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Stoops says the Kentucky football program is down 26-27 people

Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

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Lost in the shuffle of a busy Monday of news, Mark Stoops revealed just how much attrition the program has suffered as the Wildcats limp into the final week of the season.

Kentucky and South Carolina are the only teams in the SEC that have not been forced to cancel or postpone games. Even so, COVID-19’s claws have dug into the Joe Craft Football Training Facility over the last month. Stoops was without 10 players against Alabama and at least 15 at Florida. Last week he was also without ten staff members. Those totals include injured players.

When Stoops was asked the secret to Kentucky’s relative COVID-19 success on Monday, he revealed that “26 to 27″ people in the building are not available right now.

“Well, you mentioned the word luck. I’d say it’s just a matter of circumstance. It’s very different. In hindsight, the teams that really, I don’t want to use the word exposed, but that kinda used the word immunity and got a lot of guys that contracted it a lot early, were able to overcome it. We were really, really good for a long, long time and then it hit us. It hit us at a very bad time,” he said.

“When you’re already pretty thin and beat up at the end and you’re playing two of the top 5 or 6 ranked teams in the country, that’s not when you want to be thin. It’s just circumstance. It’s just what it is. It’s strange and I know we worked extremely hard to keep our players safe and worked to adhere to the protocols that were in place. It’s hitting us. I see other teams cancelling the day of and a player here and a player there. We have 26-27 people in this building who have it right now but we’re still competing and we’re playing by the rules. Again, we’re not gonna duck anybody and we’re gonna play. That’s the way I’ve always been. That’s the way we’re gonna do it.”

It’s an alarming number when you consider that college football teams only have 85 scholarship players. However, “people in this building” includes staff members, from trainers and graduate assistants, to tutors and cooks. The numbers Stoops shared also includes injured players, like Naasir Watkins and J.J. Weaver, who are out for the year after suffering season-ending knee injuries.

Article written by Nick Roush

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13 Comments for Stoops says the Kentucky football program is down 26-27 people

  1. BigBluSoTru
    11:56 am December 1, 2020 Permalink

    Excuses he throwing out now.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      12:07 pm December 1, 2020 Permalink

      ^^^Congrats to the troll on being first.

    • UKinIN
      12:35 pm December 1, 2020 Permalink


    • notFromhere
      7:32 pm December 1, 2020 Permalink

      If people think those are excuses, they don’t understand a whole lot

  2. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    12:50 pm December 1, 2020 Permalink

    So he lied about being hands off of the offense in an interview and suddenly a third of the team isn’t available and there’s reports people are opting out……..they’ve quit on him.

    • bigbowdennation
      12:52 pm December 1, 2020 Permalink

      “Suddenly”? Not sure if you’ve been following along but 15 people were out last week and this is happening all over the league.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      2:04 pm December 1, 2020 Permalink

      Um 15 isn’t a 3rd of 80.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      2:14 pm December 1, 2020 Permalink

      And I was saying half of them quit on him, with good reason.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      2:42 pm December 1, 2020 Permalink

      Come on man. Things aren’t looking good right now, true, but you can’t judge the whole team on Joseph quitting. Everyone knows he’s an attitude problem.

  3. spincr4hire
    1:00 pm December 1, 2020 Permalink

    So postpone. Alabama does it every other week.

  4. jaws2
    6:05 pm December 1, 2020 Permalink

    He could of had 100% of his players and he MAY have had won one more game. Please, name me ONE game it would have made a difference. Alabama, Florida? PAAALEEEZE! His lack of head coaching skills have lost too many games during his tenure.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      7:19 pm December 1, 2020 Permalink

      He could HAVE had 100%…

  5. notFromhere
    7:40 pm December 1, 2020 Permalink

    He didn’t say they would have won if he DID have all of his players. Never said anything like that. It’s tough when you hate someone so much that you make things up to be able to criticize them. I feel sorry for people that are so hateful