeareBBN
      9:32 pm October 26, 2015 Permalink

      what an idiot, maybe you should apply genius. It was a good call, trying to catch them off guard when everyone knew we were passing and giving Boom, our best chance to break one at any time. Auburn simply made a better play or we did not execute all aspects of the play in blocking. All calls are great when they work. If we had thrown the ball and it was picked, with Pat there is a good chance of that, all of you would be screaming to run a draw and surprise them. Everyone is a genius after the games, few are during the heat of the games.

    • Bluegrass
      9:56 pm October 26, 2015 Permalink

      First of all, you’re defending something you don’t even know what you’re talking about. The 3rd & 7 run took place against Mississippi State. The Auburn run was on 2nd & 5. But thanks for playing.

      Secondly, watch the real football teams on Saturday with experienced coaches. They don’t run the ball on 3rd & 7.
      Georgia Tech is even smarter than that.

  3. Elmer Skaggs
    9:27 pm October 26, 2015 Permalink

    Looks like Coach Stoops has been studying transcripts of Bill Curry’s press conferences

  4. KevinM
    9:40 pm October 26, 2015 Permalink

    The same UT QB JimBob Cooter? Here is his rap sheet:
    2009-KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) — Former Vol backup quarterback “Jim Bob” Cooter, whose real name is James Robert Cooter, is facing aggravated burglary charges after allegedly getting into bed with a woman after climbing through a window of her Fort Sanders apartment, according to an arrest warrant.

    The warrant says Cooter climbed through woman’s window on Franklin Station Way, stripped down to his underwear and got into bed with the woman Saturday.

    Outstanding leader of men…………

  5. KES
    9:42 pm October 26, 2015 Permalink

    i guarantee Jim Bob Cooter is a better offensive coordinator then ours is

  6. buddy love
    9:57 pm October 26, 2015 Permalink

    Cooter was a backup QB at Tennessee.

  7. Buddy Love
    9:58 pm October 26, 2015 Permalink

    He backed up Ainge.

  8. UK Fan From Florida
    10:23 pm October 26, 2015 Permalink

    I am going to share two stats with you below:

    Coach #1:
    Record (regular season): 13-23
    Bowl appearances: 1
    terminated at the end of year 3

    Coach #2:
    Bowl appearances: 0
    Salary: 27th highest paid coach in the nation

    Wait for the drum roll…. Coach #1 was Joker Phillips… Coach #2 is our own Mark Stoops. If Stoops goes 2 and 3 in the next 5 games (which is hopeful thinking) he will match Joker Phillips record in Kentucky.

    So we got to ask ourselves what is our fascination with this guy. It definitely is not player development as indicated with Barker and Elam. It is not his stellar record. It is not his in game coaching, clock management, or in game adjustments (0-20 when down at halftime). Oh yeah I forgot he can get better recruits…. so let me see with so called better recruits he can’t even match Joker’s record.

    I hate to say what I think it is…. As a proud Kentuckian, a UK grad and a fan for life… maybe just maybe our fan base, AD and university have a double standard for Black coaches vs White coaches… whether it is Tubby or Joker.

    Before you hurl your accusations at me, let me clarify a few things… I am white, I am actually a conservative and mostly vote Republican… so this is not race baiting… but rather a reality check for our AD, UK president, and Board of Trustees… This guy has to go…. FIRE STOOPS NOW!!!


    • TrollDar
      12:23 am October 27, 2015 Permalink

      Mr. UK Fan From Florida, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

    • theWilkman
      9:46 am October 27, 2015 Permalink

      Yes, that is race-baiting. The difference was Joker took over a program that had been to 3 consecutive bowl games, then ran it into the ground with sub-FCS talent. While we aren’t where we want to be, if you can look at the program today vs when he took over and say it’s worse off than before, then you are as ignorant as your post makes you seem.

  9. chris
    10:38 pm October 26, 2015 Permalink

    Jim Bob Cooter claim to fame was his only playing time came against UK and he lined up as a receiver on like the last play of the game

  10. question.mark
    10:47 pm October 26, 2015 Permalink

    ^Who else are we going to get? Stoops inherited an extremely depleted roster, because of Joker. Jokers last two years we lost every game by like 40 pts, at least we are in most of them now. Joker also took over when our prgram was basically at an all time high. Exact opposite for Stoops. If this is still happening in two years then I’ll agree with you, but that won’t be the case

    • Ha!
      12:48 am October 27, 2015 Permalink

      Don’t try to reason with these idiots… you’ll tire yourself. As much as they say they are tired of watching UK football, they sure do post negative shit at every opportunity they can. I think they enjoy being miserable.

