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Stoops downplays the players-only meeting

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Earlier this week, Josh Forrest and Patrick Towles called a players-only meeting to get the team on the same page heading into Saturday’s game against Georgia. I feel the same way about players-only meetings that I do about package deals in recruiting: 99% of the time, it’s much ado about nothing. Mark Stoops said as much on today’s SEC Coaches Teleconference.

“I hope it has a positive effect,” Stoops said. “It’s nothing earth-shattering, it’s nothing — no panic button. Those guys had talked to me. I saw Josh in the building on Sunday, and we were just having a great conversation. Guys were good, in good spirits, and he just said he had a few things to talk to the team. Patrick had class on Monday before our meeting, so they waited until Tuesday. Just wanted to talk to the team, so I don’t think it’s anything major or anything like that.”

I did a quick search in the KSR archives, and the last time a players-only meeting was called was last season before the Louisville game when Javess Blue got the team together after another embarrassing loss to Tennessee. The Cats weren’t able to knock off Louisville in their next game, but at least they showed some fight. Prior to that, Bud Dupree called a team meeting before the Vanderbilt game to beg his teammates to help him get his first SEC win since his freshman year. It worked.

But again, let’s take it with a grain of salt.

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12 Comments for Stoops downplays the players-only meeting

  1. AppData
    5:11 pm November 4, 2015 Permalink

    Mrs. Tyler, would you make me a ham and cheese sandwich?

  2. I may be wrong
    5:13 pm November 4, 2015 Permalink

    But I seem to recall the players having a players only meeting after the Auburn game this year. Maybe not.

  3. leon singleton
    5:21 pm November 4, 2015 Permalink

    If Kentucky beats Georgia their coach is gone.

    • heheh
      6:06 pm November 4, 2015 Permalink

      For an obvious troll, you sure do camp out on this site alot.

  4. Duuuhhhhhh. It's nothing bad.
    5:51 pm November 4, 2015 Permalink

    Players only wanting to talk to players means they don’t want to talk to the coach and realize either the speaker or the other players don’t want to listen to what the coach says.

  5. j4
    5:52 pm November 4, 2015 Permalink

    I thought football season was over. what’s all of this talk about a game this weekend?

  6. harry
    5:55 pm November 4, 2015 Permalink

    Life of student athlete is not easy, especially football and particularly playing in SEC. If we don’t have the depth or talent to go up against competition, players meeting is not going to help. Consider this we are like Mini Coopers and rest of the SEC is Mack trucks coming right at us on both ends offense and defense. That scenario has not changed in ________ years(fill in the blank with your age/experience). Now that we are trying to recruit to get up to par, Stoops might run outta time because he has good recruiters unfortunately not game managers or play callers.

    • harry
      6:24 pm November 4, 2015 Permalink

      …or supportive fans.

    • News Cruze
      8:06 pm November 4, 2015 Permalink

      You obviously have never..
      1) been a SEC student athlete! The hardest part about it is deciding which chick you want which night
      2) watched an NFL game! If so, you would be seeing several stars playing every Sunday that attended UK. Those Mack trucks (vandy, Western and Eastern) that play with us every year are high school talent teams that shouldn’t even be in the ball game. The problem is coaching! A great coach can compete with the talent this is currently here. Ask Florida or Michigan what a great coach can do with the same talent that sucked the prior year.

  7. W C
    8:27 pm November 4, 2015 Permalink

    News Cruze what turnip truck did you come in on? To compare the Michigan talent and the Florida talent that were left when the new coach came TO JOKERS talent when Stoops came in is just about the dumbest football statement we’ll never mind!! It takes time to build from where Joker left us, come back in two years and make that stupid statement again or start following the freshmen and soph. And the class of 2016 more closely!!!!

  8. UKFootball4Real
    9:43 pm November 4, 2015 Permalink

    What is so unusual about this???

    Our UK Football Team has played all season like they didn’t have any coaching… so WHY not have all of their meetings without them.


    • We Get It
      9:59 pm November 4, 2015 Permalink

      Stop watching. It obviously bothers you too much.