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Stoops says Kentucky must hit reset button during bye week

© Jeff Blake | USATSI

© Jeff Blake | USATSI

Tonight’s game was a must-win for South Carolina and the Gamecocks played as such, completely dominating Kentucky all four quarters. After back-to-back losses, Mark Stoops told reporters he hopes the embarrassment will inspire a sense of urgency in his own squad, which desperately needs to regroup during the bye week.

“Very disappointed in the game and the way we played. Gotta give a lot of credit to South Carolina. They flat beat us, outcoached us, played better. Their backs were against the wall and they came in here and played a very good game. Very tough. Very physical. Beat us in all areas.”

“I expect our team to hit this reset button and fight our way out of this and battle our way as best we can. I mentioned that. South Carolina did the same thing. They’re sitting there, they’re 1-3 coming into this game and sat there and played like that. That doesn’t surprise me. Doesn’t surprise me at all. I know a lot of their coaches. I know Will [Muschamp]. And they’re sitting there facing that adversity and they come out and play lights out. And you saw them do that.”

Kentucky’s offense was horrid throughout the game, but the defense tried to give them a chance in the second half, which Stoops said gives him hope.

“The guys are playing. They’re fighting their way through this experience by playing and seeing things move and they need to continue to learn and get better. I do think that the secondary is fighting hard and competing and wanting to get better. All of them are. I still love this team and these guys are going to fight and we’re in the midst of a tough stretch right here. We need a bye. We gotta get healthy and hit the reset button and go back and find our way out of this. There’s only one way to do that and we’ll do it. We’ve been in worse situations before and we’ll continue to stick together and get better and find options. That’s all you can do.”

Fingers crossed.

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31 Comments for Stoops says Kentucky must hit reset button during bye week

  1. bouzoukiman
    12:23 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

  2. CopenhagenCat
    12:35 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

    He had no clue. Defense saved his butt last year. No doubt they ignored the play calling. There is no heart on this team and no effort. It’s the coaching. Heck Ole Miss scored31 on Bama and we can’t score on a 1-2 team? I love my Cats but I am tired of excuses and poor coaching. We have other players besides Bowden.

    • dcforuk
      1:00 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

      It was not pretty. TW going down has really really hurt. SS is doing the best he can. He has limited experience and is banged up. What is coach known for? Defense. So, the defense that “saved his butt” was due to what? The DC HE hired? The defensive players HE recruited and the defensive players recruited by the coaches HE hired? Who was responsible for the defense that saved his butt? Have you been confident your whole life? Have you ever had some downs with the ups? I want to win as much as anyone and the current product is struggling for sure. Please stop saying stupid things like the defense saved his butt!

    • ukisgr8
      12:09 pm September 29, 2019 Permalink

      He’s known for his D but these are all his players. And let’s face it, 2 players made last years D, not play calling. We have a spread offensive coach that isn’t play a spread offense. Did he lose faith in it the last few years or is the head coach controlling it too? Defense last year didn’t save his butt, Allen and Johnson did. 10-3 was nice but I’d prefer like with brooks, a lot of 7-5’s. And with how weak our schedule has been in recent years, 7-5 should be an easy mark. I’m happy they play hard so that’s a major plus for stoops. What I’m not happy about was a comment by the OC, that the reason rose is playing over smoke is because of seniority. That’s killer on recruiting and against what common sense says should happen, which is the best 22 players should be starting, no matter what class they are in. And for the millionth time this year, stop putting the cb’s 10 yards off the receivers. It’s pass and catch out there all game long. 5 games in, gotta let them go play the game because 80 plays a game of prevent defense is just not working.

    • bacnine
      4:35 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

      Defense saved his butt Last YEAR. Defense saved his butt from getting beat worse than they did last night.

    • Trueblue44
      11:12 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

      Guess he had nothing to do with that defense huh?

  3. dcforuk
    6:31 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

    Ok, that’s fine. Just apply the “Yes, AND” vs the “Yes, but”. Yes, the defense saved his butt and yes he’s the reason why the defense was good.

