The radio guys talked a little on yesterday’s show about whether or not Mark Stoops is/will be on the hot seat during this season and what scenarios would lead to his becoming on the heat seat at the school. But I say go big or go home. So what would every REGULAR SEASON scenario look like for Mark Stoops this season? What would happen in each win scenario, 0-12:
0 games: Well, obviously he would be fired. It would be the most embarrassing season in UK history.
1 game: Have to think Stoops would probably be fired as this most likely means only beating Murray State.
2 games: Would a 2-10 season lead to a Stoops firing? Probably depends on how competitive UK is in those 10 losses. Would probably mean only wins against Murray and Central Michigan and an 0-8 SEC year. Tend to think this would be a fireable season.
3 games: Probably means 0-8 in SEC and loss to Louisville. Fanbase would be gone. Likely too would be Stoops.
4 games: This is the point where Barnhart would have a hard decision. It depends on what the 4 wins are. Non-conference and Louisville, maybe that’s enough. Lose a gimme game and only beat Vanderbilt, maybe not.
5 games: How competitive is UK in all 12 games. If there are 3-4 blowouts in there, the fanbase is probably checked out and don’t know what happens then. After back to back bowl games, I would think he would be on hot seat for 2019 but that’s it.
6 games: Does the fanbase stay with the Stoops era with another 6-6 season? If some of those 6 wins are a mix of Florida, Tennessee, and Louisville, I think so. But another December bowl game in a less than ideal locale is as boring as possible.
7 wins: Considering the schedule, fans would likely be quite thrilled with 7 wins. This would also lead to a pretty good bowl as well. Stoops would be firmly secure in this scenario.
8 wins: This keeps the fanbase energized and on board for all 12 games plus bowl. This would be a tremendous season.
9 wins: Best season in 30+ years. Stoops looking at either a nice raise or some other bigger jobs. Either way, UK is a football school through December.
10 wins: Probably means only losses to Georgia and either Florida or Texas A&M. Also means they finish 1st or 2nd in SEC East. Also means Stoops becomes best coach since Claiborne at Kentucky.
11 wins: How quickly can we get up the statue?
12 wins: Pay that man his money. All the money. Calipari should give Stoops all of his money too.