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Stoops, “There’s not one bit of panic.”

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Mark Stoops has been much more distraught after losses, even though they haven’t been much uglier than this one.

“Let me tell ya, I felt pretty rough after the 3-point loss and the 5-point loss too.  I’ve felt a heck of a lot worse than I do right now,” Stoops said with his chin held high.

His defense gave up an absurd amount of yards, there were plenty of dumb penalties and multiple turnovers, but they simply got outplayed by a much better, more experienced team and will not allow it to ruin their season.  “It’s not like we don’t care,” Patrick Towles said.  After all, it is only one loss.

It’s tough to swallow because they were hanging in tight, with a chance to take a lead heading into halftime.  Then, the wheels began to fall off.

“I think the game got away from us very quickly at the end of the first half when it was 14-10,” Stoops said.  “I really wanted to get out of that half, and I think we threw three straight incompletions and missed a field goal.  The rest really was history.”

The incompletions stopped the clock, giving State another opportunity to score.  Then Stoops second-guessed himself.  Questioning whether or not to go for it on 4th and 3, it took too long and he needed to take a timeout to prevent the play clock from expiring and earning a delay of game penalty.  MacGinnis made the field goal as the timeout was called, making many believe that he was trying to ice his own kicker (which is absolutely ridiculous).

Stoops thought about going for it on 4th down, in hindsight he would have, but the hesitation cost the Cats.  MacGinnis missed the ensuing kick.  “I was very frustrated with that whole sequence,” Stoops said.

Kentucky had another chance to get it down to one-score late in the game, but a 15-yard penalty pushed them too far back.  Regardless, Stoops knows the opportunities were there, but once again they didn’t capitalize.  Now, it’s on to the next one.

“There’s not one bit of panic.  That’s a good football team that beat us.  We’ll go back to work, believe me.”


Article written by Nick Roush

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

19 Comments for Stoops, “There’s not one bit of panic.”

  1. Rixter
    12:16 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    Well, maybe there should be.

    • Master Baiter
      12:31 am October 25, 2015 Permalink


    • tippytoe
      9:39 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

      Sorry coach, I just pushed that button. Charlotte doesn’t look winnable at this point-

  2. James
    12:17 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    Im just gonna throw it out there, you shouldnt panic, but you should feel worse about a 30 point beatdown than 2 close losses. Losing is bad, getting demolished is embarrassing and hurts the momentum in recruiting, in your drive to a bowl game and as men. Poor game prep, and bad in game coaching. Maybe theyll get better, but they haven’t yet.

  3. Trailer Trash Cat
    12:23 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    Keep calm, Drake and Kash is on there way

    • SEC
      8:29 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

      Maybe they can join Barker and Elam.

  4. Stuck in Rocky Snot TN
    12:42 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    Dear Santa please bring Kentucky twenty two five starts to next years team!!

  5. inside info2
    1:15 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    Is the coaching staff going to learn anything during this season? There have been way too many screw ups like the field goal this year.

  6. Brian Kassinger
    1:56 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    Should be. Coaching staff at this point is looking like keystone cops. Always behind the on-field action..

    • Brian Kassinger
      2:08 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

      What I am never enthusiastic about is a staff that is not prepared for theit opponent. That was never more obvious then this game. Very dissapointed.

  7. Kevin C.
    4:38 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    Why should there be? You got a ridiculous raise after your 5-1 start last year, and you’re 4-9 since…likely to be 5-13 by the end of the season. You’re living the high life, without a care in the world, while the program continues to be the laughing stock of the SEC.

    • DCHagy
      1:58 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

      Completely agreed Kevin. This situation can be compared to Joker’s “coach-in-waiting” mess. If you can continue to get raise after raise for doing absolutely NOTHING, why would you be concerned about your job?

  8. KentuckyRLD
    9:14 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    I am afraid that saying there is “not one bit of panic” would be a very sad bit of news for UK fans. A coach who would not feel some panic at this point in the season after such an embarrassing loss really does not understand the problem and is very likely not capable of ever fixing the problem with UK football. Next time why not hire someone who actually has had successful head coaching experience.

