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How does Stoops judge this year’s success?

Mark Stoops (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky is 7-5 going into the Music City Bowl Dec. 29th in Nashville against Northwestern.

But how does coach Mark Stoops judge his team’s success to this point?

“I am not going to define that. There is no right answer for that. I will let the experts dictate that and give opinions on that. I just always want to make progress,” Stoops said.

“Like I have told you guys (media) many times, I am human. There are always parts of you that would like to have things to do over – different calls, different series, whatever it is. That is human nature. I do think about that but I cannot dwell on that and won’t dwell on that. You know part of that is true and part of that is not. I try not to give you guys coach speak, you know that.

“But I am human, you know? There are parts of it that do hurt. And I understand that and you always beat yourself up because you try to do the very best you can. I can tell you this, this staff has worked unbelievably hard and our players have worked exceptionally hard to put us in the position that we have been in this year; that is to win seven games again back-to-back and to be .500 or above two years in a row in the SEC. We have never done that. That is not just nothing.

“Our players need to understand that and our coaches need to understand that. I appreciate the work that they have done to put us in a position to do that and also put us into a position to win a few other games that we didn’t make. As I told the players, there are 3-4-5-6 plays in a game that dictate a game. We don’t know which plays they are going to be, sometimes everybody thinks it is just the obvious ones but that is not always the case.

“We are constantly working to put ourselves in position to win football games. I really appreciate the work that a lot of people have done for us to do that. We all want more and expect to win more and do more and we should expect to do that. But I do appreciate the work that has been done and we are going to continue to improve moving forward.”

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  1. “As I told the players, there are 3-4-5-6 plays in a game that dictate a game. We don’t know which plays they are going to be, sometimes everybody thinks it is just the obvious ones but that is not always the case.”

    This is why no one, coaches or players, can take any play off. That is how teams lose games they should have won, or vice versa. That seems to be an issue that Coach Stoops and his troops could, and should improve upon moving forward

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