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Things Mark Stoops Said at Today’s Press Conference


Cheers to Those who Didn’t Quit

Once Drew Barker was sacked on the first play, the wind was taken out of the team’s sails.  When things didn’t go their way, Kentucky reacted poorly.

“I could talk about it until I’m blue in the face about handling adversity and responding, and we didn’t for whatever reason.  That, we’ll get fixed.”  Stoops said it starts today in practice.

Jordan Jones was one of the few that didn’t give up.  After the game he called out his teammates who did appear to quit when the going got tough.  Stoops didn’t have a problem with what Jones said, but instead of using the word “quit” he said,  “I’d rather have guys respond the way he does.”

There was one other guy who did not back down from the fight — Kyle Meadows.  Meadows was responsible for giving up the first sack, but he did not let it determine how he played the rest of the game.

“He really came back and played a heck of a game and really fought the rest of the way which was good to see for him.  He played one of his better games against some very talented guys.”

Stoops is Disappointed in the Secondary

The secondary was hyped to be one of the best in the SEC ahead of the season, yet few SEC defenses have given up more passing yards than Kentucky.  Sometimes the defensive backs may be trying to do too much, but that’s no excuse.  He’s disappointed in the first two weeks and is taking the matter into his own hands today.

“They’re good kids.  They mean well.  They just don’t understand yet and they’re sophomores. I’ll be in their meeting to day.  Their football IQ is going up.”

Personnel Changes

There are updates on injured players, suspended players and a player who was dealing with an NCAA issue.

  • Stoops is “confident” he will have George Asafo-Adjei ready to play after the sophomore missed the flight to Florida while dealing with an ankle injury.  Cole Mosier’s status is unsure, potentially thrusting Landon Young into his first career start.
  • Kobie Walker did not make the trip to Florida after ten tackles in his first career game.  Suspended for week two, Stoops has not yet decided on Walker’s future.
  • Jordan Bonner appeared on the two-deep for the first time.  Coaches insisted his absence was due to his late arrival, but today Stoops revealed that he was also dealing with an NCAA issue.  UK appealed an NCAA decision and did not receive word of his eligibility until the week before the season started.
  • Another Jordan, Jordan Griffin, will be worked into the rotation at cornerback while Stoops hopes he can save Henry Clay product Davonte Robinson for a redshirt.

How the Coaching Staff Responded

After the game Mark Stoops said it was time to “get back to work.”  Although it was “business as usual,” sticking to the same routine, they took a much deeper dive into the film to figure out what went wrong in the first two weeks.

“The routine stays the same,” Stoops said involving film grading and meetings, but there were some changes.  “We had to spend some extra time analyzing ourselves.  That’s for sure.”

The coaches hope to simplify the the playbook, while not entirely scrapping what they’ve developed so far.  “You have to stick to the things that you know that will help you win.”

Help from Bret Bielema

Reaching a new low, Mark Stoops needed some perspective from an outsider to help move his team forward.  Stoops shared some words with his old friend Bret Bielema on how to approach this week to help get this team back on track.

The Greatest Gut Punch

“It didn’t appear to me that we had a lot of belief in winning that game.”

When a fan doesn’t believe Kentucky can beat Florida, that’s understandable.  It’s incomparable when the players don’t believe.  Why even play the game?

Article written by Nick Roush

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

14 Comments for Things Mark Stoops Said at Today’s Press Conference

  1. BigO
    2:24 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    I am not sure what else Stoops can say but if I hear “We gotta get back to work” one more time and basically have no change in the outcome I am going to explode. Clearly whatever “getting back to work” entails with this team over the past 4 years is not helping. Not sure what the answer is but I am not Stoops or Barnhart making the big bucks….they are and they better figure this out PDQ!

  2. Mathlete
    2:46 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    Hypothetically… if Stoops gets the boot this year, do we go after Jeff Brohm? How poetic would it be that Louisville hired one of our all time best and beloved basketball coaches (at the time), and then we go hire one of their all time best and most beloved football coaches?

    I’ve said before (in frustration) that I’d rather lose with Stoops than win with little bro’s leftovers (referring to Petrino), but honestly Brohm wouldn’t be all that bad.

    • W1ldCats4Life
      3:03 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

      Did you see what Neal Brown and Troy did this weekend with Clemson? They were 2 calls away from beating #2 on their home field.

      Troy has SouthernMiss this weekend…watch what happens there and then you may want to put the crosshairs on Brown and go all in to bring the Ky Boy back home.