  9. Big D
    9:25 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    So what do you want him to say? “Yea, we’ve got to panic now?” They know what time it is. Ain’t no one that gets more frustrated than I do, but with building a program comes growing pains. Same goes for the staff. We’re 2 years away.

  10. Apathetic Cat
    9:55 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    More of the same to come- over hyped recruiting classes, poor coaching, poor game preparation, missed opportunities….. Etc.
    This will likely go on for another 2-3 years then we’ll fire the staff and look for another mediocre, at best coach.
    UK needs a big time, proven coach to turn this historically awful football program around. Unfortunately none will ever consider. I can’t blame them either.
    We may be in the SEC, but we’re nothing like SEC schools and programs (with exception to Vandy). CWS, and Lexington in general, has the vibe of some Northern/Midwest mid major program. This has become more and more apparent to me after living in Nashvile for 10 + years, where there’s a pretty stout fan base for each of every SEC school.
    I’m a born and raised UK fan, UK grad, and will always love this program, but at the same time I’m able to undestand what our football program is….and has been. CWS will never be a fraction of a Neyland or a Sanford…. Sad but true

  11. UKFootballdoubter
    10:10 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    What panic? Program has sucked for so many years there is nothing to panic about. Again, Stoops recruiting classes and coaching staff hires are soooooo overhyped. This program can only compete with bottom dwellers. We are a basketball school and football will always be second fiddle. Next week will be another beat down in front of a national audience. I see no improvement coming.

  12. Kat 308
    10:59 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    There should be no panic when you panic it just makes it worse. If you don’t believe in stoops go cheer for Tennessee. That is the only game this year where we had no chance to win with a team where all of our good players basically are underclassmen. We could easily only have just one loss and we panic when we get beat handily once it happens suck it up and move on or you will just keep losing if you panic. He is building a program that when he got here had NAIA talent if you cant see improvement then quit watching. Now lets beat Tennessee.

    • UKFootball4Real
      2:47 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

      I am amazed to see so many posts/comments on this subject who are finally holding the UK Football Program to the same standards as the UK Basketball program. It’s about time.

      For all of those UK Fans who can’t do so, I ask you this: “Would you accept this embarrassment and losing if it were UK’s Basketball Team?”

      Let’s look at facts!

      a). The ONLY high points of this season just lost their high: USC lost their coach and everyone else beats them. Vandy just beat Mizzo… so wha???
      b). The ONLY win from an SEC Team for Auburn, so far, is against Kentucky: who should have beaten them but gave away another game.
      c). Even the “cake walks” on our UK schedule gave us problems and should have beaten us: ULLA and EKU.
      d). This is STOOPS & CO third year: He has had freshman on campus that HE recruited for 3 years now: they are Juniors: Yet Mississippi State’s was loaded with freshman and their Defensive line had 3 Freshman…and ripped right through our O-line ALL NIGHT LONG.
      e). The UK OC (Dawson) continues to lack imagination and is too easy to predict. We no longer have any misdirection, Wildcat, or flea Flicker plays. However, MSU sure made our defense look silly last night with very imaginative offensive play calling.
      f). Our A.D. hired a Head Football Coach with NO HEAD COACHING EXPERIENCE. NONE.
      g). Our New O.C. hired last year, had limited play calling at WVU…but we hired him. LIMITED.

      It’s NOT about “if you don’t like us…go root for” issues. It’s about holding our Football Program to the same standards as we hold our Basketball program…and it’s about time.

      Personally, I was ON BOARD for three seasons… but it’s obvious this Coaching Staff can really recruit… but that train left the station empty: he can’t coach talent.

      I know a conference KNOWN for having great D-I BCS “coaches in waiting”: Hey Mitch? Better start looking at the MAC for your next successful hire. After all… it took you TWO TRIES to get it right in Basketball… and you have ONE STRIKE in football.

      GO BIG BLUE.

  13. UKBlue1!
    9:20 am October 26, 2015 Permalink

    Right now it appears their are only 2 more winnable games left on the schedule: Charlotte and Vandy. Vandy right now appears to be about a 50/50. If we don’t bring our A game we will get beat. We are now stirring 5-7 or 6-6 in the face. This team looks bad over the last 3 games. I hope we get it turned around by next Saturday or UT will kick our backsides.