Heading in to the season finale against Louisville, the script feels very familiar; the Cats must beat the Cards to clinch bowl eligibility. Despite the similarities to last year’s game, Mark Stoops want to make one thing clear: he will not tolerate any pregame scuffling from his squad this go around.
“No, we’ve got to just focus on playing football really,” Stoops said when asked about last year’s tussle between teams during warmups. “Really not looking forward to any of that to be honest with you.”
Stoops said he plans to talk to his team about keeping their emotions in check.
“I will. I definitely don’t want any part in that. We don’t need to do that. We need to worry about playing football, and I will talk to the team about that. It’s about execution.”
“It’s about controlling those emotions and executing,” he said. “Last year, some of those emotions really hurt us. When we score a touchdown and we have some guys who aren’t normally on the sidelines run out on the field and get a 15-yard penalty and that kind of stuff we can’t have.”
Got it, boys? None of this: