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Stoops: “We can’t beat anybody until we stop beating ourselves”


Mark Stoops met with the media this morning to discuss his team’s embarrassing loss to Florida and look ahead to Saturday’s game vs. New Mexico State. Nick and Freddie were in the building to cover the presser firsthand, but I turned on the stream as well to gather some quick hitters (and screencaps) to tide you over. As one would expect, Stoops opened by expressing his disappointment about the blowout in Gainesville, and delivered this message to fans.

“We’ve shown that we can play some good football,” Stoops said. “We know — we’ve already been down that road, it’s not acceptable to not play four quarters — but our team will play with that passion and that energy that our fanbase wants to see. We will do that, I promise you that. This team has some character, we will get back at it today. We fundamentally need to go back and be better. We can’t beat anybody until we stop beating ourselves.

Step one? Simplifying…everything.

“We need to play better and we will. It starts with simplifying some things,” Stoops said. “The first thing is to fundamentally play better football. I think we’ve got to simplify things on both sides of the football to make sure we can execute it and we need to play with that passion and energy our fans want to see.”

Attendance could be very, very low on Saturday. Stoops finished his opening remarks with this plea to fans to not give up on the squad.

“I believe in these players and I hope our fans do as well.”

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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38 Comments for Stoops: “We can’t beat anybody until we stop beating ourselves”

  1. AllBall
    1:19 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    All I heard coach say was, “you know” over and over.

  2. kc7546
    1:20 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    The better statement would be “I believe in our coaches, and I hope our fans and players do as well.”
    It appears that he placing blame on the players versus where it should actually fall which is square on the coaching staff’s backs

  3. bbanks81
    1:20 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    When exactly have you shown you can play “good football”? If playing a few quarters of comparable SEC football in 4 years, then yeah you have done that a couple times. However, you have not once shown your staff can play and WIN verse a top level quality opponent. You have shown you can get beat down by mediocre coaching staffs, consistently . Sorry Mark, your excuses run right through me and unless you pull off a miracle this year…..I wish you luck at your next DC position. Thanks for everything you have done OFF the field

  4. ukgrad83
    1:24 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    So what have they been doing for the last 3+ years? Playing tiddly winks in practice? Good grief, the time for basics is in spring practice. What a buffoon.

  5. rainman
    1:24 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    Until he addresses ill game prep, I for one am NOT BUYING WHATEVER He’s selling!

  6. Bluebros
    1:25 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    I promise!!

  7. UK Fan In Nashville
    1:26 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    “We can’t beat anybody” – Mark Stoops.

  8. drewfranklinsbeer
    1:35 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    I don’t understand it. If he isn’t telling us how they are going to stop a third down conversion, how they are going to get boom 30 touches which include some catches, and are going to target conrad 10 times a game, then I don’t really want to hear it.

    I think everyone knows the definition of insanity.

    1:40 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    Tge Ship has ssiled Stoops! You need to find a way to rip off about 8 in a row! LOLZ!!!

  10. runtsfan
    1:40 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    Does this mean that our team is incapable of understanding more than the most basic concepts?Or that they are too complicated for the coaches?

    • RealCatsFan
      2:25 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

      It’s football stuff – the fans (and apparently players) wouldn’t understand. 🙂

  11. secrick
    1:41 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    I agree with DFBEER, get Boom the ball and throw to the friggin tight end. Shit i don’t know anything about football but what he is saying sounds crazy. You should know all this before the season starts.

  12. spaghetti
    1:41 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    “It starts with simplifying some things”… What are they doing that is complicated?

    • CatK
      1:51 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

      I hear that statement, and I hear a coach that does not know what to do.

  13. secrick
    1:45 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    Oh yeah and how about getting mad on the side line and showing some emotion, blow someone’s ass out if the need it. Stop acting like a candy ass.

    • UK Fan In Nashville
      2:31 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink


  14. j4stone
    1:50 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    there are so many jokes with that statement

  15. bigtaters6957
    1:51 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    I believe in the players, i don’t believe in the coaching staff. The talent to win is there, but when your put D better suited for a 4-3 or 4-2-5 personnel wise in a 3-4 because that is what you want to run……. the coaching is clearly the problem. When Mosier is still starting over the best O-line recruit UK has ever gotten…that’s coaching. When not a single player is better at this point in their career vs the day they stepped on campus….coaching. He needs to sit there and take the blame on himself, call his brother to get some tips, call Brookes, bring in any outside help he can. Hell Bama has 3-4 ex-head coaches on their support staff, and UK doesn’t have a single HC.

