Mark Stoops won’t win the SEC Coach of the Year Award, but if you ask me, the year Stoops put together considering circumstances ranks him up there as among the best coaching performances in the SEC this year.
It’s been talked about but it’s worth bringing up again.
Stoops lost one of the best running backs to ever put on a Kentucky uniform in Benny Snell but as a team, the Cats were 5th in the country in rushing yards per game, only behind the military academies and Ohio State.
Stoops lost arguably the program’s best pass rusher and a generational talent in Josh Allen, but the team managed to produce the same amount of sacks as the year prior.
In the secondary, Stoops lost his top five players from last year and then lost his best and most experienced defensive back to a preseason injury, yet the defense allowed the fourth-fewest yards through the air per game in the country, only behind Clemson, Notre Dame, and Ohio State.
One of Kentucky’s best returning players, QB Terry Wilson, was injured in the third game of the season and forced to miss the rest of the season. Not only that, the second string quarterback was also injured and the third-string quarterback suffered a preseason injury. Despite that, Stoops retooled the team with Lynn Bowden as a starting quarterback to finish 5-2 down the stretch.
Ed Orgeron will likely win Coach of the Year with LSU ranked #1 and headed for a spot in the College Football Playoffs minus a hiccup on Saturday, and there’s no way to argue that Orgeron shouldn’t win the award, but with what Stoops has done in a season that many viewed as a rebuilding year and a year that certainly could have gone off the rails with Terry Wilson and Sawyer Smith being injured, Stoops not only kept the ship afloat but managed to put forth a masterful coaching performance.
That’s worth something in my eyes.
Tweet of the Day
Only five colleges made the NCAA basketball tournament and a bowl game in each of the past three seasons:— Danny Neckel (@DNeckel19) December 3, 2019
This is notable.
A Wildcats-Cyclones matchup might be in the cards.
The coaching staff seems to like their chances with the Bowling Green star.
A look at some potential future Cats.
Not a surprise, as that’s always a raucous environment.
The H-L catches up with the former Kentucky QB.
Congrats to Landon!
A job that figured to shake up the college football coaching carousel won’t be open after all.
How is Lynn Bowden not in the first three rounds?
Not an easy fix for the NBA.