One year after becoming the unanimous SEC Coach of the Year, as well as National Coach of the Year according to College Football News, Mark Stoops continues to garner national recognition for his success with the Kentucky Wildcats.
College Football News recently ranked all 130 Division-I football coaches and Stoops came in at No. 10.
Despite losing two of the top-10 players in program history, the top-six players in a loaded secondary, a defensive coordinator that dominated the SEC, and two quarterbacks, Stoops was still able to put together one heck of a season.
He moved Lynn Bowden to quarterback in the middle of the season. While Eddie Gran deserves just as much praise for adjusting the entire offense on the fly, Stoops makes things happen and his way of dealing with adversity was amazing last season.
After finishing 75th in these same rankings two years ago, Stoops jumped to No. 1 last year and, as mentioned above, sits at No. 10 this year. College Football News recognizes all that Kentucky the lost and the way Stoops was able to deal with it anyway.
The guy lost his heart-and-soul guys – Benny Snell and Josh Allen – from the great 2018 team. He lost starting quarterback Terry Wilson almost right out of the gate, had to reconfigure things after having issues getting the offense going, and his team still rolled up an eight-win season with five wins in the last six games with a wide receiver playing quarterback as, effectively, a running back. His team overcame the in-season adversity and blew out rival Louisville, won the Belk Bowl over Virginia Tech.
It’s a sentiment to the way Stoops has turned this football program around over the last seven seasons. And I believe this is just the beginning.
The 2020 football season can’t come soon enough. Go Cats!
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