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Stoops on Kentucky’s COVID situation following loss to Alabama

Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Before kickoff, Kentucky announced it would be without ten players vs. Alabama, including running back Chris Rodriguez and linebacker Jamin Davis. After the Cats’ 63-3 loss to the Crimson Tide, Mark Stoops admitted COVID-19 was impacting his squad and he wasn’t sure when they’d be at full strength again.

“I really don’t. I have no idea what that looks like until we do some more tests and see how they come back. It’s difficult to practice and game plan guys all week and find out on Friday morning before you get on a plane you’re not going to have some but it is what it is. I think everyone in the country is dealing with it and this is not the team or place that you want to come to down some guys.”

Stoops said there was never a point in which today’s game was in jeopardy because of low roster numbers; with two games left, he hopes it stays that way.

“We’re going to continue to try and tighten it up and adhere to the protocols that we have in place and do the very best that we can. We want to play. It is what it is. I’m going to do my best to keep myself and our team safe. We will not put our players at risk and I hope [the numbers] don’t jump up on us more than they already have.”

With Chris Rodriguez out, AJ Rose was the main running back, rushing for 68 yards on 10 carries. A senior, Rose was not willing to use COVID as an excuse for today’s performance.

“We can’t control who catches the disease or gets traced,” Rose said. “It would have been great to have our full team here and have the players we were missing here, but we’ll control what we can control and that’s to go out there next week get a game plan and execute it and play to best of our abilities. I just feel like it’s been a rough year in football, the COVID disease and all around, but we’re doing the best to make the most of it.”

Ditto for defensive end Josh Paschal.

“Of course, we were a little shorthanded this week but that can happen this season with COVID. It’s a different season than usual. The next guy just has to stand up and I’m proud of the guys who did step up who were thrown in those situations and whatnot but we have to get better. This is not acceptable.”

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13 Comments for Stoops on Kentucky’s COVID situation following loss to Alabama

  1. Bigcat Jack
    8:22 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

    Heck, if Stoops is sitting at 23-44 in the SEC and at 47-51 total for his career at UK (as expected after this glorious season)….then Mitch may as well make him “Coach for Life” and rename the stadium after him. Maybe up that salary to 8-10 mil a year. I mean, he is the greatest tactician, play-caller, and motivator in collegiate football history….we may as well mortgage the farm to keep him fat and happy there in Lexington

    • Cletis75
      10:54 am November 22, 2020 Permalink

      You sound like someone who has never had to deal with real adversity. Must be nice to have a perfect life.

  2. Theymademesignup
    8:27 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

    There’s never an excuse to lose by 60 damn points in a football game. That was pathetic. Other than Tennessee and Miss St, this entire season has been pathetic. This is Stoops first year taking a fairly big step backwards. I don’t wanna hear anybody blaming Covid and this “wacky” year. Every team is facing adversity this year, and most of them don’t look like a pile of cat shit.

    • Cletis75
      11:15 am November 22, 2020 Permalink

      It was bad, but that’s what happens when you play the best team and they have their best day and you have your worst. We can’t afford not to have our best players or any of our 1st teamers for that matter. We just aren’t that deep. Bama is loaded at every position 3 deep. We are lucky to be 2 deep at some positions. It’s hard to win the Kentucky derby with a plow horse at 75% strength even if Bob Baffert is the trainer.

  3. 4everUKBlue
    8:54 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

    Covid has been blamed for everything else, might as well add one more to the list.

  4. DoubleB65
    10:16 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

    Looks like the KSR censorship team is in full force tonight. This article went from more than 100 comments down to 3 really fast.

    LOL. Pretty hard to eat crow every week huh KSR? Keep pumping that sunshine. The rest of us see it as it is.

    • 4everUKBlue
      8:39 am November 22, 2020 Permalink

      Yep censorship is alive and well on KSR,the mainstream media and just about everywhere else in America, a country with a constitution which is supposed to guarantee freedom of speech. This is not the America I grew up in.

  5. itsfootballtimeinthebluegrass
    11:14 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

    Yeah we are pretty much an ass football team.

  6. blueballs80
    1:21 am November 22, 2020 Permalink

    The offense is bad and has regressed from last year. Stoops figure out which direction he wants to take this offense.

  7. millertim
    8:56 am November 22, 2020 Permalink

    Lord COVID is the new master of the Left and reigns supremely with its propagandists— media. Its job was to unseat the president while putting our Constitutional rights in the hands of Leftists officials as well as uproot everything American— sports, entertainment, and holiday traditions. Amazing how a disease with a fatality rate arounds 1% could garner such an impact— guess the media and its Leftists allies funded by Soros and China are more powerful than previously thought. Welcome to “1984– Orwell missed it by 36 years…

    • 4everUKBlue
      10:13 am November 22, 2020 Permalink

      You hit the nail on the head, there is no covid pandemic and there never was, this in nothing more than a psyop normalize mask wearing, believing the govt/corporation has our best interests. They need to ramp up the fear to control all of the covid believers and convince people they must take the vaccine. Why is it ok for players to not wear masks on the field while in the huddle, tackling and in pile ups yet not ok to not wear a mask on the sidelines or in the locker room?

    • runningunnin.454
      10:55 am November 22, 2020 Permalink

      Here you go, Gentlemen; enjoy,

  8. Pensacola_Cat_Fan
    9:37 am November 22, 2020 Permalink

    The truth is we’ve been an average team over the last few years. The SEC other than GA has been down. We get several cupcakes each year that pads our record and causes folks to overlook the anemic/boring offense. Changes need to be made on the offensive side. I think the defense has been manageable over the last couple of years. I’ll give them a pass this year.