Mark Stoops is making some noise in Lexington, and has for quite a few years now. When Kentucky one-upped Louisville in their 2016 shootout to advance to the Gator bowl, a hot streak began. Kentucky was a 28-point underdog in that game against Louisville, but defeated all odds. The following year, Kentucky turned in a winning 7-6 record. Following that, the Wildcats soared to 10-3 and an astonishing win over Penn State in the Belk Bowl. Last season, Kentucky somehow went 8-5 after losing their starting quarterback in the first quarter of the year.
Now, the Kentucky head coach is receiving the pre-season credit he deserves.
CBS Sports ranked Stoops as the 22nd-best head coach in college football for this year.
“ I don’t think it can be overstated how impressive a coaching job the 2019 season was for Stoops at Kentucky. This program entered 2019 with the highest expectations it had for itself in a long time and then watched injuries take away multiple quarterbacks. All Stoops did was change his whole offense to fit the talents of Lynn Bowden, and it was successful enough to finish with eight wins.”
- From CBS Sports
This year will again be many new faces, but also a few familiar names, too. Regardless of who is on the field, Stoops has now consistently proven he’s not just a football coach but a prestigious leader of men.
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