  11. BluKudzu
    12:54 am October 27, 2015 Permalink

    I think it safe to say, at 3.25 million + per year, no other coach is compensated more per win than Stoops. He is making Meyer and Saban money per win. Currently oner 800,000 dollars/win based on current salary. Maybe more.
    How’s that for accountability?

    • Mitch Barnhart
      5:00 am October 27, 2015 Permalink

      Apply for the job then, expert.

  12. jim
    8:10 am October 27, 2015 Permalink

    Blukudzu it’s hard to argue with these Homer fans that refuse to see it for what it is. They’ve already drank the kool-aid. Just let them keep hoping it changes when Stoops and company have not shown anything to prove otherwise.

    • CatsBy80
      9:35 am October 27, 2015 Permalink

      i think it is hysterical how some fans are calling for people’s jobs… 3 years ago, UK fans were ecstatic that we hired Stoops. Now they don’t want to give him a fair shake at the program… If you cannot see that we are vastly improved from where we were when he took over, then I don’t know what to tell you. If you remember, Joker’s last year, we finished 2-10 and lost to Vandy by 40 at home… Our biggest loss this year is to Mississippi State on the road by 26.

      Here are some stats for you:

      2012 (Joker’s final year): Points scored per game: 17.9 – Points Against per game: 31.0
      2013 (Stoops first year): PPG: 20.5 – Points Against: 31.2
      2014 (Stoops second year): PPG: 29.2 – Points Against: 31.2
      2015 (Current as of loss at MSU): PPG: 24.7 – Points Against: 25.9

      Our defense has improved DRASTICALLY and our offense has gone up a full touchdown since Joker left. You morons kill me.

    • theWilkman
      9:50 am October 27, 2015 Permalink

      These same idiots like Blukudzu and jim also don’t realize that the money coming in from the SEC media deals makes the salary argument moot. We received $31.2 million this year, up $10 million from the year before. It’s ok to allocate 10% of that to the head football coach, seeing as football is our most profitable sport by a long-shot.

      Blukudzu says, “Math is hard!”

  13. UK Fan From Florida
    5:18 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

    So… How to address the response above. Let us see… not one valid counter point, personal attacks, and the lone argument repeated over and over again is that Stoops inherited a program in disarray.

    So let me clarify somethings to you toothless, inbred, trailer park trash…. alas stats and data and FACTS are useless on you guys, but foolish me, I’ll try again.

    Stoops has been here for almost 3 years. His first year recruits are currently in their 3rd year. Let us give you idiots dimwits the benefit of the doubt and let us believe that Joker inherited a better program. Well how does that justify the Stoops current football team.

    — Stoops had the same record his first year 2-10 as Joker had in his last year… so even if the caliber of players were poor because of Joker’s lack of recruiting then Stoops coaching skills did nothing to improve the record with more experienced players and some of his own highly touted recruits.
    — Stoops started his second season 5-1 with wins over cupcake programs and went 0-6 the rest of the way. He could not will his team, make adjustments for one additional win.
    — This is his 3rd year and lets see…. His team can not manage a 2 minute offense to get within a field goal range in the Auburn game… The commentators were laughing at the 8 men on the field for the punt return team… Stupid Auburn could’ve ran it for a touchdown if they wanted to. He has no special team coordinator while he is the 27th highest paid coach in America. His MSU game plan was a joke. When the commentators say that MSU was playing “against air”… that shows the lack of our defensive presence.
    — You idiots think if some one is critical of the team that means that they do not love the team or the program… I think its the exact opposite… when you love something you expect more from it.
    — My biggest complaint is honestly not the record… It is the lack of player development… look at Elam and Barker and tell me if they look and play like players half way thorough their 2nd year. Honestly looks at his clock management, his icing his own kicker, his play calling and in game adjustments and tell me if you really believe he is a decent coach. His grade so far is D and the only reason it is not an F is because his recruiting has been decent… but none of those recruits are being developed adequately.
    — Lastly, if you are going to respond… please come with facts, data, accurate assessments… not with idiotic personal attacks you numb nuts… and saying that we are not losing as badly as before is not a consolation prize…. The SEC East is actually really bad these past 2 years.