In just under two weeks Mark Stoops will end his seventh season as Kentucky’s head coach in the Belk Bowl. As the decade draws to a close, there’s plenty of time to reflect on how Kentucky’s program has dramatically changed during his time in Lexington.
You can point to the numbers in this year’s recruiting class. You could list the records broken by his players, or the amount of picks taken in the NFL Draft. I could show you in page views how our business has been significantly more successful thanks to the energy and excitement his program has generated among fans.
There’s plenty of measuring sticks, but the ultimate barometer for success is wins. Plain and simple. Since Eddie Gran became UK’s offensive coordinator four years ago, Kentucky has climbed the college football ladder. For those who have followed Kentucky football for a long time, this stat from Peter Burns will astound you.
Another Top 25 recruiting class, lands Joey Gatewood as a transfer.
Lands #1 player in Michigan, cleans up in Ohio.
Blue collar mentality.
More wins than Texas, FSU, Michigan St and Nebraska in last 4 years. pic.twitter.com/77MuzaeixP
— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsESPN) December 20, 2019
Kentucky has been better than Texas, Florida State, Michigan State and Nebraska. What?!?!?!? UK’s 31 wins in that span are also more than Tennessee, South Carolina and Louisville.
The Kentucky football program is swimming in uncharted waters under Mark Stoops and the best is yet to come.