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One stat shows where Mark Stoops has taken the UK Football Program

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.

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.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

9 Comments for One stat shows where Mark Stoops has taken the UK Football Program

  1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    10:21 am December 20, 2019 Permalink

    We’re just getting started bro!

  2. StillBP
    10:24 am December 20, 2019 Permalink

    Remember when people were yelling “Fire Eddie Gran” and that one dude who had it as his name on here? Ah, it’s nice that they have been quiet for a while now.

  3. J-Dub421
    10:45 am December 20, 2019 Permalink

    Kentucky Football is on the rise.

  4. Bluebloodtoo
    10:47 am December 20, 2019 Permalink

    You are never going to make every fan happy. Those stats sure do put things in perspective. Maybe this next preseason people won’t be asking when UK football will “turn the corner”? I think the proverbial corner is in thr rear view mirror…

    • KentuckyBoy
      1:07 pm December 20, 2019 Permalink

      Yes they do.

    • oldfanallin
      2:03 pm December 20, 2019 Permalink

      We have in fact turned a corner when we win 7, 8 games in a rebuilding year after 10. The next corner will be next year. Solid QB competition/depth and some new dudes and we beat Tn, Fla, or Ga. That is the next corner. The ride will continue up the hill. It is a process, journey.

  5. Aar
    12:52 pm December 20, 2019 Permalink

    …and none of those teams play in the SEC!

    (Primary list only, excluding the secondary list that references an SEC team)

  6. bbn606
    1:11 pm December 20, 2019 Permalink

    I just want to beat Tennessee like we beat Louisville.

  7. mcp157
    2:17 pm December 21, 2019 Permalink

    We are getting better and with the recruitment they are doing, it should get better.