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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Was Mississippi State Stoops’ 2006 Georgia

Mark Zerof | USA Today

Mark Zerof | USA Today

Mark Zerof | USA Today

I’ve seen a lot of feedback from the “real” UK football plan this week about how all of those people, including myself, who were down on the Stoops program coming into last weekend need to apologize or admit our mistakes or whatever.  Screw that.  You can admit that up to last weekend the Mark Stoops program had been a vast disappointment while also admitting this fact:

-There might be an easy comparison to the Mississippi State win to what turned the Rich Brooks program around.

In Year 4 of the Rich Brooks era, his team was sitting at 4-4 and for his UK tenure, Brooks was sitting at 13-29.  Without question, the fans were not on Rich Brooks side.  And fans were right.  UK was floundering under Brooks.  And then the University of Georgia rolled into Lexington with Matt Stafford at quarterback.  UK hadn’t beat Georgia since 1996.  Final Score: Kentucky 24, Georgia 20.

From that point on, Kentucky did the following:

-25-18 record

-3 bowl wins

-beat #1 LSU

-beat Louisville 3 times

-beat Georgia and Auburn on the road

At that point in the Rich Brooks tenure, things were not looking bright.  And without question, the win over Georgia changed the entire direction of the program.

I think the win over Mississippi State could be that win for Mark Stoops.  While the Bulldogs are not the greatest football team in the world, it’s HOW the Cats won that really matters.  That was the kind of game that UK has lost time in and time out with Stoops.  And the Brooks win over Georgia was the kind of game his teams had lost over and over.

The win sets up UK for a bowl game, assuming they can take either of the winnable games against Missouri or Georgia.  If UK wins that bowl game then next years sets up much more nicely than this year.  The Cats exchange a game at Alabama for one at home with Ole Miss and get Florida, Tennessee, and Louisville at home.  Point being, 6-7 wins OR MORE could be possible next year, probably more so than this year.  The talent will still be there and in theory, Stephen Johnson (or Drew Barker) will be 1 more year experienced.

Mark Stoops needed that win and in a crazy way, he needed it to play out like it did.  I was sitting in Commonwealth Stadium Saturday and when the Bulldogs scored with just over a minute to go, I said “that seems about right”.  That last minute of the game might have changed the direction of this program moving forward.  Will it result in the effect it had for Rich Brooks?  Only time will tell.  But the indicators are there we could be on the verge of another great run.   

Article written by Bryan the Intern

8 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Was Mississippi State Stoops’ 2006 Georgia

  1. shelby
    8:23 am October 26, 2016 Permalink

    Only IDIOTS we’re down on stoops earlier this year; you don’t take a bad High school team, play in the SEC and go to a bowl in three years. If he does it in four he should be sec coach of the year. We had 27 underclassmen on our game day depth chart against miss st–that’s ridiculous. Give this man time, and he “might” stay when other teams want to hire him away in two years.

    • secrick
      8:37 am October 26, 2016 Permalink

      You got that right SHELBY, BTI is part of the problem with fans crying .

  2. pdswar2
    8:57 am October 26, 2016 Permalink

    We’re = We are (it is always best to double-check your grammar before calling people idiots)

    But let’s temper our expectations a bit. We beat a terrible (2-4) Miss. St. team. Georgia was 6-3 when we beat them and much more of a statement win, in my opinion. I am not ready to say we are primed for a bowl win and 7+ wins next year because we beat a bad Miss. St. team. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great win and I love the momentum, but let’s take things one game at a time. Beat Mizzou!

  3. macsauce13
    8:57 am October 26, 2016 Permalink

    BTI Sucks.



  4. wildcat dave
    9:01 am October 26, 2016 Permalink

    I normally avoid reading your posts and this morning I’m reminded why. You’re an idiot, especially when it comes to football. Your statement that “up to last weekend the Mark Stoops program had been a vast disappointment” and then your brilliant insight that before the ’06 Georgia game “UK was floundering under Brooks” is all the evidence anyone needs that you have no clue what you are talking about. Why you continue to get space on this site is truly baffling! It takes years to build a football program that can be competitive at any level in college football (see Frank Beamer & Va Tech for one example), especially in the SEC. There is no way that either coaches’ career turned around because of one win in one game. Those happened because they had spent the previous 3+ years recruiting and growing teams that could be competitive and they will need another 3 years to build on that! UK will never have a solid SEC football program by paying “musical coaches” every 4 years. This is not basketball where one 5-star recruiting class can result in a Final Four appearance. Guys like you are exactly the “toxic environment” Stoops was talking about a couple of weeks ago that only makes it more difficult to build a program here. Please write about tennis or the rifle team or something else that will make it much easier to ignore you and leave the football program alone!

  5. UK Fan In Nashville
    10:28 am October 26, 2016 Permalink

    I’m still embarrassed by how long it took our fans to pull down the goal posts.

  6. Bluebloodtoo
    11:03 am October 26, 2016 Permalink

    I believe the win over Ms St will be good for the confidence of the cats. Let’s not forget, though, that we saved the game at the last minute from our own mistakes. The only real difference is that our guys did not give up after they made a mistake. That is a SIGNIFICANT step forward, but we still have a lot of work to do to be a solid team.

  7. It was me Stoops the whole time
    11:52 am October 26, 2016 Permalink

    Everybody slow down. Let’s not forget that 5 weeks ago this program was a complete embarrassment. I am very glad that they have turned things around but I still have lingering questions about Stoops.

    1. Why did it take so long for him to “fix” the defense? I think what we’re really seeing is the result of playing some bad offenses. Once Miss St got rolling we had no answer.

    2. Why can’t he stay focused on the job at hand? He was bailed out by McGinnis after he completely mismanaged the clock. Why? Because they missed a horse collar. Quit belly aching and worry about your job. Isn’t that what he tells the players?

    3. I’m not convinced (Hoak excluded) that we have a SEC quarterback on this roster. (I know that’s not a question).

    I truly hope this is the start of Stoops’ efforts paying off and the program is headed on an upward trajectory, but given the circumstances of our revival (a truly abysmal New Mexico St team, three bad SEC opponents at home with a combined record of 9-13 and a disinterested Alabama squad) I’ll reserve judgment until a later date.

    At this point we should go bowling and if we don’t I think it is an indictment of Stoops’ inability to finish (again).