It was ugly, about as ugly as it gets and Stoops didn’t try to hold back his frustration after the game.
He was upset at the effort, the execution and the inability to handle adversity. “Give em credit, they beat our butts in all phases,” Stoops said. “We’ve gotta play with a lot stronger attitude and mentality than that.”
He didn’t pile on or pick on any individuals in the locker room afterwards. One thing he would not tolerate – moping. If they are going to put their heads down, they are going to put their heads down and go to work. “You can’t hide,” he said. “You go to work and you man up.”
Stoops is determined to prevent the terrible feeling from being too infectious, but there’s only one way to get rid of it:
“The only way you make this feeling go away is get a victory.”
He has had enough. Moving forward, he made a pledge for improved production as Kentucky desperately seeks to get back on the winning path.
“We will coach better, they will play better, and we will put it all on the line to get victory number five this week.”