Earlier this season, many were calling for Mark Stoops’ head, but Kentucky’s dramatic turnaround has Stoops in the position where other coaches are coming to him for advice. One of those coaches is Missouri’s Barry Odom, who told reporters on Monday that he’s reached out to Stoops and Vanderbilt’s Derek Mason, both former defensive coordinators turned SEC head coaches, on how to make the transition.
“He’s in year four and he said he finally feels like he’s got it figured out a little bit on how things are structured,” Odom said of Stoops via Dave Matter. “Not many defensive guys around. I understand that.”
“I have no hesitancy to help and I’m not sure I can other than just sit there and talk,” Stoops said. “I saw him early before our game prep started on Saturday — we were at the stadium there very early — and I saw him out there on the field and went and sat and visited with him for a little bit because I can feel his pain as far as going through tough times. We’ve all been there as a coach. We’ve been there before and we’ll probably be there again sometime in the future, but I think Barry is a very good coach, a very passionate guy and certainly knows what he’s doing defensively and I wish him nothing but the best.”
After the Florida game, whoulda thunk it?