So it will always be an interesting game when Mike Leach brings a team in Lexington. And this Kentucky team badly needs a win over a wounded Bulldogs team. But considering what has been UK’s struggle so far and the game plan that a Leach coach team will have, the matchup doesn’t look great on paper. It is certainly possible Miss St. walks out of Kroger Field with a win on Saturday and if they do this fanbase starts to get quite restless. The coaching differences between Mark Stoops and Leach could not be more stark. Run heavy versus pass heavy. Conservative versus aggressive. And if Mike Leach does win on Saturday, you will certainly have some fans saying they wish a coach like him, with his strategy and mentality, was the UK coach. Don’t allow them to do it.
And it’s really easy to explain why. I am not sure that a tenure at Kentucky has ever been softened as the years have gone on more than Hal Mumme’s tenure. Look, those teams were so much fun to watch and had some of the bigger wins of the last 25 years at Kentucky. And Mike Leach was the offensive coordinator in 2 of the first 4 years of his tenure. People seem to think that was an “up” time in UK football but let’s actually remember what happened in those 4 years:
20-26 overall record
10-22 SEC record
0-4 against Florida (Combined Score: 203-104)
0-4 against Georgia
0-4 against Tennessee (Combined Score: 233-93)
2-2 against Louisville
0-2 Bowl Record
11 home losses
Finishes in the SEC: 4th, 4th, 5th, 6th
Here is Mark Stoops tenure:
44-46 overall record
20-38 SEC record
3-4 against Louisville
2-2 Bowl Record
Better record. Beaten good teams. Won bowl games. No probation. You may think the product on the field was better under Hal Mumme but the product on the scoreboard was not. It just wasn’t. And if Mike Leach walks in and wins on Saturday, that still won’t change the fact that the way Mark Stoops is running this program is working better than the way Mike Leach’s style of program worked here at Kentucky.
So don’t make that argument please.