    • memphis
      3:07 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

      Neal Brown was pushed out the door a couple years ago. I don’t know that he’s itching to jump back into this fiasco.

    • W1ldCats4Life
      3:14 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

      Yeah, I’d still like to know the truth behind that debacle. IF he was infact pushed out, someone needs to lose their job

    • Mathlete
      3:20 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

      Neal Brown is doing well so far this year, and I would be all for bringing him back if he’s interested and Stoops gets the ax, but he hasn’t had a lot of on-field success yet which is also our major criticism of Stoops. But that’s an interesting argument, who’s having more success as a coach so far?

      – Brohm inherited an 8-5 WKU team that was actually in decent shape and improved them to a 12-2 team last year who won a conference title and gave Bama a hard time this weekend. They’ve blown out most of the average teams they’ve played and been competitive against the good ones.

      – Brown inherited a *really* bad Troy team and improved them by 1 win last year, but got curb stomped by every good team they played. They did hang with Clemson last week, but that could be as much of an aberration as a trend line (think Nichols at UGA, play that game 100x and UGA wins almost all of them running away).

      I’m not saying we *have to* hire either one right now, but if Stoops can’t pull us out of this nosedive and we see a change at the top, those two guys should probably be expecting phone calls.

    • stoopstroops
      3:24 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

      IMO I think Brohm is a better coach and recruiter than Neal would be, but I couldn’t live with the thought that any time he would up and leave as soon as UofL called.

    • W1ldCats4Life
      3:34 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

      Recruiting doesn’t seem to be as big of a problem….we’ve now had 4 top 30 recruiting classes and we’ve gotten worse annually. Granted this year is only 2 games in & I’d prefer to start 2-4 on the season and finish 6-0 vs. what we’ve been doing.

      That being said, if recruiting is as good as said it boils down to coaching….and if Neal Brown is successful with his “lowly” recruits it means he can flat out coach. That same holds true from Brohm…but I’m with you I think as soon as UL calls he’s dropping us like a bad habit.

    • Mathlete
      3:40 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

      Brown went 4-8 last season, Troy went 3-9 without him the year before. Wait and see how this season plays out before declaring him “successful,” but Brohm took an average team and won a conference title last year.

      Leaving for Louisville’s a real concern, but Petrino would have to leave again for that to happen (they’re not going to fire him unless he kills somebody, they’re like Trump supporters in that regard).

      Even if that all played out exactly like we laid out, would it be worth it to get UK to a point where another coach might want the job?

    • inside info2
      3:45 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

      Neal Brown was not forced out at UK. He got along with everyone reasonably well. If anything, he was forced IN. Barnfart and Tim Couch wanted Stoops to hire someone with UK ties. Brown was the best available.

      He left to take a HC position at another school he had ties to. Nothing wrong with that. But his career is too short to talk about him coming here.

      I don’t see Brohm coming here. He’s at a place with no pressure and doing well. I can’t imagine him leaving there if he thinks the UL job may be open within the next couple of years.

  3. 2Dogs
    4:13 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    Play Kash Daniel. They may run circles around him but at least he won’t quit.

  4. AllBall
    4:22 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    UK football can’t select a future coach from candidates that were formerly good coordinators or head coaches because our coaching tree is awful. We literally have no continuity. The # of coaches that have been @ UK and went on to make a name for themselves to consider for the HC is almost non-existent. Compare that to other college football teams and things become clear.
    I think the only reason we don’t cheat is the potential blow back on basketball. Otherwise, what does the football program have to lose? They can’t vacate wins that aren’t there or prohibit bowl games you can’t make.

  5. bluecat15
    6:44 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    People can think what they want but the bottom line is the game is won or lost in the trenches. Our defensive line and schemes are pathetic. Our offensive line is pathetic. If you don’t have solid lines the game will be lost. Our line coaches evidently can’t coach and we have a head coach that can’t coach any position. If you can’t develop talent, you can’t coach period….!! In stoops case he can’t coach so he’s dependent upon who he surrounds himself with. His lines coaches are terrible and it doesn’t matter who they recruit, they are pitiful!!!!! They do a disservice to the young men they bring on campus. FIRE them all due to incompetence.

  6. Howdy Doody
    9:49 am September 13, 2016 Permalink

    As long as UK hangs on the Football Albatross that is Stoops we will all be moaning for the rest of the decade. Brohm will not come to UK. His family alliance bleeds red. He is a Louisville guy 100%. It’s not like Rick who had no allegiance to either school prior to coming here. To Rick a job is a job. To Brohm it is family.