  16. Willis talkin bout....
    1:52 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    At this point. This coaching staff and players need to just go into a media blackout until he resigns or wins at least 2 games in a row. This is all just throwing fuel into the burning dumpster. I hope by simplify they mean Gran has total control of the offense. Stoops takes over the Defense, preferably from the booth, and Elliot just stays at home..

  17. keiths
    1:53 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    Poor guy, He is so dumb and delusional he actually thinks they are good.

  18. Jiminy Crickets
    1:54 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    I wish KSR would go back to mid season of Mark stoops first year, and play the press conference. It has not changed in four years. “We got to get back to work”, “we’ve got to get better”, And “we’ve done some good stuff”. The truth is is that we have no linebackers capable of playing in the SEC, yet we have stuck to the 3—4 defense which exploits linebackers. We have play makers at running back and wide receiver yet we do not have any idea how to get them the ball. We have an offense of line that is “experienced”yet no one other than John Toth could start for eastern Kentucky. We have had three offensive coordinators in 4 years, which translates to no consistency. We hired a coach that was known for his defense, yet here we are in your four and we are once again one of the worst in the nation, and have been every year since he has been here. He has devoted himself to a defensive coordinator that is an arrogant jerk. I give him credit for convincing the athletic department to spend money on the program including stadium expansion, and the training facility. But his ability to be a head coach has been on display for four years, and he has failed. He has had four straight top 30 recruiting classes, and his teams get worse every year

  19. JoshI1985
    1:56 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    It’s all boils down to Stoops. He’s in over his head. UK doesn’t want to fork out the money for a coach that actually has/had head coaching experience. Stoops just needs to give it up. 4 years and nothing to show for it. He can’t even coach his own recruits. He blames his players more then blaming his-self for his poor coach. UK comes out big in the first half, and the other team makes adjustments at half Stoops doesn’t and then they lose (look at most of last year and the first game this year). He’s a sorry excuse for a head football coach. Supposed to be this big time Defensive guru but the D looks like shit, the offense looks like they’ve never played with each other. A 3-star QB at Loserville is doing better then a 4 star QB at Kentucky. Watch out for more recruits to decommit. Elam and them I bet are regretting their decisions on coming to UK.

    • stoopstroops
      2:28 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

      At some point fans need to realize that regardless of how much money Kentucky has to “fork out”, proven coaches don’t want to coach at UK. I’ve commented on multiple posts since the season started about getting a “Proven Coach”, but no one has ever come up with at least 1 name of a new HC. Bottom line- if a HC has current success they’re not leaving for UK, if they haven’t had any success then why would we want them.

    • UK Fan In Nashville
      2:36 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

      Jim Tressel has 99 days left on his show-cause period.

    • stoopstroops
      2:40 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

      I assumed that would be the first name mentioned. If you think that Jim Tressel will go from a top tier college football team to Kentucky you are delusional. As soon as he’s able he will have multiple offers much better than UK.

    • JoshI1985
      3:00 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

      Bobby Petrino for one wanted to come to UK but UK wouldn’t accept his request for an Interview because of his passed. Were did he go? WKU and what did he do in his first year as coach there? Beat Stoops. Now look what he has done with Louisville. Yeah his passed was an issue but that was a coach with coaching experience and NFL head coaching experience that wanted to come to UK. Levi Smith (Bears old coach) UK was eyeballing but chose Stoops instead. UK has the money to get a high caliber coach if they wanted to. There’s plenty of coaches out there with better experience. Stoops wasn’t and isn’t the answer, he WAY over his head. UK should by now, be 1-1 and at least gave Florida a run. UK did neither, Florida used UK as a practice game and the only reason UK scored was bc Florida put in their second string. If you honestly think Stoops is doing a good job, you yourself is delusional. Recruiting he’s doing an A+, coaching? D- at best. To many games lost on poor coaching decisions.

    • stoopstroops
      3:44 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

      I’m not saying stoops is the answer and I’m not saying they won’t land someone better next time. (hopefully we do) But the fact that some fans think that Lane Kiffin would come here or Les Miles after he gets canned this year is absurd. I wouldn’t want petrino here if he would do it for free and win 8 games every year. That being said they’re good quality coaches out there that would come but some fans need to reel in the expectations.

    • Mathlete
      3:47 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

      The guys talked about it on the show today… we’re not going to get a premier coach to come to UK. There’s 3 kinds of coaches who’ll come here – hotshot coordinators/mid-major head coaches looking for an upgrade, mediocre coaches who are over-the-hill, or people who have some kind of trouble in their past

      Guys we should look at are in those categories. Jim Harbaugh isn’t walking through that door.

