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Stoops Shares Frustration on his Radio Show


The first edition of The Mark Stoops Show didn’t exclusively bring negativity.  A few callers affirmed their commitment to Stoops and his program, covering most of the negativity that otherwise filled the airwaves.   However, Stoops still had to address ugly truths.

“I think there’s some guys who hit the panic button.  It’s inexcusable.”  He said, “I thought we were past that.”

Many things went right — the play of Drew Barker and the young receivers — but nothing frustrated Stoops more than seeing his team resort to going down that familiar rough road.  “We addressed that directly today,” Stoops said.

On a lighter note, this happened:



Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

10 Comments for Stoops Shares Frustration on his Radio Show

  1. runningunnin.454
    8:02 pm September 5, 2016 Permalink

    Don’t think the players hit the panic button….the coaching staff did when they started coaching “not to lose”. Somebody told the players to forget the success of the 1st half, and start running the ball to shorten the game.

  2. 3 fan
    8:11 pm September 5, 2016 Permalink

    Stoops is frustrated????? What do you think the rest of us feel?

  3. Big Blue Shawn
    9:07 pm September 5, 2016 Permalink

    God forbid Mitch actually earn his money and hire a proven coach. I’m sure he will can stoops after next year and hire another lowly assistant.

    • stoopstroops
      10:41 pm September 5, 2016 Permalink

      For the second time today I find myself asking this in the comments section. Please tell me what proven Coach wants to come to Kentucky?

    • Han
      1:32 pm September 6, 2016 Permalink

      I’ve not given up on Stoops, but I still say they should’ve given Jim Tressel a call. He has a show-cause penalty because of what happened at OSU, but if any school has the compliance department to keep tabs on a coach, it’s ours. I have no idea if he ever wants to coach again (he’s in administration now), but if he did/does, building up a program like ours in the SEC would’ve been a challenge and a proving ground for him, plus he obviously could’ve recruited Ohio. In the grand scheme, the violations at OSU weren’t as bad as we’ve seen a lot of other places (players trading autographs and such for tattoos).

      Yeah, people would’ve crapped all over us for it, but tons of people wanted Petrino despite the bad press it would’ve brought us (a lot more than it did Louisville), and we’re used to getting crapped on anyway since everyone accuses our basketball program of cheating, and our football program is usually a joke (which has also been penalized in the past, so it’s not like we have some vaunted legacy of righteousness to protect). So assuming Compliance kept the program clean, you give him a shot to make us relevant, and if he bails for a better job after that, you hire one of his assistants or someone else with a more desirable position after the turnaround.

      Never saw anyone else discuss the idea, so maybe there’s more to Tressel than I’m aware of (more dirt, never wants to coach again, disparaged us in past, enemies here, whatever).

      All that said, if Stoops can’t start trending upward, Tressel’s show-cause ends next year anyway.

  4. Bro Ken Leggage
    9:12 pm September 5, 2016 Permalink

    St. OOPS needs to resign.

    Before, we had Joker.

    Now, we have CHOKER.

  5. cayts23
    9:20 pm September 5, 2016 Permalink

    They say “that the darkest hour of the night comes just before the dawn.” Maybe Saturday night was it, probably not, but I feel like they can only go up from here. Wishful thinking.

    • WeareBBN
      10:07 pm September 5, 2016 Permalink

      I really have tried to find some way of thinking this season is not lost, really have. However 2 things that killed us I don’t see a fix.
      1. We have zero depth at Dline, and starters are not great but may be good enough with rest. Reason starters may be ok cause in 1st half we did get pressure on QB and after 1st drive we did ok until the long td at end of the half. Yes Southern Miss helped by making mistakes but Dline was ok in 1st half.
      2. Oline..all we heard is how much better the Oline got this spring from last year…..Uh NOT, maybe they looked good because they were against our Dline. They are horrible and changes need made. We could open zero run holes, could not push this team off the line and this is not near what we will face. Also for alot of the game, including whole 2nd half they could not block me, an out of shape 50 year old. Yes we have some team talent but these 2 areas are crucial to being great, just ask Bama. Why are they great every year, LINES, both ol and dl. Don’t see those areas getting better so prepared for a long season.

    • Han
      1:34 pm September 6, 2016 Permalink

      What I said right after the game was that it was unforgivable, but if we beat Florida, it’ll be forgotten.

  6. fauxbobknight
    8:42 am September 6, 2016 Permalink

    that quote is hilarious considering you can usually see the panic and tension mounting on stoops face