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The Five Best Things Mark Stoops Said at Today’s Presser


The Difference in the Defense

Mark Stoops brought plenty of positivity to today’s press conference.  “It was really nice to see us play well in all three phases.” Stoops added, “I felt like we made some big gains and we need to continue to do that.”

The biggest gains came on the defensive side of the ball.  They didn’t schematically change what they’ve been doing all season.  Previously, they were missing the little things, but on Saturday, they finally put it all together.

“There was better technique.  There was better effort.  We executed our assignments much better.”  Stoops’ coach-speak might not translate very well, so he broke it down even further.

“When you have plays defended and you have guys in the right spot, you gotta do that.  If you have the right thing called in the right situation and you’re in perfect position, there’s supposed to be 2nd and 10 by the play you called and the play they called, it better be 2nd and 10.  It better not 2nd and 2. Then you got no shot.  There’s enough pressure on you across the board.  You have to make plays.”

Some will translate that as, “Stoops throws players under bus.”  A real translation, “If you draw up the play perfectly and can tackle the guy in the backfield, you don’t let him break that tackle and go for 8 more yards.”

Even though Kentucky was much better at the line of scrimmage, recording 5 tackles for loss and 3 sacks, there were still a few that got away.  They were better, but Stoops knows they can be even better moving forward.

On a related note, Kash Daniel received his first reps at middle linebacker all season.  They planned on rotating him into the game even more.  Expect to see his reps increased this weekend.

The Boom and Benny Show

With a junior college transfer in his first game starting under center, Kentucky needed to run the ball well to leave the game victorious.  The one-two punch of Benny Snell and Boom Williams did exactly what they needed to do.

“It’s gonna take those tough yards to win tough games,” Stoops said.  “I think they complement each other very well.”

Snell’s physicality and mentality enable him to power through piles of people, while Williams’ athleticism is unrivaled.  However, Boom’s ability isn’t the thing Stoops has been most impressed with this season.

“He’s really grown up.  He’s really maturing,” Stoops said.  “He’s always been a talented guy but he’s more detailed in his runs, and his mentality is much better.  It’s great to see him on the sidelines smacking Benny on the head and giving him a high five and cheering with that complement, instead of it just being about Boom.”



Evaluating Stephen Johnson

“I saw a guy that made plays when he had to.  He really did what he had to do to manage the game and win the game.”

Stoops was not happy with the turnovers, but as the game progressed, Johnson’s decision-making improved.

“There were some throws that he could’ve forced later, but he didn’t.  He made good decisions and got critical first downs with his legs.”

Alabama is No. 1 For a Reason


Mark Stoops showed the utmost respect for the Crimson Tide.  “From top to bottom, they do things right,” and  “We haven’t faced anything like this,” were just a few of the times he sent praise Alabama’s way.

One reporter asked Stoops if the team believed they were capable of taking down the defending National Champs, but he wasn’t going to give them any bulletin board material.  He responded with an angry look, “You trying to get a headline?”

The best saying I learned from Stoops is the term he used to describe Bama’s special teams: “War daddies.”

Close Connections with Alabama

There are a few people in the Alabama program that played a part in Mark Stoops’ Kentucky career.  No one helped more than Derrick Ansley.

Even though the former secondary coach knows Stoops’ system, not much needs to be changed.  “Our signals are different, they’re changed, but we don’t have to change much about what we do,” Stoops said.

Running back Damien Harris could have changed the Kentucky program if he stayed home for school.  Instead, he’s Alabama’s leading rusher.  Stoops sees exactly what he expected when they were recruiting him; an explosive back with great vision that can change a game.

Just because Harris didn’t come to Kentucky, doesn’t mean the two still aren’t in touch.  Stoops said the pair got lunch together when Harris was back in town over the summer, “But I’ll keep what happened between he and I.”

Article written by Nick Roush

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

24 Comments for The Five Best Things Mark Stoops Said at Today’s Presser

  1. knowitall
    2:53 pm September 26, 2016 Permalink

    I was away for a few days. What exactly were the rumors that i keep hearing about?

    • The REAL Billy Hill
      3:20 pm September 26, 2016 Permalink

      They’re too stupid to repeat.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      3:46 pm September 26, 2016 Permalink

      Rumor had it that Stoops, between coaching gigs, once moonlighted as the yellow Teletubby during that show’s fourth season. However, there is no evidence to back up the accusation.

    • Mathlete
      3:51 pm September 26, 2016 Permalink

      Not only did he moonlight as the Yellow Teletubby, he also owns a Sri Lankan sweatshop making Nike footballs in the offseason.

      Also, Jon Gruden was shopping for horse farms in Versailles and Billy Donovan is already a done deal.

  2. wildcatmatt27
    3:00 pm September 26, 2016 Permalink

    “What changed from last week to this week…why did you have so much success.”

    “blah, blah, blah, we played South Carolina and they suck, blah, blah, blah….”

    • The REAL Billy Hill
      3:22 pm September 26, 2016 Permalink

      GO CATS, amirite?

    • secrick
      3:29 pm September 26, 2016 Permalink

      They won , that’s all that matters. very one can’t play Marshall.

    • The Duder
      3:33 pm September 26, 2016 Permalink

      Secrick: How about Fl St? Or may we should schedule a CUSA school like So Miss? Or maybe a juggernaut like EKU, we can beat them in OT.

    • The REAL Billy Hill
      3:35 pm September 26, 2016 Permalink

      Duder: this is a UK site, not a cardinal site.

    • The Duder
      5:24 pm September 26, 2016 Permalink

      I know. But trying to bash Louisville right now when we should’ve hired their coach and he is making national headlines for being a great coach and we are a laughing stock is pretty pathetic. I want us to be great at football, more than basketball. Therefore I want the best candidate and that was Petrino at the time. Nobody except desperate KY fans looking to bash Louisville in some way give a crap about his past.

