Mark Stoops saved Kentucky Football, but he may ruin it again if he’s not careful
Mark Stoops and Kentucky go way back all the way to the 2013 season, but has Stoops done all he can for the Wildcats? Or has Kentucky done all it can for Stoops?
After a 10-3 season and winning the Citrus Bowl in 2021, Kentucky had a very disappointing 7-6 season in 2022, and after having a good 5-0 start in 2023, they have fallen to 6-4. Kentucky has underperformed in the last 2 years, to say the least. Their best win last year was a 6-6 Florida team, and the same goes for this season, as their best win is a 5-4 Florida team.
Mark Stoops also seems to not be able to compete with top-tier teams in college football. Under him, Kentucky is 1-17 all-time vs top ten teams, and they have never even kept it close with the better teams in the SEC, like Alabama or Georgia.
He brought Kentucky back from the depths of college football, and while that is a big feat for him, I’m not sure he can make the Wildcats better than what they are right now. The Wildcats never have an explosive offense, run a good tempo or air out the ball, and they always seem to play down to competition year after year as well. I’m not saying that he isn’t a good coach, but he seems to not be able to crack the ceiling of being a great coach in college football.
Kentucky fans tasted being competitive and going to bowl games, and now they want more. I’m not sure he will ever be able to give them that.
He cannot get his teams up for big games, and the ceiling for Stoops seems to have been hit. Especially when looking at Kentucky football in the last 2 seasons.
Kentucky will never be able to climb the ranks of college football with Stoops leading the helm. A 28-point loss to Alabama at home today should exploit just how overrated Stoops is.