  20. W1ldCats4Life
    2:14 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    Has anyone ever noticed in the past 4 coaches at UK, all but Brooks, had the same thing to say…”we just have to simplify and get back to basic fundamentals.”

    Amy I wrong in thinking that it’s really not that complicated at the Florida’s, Bama’s, USC’s, Tennessee’s of the world? Or do they over scheme so much that it is highly complicated and UK just recruits players that can’t learn those schemes?

    • Sentient Third Eye
      2:27 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

      That’s a pretty good question. I would love to hear Freddie’s perspective on that one.

      I suspect that they may over-scheme some, given that at UK coaches have to compensate for a talent deficiency compared to the Alabamas and Floridas. Perhaps they are asking guys to “run before they can walk”? Notice that the coaches in that situation have been the less-experienced head coaches (Stoops, Joker), and guys used to coaching a higher talent level than they have at UK.

    • stoopstroops
      2:37 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

      I believe that the talent gap is so large between lower SEC teams and higher SEC teams that the schemes have to be more complex, You’re not going to beat the Alabama, Florida, Georgia, with out having a complex game plan. Some Universities can line up and put a hat on a hat and win because they are bigger, faster, stronger. This is not the case at UK, you either out coach or you lose.

    • DelrayCat
      2:52 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

      Good coaching is most important in football… compared to other sports. Just consider the New England patriots. They seem to win with anyone they put out there… And it’s because of the coaching and culture created. Sure you can say Tom Brady is the man…the GOAT. But would he have been the man elsewhere? I think it’s debatable, especially considering a guy like Matt Cassel went 11—5 there And has done nothing in the NFL anywhere else. It’s why Jimmy Garapolo can look like an all pro in his first pro start. The staff is not only great at schemes, but in evaluating talent. Translate that to the college level and you have teams like Boise State and BYU that perennially overachieve…maybe not the best examples but you get my point . The fact is we have poor coaching and are saddled with average to inferior talent compared to who we play . This does not bode well for success .

    • Mathlete
      3:55 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

      Some coaches are successful because they recruit the best players who fit the system (Chip Kelly), others get the best players they can and tweak their system a little at a time to match what skills they have (Chris Peterson).

      Stoops’ staff takes the best players they can get and then tries to shoehorn them into a style they might not be well suited to play.

  21. DelrayCat
    2:35 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    The thing that is rarely said is the simple fact that Kentucky simply does not have the numbers. You go to any school that’s a top program such as Alabama, Tennessee or Florida… And they have well over 150 or more players on their team. Just check out the roster for Alabama, and you’ll see two or three guys with every single jersey number. This means they have as many walk on’s as scholarship players… and many of those walk on’s could have easily gotten a scholarship to lesser-known program such as Kentucky. Not contrast that with Kentucky who simply has no depth and is forced to play guys who are clearly misses in the evaluation of their true potential (e.g. Matt Elam). Other teams would have four or five guys capable of stepping up and playing due to an injury or a bust, but Kentucky is forced to play that one guy or true freshman time and time again. Only awaiting culture will allow for guys to want to come to Kentucky in this circumstance… Especially given that Kentucky has no natural recruiting grounds other than the handful of guys from the state every year good enough to play at a high-level . Unfortunately, the best of those seem to be going to Alabama, Louisville, and places like Notre Dame. Until a coach can develop a consistent culture of winning, this will be the case .

  22. Badboy
    2:37 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    “We got to get back to work”, “we’ve got to get better”, And “we’ve done some good stuff”.

    Nothing but platitudes. I remember hearing the same ones from Bill Curry 20 years ago!

  23. shaq_diesel
    3:04 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    There are so many issues with the program right now that it’s hard to determine which one to address. But I do think the first order of business is to fire the DC Eliot. I think he cannot or will not adjust his defense to the strength of what we have. We’d be better off in a 4-3 or 4-2-5 look. The 3-4 is getting us killed up front, most often with our LBs playing with linemen in their laps before they can play the ball. And in 4 years why don’t we have at least depth at positions? Cmon now.
    Offensively I can withhold some judgment on Gran. 2 games is not enough to judge what he can do. At least he has the guts to say he is going work to fix it. Have you heard that from Eliot? I haven’t.

  24. ky1988
    5:48 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    Time for players step up and play like men. You can’t blame coaching staff for everything. They can’t tackle and can’t play for the players.