“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.