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Optimism Moving Forward

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Chet White | UK Athletics

It’s hard to find optimism when the season ends with a 15-point loss.  Especially when it’s against a team that runs a high school offense.  Still, it can’t overshadow Kentucky’s 2016 turnaround.

Mark Stoops said it best after the game.  “I can’t let one game get myself or this team down or take anything away from the good things that they did.”

The best thing they did was beat No. 11 Louisville on the road, ensuring Kentucky’s first winning record since 2009.  That victory was one of many — Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and South Carolina — that proved Kentucky can fight through adversity to win close games.

“We had adversity,” Stoops said.  “It’s just how you respond to it, whether it’s injuries, different things, bad starts, bad breaks, bad play, bad coaching.  You have to overcome it.  The better you are, you know, you’ll overcome things. Our football team has come a long, long way.  I’m very proud of them.

“They’ve improved. Again, they set the tone for the future.  We have I want to say 36 of our top 44 back. That’s good for us and our future. We’re excited about it.”

“We’re so young and a lot of us got chemistry together,” Derrick Baity said.  “We got to the bowl game together, so now we’re going to win a bowl game together.”  


Always remember, happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

11 Comments for Optimism Moving Forward

  1. Ridge Runner
    4:19 pm December 31, 2016 Permalink

    It’s ok but ready to move past the bitter or bitter-sweet tastes after so long. But we made a bowl and I’ll take it. Just so many weird what could have been missed opportunities that’s baffling.

  2. lexfan
    4:43 pm December 31, 2016 Permalink

    It’s hard to find optimism when the season ends with a 15-point loss. Especially when it’s against a team that runs a high school offense.

    Wow, Nick, degrade your team much? If that was a high school offense, what kind of defense was uk playing?

  3. Kat4Life
    4:48 pm December 31, 2016 Permalink

    Hey….we went to a bowl game !! Let’s take that and build on it. Maybe next year a divisional championship…..maybe a bowl win……beggers can’t be choosers !!

    • Ridge Runner
      4:54 pm December 31, 2016 Permalink

      But I don’t see us being beggers is what is most aggravating. We have talent, bigger offensive line, know what it takes to stop that type of offense, and the errors made were mind boggling to me. I hear ya about a stride that was made but we are much better than thais small of a stride.

  4. Ridge Runner
    4:50 pm December 31, 2016 Permalink

    I hate to say this as it hurts but I do agree with some in the media the team seemed like they were happy just being there and no real purpose of execution if in fact they were prepared to execute. Second half was more of desperation that made them focus a bit better. Anyway… it is what it is.

  5. brothermichigan
    5:28 pm December 31, 2016 Permalink

    Anyone who refers to Tech’s offense as a “high school offense” obviously has no idea what they’re talking about. A former FCS team and Paul Johnson’s former school running basically the same “high school offense” has beaten Florida more often over the past two and a half decades than UK has.

  6. Ken Grizzle
    6:38 pm December 31, 2016 Permalink

    We Lost. Hats off to The Cats. Great Season, can’t wait till next year. GO BLUE.

  7. Kat 308
    8:27 pm December 31, 2016 Permalink

    Can’t wait till the spring game, I will be there.
    Very proud of this team.

    • Wah Wah
      10:21 pm December 31, 2016 Permalink

      It was a good season.

      I’m ready for a great one next year.

  8. Wah Wah
    10:20 pm December 31, 2016 Permalink

    Learn. Build on it. Move on.


    Next year, beat the teams you should and take one or two that you “shouldn’t.”

  9. Jimi40
    7:45 am January 1, 2017 Permalink

    Stoops got out coached today, however i do believe he is learning as he goes.
    Next year is his chance to take another step.
    Is a 15 point loss in the Taxslayer Bowl Mark Stoops ceiling…….time will tell.