    • ScoggDog
      6:44 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

      If Stoops gets the credit for last year, then he has to shoulder the responsibility for this year. And this year is not looking more and more like 4-8.

    • Trueblue44
      11:13 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

      Shoulder the credit yes, catch the BS some of y’all keyboard warriors are giving him, no. Learn football first, learn how to build a program, hell just learn common sense

    • Jester
      3:02 pm September 29, 2019 Permalink

      “Yes AND he’s the reason the offense is so bad. The head coach bears responsibility for the bad as much as the good. Quit putting your head in the sand. So tired of these fake fans that won’t accept reality and just keep living on ONE season where we won more than 7 games.

    • dcforuk
      11:09 pm September 29, 2019 Permalink

      Why is my comment waiting for approval? Just curious

  4. SGD
    8:03 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

    This why we only win 10 every 40 years. We are a stepchild football program. 3-9, here we come.

    8:16 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

    What’s even more embarrassing is that we’re gonna get our butts kicked by UT (again)…

    • makeitstop
      10:12 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

      At home in front of an empty stadium at this rate. Sorry, it will be half orange.

    • Trueblue44
      11:14 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

      That BS and you all wonder why we have down years. Recruits see this garbage. Stay at home, but make sure you do the same when we get back to 8,9,10 wins again

    • Jester
      3:03 pm September 29, 2019 Permalink

      40 years from now most everyone on this website won’t be around to see our next 10 win season. Wake up and smell the coffee

  6. Bourbon-n-Coke
    8:19 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

    Stoops was never hired to bring us championships, just make us respectable. He did for about 6 years but it’s becoming obvious he can no longer take us any further. Thanks coach but we will take it from here, with a new coach.

    • WKY Cat
      10:27 am September 29, 2019 Permalink


    • Trueblue44
      11:15 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

      Lmao please tell us who’d come here listening to this bullshit from computer jockeys who have never even held a football

  7. Hatchet
    8:48 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

    We are never going to have a football team that can compete every year in the SEC until the University decides to pay for a well named coach. They sure don’t have a problem paying big money for Basketball coach. Hence we are a Basketball school.

    • Middy
      10:20 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah… that worked so well when we hired Bill Curry from Alabama.

    • RealCatsFan
      10:23 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

      Yep, or when Little Brother hired Bobby P for another run. Hell, when they hired Schnellenburger it didn’t work out that well, and he had won a NC at Miami.

  8. UKFanSC
    9:00 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

    We can actually be a good football team and lose 3-4 games in this conference. But we are not a good football team.

  9. bluecat15
    9:07 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

    Defense sucks too

  10. blueblood80
    9:39 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

    No offense – 7 garbage time points. Sawyer Smith is hurt. His passes are wounded ducks, with no velocity. The supposed backup, Walker Wood, looks like he might be designing a new Moonshine still in the mountains of Eastern Ky. with pen paper and clipboard on the sideline! When the team provides entertainment value, I’ll spend my entertainment dollars watching Kentucky football. Kroger Field will be be half empty the rest of the year. With no chance to play for a New Years 6 or upper tier Bowl, there are no marquee games left. RECRUITS will see this and they will back out of verbal commitments. All recruiting momentum is lost. Still the Independence Bowl in Shreveport is in play! There could be 25,000 people there in beautiful Louisiana….What a shame.

    • makeitstop
      10:18 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

      My thoughts exactly. There is no silver lining left, this is a bad football team with an OC who is at the end of a mediocre career. Only the defense has some upside at this point so let’s pin our hopes on them and pray Brad White is the wiz kid they said he was. I for one am not going to Shreveport. And frankly right now looking at an improved Arkansas and a game at Vandy and its horrible field, I’m not sure there’s 6 wins on the schedule by any stretch of the imagination.

  11. CombatMedic_98
    3:32 pm September 29, 2019 Permalink

    Time for Peters to push Kash to the bench…

    • Trueblue44
      5:55 pm September 29, 2019 Permalink

      Can’t stand all the bashing and negativity today but this I agree with. Or at least someone else in the middle. It’s becoming a glaring hole currently