Talking with the media after a 27-13 loss to the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday night, Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops put the blame on himself for the team’s 2-10 record in 2013. The Wildcats didn’t win a single SEC game, a goose egg made all the more frustrating by the fact that two of their losses — against the South Carolina Gamecocks on Oct. 5 and against the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Oct. 24 — came by a touchdown or less.
“Disappointed” was the main word Stoops used:
I’m disappointed. Again, you know, right after the last game here (against Missouri), we really put a lot into this game. I thought, again, we were excited to play and really wanted to go out and play better than that. I’m disappointed right now.
We are all disappointed with the 2013 season when it comes to the wins and losses, and I take responsibility for that. And, I need to do a better job, and all of us will, and we’ll continue to keep on grinding and keep on pushing this program.
You know, we’re getting better and we need to continue to build this team and, you know, I always accept responsibility. I know I can do better, and the coaches can do better. The players will continue to develop and we’re going to continue to recruit players that can come in and make a difference in this league (The Winchester Sun).
Given the talent Stoops inherited in his first year as the head coach, Kentucky’s rough season wasn’t exactly a surprise. But hey, at least they have a stadium overhaul coming their way! That’s at least something to look forward to.
[Source: The Winchester Sun]