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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Is Mark Stoops In This Company?

There is 1 question that continually has been bouncing around my head as we start to slow climb into the next football season.  Why can’t Kentucky football win the East Division of the SEC?  Sure, they have never done it.  And frankly, they have never come close.  But they have a couple things going for them this year:

  1. Returning Successful Quarterback
  2. Star Skill Player
  3. Returning Experience on Defense

Now, if you disagree with those 3 points above, then we just disagree.  But I think one legitimate question to ask that we can all agree on is whether Mark Stoops is ready to take that next step into a championship coach.  He’s more than shown abilities in recruiting and last year was a very good coaching job, but what is the next step?  Is it mid-level SEC team from here on out, or can he build a championship team?

When I wonder that question, I look at this list right here.  The last 4 coaches to win the SEC East division of the SEC:

2016: Jim McElwain, Florida
2015: Jim McElwain, Florida
2014: Gary Pinkel, Missouri
2013: Gary Pinkel, Missouri

Those guys right there are not bums.  They were/are very good college football coaches.  But they aren’t legends.  They aren’t Saban or Spurrier or Meyer.  If those guys above can win SEC East divisions, at a place like Missouri nonetheless, can’t Mark Stoops be at that level?

I look at the schedule, what Kentucky has returning, the momentum of the program, and just the sheer odds of it all, and I genuinely believe Kentucky can win the East next season.  My one and only concern is if Stoops will take that next step too.  I believe he can but he has to prove it.  Will he be a Rich Brooks or a Gary Pinkel?  That might be one of the biggest keys to 2017.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

11 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Is Mark Stoops In This Company?



  1. G Gray
    8:18 am June 1, 2017 Permalink

    If Florida beats us by 100 points again its safe to say he is not a Gary Pinkel or McElwain



    • Sentient Third Eye
      9:47 am June 1, 2017 Permalink

      Florida is not going to beat us by a 100, but for Stoops to take us to the next level, we do need the Florida monkey off our backs. This year.



  2. macsauce13
    8:28 am June 1, 2017 Permalink

    Oh look, BTI is on board now. Glad to see a positive post from you. Still suck, though.



    • ready4nineNOW
      2:10 pm June 1, 2017 Permalink

      I agree with the positive post. However, the amount of grammatical errors makes me embarrassed that we went to the same school. BTI SUCKS!



  3. 3dcatfan
    8:29 am June 1, 2017 Permalink

    The biggest question is the QB spot. We were 1 dimensional too often last yr. Intermediate passing game and turnovers must improve. If we can’t get Conrad and a host of WR’s the ball in the 5-12 yd area we won’t reach our full potential next yr. Bottomline!



  4. CatstopWontstop
    10:07 am June 1, 2017 Permalink

    In our quest to be excited about a winning (by Kentucky standards) football team, people keep overlooking the circumstances of last years “success.” The win over Louisville was UUUUGE, but it’s the only quality win the team had last year! Every other win came against a team that finished at or below .500.

    I hope the team continues it’s upward trajectory, but it’s going to need to improve significantly to get back to a bowl game because all those team in the SEC East that were awful by their standards will have made improvements too.



    • ClutchCargo
      10:59 am June 1, 2017 Permalink

      I get what you’re saying, but those wins were all accomplished with a very young and inexperienced roster and half an offense. I think our team will improve as much or more than those other teams, if we can develop a decent passing game.



    • foamfinger
      11:08 am June 1, 2017 Permalink

      I agree we need to beat teams with winning records, but also remember that this year is the first year that we will have a significant number of redshirt freshman on the field. Every prior year, we had to play the vast majority of incoming freshman out of necessity, so hopefully, we will have enough depth to rotate more players in, especially on the defensive line.



    • BigBogee
      1:24 pm June 1, 2017 Permalink

      Those Teams were at .500 due to playing the same tough SEC teams we played. It doesn’t mean they weren’t solid to good teams.



    • Eazy
      5:39 pm June 1, 2017 Permalink

      True, Big. We beat 4 teams that went to bowl games.



  5. Angelo
    12:49 pm June 1, 2017 Permalink

    We have a chance with our offensive coordinator.