      I hate that people are ok with the state of the program right now. After 4 years of barely beating FCS schools and losing to teams like WKU and So Miss and Vandy while getting mashed by everyone else is embarrassing.

    • The REAL Billy Hill
      6:21 pm September 26, 2016 Permalink

      I agree. Golly, I wish Mitch could return UK football to its glory days…. whenever that was.
      Hasn’t been in my lifetime. Or my father’s, for that matter…. But yeah, its now or never MITCH!!!

      I mean, we deserve it, right? We’re entitled to it, because of our basketball success I suppose, to have a great football team in the toughest conference in the country. Right?

      I mean, we are fans!!!! Hurrah!!!!

    • The Duder
      7:12 pm September 26, 2016 Permalink

      Well Billy. I never said return to prominence, but I think being able to comfortably beat a CUSA school or New Mexico St or EKU or WKU or Vandy or sometimes compete with TN or GA isn’t asking the world. Louisville can do it. Boise was able to do it. Houston did it. Cincinnati went to an orange bowl. Ole Miss did it. Miss St did it. South Carolina was able to do it despite no history of football before Lou Holtz. What’s your point? I think two Major coaching hire mistakes because of personal hatred are a big read flag. Also, the guy at Colorado wanted to come here and they just beat Oregon. But you seem smart.

    • BluKudzu
      11:47 pm September 26, 2016 Permalink

      Lot of Cardinal noise for a UK sight. Different opinion from the blissfully ignorant=card fan. That is so WEAK.
      “Babe, that dress makes you look fat.”
      “Yeah, well you are a Cards fan, Petrino is the devil.”

    • UK Big Board Update
      8:07 am September 27, 2016 Permalink

      And your comments are always super gay.

  3. The Duder
    5:40 pm September 26, 2016 Permalink

    My detailed comments keep “awaiting moderation” whatever that means so i will try again:

    What makes all of the positive Stoops supporters so happy with where we are and why do you believe he is the man to fix it?

    Here’s why I think he isn’t:
    1. Lose to WKU
    2. Lose to Vandy
    3. Lose to So Miss
    4. Go to OT to beat EKU
    5. Teams get worse throughout the year
    6. No players seem to improve or get better
    7. Many transferred players tweeting mysterious things about the team and staff
    8. 3 offensive coordinators in four years but we can’t stop CUSA schools or New Mexico St from getting 40+. Why aren’t we talking about a new DC? Isn’t Stoops a defensive genious?
    9. Louisville has had worse recruiting classes every year, but has become a top 3 team with a Heisman QB. That is coaching
    10. Signs saying “at least we are not KY” and commentators saying things like the “worst defense in the history of college football” and “Year four of a rebuild and this is what you have to show?” That is embarrassing and recruits watch those shows
    11. Lack of on field production is causing recruits to rethink and recommit elsewhere
    12. Not being able to even compete with the likes of TN and GA
    13. Having the worst SEC East in my lifetime and not being able to climb above the bottom 2
    14. Louisville beating us every year. Say what you want about their conference, when it comes to UK they dominate.

    So I ask again, why is he the man for the job and why should he stay or we be excited about it?

    • RealCatsFan
      5:49 pm September 26, 2016 Permalink

      I am not saying Stoops is “the man for the job”, but Petrino is a despicable human being, and it is only a matter of time before he gets caught putting his wiener where it doesn’t belong – again.

    • The Duder
      5:55 pm September 26, 2016 Permalink

      I don’t care where he puts his wiener. If it’s not rape it doesn’t matter. Adultery is not a reason to not hire a football coach. I don’t need a family man or a man of god. I need a football coach. Win games and don’t cheat (with the NCAA) to do it is all I care about. If you leave in 2 years, then you had to do a pretty damn good job to get a better one so I’m happy either way because you left us in a better place than we were.

    • The REAL Billy Hill
      6:24 pm September 26, 2016 Permalink

      Unfortunately, the people who matter the most, which is the majority of fans, and, ahem, the boosters, DO care where he puts his weiner.

    • The Duder
      7:01 pm September 26, 2016 Permalink

      Well, if we fired or failed to hire everyone for adultery then the world wouldn’t have too many job holders. I like how you managed to gloss over the 14 facts I listed above as to why Stoops isn’t the answer tho without any reason as to why you think we should be behind him. The Petrino ship has sailed, I’m over it. It’s just that Barnhardt has once again failed to hire the best coach for the job. Cal wasn’t hired for his slimy past even tho he was the right hire.

      It’s ok. I get it, KY fans would rather be name calling doofuses than have Louisville “leftovers” and be relevant in football. The man that was called the smartest mind in football by Tom Coughlin (two time super bowl head coach) was the best candidate available. We had a chance to hire one of the top 5 football coaches in the country and for UK to do that would be unprecedented. If that means he has a little tarnish on him then so be it. Keep hiring coordinators to come in and be head coaches and we will keep being the laughing stock in football.

      Art Briles didn’t rape anybody either, and I’m all for him too.

  4. runningunnin.454
    7:46 pm September 26, 2016 Permalink

    Once again, the beauty of prose is thrift. We have another Dude….r that likes to hear himself type.
    And I’m getting a headache.

  5. BluKudzu
    10:26 pm September 26, 2016 Permalink

    How about this Stoops and Barnhart fans:
    Ignorance is bliss.
    How’s that for thrift?

  6. BluKudzu
    11:41 pm September 26, 2016 Permalink

    Winning % of .454 gets you into the Ky Sports HOF as a football coach. At 35%, he is almost there.