Mark Stoops' head coaching career off to rocky start

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Oct 5, 2013; Columbia, SC, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops checks the time on the scoreboard against the South Carolina Gamecocks in the second quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports


The first half of the first season of the Marks Stoops-era as the Kentucky Wildcats Head Coach has gotten off to a predictable rocky start with a 1-5 record.

But that doesn’t showcase the kid of improvement UK was hoping for, as the former Florida State Defensive Coordinator has made the Cats more competitive than they ever were in previous years.

It got so bad at times last year that the Cats appeared lifeless and disinterested before the games even kicked-off, and even when they did make an effort to put up a fight, they made too many simple errors and mental mistakes to prevent them from staying competitive in the majority of games they played.

But that’s not been the case this year. While they’ve been undermanned and out-matched in nearly every game, these Cats have fought hard and showed improvements in each game.

Against No. 8 Louisville, the Cats lost by just 14 after losing by 18 last year. No. 12 Florida only beat them by 17 after a 38-drubbing last year. They even took South Carolina to the limit in Columbus, losing by just 7 after being blow-out by 21 last year.

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